Sports Acrobatic Gymnastics
Sports Acrobatic gymnastics is competitive gymnastic discipline where partnerships of gymnasts work together and perform routines consisting of acrobatic moves, dance and tumbling, set to music. Acrobatic gymnasts perform in pairs or groups and enter into and are judged at a specific level or age group category.
The different partnerships seen in competition are:
women's pair (two females)
men's pair (two males)
mixed pair (a male base and a female top)
women's group (three females)
men's group (four males)
In each partnership, the gymnasts' different sizes and abilities will be balanced to complement each other in order to carry out the complex moves. Some will mainly carry out supporting and pitching (throwing) roles, and are known as bases. They are then balanced with smaller, often more flexible, gymnasts who become the 'tops'. In competition, partnerships perform a routine to music, that has usually been choreographed specifically for them. The gymnasts carry out their acrobatic moves and combine them with dance, all in time to and in keeping with the style of the music. Partnerships are judged on artistry, difficulty of skill and the execution of skills. Gymnasts perform three routines; a 'balance' routine where the focus is on strength, poise and flexibility; a 'dynamic' routine which includes throws, somersaults and catches, and (Only level 6 and above) a 'combined' routine which includes elements from balance and dynamic.
Group Requirements: Boys or Girls aged 7 + years old
Training Times: 6 - 8 hours a week please see timetable for current training times, squad members must attend all of the required training sessions, assessments and competitions. All gymnasts must attend the session regularly and need to inform their coach if they are unable to attend a session. We will monitor all the children’s progress and move the children to alternative groups if they are progressing faster or slower than the rest of the group.
How To Join: Progression from development squad, squad trial or selection by the Squad Coach
Coach Ratio: 1:10
Head Coach: Sally Miller
Progressing: Through the British Gymnastics NDP’s
What happens in the class: Sport Acrobatic Gymnasts will spend a lot of time working on static strength skills, levers, handstands, flexibility as they progress they will be teamed up into a partnership or group where they will start to develop balances in line with the British Gymnastics development plan. Gymnasts will be expected to work on core strengthening and flexibility alongside the regular training. The ability to focus, listen to instructions, work with the team and perform in a competitive environment is very important. If children are selected for the acrobatic squad mental focus, regular attendance and ability to work with a partner or group as well as physical development will be assessed to see the suitability for this type of training.
Please use www.britishgymnastics.org to find out more about the different gymnastic disciplines.