Aesthetic group gymnastics

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Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (AGG) is a discipline of gymnastics developed from Finnish "Women's Gymnastics" (naisvoimistelu). The discipline reminds of Rhythmic Gymnastics, but there are some significant differences: In AGG, the emphasis on big and continuous body movement and the teams are larger. AGG teams often consist of 6-10 gymnasts, and some children’s teams are even bigger. Furthermore, apparatus are not used in international AGG competitions as they are in 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 length of the competition program should be 2.15-2.45 minutes. 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 diversely.

The International Federation of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (IFAGG) was established in 2003.[1] The Federation has amongst others Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Russia, Ukraine and Spain as members.[2]

Age categories[edit]

In AGG, the teams compete in the following age categories:

  • Children category 8–10 years
  • Children category 10–12 years
  • Children category 12–14 years
  • Junior category: 14–16 years
  • Senior category: over 16 years

In addition, there is a University students category where the gymnasts should be 17 years and over. It is only junior and senior gymnasts that compete in A-category international competitions, such as the World Championships.

Judging[edit]

The jury is composed of three judge panels: the technical judge panel, the artistic judge panel, and the execution judge panel. The technical jury will assess whether the program has all the required technical elements, which in AGG depends on the age group of the gymnasts, but which generally consists of:

  • Balances: e.g., static balances, dynamic balances (e.g., tourlent, illusions, pivots) and balance series
  • Jumps and leaps: e.g., tuck jump, scissor leap, cossack jump, ring jump with both legs bent, stag leap
  • Body movements: e.g., bending, body swing, body wave, contraction, lean/lunge, relaxation, twisting
  • Arm movements
  • Series of steps, skips or hops
  • Acrobatic movements
  • Flexibility movements: e.g., front line and sideline splits
  • Combined series

The artistic jury evaluates the gymnasts’ quality, the structure of the composition, and the originality and expression of the composition. The executive jury makes deductions for mistakes they identify during the program. E.g., insufficient extensions, unfixed shapes in body movements, heavy landings in jumps, unfixed shapes in balances, and lack of synchronization. The highest total score is 20.00 points consisting of: Technical Value (TV) 6.0, Artistic Value (AV) 4.0, and Execution (EXE) 10.0.[3]

Aesthetic Group Gymnastics World Championships[edit]

The international competitions in AGG are divided into A-category competitions, which includes the World Championships, the Continental Championships, the World Cup competitions, the Challenge Cup competitions (for juniors), and B-category competitions, which for example includes international children’s competitions.[1]

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
2017 Finland Helsinki  Finland
Minetit
 Russia
Expressia
 Finland
OVO Team
2018 Hungary Budapest  Russia
Madonna
 Finland
Minetit
 Russia
Expressia
2019 Spain Cartagena

Aesthetic Group Gymnastics European Championships[edit]

European Championships are organized annually since 2016 by the International Federation of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (IFAAG).

Year Edition Location Gold Silver Bronze
2016 I Estonia Tartu  Finland
Minetit
 Russia
Expressia
 Russia
Madonna
2017 II Bulgaria Sofia  Russia
Expressia
 Finland
Minetit
 Russia
Madonna
N/A
2018 III Estonia Tallinn  Russia
Madonna
 Finland
Minetit
 Russia
Expressia

AGG in Finland[edit]

AGG is a very popular sports among girls in Finland. The Finnish Gymnastics Federation, is one of Finland's largest sport federations, with 374 clubs consisting of approximately 130,000 members.[6] The most popular gymnastics discipline in the country is AGG.

The Finnish teams have won many the world championships and have recently got second place in the world championships

In Finland, the AGG follows the rules of the Finnish Gymnastics Federation. It is possible to compete on three different levels or series in AGG: the championship level, the competition level, and the hobby level. The championship series is the most high-level series, as teams in this series compete in the Finnish Championships. 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. Children younger than 12 years old all compete in the same series.

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. Juniors and seniors in the championsship series do not compete with apparatus. In the autumn competitions, the apparatus are the following:

Children's series Championship series Competition series Hobby series
<10: Apparatus of own choice 12-14: Hoop 12-14: Rope/ ball/ hoop 12-14: Rope/ ball/ hoop
10-12: Rope (even years)/

ball (uneven years)

14-16: No apparatus 14-16 : Rope/ ball/ hoop/ clubs/ ribbon 14-16:: Rope/ ball/ hoop/ clubs/ ribbon
>16: No apparatus 16-20: Rope/ ball/ hoop/ clubs/ ribbon > 16: : Rope/ ball/ hoop/ clubs/ ribbon
> 18: Rope/ ball/ hoop/ clubs/ ribbon

The points are given in categories from 1 to 10 in the age categories of 10-12 and 12-14 (competition and hobby series). Teams that are placed in categories 1-2 get to know their points. Teams are put in categories according to the following points:

  • category 1: 16.50 – 20.00
  • category 2: 15.50 – 16.49
  • category 3: 14.50 – 15.49
  • category 4: 13.50 – 14.49
  • category 5: 12.50 – 13.49
  • category 6: 11.50 – 12.49
  • category 7: 10.50 – 11.49
  • category 8: 9.00 – 10.49
  • category 9: 6.50 – 8.99
  • category 10: 0 – 6.49

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lajiesittely Archived June 21, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., Suomen Voimisteluliitto.
  2. ^ "Members - International Federation of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics, IFAGG". ifagg.sporttisaitti.com. Retrieved 2018-05-16. 
  3. ^ INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF AESTHETIC GROUP GYMNASTICS, COMPETITION RULES OF AESTHETIC GROUP GYMNASTICS, Updated: February 2018
  4. ^ World Championships, IFAAG World Championships.
  5. ^ Results, IFAAG Results.
  6. ^ "Voimistelu > fi > Yhteystiedot > Voimisteluliitto > Lyhyesti > In English". www.voimistelu.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 2018-05-16.