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COMPETITION SELECTION PROCEDURE
Gymnasts may be selected for competition across the disciplines. There are some groups whose main focus is to compete. If competition has no interest to you, please inform your coach so that you can enjoy the sport of gymnastics without the pressure of competition.
Gymnasts are selected for competition on a number of criteria, including but not restricted to; attendance (minimum 85%), conditioning, appropriateness of the level of competition, aims and objectives for the competition year, experience.
Gymnasts may be required to work outwith their usual group or may be asked to transfer groups at any time in order that they receive the most appropriate training with the most appropriate coach.
Gymnasts will always be advised and consulted in this endeavour.
Competitive gymnastics can be a thrilling experience but it can also be a cruel environment. We aim to give gymnasts the most positive of experiences, win or lose, and may advise when competition is not the most beneficial or positive course of action for them. This is no reflection on the skill of the gymnast.
It is recommended that gymnasts wishing to compete in ANY discipline take part in conditioning and/or flexibility classes. Conditioning is the key to successful gymnastics development.
At IBGC, coaches are only interested in experiences which will be the best for the gymnast. “Pushing” children in to a competition they are not adequately prepared for at a level they are not ready for can be detrimental to the development of the gymnast.
If you have any concerns or would like to feedback your thoughts or suggestions, you can speak to a coach, committee member, child protection officer or use the suggestion box, located outside of the office.
PLEASE REMEMBER: Competitive training does not suit ALL gymnasts and there may be times when we do NOT select gymnasts for competition. This is done with the very best of intentions, at no time will this be done to hold a gymnast back or to keep them from progressing, but more to prevent them from having a negative experience in gymnastics.
What is the NDP?
The National Development Plan – or NDP for short – is a ‘grades’ system, providing a structure for gymnasts to develop from beginners through to international-level performers.
Basically, it means keep your arms stretched above your head, in a straight line with your body. If your arms come down in front of you, that breaks the straight line, forming an angle with your body and your arms. You want that angle to be “open” as in 180 degrees or larger less than 180 degrees are closed shoulders.