MENS COMPETITIVE GYMNASTICS PROGRAM
- FLOOR is an excellent example of where sport meets art. Each gymnast executes precise strength and balance requirements mixed with technically demanding tumbling elements.
- POMMEL HORSE is a very difficult apparatus requiring considerable practice to master even the basic skills because the gymnast must perform skills with a circular movement in a horizontal plane while spending much of each routine on only one arm while reaching with the free hand in order to set up for the next skill. Gymnasts do not get to stop or pause during the routine.
- RINGS require great upper body strength, precision and proper body position while performing strength elements. The rings should be absolutely still and under control at the end of each skill. The body should be straight with no arching, and arms should be sturdy and strong with no shaking.
- VAULT requires speed and strength down the runway, generating sufficient momentum to produce a high and long post flight off the vault that is essential for completing the various skills. Once in the air, the gymnast then focuses on sticking a perfect landing.
- PARALLEL BARS routines consist mostly of swing and flight elements requiring hand-eye coordination, timing and balance. Special timing is critical to initiate seemingly effortless swinging elements with technically demanding 'release' moves, transitioning into sticking a perfect landing.
- HIGH BAR routines consist of swings, release moves and high-flying dismounts. Elements include difficult release moves performed high over the bar requiring strength, precision and a lack of fear.
Specific coordination, strength, and dedication are required. The program focus is on development of flexibility, strength, speed, endurance, basic skills and form, as well as advanced skills and routine development for each of the six Olympic apparatus; Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and High Bar.
The ‘Levels Program’ is broken down into seven levels and 16 age groups:
- Level 1 (under 10, 10 to 12 and 13 and over) - Compulsory routines only;
- Level 2 (under 10, 10 to 12 and 13 and over) - Compulsory routines only;
- Level 3 (under 10, 10 to 12 and 13 and over) - Optional routines only;
- Level 4 (under 10, 10 to 12 and 13 to 15 and 16 and over) - Optional routines only;
- Level 5 Provincial (16 and over) - Optional routines only;
- Level 5 National (13 to 15) - Optional routines only;
- Level 6 National (16 and over) - Optional routines only.
The skill requirements, training schedule, conditioning program and the total commitment required of the athletes, parents and coaches is very demanding. This level is for the very talented and self directed athlete only.
The High Performance stream is broken down into five levels and seven age groups:
- Argo A (age 10)
- Argo B (age 11) Compulsory routines only
- Argo C (age 12)
- Tyro (age 13 – 14)
- Novice (age 15 – 16) Compulsory and optional routines
- Junior (age 17 – 18)
- Senior (age 19 and up) F.I.G. International Rules