The following is for the purpose of raising awareness for the upcoming Special Olympics National Games for rhythmic gymnastics only:
- A total of 39 athletes and 16 coaches from 6 provinces and 1 Territory will participate over the two days of competition. AB – 3, MB – 3, NL – 1, ON – 12, QC – 4, BC – 16.
- All athletes must be 13 years of age as of the first day of competition. For generic, competition age is calculated using the age at the end of the calendar year (e.g. December 31st, 2014).
- The athletes are divided into 4 levels. Level 1 to 3 have compulsory routines. Level 4 have optional routines (meaning that each athlete will have her own choreographed routine)
- Special Olympics rhythmic gymnastics’s code of point changes once every 8 years. The current code was from 2009. 2015 will be the World Games and then 2016 will be the year with a new code for Special Olympics. For generic rhythmic gymnastics, the code changes after every Olympic.
- Within each level, athletes are divided into different divisions through a qualification round (day 1) based on abilities (i.e. scores from the qualification round). To reduce the impact of an unexpected drop or an exceptionally good routine affecting divisioning, the high and low scores are removed and the middle 2 scores are multiplied by 2.
- On the competition round, for ranking purposes, 25% of the actual scores from the qualification round will be carried over. Ranking uses this cumulative scores for apparatus award as well as all around ranking.
- For events less than 8 athletes, the division process do not apply and therefore level 4 with only 5 athletes will go straight to the competition round on day 1.
- Venue is at UBC Thunderbird Arena. Podium Training is on Thursday July 10th and starts around 8:00AM.
- The competition starts Friday and Saturday at 8:30AM. Competitions end 4:00PM on Friday and 2:30PM on Saturday. Do come and show support!