& Elite Performance
Basingstoke Gymnastic Club is devoted to providing opportunity to all levels, ages and abilities across the board which shines through our Elite Performance section of the club. Not only do we have the traditional Gymnastics for both men & women. Basingstoke Gymnastics offers a range of competitive disciplines for our advanced and talented athletes including Artistic Gymnastics (what you see in the Olympics), Tumbling, Aerobic Gymnastics & Teamgym. For the gymnasts who prefer not to compete we also offer Display gymnastics which showcase our club around the country.
So, what are these disciplines? and how do you know which discipline your gymnast is suited for?
Our talent identification process usually starts all the way down from our pre-school classes where we select a number of gymnasts who show potential for our Development groups however if we spot talented gymnasts in our GFA section we may ask them to trial. Spaces in our squads are by selection only.
All gymnasts are different, whether a gymnast shows outstanding flexibility or huge amounts of power; we will ensure talent is not wasted. Please see below what we have to offer and what each discipline needs in order to produce our top elite performers
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
Men’s gymnastics is probably the most well known gymnastics discipline in the sport using 6 pieces of apparatus floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar.
Men’s gymnastics is an Olympic sport so if your child does make it in to the national squad then they gain sponsorship by the national lottery and will get funding.
Our gymnasts compete at club, regional and national competitions all through the year.
The gymnasts don’t compete nationally until they are 8years old from the 1st of January, this means if they are 7 on the 1st but there birthday is on the 2nd of January they will have to wait another year until they can compete at national level. Regional and club competitions is up to the coach whether they are entered or not, depends on the gymnasts ability.
You have two big national competitions a year the British Setwork Championships usually held in May and the British championships usually in November. The Setwork is different from every other competition they will do because you have to follow set routines for every piece.
There are two routes in men’s gymnastics that can be taken club level and elite level. Club level is for gymnasts that cannot perform the elite skills required to make elite level routines. All gymnasts are worked towards elite level gymnastics then leading up to the competition the decision is made which route they will go. The gymnasts can chop and change each year between elite or club.
The gymnasts do not have to qualify for any competitions other than the Setwork Championships; there is a regional qualifier for this competition.
As the gymnasts do not need to qualify for voluntary competitions it is up to the coach whether they feel the gymnast is ready to compete at the level required.
Junior & Senior Squad – Basingstoke’s junior and senior sections of the club train between 15 and 20 hours a week. The boys, aged between 8 and 21 years old, compete at club, regional and national level throughout the year, performing set and voluntary routines. The squads are growing in confidence and as always working hard towards their next competition.
Development – The development boys make up the largest part of the mens artistic squad at Basingstoke. The boys start training from 4 years old and leave development at 7 years old. The boys are showing huge potential and should bring a great deal of success in years to come.
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
Women’s Artistic gymnastics is a widely recognised discipline. The gymnast will work on 4 pieces of apparatus, vault, uneven bars, beam and floor and depending on the level the gymnast is working they will also work range and conditioning.
Our gymnasts compete at county, regional and national competitions throughout the year. Gymnasts begin competing nationally the year of their 9th birthday. They need to qualify at a Regional Competition for their respective age group and have to get a qualifying score to compete at the two main national competitions.
Women’s gymnastics is an Olympic sport so if your child shows potential at the high level competitions and is selected into the national squad they could qualify for sponsorship from the national lottery.
The two main national competitions for gymnasts aged 9 – 11 are the national grades which take place in May. This competition involves all the gymnasts’ competing the same moves depending what grade they are competing at.
The 2nd main national competition is a voluntary competition where the gymnasts compete moves that their coach has chosen for them and that are to their ability, this competition takes place at the end of the year.
There are two routes in women’s gymnastics that can be taken club level and elite level. Club level is for gymnasts that cannot perform the elite skills required to make elite level routines. All gymnasts are worked towards elite level gymnastics then leading up to the competition the decision is made which route they will go.
Junior Squad – The women’s artistic junior squad train on four pieces of apparatus, for between 16 and 21 hours a week. Some of our girls are members of the Southern Region Squad, and are preparing for both regional and national level competitions.
Development Squad – We have a development girls squad, training between 4 and 13 hours a week. The girls are aged between 4 – 7 and participate in regular in-house grade competitions. All of our girls are training towards the elite performance path, and once they are sufficiently experienced they will transfer into the Junior Squad.
Tumbling is a characterised by the complex, swift and rhythmical succession of acrobatic bounding from hands to feet, feet to hands or even feet directly back onto feet. A tumbling pass may be over in a matter of seconds and is performed on a tumbling track that is 25 meters in length.
In tumbling, a gymnast performs a tumbling pass which sees the gymnast gain speed and power by running along a track and performing a series of somersaults and twists. World-class tumblers perform no less than two double somersaults in one run, the best of them three, with twisting elements in addition.
A typical tumbling competition will include the gymnast completing three tumbling passes. The first is called a Straight Pass (composed of somersaults), the second is called the Twisting Pass (twists) with the third and Final Pass (composed of both somersaults and twists.
Tumbling is the perfect sport for those looking for a fast-paced and daring challenge.
Aerobic Gymnastics is perhaps the most dynamic and energetic of all the gymnastic disciplines. Immediately recognisable for its high energy and heart pounding routines set to lively ‘up-tempo’ music, Aerobic Gymnastics is popular with both males and females and offers opportunities for participation as individuals, mixed pairs, trios and groups. Unlike any other discipline, gymnasts wear aerobic trainers.
The perfect sport for those who are looking for a great way to keep in shape, have a good ear for music and a willingness to take their cardio-vascular fitness to new levels, Aerobic Gymnastics is gaining a solid foot hold in the UK. Aerobic routines are not only great fun to train and compete but also to watch. The upbeat music constantly keeps the audience alert and involved with the gymnast, whose aim is to captivate with enthusiasm and dynamism.
The basis of all aerobic routines lies in the performance and combination of seven basic aerobic movements involving both the arms and legs: March, Jog, Skip, Knee Lift, Kick, Jack and Lunge. Mastering these movements is often the focus of introductory aerobic gymnastics programmes.
The first thing that blows away audiences watching Aerobic Gymnastics is the speed and cardio-vascular nature of the routine with traditional aerobic steps combined with acrobatic elements, jumps & leaps whilst demonstrating excellent flexibility. The synchronisation, interactions, lifts and ever changing aerobic movement show in partnerships is always enjoyed by the audience. The routine will include various skills from the 4 element groups of dynamic strength, static strength, jumps/leaps and flexibility/balance
As gymnasts improve their co-ordination and speed of movement they sequence together counts of continuous complex and high intensity movement patterns to ‘up-tempo’ music.
A winning routine will typically show clean and balanced movements with perfect technique.
If you’ve got energy to burn then Aerobic Gymnastics is the sport for you.
Here at Basingstoke G.C, Aerobics is the newest discipline and was introduced in 2008. We compete at Club, Regional, National and International Level.
TeamGym has its roots in Scandinavia, where it has been a major gymnastics event for some 25 years, in the UK, it is still one of the newer gymnastic disciplines. TeamGym is a team discipline for clubs and consists of three sections: women, men and mixed teams. Teams should have a minimum of 6 gymnasts and a maximum of 12 gymnasts.
TeamGym is made up of three different disciplines:
- Trampette /Trampette Vault
All three require effective team work, excellent technique in the elements and spectacular acrobatic elements. TeamGym competitions generate an excellent spirit and atmosphere and is as attractive and exciting for spectators. TeamGym is ideal for enthusiastic, talented gymnasts who are looking to take their gymnastics further (without training the hours some other disciplines demand) and compete within the camaraderie of a team.
We currently offer between Level 6 – 2 Micro & Full Team for Mini (7 – 11 years), Primary (9 – 11 years) Youth (10-14 years) Junior (13 – 17 years) Teams.
Display Gymnastics is a non-competitive discipline with a team of gymnasts who perform synchronised and choreographed routines to music.
The great thing about Display Gymnastics is that the opportunities are unlimited with no restricted rules or regulations. It incorporates dance with multi-discipline gymnastics skills. Display Gymnastics provides fun and challenging experiences both national and internationally.
Basingstoke Display Group is made up of female gymnasts only, with ages currently ranging from 8 – 16 years, although there is no maximum age!