So what’s happening?

GymBeamRisky

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So the majority of Gyms are back in business which is obviously ,for now at least, the good news. However we parents have yet to receive any indication of schedule’s going forward. I have seen various talented girls drop out of gymnastics over the last 5 months or so. I guess some have had the time to “ think things over” in this very demanding sport and recent negative publicity regarding “abuse” in the sport has not been a positive influence either. My daughter is also at that age where she is wondering whether she should move on to new opportunities within her peer group at school. I am trying to persuade her to “ hang on in there” after all of those years of “sacrifice” but it’s very difficult when there is nothing to show on the British Gymnastics “menu” in regard to what competitions are scheduled either later this year or during the early to mid part of next year. Well maybe there is something to show and I’ve missed it but over the years as a parent I have found trying to get any information ( and I use that in the wider context) in this “semi secretive” world is extremely hard to attain. My daughter really needs to focus on a short to mid term end goal in relation to all the countless hours of training and then hopefully move forwards or change direction. I appreciate these are strange times but how soon can we expect BG to at least announce some “provisional “ dates regarding grades, English, British and everything in between?
 
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Next years dates are not usually announced just yet and they may hang back a bit more this year as they really can't tell how the pandemic is going to go over the winter. But I would expect to see some provisional dates by the end of October maybe. The English and the British are usually around March give or take. National finals are in May. Regional qualifiers for National finals should take place no more than 3 weeks before. So some time in April. Some regions do their club and regional grades before this and some do them after. So whatever your region usually does is likely. Clubs and coaches know the general months they need to be ready even without the specific dates so I am sure they are working towards these.

The dates for this Autumn have been out for several months and have been adjusted several times to take account of the lockdown vagaries. They are publicly available on the BG website. Go to "find an event" and select 2020, WAG, National and search and the list will come up. This is updated as needed. You can see that some have been cancelled and at the moment the only competitions standing are Challenge Cup/ Compulsory 2 on 14 November and WTC cup on 21st November. The WTC cup is a 'British' FIG event to provide a warm up before Europeans in December. I am hoping Europeans are cancelled and next years used as an Olympic qualifier which is what other continental qualifiers are doing. But we shall see.

Here is a link to the list but keep checking as it might change.
 
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Much appreciated Jenny, very helpful. I wonder if the girls will be allowed to compete behind closed doors as with other sports if the covid19 situation dictates. It’s also difficult to know where the girls are going to get their qualifying scores for the Challenge or next years English when the appropriate regional qualifiers seem to be on hold for now at least. Never mind at least most are now back in the gym which is the main thing. Hopefully things will become a little clearer within a month or two.
 

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Much appreciated Jenny, very helpful. I wonder if the girls will be allowed to compete behind closed doors as with other sports if the covid19 situation dictates. It’s also difficult to know where the girls are going to get their qualifying scores for the Challenge or next years English when the appropriate regional qualifiers seem to be on hold for now at least. Never mind at least most are now back in the gym which is the main thing. Hopefully things will become a little clearer within a month or two.
The Autumn competitions have now been cancelled. Compulsory 1 on 31st January is the first competition now. Gymnasts eligible can skip 2 and go straight to 1. Gymnasts eligible can skip 3 and go straight to 2 in May.
 
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Thanks for that info Jenny. Can I ask, what makes a gymnast eligible to skip a grade? Is it just their age and the fact they have the necessary skills to do the grade above the one they were originally training for or are there more criteria? Thanks
 

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Thanks for that info Jenny. Can I ask, what makes a gymnast eligible to skip a grade? Is it just their age and the fact they have the necessary skills to do the grade above the one they were originally training for or are there more criteria? Thanks
To enter Compulsory 2 they have to be age eligible but don't have to have passed Compulsory 3. To enter Compulsory 1 they have to be age eligible and have passed compulsory 3 but don't have to have passed compulsory 2. That's it as I understand it.
 
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Much appreciated Jenny, very helpful. I wonder if the girls will be allowed to compete behind closed doors as with other sports if the covid19 situation dictates. It’s also difficult to know where the girls are going to get their qualifying scores for the Challenge or next years English when the appropriate regional qualifiers seem to be on hold for now at least. Never mind at least most are now back in the gym which is the main thing. Hopefully things will become a little clearer within a month or two.


The update says that they are hoping to hold a qualifying competition for Challenge Cup gymnasts to try and obtain a qualification score to the British early in 2021. As they missed their qualification opportunity in 2020. So that is good news.
 

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The update says that they are hoping to hold a qualifying competition for Challenge Cup gymnasts to try and obtain a qualification score to the British early in 2021. As they missed their qualification opportunity in 2020. So that is good news.
Is there anywhere that regular people can read the update? Or is it for coaches/clubs only?
 
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Is there anywhere that regular people can read the update? Or is it for coaches/clubs only?
I think it's clubs/ coaches only but it is literally a few sentences explaining about Compulsory 2, 1 and Challenge Cup. It basically says if you were intending to take Compulsory 3 or 2 in 2020 you can move straight on to the next grade without a pass.
 
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