- Athletes must be 5 years of age as of December 31 of that year
- A gymnast must be invited/selected by a Head Coach to join a competitive team. Competitive Gymnasts may train from 8 to 20 hours per week, to be determined by the level and age of the gymnast.
Requirements and Costs
- Fees based on # of training hours/week – Min 8 hrs/week + summer training
- Gym BC Registration Fee: $80.00/year, renewable every September 1st.
- Gym Canada Registration Fee: $5.30/year, renewable every September 1st.
- Membership Fee: $36.70/year, renewable every September 1st
- Volunteer Fee: $250 (credited back when 4 volunteer activities/season are completed)
- Mandatory Meeting: Annual General Meeting in November
- Attend a minimum of 3 competitions: $100-120/each
More information is available at the Office.
The Provincial level gymnastics requires a unique range of physical and psychological qualities. Competitive gymnastics is a combination of physical strength, flexibility, power, agility, coordination, grace, balance and control. Only a limited number of children have the aptitude to undertake the type of training regime required to attain success at this competitive level.
Training in the competitive program focuses on physical conditioning, technical preparation of the body and training with the apparatus, dance preparation and psychological preparation. Each child will learn routines specific to their level. These gymnasts must enter a minimum of 3 competitions/season which could include qualifiers, invitationals, and Championships.
Women’s gymnastics consists of four events: Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, and Floor Exercise.
What is the Junior Olympic program?
The Junior Olympic program is divided up into levels 1 to 10. This level system provides great long term benefits aimed at keeping athletes motivated with smoother transitions from level to level and improved progression within one level.
It was developed with the belief that all athletes, regardless of their potential, must have a solid foundation of basic skills in order to advance safely. The program allows the gymnast to advance at her own pace, competing in more than one level in a year, if she so chooses.
The JO program is divided in three major segments:
Learn the Basics: Levels 1 to 3
- Levels 1 to 3 are compulsory routines with set choreography and music. They allow gymnasts to develop good and strong basics and can be used as a club non-competitive and achievement-oriented program or as an introduction to competition
- Clubs that prefer to use the JO levels 1-2-3 as an introduction to competition will be able to register their athletes at zone and invitational meets.
Compulsories: Level 4 and 5
- Levels 4-5 continue to use compulsory routines and choreography. Both of these levels are progressive in nature, building upon the skills required at the previous level.
Optional: Levels 6 to 10
- Levels 6-10 are competitive programs using optional routines.
Optional: Level 10
The Level 10 is the highest level in the Junior Olympics Program. Athletes compete at provincial and national competitions.
The vault should have height, distance and good form from the springboard through to the landing. Competitors vault twice. The best score is counted.
The routine should be continuous, with movements flowing one into another. Swinging movements, in sequence, take the gymnast under and over the bars in both directions. Position of support, standing, or sitting, should be momentary.
The 16’ long, 4“ wide balance beam requires great concentration and discipline. The composition of the routine should include combinations of turns, jumps, steps, leaps, tumbling and dance. One element close to the beam is also required.
Dance and tumbling ability, combines with the creativity and personality of the athlete, makes floor one of the most popular of the gymnastics events. Performed to music, the routine must use the entire 40’ x 40’ floor area.