One of the most exciting things about being an optional gymnast is that you can finally show off your best skills by competing routines that are especially designed for YOU. Yay!
About finding floor music, don’t worry, there’s a ton of floor music available if you know where to look. Here are some tips that will help you along the way:
THE FIRST THING WE RECOMMEND:
Check with your coach to see how long the song should be. If you’re competing in Women’s Artistic or Rhythmic Gymnastics, the maximum length for a floor routine is 1:30. Younger gymnasts who are just starting out in the optional levels will usually compete with floor music that’s between 1:10-1:20 in length. Gymnasts in the higher levels have more skills to compete, and they tend to choose music in the 1:25-1:30 range. Gymnasts who compete as Novice Optionals or who are involved in other state-regulated gymnastics programs can have their own floor music length requirements, so this is why it’s a good idea to ask your coach.
What kind of music does your daughter like? It’s important that she compete with floor music that complements her musical style and/or dance ability. Some gymnasts are more graceful, others are more powerful. In addition to style preferences, it’s also a good idea to factor in the age of the gymnast, because there are some really CUTE songs that are perfect for younger gymnasts. On the flip side, there are some great dramatic-sounding songs that appeal to older, more mature gymnasts. Whatever style you’re looking for, keep in mind that most gymnasts will compete with the same floor music song for 2 years (although this will vary from gym to gym). No matter how long the gymnast keeps her floor music, it’s important for the music to fit her personality and to support her growth as an athlete so she can compete the best routine possible.
This method will give you the most choices. Using Yahoo, Google, AOL, MSN, or whatever search engine you want, type in search words such as “gymnastics floor music”, “floor music”, “gymnastic music”, “floor routine music”, etc. (you get the idea).
From there, you can visit any number of sites. You can choose from the sites listed under the “Sponsor Results” or “Sponsored Links” section or you can scroll through the sites that come up in the natural listings. We recommend looking in both places even though you’ll probably notice a good many duplications (this is normal).
Most floor music companies have online demos available so you can hear what each song sounds like. Some of these demos are free; others can be downloaded for a nominal price. In addition, a lot of floor music companies also sell demo CDs of their songs; demo CDs have anywhere from 25 tracks to as many as 40 tracks for you to preview. Expect to pay around $5 (give or take) for a demo CD. However you preview your floor music, it’s important that you listen to the song before you purchase it, and be sure to have your coach hear it, too, to give you final approval.
If you’re looking for a specific song, rather than searching for gymnastics floor music in general, try typing in the name of the song you’re interested in, followed by the words “floor music” or “gymnastics music”, and see what comes up.
COACH AND GYMNAST REFERRALS:
If you hear floor music that you like, whether it’s at a meet or at the gym, don’t be shy! Ask the gymnast where she got her music … she’ll probably be happy to share that info with you. Coaches and choreographers are also great resources for floor music.
CAN’T FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?
Try contacting the floor music companies directly. Many of them will be happy to produce a floor routine song for you. There may be an additional cost for this type of service – if there is, the price will vary from company to company.
Good luck in your floor music search!