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MEN'S JR. OLYMPIC TEAM - Blaine/Ham Lake


We strive to provide the mental and physical discipline needed for competition within a framework of positive reinforcement, and encouragement.  We also hope that our program will deliver more than physical and competitive development.  We hope that your child will learn self motivation, self discipline, dedication, determination, good work ethics, time management, team work, team spirit, leadership, sportsmanship, respect for danger, respect for others, grace and poise.  When our athletes are “retired” from our team we hope they have established a base of life skills that will assist them through all of their adult life.  A study of athletes in Quebec found that 96% of children say their coach plays an important role in influencing their thoughts and behaviors compared to 65% of teachers and 55% of parents.  With this in mind, our team coaches take their role in your child’s life very seriously.  We measure our success not so much by the number of awards and trophies we receive, but rather with what the child takes with them when they leave the sport.


Team competition is very important to our program.  Although gymnastics is generally viewed as an individual sport, we try to cultivate the importance of a “Team” by working as a Team.  Not every child on our team can be an individual winner, but if we continually improve as a team, we feel that each individual can feel pride and accomplishment in achieving this goal.


Jam Hops is dedicated to developing happy, healthy, confident and successful children.  One way to meet this goal is to place the gymnast at the level where they can be happy, safe and confident.  This means athletes must be able to perform the skills and routines (on all 6 events) required at a given level comfortably.  The skills should not be on the edge or beyond their ability.  We will never ask or expect an athlete to perform a skill or routine in a competition if they cannot perform it consistently in practice.  Since skill level generally determines the level of competition, this will be one of the deciding factors when considering mobility.  Other factors that will be taken into consideration are attitude, work ethic, and attendance.

Begin Here. Go Anywhere.


Welcome to the USA Junior Olympic Jam Hops boys competitive team page.  Gymnastics is the greatest overall body conditioning activity that your child can be involved in.  Moreover, our gymnasts are consistently leaders in their schools and communities.  Many studies have been done testing the components of physical fitness of a number of college athletes involved in various sports.  When the totals were added up, gymnasts proved to be the most physically fit.  Some of the physical attributes that your child will develop are: strength, flexibility, kinesthetic awareness, muscular control, muscular endurance, coordination, timing, explosive power, agility, running speed and technique.  Some of the mental attributes that we hope to develop are: positive self-image, self-motivation, tenacity, patience, concentration, courage, and enjoyment.  The emphasis that gymnastics training places on developing these mental attributes will carry over into every area of their lives and will build a strong foundation for the skills they will need later in life.  Other life skills they will learn are willingness to sacrifice for personal growth, goal setting and time management. 

If you would like more information or would like to set up a trial for our boys team, please call (763)413-0647.  Looking forward to hearing from you!


About USA Gymnastics:

USA Gymnastics is the sole national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in the United States. This designation comes from the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). USA Gymnastics sets the rules and policies that govern gymnastics in the United States. USA Gymnastics has many responsibilities, including selecting and training the U.S. Gymnastics Teams for Olympic Games and World Championships; promoting and developing gymnastics on a grassroots and national level; and serving as a resource center for member clubs, fans and gymnasts throughout the United States.  The organization has programs in men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling and acrobatic gymnastics.

The 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization was established in Tucson, Ariz., in 1963. The first Board of Directors began the time-consuming task of creating a viable national program for gymnastics in the United States.  During the mid-1960s the United States had scarcely 7,000 athletes competing a limited schedule. The only major international events for gymnasts were the Olympic Games and the Pan American Games. Due to the hard work of U.S. gymnastics pioneers, such as Frank Bare, George Gulack, Dean McCoy, Gene Wettstone and Arthur Gander, the U.S. Gymnastics Federation, now doing business as USA Gymnastics, gained membership into the FIG in 1970, opening the door to numerous opportunities for U.S. gymnasts. In the last 30-plus years, the sport has grown by leaps and bounds. Most recently, USA Gymnastics welcomed acrobatic gymnastics as its newest discipline in 2002.

Today, more than 110,000 athletes and professionals are members of USA Gymnastics. USA Gymnastics has more than 90,000 athletes registered in competitive programs, as well as more than 20,000 professional, instructor and club members. Throughout the year, USA Gymnastics provides educational opportunities for coaches and judges, as well as gym club owners and administrators, through regional Congresses, the National Congress and Trade Show and USA Gymnastics University.  Approximately 3,500 competitions and events throughout the USA are sanctioned annually. USA Gymnastics is headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., and has expanded very quickly in its 30-plus years. The original staff of three has now grown to more than 40 employees, handling member services, competition programs, marketing, communications, events, finance and administration.

USA Gymnastics logo and organizational slogan – “Begin Here.  Go Anywhere.” – were adopted in June 2003.


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