Also known as “Acro” is a competitive gymnastic discipline. Acrobatic Gymnastic work together with partners or in groups at different difficulty levels and perform routines consisting of acrobatic moves, dances and tumbling, set to chosen music.
Acrobatic Gymnastic groups or pairs consists of the following:
- Women’s pair (2 females)
- Men’s pair (2 males)
- Mixed pairs (a female and a male)
- Women’s group (3 females)
- Men’s group ( 3 males)
Three routines are performed:
- Balance ( focus on strength, poise and flexibility)
- Dynamic (routine with throws, somersaults and catches)
- Combined ( includes balance and dynamic elements)
1. Balance: also known as Static- a balance routine requires specific poses or balances and must be held static for a specific time. It requires strength, poise, elegance and flexibility. Gymnasts combine into towers with the top of the tower holding a particular position balanced on the tower base.
2. Dynamic: also known as Tempo- routines demonstrate power, strength and grace through the performance of acrobatic moves, involving phases of spring, flight, rotation and landing. Here the base normally propelling the top through the air in series of somersaults or twists. The top is caught with support from the base with landing.
3. Combined: at more senior levels of competition, a third routine must be performed that combines both Balance and Dynamic moves, along with the usual tumbling and dance.
Acro Gymnasts can compete internationally governed by FIG ( International Federation of Gymnasts) in age groups : 11-16/ 12-18/ 13-19 and 15+.
Acrobatic gymnastics events form part of the World Games, and are also included in the European Games as well as Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships (known as World Sports Acrobatics Championships prior to 2006).
Acrobatic Gymnastics events are highly entertaining, exhilarating, and suspenseful due to what look to be risky or daring moves.
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are generally awarded in the usual fashion; although in some competitions, a minimum score is required to qualify for medals.
The rules of Acrobatic Gymnastics also known as Code of point are governed by the FIG.
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