The Wheel Program is now divided up into Recreational Program (youth Mon 6-7:30p and Thur 6:30-7:30p, Adults Thursdays 7:30-8:30p), Performance (youth Fridays 5-6p) and Competition Team (Fri 6:00-7:30p).
Recreational is a wheel introduction for our newest and/or younger troupe members, or anyone not interested in the fast paced push for higher level skill acquisition to compete in gymnastics meets.
Performance is to focus on show (and parade) skills, partnering/group timing, musicality, and character exploration.
Competition Team is a longer practice with emphasis on conditioning, gymnastics skill/shapes, faster paced drive for skill building, and the commitment to attending Tristate practices, Wheel Weekend Workshops (oct & march) and competing in Wheel Federation Meets, once routines are established.
Our Wheel Club boasts Team USA athletes in Novice Kids, Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Senior Ladies on all three disciplines. Coaching is offered by National Champion Dave Ettelson, (Certified Wheel Coach Level 2) and National Champion Jennifer Richard (Certified Wheel Coach Level 1, International Wheel Judge)
Mondays Jan 14, 21, 28 Feb 11, 18, 25, Mar 4, 11, 18 (youth 7-13yrs)
Thursdays Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 14, 21, 28, Mar 7, 14 (youth and 14yrs- adults)
Recreational wheel practices will be held at Circus Kazoo gym: 100 S Atkinson Rd 102, Grayslake
Fridays Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 Mar 1, 15, 22 (performance and competitive team)
Performance & Competition practices will be held at Indian Hill Elementary School: 1920 Lotus Dr, Round Lake Heights
***** Please note that the Wheel Athletes are encouraged to attend the Friday 8-9pm open gym at American Eagle Gymnastics in Round Lake ($5 each time) with their teammates to work on flips, tumbling etc to improve vaulting skills. Coach Dave will be in attendance to instruct & spot.
Dates for wheel community participation:
March 10 – USA Nationals
none this season