Disability Gymnastics - Women's Artistic
National Development Plan
The Disabilities National Development Plan has now been running since 1997. In order to keep up with current developments, and provide fresh challenges to all gymnasts who come under the banner of disabilities, there have been several minor updates over the years. This present plan is the second major update which develops the full range of possibilities for the more severely impaired gymnasts at Level 10, through to those gymnasts able to work within the mainstream programmes at Level 1. The plan also allows the gymnast to work two, three or all four pieces of apparatus, plus Range and Conditioning, in order to gain cloth badges at all levels.
National Development Plan –
1. All levels to be worked on 3, 4 or 5 pieces, from the same level, and staged in the Regions and Nationally.
2. Minimum age for Levels 10 and 9 is 8 years of age on January 1st in year of competition.
3. It is recommended that gymnasts should enter the National Development Plan as follows:
Aged 8 to 12 years old in year up to Level 3.
Aged 13 years old in year level 3 and above up to Level 1.
4. Coaches accompanying gymnasts on any apparatus must hold the appropriate level of qualification in the current cycle.
The National Finals Competition –
1. At present any disabled gymnast may qualify for the National Development Plan provided they comply with the age requirements.
2. Until there are sufficient numbers of entries, gymnasts will be selected by their clubs rather than by their Regional organisation.
3. It is hoped that eventually, as numbers of participants increase, Regional Qualifying Competitions will be held to select gymnasts for a National Development Plan Competition.