Interclub Handbook & FAQs
The Interclub Handbook is currently under review.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Interclub?
The Interclub program is for athletes who have been selected to train in a more intensive recreational program that allows them to develop their skill set and develop routines to perform at competitions.
2. What is the difference between Pre-interclub, Junior, and Senior?
The differences between the three categories are skill level, experience, and maturity.
The main difference, skill level, lies in the athlete’s skill portfolio on each of the four events (vault, bars, beam, and floor).
Athletes must be able to perform a certain number of skills in a routine to qualify for each category.
Experience is also a factor coaches will consider when placing athletes in a category. Experience is measured by the number of years the athlete has done gymnastics and the number of competitions the athlete has participated in.
Age/maturity is another factor coaches consider. The different categories are roughly separated: Pre-Interclub 6-8 years old, Junior 8-11 years old, and Senior 12-18 years old. Coaches will look at the maturity of the athlete before placing them into the appropriate category.
3. What is the difference between Performance and Performance Plus?
All athletes in the Interclub program will either compete in the Performance or Performance Plus category. Athletes in the Performance category receive positive comments from the judges on their certificates. Athletes who compete in the Performance Plus category are given a score out of 10 by the judges at competitions.
4. How many competitions are offered per year for athletes? How many are mandatory?
Flicka will take athletes to 4 competitions per year. Athletes are encouraged to compete in all 4, including the Flicka hosted North Shore Invitational, which usually takes place in December. Parents will be given a list of competitions and their tentative dates. Dates for registration payments will be on that list. If a competition schedule does not work for your family please let the office know as soon as possible.
5. How many hours a week of training are required for athletes?
Pre Interclub 4 hours, Juniors min 4 max 6 hours, Seniors min 6 and max 8 hours.
6. What are the average fees for competitions?
Roughly $65-$90, depending on the competition/host club.
7. What is Flicka’s makeup policy – in case my child misses a training session?
Flicka has a strict “no make up” policy, which came into effect January 2016, unless a doctor’s note is provided. In that case, you must contact a senior coach ahead of time to schedule a makeup class.
This is also due to the number of coaches to athlete ratio that must be followed as per Gymnastics Canada and Gymnastics BC requirements.
8. Is there a tryout for invitation into the program? How do I book an assessment for Interclub?
Yes, you must be assessed before joining Interclub. Tryouts are in June and September you can sign up in the office.
9. Is there a competition suit? What is the cost?
Yes, the competition suit is $65. All athletes are required to purchase one to match the team at the competition. Orders must be placed through the senior coaches. Payment for the suit must be received at time of order (suits are made to order).
10. What is the Group Performance Program?
The Group Performance Program (GPP) is an optional program offered to Interclub athletes. It is a gymnastics/dance stunt group that will travel to local competitions/exhibitions and perform a variety of routines. It is a very fun, team-oriented program that encourages athletes to showcase their gymnastics, dance, and stunt skills in a fun environment. Previously, the GPP program has been invited to the Canadian Gymnastraeda events in Victoria, BC and Calgary, AB.
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