Best USAG Gymnastic Gym in the Area

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#1 Nov 5, 2010
Where is the best USAG Gymnastics Gym in the Area? How many coaches do they have? How many meets do they attend? How long have they been in business? What shape is the equipment in?

Thanks for any and all information. Opinions appreciated!

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#2 Nov 5, 2010
Place called Monday's lounge, they have pole gymnastics. Not the best looking participants but what do you want for a buck?
Gymnist

Albany, NY

#3 Nov 11, 2010
Reality Checks In wrote:
Where is the best USAG Gymnastics Gym in the Area? How many coaches do they have? How many meets do they attend? How long have they been in business? What shape is the equipment in?
Thanks for any and all information. Opinions appreciated!
I hear Flyers is a good place.
Rhapsody

Oneonta, NY

#4 Nov 11, 2010
Gymnist wrote:
<quoted text>I hear Flyers is a good place.
The YMCA in Lakewood is moving toward a USAG program; so the jurry is still out on them. Flyers is OKAY, not great -- Sherri Melson has no real people skills, she like the kids; but doesn't really care for any parent involvement. She is a MUCH better coach then her daughter Marissa. Due to Marissa's lack of coaching capabilities and skills they no longer have a competitive cheer program. STROUPS Gymnastics has been around the longest and has the most comprehensive coaching staff, if you are looking toward competing on a larger scale you need to check out STROUPS Gym!

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#5 Nov 11, 2010
Stroups Gymnastics is the BEST USAG gym in the area, their years of coaching experience shows in their gymnasts as well as their program. The YMCA and YWCA programs only compete Y to Y as of yet. The YMCA in Lakewood is under a new coach and is working on getting their USAG competition status, util then it's STROUPS hands down. Flyers Gymnastics in Falconer is a USAG gym, as stated Sherri Melson is OKAY, but just OKAY she treats all the gymnasts as a "team" even though they compete individually, she has NO people skills, and her daughter Marissa should not be allowed to coach small children. As stated, Marissa single handily ruined their competitive cheer program. There is a USAG gym in Olean and two in Erie PA.

I would recommend visiting them announced and unannounced. Flyers Gym will show well when you are announced; but unannounced you will see a HUGE difference!

Good luck in your USAG gymnastic search.

Since: Feb 10

Shepherdsville, KY

#6 Nov 11, 2010
I have had experiences with all three in the area. It is Stroups hands down. The other programs are more relaxed, especially the Y's. I did not get a very warm feeling as a parent when we attended the Flyers program as others have already posted. I went to a couple meets out of the area a couple years ago and the other clubs were always impressed from the Stroup's competitors and coaching. If you are serious about having your child compete I believe Stroup's is the choice for it seems like a more rigid and professional program. I hope this helps. Good luck.
Reality Checks In wrote:
Where is the best USAG Gymnastics Gym in the Area? How many coaches do they have? How many meets do they attend? How long have they been in business? What shape is the equipment in?
Thanks for any and all information. Opinions appreciated!
Fly high

Warren, PA

#8 Nov 13, 2010
I know that the new coach that took over the Lakewood YMCA gymnastics program is a former USAG Gym owner and that they will be competing USAG. I have heard that the atmosphere, attitude of the coaches and gymnast are better than other places that some of the girls have been to. My daughter attends there and we love it. She has grown more this year than in the past. If you are serious about finding the right gym, make sure you talk to Meadow at the Lakewood YMCA before you make a decision.
Gymnast

Oneonta, NY

#9 Nov 13, 2010
Fly high wrote:
I know that the new coach that took over the Lakewood YMCA gymnastics program is a former USAG Gym owner and that they will be competing USAG. I have heard that the atmosphere, attitude of the coaches and gymnast are better than other places that some of the girls have been to. My daughter attends there and we love it. She has grown more this year than in the past. If you are serious about finding the right gym, make sure you talk to Meadow at the Lakewood YMCA before you make a decision.
I too have experience with all 3 gyms, and if you want your child to compete at a high competitive level it is STROUPS hands down. They are more professional and their gymnast have the best training in the area. The YMCA in Lakewood it just starting and the gymnasts they have were trained by Stroups. If you only want recreational classes then the YMCA or Flyers Gymnastics would be fine; but to really compete USA Gymnastics - Stroups has my vote.
Fly high

Warren, PA

#10 Nov 15, 2010
Gymnast wrote:
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I too have experience with all 3 gyms, and if you want your child to compete at a high competitive level it is STROUPS hands down. They are more professional and their gymnast have the best training in the area. The YMCA in Lakewood it just starting and the gymnasts they have were trained by Stroups. If you only want recreational classes then the YMCA or Flyers Gymnastics would be fine; but to really compete USA Gymnastics - Stroups has my vote.
I know that a couple girls have moved from Stroups and went to Lakewood, but I wonder why they left? The other thing I look at is that the Lakewood coach has a 9 year old daughter that she has been coaching for 3 years competing USAG who is now a Level 7. I bet she is one of the youngest Level 7 in our area! Best thing to do is to talk to the Coaches! Hope your gym hunt goes well.
Gym Mom

Oneonta, NY

#11 Nov 15, 2010
If you want a good gym, you are going to have to travel. The best in the area in in Orchard Park. www.gymnastics-unlimited.net/ Check the website. They do compete and are sanctioned. Their coaches are the best, they have a very professional, well equipped gym.
Gym Mom

Oneonta, NY

#12 Nov 15, 2010
Go to the team link and see all the awards they have for each level. Also there is approx. 37 coaches 8-1 ratio

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#13 Nov 15, 2010
Fly high wrote:
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I know that a couple girls have moved from Stroups and went to Lakewood, but I wonder why they left? The other thing I look at is that the Lakewood coach has a 9 year old daughter that she has been coaching for 3 years competing USAG who is now a Level 7. I bet she is one of the youngest Level 7 in our area! Best thing to do is to talk to the Coaches! Hope your gym hunt goes well.
6 of the 13 YMCA Team Gymnasts are from Stroups and were trained at Stroups for over 4/5 years. As far as the "levels" go, Meadow bumped up all the gymnasts 1 level, now unless she was able to work miracles in 3 weeks, they are not truly that level. I know of one in particular that has already done two years at level 4, and still does NOT have her KIP; but Meadow moved her up to level 5 to keep her and her parents happy. NO that would not have happened at Stroups, and I agree with that -- No KIP no advancement to Level 5, it's that simple. As far as the "coaches daughter" I will have to see her compete, and I wonder what skills she wasn't reqiured to have to level up. As for leaving Stroups, the aforementioned lack of skills to level up and that the YMCA is $95 a month and Stroups is $195 a month. You get what you pay for, and again those that moved didn't care if they didn't compete USAG; but only Y to Y. Meadow is making her team parents a lot of promises, I will be truly impressed if she can keep them, based on what I have seen so far. Again, as stated in many posts STROUPS for this area hands down. The Orchard park gym is beautiful and their meets are exceptional; they fees are comparable to Stroups; but the travel expense is great and the safety in the winter would also be a factor.
Unknown

Jamestown, NY

#14 Dec 17, 2011
Time to update this string of comments. Having experienced both Flyers and Stroups, Flyers is THE BEST gym in the area! Currently, Stroups is for sale, and has only 1 coach, who has never been a competitive gymnast, and is a retired JPS gym teacher, who has some questionable history regarding her treatment of young children. Stroups' facility is old, has old equipment, low ceilings, and is not safe.
Flyers on the other hand, is a wonderfully positive environment, where girls encourage each other and set goals through positive reinforcement and praise by the coaches. There are 2 head coaches, 2 junior coaches, a personal trainer, and a dance instructor, all offerred for LESS the cost of Stroups, in a better facility. Flyers gym has expanded with new/more equipment (i.e. foam pit), in a safe environment, and high ceilings. All the coaches are fantastic people!
It's a no brainer...Flyers is better, hands-down!
Marissa is worst coach

United States

#15 Dec 17, 2011
Unknown wrote:
Time to update this string of comments. Having experienced both Flyers and Stroups, Flyers is THE BEST gym in the area! Currently, Stroups is for sale, and has only 1 coach, who has never been a competitive gymnast, and is a retired JPS gym teacher, who has some questionable history regarding her treatment of young children. Stroups' facility is old, has old equipment, low ceilings, and is not safe.
Flyers on the other hand, is a wonderfully positive environment, where girls encourage each other and set goals through positive reinforcement and praise by the coaches. There are 2 head coaches, 2 junior coaches, a personal trainer, and a dance instructor, all offerred for LESS the cost of Stroups, in a better facility. Flyers gym has expanded with new/more equipment (i.e. foam pit), in a safe environment, and high ceilings. All the coaches are fantastic people!
It's a no brainer...Flyers is better, hands-down!
Yes Flyers is so safe that their level 8 Gymnast hit the side of the "new pit" improperly installed and broke her ankle in 3 places and will have screws in her ankle for the rest of her life! The head coach Sherri does not do well with special needs children and only cares that the other "head coach" her 21 year old daughter Marissa who is only a head coach as she is the daughter of the owner. As far as a personal trainer and dance instructor. Please check your facts. Stroups is for sale, and the gym will be moving in early 2012 to a better facility and getting all new equipment. Again, if you want an average gymnast coached by questionable coaches as you put it choose Flyers. If you want a coach who truly cares about her gymnasts as well as their families. Stroups if the way to go!
Marissa is worst coach

United States

#16 Dec 17, 2011
Rhapsody wrote:
<quoted text>
The YMCA in Lakewood is moving toward a USAG program; so the jurry is still out on them. Flyers is OKAY, not great -- Sherri Melson has no real people skills, she like the kids; but doesn't really care for any parent involvement. She is a MUCH better coach then her daughter Marissa. Due to Marissa's lack of coaching capabilities and skills they no longer have a competitive cheer program. STROUPS Gymnastics has been around the longest and has the most comprehensive coaching staff, if you are looking toward competing on a larger scale you need to check out STROUPS Gym!
Exactly Sherri has NO people skills, and Marrisa is unqualified to coach.
Marissa is worst coach

United States

#17 Dec 17, 2011
Gymnast wrote:
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I too have experience with all 3 gyms, and if you want your child to compete at a high competitive level it is STROUPS hands down. They are more professional and their gymnast have the best training in the area. The YMCA in Lakewood it just starting and the gymnasts they have were trained by Stroups. If you only want recreational classes then the YMCA or Flyers Gymnastics would be fine; but to really compete USA Gymnastics - Stroups has my vote.
AMEN!!
Marissa is worst coach

United States

#18 Dec 17, 2011
Tim Sullivan wrote:
I have had experiences with all three in the area. It is Stroups hands down. The other programs are more relaxed, especially the Y's. I did not get a very warm feeling as a parent when we attended the Flyers program as others have already posted. I went to a couple meets out of the area a couple years ago and the other clubs were always impressed from the Stroup's competitors and coaching. If you are serious about having your child compete I believe Stroup's is the choice for it seems like a more rigid and professional program. I hope this helps. Good luck.
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Thanks Mr. Sullivan, You are totally correct in your assement of the gyms. Stroups if the way to go!
Marissa is worst coach

United States

#19 Dec 17, 2011
Kandy Kisses wrote:
<quoted text>
6 of the 13 YMCA Team Gymnasts are from Stroups and were trained at Stroups for over 4/5 years. As far as the "levels" go, Meadow bumped up all the gymnasts 1 level, now unless she was able to work miracles in 3 weeks, they are not truly that level. I know of one in particular that has already done two years at level 4, and still does NOT have her KIP; but Meadow moved her up to level 5 to keep her and her parents happy. NO that would not have happened at Stroups, and I agree with that -- No KIP no advancement to Level 5, it's that simple. As far as the "coaches daughter" I will have to see her compete, and I wonder what skills she wasn't reqiured to have to level up. As for leaving Stroups, the aforementioned lack of skills to level up and that the YMCA is $95 a month and Stroups is $195 a month. You get what you pay for, and again those that moved didn't care if they didn't compete USAG; but only Y to Y. Meadow is making her team parents a lot of promises, I will be truly impressed if she can keep them, based on what I have seen so far. Again, as stated in many posts STROUPS for this area hands down. The Orchard park gym is beautiful and their meets are exceptional; they fees are comparable to Stroups; but the travel expense is great and the safety in the winter would also be a factor.
Meadow didn't make it and the Y went back to their old coach and program. Again you still get what you pay for!
Sage

Wilbraham, MA

#20 Dec 28, 2011
We are currently enrolled at flyers and the team girls have increased to I think 40ish members because many have converted from stroups. I have talked to several different families and the consensus makes a lot of claims about very bad coaching at stroups, dishonesty, and poor conditions. Please keep in mind this info is just what I heard, not what I witnessed. In any event, so far we really love flyers and have no complaints. Sheri has interacted great with the families.
RUSerious

Bemus Point, NY

#21 Dec 29, 2011
Stroup's is good at the compulsory level 1-5, but doesn't do well with the optionals. They do not know the requirements and that is why the optional girls do not do well at the meets. I would recommend going to Erie or Buffalo if you are serious about being a gymnast.

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