NSTB – Nederlandse Studenten Turn Bond (Dutch Student Gymnastics Union)
STV – Studententurnvereniging (Student Gymnastics Association)
SSN – Studenten Sport Nederland (Student Sport Netherlands)
NSK – Nederlandse Studenten Kampioenschap (Dutch Student Championship)
NSTC – Nederlandse Studenten Turn Competitie (Dutch Student Gymnastics Competition)
How does a contest work?
Every year there are 2 NSTCs, 1 NSK all-around and 1 NSK jumping contests for student gymnasts in the Netherlands. These contests are organised by Student Gymnastics Association, in the city of the association that organises it. On the website of the NSTB (Dutch only) you can find the schedule for these contests (as well as other activities).
NSTC and NSK
A day of either of these contests look almost identical. The difference is that the NSTCs are organised under the flag of the NSTB, and the NSK is the 'official' student gymnastics contest organised under the Student Sport Netherlands (SSN).
At a normal competiton (and definitely at an NSK all-around) all the Olympic all-around apparatuses are used. For the men these are: parallel bars, high bar, rings, square floor, vault and pommel horse. For the women these are: balance beam, uneven bars, square floor, and vault. Sometimes the organisers of a NSTC decide to have an apparatus contest instead of an all-around contest. In this case you can win a medal per apparatus.
General time schedule competiton day
09.30 – 18.00 Competition in 2 or 3 rounds
18.00 – 20.00 Dinner
20.00 – 03.00 Party
03.00 – 10.00 Overnight stay and breakfast
The regulations used by the NSTB are slightly different from the ones used by the Dutch Gymnastics Association (KNGU). Download the latest regulations here (Dutch only):
Help with making a routine
How much does a competiton cost?
At a competition you do more than gymnastics only! You can sign up per activity, and you pay per activity. If you don't want to partake in the competition, but want to go to the party, you can sign up for the party only for instance. The prices differ per activity and are set by the organizers, but the total is a maximum of 25 euros. In practice, partaking in every activity costs about 25 euros. To let everyone experience the fun of a competition, the D.S.T. Pegasus sponsors the very first competition you enter! The association sponsors the competition only, not the rest of the activities of the day.
At which level shoud I enter?
You should decide this for yourself. In the regualtions for the women there is an explanation to help you with this. You can also ask trainers or experienced members for advice.
Do we bring a mascot to the competition?
Our mascot used to be Peggy the Pegasus, but recently Penus the Pegasus has joined to accompany her! Peggy is 10 years old, and she still enjoys coming with us to the competitions and other activities! Sometimes she gets taken (gebrast in Dutch) by other associations, but secretely she doesn't really mind. It means she can have some more adventures in other cities!
What is 'brassen'?
'Brassen' is a Dutch word in the dialect of student. It is the stealing of the mascot or flag of another association during the competitions and other activities. That's why we need to keep a close eye on Peggy, Penus and our flag! If someone from another associaton steals one of them, GO AFTER THEM! When the mascot or flag is taken outside the building, he/she/it goes to the city of the association that has taken it. He/she/it can be won back with a compensatory action, given by the other association. Of course, this means we can steal other associations mascots and flags as well. So next to doing gymnastics, chatting and supporting, it's a lot of fun to secretly make plans to steal stuff from others. Success!
What is an all-around competitioin (meerkamp in Dutch)?
An all-around competiton is a competition where the scores of all the apparatuses are added to find the final score.
Do I have to do all the apparatuses during a competition?
You don't have to do anything! We enjoy you coming with us, but you can decide what you do. You don't have to do every apparatus, not even on an all-around competition (you drastically lower your chances of winning though, since you get 0 points for an apparatus you don't do). But when you are at a competition, it is fun to try all the apparatuses of course.
What is the square floor?
The square floor is the wooden tumbling we have at the trainings but many next to each other, so it becomes a big square floor. The floor routine at competitions is always on a square floor and during your routine, you have to have reached all corners. The external trainings always have a square floor to practice on and to experience the size of it.
Where can I find the results of the competitons?
These are usually published on the site of the NSTB (here
) but sometimes they are also published on the facebook group with all the Dutch Student Associations (here