Gymnastics is a foundation sport and is promoted as a lifelong activity. Competitive gymnasts excel in planning and time management, goal setting and visualization skills. Gymnastics provides an opportunity for athletes to develop self-confidence, self-esteem, concentration and discipline.
Campia Gymnastics offers a comprehensive competitive gymnastics program that includes pre-competitive and competitive gymnastics programs for both boys and girls. Entry into the competitive program is by selection from the recreational program or formal evaluation from an open tryout.
The competitive program is for a child who wants more of the sport of gymnastics than can be achieved by participation in our recreational program. Becoming a member of the competitive program occurs when a child has shown physical readiness in either recreational classes or during an open tryout and is invited to the team.
Training schedules and groupings are determined by the coaching staff in order to ensure maximum effectiveness of all programs. Gymnasts are divided into groups based on factors such as; skill level, potential, general training attitude and attendance record. Requests for changes will only be entertained in exceptional circumstances. Campia’s competitive program is comprised of two components: Pre-team and Team. The program is designed for both male and female athletes and is by invitation only. Our aim is to provide opportunities for gymnasts to challenge themselves. As gymnastics is an individual sport, we focus on the development of each athlete as an individual while providing team-building opportunities. Athletes are trained on the appropriate men’s or women’s apparatus and divided into male and female groups.
The Pre-Team is not a continuation of Campia’s recreational program. The primary focus of this program is the development of body awareness with a strong foundation in the basics of gymnastics and an emphasis on presentation and execution. Campia’s Pre-Team emphasizes strongly on increasing strength and flexibility and developing proper skill basics which will allow gymnasts to later develop more advanced gymnastics skills. Based on Campia’s evaluation, athletes may be asked to return to recreational classes.
According to the Canadian Long Term Athlete Development Model, it should be understood that athletes progress at different rates depending on many factors. It also recognizes the belief that gymnasts who focus on developing stronger bodies, better execution and solid basics will not only be safer but also have more longevity and will often “catch up” and usually surpass their counter
parts who enter the competitive field earlier.
Our competitive program is dedicated to developing excellence in an atmosphere where the safety and wellness of each athlete is a priority. Our goal is to provide the best gymnastics experience in the province.
Athletes that possess the physical and psychological readiness for competitive gymnastics may be invited to join Campia’s competitive team. The aim of this program is to provide athletes with an opportunity to experience the greatest personal success at competition for their level and ability. The first six weeks of this program is a probationary period and athletes are regularly monitored and assessed by their coaches. Training hours and level of competition are set by the coaching staff, based on professional assessment.
Each program, category and level of gymnastics has certain skill requirements. As a result, gymnasts will be placed in the competitive level best suited to their skill level, execution and maturity. Campia gymnasts will be placed in a level that will be challenging yet allow him/her to experience individual success. All gymnasts progress at different rates and do not progress from one level to the next at the same rate. The placement of gymnasts in competitive levels is the sole responsibility of Campia’s coaching staff.
Competitive women’s artistic gymnastics includes the following four apparatus:
- Uneven bars
Men’s competitive artistic gymnastics includes the following six apparatus:
- Pommel horse
- Parallel bars
- Horizontal bar