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 desire and aptitude to undertake the type of training regime required to attain success at this competitive level. Competitive Gymnasts may train from 12 to 20 hours per week, to be determined by the level and age of the gymnast.
Success comes when athletes have the aptitude, the desire and the discipline to undertake the intense training regime required. 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 will 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 9. 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.
• Level 5 is often recognized as being more difficult that the Level 6, because it focuses on impeccable basics. This is an excellent preparation for athletes who want to go into the Pre-Novice categories.
• Competitive opportunities exist at invitational meets and at GBC Championships (either as zone teams or as a category on its own).
Optional: Levels 6 to 9
• Levels 6-9 are competitive programs using optional routines. These levels have difficulty restrictions.
• Composition, including artistry will be evaluated in Levels 8 and 9.
Optional: Level 10
The Level 10 is the highest level in the Junior Olympics Program. Athletes compete at national and international competitions with the FIG Code of Points. These athletes have the opportunity to attend Team BC trials for Western Canadian and Canadian Championships.
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.
Athletes must be 5 years of age as of December 31 of that year
Entry is by testing and approval of the Head Coach
Requirements and Costs
Fees based on # of training hours/week – Min 6hrs/week + 12 summer training days
Annual Insurance Fee: $80.00/year, renewable every September 1st.
Membership Fee: $40.00/year, renewable every September 1st
Volunteer Cheque: 2 x $50 (returned IF 4 volunteer activities/season are completed)
Mandatory Meeting: Annual General Meeting in November
Attend a minimum of 3 competitions: $95-$110/each
Coaches fees: Varies according to location and number of athletes attending.
More information is available at the Office.