Physical Ability Testing
- 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.
Photo of Rachel Bowering, QCK Gym Club, Regina
at Physical Testing, Nationals 2001. Taken by OGSS.
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 and Elite Canada in December each year.
Here is a quick list of the skills for the currious:
20 m Sprint
Strength & Endurance
V or L Sit
Flexibility - Passive
Straddle Hip Flex.
Flexibility - Active
Left leg (fwd, side, back)
Right leg (fwd, side, back)