Sunday, December 26, 2010

Windsor Camp Pictures

Windsor Training Camp

The 1st Acrobatic Gymnastics Training Camp held by Gymnastics Ontario this year took place at the Windsor Vistas Gymnastics Club.  The facility was excellent for the training camp with ample floor space and a meeting room for meals and lectures.  Though the athletes that took part in the camp all came from Gymnastics Mississauga and the Oakville Gymnastics Club it was great to host the Acrobatic Gymnastics Training Camp in Windsor so that the opportunity was available for coaches in that part of the province to see and learn a bit about Acrobatic Gymnastics.  We had a few interested coaches participate in some of the sessions.  We hope to see some coaches and athletes from the Windsor area at the February training camp.

The camp focused on the Level System and putting together routines.  All who participated took part in a short demonstration of routines on the Sunday morning. 

Congratulations to all of the athletes who attended.  You really are the very first group of athletes participating in Acrobatic Gymnastics in Ontario.  Mississauga and Oakville are leading the charge in this discipline and with beautiful results.  I will try to get some videos from the camp  on here as well.  First I have some pictures.

Thank you to the Windsor Vistas Gymnastics Club for hosting this event and being so accommodating.

Good luck to all of the athletes and coaches as they prepare for the February Acrobatic Gymnastics Training Camp.

Acro Video of the Month December

Here is a video from Dave Harris, a tumbling judge, who attended the World Games. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Skill Series of the Month December

Here is a picture series of a lift to high hand to hand with Dmitri Vinikov from St. Petersberg, Russia with Laeo from Protugal at the Level 2 FIG Academy, November 2009.  Notice the support on the right hand during the lift.

Acrobatic Gymnastics Pic of the Month December

Here is a picture of the level 10 Men's four from Daniil Kostovetskiy's program Columbia, MD, USA.  Click on the image to see it in a larger format.

Skill Series of the Month November

Here is a Junior trio from the USA.  Unfortunately in the final shot another girl got in the way but you get the picture.

Acrobatic Gymnastics Pic of the Month November

Yes, I'm still behind on things but am determined to get caught up.  Here is the Picture of the Month for November.

This picture features the USA National Acrobatic Gymnastics Team warming up during a training camp at Karolyi's Ranch in Texas in November.  The Team looks sharp in their warm up suits. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Acro Video of the Month November

Okay I'm a bit late with a video of the month. Here is a 12-19 Mixed Pair Final round routine.
 You can also see this video in a bit better quality on Youtube.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Training Camp in Windsor

This weekend is the 1st Acrobatic Gymnastics Training Camp for the year at Windsor Vistas Gymnastics Club.

If you didn't register but want to participate, even for one day, or one session you are welcome. A drop in fee of $20 for the workshop is a special low rate for any of you last minute people.

Come out to Windsor Vistas and learn about Acrobatic Gymnastics. Watch some Acrobatic Gymnastics routines. Find out what is up and coming in the world of Ontario Acrobatic Gymnastics.

Here is the schedule of events for the weekend.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bus to Windsor Camp

Just letting everyone in the GTA know that there is still space on the Bus going from the Oakville Gymnastics Club to Windsor Vistas next weekend (November 26th to 28th).

The bus will depart the Oakville Gymnastics Club at 12:00 noon on Friday and return to the OGC on Sunday at around 4:00pm. On Saturday the bus will be taking parents to Detroit to do some Christmas Shopping. All and friends are welcome to join us as we need to fill the bus.

If you are interested in the bus please contact Don Holmes by calling the OGC at 905-847-7747x15 or e-mailing.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Acrobatic Gymnastics Training Camp Windsor

Here is the official Call to Camp for the 1st Acrobatic Gymnastics Training Camp being hosted by Gymnastics Ontario this year. The Training Camp will be at the Windsor Vistas Club.

If you are traveling from the GTA the Oakville Gymnastics Club will be arranging a coach bus from the Oakville Gymnastics Club on Third Line in Oakville departing on Friday afternoon and returning on Sunday afternoon. The bus will take athletes to and from the Comfort Inn and Suites, 2330 Huron Church Street so please try to book a room there. On Saturday the bus will drop the athletes off at the gym and take any interested parents across the border to do some Christmas shopping. If you are interested in catching a ride with the Oakville club please contact the Oakville Gymnastics Club and ask for Don Holmes, the Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Director. call 905-847-7747x15 or e-mail or email this blog e-mail address

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November Training Camp

Just letting everyone know that we will have registration available for the 1st Ontario Acrobatic Gymnastics Training Camp by the end of the week.

The camp will take place at Windsor Vistas Gymnastics Club.

The camp will run Friday night, Saturday all day and Sunday morning concluding at 12:00noon so that everyone can get home by mid afternoon if they are coming from a distance. Friday evening will start at 6:30pm so you may not have to leave school early or just take the afternoon off.

The camp will focus on the Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7 routines. We will be covering all of the elements and how to put a routine together. There will also be discussion on the Canadian System, Competitions in 2011/2012 season, and judging courses coming up.

Look forward to seeing lots of new faces at this camp.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Level 1 Canadian Acrobatic Gymnastics

Here is what the Level 1 Individual Element routine from the draft Canadian Level system for Acrobatic Gymnastics looks like on paper. For those of you who are interested this is what we work from to create the routine you see in the video below. It is a 10 element routine created to develop all the aspects of an acrobatic gymnast: flexibility, strength, extension, tumbling, and presentation.

Level 1 Canadian System Routine

Here is a video of the Level 1 Individual Routine for Acrobatic Gymnastics basics. This routine was developed by Andrzej Cichalewski and Dmitry Belyaykov of the Gymnastics Canada Strategic Development Committee for Acrobatic Gymnastics. There is a draft of a four level Canadian Acrobatic Gymnastics system that was produced in the winter of 2010. Though Ontario is using the American system we still try to use some of the elements from the draft Canadian system so that we can work towards developing our own program to be used Nation wide as we are growing as a sport.

Here one of the Oakville Gymnastic Club's, Provincial level Acrobats shows the Level 1 routine with a few modifications of her own, e.g. the 1st element rather than a stork stand is a Y-scale and she does 3 kick steps instead of two. This routine can be used with Recreational and Interclub groups to teach them the basic elements.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Acro Video of the Month Oct

Here is a video of the 12-19 Men's Four from Muldova performing their FINAL round routine during the World Age Championships in Poland, July 2010. They were a good group to watch even though they placed last in their category. Their routine showed how a Men's 11-16 group transitions to a 12-19 group. The routines were slightly simpler but all the logical progressions from the 11-16 compulsory elements were built upon and developed. Some of the other Men's groups were much further along so the progression from 11-16 to 12-19 wasn't as clearly demonstrated. Thanks to Muldovan guys for making this clean and for fun routines. Plus how can you go wrong with a full silver suit! It matches this blog. Perfect!

Again a higher quality video can be found on Youtube.

Skill Series of the Month Oct

Here is another skill series for a fairly simple skill. High splits for a Women's Trio. First you would make sure your top can do the splits well. Then have them do this with the bases sitting or kneeling on the floor. Here the second base in a boy but this was just for training purposes. The spotters are Karl Warton and Toshco Pavlov, FIG Experts. The athletes are from two different Acro clubs in Portugal. These photos are from the FIG Level 2 course that took place November 2009.

Acrobatic Gymnastics Pic of the Month Oct

I can't give you any details about the girls in this photo but from the hyperextended knee I'm pretty sure this is a team from Russia.

Events to Come

Here is a quick list of UNOFFICIAL Acrobatic Gymnastics Events to take place in Ontario:

Sunday Nights: Oakville Gymnastics Club welcomes other clubs who are starting Acrobatic Gymnastics programs to join them. Please check the OGC Acrobatic Gymnastics Schedule, posted monthly on their blog

If you are interested in attending please send an e-mail to in advance.

November 26th, 27th, 28th 1st Ontario Acrobatic Gymnastics Training Camp, Windsor Vistas Gymnastics Club. This camp is not yet available on the GO website but will be up soon. This camp will focus on basic and intermediate acro skills, competition routines and judging.

February 11th, 12th, 13th 2nd Ontario Acrobatic Gymnastics Training Camp, Mississauga Gymnastics Club. This camp will focus on basic, intermediate and advanced acro skills as well as routines and competition format.

Spring Acro Gala: Location to be determined but this event is planned for May 14th.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Skill Series of the Month

Here is a trio series performed by a group of girls from the Mississauga Gymnastics Club. Swan pose in a trio. It's simple but a good one to get started with once you know how to balance the swan position.

Video of the Month

Here is a video of the USA Women's Trio 12-19 Final routine. I love the music. My apologies for singing along in the middle. These three girls know how to perform. Nice polish on their routine, it's engaging and just beautiful looking trio.

To see a nicer quality video check this routine out on Youtube at:

Acrobatic Gymnastics Pic of the Month

The Acrobatic Gymnastics Pic of the Month, September 2010, is of the Oakville Gymnastics Clubs 11-16 Men's four performing one of their compulsory balance elements at this past July's World Age Group Championships in Poland. Base closest: Jack McGarr, Base further away: Cory Marsh, Middle: Steven Tucker, Top: Jamie Patrick.

New Features

Here I will make sure to post a picture of the month, a video of the month and a skill series of photos of the month to help with learning how to transition into and out of a skill.


Unfortunately due to low registration the Acrobatic Gymnastics workshop that was to be delivered at the Gymnastics Ontario Coaching Congress was cancelled.

So information that was going to be given out there will be given out here.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Gymnastics Ontario Congress

Just letting everyone know that there will be a Workshop for Acrobatic Gymnastics on Saturday, October 2nd hosted by Gymnastics Ontario as part of the annual Coaching for Coaches Congress. This year it will be held at the Futures Gymnastics Club in Mississauga. Please check the Gymnastics Ontario website for details.

Don Holmes will be delivering the work shop from 2:00 to 3:30pm. The session is entitled "What is Acrobatics?!" The session will cover the Acrobatic Gymnastics levels being offered in Ontario as well as upcoming events and the development of Acrobatic Gymnastics. There will also be a coaching component with athlete demonstrators from the Oakville Gymnastics Club.

For news on upcoming events in Acrobatics keep checking this blog.

More updates coming soon!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Acrobatics Gala

The Gymnastics Ontario Acrobatic Gymnastics Gala will be held in conjunction with the Scarborough Gym Elites annual Retro Summer Trampoline and Tumbling Invitational competition this Sunday, June 20th.

I have attached the schedule for the Acrobatics portion of the event here as well as a map with directions.

We hope to see acrobatic gymnastics supporters at this event.

Remember next weekend Saturday, June 26th there is an Acrobatics Beginner Workshop in Port Elgin as well.

Good luck to all the performers at the Gala.