Evaluation Meet Recap: How We Prepare to DOMINATE

At Black Hills Gymnastics, we know what it takes to have high-performing teams that are cool under pressure.


We give our athletes MULTIPLE opportunities to learn, strive, and shine.


So, how have we recently prepared to dominate?


With our very own Evaluation Meet


Think of the NFL preseason.


We still had our athletes fully dress in their competition gear.


We still had judges critiquing kids and giving them the areas they need to work on and get better at.


We even had another team join us in our facility!


This gives us a chance to shake out the competition cobwebs, see how far we’ve come, and what needs improvement now and throughout the season.


What Our Coaches Saw:


We got a few minutes during a few coaches day between all the excitement. Here’s what they had to say about their athlete’s performance and the day.


Girls Team Bar Coach James Piretto noted, “Practice on the night before the meet was amazing, so if they do that, I’ll be happy. Seeing them performing new routines after moving up a level since the last competitive season is always exciting!”


Girls Excel Team Coach Megan Fugitt said the day was, “Going really well. The girls are happy to be getting back in the groove and are doing a great job at getting all the jitters out.


Level 2-3 Coach Rachelle English explained, “It’s been good to get a lot of good feedback from judges. A lot of it reaffirmed what we’ve been noticing in practice, so this meet is exactly what we need to continue on the right track!


Coach Bob Young was eager to see the progress compared to expectations. After coaching at BHG for 22 years, he wanted to share this advice. “To parents: Encourage kids to try hard, have fun, and do their best. You’re in control of being a positive influence. To our athletes: Kids- stay calm, try hard, and learn from all mistakes and wins.”


Girls Team Coach Melissa Flores is excited for the girls to have a season of confidence and personal empowerment. “My advice to the girls is ‘take every moment as a learning one and grow from everything. Parents- remain your child’s support system, leave the worrying and stress up to us coaches.’”

Our Girls Team Coach Li Lu also chimed in on how the Evaluation Meet went. “It was nice to see the girls completing the new skills we’ve worked on in a competitive environment. They met or exceeded all my expectations. I’m just really excited to see the hard work paying off for the remainder of the season. I want to stress the importance of setting your goals high and striving for them! I’m very excited about this season at BHG!”

From One Parent to Everyone


We were even lucky enough to get advice from one of our parents! She said to keep in mind the events go in alphabetical order. It’s good to know your athlete’s next event in the rotation.


It goes:







For example, if your gymnast starts with her floor routine, she’ll then move to vault, then the bars, and finish on the beam.


Another stellar piece of advice is to remember that EVERYTHING is subject to the judges. What you think may be an excellent move or landing might be slightly off according to the judges. Do NOT take this personally and always encourage your child to learn from both wins and failures!


The Return of the Swarm???


Back in the day, Black Hills Gymnastics teams were so dominating, it was said to be like the “Swarm of the South!” We have a sneaky suspicion the nickname is about to come back in a BIG way!


Events like this help solidify it in our minds.


So get ready, this season is going to blow away expectations! We’re so proud of this group and are pumped to see what happens this year!


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