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MissBear

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I know there is a competitive program aimed at going-to-be-elite level gymnasts, from when they are quite young - I think its called 'international levels'. I know I have seen the document with the level requirements in, but now I can't find it anywhere on the internet. I think this program is mainly used in australia and it mights use a A B C stream system for rec compeitive through high level gymnasts, but I'm not certain about that.
Does anyone know anything about this program, or who it is run by?
I'd really like to know more - sorry for the vague description.
 
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It sounds like you are describing the international development program in Australia.

In Australia those girls who are identified as being talented enough to one day represent Australia at an international level train and compete under a different system to the rest of the gymnastics world.

The levels go as follows

IDP
 

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Hi, it sounds like you are describing the International levels system in Australia. In Australia those girls who are identified as being talented enough to one day represent Australia at international level competition train and compete under a completly different system to the rest of the gymnasts. This is the IDP (international development program).

The program in run by Gymnastics Australia just like all the other gym programs but there are only a few gyms that offer it.

The main ones in Australia are the
AIS - Australian institute of sport
QAS - Queensland academy of sport
WAIS - Western Australian Institude of sport
VIS - Victorian institute of sport
MBC - Moreton bay college
WGC - Waverley gymnastics club
MLC - Methodist ladies college

There are a few more gyms popping up around the place offering the programs now but these are the main centre's approved by Gymnastics Australia.

To train in these programs you must be indentitfied at a young age (Usually 4-6 years old but some talented gymnast may not be indentified until 7 or 8) and selected to train at one of these specialist centre's. The selection proccess is very strict and they will look at body type, body size, parents size, strength, flexibility, level of courgae, skills currently able to do and personality to choose only those who are ideally suited to elite training.

The levels are as follows

Level 1 A
Level 2 A
Level 3 A
International level 5
International Level 6
International level 8
International level 10
Junior international
Senior international

The levels all have a strict age limit that must be adhered too. If kids do not have the skills appropriate for their age they will generally be asked to leave the program and train in the usual national level stream at a regular gym.

THE LEVELS


1. Senior international

Age: 15 years or above on January 1st
Skills required: Compete the FIG international code of points
Competitons: Can be selected to compete at international competitions like the olympic games and world championships.
Training hours: Usually 36-40 hours a week

2. Junior international

Age: 12, 13 0r 14 on Jan 1st
Skills required: Compete the international FIG code of points
Competitions: Can be selected to compete internationally
Training hours: usually around 36-38 hours a week

3. International Level 10

Age: 11-13 on jan 1st
Skills required: Compete the senior FIG international code of points with some small modifications
Competitions: Up to a national level
Training hours: Around 32-36 hours per week is the norm

4. International level 8

Age: 10-12 on Jan 1st
Skills required: Have set routines on each apparatus but can be replaced with more advanced skills
Vault - any vault with a salto - often tsukahara or handspring front tuck
Bars - Fornt giants, back giants, pirouette's clear hip to handstands
Beam - switch split leap connected to back tuck, B value or about FIG mount, 2 back handsprings connected. These are the minimum but many doing much harder skills.
Floor - front lay front lay, bacl lay 1/2 twist into punch front, side aerial to back layout step out. AGain these are the minimum many competing much harder skills like double,
Training hours: 30-36 hours a week

5. International level 6

Age: 9-11 on Jan 1st
Competitions: Up to a national level
Skills required: Set routines
Vault - front handspring
Bars - giants, layout flyaway, 1/2 pirouette in handstand
Beam - back walkover back handspring, round off back tuck dismount
Floor - front lay front tuck, front aerial side aerial
Training hours - 25-32 hours per week

6. International Level 5

Age: 8-10 on jan 1st
Competitions: Up to a national clubs level
Skills required: set routines
Vault- handspring pop vault
Bars - giants, clear hips, 1/2 turn pushaway dismount
Beam - Back handspring, press to handstand mount
Floor - Round of flic layout, front layout, side aerial
Training time: 20-32 hours per week

7. IDP level 3 A

Age: 7-9 on jan 1st
Competitions: up to a state level
Skills required: set routines
Vault - front layout
Bars - clear hip, connected kips
Beam - tic toc, press to handstand mount
Floor - Handspring front tuck, round off flic back tuck
Training time: 15-23 hours per week

8. Level 2 A

Age: 6-8 on Jan 1st
Competitons: Up to state level in some states, other states to a regional level
Skills required: set routines
Vault: front tuck
Bars: kip, cast to handstand
Beam: bridge, handstand
Floor: round off flic, front tuck
Training time: 10-16 hours per week

9. Level 1 A

Age: 5-7 on jan 1st
Competitons: varies from state to state
Skills required: set routines
Vault - straight jump and handstand flat back vaults
Bars: cast to horizontal, back hip circle, glide swings, forward roll to L hang
Beam - basic skills
Floor - Handstand forward roll, backward roll to front support, 3 splits, limber
TRaining time: 5-8 hours a week.
 

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On Level 2A, it says that they do a front tuck for vault. How would you do this? Would they use the regular vaulting table, or would they do a front tuck onto a resi, etc.?
 

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The front tuck is just done from a spring board onto 60 cm's of crash mats. The use the same underarm technique used for vault instead of the overarm technique. It is similar to the USAG l;evel 3 dive roll but a front tuck instead.
 
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