Springers Handbook

2017-2018 Spingers 

Future Stars

Skills Required No minimum skills required. 

Gymnasts are required to compete in a minimum of three (3) tumbling meets per season to maintain team status. Competition season is September through February. Competes tumbling passes and USAG level 1 & 2 Compulsories when skills are met.

Rising Stars

Skills Required Forward roll, backward roll, cartwheel, handstand, round off, back walkover, back extension roll, front walkover. 

The gymnast should be at the advanced beginner tumbling level. Gymnasts are required to compete in a minimum of three (3) tumbling meets per season to maintain team status.  Competitive season is September through February. Competes tumbling passes and USAG levels 2 & 3 Compulsory routines when skills are met.

Shooting Stars

Skills Required Vault-handspring; Bars-kip, front and back hip circles, cast-squat on; Beam-cartwheels, handstand; Floor-round-off flip-flop and front hand spring. 

The gymnast should be at the Level 4 Compulsory level, and the bronze/silver Optional Level. Gymnasts are required to compete in a minimum of three (3) Compulsory meets and three (3) Optional meets to maintain team status.  Compulsory season is September through January and Optional season is January through May.  Tumbling meets are optional. Competes USAG level 4 Compulsory and Optional routines when skills are met.

Super Stars

Skills Required Vault-handspring; Bars-long hang kip, free hip, fly away; Beam-back-walkover; Floor-tuck-back, front.   

The gymnast competes Level 5 compulsory routines and silver/gold optional routines. This is the highest level of competition.  Gymnasts will compete in individual routines following the Illinois High School Association guidelines. Additional practice time includes Open Gym and extra practices. These are recommended for this level, but are not mandatory.  Gymnasts are required to compete in a minimum of three (3) Level 5 Compulsory meets and three (3) Optional meets to maintain team status.  Compulsory season is September through January and Optional season is January through May. Competes USAG level 5 Compulsory and Optional routines when skills are met.


Practice Schedule


Practice Days

Summer Hours

Fall – Spring Hours

Future Stars




Rising Stars





Shooting Stars





Super Stars





Team Events

Date – Time Event
August 22 – 6:30pm Mandatory Preseason Informational Meeting
December TBD Holiday Party
December TBD Picture Day
May TBD End of Year Performance


Practice Breaks

Nine weeks throughout the year where Springers will not have structured practice. Open gyms are available during the time off, and more information will be given closer to those breaks.

 Date Practice Break
June 26-July 7 Practice Break
August 7-18 Practice Break
November 20-24  Practice Break
December 25-January 5 Practice Break
May 7-18 Practice Break


A newsletter will be emailed monthly regarding Springers events and updates.


Springer members must meet the financial requirements for team practices, competitions, special performances, and uniforms. 

Monthly Payments


Monthly Fee

Future Stars


Rising Stars


Shooting Stars


Super Stars


All payments must be made via EZ Pay automatic withdraw on the 15th of each month. Complete an EZ Pay form at the time of registration and payments can be withdrawn from a credit card or checking account.

Payments are set up to be made two weeks prior to participation. For example, the June 15 payment covers participation from July 1-July 31. Payments that are not successfully processed through EZ Pay must be received prior to the first of the month or participation will be suspended.

The monthly fee is determined based on the average monthly cost to run the program annually. Price per month is not broken down by the amount of practices that month. When there is time off during the summer, fall, and winter the monthly rate remains the same.

Meet Fees

Tumbling, Compulsory, and Optional meet fees will be paid through a code for the entire season. In addition, gymnasts who qualify for sectionals and state meets will owe an additional fee a week prior to the meets. Event qualifications will be provided by the coaches once confirmed. All payments must be made on time and with the registration team at the front desk.

Additional items you may choose to purchase include spirit wear and meet t-shirts.  Information will be distributed when available and payments will be accepted at the front desk.

There are additional required fees for the program such as: team leotards and meet fees that are not included in the monthly cost. Below is an estimated price range and break down:


Team Leotards






State Fees

Future & Rising Stars






Tumbling State $15

Compulsory State-

$10 per event/$50 max

Shooting & Super Stars





Optionals Sectionals-

$10 per event/$50 max

Compulsory State-

$10 per event/$50 max Optionals State-

$10 per event/$50 max

Compulsory Meet Fees are due: September 1. Tumbling meet fees are due November 1. Optional meet fees are due by Dec 1. Exact Costs will be distributed at the fall parent meeting


Refund & Withdrawal Policy

Springer participants abide by the Carol Stream Park District Refund and Withdrawal Policy.  There are no refunds for missed classes, meet fees, or team uniforms.

View Refund and Withdrawal Policy

Medical/Injury Suspension

If an injury occurs and participation needs to be suspended, a medical note will be required. A prorated refund or credit can be issued and will not be subject to a ‘Service Fee’.


Because parents see their children in competition, we do not hold a parent-viewing week. We will be happy to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have before or after practice.

Missing Practice

As a courtesy to our coaches we ask that you call or send a note if your child will be absent. We cannot schedule make-up practices.


Gymnasts with injuries are still encouraged to attend practices. Certain skills can still be learned and accomplished. If they will not be attending and you wish to put your membership on hold contact the supervisor.


Discipline is carried out in a way that will help children develop self-control and assume responsibility for their own behavior. We will make every effort to assist the child in correcting any unacceptable behavior through re-direction, reminders of expected behavior, time-outs, and parent conferences. Our approach focuses on positive reinforcement; staff will act in a manner that is kind and caring, yet firm.

If an incident occurs, coaches will have a behavioral form detailing what happened for parents.


2017-2018 season is May 22, 2017-May 2018

Forms Required to Compete

  • Medical Release
  • Parent Code of Conduct

Forms will be distributed at the preseason informational meeting.

Parent/Guardian Commitment

  • Parent/Guardian must attend the mandatory preseason informational meeting. Meeting date is set for August 22 at 6:30pm.
  • One parent/guardian from each household is required to volunteer at all home meets. Options include set-up the prior evening or a variety of positions the day of the meet. Volunteers must be over the age of 18.

Meet Schedule

The coaches will distribute the meet schedule at the fall parent meeting.

There are various meets throughout the season. Optionals has five regular meets, one sectional meet, and one state meet. Compulsory has four regular meets, one sectional meet, and one state meet. Tumbling has four regular meets, and one state meet.

Eligibility to Compete

  • Prior to tumbling meets, gymnasts must attend the practice immediately before a meet or they will not be allowed to compete.
  • Prior to all other meets, gymnasts must attend 2 of the 3 practices before a meet in order to be eligible to compete.
  • The last practice before a meet is mandatory.


Transportation to meets is not provided by Carol Stream Park District and is the responsibility of the gymnasts’ parent/guardian.

Springers Parent Volunteer Committee

Springers Parent Volunteer Committee which meets monthly. Positions need to be filled on an annual basis. Open positions will be advertised.

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