April 2016 Parkour & Freerunning Challenge

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Join us this April for our first parkour and freerunning event of the year

This is an event for all ages, kids to adults, with multiple age devisions for each of the events for the evening. Competitors may choose to participate in both the parkour and freerunning portions of the spring challenge, or only enter in one or the other. For more info on this event you can either contacts us HERE or Call the front desk of Scottsdale Gymnastics 480-951-0496

We have lots of action lined up for the entire first week of April starting out with workshops being taught by legendary athletes such as Ryan Doyle, and Marcus Paul Wilson. We also are holding a WFPF hands on certification for levels 1-3 so you too can teach parkour or walk away with a deeper understanding of the sport.

April 9th Competition Date and Price

$30 Single event registration (Parkour or Freerunning)

$45 Combo event registration (Parkour and Freerunning)

 Registration times

Youth 7-10, 12:30pm- 1:00pm

Youth 11-13, 2:30pm - 3:00pm

Youth 14-17, 4:30pm - 5:00pm

Adult 18+, 6:30pm - 7:00pm

Competing times

Youth 7-10, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Youth 11-13, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Youth 14-17, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Adult 18+, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Parkour Competitors

The parkour portion of the competition will feature two events. The first event will be purely about speed as competitors are racing head to head through a split time obstacle course. The next parkour inspired event will be, a returning favorite, 15 minutes to win it. This is a point based event where competitors must complete a variety of parkour specific challenges along side the rest of their age devision. Each challenge in the 15 minutes to win it can earn a competitor a maximum of 5 points when completed fully. Partially completed challenges will result in receiving only partial points for a challenge. With only 15 minutes for all competitors to complete the challenges this event heats up fast. 

Freerunning Competitors

 

Before a competitor can enter in the freerunning portion of the spring challenge, they must first be sure to meet the qualifying requirements.

The Freerunning rounds will be judged based on Three criteria with the accumulation of those scores added up to produce a final score. As a competitor creates a run the three criteria judges will be looking for are execution, difficulty, and fluidity. Check out the judges page to learn more about our special guest judges Luke Albrecht, Marcus Paul Wilson, and Anthony Spoon.
     Execution is how well you completed each of your skills. Did you complete the skill all the way through or if you had to bail the skill did you find a safe way out of it that made it seem as if you had not messed up at all. It is clear when someone has actually had experience with falling out of a skill in many situations. We are looking to see that you have control of your situation even when you are out of control.
     There are many tricks and movements in parkour and freerunning and as they get more complex they become more difficult. This Criteria looks at a skill along with all of the components that it's built around. For example lets take a side flip. Was it done on flat ground, off the top of a platform, or off vertical wall? Did it start from no run up or was it from a completely odd set up like sitting in a pistol position? Was there a leg grab in the middle of the move? Was there a spin out of it? Was it a precision side flip? All of these components change the difficulty of the move.
     Flow is how you transition from one movement to the next. Best used as a word that describes a river or water,  judges are looking to see how an athlete molds their movement around their environment. Judges will also be looking for constant spacial awareness along with an athletes ability to move through space as if the direction taken was the path of least resistance.
About Coach Kris 49 Articles
Working at Arizona's first parkour specific gym teaching the next generation of traceurs to keep pushing the limits. I have a background in not only parkour and freerunning, but also engineering, video production, and automotive.

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