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 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 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 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 virtual courses & assessments starting from April 2021.

Box 1

Warm-up (5 minutes)

Ballet: Demi plie, in 1st, 2nd and 5th position at the barre (10 minutes)

Body skill: Bodywave forwards, standing (10 minutes)

Rope: Split leap passing through the rope, rope turning forwards (10 minutes)

Ball: Spiral outwards of the ball, kneeling on the floor with movement of the body (10 minutes)

Hoop: Throw and catch, in wheel plane whilst standing (10 minutes)

Acrobatic: Forward roll to finish stand (10 minutes)

Cool-down (5 minutes)

Box 2

Warm-up (5 minutes)

Ballet: Battement tendu from 1st position at the barre (10 minutes)

Body skill: Passe pivot (en dehor) (10 minutes)

Rope: Half Lasso, in table plane (10 minutes)

Ball: Arabesque balance with bounces of the ball (10 minutes)

Choreography: Link 4 hoop movements with logical connections, demonstrating good transition between the planes (10 minutes)

Acrobatic: Handstand starting and finishing in a standing position (10 minutes)

Cool-down (5 minutes)

Box 3

Warm-up (5 minutes)

Ballet: Battement jete from 1st position at the barre (10 minutes)

Body skill: Front horizontal (90 degree) pivot (10 minutes)

Ribbon: Attitude balance with snakes of the ribbon (10 minutes)

Acrobatic: Cartwheel, starting and finishing in a standing position (10 minutes)

Rope: Echappe from rotations with the rope, in one hand (10 minutes)

Choreography: Link four movements of the hoop with correct logical connections, demonstrating good planes and transitions (10 minutes)

Cool-down (5 minutes)

Box 4

Warm-up (5 minutes)

Ballet: Rond de jambe par terre at the barre (10 minutes)

Body skill: Split leap (10 minutes)

Ribbon: Grip of the ribbon stick, with toss and catch (echappe) (choice of plane) (10 minutes)

Hoop: Rotations of the hoop around the hand with a balance with leg held at the side 90 degrees (10 minutes)

Clubs: Grip of the clubs and large circles in wheel plane, using both clubs (10 minutes)

Choreography: Link a series of at least 4 rope skills with logical linking and moving between planes (10 minutes)

Cool-down (5 minutes)

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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