Tuks offer the South Africa Gymnastics Federations’ (SAGF) Men’s Artistic (MAG), Women’s Artistic (WAG) and Rhythmic (RHY) Novice programmes.
The Novice Programme falls within the Children’s Domain and the SAGF applies the principles of the “Fun to Train” phase of the Long-Term Participants Development (LTPD) Programme, as most of the gymnasts participating in this programme range between 6 and 9 years of age.
The programme gives a good indication as to what participants can expect from the competitive programmes of the sport moving forward. This section also acts as a talent identification programme for the Federation guiding gymnast to the Mainstream development programmes or high-performance development programmes of the Federation.
The focus of this programme is not PERFORMANCE but IMPROVEMENT.
Parents and coaches are to promote with gymnasts the improvement of their own performance and it should not be aimed in trying to beat other gymnasts during this development phase. The Novice Programme consists out of Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 in all three of the disciplines we offer.
The evaluation season for this programme runs from around the beginning of May to June every year. The evaluations in the Novice programme is known as festivals and some may be themed to promote FUN.
The season starts with a Club and/or Interclub evaluation/s, moving on to the District (Gauteng North) and Province Festival (Gauteng) and ultimately culminates in the North Zone Festival.
MOVING FROM ONE LEVEL TO THE NEXT - TuksGymnastics’ policy is that a gymnast must participate in at least two of the evaluations (of which the Club Evaluation is compulsory) and must achieve at least an average of 8.00 in order to move to the next level the next year.
This is done in order to avoid failure during the next level. We do promote participating in as many as possible Festivals during the evaluation season as the Festivals are great motivators for the gymnasts to try and improve themselves from one to the next by receiving different Medals.
As the District and/or Provincial evaluation is normally after the March/ April break we offer holidays training camps during this holidays for those gymnasts who would like extra opportunity to develop to the best they can be.
After completing in the Novice programme, a gymnast will have a good idea whether he/she would like to make the sport of gymnastics one of his/her sport of choice. If so they would move onto the competitive sections, Level 4 and higher or Talent programmes.
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Classes run twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Level 1 for one and a quarter hour - and Level 2 and 3, one and three-quarter hours twice a week.
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