SCATS News and Events
SCATS Named OC's "Best Competitive Gymnastics Class" of 2017
Thanks to the editorial staff of Parenting OC for picking SCATS as 2017 Editors’ Choice Award / BestGymnastics Class in OC! This our 3rd time in 4 years taking home the gold, so to speak. Look for the September issue of Parenting OC Magazine in our front office and around town to see SCATS featured ON THE COVER and within among other winners.
We would like to extend our sincerest “THANK YOU” to all of you, our hard-working and supportive SCATS parents that voted for us in the readers’ poll, and moreover who continue to keep your kids involved with an activity that is truly wonderful for child development on so many levels.
Over our 54 years, we have been fortunate to develop an environment that resembles an extended family more than anything. Parents, just as much as our coaches, front office staff and fabulous gymnasts of all ages, are a part of that family.
So here’s to you, SCATS moms, dads, grandparents and supportive family. Thank you for all you do! You are such a tremendous part of what makes this a second home for so many, and for that we are grateful.
Danny Yoon + FIVE SCATS Alumni do Big Things at the 2017 P&G USA Championships in Anaheim
Wow, what a HUGE weekend for the SCATS guys at the 2017 USA Championships!
This August, Orange County was home to the nation’s most prestigious annual gymnastics event when The Honda Center of Anaheim hosted the P&G National Championships. The biggest names in women’s and men’s gymnastics competed for gold and spots on the US National Teams while also vying for selection to the World Championships team headed to Montreal this fall.
What a year to be in our own backyard, too, as there were a total of SIX guys on the competitive stage representing SCATS this time around.
Danny Yoon competed at the Junior Elite level for the first time at P&G’s and came in 9th All Around in addition to 5th on floor exercise and a place on the podium for P-bars with the silver medal! Danny kept cool and collected throughout the meet, which in itself is impressive given his stiff competition, the high stakes, media coverage, and hometown factor. Big things are on the horizon for Danny, and we look forward to seeing where his determination takes him next.
Alongside Danny, SCATS alumni were at the Honda Center in force this year for the Senior men’s competition. Adrian De Los Angeles, Alex Powarzynski, Kanji Oyama, Cameron Bock and Sam Mikulak all competed and made a lasting impression. Representing Oklahoma U on a full scholarship, Alex took home the bronze on vault and landed in the top 10 All Around. Meanwhile, his former Oklahoma Sooner teammate, Kanji Oyama, was always close by as he followed Alex in 5th place on vault finals and finished 7th All Around. Both men also made the US National Team!
Another SCATS alum, who also secured a spot on the 2017 National Team, was not even certain he’d be able to compete at all earlier this year, following surgery on his Achilles tendon. 2-time Olympian Sam Mikulak has become a household name in the sport following his domination of American and NCAA gymnastics, but his injury left him wondering what was next. Sam decided to power ahead and compete on select events in USA Champs and showed us all that he couldn’t be kept down, taking home a silver medal on pommel horse!
We couldn’t be more proud of all our SCATS guys, and look forward to their next moves. Thanks to everyone who rooted for them at the meet!
The World of Gymnastics - History, Types, Rules, Scoring & More
You know their names – Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, and Simone Biles – you know that they’re Olympic gymnasts, and you may have even watched some of their gold-medal winning routines during the 2016 Olympic Games.
But how much do you really know about the sport?
11 Health Benefits of Gymnastics According to Science
Gymnastics is one of the best exercises for training for overall health and wellness. Multiple studies on this subject prove the importance of gymnastics for bone, muscle, and cognitive health. It’s not only about building muscle and improving flexibility, gymnasts make healthy lifestyle choices, are confident, and are able to make smart decisions to become successful adults.
Training your mind to feel happy and stress-free involves regular physical exercise. But boosting one’s cognitive and emotional state of mind requires a more intense and consistent training program. And that’s why gymnastics is so good for you! It helps build self-morale, determination, and better communication skills. It also improves quality of sleep, fights depression, and aids weight loss in the most effective way.
Participating in gymnastics from a younger age is important. It targets all muscle groups for total-body strength and flexibility. Plus, it fights a bunch of metabolic and immune disorders by lowering blood pressure and releasing antioxidant enzymes within the body.
"Chalk Talk" SCATS Monthly Newsletter: October Issue
Our October Issue of Chalk Talk, our monthly newsletter, is on the stands in PDF format. Enjoy!
Some previous issues of Chalk Talk are available here:
Danny Yoon Headed to 2017 P&G Nationals as Jr. Elite Alongside FIVE SCATS Alumni, Including 2-Time Olympian Sam Mikulak
The top US gymnasts are set to compete August 17th-20th at the Honda Center in Anaheim for the P&G National Gymnastics Championships. Among them are 2-time Olympian and SCATS’ very own alum, Sam Mikulak, our current Junior Elite Danny Yoon, plus SCATS alumni and graduates from Oklahoma U, Kanji Oyama and Alex Powarzynski, as well as past/future Michigan Wolverines and SCATS alumni, Adrian De Los Angeles and Cameron Bock. Wow! What a roster! Way to represent, gents!
Gymnasts from all over the country will compete in the four day meet at the Junior and Senior Elite Levels. The competition also serves as part of the selection process for the U.S. Team to compete in the World Championships this October in Montreal.
Tickets are currently on sale through the Honda Center Box office or online at PGChamps.com. This is a great way to come out and support some amazing gymnasts with your friends from SCATS and the whole family. Moreover, it’s a unique opportunity to see the absolute best of the best without having to travel too far or wait until 2028 when the Olympics return to Los Angeles!
If you have any questions about which days to attend or other details we might be able to assist you with, send us an email to email@example.com.
We hope to see you and your family there!
Gym & Swim Summer Camp 2017 June 26th - September 1st
Click on the image above to learn more about our 31st year of Gym & Swim Summer Camp! Click HERE to view our summer camp brochure complete with weekly themes and pricing.
Endless Summer "Beach Bash at SCATS" on Saturday July 22nd
SCATS Voted OC's "Best Gymnastics Class" of 2016
The results are in, and thanks to you, SCATS has been voted Orange County’s “Best Gymnastics Class” for the 2nd time in three years! Look for the September issue of Parenting OC Magazine around town to see SCATS featured among winners in other categories.
We would like to extend our sincerest “THANK YOU” to all of you, our hard-working and supportive SCATS parents that voted for us, and moreover who continue to keep your kids involved with an activity that is truly wonderful for child development on so many levels.
Over our 53 years, we have been fortunate to develop an environment that resembles an extended family more than a workplace. Parents, just as much as our coaches, front office staff and fabulous gymnasts of all ages, are a part of that family.
So here’s to you, SCATS moms, dads, grandparents and supportive family. Thank you for all you do! You are such a tremendous part of what makes this a second home for so many.
SCATS Wins 1st Place for 12th Year in HB 4th of July Parade
Thank you to all the SCATS families that came out to the 113th Annual(!) Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade this year and showed your support for the gym and our community! We took home the 1st place trophy for best youth float for the 12th time in our 15 years of participation, and we had an absolute blast down there with our friends and families. Hopefully you caught some of the awesome ABC 7 coverage if you couldn’t make it downtown on Monday. Check out the coverage of SCATS at our Instagram and Facebook pages. If you took any photos of your own, please share or tag SCATS in them! We’d love you to send them on over to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special thanks and congratulations goes out to our staff and families who worked very hard to make our float something truly special this and every year, and of course our SCATS Team for being the super stars of the show. You all rule!
If you’ve never attended the HB Parade, make sure to stop by next time around. It’s actually the largest Independence Day parade west of the Mississippi, and it’s a fun way for the family to spend the day prior to the BBQs & fireworks shows.
See you there next year!
The Annual Superbowl FUNday at SCATS...
Mikulak Takes 4th on High Bar, 7th All Around in Rio, "Final Five Dominate Women's Gymnastics
Congratulations to SCATS alum, Sam Mikulak for an outstanding performance and unrelenting effort in the 2016 Olympics in Rio! And our hats are off to the “Final Five” in Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian, who simply dominated the 31st Olympiad with an unprecedented landslide team victory followed by many individual medals.
Sam finished the qualification round on the very first day of Olympic competition in FIRST place on floor exercise and with the rest of men’s Team USA in 2nd for team. Finals proved to be challenging as our boys faced extremely tough competition in the seemingly unstoppable Japanese team, as well as the very talented Russian and Chinese men’s teams. The consistently high-scoring performances from the Eastern competitors and the UK, coupled with some struggles of our own on pommel horse, proved to be roadblocks to the podium, but our boys still landed in 5th in the team finals at nearly FIVE full points ahead of the Brazilian team in 6th place.
In addition to qualifying for the all around final and finishing 7th (of essentially everyone on planet earth), Sam also gave a very impressive performance on high bar that might have earned gold under other circumstances. Sam finished 4th in the high bar event final, less than 7/100ths of a point behind the bronze medalist and only 1/10th behind the silver, which was secured by his US teammate, Danell Leyva.
The women’s team was unstoppable, captained by veteran Aly Raisman and led by Simone Biles, who quite simply is taking the sport to a new level. The women of Team USA won the team gold by an unheard-of 8.2 points, while Biles herself took the individual all around title by a margin that would have been comparably devastating, were it not for Raisman’s high scores that clinched silver.
The women and men of Team USA brought home a total of 15 medals from artistic gymnastics competition, 8 of which were gold won by the “Final Five.”
We’re immensely proud of Sam and all the hard work he put in both in and out of Rio. We look forward to seeing him shine again in Tokyo and the coming years ahead of 2020. Congrats to all of Team USA for their achievements. You’ve made your country and its young gymnasts very proud!
SCATS' Cameron Bock Featured in ParentingOC Magazine's 2016 Sports Issue as One of "OC's Next Olympians"
Click the image above to read about Cameron's love for the sport of gymnastics and his parents' role in raising a talented young athlete with Olympic dreams. Way to go, Cam!
SCATS Alum Sam Mikulak Becomes 5th Male Gymnast Ever to Win 4th National Title, Makes Olympic Trials & Nat'l Team Alongside Fellow Alum Kanji Oyama
Wow, Sam achieved something truly special this weekend. This hasn't been done in 16 years and has only been achieved by 4 other men ever in the sport of gymnastics. Congratulations, Sam! Sam Mikulak and fellow SCATS alum, Kanji Oyama, are both headed to Olympic Trials in St. Louis at the end of this month (June 23rd-25th). Both Sam & Kanji made it onto the 2016 US Senior National Team after consistently excellent performances at P&G Nationals this weekend. We're so proud of you guys, and we will be cheering for you the whole way on your Road to Rio! Check out Sam's highlights and handiwork in the Los Angeles Times article and detailed competition results on USAGym.org.
Cameron Bock Commits Early to University of Michigan for 2017 on Full Gymnastics Scholarship
Congratulations to SCATS' own, Cameron Bock, on his early commitment to University of Michigan on a full gymnastics scholarship! Cameron has had a great deal of success in his gymnastics during recent years at SCATS under Coach Greg and Coach Albert, having won the JO National Champion title at both level 9 and level 10, as well as countless event and all around titles at the State, Regional and National levels. Cameron looks ahead with enthusiasm at the prospect of a successful NCAA career at Michigan, where other SCATS alumni have shined brightly, including Adrian De Los Angeles, 2012 Olympic Team Member & 2016 Olympic hopeful Sam Mikulak, and our very own Coach Jordan Gaarenstroom.
We wish Cameron the best of luck at the collegiate level in his gymnastics and academics alike as we continue to help prepare him through his senior year next year. Go Cam!
The First Ever SCATS MOVIE NIGHT!
SCATS 2016 Boys Team in Training
Check out the latest (Star Wars themed!) training video of the SCATS Boys, filmed and edited by our very own Elite competitor, Cameron Bock. Once again, great job on both sides of the camera, Cam! Good luck this season to all SCATS boys and girls team members. 2016 promises to be a memorable return of these Jedi!
Don't Miss The Fun...
Valentine's Night Out: Saturday, February 13th
Spring Break Camp 2016
SCATS' 2016 Spring Performance Show: March 12th & 13th
Click the image above for a detailed flyer with session info.
Cameron Bock: #1 Junior Male Gymnast in the USA
Congratulations Cam! SCATS' own Cameron Bock dominated at the 2015 P&G US Championships and solidified his place as #1 gymnast in the country of his age division.
Cameron completed day one with a landslide lead that had him competing among the seniors on day two. There, he exceeded expectations and ultimately topped the rankings in the junior division by a wide margin. His showing even had him scoring in the top 20 of the senior division, from which the U.S. National (and ultimately Olympic) Team is chosen. Cameron's handiwork also earned him a spot on the exclusive two-man team representing the United States at the International Junior Gymnastics Competition in Yokohama, Japan on September 22-23.
Way to go, Cameron! We couldn't be more proud of all your hard work paying off today and all season long. You've earned it.
SCATS Alum Sam Mikulak Pulls of "Three-peat" for Third Consecutive U.S. Championship All Around Victory
It's a hat trick! SCATS alum Sam Mikulak wins his 3rd P&G US Championship title in a row, and by quite the margin at that. He's the first to do so in over a decade since gymnast Paul Hamm. Congrats, Sam! We look forward to seeing you bring it in Glasgow this October at World Championships and having you come home to visit SCATS next weekend for the Mikulak Men's Clinic. Check out Sam's highlights and handiwork in the NBC Sports article and detailed competition results on USAGym.org.
Pilgrims' Night Out! Saturday, November 14th
A Special Ghouls' (Parents') Night Out...
Cameron Bock: 2015 J.O. National Champion, Qualifies for U.S. National Team Alongside Danny Yoon
Congratulations to SCATS' own, Cameron Bock, on becoming the Level 10 Junior Olympic National Champion this past Mother's Day weekend in Daytona Beach, Florida! Cameron also took the gold on both the pommel horse and parallel bars events and the silver on high bar. Teammate, Danny Yoon, had a fantastic showing as well at the competition. Danny, Level 9, earned the bronze on floor, silver on parallel bars and is 6th in the nation. Both athletes qualified for a spot, respectively, on the U.S. Nat'l Team. AWESOME job, gents-- you make us all proud.
SCATS 2015 Jr. Elite Boys Team in Training
Check out this AWESOME training video of the SCATS Boys Team, filmed and edited by our very own Level 10, Cameron Bock. Impressive work on both sides of the camera, Cameron! And good luck this season to all SCATS boys and girls team members. 2015 is going to be a great one. Go team!
More Summer Fun at SCATS
The Force is Strong with This One...
SCATS Voted "Best Gymnastics Class in OC" in Parenting OC Magazine's 12th Annual Readers' Choice Poll...Thank You!
Click the image above to read about SCATS as the 2014 Readers' Choice Award winner in Parenting OC Magazine. You can also check out the whole feature and entire issue of Parenting OC online.
The Event They've Waited ALL YEAR for!
Winter Break Camp 2014-- School's Closed, are you Ready?
Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping, We'll Watch the Kids!
SCATS' Lydia Pannel & Father Blake Featured in ParentingOC Magazine's 2014 OC All Stars Issue
Click the image above to read about Lydia's love for the sport of gymnastics and her dad's role as a parent of a talented young athlete. You can also check out the whole feature and entire issue of Parenting OC online.
Join us for Open House Night on National Gymnastics Day!
"Endless Summer" SCATS Bash / Parents' Night Out
Former Collegiate Gymnast is America's Favorite Ninja
In case you missed it somehow, Kacy Cantazaro, former NCAA gymnast out of Towson, just made the finals course of American Ninja Warrior look like a Sunday stroll in the park. The obstacles aren't nearly as pretty to watch as a great floor routine, but the course is no joke-- it has left most of the show's macho male contestants walking back to the locker room in the first half. Click here or the screenshot above to see TheBigLead.com's profile on Kacy and her hard work as an athlete, as well as the awesome video itself, of course.
"It's a ZOO!" Sleepover Party
Cardiac Screening Day at SCATS - This Saturday, May 10th
On May 10th, 9AM to 2PM, Heartfelt Cardiac Projects will be offering ECHO and EKG screenings to SCATS families and anyone in the community. The tests typically cost $1,500 and are not covered by insurance. HCP is teaming up with SCATS to offer screenings for an $85 donation per person, ages 5 and older.
Schedule an appointment online for May 10th and take a proactive approach toward your young athlete's health today. Open to the public, so tell a friend!
Sleepover Party / Parents' Night Out Event!
7 of 7 SCATS Boys Headed to Future Stars Nationals
Congratulations to Evan Bock, Grant Guerrero, Brandon Hsu, Perry Lightfoot, Ethan Nakamura, Cory Smith and Daniel Yoon. All 7 have qualified to compete at Future Stars National Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in November. Go get 'em!
SCATS Alum, Sam Mikulak, Wins All Around at P&G Champs!
HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 18, 2013 – Two-time NCAA all-around champion and 2012 U.S. Olympic team member Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./University of Michigan, won the men's all-around by nearly three points after the second of two days of competition at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Hartford's (Conn.) XL Center. Alexander Naddour of Gilbert, Ariz./Team Hilton HHonors - USA Youth Fitness Center, finished second with 178.500 points, and Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma, was third, scoring 177.650 points.
Mikulak, who held a 2.95-point cushion after the first day of competition, began his competition with a solid routine on rings for a score of 14.800 points. He moved to vault in the second rotation, nearly sticking a Kasamatsu with one-and-a-half twists for 15.150 points. Mikulak added a pair of individual event titles in the third and fourth rotations, sticking his double-pike dismount to take the event title on parallel bars with a combined score of 30.900 points and following with a combined 31.350 points for his horizontal bar routine that featured two full-twisting Kovacs and a double-twisting double layout dismount. Mikulak's floor routine included a back one-and-a-half-twist to immediate double front, a front double full immediate Rudi, and a triple full dismount for 15.500 points. He finished the night on pommel horse, scoring 13.000 points. His all-around total was 181.400.
SCATS Celebrates 50 Years, Wins HB "Firecracker Award"
Thank you to all the SCATS families that came out to the Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade this year and showed your support for the gym and our community! Our float earned the coveted "Firecracker Award" for the 10th time in 11 years! This year was a special one, too, as 2013 marks SCATS Gymnastics' 50th YEAR of operation in Southern California. We took our float straight back to the decade when it all began, with the 60's fun, fashion, music and beachy culture that still defines our beloved "Surf City" to this day.
A special thanks and congratulations goes out to our staff and families who worked very hard to make our float something special this year, and of course our SCATS Team for being the stars of the show. You rule!
If you missed the celebration, don't fret, we've got some more 50th anniversary fun in store during 2013 for this milestone achievement. We're firm believers that one good party deserves another.
And if you've never attended the Huntington Beach Parade, make sure to stop by next time and say hello! It's actually the largest Independence Day parade this side of the Mississippi, and it's a fun way for the whole family to spend the day before the barbecues and fireworks begin. See you all next year!
End Summer Appropriately... With a PARTY!
SCATS Boys Team at Junior Olympic Nationals
The SCATS boys have done it again. Following incredible performances at State and Regional Championships, Optional Team Members continue their success at JO Nationals! The Level 8 Team came home with the bronze-- third in the whole nation! Meanwhile, Cameron Bock (Level 9) took 2nd place in the all-around and 1st on P-bars, making him the 2013 P-Bars National Champion! Another Bock, Evan (Level 8), brought his A-game at JO's, taking silver on pommel, floor AND all-around. Level 10, Alex Powarzynski took 2nd on vault, 5th all-around, and advances onto USA Champs, to boot. Check out the highlights below. Fantastic job, gentlemen!
LEVEL 8 TEAM - BRONZE MEDAL
Evan Bock: 2nd Place Pommel, 2nd Place Floor, 3rd Place Rings, 2nd Place All Around!
Brandon Hsu: 2nd Place Hi-Bar
Daniel Yoon: 2nd Place Floor
Sophia Vardayo: 2nd Place Vault, 1st Place Bars, 2nd Place Beam, 3rd Place Floor, 1st Place All Around!
Kyla Daniels: 4th Place Bars
Lily Ramirez: 4th Place Vault, 4th Place Floor
Summer Barrett: 3rd Place Beam
Cameron Bock: 2nd Place Floor, 3rd Place Rings, NATIONAL CHAMP P-BARS!, 2nd Place All Around!
Alex Powarzynski: 2nd Place Vault, 3rd Place P-Bars, 5th Place All Around, USA Champs Qualifier!
Daniel Williams: 4th Place Vault, 5th Place Pommel, 5th Place P-Bars, 6th Place Rings
Give Dad the Night off...
Take Saturday Night Off. You've Earned it...
SCATS Compulsory Girls Claim 20 State Champion Titles
BIG WINS for the SCATS Compulsory Team (Levels 4-6) at State Championships: Our girls claimed 20 State Champ titles at the 2012 North State Championship in Pasadena, including the Level 4 Team and Level 6 Mini-Team State Champion titles, as well as Ashley Young's, Kyla Daniels' and Ella Roselli's All Around State Champ titles. The Level 5 Team took the silver in the team competition, and SCATS "medalled" (placed in the top 3) a total of 31 times across the whole weekend in all age groups and events...wow! We're so proud of all of you, girls! You've done an incredible job this season and showed great sportsmanship the whole way through.
LEVEL 4 TEAM - STATE CHAMPIONS
Ella Roselli: Vault State Champ, 3rd Place Bars, Floor State Champ, All Around State Champ!
Kate Butler: 3rd Place Floor, 3rd Place All Around!
Ashley Young: State Champ on all 4 events AND in the All Around! Wow!
Sophia Vardayo: Vault State Champ, 2nd Place Bars, 4th Place All Around
Kyla Daniels: 4th Place Vault, Beam State Champ, 2nd Place Floor, All Around State Champ!
Lily Ramirez: Bars State Champ!
Summer Barrett: 2nd Place Vault, Beam State Champ
LEVEL 5 TEAM - SILVER MEDAL
Emily White: 5th Place Vault, 2nd Place Bars, 2nd Place Floor, 3rd Place All Around
Alexa Massari: Vault State Champ, Floor State Champ, 5th Place All Around
Kimi Marumoto: Bars State Champ, 2nd Place Beam
Parker Smith: Bars State Champ!
LEVEL 6 MINI-TEAM - STATE CHAMPIONS
Lydia Pannell: Bars State Champ, 4th Place Beam
Three Great Days of Camp in January & February...
SCATS Puts FIVE on 2013 National Developmental Team
Congratulations to Cameron Bock, Evan Bock, Brandon Hsu, Cory Smith and Daniel Yoon for making the 2013 National Developmental Team! We're so proud of all our SCATS guys and their hard work at Future Stars National Championships last weekend at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Keep it up, guys!
SCATS Girls Dominate West Sectional Championships
Wow! What an AWESOME job by the SCATS Compulsory Teams this weekend. The Level 4 and 5 teams took the silver and bronze, respectively, and the individual results were nothing short of awesome. Check out the highlights below. Go get 'em at State, girls!
LEVEL 4 TEAM - SILVER MEDAL
Ella Roselli: 1st Place Vault, 1st Place Floor, 2nd Place All Around!
Kate Butler: 4th Place All Around!
Ashley Young: 1st Place Vault, 1st Place Bars, 1st Place Beam, 1st Place Floor, 1st Place All Around!
Sophia Vardayo: 2nd Place Vault, 1st Place Bars, 2nd Place Beam, 3rd Place Floor, 1st Place All Around!
Kyla Daniels: 4th Place Bars
Lily Ramirez: 4th Place Vault, 4th Place Floor
Summer Barrett: 3rd Place Beam
LEVEL 5 TEAM - BRONZE MEDAL
Emily White: 1st Place Bars, 1st Place Beam, 1st Place Floor, 1st Place All Around!
Alexa Massari: 1st Place Vault, 2nd Place Bars, 1st Place Floor, 3rd Place All Around!
Sevanna Van Affelen: 4th Place Bars, 4th Place Beam, 4th Place Floor, 4th Place All Around!
Kimi Marumoto: 2nd Place Bars, 1st Place Beam, 3rd Place Floor, 3rd Place All Around!
Parker Smith: 1st Place Bars, 2nd Place Beam, 2nd Place Floor, 2nd Place All Around!
LEVEL 6 TEAM (no team entry)
Isabelle Hing: 2nd Place Beam
Lydia Pannell: 3rd Place Bars
Welcome Home, Sam!
Congratulations to SCATS alum, Sam Mikulak, for an incredible job at the 2012 London Olympics! We're so proud of Sam and his achievements and were all truly impressed by the heart, enthusiasm and class he showed from start to finish at the Games. Team USA couldn't have asked for a better character and competitor. We'd also like to thank Sam for coming by the gym last week to visit with some of the SCATS gymnasts and staff to talk about his road to the Olympics, the experience itself, as well as to give thanks to the SCATS coaches that played such a huge role in his growth as an athlete, Grigor Chalikyan and Albert Avchhian. We look forward to more visits during the holidays, Sam, and to seeing you in Rio 2016 of course!
SCATS Alum, Sam Mikulak, Makes 2012 Olympic Team!
It's official! Sam Mikulak was chosen as one of only 5 Olympic Team Members to compete in the London Olympics in less than a month. Sam marks the first male SCATS Team Member to become an Olympian and the 14th total in our gym's history. Congratulations, Sam! You make all of us at SCATS so proud!
Cameron Bock Becomes SCATS' 4th Consecutive National Champion!
Cameron Bock just became SCATS' 4th consecutive All-Around National Champion this weekend! To boot, he also won the gold on floor and parallel bars in the event finals while other SCATS Team Members, Kanji Oyama and Alex Powarzynski, both qualified to Visa Championships. A PHENOMENAL Junior Olympic National Championship meet, guys. Congratulations to all of you!
SCATS Claims Twenty-Two "State Champion" Titles
Great work girls and guys, we couldn't be more proud. Go get 'em at Regionals!
SCATS Boys Teams Dominate at State & Conference Championships
SCATS Team Members Secure College Scholarships
2011 was a fantastic year for all of our Team girls and boys, as well as our hard-working GYM Teams here at SCATS. We would like to use this space to thank and congratulate all of our competing gymnasts that have put in countless hours in the gym to get where they are, and of course the amazing SCATS coaches that helped get them there.
You’ve made us all proud!
SCATS Boys Team: 2011 Visa National Champions
Congratulations to our SCATS team members and coaches. Their hard work all year has paid off time and again and most notably at this year's Visa National Championship. The SCATS boys have won the Visa National Championship THREE of the last four years in their division.
You make us proud!
Adrian De Los Angeles: 4th Place Rings, 2nd Place P-Bars, 2nd Place Hi-Bar
1st PLACE ALL-AROUND!
Jesse Glenn: 1st Place Hi-Bar, 2nd Place Pommel, 3rd Place P-Bars
3rd PLACE ALL-AROUND
GREAT WORK, GENTLEMEN!
2011 USAG Coach of the Year: Grigor Chalikyan
In addition to the astounding performances by the SCATS Boys Teams in 2011, their coach himself also deservedly shares in the accolades. Congratulations to SCATS' own Grigor Chalikyan for garnering the USA Gymnastics award for "2011 Men's Jr. Olympic Coach of the Year." Fantastic job, Greg! We'd also like to applaud Coaches Albert Avchian, Mitch Claman, Tim Rogers and Tina Mikulak for their respective roles in helping develop the best men's team in the nation right here at SCATS.
SCATS Wins 2011 Men's Jr. Olympic Nationals!
Congratulations, guys, on yet ANOTHER championship under the SCATS belt! SCATS Boys Team has won the Level 10 National Championship THREE of the last four years. They have also claimed a total of SEVEN State Champion titles in the past three years across all levels.
You make SCATS proud!
Adrian De Los Angeles
1st Place P-Bars
2nd Place Pommel
1st PLACE ALL-AROUND!
1st Place Hi-Bar
4th PLACE ALL-AROUND
1st PLACE ALL-AROUND
R.I.P. Coach Anatoliy Zhydkov
It is with our deepest regrets that we deliver the news to you that our dear friend and SCATS Boys Team coach since 2008, Anatoliy Zhydkov, passed away Friday, January 21st, 2011 following heart complications.
Those who knew Anatoliy knew a man whose love for the sport of gymnastics and his students was only matched by their adoration and respect for him. He was kind, caring, committed and beloved by his family, friends and those who had the pleasure of working alongside him. We are truly heartbroken to say goodbye to him this way and do so with heavy hearts.
We would, however, be remiss to attempt to condense our thoughts and memories of Anatoliy to this limited space and setting and would instead like to extend our sincerest condolences to his wife, Nadiya, and their entire family during this very difficult time. We would also ask humbly for your assistance in helping them.
SCATS will be collecting donations for Anatoliy's family in order to help offset the high cost of funeral services, which are to be held in the family's hometown in Wisconsin. We would greatly appreciate any contribution you or those you know would be willing to make toward this fund and effort of making such a trying time a little easier for his family.
Donation checks may be made out to SCATS Gymnastics and sent directly to the gym at the address below. Please include "Anatoliy Zhydkov Fund" in the memo line. We would also welcome cards or letters remembering Anatoliy, which we will forward to Nadiya along with your kind donation.
Thank you for your help, words, thoughts and prayers in remembering Coach Anatoliy with us. We will miss him always.
The SCATS Family
Please send donations to:
c/o The Anatoliy Zhydkov Fund
5742 McFadden Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Please make donation checks out to:
SCATS Gymnastics or (simply) SCATS
and include "Anatoliy Zhydkov Fund" in the memo line.
SCATS' Jesse Glenn Advances to Ring Finals at Youth Olympics
SCATS Boys Win Visa Champs, Make National Team!
Congratulations to the SCATS Boys Team for taking home 9 MEDALS in the Visa Championship!
Our own Sam Mikulak took the Gold All-Around for the 16-18 bracket and Adrian De Los Angeles took Silver All-Around in the 14-15 division. Adrian's all-around score was actually the third highest across both divisions, and both Sam and Adrian made the National Team after this excellent performance!
SCATS Wins Men's 2010 Jr. Olympic Nationals!
The results are in! Congratulations to our SCATS Boys who did SO well this weekend. What a season for these guys! The scores aren't up on meetscoresonline.com just yet, but we'll post a link when they are. Here are some of the highlights for now...
1st Place Floor
1st Place Vault
3rd Place P-Bars
2nd Place Hi-Bar
6th Place Pommel
6th Place Rings
1ST PLACE ALL-AROUND!
Adrian De Los Angeles
1st Place P-Bars
2nd Place Hi-Bar
2nd Place Pommel
6th Place Vault
4TH PLACE ALL-AROUND!
6th Place Hi-Bar
4th Place Vault
Opportunities For Talented Gymnasts!
We are proud to announce that over 2009 & 2010 we were able to secure nine Division 1 college scholarships for our gymnasts: two to UCLA, two to University Of Michigan, and one each to Berkley, Oregon State, Penn State, West Point, and Arkansas.
That's the good news, but the even better news is that now we have a lot of openings at the Optional levels. Our staff is the best it has ever been and we work with very small coaching ratios of about 4:1. If you are interested, or know of someone who might be interested, contact us!