Physical Ability Testing - Rankings
2005 Canadian Gymnastics Championships - Vancouver, B.C. - May 28, 2005
The gymnasts are tested on 17 areas involving strength, flexibity
and endurance related to higher level gymnastics.
The list of skills is included at the bottom of this page.
Overall results shown below indicate a ranking, not a certain
standard. As such,
all the gymnasts were very exceptional and a low or high ranking is just a small
difference and far, far above the norm for the general population.
Physical Ability Testing - List of Skills
- National Novice and Junior Women Gymnasts
The Physical Ability testing for Novice and Junior gymnasts consists of 18 skills in various areas such as speed, endurance, strength, flexibility, etc. Scoring varies according to the 'event' - for example the time a handstand is held, the angle a leg is lifted, or the time to complete a shuttle run. Gymnasts not trying an event get the lowest rank of the group.
Gymnasts are ranked on each event and then those rankings are combined in the 5 major areas as well as overall. This seems to have worked for the past few years with only a few adjustments. The results help to indicate potentially talented gymnasts as well as possible areas of physical ability/training that may have been overlooked in a girl's development.
Many provinces have a similar program for their beginner and pre-competitive gymnasts (Alberta - 'LEAP' and Saskatchewan - STEP for example). Contact your provincial association for details.
A complete description of the national testing program is available from GCG in the Women's technical documents. Testing is done at Nationals in May each year. Here is a quick list of the current skills for the currious:
Speed / Strength
- 20 m Sprint
- Lomg Jump
- Rope Climb
Strength & Endurance
- V or L Sit
- Front Lever
- Press Handstands
Flexibility - Passive
- Split Left
- Split Right
- Split Side
- Straddle Hip Flex.
Flexibility - Active
- Left leg (fwd, side, back)
- Right leg (fwd, side, back)
- Shuttle Run