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					Gymnastics Australia                     AER Technical Regulations Part B




                       SPORT AEROBICS
       TECHNICAL COMMISSION REGULATIONS

           PART B – COMMISSION OPERATIONS

                            2010




                          January 2010




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CONTENTS

ARTICLE 1.          DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION .................................................................3
ARTICLE 2.          POLICIES AND RULES .......................................................................................3
ARTICLE 3.          COMMISSION COMMITTEES............................................................................4
  3.1    STATUTORY COMMITTEES ................................................................................................. 4
    3.1.1    NATIONAL GYMSPORT COMMISSION......................................................................... 4
    3.1.2    NATIONAL SELECTION COMMITTEE............................................................................ 4
    3.1.3    NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ............................................................................ 4
    3.1.4    ELITE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE ............................................................................. 4
  3.2    NATIONAL SUB COMMITTEES............................................................................................. 4
ARTICLE 4.          AEROSKOOLS / LEVELS PARTICIPATION PROGRAM ..........................................5
  4.1       THE AEROSKOOLS PROGRAM ............................................................................................ 5
  4.2       THE LEVELS......................................................................................................................... 5
  4.3       THE AEROSKOOLS KIT ........................................................................................................ 6
  4.4       MUSIC................................................................................................................................ 6
  4.5       DVD ................................................................................................................................... 7
  4.6       CHOREOGRAPHY NOTES.................................................................................................... 7
ARTICLE 5.           COMPETITION RULES AND PROCEDURES ........................................................7
  5.1    PURPOSE ............................................................................................................................ 7
  5.2    TECHNICAL REGULATIONS 2009 - 2012 ............................................................................. 7
  5.3    2010 SPORT AEROBICS SELECTION POLICY – PART A, B AND C ......................................... 7
  5.4    2010 SPORT AEROBICS CALENDAR .................................................................................... 8
  5.5    SPORT AEROBICS COMPETITION PATHWAY ....................................................................... 9
    5.5.1     2010 PARTICIPATION PATHWAYS/COMPETITION STRUCTURE FOR AUSTRALIAN SPORT
    AEROBICS .................................................................................................................................. 9
    5.5.2     NATIONAL STREAM .................................................................................................. 10
    5.5.3     LEVELS STREAM........................................................................................................ 11
    5.5.4     INTERNATIONAL STREAM ......................................................................................... 12
  5.6    SPORT AEROBICS AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS ............................................................. 13
    5.6.1     ENTRY CRITERIA ....................................................................................................... 13
    5.6.2     PARTICIPATION CRITERIA.......................................................................................... 14
    5.6.3     SPONSORSHIP........................................................................................................... 14
    5.6.4     MEDICAL ATTENTION ............................................................................................... 14
    5.6.5     DRUGS AND SANCTIONS.......................................................................................... 15
    5.6.6     ENTRY CHANGES OR SUBSTITUTIONS....................................................................... 15
  5.7    TIE BREAKING RULE .......................................................................................................... 15
  5.8    AWARDS FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS AT AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS ........... 15
  5.9    COMPETITIVE ROUNDS AND PERFORMANCE ORDER........................................................ 15
  5.10 PROTESTS ......................................................................................................................... 16
ARTICLE 6.          AWARD GUIDELINES .....................................................................................16
  6.1    AWARDS .......................................................................................................................... 16
  6.2    PROCESS .......................................................................................................................... 16
  6.3    SELECTION GUIDELINES .................................................................................................... 16
    6.3.1    ATHLETE ................................................................................................................... 16
    6.3.2    COACH .................................................................................................................... 16
    6.3.3    LEVELS COACH ........................................................................................................ 16
    6.3.4    OFFICIAL................................................................................................................... 17
    6.3.5    SPECIAL RECOGNITION............................................................................................. 17
  6.4    STATE ENDORSEMENT...................................................................................................... 17
  6.5    COMMISSION ENDORSEMENT.......................................................................................... 17




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ARTICLE 1.      DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION

The following short terms shall be used and interpreted in the spirit of the following meanings
unless specifically defined elsewhere.

Association            An Association Member claiming jurisdiction of the sport over a State or
                       Territory within Australia

Board                  Board of Management of the Company, Gymnastics Australia Ltd

Commission             The National Gymsport Technical Commission

Company                Gymnastics Australia Ltd

Regulations            All by-laws and rules that are made within the authority of the
                       Constitution.

Simple Majority        More than 50 per cent of those people eligible, voting of the one accord.

Sport Program          A gymnastic Sport Program defined by the Federation Internationale de
                       Gymnastique (FIG) and accepted by the Company as a program under its
                       jurisdiction.

Gymsports              Terminology used to describe the disciplines of gymnastics.

GLOSSARY
     AER               Sport Aerobics
     AGF               Australian Gymnastics Federation
     EMC               Elite Management Committee
     FIG               Federation Internationale de Gymnastique
     GA                Gymnastics Australia
     NAC               National Advisory Committee
     NCM               National Commission Member
     NGTC              National Gymsport Technical Commission
     NJC               National Judging Co-ordinator
     NOP               National Officiating Program
     NPM               National Program Manager
     NAERC             National Sport Aerobics Commission
     NSC               National Selection Committee
     NTD               National Technical Director
     STC               State Technical Committees


ARTICLE 2.      POLICIES AND RULES

The rules set out in the following manuals will be part of the AER Commission’s Technical Regulations:
              - 2009 – 2012 FIG Aerobic Gymnastics Code of Points
              - Gymnastics Australia Sport Aerobics National and Levels Stream Rules
              - AEROSkools Rules and Guidelines

Any modification to the National Stream, Levels Stream and the AEROSkools Rules and Guidelines will
be circulated in writing on the authority of the AER Technical Commission.




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ARTICLE 3.        COMMISSION COMMITTEES

3.1        STATUTORY COMMITTEES

3.1.1      NATIONAL GYMSPORT COMMISSION

          Position                            Name               E-mail
          National Technical Director         Karon Williams     kwilliams@gymnastics.org.au

          National Judging Coordinator        Liz Lyons          lyonsl@mbc.qld.edu.au

          National Commission Member          Kerryn Cormick     info@aeroactive.com.au

          National Commission Member          Carolyn Warren     cwar5023@bigpond.net.au

          National Program Manager            Karon Williams     kwilliams@gymnastics.org.au




3.1.2      NATIONAL SELECTION COMMITTEE
           Senior and Youth International Teams
               National Technical Director (Chair)
               National Judging Co-ordinator
               National Program Manager (ex officio member – non voting)

          Position                            Name              E-mail
          National Technical Director         Karon Williams    kwilliams@gymnastics.org.au

          National Judging Coordinator        Liz Lyons         lyonsl@mbc.qld.edu.au



3.1.3      NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
           The National Advisory Committee is comprised of a representative from each state and
           territory. The Committee will meet with the Sport Aerobics Commission and Gymnastics
           Australia staff once a year at a date determined by Gymnastics Australia.

3.1.4      ELITE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
           The Elite Management Committee is comprised of registered coaches who have athletes
           selected on to the National Squad, the National Technical Director and Judging Co-ordinator.


3.2        NATIONAL SUB COMMITTEES

The AER Commission has the authority to appoint Sub-Committees as required. The Sub-Committees’
functions include the following:-

      o    Execute the decisions made by the AER Commission
      o    Undertake technical projects
      o    Review guidelines and rules pertaining to competitions and events
      o    Conduct research and development activities in the interest of Sport Aerobics




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ARTICLE 4.      AEROSKOOLS / LEVELS PARTICIPATION PROGRAM

4.1     THE AEROSKOOLS PROGRAM

AEROSkools is a Sport Aerobics Participation Program, conducted in schools, that aims to introduce
basic Sport Aerobic movement patterns within a fun and challenging program, culminating in the
development of a Sport Aerobics routine that can be entered into a state or national competition.
AEROSkools, therefore, consists of both a participation program and a supporting event structure.

The Program is aimed at school aged children and youths aged between 5 -18 years of age (Year 2 –
Year 12), with both sexes actively encouraged to participate.

The AEROSkools Program aims to provide a grass roots entry level participation program for school
students and their teachers wishing to get involved in Sport Aerobics.

Research indicated to Gymnastics Australia that Sport Aerobics was perceived as too technical and
difficult to implement in a school environment without specific Sport Aerobics knowledge. With this in
mind the AEROSKools Program was developed.

The Program requires no previous knowledge or experience on behalf of either the teacher or
student(s) and provides a sequential program of skill development over four separate levels (i.e. Level
0, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3).

4.2     THE LEVELS

Level 0
The Level 0 Routine involves the student learning a sixty (60) second “compulsory Sport Aerobics”
routine that focuses on basic Sport Aerobics movement patterns and presentation skills. No
choreography is required on behalf of either the teacher or the student(s). The routine may be
performed as a pair (2), trio (3 team members) or a group (4 - 6 team members).

Level 1
The Level 1 Routine involves the student learning a “compulsory Sport Aerobics” routine that focuses
on basic Sport Aerobics movement patterns and presentation skills. No choreography is required on
behalf of either the teacher or the student(s). The routine may be performed as a pair (2), trio (3 team
members) or a group (4 - 6 team members).

Level 2
The Level 2 Routine involves the student learning a “compulsory Sport Aerobics” routine that
increases in complexity of choreography, whilst continuing to develop basic Sport Aerobics movement
patterns and presentation skills. This routine allows students to compose their own 32 counts of
choreography and incorporate this into the routine. The routine may be performed as a pair (2), trio (3
team members) or a group (4 - 6 team members).

Level 3
The Level 3 Routine involves the student learning a “compulsory Sport Aerobics” routine that is more
advanced than the two previous Levels and requires students to once again compose 32 counts of
choreography within the routine. The routine may be performed as a pair (2), trio (3 team members)
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4.3        THE AEROSKOOLS KIT

The AEROSkools Kit is an essential component of the Program. In an effort to assist schools in
implementing the Program, Gymnastics Australia has developed two AEROSkools Kits (Level 0 and
Levels 1-3) which include:-

      1.     A DVD (illustrating routines) – please note that for copyright reasons the routines on this
             resources are not performed to the music (mute sound).
      2.     A CD containing the music tracks
      3.     A set of choreography notes (a count by count explanation of the movements {arm and leg
             patterns} incorporated into routines)

Additional routines (new Level 0, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3) will be developed annually and launched
at the start of each new school year. This is to ensure that students and teachers choosing to
participate in the Program on an ongoing basis are provided with some variety and choice, when it
comes to selecting routines to develop.


4.4        MUSIC

The choice of music used in the AEROSkools Program allows for different tastes in music, musical
appreciation and musical interpretation in choreography design. The Level 0 track of music is 150
beats per minute while the Level 1 - 3 music tracks are between 152 and 155 beats per minute.

Level 0
   • Boogie Shoes NEW TRACK Available only in Release 09

Level 1
   •         Milkshake – Available only on Release 07
   •         Don’t Pass Me By – Available only on Release 07
   •         I Believe in the Beat – Available only on Release 08
   •         Disco Inferno – Available only on Release 08
   •         Hot Stuff – Available only on Release 08
   •         I Just Want To Be Happy –Available only on Release 09
   •         Love Shack –Available only in Release 09
   •         Captain Planet NEW TRACK Available only in Release 10
   •         Trouble NEW TRACK Available only in Release 10

Level 2
   •         Pump It – Available only on Release 07
   •         This Time I Know It’s For Real - Available only on Release 08
   •         Beat It - Available only on Release 09
   •         Strong Enough - NEW TRACK Available only in Release 10
   •         Cruel Summer - NEW TRACK Available only in Release 10

Level 3
   •         Just A Little Bit – Available only on Release 07
   •         Let Me Entertain You – Available only on Release 08
   •         Searchin - Available only on Release 09
   •         When The Money’s Gone - NEW TRACK Available only in Release 10




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4.5       DVD

The AEROSkools DVD is an important teaching tool that is used by the instructor/teacher to assist in
the teaching of the Levels routines. Each routine is clearly illustrated with the following breakdown:

      •      Sport Aerobics compulsories are filmed to highlight correct execution
      •      Individual elements are filmed with optional degrees of difficulty
      •      Routine performed facing the camera
      •      Routine performed facing away from the camera

             Note: for copyright reasons the music is not performed to the recorded music (mute
             sound)
      •      Routine broken down into small sections of choreography and performed (with voice over
             instructions)
      •      Many of the routines are filmed on the spot or with minimal travel. This allows for teams
             to be creative and move around the competition square as they please. The more travel
             and formations in a routine the higher the intensity and artistic mark.


4.6       CHOREOGRAPHY NOTES

Choreography notes are included for each Level 0, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 routine. For every 8
counts a detailed description of the arm lines, leg lines and some travelling direction is included. Key
words and skills are highlighted to identify particular movements and movement patterns.



ARTICLE 5. COMPETITION RULES AND PROCEDURES

5.1       PURPOSE

The Federation Internationale Gymnastique (FIG) Code of Points, the Gymnastics Australia Sport
Aerobics National and Levels Stream Rules, the AEROSkools Rules and Guidelines and the Technical
Regulations provide governance for Sport Aerobics (AER) Rules and Regulations. The Technical
Regulations provides AER with the competition rules for Australia and should be used in conjunction
with the relevant Code of Points, Gymnastics Australia National & Levels Stream Rules and the
AEROSkools Rules and Guidelines. These documents are regularly reviewed with the resultant
clarifications and updates published in the AER Technical Bulletins.


5.2       TECHNICAL REGULATIONS 2009 - 2012

The AER 2009 – 2012 Technical Regulations Part A and Part B can be found on the Gymnastics
Australia (GA) Sport Aerobics Web site: www.gymnastics.org.au


5.3       2010 SPORT AEROBICS SELECTION POLICY – PART A, B AND C

The 2010 Sport Aerobics Selection Policy (Part A, B and C) can be found on the Gymnastics Australia
(GA) Sport Aerobics web site: www.gymnastics.org.au




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5.4    2010 SPORT AEROBICS CALENDAR
(Please note this calendar is subject to change)       November 2009

Date       Camp        Comp    Event                            Location         No. of Gymnasts
JANUARY 2010

FEBRUARY 2010
5-7       Y            Y       2010 Suzuki World Cup Perth                       National Squad
                               Selection Trial and Training
                               Camp
MARCH 2010
                       Y
APRIL 2010
17-18                  Y       2010 Suzuki World Cup            Tokyo, JPN       Selected National
                                                                                 Squad athletes
MAY 2010
22-23                  Y       FIG World Series                 Conversano,      Selected Athletes
                                                                ITA
JUNE 2010
18-20                  Y       FIG World Championships and Rodez FRA             Selected Athletes
                               International Age    Group
                               Championships
JULY 2010
19-24                  Y       ANAC International Aerobic Las           Vegas Selected
                               Championships and FIG World USA                National/Developm
                               Series                                         ent Squad Athletes
AUGUST 2010

SEPTEMBER 2010
TBC                            NZ National Championships        Hamilton         Development
                                                                                 Squad Athletes
OCTOBER 2010
5-7                    Y       Cheerleading     &   Aerobics Melbourne           State Teams
                               National Championships
7                      Y       AEROSkools           National Melbourne           All eligible athletes
                               Championships
8-10                   Y       FIG World Series              Timisoara           Selected Athletes
                                                             ROM
NOVEMBER 2010

DECEMBER 2010




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5.5     SPORT AEROBICS COMPETITION PATHWAY


5.5.1 2010 PARTICIPATION PATHWAYS/COMPETITION STRUCTURE FOR AUSTRALIAN SPORT
AEROBICS
      1.     There will be three separate streams of competition:-
         • Levels Stream
         For athletes whose primary incentive for participating follows the four F philosophy (fun,
         fitness, friendship and fundamentals)
         • National Stream
         For athletes developing their skill level with the aim to compete in the International Stream
         of competition.
         • International Stream
         For athletes who aspire to represent their country in international competitions

        2. That athletes/coach choose one “Stream” of competition at the beginning of the
           competition year and remain within this stream for the calendar year

        3. Athletes can compete in only one Division within their chosen stream

        4. Athletes who compete in the International stream would be eligible for National Squad
           selection and subsequent international assignment. Development Squad athletes will be
           considered for National Squad selection pending re-evaluation by the Selection Committee.

        5. Athletes participating in this National A and B are eligible for Development Squad
           selection. They may then be considered for National Squad selection pending re-evaluation
           by the Selection Committee.

        6. The aim of the three streams is two fold:-
           • To create a strong participation base that provides sequential and challenging
              pathways for Sport Aerobics participants
           • To develop and nurture world class athletes with the ability to win medals at
              international events

        7. Where possible the current National and Levels Stream competition divisions and
           categories remain to avoid confusion and uncertainty. The International Stream of
           competition divisions will be exactly as stated in the 2009 -2012 FIG Code of Points.

        8. The 2010 Participation Pathways/Competition Structure will be supported by materials
           which include:-
           • Rules
           • Competition Guidelines

        9. The AER Commission will be responsible for developing, promoting and maintaining the
           Pathways/Competition Structure

        10. All State SMC’s collectively “buy-into” the new Pathways/Competition Structure by signing
            off their support and endorsement

        11. The AER Commission will review the Pathways/Competition Structure annually following
            the National Championships




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5.5.2   NATIONAL STREAM

        National A
                       Optional routines

                       Routine requirements: GA Sport AER rules
                       A maximum of 8 elements: A (0.1) – E (0.5)
                       Compulsory High Leg Kicks, Push-ups and Jumping Jack Phrase

                       Age Group: Age determined in the “year of competition”
                       Adult: (18+)
                       Senior: (15 – 17 years)
                       Intermediate: (13 – 14 years)
                       Junior: (10 – 12 years)
                       Sub-Junior (7-9 years)

                       Music Length: 1 minute 30 seconds (+/- 5 seconds)

                       Competition Categories: Individual Male, Individual Female, Pair (M+F, F+F or
                       M +M), Teams (3-6 team members)

        National B
                       Optional routines

                       Routine requirements: GA Sport AER Rules
                       A maximum of 6 elements: A (0.1) – C (0.3) and 2 elements valued at A (0.1)
                       – D (0.4)
                       Compulsory High Leg Kicks, Push-ups and Jumping Jack Phrase

                       Age Groups: Age determined in the “year of competition”
                       Adult: (18+)
                       Senior: (15 – 17 years)
                       Intermediate: (13 – 14 years)
                       Junior: (10 – 12 years)
                       Sub-Junior (7-9 years)

                       Music Length: 1 minute 30 seconds (+/- 5 seconds)

                       Competition categories: Individual Male, Individual Female, Pair (M+F, F+F or
                       M+M), Teams (3-6 members)




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5.5.3   LEVELS STREAM

        Level 3
                       Compulsory Routines
                       Age Groups: age determined in the “year of competition”
                       Adult: (18+)
                       Senior: (15 – 17 years)
                       Intermediate: (13 – 14 years)
                       Junior: (10 – 12 years)
                       Sub-Junior (7-9 years)

                       Music Length: 1 minute 30 seconds (+/- 5 seconds)

                       Levels Competition Categories: Individuals (1 male or female), Pair (2) and
                       Teams (3-6 members). Athletes can only compete in a maximum of 2
                       categories of competition at National events.
                       AEROSkools: Pair (2), Trios (3) and Groups (4-6 members). Athletes can only
                       compete in a maximum of 2 categories of competition.

        Level 2        Compulsory Routines
                       Age Groups: age determined in the “year of competition”
                       Adult: (18+)
                       Senior: (15 – 17 years)
                       Intermediate: (13 – 14 years)
                       Junior: (10 – 12 years)
                       Sub-Junior (7-9 years)

                       Music Length: 1 minute 30 seconds (+/- 5 seconds)

                       Levels Competition Categories: Individuals (1 male or female), Pair (2) and
                       Teams (3-6 members). Athletes can only compete in a maximum of 2
                       categories of competition at National events.
                       AEROSkools: Pair (2), Trios (3) and Groups (4-6 members). Athletes can only
                       compete in a maximum of 2 categories of competition.

        Level 1        Compulsory Routines
                       Age Groups: age determined in the “year of competition”
                       Senior: (15 – 17 years)
                       Intermediate: (13 – 14 years)
                       Junior: (10 – 12 years)
                       Sub-Junior (7-9 years)

                       Music Length: 1 minute 30 seconds (+/- 5 seconds)

                       Levels Competition Categories: Individuals (1 male or female), Pair (2) and
                       Teams (3-6 members). Athletes can only compete in a maximum of 2
                       categories of competition at National events.
                       AEROSkools: Pair (2), Trios (3) and Groups (4-6 members). Athletes can only
                       compete in a maximum of 2 categories of competition.

        Level 0        Compulsory Routines
                       Age Groups: age determined in the “year of competition”
                       Junior: (10 – 12 years)
                       Sub-Junior (7-9 years)


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                          Music Length: 60 seconds (+/- 5 seconds)

                          Levels Competition Categories: Individuals (1 male or female), Pair (2) and
                          Teams (3-6 members).
                          No competition will be held in Level 0 at National events.
                          AEROSkools: Pair (2), Trios (3) and Groups (4-6 members). Athletes can only
                          compete in a maximum of 2 categories of competition.

        Notes:

        Routine Requirements for Levels 0 – 3 would be set annually by the AER Commission

        Level divisions are the entry point for the vast majority of Sport Aerobics participants.

        It is assumed that as beginners participants should move through the Levels Stream to gain a
        solid grounding in the compulsories, arm and leg lines and basic choreography.

        Level 0 – 3 routines will follow the current Levels/AEROSkools program.

        In National A and B Divisions routines are Optional and should be constructed using special
        routine requirements that factor in safety and sequential skill development.


5.5.4   INTERNATIONAL STREAM

Elite                           Optional Routines
International                   Routine Requirements: 2009-2012 FIG Code of Points
                                Competition requirements
                                Age (18+) - must meet the age requirement in the year of
                                                      st
                                competition (age at 31 December)

                                Competition Categories: - IM, IW, PAIR, TRIO

Age Group 2                     Optional Routines
International                   Routine Requirements: 2009 – 2012 FIG Code of Points and
                                FIG Age Group Competition Rules
                                Age (15 – 17 years) - must meet the age requirement in the
                                                              st
                                year of competition (age at 31 December)

                                Competition Categories:- IM, IW, PAIR, TRIO

Age Group 1                     Optional Routines
International                   Routine Requirements: 2009 – 2012 FIG Code of Points and
                                FIG Age Group Competition Rules
                                Age (12 – 14 years) - must meet the age requirement in the
                                                              st
                                year of competition (age at 31 December)

                                Competition Categories:- IM, IW, PAIR, TRIO

National                        Optional Routines
Development                     Routine requirements: 2009 – 2012 FIG Code of Points and FIG
                                Age Group Requirements
                                Age (10 – 12 years) – must meet the age requirement in the
                                                              st
                                year of competition (age at 31 December)

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                               Competition Categories:- IM & IW (combined), TRIO

        Notes:-

        Only those athletes aged 10 and over would be eligible for National Squad selection and
        subsequent international assignment.

        There will be no Group Competition Category at a state or national competition. If a group is
        formed and want to be considered for international representation then a written request
        from the coach must be sent to the AER Commission Selection Committee.

        Routine requirements for International Stream athletes are according to the 2009-2012 FIG
        Code of Points and the FIG International Age Group Competition Structure.

        Routine requirements for Age Group 2, 1 and National Development may be modified by the
        AER Commission for safety and skill development.


5.6     SPORT AEROBICS AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Sport Aerobics Australian Championships is the official National Championships for Sport
Aerobics, run under the auspices of Gymnastics Australia.

Competition Cycle - The Sport Aerobics Australian Championships is held once every year.


5.6.1   ENTRY CRITERIA
        A.    Number of Entrants
              1)    There is no limit to the number of entrants that may enter the Sport Aerobics
                    Australian Championships from any one State Association.

        B.      Athlete Eligibility
                1)      Athletes must abide by the eligibility rules of these Technical Regulations and
                        those of the athlete’s State Association.
                2)      Athletes are entered into the event by competing at their State Championships,
                        conducted by each State Gymnastic Association. Each State Association is
                        responsible for certifying the eligibility of athletes from its State.
                3)      Athletes/Teams may enter the Sport Aerobics Australian Championships in any
                        category contested at their State Championships as per their State technical
                        regulations.

State Championships
Athletes/Teams may enter the Australian Championships as per their State Technical Regulations



Sport Aerobics Australian Championships
Preliminary Round of Competition (National A and B, International Stream only)
Only 1 round (final) for Levels divisions


Final Round of Competition



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                4)      Athletes may be entered through “special circumstance” by Gymnastics
                        Australia, according to the following provisions:-
                         - when no State Championships is conducted within their state of
                              residence
                         - when injury prevents an athlete from competing in a State
                              Championships
                         - when other extenuating circumstances prevent an athlete from
                              competing in a State Championships.

                        Forms and Releases
                5)      State Associations/Athletes must complete and sign all forms, including, but
                        not limited to, registration and music. All forms must be returned to
                        Gymnastics Australia with the appropriate registration fees prior to the
                        competition.


5.6.2   PARTICIPATION CRITERIA
        A.    Age Requirement
              1)     Athletes must be within the age ranges listed in these technical regulations in
                     the year of competition in order to participate in the Sport Aerobics Australian
                     Championships. Proof of age may be requested at the time of competition.
        B.    Residency Requirement
              1)     The athlete must permanently reside in the state for which they have chosen to
                     compete.


5.6.3   SPONSORSHIP
        A.   Financial/Product Support
             1)      An athlete may receive financial and/or product support subject to the
                     following regulations imposed by his/her State Association.
        B.   State Identity for National Competition
             1)      Athletes representing a given state must wear similar or identical warm-
                     up/track suits throughout the opening and medal ceremonies as applicable.
        C.   Logo Identity and Presentation
             1)      State warm-up/track suits may display the identifying logo(s) of an athlete’s or
                     state team’s sponsor(s).
             2)      Logos may be placed on the sleeve, leg or front of the pant or jacket of a
                     warm-up/track suit. The back of the suit must be reserved solely for the
                     placement of the name of the athlete’s state.
             3)      An athlete may place the identifying logo(s) of the athlete’s sponsor(s) only on
                     the front of the competition attire. Logos must not be placed on the tights of
                     competing female athletes and doing so will incur a deduction accordingly.
             4)      The logo(s) must not exceed four (4) inches or ten (10) centimetres by ten (10
                     centimetres.
             5)      An athlete may be required to affix an athlete identification number to the
                     front of the leotard, unitard, shirt, or shorts. It may not be placed on an
                     athletes tights.


5.6.4   MEDICAL ATTENTION
        A.   A medical professional or official will be on-site in the event of injury or illness. It is the
             responsibility of the athlete, coach, or team administrator to report the athlete’s injury
             or illness to the event organiser(s).
        B.   If at any time prior to or during competition an athlete is ill, injured, and/or his/her
             physical condition is at risk by competing, he/she may be declared ineligible to


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                compete, or disqualified from competing further. The competition organiser reserves
                the right to withdraw any competitor who appears to have such serious injury or
                medical condition.
        C.      Medical apparatus such as casts, plastic or metal joint braces must not be worn during
                competition.
        D.      The competition organiser(s) reserves the right to request the submittal of a physician’s
                written authorisation for an athlete to compete.


5.6.5   DRUGS AND SANCTIONS
        A.   Gymnastics Australia condemns the use of performance-enhancing drugs and doping
             practices in sport. Those engaged in such activity may be held liable to sanctions put
             forth by the Australian Sports Anti Doping Agency (ASADA). For the purpose of this
             policy, “doping” is defined as the taking of or the assisting of others in the taking of
             substances prohibited by the IOC. (See the IOC List of Doping Classes and Methods).
        B.   Gymnastics Australia reserves the right to conduct random drug testing at any level of
             competition, at any time. Full cooperation of all athletes is compulsory.


5.6.6   ENTRY CHANGES OR SUBSTITUTIONS
        A.    For circumstances beyond the control of the athlete(s), entry or substitutions may be
              up to twenty-four (24) hours prior to the Preliminary round. Such circumstances must
              be submitted in writing and approved by the competition organiser(s) and/or the Head
              Judge. (Applies to Pair, Trio or Group categories only).


5.7     TIE BREAKING RULE

In case of a tie at any place the tie will be broken based on the following criteria in this order

        1.   the highest total score in Execution
        2.   the highest total score in Artistic
        3.   the highest total score in Difficulty
        4.   the analysis of each judge’s ordinal ranking


5.8     AWARDS FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS AT AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

International teams attending the Australian Championships are eligible for national championship
awards in all divisions of competition. Residential awards will apply for Australian gymnasts.

Note: From the Preliminary rounds of competition, the top 8 Australian competitors will proceed to the
final round. In addition, any non Australian competitors placed in the top 8 will also proceed to the
final


5.9     COMPETITIVE ROUNDS AND PERFORMANCE ORDER

A Performance Order for the Preliminary and Final Rounds (National A, B and International Stream) is
  determined by a random drawing of athletes.
B From the Preliminary rounds of competition, the top 8 Australian competitors will proceed to the
  final round. In addition, any non Australian competitors placed in the top 8 will also proceed to
  the final



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5.10       PROTESTS

Protests are prohibited against any score or result with the exception of Extraordinary Circumstances. It
is the responsibility of the athlete to immediately stop the routine if an extraordinary circumstance
occurs. A complaint after the routine has been completed will not be accepted.



ARTICLE 6.         AWARD GUIDELINES

6.1        AWARDS

The following AER Awards will be awarded each year:
      • Senior Athlete of the Year
      • Youth Athlete of the Year
      • Coach of the Year
      • Levels Coach of the Year
      • Official of the Year
      • Special Recognition

6.2        PROCESS

      •    The AER Commission will request nominations from the State Associations via the Sport
           Aerobics Technical Bulletin or by email.
      •    The AER Commission may nominate athletes and coaches for the awards.
      •    The AER Commission will be the Selection Committee.
      •    The Selection Committee is required to make a final recommendation to the GA Board.


6.3        SELECTION GUIDELINES

The Selection Guidelines are detailed below:


6.3.1      ATHLETE
   •      Results of competition performances throughout the year
   •      National Championships
   •      International competitions
   •      History or achievement over a number of years


6.3.2      COACH
   •      Active involvement in State/National coaching activities
   •      Involvement in coaching state teams
   •      Athlete performance at competitions
   •      Team performance at competitions


6.3.3      LEVELS COACH
      •    Active involvement in State levels coaching activities
      •    Involvement in coaching state teams
      •    Athlete performance at State and National Levels competitions
      •    Team performance at State and National Levels competitions
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6.3.4     OFFICIAL
   • Be an FIG Brevet or National Judge and have contributed towards judges’ education.
   • Be involved with the preparation of State or National team members


6.3.5     SPECIAL RECOGNITION
      •   Be actively involved in the Sport Aerobics community
      •   Be a volunteer assisting at events, workshops etc


6.4       STATE ENDORSEMENT

The State SMC must ensure that all award nominations are endorsed by the State Association
Executive Director and forwarded to the AER Commission by the required date.


6.5       COMMISSION ENDORSEMENT

The AER Commission must endorse all award winners prior to the announcement and presentation of
the awards.




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