Men's Artistic Level 1

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Men's Artistic Level 1

Men's Artistic Level 1

This course will qualify you to be an assistant coach for men’s artistic gymnastics. 

Men’s artistic gymnastics is an impressive discipline to coach. Participants perform amazing routines made up of dynamic strength, flexibility, and balance skills. Your role is to support and develop these skills for participants to enjoy.

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 supporting and spotting 

Fitness and Well-Being- Physical Preparation: 

  • Warm up
  • Flexibility training
  • Basic conditioning
  • Additional conditioning exercises

Floor Skills:

  • Developing key skills
  • Bridge
  • Straddle stand
  • V sit
  • Straddle v sit
  • ½ lever
  • Tucked Russian lever
  • Tucked top planche
  • Side splits
  • Single leg balances - Y balance and arabesque
  • Headstand tucked and stretched
  • Rolls
  • Forwards roll
  • Backwards roll
  • Roll to straddle stand
  • Piked rolls
  • Handstand
  • Handstand forwards roll
  • Cartwheel
  • Cartwheel ¼ turn in
  • Round off (in prep for the R/O flic)
  • Hurdle step
  • Handstand bridge to stand
  • Forwards and backwards walkovers
  • Jumps
  • Straight jump
  • Tuck jump
  • Star and straddle shaped jumps
  • Straight jump with ½ and 1/1 turn
  • Using the trampette and spring board for teaching jumps
  • Learning how to fall

Vault Skills:

  • Run up
  • Take off hurdle step and jump from the board
  • Landing drills
  • Squat vault
  • Handspring to flatback

High Bar and Asymmetrical Bars Skills:

  • Introducing bars to beginners
  • Grasping the bar
  • Straight hang
  • Back hang
  • Learning to swing
  • Swing on high bar
  • Work in gloves and loops
  • Swing and ½ turn
  • Dismounting from the high bar
  • Upward circle
  • Cast to land on the floor
  • Cast to backward hip circle
  • Cast towards handstand
  • Undershoot from standing (for MAG only)

Introduction to Dance:

  • Pliés
  • Tendues
  • Arm positions for girls
  • Arm positions for boys

Pommel Horse Skills:

  • Pendulum swings and single leg swings
  • Pendulum swings
  • Variations on the pendulum
  • Developing the double leg circles

Ring Skills:

  • Static elements
  • Muscle up
  • Basic swing in hang
  • Layout to swing from inverted hang
  • Tucked backwards somersault dismount

Parallel Bar Skills:

  • Swinging in full support
  • Face vault dismount
  • Flank vault dismount
  • Undershoot from the end of the bars
  • Swinging in hang
  • Upper arm swing
  • Pike swing under the bars (float swing)

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 01/12/2017

Box 1

Floor: Development of handstand

Pommels: Single leg swings in front, back and straddle support

Rings: Basic swing

Vault: Squat through

P.Bars: Swing in support

Bar: Basic swing

Box 2

Floor: Handstand forward roll

Pommels: Development of double leg circle

Rings: Tuck back somersault dismount

Vault: Handspring to back

P.Bars: Swing in hang

Bar: Low bar, undershoot from stand

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

Floor: Cartwheel

Pommels: Half shear

Rings: Basic swing

Vault: Squat on, stretch jump off

P. Bars: Front vault dismount

Bar: Swing half turn

Box 4

Floor: Round off

Pommels: Development of double circles

Rings: Basic swing

Vault: Handspring to back

P. Bars: Swing in support

Bar: Basic swing

Download this Skills Matrix Skills matrix for courses starting before 04/06/16 Skills matrix for courses starting between 04/06/16 - 30/11/2017

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