Rules of FitKid
FitKid competitions are essentially about introducing a choreography for a piece of music with a length appropriate to the age group and category of the presenter containing certain, compulsorily optional moves. The choreography should be based on telling a story (presenting different characters) or on the introduction of a dance style.
The moves of the routine will be chosen from 4 elements groups: flexibility, power and acrobatic elements as well as jumps. In category “A”, there is a chance to present an acrobatic row, but it is not compulsory. In the “Dance” category team competition, two (value of A or B) elements are allowed to present, but it is not obligatory either.
The elements have a move value depending on their difficulty, and these values are added to the final score – in the case of appropriate delivery. This will give the CONTENT score of the routine. If the competitor does not present the given element according to the conditions of acceptance, the value of the element is zero. In the case of a team routine, if only one competitor makes a false element, its value will still not be added to the score of the routine, thus the value of the element will be lost.
The judges will give a score to the entire movement material of the routine – including the gymnastics row, dance moves and chosen elements – also from the delivery side. It is called the TECHNICS score. In the case of a team routine, the technics score will be adjusted to the competitor with the lowest performance.
The competitors get the third score based on the ARTISTIC IMPRESSION. This consists of further partial scores, and it encompasses many more aspects from the utilization of the competition space through the use of music until the delivery itself.
All three aspects can be decomposed into a separate requirement system and further sub-aspects, which help judges reach the most objective evaluation possible. Judges give their scores independently of each other. In all the three cases, the highest and the lowest score will not be considered from the given scores, thus the middle score represents the valid partial score. The final score is the sum of the content, technics and art partial scores.
History of FitKid
The Hungarian Fitness Association (Magyar Fitness Szövetség) had the idea first in the world to organise fitness championships for kids called FitKid. The initiative had two purposes. On the one hand, it aims to educate youth about a healthy way of life and eating as well as regular sporting activity, on the other hand, its goal is to secure the upcoming generation for the adult Fitness Woman competitions.
The first rule book was written by Katalin Gölt and Ildikó Csábi, and it gave the image of FitKid. The sport’s movement material is based on the movement material of field gymnastics (acrobatics), aerobics (aerobic jumps and power elements), rhythmic gymnastics (gymnastic jumps and flexibility elements) and dancing, but it differs from all of them.
This gives its unique character and representational form.
FitKid has had a detailed rule book, an evolved competition system and movement material since 1998, and it reached its extended, streamlined from as a result of continuous professional consultations based on experiences.
In the 2005 competition year, the Hungarian Fitness Association expanded the possibilities of FitKid competitions with a new line, and it announced the FitKid Dance competition series. The purpose of the new competition form is to give a chance also to beginners for challenging themselves and for experiencing the mood of the competitions with the help of a lighter rule book.
The current competition system was set up in 2009, and it consists of three categories: FitKid class “A” (individual, team), FitKid class “B” (individual, team) and Fit Kid dance (individual) and Dance Show (team)
FitKid competitions turned out to be real sports competitions over time mirroring plenty of professional and training work. The number of participants and spectators increasing year to year and the enhanced interest from abroad proves its ever-growing popularity.
As a result, the first international FitKid competition was organised in Barcelona in November 1999.
The I. Fit Kid World Championship was held in Malaysia in 2007, while the Euro Cup is organised every year by a different country (2007 – Serbia, 2008 – Iceland, 2009 – Hungary, 2010 – Malaga, Spain, 2011 – Italy, 2012 – Hungary, 2013 – Serbia, 2014 – Iceland, 2015 – Spain, 2016 – Hungary, 2017 – Ireland.)
Moreover, the International Fit Kid Summer Camp has been organised since 2007, while the first workshops were held in 2011 (Reyjkjavík, Nagyvárad).
The FIT-KID programs are organised from January until December, and they encompass professional days, judge trainings, summer camps as well as the competition system, which means 9-11 events in every country.
Fit Kid Ireland
Ireland joined the Fit Kid system in 2013 and established its first club called Impulse Gymnastics in Navan.
It is indispensable to do sports and sporting activities regularly for the constant physical and psychological development of children. Its advantages are clearly shown in securing the healthy development of the young body, in the optimal operation of every organ and organ system – breathing, blood circulation, metabolism, propulsion system -, but it also reflects in the easing of environmental and other stress factors, in more favourable social inclusion and in the formation of a healthy self-confidence.
We ensure the chance for organised daily sporting activity for children with a six-days-a-week opening schedule.
The complexity of the Fit Kid system’s professional program enables and at the same time develops the children’s sense of balance, flexibility, ductility, correct posture and speed.
Kids who want to challenge themselves have the possibility to participate in competitions.
We are proud that our competitors represented Ireland at three European Championships in spite of our relatively short history.
We participated with 3-3 competitors in the European Championship in Iceland in 2014, in Spain in 2015 and we finished the competitions with really great results. We reached the third and the fifth place once, and also the fourth place several times.
In 2016, already 12 kids could represent Ireland at the European Championship in Hungary. At this competition, our class “A” competitors did not only challenge themselves in the individual, but also in the team and duo formations, while an Irish team competed also in the Dance Show category.
We could return home again very proudly: with two bronze medals, several fifth and a fourth place.
In March 2017, we opened the second Fit Kid club called the Experience Gymnastics Club in Drogheda and we opened two more clubs in September. One more in Navan named Motion Gymnastics and in Kilcoole which is tilted Heroes Gymnastics.
Beyond opening new clubs, 2017 will be a huge milestone in the life of Fit Kid Ireland since Ireland will host the 15th Fit Kid European Championship organised in Blanchardstown in its National Indoor Arena on 21-22 October.
We can cheer for already 24 Irish competitors this year.