General Gymnastics Level 1

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General Gymnastics Level 1

General Gymnastics Level 1

This course is currently being delivered virtually.

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 knowledge and practical experience through post-course activities.

Delivery Method:

Tutor-led sessions (virtual or face to face), online activities and post-course mentored supporting activities:

Virtual course delivery structure:
Session 1 – 4 hours
Session 2 – 3-4 hours
Session 3 – 3-4 hours
Session 4 – 3-4 hours
Session 5 – Virtual assessment and professional discussion (Logbook and practical video to be submitted 2 weeks before the professional discussion) 

Please note to join the course you must do so on a laptop or computer. Unfortunately, mobile devices do not support the platform functionality and you will not be able to fully engage with the course. If a mobile device is your only option, please contact your course organiser as this will affect your ability to take part in the online course.

Face to face delivery structure:
Session 1 – 8 hours
Session 2 – 8 hours
Session 3 – Practical assessment and professional discussion

Do I Need To Bring Participants:

Sessions 1 – 4: You will not require participants for these sessions as they are virtually led by the tutor. You will need to use gymnasts for the post-course activities and when working with your mentor to gain knowledge and experience in your practical sessions.

Session 5 Virtual Assessment – Minimum of three required for the recording of the assessment video. Please ensure one gymnast is able to perform the complete skills in your interim skills matrix box (with or without support).

Do I Need To Find A Mentor:

Your mentor will be someone to help you throughout the post-course activities 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. 


BG member price: £285 (£385 for non-BG members).

Virtual course costs include the delivery of virtual sessions and initial virtual assessment; any further virtual 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 Process:

This qualification is assessed in three parts:

  1. Logbook – completed electronically and includes both theoretical and practical delivery tasks. Use of the Skills Matrix boxes is required for Tasks 6,7 (a, b &c) and Task 8.  You will require a mentor coach to support you in completion of some tasks. The logbook must be submitted to your assessor 2 weeks before your professional discussion date.
  2. Practical Video submission - including planning (Task 8) and delivering the highlighted skills in your allocated Skills Matrix box. This will be completed in your own gymnastics’ environment under the supervision of your mentor. The video must be uploaded 2 weeks before your professional discussion date.
  3. Professional Discussion - you will complete a virtual professional discussion with your assessor following submission of your logbook and video to enable self-reflection, feedback, and any subsequent action plans. Your overall assessment result will be provided here.

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 virtual 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 virtual course dates. See the ‘find a course’ page for available virtual courses and dates.  This date refers to your professional discussion date, your logbook and practical video must be submitted 2 weeks before this date.

You will be assessed on your ability to:

  • Plan a session for all skills within your allocated skills box, issued six weeks prior to the assessment
  • Deliver the activities and skills presented in bold type 

You need to use at least three participants within your practical video submission.

This Skills Matrix is valid for any assessments linked to courses starting after 1st January 2024. If your course started before 1st January 2024 please use the Skills Matrix available in your academy.

Box 1

Warm-up (5 minutes) 

Floor: Handstand (10 minutes) 

Vault: Straddle on, close feet, jump off (10 minutes) 

Beam: Jump to front support, circle one leg ¼ turn to straddle sit (10 minutes) 

Bars: Upward circle (10 minutes) 

Partner work: Counterbalance activity (10 minutes) 

Cool-down (5 minutes) 

Box 2

Warm-up (5 minutes) 

Flexibility: Straddle fold (10 minutes) 

Floor: Handstand forward roll (10 minutes) 

Vault: Squat on, stretch jump off (10 minutes) 

Beam: Variation of jump dismounts (10 minutes) 

Bars: Backwards hip circle (10 minutes) 

Cool-down (5 minutes) 

Box 3

Warm-up (5 minutes) 

Conditioning: Arm pushing strength (10 minutes) 

Floor: Backward roll (10 minutes) 

Vault: Straddle (over) vault (10 minutes) 

Beam: From straddle sit, swing to squat on beam and stand (10 minutes) 

Bars: Swings (10 minutes) 

Cool-down (5 minutes) 

Box 4

Warm-up (5 minutes

Floor: Cartwheel (10 minutes) 

Vault: Squat (through) vault (10 minutes) 

Beam: Jump to front support, circle on leg ¼ turn to straddle sit (10 minutes) 

Bars: Cast from support to land (10 minutes) 

Partner work: Weight balance activity (10 minutes) 

Cool-down (5 minutes) 

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