Along with the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility, the Darien YMCA Gymnastics Department is committed to excellence and dedicated to developing the finest of athletes as well as the finest of citizens through all our gymnastics programs.
About the Competitive Gymnastics YMCA Programs
Xcel Team (Invite only)
The Darien YMCA XCEL Team is coached by Anatolie, Eva, and Emily. It is for gymnasts who have progressed through the YMCA class program and have successfully demonstrated a mastery of skills. The objective of the XCEL Team is to provide a recreational, yet challenging gymnastics experience with the expectation to compete in YMCA and USAG competitions, including regionals and nationals. Commitment for XCEL is 3 days a week.
Travel Team (Invite only)
The Darien YMCA Travel Team is coached by Valentina, Dana, Ivan, and Ruslan. The Travel Team is for gymnasts who are committed to developing, perfecting, and competing in USA Gymnastics Levels 3-10, in preparation for college. Travel Team gymnasts compete in local, regional, and national competitions in both USAG and YMCA programs. The competitive season runs from November through July; however, the team practices year-round. Gymnasts are selected by the Travel Team coaches from our class or XCEL programs. In the past, Travel Team gymnasts have gone on to compete in college gymnastics in both Division 1 and 3 programs. Most recently, Adnerys DeJesus was recruited as a Level 10 gymnast and competes for the Iowa State Cyclones. She is a Two-Time All-American and scored a perfect 10 on Vault in the 2020-21 season.)
Monthly Fees for teams:
The annual fee is broken into 12 equal monthly payments. Monthly fees are distributed to team participants upon team and level selection. All team participants must be YMCA members.