Aesthetic group gymnastics

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Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (AGG) is developed from the Finnish "naisvoimistelu". It differs from Rhythmic Gymnastics through its big and continuous body movement and larger teams. Apparatus are not used in international AGG competitions compared to Rhythmic Gymnastics where ball, ribbon, hoop and clubs 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. A good performance is characterized by uniformity and simultaneity. The competition program consists of versatile and varied body movements, such as body waves and swings, balances and pivots, jumps and leaps, dance steps, and lifts. The International Federation of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (IFAGG) was established in 2003.[1]

Categories[edit]

The origins of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics date back to 1950. The sport was originally developed in Finland and Estonia. In Finland, the sport follows 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.[2]

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.

Aesthetic Group Gymnastic teams consist of a minimum of six- and a maximum of 10 (12) gymnasts, who perform a program from 2.15-2.45 minutes. An over- or under run of 5 sec is though permitted. The International Federation of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics is divided into two age categories: Junior Category Gymnasts that are at the age of 14 – 16 years and Senior Category Gymnasts that are over 16 years old. The competition dress of a group must be a leotard with aesthetic appeal considering the spirit of competitive sport. The size of the competition area, which is a gymnastics carpet, is 13 m x 13 m. The area should be used diverse.

Judging[edit]

According to the rules of The Finnish Gymnastics Federation, 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 group10-12 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).[3]

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).[3]

Aesthetic Group Gymnastics World Championships[edit]

Aesthetic Group Gymnastics is a discipline not currently recognized by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique. World Championships are organized annually since 2000 by the International Federation of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (IFAAG).[4][5]

Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
2000 Finland Helsinki  Finland
Campuksen Koonto
 Estonia
GC Piruett
 Finland
Lahjan Tytöt
2001 Estonia Tallinn  Estonia
GC Piruett
 Finland
Lahjan Tytöt
 Estonia
SC Velar
 Finland
Olarin Voimistelijat
2002 Czech Republic Prague  Finland
Olarin Voimistelijat/Dynamot
 Russia
Vozrozhdenie
 Russia
Vera Sport Club
2003 Austria Graz  Finland
Olarin Voimistelijat/Dynamot
 Finland
Olarin Voimistelijat/Elektronit
 Estonia
GC Janika
2004 Bulgaria Sofia  Finland
Olarin Voimistelijat/Dynamot
 Russia
SC Oscar
 Russia
SC Roxett
2005 Denmark Copenhagen  Russia
SC Roxett
 Finland
Vantaan Voimisteluseura/Frida
 Estonia
GC Piruett
2006 Finland Tampere  Finland
Olarin Voimistelijat/Dynamot
 Bulgaria
National Team
 Russia
SC Roxett
2007 Spain Salou  Estonia
GC Janika
 Bulgaria
National Team
 Russia
SC Oscar
2008 Canada Toronto  Finland
Olarin Voimistelijat/Deltat
 Estonia
Janika Elite
 Bulgaria
National Team
 Russia
SC Oscar
2009 Russia Moscow  Finland
Deltat
 Russia
SC Oscar
 Russia
Madonna
2010 Bulgaria Varna  Finland
Fotonit/OVO
 Russia
Madonna
 Bulgaria
National Team
2011 Estonia Tartu  Russia
Madonna
 Bulgaria
National Team
 Estonia
Joint Elite Team
2012 Spain Cartagena  Russia
Madonna
 Bulgaria
National Team
 Russia
Nebesa
2013 Finland Lahti  Russia
Madonna
 Finland
OVO Team
 Bulgaria
National Team
2014 Russia Moscow  Russia
Madonna
 Bulgaria
National Team
 Russia
Expressia
2015 Faroe Islands Tórshavn  Finland
Minetit
 Russia
Expressia
 Bulgaria
National Team
2016 Czech Republic Brno  Russia
Expressia
 Finland
Minetit
 Russia
Madonna

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lajiesittely Archived June 21, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., Suomen Voimisteluliitto.
  2. ^ Liitto, Suomen Voimisteluliitto.
  3. ^ a b Säännöt Archived November 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., Suomen Voimisteluliitto.
  4. ^ World Championships, IFAAG World Championships.
  5. ^ Results, IFAAG Results.