CanGym Badge 4 (Bronze) LTAD 2
At this level, 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 at their own pace depending on their abilities and goals.
Badge 4—Bronze: 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
Athletes begin to develop on the basic skills necessary to advance through the Can Gym program. At this level, skills are designed to be taught to co-ed groups, however, there are some boys only classes offered. Children must master 100% of the skills before moving to the next level.
CanGym 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 CanGym program are beginner to advanced level recreational gymnasts and entry level competitive gymnasts.
The CanGym 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.
CANGYM has 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. CanGym 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.
Gymnastics is a fun-filled, non-contact activity through which children can develop self-confidence, experience a wide variety of challenges and opportunity for social interaction.
Gymnastics helps develop physical literacy in children. The development of these physical tools are needed to take part in activity and sport, both for healthy life-long enjoyment and for sporting success. You’re never too young to gain something positive from the sport of gymnastics.
Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) taken from Gymnastics Canada
Role of Parents/Guardians in this Stage
- To introduce participants to a range of activities, provide encouragement and participate in activities such as parent days, shows, and parent/child classes.
- Must be prepared to transport participants to activities, and to pay for these activities.
CanGym Ortona Style
CanGym 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 apparatuses 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 both boys and girls classes as well as badges 9 to 12. Although these badges are grouped together, each athlete must still advance through the badge levels in order.
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