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Regular Season 2017-18
2017-18 x Regular Season

Amy Stites

Head Coach

Post Season Update (2-25-18)

Hello Rochester HS Gymnasts and Families,

We returned today from an exciting and successful weekend at state!  Aimee did a great job competing on beam.  She stuck her routine and scored a 9.225! Great job, Aimee!! When you see her tomorrow night, be sure to congratulate her!

I wanted to send a quick reminder about the banquet tomorrow night, Feb. 26 at the Century HS cafeteria starting as soon as we get the food set up.  We have asked each grade to provide something for the pot luck.  Don’t forget to provide a serving utensil for your dish.  Please check last week’s update if you are unsure of what to bring. We would like to have the food set up around 5:30-5:45.  I realize this time is not ideal so do the best you can.  We have a number of students who also have a music program they need to get to by 7.  We will have the parents go through the line first followed by coaches then gymnasts.  Hopefully, we can get the awards ceremony started a little after 6 PM. 

IMPORTANT:  I am uploading the list of gymnasts who need to return leotards and warm-ups. Check to see if your name is highlighted.  If so, you need to return your equipment TOMORROW!  Please make sure your equipment is washed and stored in a gallon size baggie.  Write your name and number for each item on the outside of the baggie. This makes doing the inventory much quicker and easier.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow night! 


Post Season Update (2-19-18)

Wow!  What an amazing two weeks!  Thank you gymnasts, parents/guardians and my amazing coaching staff for helping make the tournament season a fun and memorable time.  It’s never easy pulling off one major event let alone two in two weeks.  I knew when we accepted the challenge, we had all the right people on board to make both events huge successes.  I can’t say thank you enough to all of you!


At the section meet, the JM and Century teams hit their season high team scores and Mayo hit their 2nd highest team score.  The Century girls had near perfect bar routines with 5 stuck landings while JM had stuck beam routines and Mayo hit many individual successes throughout the day.  It truly was an amazing event with many proud moments for gymnasts and coaches alike.  


I am sending a special shout out to Abby Siems, event manager, and Brian Ihrke, Athletic Director for all of your time, energy and commitment you put into making the tournaments spectacular events!  Both events were a huge success because of your hard work and relentless pursuit of perfection!


I also need to recognize and thank the RPS custodians, grounds crew, and maintenance staff. You ALL are truly amazing! Your willingness to help, work hard, and support our efforts were unmatched.  I am proud I was able to work alongside of you and look forward to the next time we have the opportunity to venture into an event together.   


Aimee Rothschild earned a state berth on beam and will be competing this Saturday in the MN State Gymnastics Individual Championship. The competition begins at 6 PM and is located in the Sports Pavilion on the U of M campus.  Come at support Aimee!


We also had the bitter sweet moment of saying goodbye to our 5 senior gymnasts.  Thank you Olivia, Greta, Lyra, Maddie, and Meg! You have provided our teams with leadership, guidance and memories that we will always cherish!  We know you will venture into this world and do great things because we’ve been witness to the many great things you have already accomplished!  Keep up the great work and best of luck to all of you!


Next Monday, we will celebrate our amazing season with the End of Season Potluck and Awards Ceremony.  The event will be held at the Century Cafe and will begin around 5:30.  We ask that each grade please provide a dish to pass.  The  assignments are as follows:


Seniors: Cooler of soda/water

Juniors: Main Dish

Sophomores: Main Dish

Freshman: Main Dish

8th Graders:  Side Dish/Salad/Veggies

7th Graders:  Fruit/Dessert


I am truly blessed to have spent the last 4 months with this group of young athletes.  Every day was a pleasure to walk into the gym and coach your children.  They are a hard working, fun, energetic, kind group of girls-truly one of the best groups I’ve had the pleasure to coach!  They are going to accomplish so much and I can’t wait to watch them all grow.  Many of you know I sustained a shoulder injury last season.  I recently found out I need surgery to fix the injury.  As a result, I will be stepping down as head coach following the state meet.  I’m going to spend some time healing and enjoying my family.  I began my coaching career in 1991 at Gage East so it only seems fitting to conclude my career there as well.   I have a few new goals in the works, most importantly, trying to find our gymnastics program a new home.  I won’t be far away and I hope to take on the new title of “permanent volunteer” while making frequent appearances in the gym. Until next time and with sincere gratitude, thank you for your continued support of Rochester High School Gymnastics.


Weekly Update: (2-4-18)

What an amazing end to our regular season!  Friday marked our last regular season meet and we couldn't be more proud of the gymnasts.  Let me share just a few of the great things that happened in Winona.

  • 14 gymnasts scored a personal record on one or more events (Sofia H., Lilly M., Sam F., Amina S., Mia T., Olivia Balang, Bri K., Miya O., Aimee R., Madison K., Maddie R., Greta D., Lauren P., Alissa S.)
  • Lots of new skills competed for the first time (Maddie R. and Sam F. flipped their tsuks on vault, Sofia H. and Maya did tucks on floor, many new beam jumps, kips & dismounts on bars and other skills too.)
  • Aimee Rothschild won beam with a score of 9.2
  • Seventh grader, Lauren Pavelko, placed third in every event and the all around
  • Team camaraderie and celebrations evident throughout the night

We have an amazing group of athletes who care about each other, work hard everyday, goal set and strive, share positive attitudes and truly want to get better each day they walk into our gym.  We have enjoyed coaching them and watching them grow as athletes and young women.  Thank you, parents for entrusting your girls to us.  We have enjoyed the season greatly!  

Now, we settle in for the next few weeks of tournament play.  Here is what the week looks like:

MONDAY: Practice for tournament team from 4-6:30.  JV end of season party and equipment return from 6:00-7:00.  Any gymnast who is NOT continuing into post-season, needs to return your clean leotard, warm up jacket and leggings.  Please put your clean items into gallon size baggies for safe keeping over the year.  Team voting for end of season awards will take place at this time.

TUESDAY-THURSDAY: Tournament team practice 4:00-6:30

FRIDAY: Tournament team gymnasts meet at JM after school.  Any JV gymnasts able to help decorate and prep for the meet should also join us at this time.  Coaches and district staff will be setting up the gym starting at 2:00 PM.  We would be happy to have parent volunteers to help decorate, prep event areas, etc.  Please email or call Coach Stites if you can help or feel free to stop by anytime from 3:00-6:00 PM.   Gymnasts will be able to practice once the equipment is set up.  We anticipate the gym ready to go around 4:00 PM. Practice should be done by 6:00 or 6:30 if all goes according to plan.

SATURDAY:  Big 9 Conference Championship 

This will be the first of two major events for our team.  An email was sent out regarding ways to donate and/or help make this a special day.  Our team will be running the JM concession stand as a fundraiser for our team.  We have asked for the JV gymnasts to work one of the two-hour time slots over the next two weekends.  All profits will come back to our team to help purchase new equipment/items for the gym.  We are still in need of a few hospitality room donations and team gift bags as well as parent volunteers to help supervise the concession stand.  Please check out the link for our team's signup genius or contact Coach Stites, Coach Christina or Robyn Ohashi if you can help.  

Link to help with donations for hospitality room and team gift bags:

Link to help supervise concession stand:

As always, thanks for all your support!  We couldn't do it without all of you!

Weekly Update (1/28/18)

Hello!  Where did January go?  We've enjoyed the little break in our schedule with no meets last week.  The gymnasts had lots of extra time to work on some new skills.  We are really excited to show them off at the Winona meet this week.  Here is a summary of events to look forward to:

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY:  Split practice times as usual.  We continue to appreciate the split practices.  So many good things happening.  Lots of new skills popping up!

THURSDAY: Pre-meet workout.  This practice should be short and to the point.  Gymnasts should practice the routines they plan to compete on Friday and are excused as soon as they have completed their workout.

FRIDAY:  Last meet of the regular season! This will be the last meet for our JV gymnasts.  The meet is in Winona and will be held at the Middle School. The meet begins at 6:30.  March-in will be at 6:15.  I am going to ask for the HS gymnasts to be let out of school early on Friday so our bus can leave by 3:15.  I will let them know once it is approved.  Look for updates on Twitter.  

ANNOUNCING OF TOURNAMENT ROSTER:  Throughout the season we have gymnasts who compete at both the JV and Varsity levels.  At this point in the season, we determine which gymnasts will continue into varsity tournament play.  The decision is based on which gymnasts have the most difficult routines and who can contribute to each schools' team score.  The roster will be determined based on those skills, routines and attitudes displayed throughout the season. We will post/announce the roster between Feb. 2-5.  It will be posted on the web site and Twitter.  If your name is not on the roster, you should plan to return your equipment Monday, Feb. 5 at the last JV practice.  

MONDAY (Feb. 5):  This will be the last regular practice for JV girls.  Practice and party from 6:00-7:00.  We ask that each JV gymnast returns her washed leotard, leggings and warmup jacket.  It can be put into a gallon baggie with your name and number if you want the same one back next season.  We will also be having a pizza party and voting for team awards during this time.  Everyone should bring their own drink. 

REMINDER:  We are hosting the Big 9 Conference meet at JM on Saturday, Feb. 10.  This is an event for all gymnasts including the JV team.  We want their support before, during, and after the meet.  Most of the girls who are NOT competing will be responsible for various tasks to help ensure a quality event.  An email was sent out asking for donations and/or signups for various tasks.  Please help out where you can.  Thanks.   

Weekly Update (1-15-18)

Wow! What an amazing weekend!  We had so many great things happen at our meet on Friday and again at the JV invite on Sat.  We are so proud of all the gymnasts!  They continue to work hard and challenge themselves each day.  We are enjoying watching them achieve their goals and set new ones each week.  The split practice times is giving each gymnast more reps on the equipment and allows the coaching staff to meet their individual needs. Please check the schedule regarding practice times.  Below is a summary of the week:

Tuesday and Wednesday:  Split practice times as usual

Thursday:  This is a combined practice time.   This is a "pre-meet" workout which means the gym is open from 4-7.  Each gymnasts can determine how much time she needs to prepare for the meet on Friday.  The idea is to come in, work out then go home to mentally prepare for the meet.  It is not a day for working new skills or having an extended practice.  Plan rides accordingly.

Friday:  AWAY vs Mankato.  Each high school will be releasing the gymnasts at 2:15. They should go immediately to Gage East.  The middle school athletes should plan to get out at the same time.  They need to have a parent call or write a note to be excused early.  The bus is scheduled to leave at 2:45.  The meet starts at 6 PM and there are 5 teams so it will be a long meet.  We typically get back home around 11:00 PM. 

Saturday:  Mini-camp Fundraiser.  If you are looking for volunteer hours, this is a great way to get them in.  See Coach Christina for details.  

Tournament Plans:  We have been working behind the scenes to organize the conference and section meets in Feb.  We are looking for volunteers to help with simple tasks like supervising the concession stand (JV gymnasts will work a shift as a fundraiser), donations to the hospitality room and decorating.  Look for an email with more details in the near future.  There will also be a signup genius account for food and drink donations.  We appreciate your support.  

As always, thanks for your continued support in and out of the gym.  We couldn't do it without you!

PS-Bring It Home, Vikes!!


Weekly Update (1/7/18)

Congrats to all the competitors and thank you to all the teammates and families who came out to the meet on Saturday!  We appreciate all the support!  Special congratulations to Maddie Rashid who placed 4th on beam with a score of 9.35.  Special recognition goes to Olivia Baratz and Aimee Rothschild for their high beam scores as well.  Liv scored 8.95 and Aimee scored 8.8.  There were many other successes to accompany the high scores.  A number of gymnasts had "no fall" beam routines and there were a few entertaining "saves" on bars and beam.  Good job, girls!

We are beginning a new schedule this week with separate practice times for varsity and JV gymnasts.  We believe this will allow for more individual support and extra time on equipment.  Thanks for all the support as we implement this change.  Please let me know if you have questions. 

We have another busy week coming up.  The summary is below:

MONDAY:  JV only practice from 6:00-8:00. 

TUESDAY - THURSDAY:  Varsity practice from 4:00-6:30 pm and JV practice from 6:00-8:00 pm.

FRIDAY:  HOME meet vs Faribault.  Meet starts at 6:00 with march-in at 5:55.  This is also our Senior Gymnast and Parent Recognition Night!  We will host an ice cream social following the meet.  Please join us as we celebrate our senior gymnasts and ALL the parents who support us through the season!

SATURDAY:  JV Invitational at KAATS in Pine Island.  This is a great meet for all of our JV gymnasts!  Bus will load at 7:15 with a 7:30 depart time.  The meet starts at 11:00 am.  You may want to get there early as seating is limited.

Over the next few weeks we will be reaching out for your support as we begin to detail our needs for the conference and section meets that are being hosted by our teams.  Please look for details and ways to support these two big events.  We ask for the JV gymnasts to remain involved even during the weeks when their practices are done and especially on the days of the meets.  One area we know where we will need help from the JV gymnasts and their parents is in the concession stand during the tournaments.  We ask each gymnasts to work a shift for the meets.  This is one of our fundraisers for the season.  Any money we make is given back to our program in the form of equipment and/or team events.  Thanks.

First update of 2018!

Happy New Year!  It's hard to believe 2018 is already here!  I hope the winter break provided you all with rest, relaxation and time with family.  We are off to a fast paced start already.  Here is what you need to know for this week.

Tuesday: HOME meet vs Red Wing.  Gymnasts should arrive between 4:00-4:30.  March-in will be at 6:25 PM with the meet starting at 6:30 PM. If you are donating items for the hospitality room, please drop them off any time after 4 and before 5:45. Thanks.

Wednesday: Regular practice 5:00-7:30

THURSDAY: Split Practice Times!!!  B Squad practice is 4:00-6:00 and A Squad is 5:30-7:30. (This is a correction from my original post). Calendar above is the correct times.

Friday:  Varsity Invite Practice only (4:00-6:00 PM). If you are competing on Sat or if you are listed as an alternate, please plan to attend practice on Friday.  (updated lineup will follow Tuesday's meet).

Saturday:  Faribault Invite (all day).  The bus will load at 6:30 AM and departs at 6:45 AM.  The meet is held at the Faribault Middle School and begins at 11:00 AM.  If you ordered a T-shirt, please bring your $12 by Friday.  All JV and varsity teammates are expected to attend the meet to support their teammates who will be competing.

That's all for now. Hope to see you at the meet tomorrow.

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