Upon recommendation of the coaches, and assessment by one of our Head Coaches, gymnasts get invited to join our Competitive Program. These Teams train between 2 and 16 hours per week and aim towards building strength, flexibility and learning more difficult gymnastics skills. These skills get showcased at our in-house competitions, all team athletes participate in all our in house competitions. They are given the options to create their own routines to showcase their skills Or to follow the Junior Olympic program routines.
If you are interested in joining the Teams Program, please email Desiree@ykgymnastics.com
All Team athletes are expected to participate in all in-house meets and showcases. These events are held within our facility to provide opportunity for athletes to show their progress and to promote the Club. (see 7.2 for tentative dates)
All team athletes may participate in out of town competition. However, it is at the coaching team’s discretion as to which opportunities will be available to each athlete to ensure the best experience possible. It is important that an athlete be physically, emotionally and mentally ready before exposing them to out of town competition. Team athletes trying out or that qualify for Westerns are STRONGLY encouraged but not required to participate at least one out of town meet.
Team travel to competitions benefit both the Club and its athletes as it fosters team bonding, team spirit, goal setting, while building their self-esteem, and trust between the coach and athlete.
The program Director will provide parents with the options for out of town competitions. Once committed, the administrator, with the assistance of the Club Manager, will be in charge of coordinating this travel and will provide information well in advance to allow the Club and parents adequate time to plan, prepare, and find best possible rates.
WAG - Women's Artistic Gymnastics
JUNIOR OLYMPIC (JO) COMPETITIVE PROGRAM
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 program allows the gymnast to advance at her own pace, competing in more than one level in a year, if she so chooses.
Xcel Program *NEW*
In September 2020, Gymnastics BC and other provinces across Canada made the decision to adopt the USA Gymnastics program called "Xcel". YKGC is extremely pleased to offer Xcel programming starting in the 2021 season.
Xcel is a competitive gymnastics program that offers flexibility to coaches and gymnasts by offering less strict requirements compared to the traditional JO competitive program. This allows gymnasts the opportunity for a competitive gymnastics experience with less training hours, making it perfect for the multi-sport athlete, or athletes who love the sport and want to compete, without the intense training schedule and commitment.
The goal of Xcel is to provide gymnasts with varying abilities and commitment levels with the opportunity for a rewarding gymnastics experience. The Xcel Competitive program is geared towards gymnasts that want to take their skills, training, and commitment past the level of recreational gymnastics without the time commitment or strict skill requirements of the JO competitive program.
Gymnasts aged 5 and up have the opportunity to be part of a team, learn and master routines, and have a chance to attend local competitions.
Unlike the JO program, there are no "compulsory" routines in the Xcel program - which allows gymnasts to showcase their individuality with personalized routines. These routines will be designed by their coaches to showcase their strengths!
At competitions, each division will be ranked based on their score with 1st to 3rd place medals, and 4th to 8th place ribbons. In divisions with large number of participants, athletes will be split based on birth years.
MAG - Men's Artistic Gymnastics
CANADIAN PROVINCIAL PATHWAY
The Provincial Pathway has been developed to provide a competitive stream for athletes of all levels, but who may not be striving toward the Elite level. The early levels feature compulsory routines that are similar in structure to the Elite Pathway routines with some simplifications. Some athletes may start along this pathway and move laterally into the Elite Pathway at a later stage in their development. The optional routines are a modification of the FIG Junior rules. Therefore, all FIG Junior rules apply including the restricted elements, repetition, maximum four counting skills per Element Group, time on floor, three parts of the pommel horse, etc.