Amendments to Calisthenics Victoria Incorporated Competition Rules 2017

The Calisthenics Victoria Incorporated (CVI) Director of Competitions in conjunction with the CVI Victorian Competition Committee (VCC) and the Victorian Calisthenic Coaches Association (VCCA) have conducted research with their respective memberships regarding several competition areas. This research was conducted between May and July 2016 and the results analysed by the Victorian Competition Committee in conjunction with the CVI Office. At its meeting of 23 August 2016 the CVI Board approved the following changes to take effect from 1 January 2017.

1. Suite of Items
Download the revised Suite of Items for your reference. CVI Suite of Items for 2017 and 2018 (PDF, 189kb)

For consistency the revised Suite of Items will be adopted for 2 years, with the next review date set for May 2018 for the years 2019 and 2020. A total of 1026 responses to the CVI membership survey were received regarding the 2017 and 2018 Suite of Items, including detailed comments and emails.

2. The ‘Swing Year’
The trial ‘swing year’ for 16 & 17 year olds from the Intermediate and Senior sections will be permanently adopted.  In the membership survey 86% said they would like the ‘swing year’ retained.

3. A stand-alone 17 year old Solo section
A stand-alone 17 year Solo section for Graceful and Calisthenic Solos  will be established from 1 January 2017. Therefore, to compete in the RSSS Graceful Girl competition, a competitor must be 18 years old and participate in the Senior Section. In the membership survey 82% of respondents supported this change with Royal South Street Society endorsing the development. 

4. Minimum 80% Skills, Grade 4
From 1 January 2017, 17 year old Solo Graceful competitors must achieve a minimum of 80% in the ACF Victorian Skills Program, Grade 4, Aesthetics and Dance and 17 year old Calisthenic Solo and Duo competitors require an 80% pass in Skills, Grade 4, Free Exercises and Aesthetics and Dance. In the membership survey 78% of respondents supported this change with the Victorian Skills Program endorsing this development. Of the 78% supporting this change 71% supported introducing this on 1 January 2017. Please note this change is not retrospective for those competing in the new 18 yrs and over (Senior) solo section and comes into effect from 1 January 2017 for the 2017 Solo season. 
NB: All competitors entering the 17 year old solo section in 2017 are required to have the 80% pass requirement as per above. 

5. Removal of Tinies Colour Grading System
From 1 January 2017, Tinies grading will be amended from Silver, Blue and White to Championship, Championship Reserve and Division 1.

6. A new Championship Reserve Section
From 1 January 2017, a Championship Reserve section will be created in the Sub-Junior, Junior and Intermediate age groups. This was supported by 73% of respondents in the membership survey.

Download more information on the competition amendments. CVI Competition Amendments from 2017 (PDF, 410kb)

Shirley Pettitt, Director of CVI Competitions said, “I am pleased to bring forward these amendments to the membership for implementation from January 2017. Each change is designed to support clubs in maintaining their Intermediate and Senior sections, streamline the competition process, enhance performance experience at solos, and simplify grading for clubs, participants, coaches and parents. The Suite of Item changes considered the comments from the survey very carefully.  The outcome was based on age and divisions, while designed to complement the sequential grading and age sections and acknowledging the differences in capabilities and resources. Thank you to the membership who provided feedback in our survey and to my colleagues in the VCC, VCCA and CVI for their input.”

Matthew Brown, CEO, CVI said, “The competition amendments are the result of a collaborative project between CVI, the VCCA and their membership. We are committed to support the ongoing development of calisthenics by listening to our membership and our affiliated organisations, allowing their ideas to shape the future direction of calisthenics. An efficient competition structure is vital to the development of Victorian calisthenics and to the experience of competitors and coaches.  Thank you to the Victorian Calisthenic Coaches Association, Royal South Street Society and the ACF Victorian Skills Program for championing the amendments and I look forward to seeing the positive experience they will bring for our membership.”

Keira Cowell, Director of the VCCA said, “Coaches were asked for their feedback and they appreciated the opportunity to contribute to a fresh, consistent and current Suite of Items and streamlined competition procedures. Whilst it would be impossible to satisfy everyone’s personal choice, this is a very workable compromise for all, that should provide consistency and an identified direction for coaches leading to enhanced enjoyment of participation and skill development for their club members, from coaching sessions through to performance and the competition experience.”

Pam McKee, Calisthenics Chair, Royal South Street Society said, “Following recent discussions with CVI, Royal South Street is pleased to endorse the listed changes which ensure the sport of Calisthenics continues to evolve and improve after listening to its membership. RSSS will adopt these changes from 2017.  RSSS will continue to include Division 7 and up for Sub Juniors, Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors with Division 4 and up for Tinies. The number of divisions will be reviewed post competition in 2017.”

For further information please email or call the CVI office on 03 9562 6011.