Frequently Asked Questions
What is Interclub and who is it for?
The Interclub program is for athletes who have been selected to train in a more intensive program that allows them to develop their skill set and perform routines at local events. Athletes must be committed to training twice a week or more, enjoy competing and performing, and who have a keen interest in learning more advanced gymnastics skills.
What is the difference between PreInterclub, Junior Interclub, and Senior Interclub?
The differences between the three categories are skill level, gymnastics experience, and age/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 certain skills to qualify for each level. Gymnastics experience is also a factor coaches will consider when placing athletes in a category.
Age and Maturity are also factors coaches consider when grouping athletes. The different categories are; Pre-Interclub which comprises athletes aged 5-8 years old, Junior 9-12 years old, and Senior 13-17 years old. Coaches will look at the maturity of the athlete before placing them into the appropriate category.
What is the difference between Performance, Performance Plus, and Performance Challenge when athletes perform at Interclub events?
All athletes in the Interclub program will either compete in the Performance, Performance Plus or Performance Challenge categories. Athletes in the Performance category receive positive comments from the judges on their certificates for each event. Athletes who compete in the Performance Plus and Performance Challenge categories are given a score out of 10 by the judges and awarded a Bronze, Silver, or Gold ribbon based on their score out of 10. The performance challenge category offers athletes a bit more of a challenge regarding difficulty scores for more advanced skills performed.
How many competitions are offered per year for athletes? How many are mandatory?
Flicka will take athletes to multiple competitions per year. Athletes are encouraged to compete in as many as they can. Parents will be given a list of competitions and their tentative dates in the fall of each season. Athletes are required to participate in a certain amount of competitions per year depending on their group level.
Pre-Interclub Group 1 and Group 2 are required to attend one competition at the end of June as well as the Flicka hosted mini-meet, usually scheduled at the beginning of June. PreInterclub Group 2 has the option to attend an additional optional event, usually held in mid-May. Junior Groups 1 and 2 are required to attend two competitions annually, and Junior Group 3 is required to attend three competitions annually, one being the Luau Cup in mid-May. Senior Interclub athletes are required to attend three competitions annually, one of which must be the Luau Cup in mid-May.
How many hours a week of training are required for athletes?
Pre-Interclub is required to train 4 hours a week, Junior athletes are required to train a minimum of 5 hours a week or a maximum of 7.5 hours a week. Senior athletes are required to train a minimum of 6 hours a week.
What are the average fees for competitions?
Roughly $95-$120, depending on the competition, host club, and location of the event. The competitions that are hosted out of town will be more expensive to cover the cost of traveling coaches.
How does the Flicka office and their Coaches communicate to Parents?
Communication for the Interclub Program will be primarily through email. It is important that parents keep their contact information current with the Head Coach as well as on their online studio director account. Online accounts can be accessed through Studio Director, and the Flicka office can help you access this. Monthly communication, competition information, uniforms and other important information will be sent out frequently. Please read all emails sent out from Interclub@flickagymclub.com.
What is Flicka’s makeup class policy; in case my child misses a training session?
Flicka has a strict no make up class policy, which came into effect in January 2016. This is due to the coach to athlete ratio that must be followed as per Gymnastics Canada and Gymnastics BC requirements. For this reason, we cannot guarantee make-ups for missed training due to personal reasons.
If an athlete injures themself at training and will need an extended time off from training, a doctor’s note is needed to place the athlete on medical hold. You will not be charged your monthly tuition while your child is on medical hold. You will only be charged once your child returns to training. If the athlete injures themselves outside of Flicka, we unfortunately cannot place your account on medical hold.
Is there a competition suit? What is the cost?
Yes, the competition suit cost ranges from $100-$120. All athletes are required to purchase one to match the rest of the team at the event competitions. Body suit sizing is done by the Interclub Coaches and sizing should always be checked by parents prior to ordering. This is organized by the Head Coach. All information regarding bodysuits is also sent out to parents via email in the first few months of the season.