Women's Artistic Squads
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics is the sport of choice for girls who love turning their world upside down, in more ways than one:-
Following apparatus innovation in early 2001, the vaulting horse has now been replaced with a wider vaulting table. It provides the perfect platform from which to launch sky high, before returning to earth with a controlled landing.
Gymnasts approach the vault from a 25metre run, transfer their speed to the springboard and seek a quick hand placement to the table. From here the gymnast uses internal spring to launch themselves vertically for a combination of somersaults and twists. A good vault should land at least 2metres from the table and include no steps on landing
Uneven Bars (UB)
Like the men’s parallel bars the Uneven Bars provide double the challenge for gymnasts. The low bar is set around 170cm in height and the high bar often around 250cm. The distance between the two bars is set at a maximum of 180cm.
Swinging and continuous movements are required on this apparatus. Routines typically include movements in both directions as well as above and below the bars. Elements with twists and somersaults with multiple grip changes and high flight often are awarded with the highest scores. Like men’s horizontal bar, the wind up and dismount is often the most exciting part of the routine.
Balance Beam (BB)
Perhaps the most precarious piece of apparatus for girls, the beam stands 1.25metres from the floor, is five metres long and if that was not posing enough of a challenge, is only 10cm wide. That is the width of your average house brick!
A beam routine is an exercise in precision with no room for error. The gymnast performs a combination of acrobatic elements, leaps, jumps, turns, steps, waves and balance elements. These can be done standing, sitting or lying on the beam. It is a requirement that the gymnast uses the entire length of the beam, with routines concluding often with a series of acrobatic elements off the side or end of the beam.
Floor Exercise (FX)
The floor exercise allows the gymnast their moment in the spotlight and is considered by many to be the most expressive piece of women’s apparatus.
A floor routine, always accompanied by music, includes a combination of dance movements and sequences interspersed with a variety of tumbling and acrobatic elements. The whole floor area must be used in the routine with clear variances in mood, tempo and direction. Individuality, originality, and artistry of presentation are the key ingredients of a great routine
Our girls squads train on all four disciplines - Vault, Bars, Beam & Floor.
The Artistic Squads train at various levels and ages. All gymnasts compete in the Women's Artistic Gymnastics discipline. Girl's training sessions are held on: -
Monday 6.00-9.30 pm
Tuesday 4.30-7.00 pm & 6.00-9.30 pm
Friday 6.00-9.30 pm
Saturday 1.30-6.00 pm
Sessions dependent on age and ability.
These gymnasts are prepared for full entry into either the Artistic or GfA Floor & Vault Squad.
Our recreational gymnasts compete once a year in the clubs Annual Championships.
Those who place in the top 6 in the younger age group classes qualify for a squad trial.
Those who complete the trial successfully are given a further trial for 3-4 months before being promoted to squad level of coaching.
These gymnasts start by competing in the GfA regional F&V competitions in preparation before they start competing in the first levels (NDP Grades Competitions) in Women's Competitive Artistic Gymnastics