With the publication of IRV initiatives, the Executive Board is aiming to give more clarity on the work priorities of the voluntary members of the IRV team to make our sport a sought-after and attractive sport.
Each initiative is described with a short description to indicate the scope of the work package, its objectives and a rough timeline.
In general, initiatives are planned on a yearly basis, but could take longer in implementation.
The IRV is always open to discuss its priorities with its member countries. New initiatives can be requested by member country representatives and discussed within the IRV Executive Board regarding priorities and strategic direction.
A new Gym Wheel Code of Points (CoP2023+) will be implemented in 2023 and aims to provide a fair and transparent system of regulations for all IRV Gym Wheel competitions. The guiding principles during the five-year process leading up to the new regulations were as follows:
promote variation and creativity
balance the distribution of difficulty and execution
achieve more transparent and understandable scores
increase the predictability of changes
facilitate the judging process and judges’ education
A pre-edition of the new Code of Points was published on 15 August 2022, after which there was a window for feedback until 15 October. All feedback was reviewed by the CoP2023+ Team and Athletes’ Commission before a final version was prepared for publication at the beginning of December.
The first judging courses for CoP2023+ will take place in January 2023 and the first official IRV competition to be judged using the new Code will be the 2023 Team World Championships.
Two years ago at the beginning of the pandemic, the IRV Online Competitions were introduced as a substitute format for cancelled on-site competitions. Although we were able to stage the 2022 World Championships in Sonderburg (Denmark) as on-site event again, the IRV recognises the potential of online competitions and has therefore decided not only to keep them alive, but to increase the events on offer.
We are therefore working on the implementation of two different new online event formats – IRV Trophy Events and Community Events.
The IRV Trophy Event format comprises an Individual Trophy and a Team Trophy (based on the results of the Individual Trophy). These online competitions will be organised and carried out by the IRV.
The IRV Community Event is a completely new format – the Club Trophy. While the IRV will provide a set of rules and an online judging tool, the competition itself will be carried out by the participating clubs.
Improved Communication Processes
Goal: We want to update our member countries and community with recent activities and updates of our work at least every 3 months, so that information is shared more broadly towards our member countries.
We therefore aim to implement:
Overview of ongoing IRV activities for the current and next year on the website (so called “IRV Initiatives“)
a regular e-mail newsletter with the latest information about international Wheel Gymnastics topics and recent IRV activities (accessible for everyone)
Regular “Meet & Exchange” sessions with members of the IRV Executive Board and representatives of IRV member countries (invitation only) to strengthen collaboration between the IRV and member countries.
During a weekend called the “Academy Hollywood Days”, we film as many “How to…” videos for elements in Cyr or Gym Wheel as possible. These videos explain in detail how to teach and spot certain elements.
They will be released one after the other and are freely available on our Youtube channel and the Academy section of our website.
We hope that the videos will not only help coaches around the world to advance their skills, but also encourage the community to come forward and share their knowledge about wheel gymnastics (e.g., in the form of videos, leaflets, ebooks etc.) with our Academy team, to make it available for the wheel gymnastics family worldwide.