Ecuador hosts the first five-day Trampoline Age Group Programme training camp21/04/2017
Two weeks after hosting a three-day age group camp for Rhythmic Gymnastics, Ecuador became the first country to host a five-day training camp for the FIG Age Group Development and Competition Programme for Trampoline Gymnastics.
These camps are offered to federations who want to introduce the program after having been introduced to it at the regional introduction camps, and are specifically for single countries to help teach all of their coaches and gymnasts about the program.
Eighteen Trampoline Gymnastics coaches from all over Ecuador came, along with 13 of their personal gymnasts. The camp was hosted on April 7-11 in the wonderful multi-discipline facility of the Coliseo de Gimnasia Federacion Ecuatoriana de Gimnasia in the city of Guayaquil.
The FIG expert for this five-day training camp was José Miguel Cantos, a former member of the Spanish men’s national team and the Spanish and Colombian national Trampoline coach. He presented all of the technical components of the age group testing and competition program and presented additional theory lectures to enhance the understanding and education of the participating coaches and presented the FIG philosophy regarding intensive training of children and how to improve quality and prevent injuries. He travelled to Ecuador directly from the introduction of this program to the South American countries at an Introduction Camp in Argentina.
We thank the Ecuador Gymnastics Federation and especially the President, Jorge Portalanza Miranda, for providing everything necessary to host this academy successfully. Thanks also to the administrative secretary Loli Mendez for doing all of the preliminary correspondence and organization.
This training camp overlapped with age group training camps for rhythmic gymnastics in Indonesia, Mozambique and Argentina as well as academies for trampoline and men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics in South Africa. Another age group camp for rhythmic gymnastics is already underway in Colombia. Others for this first half of 2017 will be held for rhythmic gymnastics in Netherlands, Bolivia, Venezuela and Australia and for men’s and women’s gymnastics also in Australia.
About the FIG Trampoline Gymnastics Age Group Programme
Over the past year, the FIG developed an Age Group Development and Competition Programme for Trampoline Gymnastics and is beginning to introduce it in training sessions around the world.
The purpose of the programme is to bring a progressive and systematic programme to the many member federations that have not much experience with this discipline to assure that they teach their gymnasts correctly and safely from the beginning so that a high performance future is possible and also to help these federations maintain and increase participation numbers.
The Trampoline Age Group Development and Competition Programme includes information on the skill acquisition profiles of gymnasts as they mature over years of training, a testing and monitoring programme for physical ability, motor ability, and technical development and a competition programme that will include modified optional rules as well as compulsory exercises for each of the three Trampoline disciplines of Tumbling, Double Mini-trampoline and Trampoline. Because Trampoline Gymnastics already has international age group rules and holds a world age group competition, the competition part of the programme is for lower levels to prepare correctly towards the international rules. The programme also includes a variety of additional information related to developing a systematic Trampoline Gymnastics programme that can lead to high performance.
The technical content of the programme was developed jointly by former German and National Coach and Academy working group expert Michael Kuhn, Portugal National coach Luis Nunes and France Technical Director and Academy working group expert Christophe Lambert under the guidance of Hardy Fink, the Director of Education and Academy Programmes who assured that the philosophy and format would reflect that of other FIG education programmes and wrote part of and edited the age group manual.
The participating federations will now study the components of this new programme offered by the FIG with their federation leaders and decide if they wish to adopt and implement it within their countries and regions. If the decision is positive – which, from the feedback received seems to be overwhelmingly so - then each federation will be offered a comprehensive 5-day training camp in their own countries so that more of their coaches and gymnasts can be exposed to the information and have their progress monitored at a follow-up camp a year later. The FIG will incorporate the learning and observations from these introduction camps and all subsequent training camps to make small modifications and improvements to the programme if deemed necessary.