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Why Elevien Is a Game-Changer for National Gymnastics Federations

As we strive to keep enhancing our platform and bring it closer to everyone in the gymnastics world, our team is on a mission to meet as many gymnasts, coaches, clubs, organisers, judges and federations as possible. On that mission, Elevien CEO Tomislav Grubišić and Customer Success Manager Marija Franjul recently visited the Slovak National Gymnastics Federation (Slovenská Gymnastická Federácia) and introduced our application to their members at a meeting in Banská Bystrica. 

Revolution of gymnastics as never seen before

The team was excited to share why Elevien is a game-changer for National Gymnastics Federations and demonstrate how easily the application can be used on a national level. It was met with great interest and excitement, as it showcased a complete revolution in gymnastics: organisation and management of online, offline and hybrid gymnastics competitions on a national scale, as never seen before. This greatly expands the reach and accessibility of gymnastics competitions, allowing more people to participate and engage with the sport. 

The Slovakian members of the Federation were also excited to see how the Elevien application allows easy management of scoring, results, and rankings, and streamlines the organisation and administration of competitions. Here’re a few more takeouts from the meeting that we also wanted to share with our readers.

Elevien and Slovak National Gymnastics Federation

These 3 types of competitions are the future of sports

There are three types of competitions that are the future of gymnastics, and they can be fully covered in Elevien.

1. Offline competitions

Traditional, existing format is brought to the online world and easily accessible to a wider audience. The best example of how it is done is explained in this blog about the great success of Elevien at the international tournament in Novi Sad, Serbia in December 2022. The number of spectators who watched the competition in the Elevien app from all over the world was 10 times more than the number of live audience there had ever been in the gym

Elevien enhances traditional competitions by streamlining the process of organisation, providing judges with an easy-to-use tool, helping discover new gymnastics talents, providing financial benefits to all key user groups, and enhancing the global appeal of the sport.

If you want to organise this type of competition on Elevien, our team will be more than happy to take over the logistical part of recording it and entering all the scores. This way the Organiser doesn’t have to do anything in addition to their regular activities — our team handles everything in Elevien so you can just go about your duties as usual and reap the benefits of having your competition in a digital format. Here is an overview of the steps to achieve this:

Elevien instructions for organisers

2. Hybrid competitions

This type is a combination of in-person and remote participation. Some participants, mainly gymnasts and judges, are in the same physical location, while some judges are participating remotely, either from home or any other location. This allows a wider range of participants and flexibility in organizing competitions. 

The best use-case is Control Training sessions that every gymnast does when preparing for official competitions. The ability to record and rewatch their performances in Elevien, thereby learn from their mistakes, helps them improve faster and reach their full potential.

3. Online competitions

A completely new competition formats, where all participants and the audience are engaging remotely, from their own locations. This means that whether a gymnast is competing from their home gym or a remote location, they are able to participate in an online competition anywhere in the world. The same applies to judges, coaches and audiences.

Furthermore, online competitions can be held simultaneously between multiple clubs or federations, making it possible for gymnasts from anywhere in the world to compete against each other in real-time, and for audiences to watch the competition live from different locations.

Numerous benefits for the community and the sport development 

Elevien is designed to benefit National Gymnastics Federations and their members, as it is an ideal solution for federations looking to improve the organization and management of competitions and increase the reach of the sport. Here are some of the most important advantages of this innovation:

  • Equal opportunities for all. By enabling gymnasts to compete remotely, it is fully accessible and affordable for them to participate in competitions, regardless of age, abilities, financial situation, location or other criteria.
  • Cost and time efficiency. The app-based scoring and video-recording system saves time and cost for organisers and can also provide a more efficient way to score and record gymnastic competitions.
  • Increased coverage, audience and reach, as well as seamless accessibility and engagement for audience members, friends and family, who can now watch and track results in real-time or after the competition, from any location.
  • Additional opportunities for gymnasts to improve their skills and advance their careers, as coaches can now easily review their trainee’s performances and provide them with more effective feedback.
  • Increased fairness in scoring, as the video-recording and scoring of each gymnast’s performance through the app provides a transparent, clear and accurate record.

It’s no surprise that many are interested in exploring this innovative solution for gymnastics competitions. If you would also like to learn more about it, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Email us at [email protected] — our team will happily organise a meeting and get you on board.

Related blog post: Control Training Season Is On: Here’s How to Maximise Them With Elevien

How Elevien Can Popularise Gymnastics by Increasing Audiences 100 Times

Elevien opened up space for solving one of the fundamental problems in gymnastics (and sports in general).

Gymnastics, like many other “small” sports, faces the issue of lack of money. This is a result of the fact that too few people follow and watch the competitions, which leaves no room for sponsors and monetisation of the competitions as such. And visibility is crucial for sponsors.

Visibility = money = better conditions = development of the sport.

The average competition looks like this: around 150-300 gymnasts of various age groups travel to another city or country for a competition, most often with their coaches and some of the parents. The competition often lasts several days and in the vast majority of cases, the spectators are actually the same group of athletes and coaches who came to participate, with a few enthusiasts who come watch the competition for a day. 

At the same time, there are thousands of people who would give anything to be able to watch the competition – parents, club co-members and followers from gymnasts’ cities and countries.

Is this possible to achieve today?

At the moment, the only way to watch a competition remotely is to sometimes follow live results on a link, which is often inaccessible and in most cases non-existent. In some cases, there are real-time streams from the gym that last the whole day, where no one knows at what time anyone will perform, where to see the results, etc. The statistics of the views of such videos best prove that they are unsuccessful attempts to broadcast the competition.

What should the competition look like?

Each competition should be accessible to everyone on their mobile phone, wherever you are. When a competition is held, you want to be able to see every video of every routine of each competitor with one simple tap on the mobile phone, receive notifications about the results and have scores alongside the videos.

Think of it as Instagram, where videos, scores and positions on the result lists appear as soon as they happen. Imagine being able to watch the routines of only those gymnasts you follow, or only of the best in the category. Imagine that you could have that for every competition, from club to national to intercontinental and to the biggest ones in the world.

Let’s just remember how impossible it was to watch the World Gymnastics Championships 2022 in Liverpool recently. Even the gymnastics community didn’t have a chance, let alone everyone else, except some lucky ones that got partial TV rights.

In December 2022 at the international competition in Novi Sad, a revolution in watching the competition via mobile phone took place.

At the memorial tournament “Laza Krstic i Marica Dzelatovic”, almost 300 competitors from 17 countries were also the spectators in the gym, alongside their coaches and some parents.

At the same time, it was possible to watch the competition via the Elevien platform (mobile application), which enabled parents and relatives, as well as fellow athletes from participating countries, and everyone else in the world to watch the competition in a better way than ever before.

Gymnastic performances available to watch at any time, from anywhere in the world.

The number of spectators who watched the competition in Elevien app from all over the world, including the countries where the athletes are from, was 10 times more than the number of live audience there had ever been in the gym.

The possibility of watching any time, watching only certain gymnasts, and seeing live scores along with video recordings of their performances, generated over 2 views of the competition per viewer (which is more than the length of one football match).

In order to make this possible, the organiser connected the existing judging processes and the existing scoring system with Elevien.

They needed nothing more than a mobile application which enables anyone to organise, record competitions, publish videos, judge, and monitor live scoring.

This is how Elevien can popularise gymnastics.

Elevien has the vision to provide every competition organiser with the possibility of broadcasting the competition to every parent, club, and fan of gymnastics and increase the audience of the competition by hundreds of times.

Whether it is a training competition between 5 gymnasts or a complex competition with hundreds of competitors, multiple disciplines, categories and rotations –  Elevien can support every competition type and size.

Elevien also enables online competitions from several gyms at the same time with judges scoring the video recordings of routines remotely.

Here’s a simple example: gymnasts are in 5 different gyms, some judges are there judging live from the gym, and some at home, in different countries. That whole competition can be organised easily in the Elevien application, which has already been tested and proven multiple times by different world-class coaches and judges.

Elevien is currently free to download and use.

If you are an organiser of a competition of any size, contact us and we will show you how you can have your competition supported in this format without having to change your existing way of organising the competition.

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