CanGym (Badge Levels) – Ages 6 & Up
As stated by Gymnastics Canada, the CanGym program is intended for use with participants of varying abilities aged six and older, including beginner level participants through to entry-level competitive gymnasts. Utilizing the CanGym badge program allows participants, coaches, and parents to monitor progress in addition to be a motivational tool for athletes. The CanGym program includes three levels (Bronze, Silver & Gold) of skill progressions based on Gymnastics Canada’s Fun, Fitness, and Fundamentals Educational Philosophy, which helps to create a friendly and stimulating environment for all participants. Each level consists of four badges for a total of 12 different coloured badges that participants receive upon successful completion of that badge. Within the Bronze level, there is a focus on mastering fundamental movement patterns. Within the Silver level, the focus is on mastering fundamental skills on men’s and women’s artistic apparatus, while the Gold level focuses on mastering the identified target skills. Each badge consists of approximately 30 different skills. The key skills in this program can be considered “building blocks” for more advanced gymnastics, but can also stand alone as excellent recreational level skills.
Progress reports will be given to each gymnast at the end of each session. Coaches will complete the reports to indicate which skills the gymnast has “Attempted”, those they are still “Learning” and which he/she has “Mastered”. A participant has completed a badge when he/she has “mastered” each skill in that level and will receive a ribbon for each level that they pass. Some badges may take only one session to complete, while some may require multiple sessions.
IMPORTANT: Only the Burgundy badge requires no experience. All other badges require students to have completed the previous level.
Badge Level Progression:
Burgundy/Red (1&2) – Tan/Bronze (3&4) – Purple/Blue (5&6) – Girls Advanced (7-12)