Junior Olympic (JO) Program:
As of July 1, 2015 Gymnastics 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 each gymnast to advance at her own pace. The Canadian Junior Olympic 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.
At Calico, our objective is to have our athletes work on perfecting the routines for the level they are ready to compete in, as well as working toward the skills required for the next level, with a focus on quality gymnastics, precision and form.
The JO program includes 10 progressive levels. Calico's Intermediate Team will include levels 1 - 4, and the Competitive Team will include levels 5-10. The level each athlete will compete will be determined based on their ability to complete the skills in said level, with confidence, safety, quality and consistency in mind.
Junior Olympic Levels 1 - 4 (Intermediate Team)
At Calico, athletes who are placed in Junior Olympic Levels 1 - 4 will be part of our Intermediate Team. These levels include compulsory routines on each event, similar to the previous GymCat program. The Intermediate Team at Calico will have opportunities to compete at invitational's during the competitive season. Athletes in Levels 3 and 4 will also have the opportunity to qualify to compete at Provincial Championships.
Junior Olympic Levels 5-10 (Competitive Team)
Athletes in the Junior Olympic Levels 5 to 10 will be part of our Competitive Team. These levels include progressive requirements that are used to construct individual routines on each event. Athletes in levels 5 to 10 will compete at invitational competitions, and will be eligible to qualify for Provincial Championships. Athletes in levels 8 to 10 will be eligible to qualify for Western Canadian Championships, and athletes in Level 10 (as well as level 9 age eligible) are eligible to qualify for Canadian National Championships.
The Aspire Program has been created to assist in the development of young athletes across Canada as they set their sights on participating in future high-level competition. The program is divided into two levels and dedicated to mastering strong basic skills on all four events upon which to build contemporary advanced elements in the years to come.
Canadian High Performance
The High Performance athletes aspire to compete at inter-provincial and national levels or are already national high performance gymnasts. Provincial, inter-provincial, and national competition is provided in two age groups for national stream, and three for high performance.