JO Boy's Team
Our mission is to provide a fun and engaging gymnastics experience for all athletes and to provide an equal opportunity to all those who pass through our doors; may each child be able to excel through the JO levels with a high standard of excellence in the competitive gymnastics programs and take with them a lifetime of memories and life lessons.
Road to Success
USA Gymnastics is the official governing body of men’s and women’s gymnastics. They have developed and created the Men’s Junior Olympic Gymnastics levels into a structured and progressive path from competitive levels 4-10; and then onto elite or junior or senior national team members.
The Junior Olympic Age Group Competition Program consists of seven levels. The first three levels are noncompetitive and focus on skill development. Levels 4 through 6 continue these progressions from simple to more complex movements. The intermediate level, 7, encourages the transition from compulsory to optional routines at an appropriate age. These routines require a specified level of difficulty but instead of imposing the FIG combination requirements they require event specific skills. These skills provide logical bridges between the lower and higher-level routines. The advanced levels, 8, 9 and 10 require the gymnast to fulfill most FIG requirements.
At NCGA, we begin competing at Level 4. Typically, gymnasts will be allowed onto our Level 4 men’s team program with a coach’s recommendation after successfully completing the Intro and/or Level 1 classes. From this point forward, movement into our Level 5 program and beyond is by invitation only. Each child will be individually assessed based upon their physical and mental preparedness and then evaluated and approved by our Compulsory /Optional Head Coaches. Invitation into our higher-level programs is a privilege and must be earned! We hold a team try outs for all new gymnasts to access and evaluate their skills before making a final decision on what team level they will be best suited in. We want our team members to be adequately challenged as well as competent and successful in the level they begin competing at.
Philosophy of Structural Elements of Scoring:
The compulsory routines have been designed with a dual purpose because not all gymnasts should be asked to meet the same advanced development goals at any given competition level. Therefore, the scoring framework was created to provide basic routines for everyone and gradually increase the opportunity for bonus as an athlete’s development progresses. The first purpose is to provide basic routines that are constructed to encourage participation, promote growth, and provide opportunity for the recreational gymnast to be successful and continue to progress. At the same time, the second purpose is to include in the routines the opportunity for the talented gymnast to challenge his development and mastery at each level with additional benchmarks which are rewarded with bonus. With this dual purpose in mind the scoring format which utilizes a base score and bonus opportunities was developed. The specifics of each of the scoring components are addressed in detail below but the philosophy behind the system of bonuses is expressed here.
Specified Bonus was added to the basic routines to provide the perfect tool for having basic fundamental compulsory routines suitable and achievable for the recreational athlete, and at the same time, providing developmental goals and challenges for the more talented athlete. Virtuosity is at the foundation of the very name of our sport - “Artistic Gymnastics”. The ultimate goal of every performance is technical excellence, artistic style, and the pursuit of perceived perfection which in turn define virtuosity. Virtuosity is not a fleeting subjective concept rarely applied, impossible to define, and of little use to us. On the contrary, we believe that young gymnasts should be educated to how they can apply this standard of excellence to their performance in compulsory gymnastics. This compulsory program seizes the opportunity to not only expand the latitude for virtuosity but to offer the direction to apply this valuable and essential tool in development of the quality of our sport’s performance. At the same time, it will offer a great deal of encouragement and motivation to the young athlete to know he has been rewarded for artistic and technical excellence. The end result of these variable scoring elements is to create a range of scoring that will adequately separate a diverse field of gymnasts and meet the needs of the wide range of ability levels within the program.
B. Base Score:
- The ‘base score’ or ‘E’ score for execution is 10.0 for all compulsory routines.
- In a compulsory routine the ‘base score’ is an arbitrary number from which execution deductions are taken during the performance of the routine. The basic routines are designed so that they are achievable and should not result in falls or excessive deductions for the average recreational participant.
- The scores will be in a range that is ‘comparable in progression’ to the score a gymnast will receive when he transitions to the optional levels where the ‘E’ score is also from a 10.0.
C. Specified Bonus:
- The use of Specified Bonus has proven to be a very successful addition to the Men’s Junior Olympic Age Group Competition Program.
- At each level of competition we provide a set of basic skills that provides the foundation of fundamental ability and fitness. When the compulsory skills at that level reach an acceptable degree of a mastery the gymnast can matriculate to the next level that offers new challenges.
- To create growth and challenge within each level we offer options for achieving a specified performance bonus. This bonus rewards athletes for aspiring to a higher standard based upon achieving different benchmarks of skill mastery that are appropriate for that level.
- These specified bonus skills are also designed to meet a pattern of ‘progression-oriented’ development that will assist the gymnast with his transition to the next level and to optional gymnastics.
All of our competitive team members participate in an annual competition season. This season typically runs December- March with an occasional meet in April/May once a gymnast in at the optional level. We also hold 1-2 in house competitions in October and November for family and friends to watch and support their gymnasts; these in house meets serve as “practice” meets before the competition season begins.
Level 4 & 5 gymnasts will compete in 4-5 in state competitions. During the regular season meets they have the ability to qualify to the state championship meet which concludes their season. All team members are expected to attend each of these scheduled competitions, including all qualifying meets.
Level 6-10 gymnasts will compete in 5-8 competitions with at least 1-2 of those competitions being out of state. We choose to do this so that the boys can be exposed to the level of competition throughout the nation and gain an understanding of what it takes to be competitive on a national level. All team members are expected to attend each of these scheduled competitions, including all qualifying meets.