Coaches/ Gymnasts, thank you for all the enthusiasm and support during the last squad programme. 2015 will see some changes in the way the squad days will operate and how the initial squads will be selected.
Selected trampoline gymnasts will be given the opportunity to attend 4 squad sessions, undertaking a programme of activity deemed suitable to prepare gymnasts for potential future National and International selection.
Squad days will be divided into two 3 hour sessions.
This is a long term plan and our aim is to be flexible. As such, the squad will be the goal to either remain in or be selected for.
The criteria below have been set to identify trampolinists aged 8-11 who demonstrate the potential to move upwards through the performance pathways, showing the qualities needed for future years of progressive training and competition.
The selection method will involve recognition of technical expectations, strength and conditioning testing and gymnastic versatility.
We intend to begin with an Opportunity Test Day on the 11th Jan 2015 beginning at 10am and finishing around 3pm.
Each club will be eligible to send a maximum of 3 gymnasts whose coaches feel meet the criteria below. If we fail to reach sufficient numbers, we may ask clubs to add a fourth gymnast to their list.
We advise coaches to be highly selective before nominating any gymnast.
Following testing the group will be reduced to 20 gymnasts.
Gymnasts will be continually assessed and may not be invited to subsequent squads if the squad coaches feel the expectations are too great.
There will be opportunities for entry to the squad throughout the year depending on recognition at regional competitions and place availability.
1) Be aged between 8 and 11 inclusive as of 31st December 2015.
2) Hold a minimum of British Gymnastics Bronze membership.
3) Demonstrate strength, flexibility and gymnastic versatility.
4) Show competent straight jumping skills.
5) Demonstrate competent forward/backward somersaults.
6) Linking skills into and out of 5 above.
Gymnasts will work with their coaches allowing squad coaches to assess work undertaken through the normal coaching environment.
Coaches of gymnasts aged 8-11 should send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 20th providing evidence that nominees meet the criteria above.
Cost for the day will be £15 payable on the day.