Interclub - a world of fun and performance
What are the Interclub and Performance groups?
There are more details in the GFA Program Handbook, but here's what "Interclub", "Performance" "Performance Plus" and "Challenge" mean.
Interclub is a program designed for gymnasts to have a chance to perform routines rather than only learn skills. Currently there are 3 categories within this program:
Performance athletes must 6 years old. Their routines are evaluated and they receive a certificate with a positive, encouraging comment given on each apparatus regarding their presentation.
Performance Plus athletes must be 9 years old before January 1. Their routines are similarly evaluated, but they also receive a bronze, silver or gold award on each event based on meeting certain standards of skills and good form.
This is different from "competition", as they are not ranked in comparison to each other.
Performance Challenge athletes must be 9 years old and also receive bronze, silver or gold awards, but have a higher skill level expectation. Athletes in this category are able to show flipping and twisting skills on each event.
Be careful not to call the events your athlete attends "competitions", they are events or performances, and they have evaluators, not judges.
Program Details for 2018/19...
We are fortunate to have coaches dedicated to these athletes for the entire 10-month program!
Corley McElwain, Charlie Jarratt and Kristy Johnson will ensure the development of this team and attend meets with them.
Beautiful bodysuits are part of your fees and will be ordered for the girls early in the season.
3 events a year:
This year's meets are still TBD - Please plan for 2 away meets and then the WHISTLER SUMMER CLASSIC!
All event details will be emailed out to you as soon as possible; typically only a few weeks before the actual event. It's highly recommended to book a hotel for Richmond meet well in advance and cancel nights if needed. We won't know exact date and times until a few weeks before.
You can earn back the 5% levy you were charged. 2 day athletes = 6 hours of work
The Volunteer Recording book is kept in the office. You are responsible for filling out your personal page.
Options for helping out are in the Handbook (cleaning, filing, building/fixing equipment...)
It is very important to the coaches that clear communication happen with our Interclub families. As you and your athlete have committed 2 days a week for 10 months, there may be times when training gets tiresome or difficult. Please let the coaches know when there are tough days for your child; injuries or whatever issues may affect her mindset when training. We consider our efforts to be our end of a partnership between athlete, parent and coach and want to support the best possible experience for the athlete. We really appreciate knowing from parents directly when there's a problem rather than hearing from another source after an issue has developed. We will also keep you informed of any potential concerns we see. It's all about the kids.
Please connect with coaches AFTER class. Warm up is a time for them to focus on all the athletes!