FIG Age Group Program – Qatar

Directly following the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Age Group Training Camp organised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the FIG expert Rick McCharles (CAN) travelled to Doha, Qatar to repeat the experience for that country on December 11-15. This camp was also for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and the expert for that discipline was Enrico Casella (ITA), the well known Italian National Coach and coach of former World Champion Vanessa Ferrari. …

As in Saudi Arabia, this Age Group Training Camp was held with the financial assistance of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). …

The Age Group programme includes a testing and monitoring programme for Men’s and Women’s Artistic gymnasts’ physical abilities and technical skills as well as a complete competition programme with modified optional rules for age-group gymnasts and compulsory exercises for all ages. It also includes a variety of additional information related to developing a systematic gymnastics programme that can lead to high performance. …

Qatar has now hosted four FIG Academies including the very first Trampoline Academy; it hosted a precursor of the Age Group Programme that recommended competition rules and standards for the Persian Gulf Region; it hosted an FIG Introductory seminar/camp for the Age Group Programme and now an official FIG Age Group Programme Camp. We thank them for their willingness to help in the coach education of the entire region. …

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#1 shergymrag on 12.19.12 at 9:27 am

I wonder if the FIG will eventually try to make all federations use the age group program.

#2 Dave on 12.19.12 at 4:19 pm

Would love to go to one of these… also is there any info available about the age group routines or testing?

#3 coach Rick on 12.19.12 at 9:30 pm

Those documents were only “finished” in the past couple of weeks. They are not yet printed, nor sold.

My best guess is that the documents and Camps will be restricted to host nations who have signed-on.

It’s a total package for developing nations, not for those who’ve long had their own system.

#4 sivado on 12.21.12 at 1:24 pm

Dear Coach Rick, Mr Jeff Thomson will be in Malaysia for the above Camp begining 27 January 2013 in Kuala Lumpur. Did you notice several errors and FIG Age Group Development Manual ( MAG & WAG )which will confuse some developing nations.

#5 coach Rick on 12.21.12 at 6:47 pm

I’m not aware of any errors in version 2 of the English MAG guide.

It’s good to go.

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