NDP Women's Artistic Gymnastics


Women’s Artistic Gymnasts compete individually on the Bars, Beam, Floor, Vault and Range & Conditioning.  There are different pathways on the National Development Plan, each requiring differing levels of commitment.  At Alton we currently follow the NDP Generic and Regional Pathways with some gymnasts working towards the National Grades.  On all pathways, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics is a demanding discipline and requires determination, dedication and a high level of discipline.

Minimum age for first Competition*:  8 in the year

*minimum age for entry to NDP events at county or regional level - gymnasts may compete earlier at local level for experience.

Women’s Artistic Gymnasts may occasionally also work toward National Grades in Tumbling

Women’s Artisic Training at Alton

Women’s Artistic Squad Training hours: Minimum 12 hours per week (over 3 or more sessions)

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

Entry Requirements for Women’s Artistic Squad

At age 9:

  • Completed minimum of 24 months in our Development program
  • Achieved a pass, Commendation or Distinction at Club (Generic) Grade 5
  • Assessment for suitability to continue in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics which includes assessment of skills needed for Regional Grade 4, flexibility, quality of shaping, understanding of basics and coachability.
  • Demonstrated ability to work ‘on task’ and follow programs set by the coach

* If the gymnast has not taken the Grade 5 exam at the County competition she may complete an assessment judged by a qualified Regional Judge to establish if she has the requirements to have passed.

At age 10 or above:

  • Coming from another club with experience in Women’s Artistic
  • Achieved a Pass, Commendation or Distinction at a Regional or National Grade appropriate to their age
  • Not looking to train toward Elite path gymnastics but looking for sound coaching toward Regional Grade and the possibility of OOA Levels.

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

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