Acrobatic Gymnastics Level 1

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Acrobatic Gymnastics Level 1

Acrobatic Gymnastics Level 1

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

Acrobatic gymnastics is an amazing discipline to coach.  Participants perform spectacular routines made up of impressive skills, balances and dynamic moves.  Your role is to support and develop these skills for participants to enjoy. You get to work with mixed age groups, both male and female participants, and form exciting partnerships.  

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

 Individual Elements:

  • Forwards roll to straddle sit
  • Forwards roll to straddle stand
  • Backwards roll to straddle stand
  • Forwards roll to stand
  • Backwards roll to stand 
  • Headstand
  • Handstand forwards roll
  • One foot stand
  • Tuck, pike and straddle lever hold
  • Bridge
  • Japana
  • Splits
  • Cartwheel
  • Round-off 

Pair Skills:

  • Handstand supports at low level
  • Stand on knees of base - counter balance facing in the same direction 
  • Stand on knees of base - counter balance facing in the opposite direction
  • Stand on knees of base - partners facing in the same direction
  • Stand on knees of base - partners facing in the opposite direction
  • Stand on hands of base lying - bent arms 
  • Stand on shoulders of base - kneeling 
  • Stand on shoulders - base standing 
  • Supported front angel 
  • Supported back angel 
  • Supported shoulder stand
  • Lifted jump - supported straight jump
  • Lifted jump - forwards roll straight jump
  • Lifted jump - backwards roll straight jump
  • Dive to catch in cradle
  • Paired rolling
  • Leapfrog
  • Assisted cartwheel
  • Pull through to stand on knees 

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 07/09/2017

Box 1

Platform Preps
Supported Handstand

Stand on knees
Supported Front Angel

Forward roll to straddle stand

Box 2

Jump to cradle catch
Bases in lunge, stand on knees

Leap frog
Base lying, top in a support front support

Backward roll to straddle stand
Pike lever

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

2 x Supported jumps
Stand on bases shoulders (base standing)

Jump to cradle catch
Counter balance on knees


Box 4

Platform preps
Stand on bases shoulders (base standing)

Supported shoulder stand
Cartwheel over dish


Download this Skills Matrix Skills matrix for courses starting before 04/06/16 Skills matrix for courses between 04/06/2016 and 07/09/2017

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