CanGym Badge 9 thru 12 (Orange/Yellow/Green/Gold) Girls Only - LTAD 3
This is a 2 hour class which starts to break down into women’s and men’s apparatus specific skills. It is strongly recommended that athletes attend 2 or more times a week in order to build strength, flexibility and to help develop their skills. This will help athlete progress through the levels more successfully. Athletes must master at least 85% of the required skills in order to continue to the next level.
Badges 9–12—Orange/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.
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.
For full details on Long Term Athlete Development refer to Gymnastics Canada website. We have selected a highlight from each stage.
Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) taken from Gymnastics Canada
Role of Parents/Guardians in this Stage
- Parents continue to expose participants to a range of activities, provide encouragement and show interest in participating in sport and physical activity.
- Parents must listen to the participant to help identify sport preference.
- Parents will continue to maintain a balance with school, other sport and non-sport activities.
- Parents should 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.
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.
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.
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