The Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) program is a contracted, competitive program. Aspiring gymnasts enter the program between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. 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 of the 5 Provincial levels. The Alberta Program has compulsory routines are Levels 1 and 2, optional routines begin in level 3. The higher the level, the harder the elements and skills. The MAG competitive program runs all year long with one training schedule in the summer and a different training schedule for September to June. Lower level athletes train between 9 to 12 hours a week, while the higher level athletes train between 16 to 24 hours a week.Program Details ›
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The Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) program is a contracted, competitive program. The program 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 12 years old. 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 of the 5 Provincial levels. The Alberta Program has compulsory routines are Levels 1 and 2, optional routines begin in level 3. 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 long with one training schedule in the summer and a different training schedule for September to June. Lower level athletes train between 9 to 12 hours a week, while the higher level athletes train between 16 to 24 hours a week.
These programs are invitation only. We host Tryout dates throughout the year, check out the front page of our website for upcoming dates. You can also complete an assessment request found on our website. Assessments are one on one with a coach to assess the level of your athlete, they take 10-15 minutes and are followed with a conversation with a coach to answer any questions you may have.
Ortona Team Coaches are…
Coaches working together to help each gymnast, whether they be a WAG, MAG or T&T athlete, in the Ortona Gymnastics Club’s (OGC’s) development and competitive programs to become the best possible gymnast that they can be while keeping true to the Club’s vision, mission and goals. Team coaching is to encourage and support all athletes, in all disciplines; celebrate with them in their achievements, inside and outside of the gym.
Every coach has technical strengths and to incorporate those into team coaching allows the athlete to learn from the best in an event regardless of the athlete’s skill level, or discipline. There is no guarantee that any athlete will work exclusively with a specific coach or at the request of a parent/guardian.
The coaches are assigned to groups by the Technical Gymnastics Programs Director (TGPD) by criteria defined by our program requirements for that year. Coach assignments are based on education, coaching experiences, certification level, the TGPD’s assessment of the coaches’ skills, professional growth; and guidelines of various governing bodies for gymnastics in Alberta and Canada.
The TGPD role is to manage all OGC team coaches; and is the point of contact between the lines of communication between all disciplines of coaches. Further, the TGPD assigns Lead Coaches to training groups.
The role of the Lead coach, within the framework of team coaching is:
The assigned team coaches’ roles are:
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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