Aesthetic group gymnastics
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Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (AGG) is developed from the Finnish "naisvoimistelu". AGG is art, expression and feelings combined into a high level competitive sport. It differs from Rhythmic Gymnastics through its big and continuous body movement and larger teams. Apparatus aren’t used in international AGG competitions compared to Rhythmic Gymnastics where —ball, ribbon, hoop, clubs, rope are used on the floor area.
The sport requires physical qualities such as flexibility, balance, speed, strength, coordination and sense of rhythm where movements of the body are emphasized in the flow, expressive and aesthetic appeal.
The Finnish Gymnastics Federation
Aesthetic Group Gymnastics in Finland follow the rules of The Finnish Gymnastics Federation, which is one of Finland’s largest sport federations, with 381 clubs consisting of approximately 122 000 members.
Aesthetic Group Gymnastics in Finland
In Finland the Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (AGG) has been divided into two series: the championship and the competition series. The championship series is tougher than the competition series, as they compete for the Finnish Championship. The teams can decide themselves in which series they want to compete but The Finnish Gymnastics Federation has put out recommendations that they prefer to be followed. Competitions within AGG are organized at local, national, and international levels.
In the spring teams compete with programs without apparatus and on the fall with programs including apparatus, which is dependent on the age category. The teams are divided into age groups in both series; the age categories in the championship series are 12-14, 14-16, and 16+. The equivalent categories in the competition series are: 12-14, 14-16, 16-20, and women’s category 18+. Younger than 12 years old compete in the same series, and after that decide in which series they want to participate in. In the autumn competitions the apparatus are following:
|Championship series||Competition series|
|<10: Apparatus of own choice||<10: Apparatus of own choice|
|10-12: Rope/ ball||10-12: Rope/ ball|
|12-14: Hoop||12-14: Rope/ ball/ hoop|
|14-16: Clubs||14> : Rope/ ball/ hoop/ clubs/ ribbon|
|16>: Rope/ ball/ hoop/ clubs/ ribbon|
The jury is composed of three judges: technical, artistical, and execution. The technical jury will assess the difficulty of the required parts, balances, jumps, body movements, as well as other required parts. The artistical jury evaluates the structure, diversity and artistic creativity of the program. The jury will judge the formation of figures, music, the talent level of the group, and performance in rhythm. The executive jury evaluates the simultaneous and the technique of the performance.
The points are given in categories for the age group 10-12 years. It consists of 10 categories, which of 1 is the highest and 10 the lowest category. The championship series in the age group 12–14 years get points, in the same way as the elder age groups in the championship series. The highest total score is 20.00 points consisting of: Technical 5.9 (+ 0.1 bonus), Artistical 3.9 (+ 0,1 bonus), and Execution 9.9 (+ 0,1 bonus).
The competition series in the age group 12–14 years get categories from A to E, which of A is the highest and E the lowest category. Each judge give a score* according to which teams will be placed in a category. *The highest total score is 20.00 points consisting of: Technical 4.9 (+ 0.1 bonus), Artistical 4.8(+ 0,2 bonus), and Execution 9.9 (+ 0,1 bonus).