So it is now badge testing time

... what's that all about?



We operate our own badge scheme – the Affinity Awards.  We developed this ourselves after many many years experience in gymnastics with various badge schemes that we found lacking.

We’ve had our own scheme running for a year now and we have to say we love it!  It’s matched to our teaching syllabus and therefore represents all aspects of the things our gymnasts learn. We complete one badge per term, which are awarded at the end of term. The best bit? There are different schemes for all the different types of gymnastics we offer so EVERYONE can join in.
 
There’s a grading based on how many skills the gymnast is able to perform well, which is intended to give you a little more information on progress. This varies for each scheme as follows:
 
Pass = 8-10 skills for general scheme, 7-8 for tumble, 6-7 for freestyle.
Commended = 11-14 skills for general scheme, 9-11 for tumble, 8-11 for freestyle.
Highly Commended 15-16 skills for general scheme, 13-14 for tumble, 12-13 for freestyle.
 
The list of skills are now recorded on the certificate awarded to the gymnast.
 
Pre-school Gymnastics
Each badge contains 6 skills from floor and apparatus. We don’t do a formal ‘testing’ with this age group but instead cover all the skills within their usual class setting.
 
General Gymnastics
The gymnasts have 10 skills to complete on floor which have two each from the following areas: handstands (from preps through to handsprings), cartwheels (from preps through to aerials), backwards skills (from bridges through to back flips), shapes, strength and flexibility, and one skill each for jumping and rolling. Then there are two skills on each of the apparatus from bars, beam and vault.
 
Tumble Gymnastics
Our tumble gymnasts have 10 skills to complete on floor which have two each from the following areas: handstands (from preps through to handsprings), cartwheels (from preps through to aerials), backwards skills (from bridges through to back flips), shapes, strength and flexibility, and one skill each for jumping and rolling.  They also have skills performed in series – that’s connected together all in one go.
 
Freestyle Gymnastics:
Our freestyle gymnasts have 8 skills to complete on floor which have two each from the following areas: handstands (from preps through to handsprings), cartwheels (from preps through to aerials), shapes, strength and flexibility, and one skill each for jumping and rolling. Then there are five skills on the apparatus covering bars, wall and vault.
 
Competition Squad Gymnastics
Our competition squad gymnasts have their own scheme, which follows the skills they need to learn for the regional general gymnastics competitions.  There are four skills on each piece – bars, beam, floor, vault.  They need to pass two on each piece to pass, three on each piece for commended and only miss one skill in total to get highly commended.  This reflects the focus of this group to develop skills across all pieces.
 
Our other squad gymnasts – development and advanced + squads follow the general gymnastics badge scheme.

As coaches, we really look forward to celebrating the gymnasts achievements at the end of each term.


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