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Competitive women’s artistic gymnastics is an Olympic sport featuring four events; vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor. Salto benefits from the strong gymnastics culture that exists in Alberta and is proud to be a part of such a strong community.
The competitive program is based on the USAG Development and Xcel programs modified by Gymnastics Canada for competition in Canada.
Athletes in the women’s artistic program generally train six to twenty-two and a half hours per week depending on skill level, and compete provincially usually attending one travel event outside of Alberta.
Gymnasts hours vary based on their age and skill level. 4hours aweek is the minimum training requirement for Xcel, where asgymnasts in the Development program train at least 6 hours a week.
Salto’s competitive gymnasts are invited to attend several competitions a year, based on their respective skill and commitment level.
Head Start is a program designed to prepare young girls ages four to six for competitive women's artistic gymnastics. The program strives to build fundamental movement patterns in young aspiring athletes to equip them with the foundational motor skills needed to succeed in gymnastics.
The program is by invitation only and holds assessments twice per year; once in the spring and again the fall.
Head Start trains four hours a week and will have the opportunity to perform in two Skill Showcases a year.
Xcel is an alternative competitive gymnastic program aimed at gymnasts who have an interest in competing but are looking for a minimal time commitment or are joining at an older age. There are five levels in Xcel: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum & Diamond
The Development program is based off the Canadian Competitive Program. There are 10 levels with the CCP program. Those competing in levels 1-5 learn compulsory routines, where the music, choreography and skills incorporated into the routine are prepared for them in advance. Each level’s routine build progressively off the prior level’s routine.
The Development program is based off the Canadian Competitive Program. There are 10 levels with the CCP program. Those competing in levels 6-10 learn optional routines, where the music, choreography, and skills incorporated into the routine are prepared by the athlete and coach. Skills incorporated into the routine are chosen from a list of options that grow progressively more difficult each level.
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