Physical Ability Testing
- Novice and Junior Women Elite 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's 'LEAP' and Saskatchewan's 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:

Speed Strength

1

20 m Sprint

2

Lomg Jump

3

Rope Climb

Strength & Endurance

4

V or L Sit

5

Reverse Lever

6

Front Lever

7

Press Handstands

8

Casts

Flexibility - Passive

9

Split Left

10

Slit Right

11

Split Side

12

Straddle Hip Flex.

13

Bridge

Flexibility - Active

14

Left leg (fwd, side, back)

15

Right leg (fwd, side, back)

Endurance

16

Kips

17

Handstand

18

Shuttle Run