As has been reported previously, in 2015 we are splitting our development squad into two parts, a Junior and Youth section, each comprising just 20 members. The 2015 squad purpose is to focus on those most capable of moving forwards and helping spearhead our region’s recovery as a force to be reckoned with; in doing this, with a wide selection of coaches from many clubs, it is also to be hoped that coaching practices will develop towards those supporting high performance pathways throughout the region.
Accordingly selections have been made for both squads taking into account factors including prior squad attendance, competition performance, the junior selection day and other factors that have become known to the squad team such as injury or limited hours. The team have been particularly conscious in the selection that they do not include those with:
Squad coaches are particularly keen to ensure, this year, that those attending are able to function fully in all squad activities, i.e squad is not seen as part of a remedial or rehabilitation process.
Looking, in particular, at the junior squad selection day, where many many new gymnasts were presented for consideration, the squad coaches were very pleased by the levels of commitment & enthusiasm exhibited by all those attending and would like to congratulate and encourage them in that, sadly not all can be accommodated and they look forward to seeing them progress over the coming year with a view to filling spaces in future.
Both squads will remain under constant review throughout the year and any noted as being more worthy of a space than incumbent members may be invited to future squad events.
The squad selections are as follows:
|Junior Squad||Youth Squad|
|Amber Bradley||Hi Tension||Amelia Edbrooke||Sprung Loaded|
|Carys Verdicchio||Rotations||Austin Pannell||Independant|
|Chloe Caley||Pegasus||Caitlin Houston||Pegasus|
|Chloe Harrison||Rotations (Conditional)||Freya Grundy||Dragons|
|Evie Hood||Colchester GC||Georgia Berry||Comets|
|Evie Joseph||Cambourne Comets||Georgia Tyrrell||Brentwood|
|Evie Stokes Shinn||Brentwood||Haidee Spence||Dragons|
|Freya Williams||Hi Tension||Hannah Hodgkinson||Hi-Tension|
|Hal Ottley||Ipswich Four||Hannah Morris||Rotations|
|Hana Scillitoe||Dimensions||Maddison Merritt||Brentwood|
|Jared Smith||Brentwood||Matthew Burson||Cangaroos|
|Liam Whistler||Cambourne Comets||Monica Dowling||Brentwood|
|Lilia Kearney||Ipswich Four||Olivia Watson||Brentwood|
|Lilly Patrick||Hi Tension||Reece Norden||Sprung Loaded|
|Max Felton||Dimensions||Sam Hodgkinson||Hi-Tension|
|Willow Lynch||Colchester GC||Space|
There remain some spaces to be filled in the Youth Squad and coaches are invited to submit nominations for these spaces for those aged over 12 this year and under 18, who they believe can meet the selection criteria (discussed above), explaining how they feel that the nominated gymnast can meet those criteria. Such nominations may be submitted for those who have attended squad previously but have not been selected at this time.
Spaces in the Junior Squad will be by invitation only from Squad coaches taking into account competitions or other opportunities to view in action.
This is to announce a few changes to the previous updates:
All other aspects of the previous announcements remain unchanged.
Further to the recent announcement about selection for squads in 2015, we can now confirm bookings have been made to hold Junior & Youth trampoline squads on the following dates:
These avoid all previously announced competitions (see – Trampoline Dates 2015) so should ensure optimum levels of attendance. The venue will be Brentwood School Sports Centre and the sessions will be lead by Jack Kelly & Paul Kitchen.
Since ECGA are no longer subsidising these events, they will need to be self funding, and so whilst the cost per squad has been set at £15 per performer, this will be reviewed as the squads occur to ensure that no loses are incurred.
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 [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”] by December 20th providing evidence that nominees meet the criteria above.
Cost for the day will be £15 payable on the day.
Jack Kelly has just confirmed the following schedule for the January 2014 squad this weekend (although please note that the hall booking is only until 3pm so this schedule will be time-adjusted accordingly – please arrange pickups for 3pm):
It should be noted that periodic light snacking can also take place during the morning session without interruption to training.
All squad members must be accompanied by a coach who is used to working with them and we extend an open invitation to any qualified coach wishing to attend for the purpose of expanding their knowledge and understanding of Trampoline Gymnastics.
The following are confirmed attendees, please advise us if any are no longer able to attend:
The first East Region Squad session for 2014 will be held at Brentwood on 12th January starting at 10am. Eligible gymnasts will be under 17 and qualified at Regional D, Nat C and Nat B using 2013 criteria, if you have such gymnasts please nominate them (with relevant details) by email to [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”] as soon as possible.
There will be a maximum of 24 places on the squad but if the number of applicants exceeds availability then an assessment process will take place during the first squad session. In order to identify the gymnasts most likely to obtain long term benefit from squad membership, the following squad criteria will be broadly applied.
It must be stressed that these criteria will only be required if numbers of applicants exceed available spaces.
Like last year, all coaches within the region, whether or not they have a gymnast on the squad, are invited to attend squad training as part of their continuing coach development. We hope there will a be a significant response to this invitation as one of the squad aims is to raise coaching standards in addition to the level of gymnast performance.
Jack Kelly & Paul Kitchen
Jack Kelly and Paul Kitchen have confirmed their intention to run at least three Eastern Squad sessions in 2014 but can not yet determine the criteria for selection because of the ongoing uncertainty over the future regional and national structure (which has not been helped by little more than a token response from BG to real issues that have been raised by regions).
As soon as we are clear about the future structure, regional criteria will be published along with age considerations. Members of the 2013 squad may be eligible but the coaches will also be taking into account the degree of commitment to the testing criteria shown during the year.
Well done to all who attended the Eastern Squad session on Sunday. Paul and I would particularly like to congratulate the coaches for their work between squads because it is becoming apparent that the gymnasts are beginning to develop the sound technical habits we have been promoting over the last 12 months. Squad selection is always difficult, and we can never accommodate all the gymnasts who would like to attend, but all coaches in the region should remember that they are welcome to attend squads as part of their CPD whether they have gymnasts on the squad or not.
We had a number of late ‘call offs’ this time and whilst it is understood emergencies and late injuries can arise, coaches must be mindful that we can’t always get ‘wild card’ replacements at short notice, so a late cancellation means that someone has been denied an opportunity. Please bear this in mind when notifying non attendance. Of course It is important that coaches attend with their gymnast, but if the coach finds they have to make a late cancellation, we would be happy for the gymnast to attend with a parent rather than miss out or prevent a wildcard replacement.
We look forward to the next set of monthly test results which are beginning to provide a developing bank of information both in terms of performance and attitude. Keep up the good work everyone!
Paul and Jack.
Thank you to all the clubs who submitted the monthly test results on time.
This is important as we develop squad activity as a meaningful element in our drive to raise standards in the region. Disappointingly two clubs have yet to submit their results. The testing process is a condition of continuing squad involvement, and we trust that this reminder will be sufficient to avoid us removing gymnasts from the squad.
Jack Kelly & Paul Kitchen
Note: the article posted here in February describes the testing requirements.
At the recent East Region Development Squad Jack Kelly announced the testing programme he wanted in place to track those attending squads whether as wildcards or by qualification. As he says:
The most important part of the Eastern Squad sessions is to guide coaches and gymnasts through the technical priorities which will help them to improve. The actual work on these techniques must be done in the clubs and between squad sessions. In order to monitor progress and provide quality control, three simple test drills are being used. If these were performed at squad sessions it would take up too much time, so we have made it a condition of squad membership that personal coaches test their gymnasts once a month and submit the results to Dave Kingaby on the sheet provided. This process should only take about ten minutes per gymnast per month during club time. The essential qualities measured in these tests are balance, control, height an,d therefore, time of flight. As the squad work develops, other tests will be introduced and you should see this process as a real opportunity for your gymnasts to progress.
An Excel spreadsheet has been produced to enable this tracking to take place and full instructions for its’ use are contained within it. It can be downloaded by clicking on the link below or by contacting Dave by email – [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].
The three tests to be conducted are:
Any clubs wishing to make use of this internally are welcome to have an unlocked copy of the recording sheet as well by asking Dave.