Our recreational programs at Niagara Falls Lightning, from Advanced Kindergym and up are based on the Canadian Gymnastics Federation Badge Program (CANGYM). This is Gymnastics Canada skills development program for artistic gymnastics. There are fourteen badge levels in this program, ranging from beginner to advanced, each requiring 35-40 skills before a badge is awarded. Gymnasts receive a Progress Card at the end of the Fall and Winter sessions, outlining their achievement and skill level. Upon successful completion of all of the skills in each CANGYM Badge Level, a ribbon will be presented.
The goal of this program is to promote enjoyment and participation while developing self-confidence. Children progress at various rates and it may take a couple of sessions to perform the skills well enough to progress to the next level. This includes vault, bars, beam, floor, trampoline for girls. The Boys program includes vault, parallel bars, high bar, floor, rings, and trampoline.
Girls may wear a leotard or gym shorts and a T-shirt. Boys may wear gym shorts and a T-shirt. No skirts, jeans, shorts or pants with belts, buckles or zippers are allowed. Hair must be tied back and off the shoulder; feet must be bare. No jewelry (stud earrings only).
A water bottle is recommended!
In the event of a club cancellation a make-up class will be offered. Parents and visitors are invited to watch their children from the lobby in the viewing area.
WHY PUT YOUR CHILD IN GYMNASTICS?
“It is the best place to teach kids what they need to exceed at other sports because they learn how their body works... It develops speed, power and strength, as well as discipline and time management, and it’s really a shame that they don’t teach it in schools anymore.”
National Gymnast, Kyle Shewfelt, quoted in CHATELAINE, Jan 24, 2011 Author: James S. Fell
"Gymnastics is perhaps one of the most comprehensive 'lifestyle exercise programs' available to children, incorporating strength, flexibility, speed, balance, coordination, power and discipline.
Michael A. Taylor, Certified National Youth Sports Administrator