General Gymnastics Level 1

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General Gymnastics Level 1

General Gymnastics Level 1

This course will qualify you to be an assistant coach in general gymnastics. 

General gymnastics is an exciting discipline to coach. Participants perform dynamic balances, flexibility stretches, and skills. You will also develop the skills to support participants on impressive apparatus such as beams, bars and vault. You get to work with mixed age groups and both male and female participants.

Many of our level 1 coaches are parents, teachers, gymnasts, or coaches of other disciplines. 

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Who is this Aimed at:

People who are engaged with gymnastics and wish to develop their knowledge further and get involved in coaching.

Pre Requisites:

Learners must be at least 16 years old on the first day of the course.

What To Expect:

An informative course that develops all aspects of coaching, including ‘how to coach’ as well as discipline specific practical experience and knowledge.

Delivery Method:

Practical tutor led days, online activities and mentored hours:

Day 1 – Practical

Day 2 – Practical

Day 3 – Assessment

Do I Need To Bring Participants:

Days 1 and 2 - Minimum of one required. (For Acrobatics gymnastics you are required to bring a minimum of one pair). Participants should be working towards the skills included on the course syllabus.

Day 3 Assessment - Minimum of three required. Please ensure one gymnast is able to perform the complete skills in your skills matrix box (with or without support).

Do I Need To Find A Mentor:

Your mentor will be someone to help you throughout the course and to support your development of gymnastics knowledge and the delivery methods such as the ‘How to Coach’ skills.

Before you enrol onto the course you will need to find a mentor. Your mentor is required to hold a minimum of a level 2 coaching qualification, or equivalent, within the same discipline.

What Resources Are Included:

1st4Sport logbook, discipline specific resource pack, and online resources. 


£319 for British Gymnastics members who hold a minimum of Silver membership at the time of enrolment onto the course (£419 for all other candidates).

Course costs include the delivery and initial assessment; any further assessments will incur additional charges.


By the end of this course you will:

  • Begin to apply the 'How to Coach' skills
  • Understand how to use and build up progressions for discipline specific skills
  • Know your ethical coaching responsibilities
  • Know your safety responsibilities
  • Know how to move and set up equipment safely for your session
  • Recognise muscles and how they work
  • Describe the principles of group organisation and communication
  • Appreciate the principles of safe support
  • Know the structure and purpose of preparation for activity
  • Understand basic biomechanical principles
  • Appreciate the need for different learning styles

Common Core Theory:

  • Ethical coaching responsibilities
  • Safety in coaching
  • Group organisation
  • Physical, cognitive and emotional development
  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Basic nutrition and healthy living
  • Biomechanical principles
  • Erection and dismantling of apparatus
  • Principles of spotting

Fitness and Well-being- Physical Preparation:

  • The warm up
  • Pulse raising (aerobic) activities
  • Flexibility training
  • Basic conditioning
  • The cool down session

Co-ordination and Agility:

  • Throwing and catching
  • Rolling the apparatus
  • Bouncing the ball
  • Skipping

Biomechanics- Level 1:

  • Introduction, mass, centre of mass and balance
  • Force and weight
  • Projectile motion
  • Rotating and pivoting

Body Management:

  • Jumping
  • Leaping or springing
  • Execution of safe landings
  • Landing safely from falls

Music and Rhythm

Non-Locomotive Skills:

  • Body shapes
  • Straddled fold: japana
  • Front splits
  • Half lever position
  • Single leg balances

Floor Skills:

  • Jumps and leaps
  • Rolls
  • Handstand
  • Handstand forwards roll
  • Cartwheel
  • Cartwheel with 1/4 turn inwards

Vault Skills:

  • Vault preparation
  • Introduction of vaulting
  • Squat on, jump off
  • Squat vault
  • Straddle vault

High Single Bar Skills:

  • Safety when working on a single bar
  • Body shaping for correct swing technique
  • Body shaping drills
  • Developing grip strength and grip change awareness

Low Bar Skills:

  • Teaching the upward circle
  • Backwards hip circle
  • Cast from support on single bar
  • Half forwards circle dismount

Bench, Beam and Platform Skills:

  • Bench and beam apparatus arrangements
  • Bench, beam and platform awareness activities
  • Static balances
  • Mounting the beam
  • Jump to support and swing
  • Dismounting from bench, beam or platform

Working Together:

  • Introduction to partner activities
  • Mirroring and matching activities
  • Partner obstacle exercises
  • Partner supported moving activities
  • Weight bearing balances
  • Counter balances
  • Other simple counter balances

Assessment Method:

Practical – including planning and delivering an allocated skills matrix box

Logbook – including both written and delivered tasks

How Long Until I Am Fully Qualified:

Typically it takes four months to become qualified. However, you have up to one year from Day 1 of the course to complete the qualification if your first attempt at assessment is not successful.

When Is My Assessment:

Your assessment date has been pre-set as per the course dates. See the ‘find a course’ page for available courses and dates.

You will be assessed on your ability to:

  • Plan a session for all skills within your allocated skills box, issued four weeks prior to the assessment
  • Deliver the warm up, two of the skills and the cool down from your planned session

You need to bring at least three participants to the practical assessment

This skills matrix is valid for courses starting from 04/06/2016

Box 1

Conditioning: Shoulder stand

Floor: Handstand

Vault: Straddle on, close feet, jump off

Beam: Jump to front support, circle one leg ¼ turn to straddle sit

Bars: Circle upwards

Partner work: Counter balance activity

Box 2

Flexibility: Straddle fold

Floor: Handstand forwards roll

Vault: Run, hurdle step, take off to land

Beam: Variations of jump dismounts

Bars: Backwards hip circle

Partner work: Weight balance activity

Assessment process

Briefing and set up - 10 mins

Warm up - 5 mins

1st Skill delivery - 10 mins

2nd Skill delivery - 10 mins

Cool down - 5 mins

Self-reflection - 5 mins

De-brief - 15 mins

Box 3

Flexibility: Bridge

Floor: Backwards roll

Vault: Straddle vault

Beam: Swing to squat on beam

Bars: Backwards hip circle

Partner work: Counter balance activity

Box 4

Conditioning: Arm pushing strength

Floor: Cartwheel

Vault: Squat on long box, straddle off

Beam: Jump to front support, circle on leg ¼ turn to straddle sit

Bars: Cast from support to land

Partner work: Weight balance activity

Download this Skills Matrix Skills matrix for courses starting before 04/06/16

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