BASIC DESCRIPTION

Gymnastics is sport that involves the performance of exercises that require a combination of physical strength, flexibility, power, agility, coordination, and balance. The disciplines in Singapore include artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampolining. Participants include children as young as 20 months old doing kinder gym and children's gymnastics, recreational gymnasts often by kids of ages 5 and above, competitive gymnasts at varying levels of skill, and world class athletes. Singapore Gymnastics is the governing body for the sport in Singapore. Singapore Gymnastics is the governing body for the sport in Singapore.

Developmental gymnastics comprises of myriad skills, thus children of all abilities can enjoy the challenge of learning these new and exciting skills. The sport is expected to continue to grow in Singapore and improve its position on the world stage with local artistic gymnast Lim Heem Wei becoming the first local gymnast to qualify for the Olympics in London 2012.

 

Fun Fact - Most elite gymnasts start their career at age 2 or 3

Fun Fact -The first Singaporean gymnast to qualify for the Olympic games is Lim Heem Wei, who qualified for the 2012 Olympic games in London

 

Artistic Gymnastics (AG)

Artistic gymnastics is the best known of the sport. It typically involves the women's 4 events of uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and vault and the men's 6 events of floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings vault, parallel bars and high bars. 

Each exercise is unique and each requires specific skills. In all events, there are mandatory skills that must be incorporated into the routine. These skills will vary depending on the level of gymnast and the apparatus. Different countries have different level systems. Akin to different modules in different university)

Rhythmic gymnastics (RG)

Rhythmic gymnastics is mainly a women’s sport although a growing number of men are taking it up. This sport involves body movements and dance of varying difficulty combined with the handling of small equipment. All routines are performed on the floor to music with individual routines given a timeframe of under 1.5 minutes and group routines given up to 2.5 minutes. There are five events in rhythmic gymnastics: Hoop, Ball, Rope, Ribbon and Clubs.

Each routine contains difficulties either isolated or in combination with apparatus manipulation. The choreography must cover the entire floor area and contain a balanced choice of the different groups of elements, including jumps, leaps, pivots, balances and flexibility movements.

 

Artistic Gymnastics SCORING

The degree of difficulty is decided by the skills performed by the gymnast. Each routine starts at a difficulty of zero. Points are added for each skill performed which can range from A (easy) to F (very difficult). Required elements add a maximum of 2.5 points to the score and bonus points are given if difficult elements are strung together. The total points awarded for all skills performed in the routine will form a start value.

Two panels of judges are present during competition. Two “A” panel judges that determine the technical difficulty and six “B” panel judges that judge the execution and artistry of the routine. The execution score for the routine starts at 10 and points are deducted with each error. (e.g. a fall off the balance beam results in a 1.0-point deduction) The difficulty and execution points are added together to give a combined score.

 

Try out Artistic Gymnastics today!
Here are some tips to get you started.


What to wear

  • A leotard with tights over or
  • Sports bra with tights or
  • A tight tank top with sports shorts or leggings

additional items you might need

  • Grips

 

rhythmic gymnastics SCORING

During each routine, the five apparatus must be in continuous motion. Certain acrobatic and pre-acrobatic elements are allowed, provided the gymnast shows no flight with no more than three acrobatic elements are permitted per routine. There are three panels of judges for each routine. One panel judges the composition of difficulty of the routine, the second panel judges the artistic value, the general choreography, the choice of elements and presentation of the routine and the third panel judges the execution of the routine. Judges look for a variety in the shapes and movement of the apparatus, amplitude, direction and speed. The apparatus is used in a variety of ways and the relationship between the gymnast and tool must be in constant motion.

 

Try out Rhythmic gymnastics today!
Here are some tips to get you started.


WHAT TO WEAR

  • A leotard with tights over or
  • Sports bra with tights or
  • A tight tank top with sports shorts or leggings

things you will need

Individual apparatus:

  • Hoop
  • Ball
  • Clubs
  • Ribbon
  • Rope

ADDITIONAL ITEMS YOU MIGHT NEED

  • Gymnastics Toe Shoes