Notes on Attending WAG/MAG Competitions
Our WAG (girls) and MAG (boys) competitive teams attend two to three competitions mid to late season, generally between Jan to May (GTA area for WAG girls, further for MAG boys).
Groups may go to different meets. Higher level competitions happen earlier (Dec - Mar) while younger ones are later (Feb - May).
Older athletes can also qualify to attend a provincial final which can be held at any corner of the province.
Competitions are opportunity to showcase what a young gymnast has learned and perfected in his/her training. The fun and thrills of meets are the most exciting part of a gymnast's journey. However, winning should not be the only, or even the most important goal. To grow as an athlete is about setting personal goals, to improve and challenge oneself to do the best possible.
Comparing one to the other is not a fruitful practice. The most valuable life lessons for gymnasts are learning to be tough so they can perform under pressure; and to become resilient so they can manage and deal with success as well as criticism and setbacks. Coaches and parents are on the same team, working together to encourage and support young athletes to grow up as strong, healthy, happy and confident individuals.
Sign up for competitions happens early in the season. The entries are confirmed by the hosting gym club, starting about December. Dates of those weekends will then be posted on our website as they come in (not same for each group). Meets normally run from 8 am to about 8 pm.
The detailed schedule for those weekends are not known to us until we hear from the hosting club, usually about 2 weeks before the meet dates. Only by then we can update which day and what time each individual athlete competes. Mark the weekend in your calendar and be prepared. Check back often to find the details thereafter.
IMPORTANT TIPS FOR COMPETITIONS
Check List: wear or bring with you
- Competitive suit,
- Tracksuit uniform (jacket, pants)
- Solid white socks (no colour pattern)
- Male: shorts (and if required long pants for certain apparatus)
- Grips, wrist bands,
- Female gymnast Extra hair ties and clips, Hair spray, Brush
- Water bottle (Water Only!)
- A simple, no mess, healthy snack after the competition is done, between awards.
- All these items in a small gym bag (if you need one, make a purchase from the club)
- Hand sanitizer
- paper tissues
- sport sandals are useful in large venues (trip to bathroom, between events)
- Vaccine record for 12+ (have it ready so no surprises)
- extra masks
- Before meets, facilitate for good rest, eating well, relaxing and reducing anxiety
- Review routines in your head with positive outcomes
- No nail polish on fingers or toes
- No sparkles in hair, no make up
- Non-scented hand lotion and lip chap
- No tattoos
- under layer clothing should be covered (e.g. no bras straps shown)
Tips for parents:
- Check the schedule (account for the driving time) to arrive at the start of registration (can be early as 7:30 am)
- Your child's competition can last between 1.5 - 3 hr+
- Bring cash and credit card. All competitions charge admission fees (about $10 pp)
- There may be snack stands and often gym suits for sale, but do bring water (in case of Covid pare down)
- Respect the hosting club's rules (e.g. Covid protocols, no food or drink other than water inside the gym)
- No Flash Photography
- Cheering is allowed, all in good taste
- Please do not approach your child while they are on the competition floor
- Questions for coaches? Please arrange to meet with the coach after you return to the home gym
- Refrain from discussing your child's achievements in front of others
- Keep it positive !! Do not make negative comments on other athletes (ours or other clubs)
- Enjoy the experience of watching all the youngsters striving to do their best for you.