Gymnastics (Bars, Rings, Beam, Floor, Vaults)
Balance Beam, Floor, High Bar, Parallel Bars, Pommel Horse, Still Rings, Table or Flatback Vaulting, Uneven Parallel Bars
Secondary - Interschool 2020
High Risk Activity
- Also consult Gymnastics (General Procedures) for student spotting.
- Equipment must be inspected on a regular basis and repaired as necessary.
- Vaulting boards that are higher than 20cm at the take-off end are not allowed. Only vaulting boards to be used for take-offs. Vaulting boards used to mount the apparatus must be removed immediately after use.
- Box horses must not be used for vaulting.
- Coach must do a safety check for proper set-up prior to student use. Determine all locking mechanisms are checked prior to use.
- Balance beams for competition must be padded and stable.
- General utility mats to be used:
- cross-link foam 5cm (2’’)
- open-cell foam 5cm (2”)
- polyurethane 5cm (2”)
- dual-density 5cm (2”)
- mats of equivalent compaction rating as determined by manufacturer
- Hardside softside landing mats (minimum of 12cm [4.5”] for each apparatus) must be in place when the student is in an elevated inverted body position, and for landings on the feet from a height.
- Mats joined together side-by-side must be of uniform thickness and composition (for example, all carpet or all vinyl).
- For handspring flatback vaulting on stacked mats and on vaulting table, the mats must be roped together to a minimum height of 105cm (42”) and a maximum of 125cm (50”), using 5cm (2”) increments. The top of the mat must be hard-side up.
- For skill acquisition, equipment must be adapted to the size and ability of the athlete.
- Equipment must be stored in a safe and secure manner.
- Proper hand grips and chalk must be available.
- 30-60cm (12”-24”) thick mats must not be used as a landing surface for landing on feet off any piece of equipment.
- Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn (for example, bare feet, running shoes or gymnastic slippers). No sock feet permitted.
- Secure or remove eyeglasses.
- Mats must be situated around/under apparatus as a landing area.
- Precautions must be taken to minimize the movement of mats on impact.
- Velcro® mats must be attached.
- Minimum distance between equipment must be 1.5m (5’) beyond mats.
- Minimum distance from wall must be 1.5m (5’) if padded with vaulting.
- Additional matting must be placed beyond the corners of the competitive floor area, extending out 60cm (2’) around the corner of either side.
- When a spring floor is not available for competition and/or when there is insufficient space around the floor area, consideration must be given to modifying the composition of the routine.
- Coach must be aware of the physical limitations of the athletes.
- Utilize a safe and sequential skill development program that includes a conditioning component for flexibility and strength.
- Students must not be encouraged to perform skills beyond their physical and psychological capabilities.
- Students must be instructed on safety related to gymnastics and all associated apparatus, including adjusting equipment, prior to using any equipment.
- On-site supervision is required.
- Constant visual supervision is required for the initial learning stages of difficult moves.
- Students must be trained to spot each other appropriately.
- Only coaches shall spot inverted vault and aerial moves.
- Coach must supervise the set-up and take-down of equipment.
- At least one gymnastic coach must possess one of the following coaching qualifications:
- NCCP Community Sport coach – Gymnastics Foundations Course
- Completion of gymnastic NCCP level 1 and/or level 2 certification in the past
- Accreditation as a NCCP Gymnastics Learning Facilitator
- Attendance at a clinic or workshop within the last three years provided by an instructor who is knowledgeable of the activity (for example, appropriate skills and progressions), and where safety is addressed as outlined in the Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education
- Past experience within the last 3 years as a coach in gymnastics, having knowledge of the activity (for example, appropriate skills and progressions) and current safety practices as outlined in the Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education.
Mon, 08/31/20 11:53 am