Gymnastics For All (GFA) 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 Gymnastics For All program are beginner to advanced level recreational gymnasts and entry level competitive gymnasts.
TheGFAprogram 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.
GFAhas two objectives:
To provide a badge-based, skill development program for Canadian gymnastic clubs.
To provide resource material that complements the Level 1 and 2 National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Gymnastics curriculum. Gymnastics For Allis 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.
At 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 1/2: Athletes learn skills like safe landings, runs, log rolls, jumps and balancing techniques.
Badge 3: 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 4: 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.
At GFA 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 5: The athletes begin to develop skills required for women’s artistic gymnastics apparatuses. These skills include round-off’s, basic vaultskils, uneven bar swings and casts as well as basic dance elements for balance beam and floor exercise.
Badge 6: 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 7/8: 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 9–12: 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 andsaltos. Connecting of elements is another component to the levels to aide athletes in the creation of routines.
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.
Badge 5: The athletes begin to develop skills required for the men’s artistic events: floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar.
Badge 6: 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 7: 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 beginnersaltos.
Badge 8: By this badge level, athletes have learned various techniques for the apparatuses and may even consider a more competitive focus.
Badge 9: This level focuses on combining fundamental movements with basic skills to create sequences of movement.
Badge 10: Athletes continue to develop and excel at harder skills such assaltos, long sequences on the pommel, twists and advanced swings.
Badge 11: Athletes are now well versed in the basic skills and are continuing to focus on more difficult techniques.
Badge 12: The final badge level means that athletes have mastered the skills required to complete Gymnastics For All a special recognition award is given when all levels have been completed.
To register for one of these programs, click HERE, then scroll down and selectGFA Badge. From there you can select a specific class and register!