Rhythmic Gymnastics Level 1

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Rhythmic Gymnastics Level 1

Rhythmic Gymnastics Level 1

This course will qualify you to be an assistant coach for rhythmic gymnastics.

Rhythmic gymnastics is an amazing discipline to coach. Participants perform impressive routines made up of balance and flexibility skills, dance elements and apparatus techniques. 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

Body Technique - Biomechanics:

  • Gravitational force
  • Centre of mass
  • Centre of mass and balance
  • Centre of mass and rotation
  • Creating rotation

Physical Preparation and Conditioning:

  • Stamina and strength
  • The warm up
  • Examples of simple aerobic activities
  • Strength and endurance training

Ballet, Dance and Posture Training:

  • Why is good posture important?
  • Arm positions
  • Leg positions
  • Basic ballet exercises

Body Skills:

  • Jumps and leaps 
  • Balances 
  • Pivots 
  • Flexibilities and waves 
  • Sequence construction 
  • Tasks 
  • Apparatus techniques
  • Swing

Apparatus Work:

  • Rope 
  • Hoop 
  • Ball 
  • Clubs 
  • Ribbon 
  • Throwing and catching 


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 01/02/2017

Box 1

Ballet: Demi Plie. In 1st, 2nd and 5th position, at the Barre.
Body skill: Bodywave forwards, Standing.
Rope: Split Leap passing through the rope. Rope turning forwards.
Ball: Spiral outwards of the ball, kneeling on the floor with movement of the body.
Hoop: Throw and catch, in Wheel plane whilst standing.
Acrobatic: Forward roll to finish stand.

Box 2

Ballet: Battement tendu from 1st position at the barre
Body skill: Passe pivot (en dehor).
Rope: Half Lassoo, in table plane.
Ball: Arabesque balance with bounces of the ball.
Choreography: Link 4 hoop movements with logical connections, demonstrating good transition between the planes.
Acrobatic: Handstand starting and finishing in a standing position.

Assessment Process

Warm up - 5 mins

1st Skill delivery - 10 mins

2nd Skill delivery - 10 mins

Cool down and conclusion - 5 mins

Box 3

Ballet: Battement jete from 1st position at the barre.
Body skill: Front Horizontal (90 degree) pivot
Ribbon: Attitude balance with Snakes of the ribbon.
Acrobatic: Cartwheel, starting and finishing in a standing position.
Rope: Echappe from rotations with the rope, in one hand.
Choreography: Link four movements of the hoop with correct logical connections, demonstrating good planes and transitions

Box 4

Ballet: Rond de jambe par terre at the barre.
Body skill: Split leap
Ribbon: Grip of the ribbon stick, with toss and catch (echappe) (choice of plane).
Hoop: Rotations of the hoop around the hand with a balance with leg held at the Side 90° .
Clubs: Grip of the clubs and large circles in wheel plane. Using both clubs.
Choreography: Link a series of at least 4 rope skills with logical linking and moving between planes.

Download this Skills Matrix Skills matrix for courses starting before 04/06/16 Skills matrix for courses between 04/06/16 and 31/01/2017

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