Created by Gymnastics Canada, the CANGYM program is intended for recreational athletes aged six and over. CANGYM recognizes varying abilities, including those just starting out through to entry-level competitive gymnasts.
The CANGYM badge program is a motivational tool that enables athletes, coaches, and parents to monitor progress. It is comprised of three levels or skill progressions (Bronze, Silver & Gold), with four coloured badges per level, and twelve badges overall.
Creating a friendly and stimulating environment, it is based on Gymnastics Canada’s FUN, FITNESS, and FUNDAMENTALS Educational Philosophy. Mastering fundamental movement patterns is the focus of the Bronze level, mastering fundamental skills on artistic apparatus in Silver, and mastering the identified target skills in Gold.
How does CanGym compare to Junior Olympic (JO)?
In CANGYM, we recognize that an athlete can complete a particular skill with varying ability, be it limited or with perfection. In JO, we look for that skill with limited deductions in a competition. CANGYM is where recreational ends and JO is where competitive begins.
OGC programming is considered to be the discipline of Women's Artistic Gymnastics or WAG for short.
How do I make the leap to competitive gymnastics?
CANGYM Badges 5/6 are comparable to JO levels 1/2
CANGYM Badges 7/8/9 are comparable to JO level 3
CANGYM Badge 10 is comparable to JO levels 4/5
CANGYM Badge 11/12 are comparable to JO levels 6/7
Gymnastics Canada states that “As of July 1, 2015, Canada has adopted the JO Program developed in the USA for use in the Provinces and Territories. The Junior Olympic program was developed with the belief that all athletes, regardless of their potential, must have a solid foundation of basic skills in order to advance safely. The program allows the gymnast to advance at her own pace, competing in more than one level in a year, if she so chooses.
The Canadian JO Program (CJO) has some modifications that are not in use in the USA or in other countries who have similarly adopted this program. These modifications are to assist our coaches and athletes in making the transition to JO from the previous national stream and provincial programs that have been in place in Canada. The rules of the JO program are otherwise being implemented in their entirety.”
JO program segments
CANJUMP is Canada’s Recreational Development program for the trampoline, teaching the basics of trampoline and tumbling in a fun, challenging, and rewarding atmosphere. Trampoline and Tumbling (T&T) consist of 3 disciplines; Trampoline, Double Mini-Trampoline, and Tumbling.
Steps 1 - 3: Focus on basic development, coordination and positions
Steps 4 - 6: Focus on skill acquisition
Steps 7 - 9: Focus on combinations of skills and mastering skills
Steps 10 - 12: Focus on advanced skills