Women's Artistic  Gymnastic (WAG)

RECREATIONAL COMPETITIVE

With past experiences and success we have taken many kids of all ages to Recreational competitions during the year where they are put in a fun yet challenging environment to compete with other gymnasts and come home with a colored ribbon reflecting on their achievements from the day. 

We give this option to most after school classes in all locations, however in some cases it is a invitational event only, reflecting on their commitment and ability. This gives you the option as we are flexible and able to cater to all, whether you have an interest towards the competitive side or not you will still find yourself bettering your skills as well as improving to a higher level!


A gymnasts level at a recreational competition is determined by her age: 
Level 00: Girls 5-6 Years
Level 0: Girls 7 Years
Level 1: Girls 8-9 Years
Level 2: Girls 10-11 Years
Level 3: Girls 12 Years & Over and/or Open "

Advanced gymnasts are given the opportunity to skip an age group at her coaches’ discretion. 
Competing gymnasts in the Recreational division must compete in the blue Gym Kids long sleeve leotards which can be purchased from the website. "
Competition dates are to be confirmed and all information will be sent via email weeks in advance prior to the event. 


COMPETITIVE STEPS PROGRAMME


We are now proud to offer the STEPS programme  in our new Gym  in Hobsonville and Ponsonby location! This will be a invitational only programme from the age of 5+ as we select gymnasts who show talent and potential which ties in with a can-do, determined attitude and both parents and athletes can also commit to the multiple hours of training. 

Terms are organised around school terms. Competitive programme training may continue throughout school holidays. Term fees corresponds to hours trained weekly and include training during school holiday except  during the summer break.

 Classes will not be run on Public Holidays. Sessions falling on Public Holidays  will not be rescheduled.

 We will also be introducing a pre-comp group where gymnasts will develop skills required for the lower STEP levels in preparation for the selection of the competitive group. "If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact either your child’s coach, the office or the WAG co-ordinator where you should find that they can give you more information regarding these programmes. 

Introduced by Gymsports NZ in 2011, the STEP Programme encourages gymnasts to Strive Towards Excellence in Performance at the their own level and pace. There are 10 STEPS separating the levels accordingly to suit the gymnasts capability and skill level, beginning with STEP level 1-5 that contains compulsory skills and routines preset for the gymnast to perform in the order given, continuing with STEP 6-10 with optional skills to execute, based on composition requirements to be included with personal creative
choreography.


Training requires a lot of time and commitment from both parents and athletes which not only helps both parties as coaches are only wanting the best from their athletes. 


Progress

Everyone learns at a different pace and while some may pick things up quicker, repetition and precision are key ingredients to a successful gymnast. Should a coach feel they may not be competition ready, they will only be registered once both the coach and athlete are confident and happy with their performance. Always contact the office if you are unsure about your child’s progress. "

The STEP programme operates on a Ribbon Award Scheme, similar to the recreational award system given at competitions. This signifies the different score targets and how they have achieved.

Gymnasts  may not receive their colored ribbons at every competition. Once you have achieved a certain colored ribbon on an apparatus they will only gain that once as a recognition towards their achievement. As their marks improve on each apparatus and achieved the required score, they will achieve a new color.

A gymnast does not need to be awarded a ribbon if her score decreases from her personal best at any time. ie if a gymnast has been awarded a red ribbon at her first competition, she does not need to be awarded a lower level ribbon at any subsequent competition. 

Gym Kids will set additional criteria for gymnasts to move up, usually involves an assessment of what skills they have currently and/or what they may have for the next STEP.

Ribbon Color

Apparatus Score

Green

< 12.000

Blue

12.000 - 12.999

Red

13.000 - 13.999

Gold

14.000 - 15.000

STEP Divisions

The age division is determined by the age the gymnast will turn during the calendar year. The
gymnast must have turned 5 years already to be eligible to compete. "


STEP       1ST DIVISION           2ND DIVISION

STEP 1     UP TO 7                       8+ YEARS
STEP 2     UP TO 8                       9+ YEARS
STEP 3     UP TO 9                     10+ YEARS
STEP 4     UP TO 10                   11+ YEARS
STEP 5     UP TO 11                   12+ YEARS
STEP 6     UP TO 12                   13+ YEARS
STEP 7     UP TO 13                   14+ YEARS
STEP 8     UP TO 14                   15+ YEARS
STEP 9     UP TO 15                   16+ YEARS
STEP 10   UP TO 16                   17+ YEARS 


Competition Leotards and Tracksuits

All competing gymnasts in the STEP programme are all are required to wear the competition uniform, which consists of the club tracksuit and leotard. These are a different line from the long sleeve leotards the Recreational division are required to wear. Leotards must be worn during training time. 

Competitions are compulsory to all girls in the STEP programme.  A competition schedule will be available from FEB/ MARCH. 

The tracksuit is compulsory for the STEP athletes however these are an option for all other gymnasts too. These will be available for purchase at the beginning of the competition season, and only to be worn for competitions- never during trainings or any other time as they can fade when washed often. White socks are to be worn on the competition floor as well as having all hair tied up and out of the athletes face. A blue scrunchie or ribbon may be worn as well as a certain hairstyle eg. high pony tail or plaits depending on the coaches choice, which will be decided prior to the competition

Entry fees

An entry fee must be paid for the gymnast to compete at each competition. There are 4-5 competitions per year and they are compulsory. This will be paid on behalf of the competitor, ranging at different prices depending on the hosting club. This can range from $50-$60. Entry fee is non-refundable and must be paid at least a week prior to the competition date. 


Competition Day

Please note that all competing gymnasts must have all fees paid up to date and in full for them to enter competitions throughout the year. Please arrive at the hosting club venue at least half an hour prior to their scheduled warm up time. This gives time for the coach to allocate all gymnasts and to double check all gymnasts are in correct attire, and looking uniform with their hair. This also avoids a rush and gives them time to settle their nerves as well as become familiar with the venue and see how things run. "

Please make sure your competing child is wearing full competition attire consisting of her leotard and full tracksuit which is clearly named on a label with white socks which they may wear onto the floor for marshall, during competition in the colder season and as well as prize giving presentation where all gymnasts are required to participate in. "You will find that most hosting clubs may not offer EFTPOS or any other method of payment besides cash, where you will need to pay cash for a door charge entry into the venue as well as options for snacks at the canteen which is usually cash only as well. " Juniors will not need to bring a bag with them onto the floor. The coach will bring a bag where they can put their belongings in.  

You will need:

  •  A water bottle which is named
  • Small healthy snack
  • Inhaler (if required)
  • Hand guards and wrist bands if worn
  • Intermediate STEP gymnasts can bring a bag on the floor with them which should be of an
    appropriate size and named, and of a black colour. "


DO’s and DON’TS

Do support your child as well as their team mates! However please be aware there are other competing athletes that will be on other apparatuses and may find it is distracting if loud cheering occurs. Good sportsmanships reflects positively on everyone which is what we are encouraging! " If your child is needing to use the bathroom make sure they are aware that they need to
approach their coach in letting them know. The coach needs to check if he/she has already competed, as they cannot leave if they are about to compete for the judges. The coach must also ask permission from the head judge to leave the comp floor to avoid distractions. "


Competing Number

Your child will be allocated with a GSNZ competing number where he/she is required to wear at the back of their competition attire. This can be pinned on but must be clear and visible for judges to see throughout the competition. Please make sure you have this with you for all competitions. If you find that you may have left it behind you will need to make a replacement from white cloth and use a black permanent marker to clearly print their allocated number. If you decide to withdrawal from the Gym Kids STEP programme and move to a different club you will need to request a transfer of your child’s competing number. GymSports NZ must
receive this formal permission from the club to transfer you and any/all outstanding fees must be paid in full before your child is released. "

Competition Cards

As well as a competing number, your child will receive a GSNZ competition card where all scores and results will be recorded on this card at each competition. These cards will be kept with the coach at competitions to then be taken back to the club until it is submitted to GymSports NZ at the end of the season for the gymnast to pass their STEP level. Parents and gymnasts may view this during the end of their session and prize giving but please do not take these home! Their coach is required to look after it as their responsibility. Lost cards may result to losing scores meaning they may not be able to pass their STEP or level.

Affiliation Fees

 

An Affiliation Fee for the step programme is charged separately from the term Fee. This fee is passed on to Gymsports NZ by the club. The cost of the fee reflects the programme your child is enrolled in eg: preschool, recreational or competitive programmes. The affiliation fee for the Step programme is $17.00 per Term.

All affiliated clubs in NZ are charged and pass on to members the cost of affiliation either in addition to or included in programme fees. Affiliation covers the cost of Gymsports NZ as our governing body. It covers the cost of the administration and development of the gymnastics programmes, coach and judge education and provides clubs with information and tools to help promote and grow the sport.

 

 

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Just wanted to say:

My daughter has loved gymnastics from day one.  What a great way to get kids active - she spends hours practising at home and looks forward to classes every week

 

Susie Holmes