Competitive Program

Goals

  • To provide the opportunity for each gymnast to reach their full potential.
  • To provide the opportunity for each gymnast to demonstrate and compete for Horizon Gymnastics Club.
  • To provide a training facility that is safe and an environment that is conducive to effective training.
  • To promote overall personal development including self-discipline, motivation, courage, dedication, and good sportsmanship.
  • To follow the standards established by the Alberta Gymnastics Federation to ensure all technical and program requirements are being met.

Criteria

The Competitive Program is designed for those gymnasts who have demonstrated exceptional talent in gymnastics as well as other qualities which may include: age, ability, body type, determination, flexibility, and competitive spirit.

Gymnasts are normally identified for the Competitive Program by the Competitive Program Director and club coaches through try-outs. 

Structure

1. LEAP (Let's Evaluate Athlete's Progress)

Basic Gymnastics skills include dance and conditioning.  The training is geared toward selection to Provincial Stream and National Stream.  Advancement to Provincial Stream is contingent upon skills, mental attitude, potential, desire, etc..

The LEAP program is NOT a competitive program; it is a developmental program for athletes between 6 and 9 years of age.  Advancing from one level to the next in LEAP occurs as a result of proper preparation and proper basics.

There are two components to the LEAP program: Physical Ability and Skills.  The Physical Ability component focuses on developing the flexibility and strength necessary for gymnastics.  The Skills component focuses on learning proper basics and skills to allow these young athletes to aid in the advancement of their gymnastics.

 

LEAP Framework

Level Physical Ability Percentage to Pass Skill Percentage to Pass
Copper (6 to 9 years) 70% 70%
Bronze (6 to 9 years) 70% 70%
Silver (7 to 9 years) 70% 70%
Gold (8 to 9 years) 70% 70%

2. Provincial Stream

Provincial I

Competes routines and requirements at Invitationals and must compete in Zones to qualify for Provincials.

Provincial II

Competes routines and requirements at Invitationals and must compete in Zones to qualify for Provincials.

Provincial III

Competes routines and requirements at Invitationals and must compete in Zones to qualify for Provincials.

Provincial IV

Competes routines and requirements at Invitationals and Provincials.  Must compete in Trails to Westerns for a berth on the Alberta Team to Western Canadian Championships.

3. National Stream

Competes routines and requirements at Invitationals and competes for a berth on the Alberta Team to Western Canadian Championships, and the Alberta Team to National Championships.