THE TEAMGYM EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS PRESENTATION
WELCOME TO TEAMGYM
The youngest and for some the most exciting UEG gymnastics discipline is mostly developed among the Nordic countries. TeamGym is quickly becoming popular, not only among the UEG federations, but also around the world. TeamGym championships are renowned for exceptional acrobatic elements and incredible atmosphere, created by numbers of young gymnasts, fans and visitors.
WHAT IS THE CONTENT OF THE COMPETITION?
TeamGym competitions includes men’s, women’s and mixed teams performing in floor program, tumbling and trampet exercises in both junior and senior categories. Each team consists of 8 to 12 gymnasts, who are being marked individually whilst together showing efficient teamwork and excellent technique.
TEAMGYM EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The European Championships, organised in even years, are the pinnacle of any European TeamGym gymnast’s sporting career. The first TeamGym European Championships were held in 1996 in Finland. Maribor, Slovenia, in 2016 will see the 11th edition under the UEG regulation.
The floor routine is performed to music on a non-sprung floor area 18 m x 14 m. It emphasizes good and smooth teamwork with an expressive presentation. The floor programme is a unity that consists mainly of gymnastic elements. The choreography must be adapted to the music as well as to the level and maturity of the team. A congruent and good technical performance, properly linked movements, certainty of execution and synchronization as well as an expressive presentation, is pursued.
The floor programme consists of elements like pirouettes, jumps, balances or power elements, acrobatic elements and a special group element. The individual values of the performed elements are added together to provide the Difficulty Score, which although this is unlimited is usually near 10.00 for very good teams.
All movements in the floor programme must be choreographed to form a dynamically logical and fluent routine. The gymnasts must perform the elements with good technique, amplitude and extension. Uniformity and precision in formations together with good synchronisation are also part of the Execution Score (max 10.00).
The Composition Score (max 4.00) reflects how the floor programme is built up. Judges are checking the overall time, the use of music, formations and transitions and that the team is performing in different levels and directions. The floor routine must also include a Moving Rhythmic Sequence, which requires the whole team to move across the floor area together.
TRAMPET AND TUMBLING
These two disciplines have a similar format. Each team performs three rounds on the trampet and three rounds on the tumbling track. The team chooses their six best gymnasts to participate in each round. In the mixed competition three men and three women are required in each round.
Elements performed are awarded value according to their difficulty. Some types of elements are compulsory for all gymnasts as part of the requirement for variation. There are two judging panels, one assessing Difficulty (open difficulty) as well as the Composition (max. 2.00) and another panel judging the Execution (max 10.00). The Execution judges will mainly evaluate element technique, body position, style, control of landings and the streaming (spacing of gymnasts). The complexity of elements together with the streaming produces some very dynamic, thrilling and entertaining performances.
The teams perform a series of somersaults and twists with even streaming between consecutive gymnasts. The three rounds must vary so that no elements are performed twice. In the first round all gymnasts must perform exactly the same element and in the next two rounds they are allowed to increase the difficulty by adding extra somersaults or twists or by just changing the body position (pike, straight). One or two of the rounds are performed with a vaulting table that is slightly elevated compared to artistic gymnastics. The current top teams perform doubles and triples with multiple twists.
The teams perform a series of acrobatic elements on a 15 m tumbling track with even streaming between consecutive gymnasts. The three rounds of tumbling must vary and consist of at least three different acrobatic elements, without intermediate steps. As in trampet, all six gymnasts must perform exactly the same series in the first round. In the second and third rounds the difficulty can be increased by raising the difficulty of the performed elements. Another tumbling specific requirement is that the team must perform at least one round backwards and one round forwards. In this round all of the elements need to be either forward or backward.
FINAL SCORE FOR A TEAM
The three scores from each judging panel (Difficulty, Execution, Composition) are added to get the final team score in each discipline. The three discipline scores for floor, tumbling and trampet are then combined for the team’s final score. The team with the highest combined score wins the competition.
The TeamGym competition is one of the latest new events within the UEG. The first official competition was held in Finland in 1996 and it takes place every even-numbered year.
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The European Union of Gymnastics (UEG)
The European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) was founded in 1982 and counts 48 member federations. The registered office of the UEG is in Lausanne (SUI).
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THE TEAMGYM 2016 PRESENTATION
Maribor, Slovenia, 12-15 October 2016
11th European TeamGym Championships will be held in Maribor, Slovenia, from 12th to 15th October 2016. The 20th anniversary of the first official UEG TeamGym competition, held in 1996 in Jyväskyla, Finland, also marks a new exciting chapter in the history of TeamGym.
The previous edition, held in 2014 in Reykjavik (ISL), hosted 42 teams from 14 federations represented; according to preliminary surveys collected, Maribor could record an increase in participation.
The highlight of 2016 will of course be the 11th European Championships. Europe’s 500 best seniors and juniors will be the focus of the entire TeamGym community. It is believed that the European Championships in Slovenia will increase the popularity and boost the interest of the discipline in the countries across the north and east coast of the Adriatic Sea.
The 2016 will be a busy but successful year for Slovenian Gymnastics Federation!