USA Olympic Men’s Gymnastics Team Announced The U.S. National Championships in St. Louis was the last chance for the Men gymnasts to impress the Olympic Team Selection Committee and show why they should be a member of Team USA in Rio. After the conclusion of the competition, the committee had twelve minutes to make their final decision on who will be representing the United States. It is so exciting when they announce the team live and the anticipation is intense! The 2016 US Men’s Olympic Team members are Chris Brooks, Sam Mikulak, Jake Dalton, Alex Naddour and John Orozco. I am so excited for them and I can’t wait to see them compete in the Team Final in Rio. Go get ’em boys!


Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy

It was an exciting weekend of competition for the NCAA Gymnastics Championships.  The Oklahoma Men and Women’s gymnastics teams both took home the trophy which is pretty amazing. This is the second championship win for the Lady Sooners.

Here were the final standings for the Women’s team final…

  1. Oklahoma 197.675
  2. LSU 197.45
  3. Alabama 197.375
  4. Florida 197.35
  5. UCLA 196.825
  6. Georgia 196.8125

Bridget Sloan rounded out her tremendous career on top of the podium three times including the All-Around title.  I remember watching Bridget competing for the US Women’s Olympic team in 2008 where they took home the silver medal.  She also won the 2009 World Championship All-Around title. I was so excited to hear she was going to continue her career as a College gymnast.  She helped the Florida Gators win 3 Team Championships along with many individual titles. What a way for her to go out. Her Winning All-Around score for the NCAA Championships this year was 39.7.

9.95 was the score to get in order to win an individual event title.  Here are the results.

  • Vault- Brandie Jay (Georgia) & Katie Bailey (Alabama)
  • Uneven Bars- Bridget Sloan (Florida) & Brittany Rogers (Georgia)
  • Balance Beam- Bridget Sloan (Florida) & Danusia Francis (UCLA)
  • Floor Exercise- Nina McGee (University of Denver)

Congratulations to all of the NCAA All-Americans this season!


Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy

I was watching the UCLA vs. Oregon State gymnastics meet and felt inspired to highlight Sophina DeJesus and her incredible hip hop floor routine. Sophina’s floor routine has gone viral with millions of views.

It is amazing what a difference it makes when you put some sass into your routine

If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to check it out.

No matter what genre of gymnastics floor music you have or your dance ability, you really need to put some personality in your performance.  It is amazing what a difference it makes when you put some sass into your routine. The judges and the crowd want to see you having fun out on that floor.

An unforgettable floor routine starts out with fantastic music paired with fun, unique choreography that is expressive. Sophina gives everything she’s got during her routine and it really pays off. Her face is so expressive and she really uses her head to give her choreography some extra attitude.

Put some extra sass in your routine!


Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy

Watching my brother Josh this weekend at the Midwest Regional Wrestling Championships has inspired me to write this blog post. He has been such an inspiration to me and he possesses all of qualities needed to be a successful athlete.  These qualities pertain to any sport or activity including gymnastics.

Everyone always says that hard work and a positive attitude are the key to success. It is so true!

My brother, is currently wrapping up his Wrestling career as a senior in college. This weekend he punched his ticket for the NCAA Division III Championships. He is ranked in the top 10. However, four weeks ago he suffered a knee injury significantly decreasing his chances of qualifying for the NCAA Championship. Nobody wants to go out their senior year on a bad note and I am so happy he was able to get healthy enough to lay it all on the mat to qualify for the NCAA’s for the 2nd time.

Talent certainly helps but you can also be a “good” athlete who turns into a “great” athlete by setting goals for yourself and working hard. My brother is the perfect example of this.

Not every practice is going to be a good one but what is important is how you handle yourself when things aren’t going your way. If you throw a fit or get down on yourself every time things get tough, you are hurting your progress for achieving your goals. I truly believe that you need to fail in order to succeed.  When mistakes are made, you want to reflect on those mistakes and learn from them. It is ok to be disappointed but you want to quickly turn that into inspiration to get back at it even harder so you can overcome your challenges.

In order to achieve your highest level of potential, every practice and every turn needs to be done with focus, confidence and maximum effort. You want to practice everything you do with excellent form as well. It is amazing how much improvement can occur when an athlete works their hardest day in and day out.

Other qualities necessary for success are…

  • Being a supportive teammate
  • Coachability
  • Leadership
  • Good sportsmanship
  • Discipline
  • Staying healthy/rehabbing injuries
  • Visualization
  • Confidence
  • Patience

You want to be confident in what you are doing but you don’t want to be have an attitude that rubs people the wrong way. Have good sportsmanship with your competitors.

I think being a good teammate, leadership, sportsmanship and coach-ability go hand in hand. In order to reach your individual goals, you need to have a good support system which is where your team and coach will come in. You spend a lot of time with these people so you will want to give and earn their respect. Be a supportive teammate and be proud of their success even if you don’t have the best day. Having excellent leadership skills really go a long way. You are setting the tone for your other teammates, especially the younger athletes in your gym. Being a good leader includes having a good attitude and respecting your coaches.  Having coach-ability qualities means that you listen to your coaches’ advice even if you don’t necessarily agree. If they give you corrections, you will want to do your best to implement them to show that you respect their opinion and are willing to do what it takes to get better. It is never a good idea to argue with your coach.

It is important to be confident and aggressive in sports, but you never want to be cocky. You want to be confident in what you are doing but you don’t want to be have an attitude that rubs people the wrong way. Have good sportsmanship with your competitors.

Visualization is a great tool to use when you are in line waiting for your turn or even at home before you go to bed. Just close your eyes and picture the skills or routines you are about to do or even picture yourself on the top of that podium at a competition. It is even a good idea to write your goals down in a journal or make a poster to hang in your room to remind you of what you want to achieve.

Patience and discipline are a given. You will want to avoid missing practices and make sure you are doing your conditioning and stretching properly. Patience can be hard sometimes but if you keep working hard, your patience will pay off.

One of the most important ingredients for success is staying healthy and rehabbing your injuries properly. Stretching and warming up properly before you work out or compete is so important. Keeping your body conditioned allows you to protect your body when doing your skills. If you do get injured, you will want to do the necessary exercises and rehab to get yourself back in competition as quickly as possible.

I can honestly say that I have first hand seen what putting all of these important qualities together can do for somebody and it is really remarkable what can be accomplished. Try your best to bring these qualities to your gymnastics and it will truly pay off for you.

I have seen too many gymnasts including myself be their own worst enemy. Make the decision to change that! Be proud of what you have already accomplished!


Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy

There are very important steps necessary before you dive into all of the action.

Every new gymnast is eager to learn fun flips and tricks when they decide to try gymnastics. Of course the ultimate goal is to get to the “fun stuff” but there are very important steps necessary before you dive into all of the action.

The number one priority when doing gymnastics is safety. It is so important to start out with the basic skills and drills to ensure that you are learning the proper technique and body awareness before you start throwing more challenging tricks.

Focus on keeping your arms and legs tight and straight when working on your basic skills.

By practicing basic skills and form repetitively, you will train and condition your body to be ready for that next step in your journey as a gymnast.  Make sure you focus on keeping your arms and legs tight and straight when working on your basic skills. If you practice basics with sloppy form, you will continue to have problems with your form once you move on to higher level skills.  I know that it can sometimes seem boring but keep at it and I promise it will pay off.

Once you start upgrading your skills, I highly recommend continuing to go back a refine and perfect what you have already learned, especially handstands!  It can only help your development and discipline to achieve your goals in this great sport.

Keep up your hard work!


Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy

My athletes have taught me that you can start gymnastics at any age and still be successful even if you have a later start in the sport. I came from the club atmosphere where everybody had been doing gymnastics since they were very young.

When I became a high school athlete, and eventually a coach, I realized quickly that there are high school students that want to learn gymnastics but have had no previous experience.

My athletes have proven me time and time again that even if you have no prior experience, you can still become a successful competitor and represent your school as an athlete. I am amazed at what can be accomplished with hard work and the drive to have a spot on a team.   If a student wants something bad enough, they will work their butt off and will learn very quickly.

“Anything is possible and that there is more to being a part of a team than winning or being the best.”

It is amazing that within a three month period of time, a student can go from no gymnastics skills to being a competitive gymnast.  My gymnasts have truly proven me that anything is possible and that there is more to being a part of a team than winning or being the best.

My goal has always been to build confidence and to try to improve their individual routines throughout the season. I try to create a positive atmosphere for these kids to have a fun learning experience.  It is great to see the smiles on their faces when they learn a new skill or hit their routine. It makes me so proud to see that!

The other main thing I have learned from coaching my athletes is that there is so much more than gymnastics being learned in the gym. There are so many life skills that are being developed while doing sports including hard work, confidence building, discipline, staying mentally tough and teamwork.

I am so proud of my girls and I know I will continue learning my own life lessons while working with them.


Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy

I wanted to address the issue of using vocals in  floor music. We have found that many gymnasts and coaches prefer to stay away from using vocals in their floor music because they fear getting a deduction. Rule 9-2-4b of the NFHS rule book clearly states “Human sounds are allowed, provided there are no words spoken or sung.”

Here at we love to use vocal sounds as an instrument to make a music piece a little bit more unique and exciting. There is a lot you can do with the human voice to add a dash of creativity and to add an extra layer of detail to the track without the risk of suffering a deduction.

For the most part, we like to use vocals in subtle way. Sometimes people wouldn’t even notice that there are vocal sounds in the song because it sounds like an instrument. We want to explain to our customers that it is ok to use vocals in a song as long as there are no words. The human voice should be looked at as an instrument and we can do a lot with it.

I personally used floor music that had human sounds in it and I never received deductions. I never had a judge say anything about it being a problem.

We understand the concerns that people may have regarding this issue but we ask our customers to be open to the use of the human voice in their floor music. If done right, it can add the perfect touch to your floor music.


Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy

What are the USA Gymnastics, AAU, and High School gymnastics music requirements?

We often get this question and we understand why. To understand the requirements, you have to know how the organization programs are structured and where your gymnasts fits into these programs. I will take some time here to explain how gymnastics music length ties into the different levels and programs the different organizations provide. It is likely your gymnast is part of a program that places them into different levels. The most prominent organizations in the United States are USA Gymnastics, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

The main difference between USAG and the AAU organizations is in their mission. USA gymnastics mission is to train and a select U.S. teams to compete in the Olympics and World Championships. The AAU provides programs dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness.

Generally speaking, if your gymnast is part of an AAU program, you are operating on rules derived from the USA Gymnastics rules and regulations.

The AAU has stated the following:

AAU will follow USAG rules and updates unless specifically stated otherwise in the handbook.

There are two sets of programs outlined by the USA Gymnastics organization. They are Junior Olympic (JO), and Xcel. The JO programs are identified as levels 1-10 and the Xcel programs are identified  as Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. The music length requirements are identified below for each of the program levels described.

Junior Olympic (JO) Levels

  • Level 1-3
  • These levels are non-competitive and have no music requirements.
  • Level 4-5
  • These levels are compulsory. Gymnasts at this level are not able to select their own music.
  • Level 6
  • Between 1:05 (one minute five sec.) and 1:15 (one minute fifteen seconds)
  • Level 7-10
  • Max 1:30 (one minute thirty sec.)

Xcel Level Music Requirements

  • Bronze Division
  • Max :45 (fourty five sec.)
  • Silver Division
  • Max 1:00 (one minute)
  • Gold Division
  • Max 1:00 (one minute)
  • Platinum Division
  • Max 1:30 (one minute thirty seconds)
  • Diamond Division
  • Max 1:30 (one minute thirty seconds)

High School Level Requirements

The NFHS states that gymnastics floor music shall not exceed 1:30 (one minute thirty seconds). You want your music to be a minimum of :30 (thirty seconds) otherwise you will receive a (2.0) deduction from your score.

For more information on high school gymnastics rules, download the NFHS manual below.

We suggest in any circumstance that when it comes to ordering the correct length of your gymnastics music for your gymnast, it is always best practice to get verification from your coach and/or choreographer. They will be aware of any special rules or requirements that may affect the selection of your gymnastics floor music.


Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy

The high school gymnastics season is super short in comparison to club gymnastics which goes all year round. You worked really hard to learn new skills and improve your routines and now the season is winding down. It is so important to stay in shape during the off season so that you don’t have to start over when you come back next school year. There are a few options for you as an athlete to keep in shape during your off season.

It is so important to stay in shape during the off season so that you don’t have to start over when you come back next school year.

If at all possible, it is best if you can sign up for a high school program at a club or park district facility where you can practice 2-3 times per week. By doing this you will be able to continue improving your skills and can upgrade your routines for the next season. As a coach, I can absolutely tell the difference between an athlete who practiced after season ended and someone who did not.

Another option that is going to be more affordable is attending open gym at a gymnastics facility.

Another option that is going to be more affordable is attending open gym at a gymnastics facility. This is great because you do not have to sign up for a session of classes. You can drop in when your schedule allows. The downfall with open gym is that you do not have a coach working with you and it is usually held only once a week. If you do not work so well independently, this may not be the best option for you.

Your high school may hold a summer camp for your sport for several weeks over the summer. If you have that opportunity, it is a great idea to sign up for that along with your other training that you are doing.

A lot of my girls do Diving in the fall, Gymnastics in the winter and Track & Field in the spring.

The last option that I suggest is being a two or three sport athlete for your school. A lot of my girls do Diving in the fall, Gymnastics in the winter and Track & Field in the spring. I am truly a fan of this option. I think cross training in different sports is a fantastic way to keep your body in competition shape. I feel that sometimes it can be hard sticking to one sport. Being a multiple sport athlete eliminates the feeling of getting burnt out from doing the same thing over and over.

Trying a new sport is exciting and you may surprise yourself at how gymnastics has conditioned your body so well that you are capable of being a great athlete with a sport that you have never tried before. I highly recommend going out for Track & Field. You may be thinking… “I don’t like to run” but the great thing about this sport is that there are so many different events. A gymnast would make a great pole vaulter, high jumper, triple jumper, shot put or discus thrower. Gymnasts also make great divers too.

If you choose to do nothing during the 8 months off of high school gymnastics, you will really regret it. You will come back and realize how out of shape you are and you will not be able to do your skills or routines that were a no-brainer for you before. You will also notice that your teammates that did workout will be able to pretty much pick up where they left off.

We hope everyone had a great 2015-2016 high school gymnastics season and we hope this advice is helpful to ensure that you have a successful future with the sport that you love.


Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy

We would like to welcome all of the new optional Level 6 gymnasts to our site.

Starting August 1st, 2013, all Level 6 gymnasts will be considered an optional level.  This means that you will be able to customize your own routines within the requirements and guidelines on all apparatus to showcase your strengths on each event.

Level 6 used to be a compulsory level where all of the routines and floor music were the same for every gymnast.  The new rules allow you to choose your very own gymnastics floor music to help create your unique floor exercise that is unlike any other gymnast out there.

Our goal at Gymnastics Tracks Floor Music is to provide fresh, new gymnastics floor music that is sure to impress the crowd and most importantly, the Judges. We release new music every month!

Order your brand new gymnastics floor music from us today to kick-start the brand new season as an optional gymnast! The Level 6 time limit is 1:15.  All of our music has a short version available for purchase to meet this requirement. See our F.A.Q. page for more information.

To see all of the new optional requirements check out the official USAG website or download this PDF file of the related rules.

Good luck this season!


Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy