The PLAY Gymnastics BC Interclub program is designed to expand the scope of participation in recreational gymnastics in BC. Interclub provides a training framework and offers opportunities for athletes to attend sanctioned events, at which they perform gymnastics routines to showcase personal ability.
The program is performance-centered and focuses on the opportunity for gymnasts to perform and take pride in personal athletic achievement. Artistic movement is encouraged and there are no skill restrictions. Athletes and coaches have creative license in routine development and performances.
The Gymnastics BC Interclub program is specifically designed for recreational athletes and is not meant to be used as a developmental competitive or pre-competitive program. Athletes are not ranked but receive Po
Our Interclub program runs 10 months of the year (September to June). Interclub Gymstars are in Grade 1-3.
Interclub Gymstars are required to attend one meet annually.
Entry into the NPGA Interclub program is by assessment and invitation only in June or late August/Early September of each year.
Gymnastics BC is happy to announce that we will be adopting a brand new program in BC– the USAG Xcel competitive program! This program will act to bridge the gap between the Gymnastics For All Interclub and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics JO programs.
WAG Xcel Replacing Interclub Performance Plus
The Xcel program is an alternative competitive program offering flexibility to coaches and gymnasts; its goal is to provide gymnasts of varying abilities and commitment levels with the opportunity for a rewarding gymnastics experience.
The Xcel program will replace the Interclub Performance Plus and Performance Challenge categories.
In its inaugural season, the first three divisions of the Xcel program will be adopted; bronze, silver, and gold. The bronze, silver, and gold divisions will allow a level playing field for athletes, without changing the Interclub Program’s relaxed, competitive environment. The Xcel program also provides a robust and consistent scoring system.
Athlete training hours are not expected to change; athletes will still compete optional routines, but under a set of rules that is more structured than in the Interclub program.
Some of the positive aspects of introducing Xcel in BC include:
- Ability for gymnasts to set routine goals within a relaxed structure to match their level of performance and receive scores and rankings.
- Structured rules, providing a systematic evaluation process will allow athletes to monitor their progress easily.
- The similarities between Xcel and JO rules will make it easier for athletes, coaches, judges, parents, and clubs.
Junior Olympic Program Levels 1-10: Gymnastics Canada follows the American competitive structure called Junior Olympics. Within this program there are 10 levels. Level 1 – 5 are compulsory routines for all athletes. Athletes level 6 or higher have personalized routines that have specific requirements.
The following is an excerpt from USA Gymnastics Organization “The Junior Olympic program was developed with the belief that all athletes, regardless of their potential, must have a solid foundation of basic skills in order to advance safely. The Women’s Junior Olympic Program is divided into three major segments; developmental, compulsory, and optional and you can read more at USA Gymnastics.
There are four competitive events in women’s gymnastics: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. Judges calculate scores by assessing the difficulty value of the skills performed and assessing whether or not the athlete completed the required elements for the level. Athletes are judged against perfection. There are two to four judges per event at competition. Gymnasts receive a score on each of the four events which is added together to create the “All Around” score. Junior Olympic athletes are scored out of 10. Developmental athletes are given a Gold, Silver, Bronze score while Compulsory and Optional athletes compete against each other for placements.
Our Junior Olympic programs runs 10 months of the year (September to June) with recommended optional training through the summer. Athletes can enter the program at 6 yrs old and are required to compete in each level. Programs train from 5-20 hours a week.
Entry into the NPGA Junior Olympic program is by assessment and invitation only in June or late August/Early September of each year.