About Men's Gymnastics
WHAT IS MEN'S GYMNASTICS?
Men’s Gymnastics provides a fun and safe energy outlet for boys of any age, where strength and discipline are key factors. Applying strength across six differing apparatus will build confidence and test any young thrill-seekers, through the development of mobility, endurance, flexibility and co-ordination.
This is an exercise in pure acrobatics, alternating between powerful tumbling series and the composure necessary for balance and strength elements. The gymnast endeavours to display virtuous rebound height, whilst connecting the elements of their routine with gymnastic artistry.
Pommel Horse (PH)
Routines on this apparatus are characterised by circular movements of the body with legs together (circles) and pendulous swings with the legs separated (scissors). Gymnasts also show a spectacular combination of these skills called flairs. Throughout the routine the gymnast performs smooth combinations of these movements, turning and travelling along the horse. Utilising all parts of the horse, while maintaining an extended body line and straight legs.
This apparatus is known for it's difficulty of strength and swinging elements. The free moving quality of the rings makes it difficult to remain stationary during held elements, where any movement of the rings incurs a penalty. During his performance, the gymnast should demonstrate control, strength and balance in the presentation of forward and backward swings and strength holds parts. The gymnast's dismount allows him to show his aerial abilities.
Vaulting shows off the gymnasts athletic qualities, with a run up of about 25m preceding the vault movement, where clean movements, height, length and a controlled landing all key. The apparatus involves the completion of two vaults, where strength in the take-off and aerial awareness key elements.
Parallel Bars (PB)
A predominately swinging apparatus, that is interspersed with only a few held or strength elements. Swings are completed above and below the bars and consist of acrobatic flight elements, changes of direction and swing types. The gymnast's routine ends in a dramatic dismount off the side or the end of the bars.
High Bar (HB)
This is a very spectacular apparatus, largely due to the acrobatic releases and re-grasp flight elements. The routine is based on swinging parts without stops, and includes extended forward and backward giant swings, combined with near bar elements, changes of direction and grip, as well as the release and re-grasp movements. The high dismounts from the bar allows the gymnast to show his acrobatic talents and landing prowess.
NSW COMPETITION LEVELS
Men's gymnastics competition levels are split up into junior and senior events, catering from gymnasts as young as six up to adult competitors in the Masters division.
The junior divisions consist of level 1 - 6 with each level divided into an age and open category. Each age level consists of gymnasts competing against those born in the same calendar year, where the open levels are based purely on a gymnasts skills, irrelevant of age.
The senior levels of competition start from level 7 and go all the way up to senior international. Like the junior levels, senior is also split into age and open categories, with levels 7 - 10 open divisions (based on a gymnasts skill level), existing alongside 7 u/12, 8 u/14 and 9 u/17 age levels.
A Masters level of competition also exists for those aged over 19 years, for any active adults who still have a competitive streak in them.
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