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Why Choose Gymnastics?

Gymnastics is the foundation for all sports and the ultimate human movement experience. Everyone can find something meaningful and beneficial in the sport, regardless of your age, your ability, or goals. It promotes self-esteem, self-discipline, and forms the healthy foundation for an active lifestyle. You are never too young -- or too old -- to gain something positive from the sport of gymnastics.

Why Choose Ortona?

We work hard to provide gymnastics and related programs that are accessible to all community members. We also strive to provide a platform to train competitive athletes to meet their maximum potential. Whatever your gymnastics goals, Ortona can help you achieve them. For information on programs offered at Ortona please select a tab below. 

 

Parent and Tot   

Ages:  18 months to 36 months Parent and Tot 18 to 24 months

Why Choose Gymnastics for Your Toddler?

Gymnastics is an ideal activity for all preschoolers as it helps develop gross motor skills, spatial awareness, coordination, strength, power, flexibility and creativity. Ortona’s gymnastics programs offer these young gymnasts a chance to stretch, jump, run and roll in a safe, welcoming and educational environment. Each Parent and Tot class is age specific, guaranteeing that the exercises are best suited for your child’s needs and that no child is left out.

Our Parent and Tot programs allow you to accompany your child in each program’s activities. Being with your child helps them to feel more comfortable and safe, making it easier for the toddlers to learn and explore. These classes are a perfect way to spend some quality time with your children. It’s always fulfilling to be able to see them laugh, grow and have fun.

World of Wonderment (WOW) Programs

Sun Rays- LTAD 1/LTAD 8

18 months to 24 months

Parent and Tot 18 to 24 month

This 45-minute class is tailored to children aged 18–24 months and offers an introduction to basic gymnastics movements such as rolls, jumps, hangs and slides. Additionally, children will be introduced to gymnastics apparatuses such as the bars, rings and balance beams, just to name a few. Then at the end of the course, each child receives a certificate to reward their hard work.

Throughout the program children will develop strength, flexibility, motor skills, sensory understanding and social skills through interaction with others.

By introducing them to activity at a young age, these children have a head start in building a foundation for life long health and wellness. A parent or guardian is required to assist the child during each class.

Star Lights- LTAD 1/LTAD 8

24 months to 36 months

TParent_Tot_24CMShis 45 minutes class is for children 24 months to 3-years-old. Similar to the 18 months to 24 months program, children are introduced to  basic gymnastics movements, like rolls, jumps and hangs, and different gymnastics apparatuses such as the bars, rings and balance beam. At this age children tend to be rambunctious, so each class offers plenty of activities to constructively use up that energy.

At the end of the program, each child receives a certificate for all their hard work. Throughout the program children will develop strength, flexibility, motor skills, sensory understanding and social skills through interaction with others.

By introducing them to activity at a young age, these children have a head start in building a foundation for life long health and wellness. A parent or guardian is required to assist the child during each class.

World of Wonderment (WOW) Programs

Ages: 2 years 11 months to 5 years 11 months

Each level of Ortona’s WOW programs is age specific, which allows children to get the most out of the program. In Ortona’s World of Wonderment, children grow and develop through fun activities, games and gymnastics exercises. You’ll be amazed at how much fun can be had here at Ortona.

WOW Puddle Jumpers (KG1)- LTAD 1

Puddle Jumpers is a structured, un-parented 45-minute program for children 3 years of age. This program incorporates things like music, gymnastics circuits and games to educate these young athletes and develop their minds and bodies. This is the first un-parented level in our WOW program.K1

The program is taught in our unique, colourful, and kid-friendly preschool gym. This educational environment is filled with chances for discovery, growth and learning, and all the equipment is toddler-sized.

What 3-year-old could resist? Children are introduced to the fundamentals of gymnastics (swings, springs, rotations, locomotion, statics and landing) and develop coordination, listening skills and build independence.

These young athletes receive a report card at the end of each session and a red ribbon upon completion of the level to show them how far they have progressed.

Children must be potty trained to participate.

WOW Leaf Hoppers (KG2)-LTAD 1

WOW KG2

Leaf Hoppers is a structured, un-parented 60-minute program for children 3 years and 4 months to 4 years and 3 months of age. This course follows Ortona’s Puddle Jumpers (KG1) program and builds on the gymnastic foundations (swings, springs, rotations, locomotions, statics, landings and object manipulation) learned in Puddle Jumpers. If your child is 3 years of age, we recommended that they first complete Puddle Jumpers prior to taking this class.

The program is taught in our unique, colourful, and kid-friendly preschool gym. This educational environment is filled with chances for discovery, growth and learning, and all the equipment is the perfect size for the young athletes.

Children participate in artistic gymnastics by exploring the bars, beam and similar apparatuses. 

This program incorporates things like music, gymnastics circuits and games to educate these young athletes and develop their minds and bodies.

The young athletes receive a report card at the end of each session and an orange ribbon upon completion of the level to reward all their hard work.

Children must be potty trained to participate.

WOW Log Leapers (KG3)-LTAD 1WOW KG 3

Log Leapers is a structured 60-minutes program for children 4 and 5 years of age. The program builds upon the skills taught in Leaf Hoppers (KG2) and further develops each child’s ability and knowledge of the basic gymnastics foundations (swings, springs, rotations, locomotions, statics, landings and object manipulation). We recommend that children 4 years of age should complete Leaf Hoppers (KG3) prior to enrolling in Log Leapers.

The majority of the classes will take place in our incredible, colourful, kid-friendly Kinder Gym. This unique environment offers children the chance to learn, grow and have fun on a wide array of kid-sized equipment including a mini rock climbing wall, slides and tunnels. Our larger, main gym will also be utilized, offering the young athletes a chance to further develop their skills.

In addition to the basic gymnastics circuits, the children explore artistic gymnastics on bars, beam, and other apparatuses. By participating in gymnastics circuits and educational games, the young athletes develop their minds, bodies and learn healthy lifestyle choices.

Each child receives a report card at the end of each session and an yellow ribbon upon completion of the level to reward all their hard work. 

Children must be potty trained to participate.

WOW Vine Swingers (KG4)-LTAD 1

WOW KG 4

Vine Swingers is a 60 minute un-parented, advanced program for children 4 to 5 years 11 months of age. This class expands on the gymnastic fundamentals (swings, springs, rotations, locomotions, statics landings and object manipulation) learned in Puddle Jumpers (KG1), Leaf Hoppers (KG2), Log Leapers (KG3) and introduces more advanced skills. This is the highest level of Ortona’s WOW programs.

The program utilizes our larger main gym in addition to the preschool gym, to offer the young athletes a chance to try more advanced techniques and develop their skills even further. Two gyms means twice the fun.

The program builds upon the basic gymnastics movements (swings, springs, rotations, locomotions, statics, landings and object manipulation) learned at the lower WOW program levels, and begins to introduce more advanced skills to the young gymnasts. Additionally, the program combines dance, music and play to create a fun and educational program. Children must complete Log Leapers (KG3) prior to registering in this program.

The young athletes receive a report card at the end of each session and a green ribbon upon completion of the level to reward all their hard work.

Children must be potty trained to participate.

 

World of Wonderment (WOW) Programs

Ages: 3 years 3 months to 5 years 6 months

Leapah’s Learning Garden - LTAD 1
Learning Through Play; Growing Through Discovery
Leapah’s Learning Garden Logo
A Head Start on Healthy Living
 
Leapah’s Learning Garden is a balanced program made specifically for preschoolers. The program focuses on developing each child’s physical, cognitive, emotional, spatial and mental abilities in a safe, inclusive, fun and encouraging environment.
 
We offer programs for 3 and 4-year-olds. Our programs help children learn and discover through a variety of educational and physical activities that focus on healthy socialization and positive self-esteem. Each program runs from September to June, and classes are twice a week for 3 to 4 year olds and three times a week for 4 and 5 year olds for two and a half hours.  Children must be potty-trained.
 
The program is taught in our incredible, preschool-sized, Kinder Gym, which offers children a safe, colourful and exciting environment that is the perfect place for learning and discovery. The Kinder Gym also has a room dedicated to education that is filled with creative toys, books, art supplies and activities.
 
Monthly Themes
LLG Gymnastics
Leapah’s Learning Garden offers children a chance to explore and use their imagination through monthly themes. Each theme will have corresponding activities, curriculum and art projects. Through the use of these themes, children become more enthusiastic about learning and physical activity. Some themes include dinosaurs, farms, senses, seasons and the world.
 
Ortona’s Objectives
  • To provide children with a development program centered on multi-movement.
  • To teach children Gymnastics Canada’s Fun, Fitness and Fundamentals.
  • To provide a quality program full of activities that enable the development of the child mentally, physically and emotionally.
 
 
The Curriculum
Throughout the year the preschoolers will learn about several different subjects.
 
ABC’s & Pre-writing:
Children will learn to recognize letters and sounds. Introductory pre-writing activities will also be offered regularly, and children will begin to trace, recognize and print their names.
 
Art:
Art projects correspond to the monthly theme and encourage creativity. Children will develop their imaginations and fine motor skills.
 
Gymnastics & Movement:
Fun, active and safe gymnastics exercises will get children moving and make them healthier and happier. Each class focuses on building the fundamental skills of gymnastics in a positive environment. Children develop flexibility, coordination and strength.
 
LLG Art
Language Art:
Nursery rhymes, poems, stories and oral activities are utilized to enhance each child’s vocabulary and encourage a love of reading and books.
 
Nutrition & Food:
Snack time encourages healthy eating habits and table manners. Please remember that Ortona is strictly a nut-free facility.

CANGYM

Ages: 5 years 11 months to 14 years 11 months

Can Gym was created by Gymnastics Canada and is used as a progress monitoring and motivational tool for men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics. Athletes in the Can Gym program are beginner to advanced level recreational gymnasts and entry level competitive gymnasts. 

CanGum Badge 1The Can Gym program is based on Gymnastics Canada’s 3 philosophical pillars of fun, fitness and fundamentals. These 3 beliefs are integrated into every lesson which creates a welcoming, engaging and exciting environment for all gymnasts.

CAN GYM has two objectives:
  1. To provide a badge-based, skill development program for Canadian gymnastic clubs.
  2. To provide resource material that complements the Level 1 and 2 National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Gymnastics curriculum. Can Gym is a progressive 12-badge program that challenges kids to develop their gymnastic skills in a fun and safe environment. Every child receives a progress card and a badge when each level is completed.

Can Gym Ortona Style

Can Gym is divided into 12 different badge levels, and each badge has a different colour. An athlete must learn the skills required at each badge before they can move on to the next level. The skills taught grow more difficult with each ascending badge.

Badges 1 through 4 are co-ed, but Ortona does offer recommendation only, gender-specific classes at these early levels. At badge 5, the classes are separated by gender so that athletes focus on apparatus specific to men’s or women’s artistic gymnastics.

To maximize the amount of training time available to the athletes and to reinforce similar skills at different levels, badges 1 and 2 are combined into a single class, badges 7 and 8 are combined into a single class for girls as well as badges 9 to 12. For boys, badges 5 to 12 are combined into a single class. Although these badges are grouped together, each athlete must still advance through the badge levels in order.

Co-ed CanGym Badges 1-4- LTAD 2

Co-ed CanGym ClassesAt these levels, athletes focus on learning skills grouped into one of the 6 fundamental movement patterns: landings, locomotions, stationary positions, rotations, springs and swings. Skills at this level are taught on a variety of competitive and non-competitive apparatuses. Athletes progress through the 4 badges at their own pace depending on their abilities and goals.

  • Badge 1/2Burgundy/Red: Athletes learn skills like safe landings, runs, log rolls, jumps and balancing techniques.
  • Badge 3Tan: Each session at this level builds on the fundamental movement patterns taught at badges 1 and 2. Athletes learn skills such as forward and backward rolls, inverted balances and hangs as well as beginner strength exercises.
  • Badge 4Bronze: Each session focuses on mastering the basic skills required for each athlete to move into the gender-specific training. Athletes will work on skills such as handstands, cartwheels and pullovers.

Girls CanGym Badge 5-12- LTAD 3

At badge 5, the girls begin to focus on women’s artistic gymnastics events which are the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor. Additionally, fundamental movements are combined with basic skills to teach the athletes more advanced skills. Athletes must train regularly to maintain strength, flexibility, coordination and balance.

At levels 5 through 8, athletes are encouraged to train at least twice a week, and at levels 9 to 12 at least 2 weekly sessions are required for an athlete to maintain their success and keep up with the training.

  • Badge 5Purple: The athletes begin to develop skills required for women’s artistic gymnastics apparatuses. These skills include round-off’s, basic vault skils, uneven bar swings and casts as well as basic dance elements for balance beam and floor exercise.
    Girls CanGym
  • Badge 6Blue: Athletes further build on basic techniques and learn skills to help them succeed on each of the 4 apparatuses such as circle elements on the bars, floor combinations, vaulting skills and basic acrobatic elements for the balance beam.
  • Badge 7/8Turquoise/Silver: These badge levels are combined into a single class which allows athletes to focus on mastering the techniques required to potentially make the transition from recreational training to developmental or competitive training.
  • Badges 9–12Orange/Yellow/Green/Gold: The final 4 badge levels are combined into a single class which focuses on mastering skills required to compete in WAG competitions. The athletes maintain strength and flexibility while working towards the possibility of transitioning to a competitive program. Badges 9-12 entails higher level acrobatic skills such as tumbling lines and saltos. Connecting of elements is another component to the levels to aide athletes in the creation of routines.

Boys CanGym Badge 5-12- LTAD 3

Badges 5 to 12 for boys are a single class due to lower enrollment levels; however, all athletes, regardless of badge level, receive level appropriate training and equal instruction time. Athletes focus on apparatuses that are specific to men’s artistic gymnastics and fundamental movements are combined to teach athletes advanced skills.
At levels 5 through 8, athletes are encouraged to train at least twice a week, and at levels 9 to 12 at least 2 weekly sessions are required to maintain an athlete’s success in strength and flexibility.

CanGym Boys
  • Badge 5Purple: The athletes begin to develop skills required for the men’s artistic events: floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar.
  • Badge 6Blue: Athletes begin to work on maintaining their strength and flexibility while furthering their apparatus specific skills such as circle elements on high bar and pommel horse, floor combinations and handspring vaults. 
  • Badge 7Turquoise: By this level athletes are learning techniques specific to each of the 6 apparatuses. Athletes will continue to increase their strength & flexibility while working on their basic swings, circles, springs and beginner saltos.
  • Badge 8Silver: By this badge level, athletes have learned various techniques for the apparatuses and may even consider a more competitive focus.
  • Badge 9Orange: This level focuses on combining fundamental movements with basic skills to create sequences of movement.
  • Badge 10Yellow: Athletes continue to develop and excel at harder skills such as saltos, long sequences on the pommel, twists and advanced swings.
  • Badge 11Green: Athletes are now well versed in the basic skills and are continuing to focus on more difficult techniques.
  • Badge 12Gold: The final badge level means that athletes have mastered the skills required to complete Can Gym a special recognition award is given when all levels have been completed.

Advanced Kindergym & CanGym Programs-Invite Only

Ages: 4 years 0 months to 8 years 11 months

Ortona offers advanced programs for young athletes who show promise and excel at gymnastics. Admission into these programs is by recommendation only. If you would like your child to be considered for one of these programs, please fill out an assessment form located on the bottom bar of the website.

  • Tiny Tumblers (Girls only): This program is for girls aged 4 to 5 and is a pre-developmental program that allows young athletes to quickly transition to advanced programs like Aerials, Team Prep, CanGym, or Ortona Gems (Developmental Team).
  • Mighty Mites (Boys only): This program is for boys aged 4 to 5 and is a pre-developmental program for young athletes who wish to consider further training in our developmental gymnastics programs.
  • KinderGym 5 (Co-ed): This advanced KinderGym program is for boys and girls aged 4 to 6. Athletes in this program get a head start on transitioning to more advanced programs like CanGym, T&T or Artistic.
  • Aerials (Girls only): This advanced program is for girls aged 6 to 9 and allows athletes to get a jump start into many other Ortona programs such as CanGym, developmental or provincial. 
  • Team Prep (Girls only): This advanced CanGym program is for girls aged 7-9 and is a feeder program for Ortona’s Developmental and Competitive Teams.

OGC Trampoline and Tumbling Step Programs

Ages: 6 years to 17 years 

Our OGC T&T program allows athletes to further develop their skills in trampoline and tumbling. Each level teaches more advanced skills. These 9 levels/steps help athletes develop flexibility, courage, strength, technique and landings in a safe environment. Class length depends on the level. The program runs from September to June and sessions last for 10 to 13 weeks.
 
Trampoline Badge 
Can Jump Steps 1,2,3
6+ years and just starting out in gymnastics and trampoline. Basic fundamentals  and trampoline safety are taught while increasing fitness levels and having tons of fun!
Can Jump Steps 4,5,6

8+ years Intermediate gymnastics fundamentals are taught while increasing fitness levels and having tons of fun! Girls and Boys in this level are working on cartwheel, round offs and handsprings and are able to display control on trampoline.

Can Jump Steps 7,8,9

10-17 years old Co ed Advanced gymnastics and trampoline fundamentals are taught while increasing fitness levels and having tons of fun! Athletes who are able to do handsprings and advanced trampoline skills.


In order to complete each level, athletes must complete all skills on all three events (double-mini, trampoline, and tumbling). 
Athletes progress through each step. Once they have completed all of the required skills in their step, they will move to the next step within their class. To move to the next class, athletes must complete all of the skills in each of the 3 steps. (ie. if an athlete has completed all of the skills on double-mini, trampoline, and tumbling in Can Jump Steps 1,2,3, the athlete will be able to register for the next class Can Jump Steps 4,5,6.) 
 

Teen Classes

Ages: 11years to 17 years 11 months

Artistic Teen class is individually paced, creating an environment that focuses on safety, positivity and education. Our teen classes allow athletes to progress at their own pace in their individual Can Gym level. Additionally, the classes are developed around the interests of the participants in Artistic gymnastics. These programs give your teen a chance to enjoy gymnastics and see what they can do.

 

Teen Artistic Gymnastics- LTAD 8

In this program, the gymnasts explore the Artistic gymnastics equipment which includes the bars, beams, vaults, pommel horse and floor. Our coaches will work with each participant to help them build a strong foundation of the basic gymnastics movements and skills. The classes change to suit the interests of the group and focus will be given to the areas that the class finds the most fun.

 

Gymnastics for Life:

Age: 18 plus

There is a common belief that gymnastics is a sport for the young. Most people over 25 might feel that they are too old for gymnastics, but here at Ortona, we believe in gymnastics for all. Whether you’re 9 or 99, you can find something beneficial and rewarding in gymnastics.

The Benefits of Gymnastics for Adults:

Gymnastics is the perfect physical activity for any age level. Adults of all ages can reap the numerous benefits that come with regular gymnastics-focused exercises.

Adult BeginnerGymnastics focuses on resistance training and functional strength. The long term benefits of resistance training include improved joint health, muscle development and cardiovascular fitness. Additionally, gymnastics is an excellent way to improve flexibility which improves joint mobility, circulation and helps prevent injuries. As we age, our flexibility decreases, but gymnastics is the perfect option for combating this decline.

Most importantly, the greatest benefit that comes from an Ortona adult program is fun. Our classes will leave you smiling and feeling positive. You’ll enjoy coming to class each week and learning new ways to be healthy, and you’ll love seeing your health improve as the weeks continue. With so many benefits, it’s easy to see why gymnastics is the perfect option for all ages.

Adult Programs at Ortona: 

Ortona’s adult programs are separated into 2 levels: beginner and intermediate/advanced. These 2 levels allow every individual, regardless of their ability, knowledge or experience, to participate in gymnastics and experience the positive feeling that comes from being active.

In addition to the scheduled classes that occur weekly, our gymnasts in the adult program are encouraged to participate in Open Gym time which occurs twice a week. This Open Gym time is used to further develop the skills the athletes have been learning in the program. If you are registered in an Adult program, Open Gym is free the day of your class.  If you attend on the day you do not have a scheduled class you are required to purchase a member pass for that Open Gym.

Beginner Program-LTAD 8

Ortona’s beginner program covers an introduction to basic skills on all gymnastics apparatuses for both Men’s Artistic and Women’s Artistic disciplines. These apparatuses include floor exercises, bars, rings, vault, pommel horse and balance beam. Several introductory gymnastics skills will be taught:

  • Basic tumbling (rolls, cartwheels, round-offs and handsprings)
  • Swings (casts, long-hang, glide, ring swings, parallel bar supports)
  • Vaults (tuck/straddle on and through, handsprings)
  • Basic pommel horse circles
  • Basic beam skills

The ultimate goal of the beginner program is to get our new gymnasts feeling comfortable in the gym. Additionally, we want every athlete to build a base of gymnastics movements and skills that they can use to further develop their techniques and learn harder skills. Each athlete is challenged individually based upon the progress he or she shows, which guarantees that everyone is moving at their own safe pace.

Intermediate/Advanced Program- LTAD 8

Adult IntermediateThe intermediate/advanced program is structured differently than the beginner class, as the focus shifts to the individual goals of each athlete enrolled in the program. The class works in the same area of the gym, but each athlete exercises individually, working towards the skills and goals they have set out to achieve.

Athletes in this level have a working grasp of the basic fundamental movements and gymnastics skills. Some athletes will often be veterans of the adult program and will have been a part of the program for several years.

 You’re never too young to gain something positive from the sport of gymnastics.

Men’s Artistic Programs

 

A History Lesson

 From Bovine Beginnings
 Gymnastics can trace its origins back to ancient civilizations in Asia and the  Middle East. These men and women sought perfect symmetry between the  mind and the body through gymnastics exercises. Around 2,700 B.C. ancient  Greeks would vault over the backs of charging bulls. The athlete would run  toward the bull, grab its horns, and when tossed in the air, would perform  aerial movements before landing on the bull’s back and then dismounting  onto his or her feet on the other side of the bull. A great deal of courage,  grace and maybe even a bit of foolishness was required. Most gymnasts are  probably glad that modern gymnastics is bull-free.
 
 
 
The Origins of "Artistic"
The term "artistic gymnastics" was first heard around the early 1800’s as a way to distinguish free-flowing gymnastics styles from military training techniques. Gymnastics began to grow in popularity at schools and athletics clubs across Europe. As the oldest form of modern gymnastics, men’s artistic was first introduced to competition when the Olympics were revived at the 1896 Athens Olympics. In 1954, enormous changes to the sport saw the introduction of events like the floor exercise, pommel horse, vault, rings, high bar and parallel bars. These 6 apparatus’ now form what has become one of the most popular sports on the planet.
 

6 Events; 6 Times the Challenge

Think hockey is tough? Try mastering 6 pieces of equipment. Each piece is different, but they all take a combination of coordination, endurance, flexibility, speed and strength. Two words to describe an elite male gymnast: hard work!
 
The 6 events are the floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar.
 

Floor Exercise:

Athletes perform a series of acrobatics and tumbling sequences across a 12x12 area. A routine can involve somersaults, twists and flips. Each movement demonstrates strength, flexibility and balance. Touches of personal elements lets each gymnast show off his individual strength. The floor may be flat, but the routines sure aren’t.
 

Pommel Horse:

This event is one of hardest pieces of men’s apparatus to master. We’re not horsing around. An athlete performs circular and pendulous swings with straight legs, all while holding himself up right. The athlete will often travel along the horse, to utilize every part of the equipment. This event takes strength, flexibility and balance. Could you do it?
 

Rings:

Held aloft at 2.80 metres, the rings require excellent control, strength, balance and body tension. At that height there is little room for error. The rings are free-moving, making it hard for the athlete to remain still during hold elements. The dismount is the gymnast’s chance to show off his aerial skills. Feeling dizzy?
 

Vault:

In this event, a 25 metre run leads to an explosive jump off a springboard, where the athlete launches over the vaulting table. While in flight, the athlete performs multiple twists and rotations before sticking a solid landing. It takes control, stability, strength and aerial ability to master this high-flying sequence.
  

Parallel Bars:

Loved the swings as a kid? How about swinging on, across and between two bars? These bars stand 2 metres from the floor and give under the athlete’s weight, allowing for a combination of swings, somersaults and twists. The dismount is always an eye-popper. This event takes strength, control and a strong stomach. That much flipping is dizzying stuff.
 

Horizontal Bar:

You know this event is intense if one of the moves is called giant. This single bar stands 2.75 metres from the floor which allows athletes to perform multiple swinging circles, releases and catches, and dismounts that defy the imagination. A gymnast must not touch the bar with his body. You need strength, body control and aerial mastery to swing your way to victory.
 

Ortona’s Programs

The Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) program is a competitive program that is divided into 6 levels. Each level is based on Gymnastics Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework. LTAD ensures the optimal development for gymnasts of all ages, interests and abilities and in all gymnastics disciplines and helps every athlete reach their full potential. 

Aspiring gymnasts enter the program between the ages of 6 and 8. At the lower levels of the program athletes learn the basics of MAG, and as they move forward they are taught the skills needed to compete at each level. The higher the level, the harder the elements and skills.
 
Athletes who excel at an earlier age are able to go into the high performance stream which consists of higher difficulty skills and routines. These athletes can eventually be named to the National team.
 
The MAG competitive program runs all year. Lower level athletes train between 6 to 12 hours a week, while the higher level athletes train between 16 to 24 hours a week.
 
Each of the 6 levels correspond to the LTAD program established by Gymnastics Canada.
 
Level 1: Active Start
Level 1 is an introduction to Men’s Artistic Gymnastics competition and to the basics of using all 6 of the men’s apparatuses: the floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar. Athletes are taught basic rolls, develop their strength, agility and balance, and learn proper safety techniques.
 
Level 2: Fun, Fitness, and Fundamental Movement Patterns
At this level, the athletes continue to develop their skills on each of the 6 apparatuses. They develop their physical capabilities including their strength, core strength, flexibility and balance. Basic handstands and swings are also introduced.
 
Level 3: Building the Skills of Gymnastics
Level 3 focuses on further developing strength, balance, coordination and body symmetry and flexibility. The athletes develop balance skills and learn swinging techniques and strength maneuvers.
 
Level 4: Specialization in a Gym Discipline
At this level the athletes will have firmly established all key gymnastics skills. Spatial orientation, speed, flexibility and endurance will continue to be trained. Challenging skills for each apparatus will begin to be developed. Developing routines for competitions is also important at this level.
 
Level 5: Becoming a Consistent Competitor
By now an athlete’s passion will be his driving motivator as he continues to develop the challenging techniques for each apparatus and focuses on building routines for provincial, national and international levels.
 
Level 6: Winning at all Levels
At the final level of the MAG program, athletes can do everything from double to triple saltos, travels up and down the pommel, iron crosses on rings and high flying releases on the high bar. The athletes have learned the skills they need to compete and excel at provincial, national and international levels.

 

Interested in a Program?
These programs are invitation only. We also host Tryout dates throughout the year, check out our website for upcoming dates. You can also complete an assessment request found on our website.
 

Trampoline and Tumbling Programs

High-Flying History

Lift Off
The gymnastic discipline of trampoline comes from the circuses of the 1930s, where stretched out safety nets became makeshift trampolines that allowed performers to fly through the air. George Nissen and Larry Griswold once watched this aerial display which inspired them to build the first trampoline around 1934 at the University of Iowa. They eventually began producing and selling these trampolines. From this the sport of trampoline took off.
 
To Bounce or Not to Bounce
Trampoline, as a sport, began with competitions held at schools in the United States and Europe. These events had no specific rules or criteria. Some routines were incredibly long, and if the performer fell off, he just got right back on jumping and competing his routine.
 
Today, the sport is now a refined discipline, and, since the 1950’s, competitive trampoline events have followed a 10-bounce routine which gives athletes 10 bounces to perform daring aerial tricks. The first World Trampoline Championships were in 1964 in London, and Canada sent its first trampoline team to the Championships in 1972. In 2000, the trampoline became an Olympic event, which goes to show just how incredible the feeling of flight can be. Since then, Canada has won a medal in Women’s Trampoline at every single Olympic Games, including the only gold medal Canada won at the Olympics in London in 2012.
 

From Height to Speed

Head Over Heels
Speed, rhythm, power, and even more speed. Tumbling is a fast-paced and complex display where a gymnast executes a series of acrobatic bounds in succession from hands to feet, feet to hands, or even feet to feet. Tumbling became a World Championship event in the 1880s. Back then, the mat was thinner and made up a 25 metre long track. Tumbling routines involved 8 fluid elements without any change in rhythm. This discipline was only an Olympic event once in 1932, but World Championships are still held annually.
 
Putting the "Power" in Power Tumbling
As time went on, the mats or track used for tumbling became thicker and eventually springs were added, evolving the sport into power tumbling. This evolution now added a new component to a routine: the end skill. Normally the end skill involves an impressive skill such as a double or triple back somersault. The track is now 26 metres long, but the routine still has 8 elements. There is a long list of tumbling moves that an athlete can perform which includes cartwheels, round offs, back handsprings, layouts, tucks, hurdlers, and fulls. Blink and you’ll miss it.
 

T&T

In terms of gymnastics training, trampoline and tumbling are often combined to create a program known as T&T. Athletes in these programs master aerial control, speed and power to perform on both the trampoline, double-mini and the rod floor. The combination of these three apparatus’ offers gymnasts the opportunity to develop their strength, flexibility, power, speed, courage and body control.
 
Individual Trampoline:
A single athlete performs multiple somersaults, twists and turns at a height of up to 8 metres. The trampoline used is 5.05 metres long, 2.91 metres wide, 1.155 metres high and is only 6 millimetres thick. The routines are judged by body position, and the degree of rotation and twists executed. Do you have the aerial skills needed for a daredevil bounce?
 
Power Tumbling:
The tumble track is now 26 metres long, the the routine still has 8 elements. There is a long list of tumbling moves that an athlete can perform which includes cartwheels, round offs, back handsprings, layouts, tucks and fulls. Blink and you’ll miss it.   
 
Synchronized Trampoline:
 Two gymnasts mirror  a  routine while performing on 2 separate  trampolines.  Competitors are judged on how well  they stay  synchronized with each other. If either of  the competitors  performs a different skill, or even  the same skill but in a  different position, the  routine stops and they receive a  score for  the  portion of the routine that they have  performed.
 
 
Double Mini Trampoline:
A gymnast performs 2 skills on a small trampoline before landing on a mat to stick the perfect landing. The best gymnasts can execute double and even triple somersaults with twists added in for a gravity-defying display. During a competition, no skill can be repeated. The trampoline might be mini, but the excitement definitely isn’t.
 

Ortona’s Programs:

T&T at Ortona, is divided into 3 different sections based on age and skill level. Each program is loosely based on Gymnastics Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework. LTAD ensures the optimal development for gymnasts of all ages, interests and abilities and in all gymnastics disciplines and helps every athlete reach their full potential. There are 8 stages for LTAD, and each Ortona program corresponds to an LTAD stage.
 
 

FAST Program:

Ortona no longer offers developmental programs specifically for T&T; however, interested athletes can enter into a broader program which teaches skills for either WAG and T&T or MAG and T&T. This allows the athlete to develop a wider range of skills in the sport of gymnastics.
 

Competitive T&T Programs:

Our competitive program has grown over the years, and we are proud to offer athletes the opportunity to compete in T&T competitions across Alberta, Canada and worldwide. Our athletes typically train 9 to 15 hours a week and work on developing strength, flexibility, technique and creating routines for the competitive season. The competitive programs run year round.
 
OGC T&T Pre-Competitive Stream- LTAD 4
This program begins to transition athletes away from artistic events such as the floor and vault and instead focuses athletes on specializing in a T&T discipline such as trampoline, double mini trampoline and tumbling. Athletes begin to learn single flips without any twists.
 
OGC T&T Provincial Competitive Stream- LTAD 5
This program begins to train athletes for competitions and invitational levels to sanctioned
events such as Provincials and Westerns. Athletes begin to learn how to incorporate flips into routines and how to introduce twists and turns into flips.
 
OGC T&T National Competitive Stream- LTAD 6
At this level, athletes begin to compete and travel nationally and internationally at competitions like Nationals and Canada Cup. The program is largely devoted to developing routines for these competitions. Athletes begin to learn double and triple flips.
  
Interested in a Program?
These programs are invitation only. We also host Tryout dates throughout the year, check out our website for upcoming dates. You can also complete an assessment request found on our website.
 

Women’s Artistic Programs

A History Lesson

An A-moo-sing Start
 
Gymnastics can trace its origins back to ancient civilizations in Asia and the Middle East. Although the ancient Olympics performed by the Greeks were exclusively for men, both men and women would attempt to achieve symmetry between their minds and bodies by jumping over charging bulls. The athlete would run toward the bull, grab its horns, and when tossed in the air, would perform aerial movements before landing on the bull’s back and then dismounting onto his or her feet on the other side of the bull. A great deal of courage, grace and maybe even a bit of foolishness was required. Who said exercise was bad for you?
 
Putting the Art in Artistic
The term, artistic gymnastics, was first heard around the early 1800s as a way to distinguish free-flowing gymnastics styles from military training techniques. Artistic gymnastics were first performed at the Olympics in 1896, but women were not allowed to compete. Women finally got their chance to shine during the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, where women’s artistic was a team event. Since the origins of women’s artistic gymnastics, this discipline has become a world recognized sport, and the most popular form of gymnastics.
 
 4 Ways to Shine
Women’s artistic continues to be fascinating and popular among girls of all ages, likely due to the constant  challenge it provides and its ability to develop an  athlete’s coordination, courage and flexibility.

The 4 events in women’s Artistic gymnastics are the  vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.
 
Vault:
In this event, a 25 metre run leads to an  explosive jump off a springboard, where the athlete  launches over the vaulting table. While in flight, the  athlete performs multiple twists and rotations before  sticking a solid landing. It takes control, stability,  strength and aerial mastery to execute this high-flying sequence.
 
Uneven Bars:
Two bars means twice the challenge, with the lower bar being 170 cm tall and the higher one being 250 cm with 180 cm between the two. A gymnast needs strength, precision, rhythm and courage to execute twists and somersaults with grip changes, releases and high flights. The wind-up and dismount are among the most breathtaking moments of any routine.
 
Balance Beam:
At 10 cm wide, the balance beam is the most precarious and challenging apparatus for women. But with the challenge, comes incredible acrobatic displays that seem to gracefully defy gravity. With zero room for error, the gymnast performs a series of leaps, turns, steps, waves, flips and balances. A gymnast utilizes the entire length of the beam to show off her grace, strength and balance.
 
Floor Exercise:
Considered to be the most expressive event, the floor is where each athlete’s personality shines. The routine is always accompanied by music, and combines dance movements, acrobatics and tumbling. The whole floor area is used, and the routine often changes to match the music’s mood and speed. These are gymnasts and artists.
 
 

Ortona’s Programs

The Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) program is made up of several levels of developmental and competitive streams. Younger gymnasts begin the WAG program in levels that focus on introductory gymnastics, learning and training to compete, and skill and ability development.
 
Each program is open-ended so that the coach can alter and adapt the program to best suit the needs and abilities of each athlete. The programs are also tailored to match the child’s strengths and weaknesses. This tailoring ensures that each child gets the best training possible and results in a unique experience for each athlete.
 
Athletes in the WAG program advance through these levels which are ordered by age and ability.
 
Ortona Gems- WAG Developmental Program- LTAD 1/2/3/4
This is the first level of the WAG program, and is for 4- and 5-year-old athletes who are beginning their WAG focus.
 
The second level of WAG still focuses on developmental training, and is for girls ages 6 to 8. The athletes build upon basic skills and develop their strength, flexibility, coordination and balance.
 
New this year to the Developmental Program is the Junior Olympic Program (JO) which Gymnastics Canada has adopted from the United States. The JO program will allow our developmental athletes to get the opportunity to experience competitive gymnastics earlier by competing compulsory routines in the JO Levels 1-5.
 
Coming SOON - JUNIOR OLYMPIC PROGRAM INFORMATION
 
Interested in a Program?
These programs are invitation only. We also host Tryout dates throughout the year, check out our website for upcoming dates. You can also complete an assessment request found on our website.
 

Ortona Summer Camps

2019 Summer Camps open for registration March 2019!

Registration open www.Ortonagymnastics.com

Summer Camp

Looking for a summer camp that is full of fun, fitness, and friendship?

There is something for kids of all ages at Ortona this summer. 


Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)

We have provided you information on Gymnastics Canada’s LTAD information below. Please click on the "LTAD" portion of the legend and you will be provided with information for each stage:

Legend:

LTAD 1- Stage 1- Active Start

LTAD 2-  Stage 2- Fun, Fitness & Fundamental Movement Patterns

LTAD 3- Stage 3- Building the Skills of Gymnastics

LTAD 4- Stage 4- Specialization in a Gym Discipline

LTAD 5- Stage 5- Becoming a Consistent Competitor

LTAD 6- Stage 6- Winning at All Levels

LTAD 7- Stage 7- International Excellence & Podium Performances

LTAD 8- Stage 8- Gymnastics for Life- Active for Life

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