AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) provides a wonderful opportunity for children to participate in competitive gymnastics without the burden of financial and time commitments required by USAGymnastics. Children as young as 5 can participate with little experience to begin. It requires 2 practices/week for 2 1/2 hours each. The goal of this program is to compete each level with success and earn a feeling of accomplishment. While a college scholarship is not out of the question from this program, most gymnasts will not reach that level. The AAU program is provided to give gymnasts an opportunity to experience gymnastics in a nurturing, fun environment that allows for the many benefits of gymnastics including goal setting, perseverance, time management and work ethic lessons. Many colleges have club gymnastics and the AAU program could provide the training to give a gymnast an opportunity to possibly participate in a club gymnastics program in college.