NDP Acrobatic Gymnastics

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Acrobatic Gymnasts compete in Pairs or Groups on Floor to music performing impressive balances and daring dynamic elements as well as individual skills as part of the routine.  There are different pathways on the National Development Plan, each requiring differing levels of commitment.    At Alton we currently follow the NDP Grades 1 - 5 (Tier 1 and 2).  On all pathways, Acrobatic Gymnastics requires gymnasts to work well with others and commit to the common good of the group or pairing.  Acrobatics is open to both Boys and Girls.

Minimum age for first Competition*:  9 in the year

*minimum age for entry to NDP events at regional level is 9 - gymnasts may compete earlier for experience at certain events.

Acrobatic Gymnasts may also work toward National Grades in Tumbling

Acrobatic Training at Alton

Acrobatic Squad Regional Tier: 6 hours per week (over 2 sessions)

Acrobatic Squad National Tier: 10 to 12 hours per week (over 3 sessions)

Please also see the Training Schedules page for Competitive & Performance Gymnastics.

Entry Requirements for Acrobatic Squad (Pairs & Groups)

At age 8, 9 or 10:

  • Completed minimum of 18 months in our Development program
  • Completed at least 1 competition as a Grade 1 Pair OR Grade 2 Six, Team Gym team or passed Club (Generic) Grade 6 in Women’s Artistic (competiton outside of the club).
  • Assessment for suitability for Acrobatic Gymnastics which includes assessment of skills needed for NDP Grade 3 flexibility, quality of shaping, understanding of basics and coachability.
  • Demonstrated ability to work ‘on task’ and follow programs set by the coach and work well with group members of different ages
  • At the time of entry, can be paired to work in a suitable Pair or Trio toward Regional Level competitions.

At age 11 or above:

  • Coming from another club with experience in Artistic, Acrobatic or Tumbling Gymnastics
  • Completed at least 1 competition as a Grade 1 Pair OR Grade 2 six, Team Gym team or passed Club (Generic) Grade 6 in Women’s Artistic (competiton outside of the club)
  • Assessment for suitability for Acrobatic Gymnastics which includes assessment of skills needed for NDP Grade 3 flexibility, quality of shaping, understanding of basics and coachability… the assessment will be for either Top or Base work depending on morphology
  • Demonstrated ability to work ‘on task’ and follow programs set by the coach and work well with group members of different ages
  • At the time of entry, can be paired to work in a suitable Pair or Trio toward Regional Level competitions.

Please read the more detailed information about selection for the Squad and Development Programs HERE

Click here for more about Acrobatic Gymnastics (from British Gymnastics)