USA WHEEL GYMNASTICS
Gym Wheel Loaner Program
Our mission is to make Wheel accessible to everyone, and that’s why the USA WGF has started the “Gym Wheel Loaner Program”. This program is made to give individuals, clubs, or organizations a “test run” with a German Wheel to explore their potential with the apparatus and see if it draws enough interest to start a Wheel program in the future.
USA Wheel Gymnastics will loan 1-2 Wheels for 6 months (availability permitting) for no fee as an incentive, but the transportation has to be paid for by the loanee. To be eligible for the program, the following conditions must be met:
– valid membership with USA WGF
– coaching certificate with Wheel Gymnastics of USA WGF
– own at least one available Gym Wheel before another Wheel can be borrowed
If you are interested in participating in the “Gym Wheel Loaner Program”, please contact Wolfgang Bienztle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loaner program testimonials:
German Wheel has been foundational to the growth Circus Kazoo. Wheel offers artistic expression to performers, competitive opportunities to athletes, after school programming for novice circus participants, an alternative exercise possibility for unconventional movers and an exciting station at community outreach events including school functions, parades, open houses, and performances. We are able to boast four levels of student training (from toddlers to adults) and a competitive team that placed at the last competition. The loaner program with USA Wheel Federation has made a tremendous impact on our program as it makes wheel accessible and affordable.
Jennifer Richard, Director
Circus Kazoo, Grayslake, IL
The German Wheel loaner program has greatly helped me in building my wheel program. Through this program I have introduced German Wheel to gymnasts in my program who would never have had the opportunity to learn and experience this fun and exciting discipline. I would highly recommend this program to anyone wishing to start or build a wheel program.
Tri-State Athletics, New Castle, DE
More about Wheel, how to start a Wheel Gymnastics program… And where you can go with it!
USA Wheel Gymnastics is proud to announce the development of a new program designed to welcome newcomers to the sport of Wheel Gymnastics (Rhoenrad). The program is designed to test basic Gym Wheel skills in the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. The first testing was conducted at the 2011 Circle of Stars GymFest in January with seven athletes passing at their respective levels. After the basic skills, athletes move on to compete compulsory routines. After compulsories, the athletes follow international Junior and/or Senior rules.
Originated in Germany in the early 1900’s, Wheel Gymnastics is governed by the International Rhoenrad Federation (IRV) and has a World Championships that includes over 25 countries. Coaching certification occurs twice each year in Chicago at the Big Wheel Weekend, with current and former world champions as instructors. Cincinnati, Ohio will be the site of the 2016 Wheel Worlds, so now is the time to get rolling and join in on the fun!
A Gym Wheel is made up of two steel rims connected by two stride rungs, two handle rungs, and two board rungs. Leather belts are attached to the boards to secure the feet. Wheels are manufactured in diameter increments of 5cm, from the smallest of 150cm to the largest of 250cm, (it would take approximately 5 wheels in 15cm increments to get a good start on a wheel program.) Wheels are made to disassemble in four pieces, so they are very easy to pack up and transport for after school, YMCA, park district and similar programs.
Competition and Entertainment
Wheel competition includes three disciplines: straight line, spiral, and vault. Beginning Wheel curriculum emphasizes straight line skills, but includes introductory skills for the spiral and vaulting disciplines. Straight line work includes rocking the Wheel in various standing and seated positions, as well as full turns of the Wheel in cartwheels, push-up, and bridge positions. Spiral involves tipping the Wheel onto one rim and spinning it in a circular pattern. In the vault discipline, gymnasts roll the Wheel then run and jump to propel themselves over the top and complete a landing on the other side.
But enough of the technical stuff… Competition is not the only outlet for Wheels! Since it is relatively easy to learn basic rolling skills, Gym Wheels make for great exhibition and GymFest routines. Many people have probably seen the Wheels in different Cirque du Soleil shows, NBA halftimes, or possibly even on their last cruise!
How the Loaner Program Works
As stated above, one of the prerequisites for the Loaner Program is to already own at least one Wheel. This may seem backwards, but we want to make sure that the Loanee has some dedication, experience (and safety) with Wheels before we trust them with more. If you qualify, we will provide 1-2 Wheels for a six month period (availability permitting) without charge. Once again, travel expenses are paid for by the Loanee and the Loanee does not own the wheel, but is simply renting it. At the end of the 6 month period, groups may be able to keep the wheel/s as a rental (availability permitting), for a monthly fee to be arranged with Wolfgang.
Being that most German Wheels are large, it’s important to have an adequate size to train in. Depending on the size of the Wheel you rent, in general, a training space that is open, evenly surfaced, and roughly the size of a school classroom is a good place to start. However, if you’re lucky enough to snag them, school and rec center gymnasiums are even better!
If you have any questions about Wheel sizes, marketing Wheel classes, techniques or anything else Wheel-related, remember that USA WGF is available for consultation and/or workshops (potential fees on a case-by-case basis).
Wheel Gymnastics is a safe, fun, healthy creative outlet that gives children, teenagers, and adults a challenging yet positive experience with the world of gymnastics. Most gym owners these days are looking for new ways to keep students interested and involved and to bring new clients and revenue to the gym. With the low cost to secure a few Wheels and their portability factor, Wheel Gymnastics is the perfect addition.