Junior Classes

Our junior program strives to increase sport participation, develop children’s fundamental movement skills and all-round physical and brain development. In this program, gymnasts rotate around the gym to each apparatus; Beam, Bars, Parallel Bars, Floor, Vault and Trampoline. Each apparatus has a circuit designed to engage and challenge every gymnast.

Program

  • Week 1: LaunchPad Circuit
  • Week 2: Coaches create circuits based on level and appropriate skill development.
  • Week 3: Coaches organise skill learning for class based on different students development.
  • Week 4: LaunchPad Circuit
  • Week 5: Coaches create circuits based on level and appropriate skill development.
  • Week 6: Coaches organise skill learning for class based on different students development.
  • Week 7: LaunchPad Circuit
  • Week 8: Coaches create circuits based on level and appropriate skill development.
  • Week 9: Coaches organise skill learning for class based on different students development.
  • Week 10: Games Week

In the 3rd Week of a rotation coaches include acrobatic balances.

Each week the gymnasts are guided through the progressions of major gymnastics skills and strength components. The strength is individualised to each muscle group and these components will help with a range of skills, such as handstands, cartwheels, forward and backward rolls. Each fortnight the floor rotation incorporates a hand held apparatus to allow gymnasts free expression, to practise their fine motor skills and coordination.

Our junior groups consist of these levels:

  • Beginner Mixed (Kindy)
  • Novice Mixed (6+)
  • Junior Elementary Girls
  • Junior Intermediate Girls
  • Junior Boys

“LaunchPad programs are all about teaching children the fundamental movement skills they need to lead an active and healthy life full of sport and recreation. Designed to give children the opportunity to practise, develop and enjoy moving through a wide-range of activities, LaunchPad programs will help them to develop physically, socially and cognitively.”

– Gymnastics Australia

Assessments

Every term, gymnasts enrolled in our classes are assessed to see if they are ready to move to a new level. This Process will begin in term 1 2018, with a trial on Senior intermediate classes only.

As gymnasts progress we encourage each to learn at a pace that is unique to them.

Skills that are assessed include:

  • Forward and Backward rolls
  • Handstands and handstand progressions
  • Cartwheels and cartwheel progressions
  • Pullovers and swings on bar
  • Beam Complex (Relevé walks, Passé steps, high kick etc.)
  • Straight jumps to various heights for vault
  • Variety of trampoline skills

Showcase

Gymnastics for All participants DO NOT ‘compete’. They do however has the chance to show case their skills at two Gymnastics ACT Events and one Woden Valley event each year.

The Gymnastics ACT events include the Skills day (Term 2) and The Awards Day (Term 3).

Every year the Gymnasts work on perfecting their skills for the ACT GFA Skills Day. The Skills day is an event for all non-competitive gymnasts’ in the ACT and surrounding region. It is an ACT GFA event that allows gymnasts to display the skills they are learning in their clubs alongside gymnasts from other clubs. It is the lead up event to the Gymnastics ACT Awards Day. At these events the gymnasts that attend receive a certificate with feedback on their performance of skills along with a ribbon or medal.

The Awards Day this year is will be run in term 3. Date to be advised.

The Gym Extravaganza is a WVGC Event that allows parents to follow their child on different rotations to each apparatus to take photos and see how their child has progressed.

For any enquiries regarding the Gymnastics for All program please contact gfa@wodenvalley.net

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