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. This program is for boys aged 3 to 5 and is a pre-developmental program for young athletes who wish to consider further training in our developmental gymnastics programs. *Please note - Starting in the Winter 2020 Session there will be some trampoline activities added into this program, as such a CanJump Membership must be purchased. Even if you have already purchased a Rec Membership in year you will have to pay the full amount for the CanJump Membership at registration but then the entirety of the original Rec Membership will be refunded to you.Program Details ›
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Mighty Mites is a recommendation only program for boys who show flexibility, coordination and physical ability. Athletes in this program can advance to further Ortona sessions like Tree Climbers, the CanGym badge program, or the CanJump trampoline program.
This program helps the young gymnasts develop their strength, flexibility and coordination, while also introducing them to basic gymnastics movements. The Mites get to experience many types of equipment for both the Men’s Artistic and Trampoline and Tumbling disciplines:
The young athletes learn the basics of gymnastics in a structured, safe and friendly environment with knowledgeable and professional coaches.
Children must be given an invitation to attend this program.
A Team Ortona Compression Suit is required to be purchased and worn at all classes for this program. Shirt is non refundable. The compression shirt is an Ortona branded shirt and can be purchased at Ortona on the first day of class. We will help size them accordingly.
We ask that the boys bring a health snack with them, as there is a 10-15 minute break midway through the class.
Entry into a Recommendation Only Program:
Sometimes our coaches notice children who progress through the gymnastics exercises quickly and learn the gymnastics movements faster than their fellow classmates. Our coaches will then recommend them into one of our advanced recommendation only programs.
Ortona respects the diversity of our gymnasts, and we truly believe that all our athletes are extraordinary. By offering recommendation only programs, we continue to allow all our gymnasts to work and develop at their own pace without restricting their abilities.
An invitation into a recommendation only program is based on several factors such as an athlete’s physical ability, flexibility, coordination, listening skills and learning speed. Above all, an athlete should have a positive attitude and a desire to work hard and give it their all.
If your child has not been recommended into a specialty class, and you feel that they show potential, please feel free to request an assessment.
Ortona offers gender-specific programs for athletes focused on Men’s Artistic Gymnastics or Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. Ortona also offers a co-ed program for athletes who are undecided on what discipline to pursue.
Gymnastics is an ideal activity for preschoolers. It is an excellent physical way to develop gross motor skills, spatial awareness, coordination, strength, power, flexibility, musical awareness and creativity. Gymnastics is also 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
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