The Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) program is made up of several levels of developmental and competitive streams. Younger gymnasts begin the WAG program in levels that focus on introductory gymnastics, learning and training to compete, and skill and ability development. Each program is open-ended so that the coach can alter and adapt the program to best suit the needs and abilities of each athlete. The programs are also tailored to match the child’s strengths and weaknesses. This tailoring ensures that each child gets the best training possible and results in a unique experience for each athlete. Athletes in the WAG program advance through these levels which are ordered by age and ability.Program Details ›
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The Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Program is a competitive program that consists of multiple levels with different requirements. Aspiring female athletes enter the program between the ages of 7 and 12 years old. As they move through the program the skill level and physical preparation required increases. The higher the level, the harder the elements and skills.
Ortona’s WAG Competitive program follows the Canadian Junior Olympic (CJO) Program and the Canadian Aspire Program depending on the age and skill level of the athlete.
CJO is a new program that was implemented in July 2015. This program was adopted from the United States Junior Olympic (JO) Program and modified to fit the needs of Canadian athletes and coaches. Ortona’s WAG Competitive Athletes participate in the CJO Levels 6-9, all ages are welcome. These levels consist of different elements that are required to be choreographed into Optional routines on all 4 women’s events.
The Canadian Aspire Program is a program created to prepare young athletes for higher level competition. These athletes must be between the ages of 8 and 11 years old and be able to meet the level requirements. Particular skills are required for the Aspire Level 1 and Aspire Level 2, these skills are choreographed into optional routines for the athletes to compete.
The WAG Competitive program is a year long program that has a summer schedule for July & August and a Fall schedule for September to June. These athletes train anywhere from 12-24 hours a week depending on their skill level.
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. Ortona coaches strive to have each athlete to become the best gymnast they can be, while staying true to the Club’s vision, mission and goals. Team coaching encourages and supports all athletes, in all disciplines and celebrates with them in all achievements - inside and outside of the gym.
Every coach has technical strengths which they incorporate into their coaching. Team Coaching allows athletes to learn from each coach’s individual strength which translates into confidence and success in an event, regardless of the athlete’s skill level or discipline. The Team Coaching philosophy does not guarantee that athletes will work exclusively with a specific coach even at the request of a parent/guardian.
The coaches are assigned to groups by the Technical Gymnastics Programs Director (TGPD) using 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 facilitate the communication between all disciplines of coaches. The TGPD also 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:
Finally, Team Parents/Guardians have two points of communication throughout the year, their athlete’s assigned lead coach and a contract administrator.
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