Men's Artistic Senior Club Coach

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Men's Artistic Senior Club Coach

Men's Artistic Senior Club Coach

As a Senior Club Coach in men’s artistic gymnastics you will be able to support participants working towards more advanced competitions. You will learn about the psychological pressures and physical requirements of the participants you are coaching. You will be able to coach participants in dynamic moves, strength elements, and exciting apparatus skills.  You will develop the ability to coach participants at junior level National and International competitions. 

You will already hold a complete Level 3 Men’s Artistic Gymnastics qualification.

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Who is this Aimed at:

Level 3 (or equivalent) coaches who are supporting gymnasts working towards more advanced competitions.

What To Expect:

This course is a practical and theoretical course. It focuses on the technical aspects of the syllabus skills, how to support progress and how to physically prepare participants for the skills covered within the syllabus. It also explores the underpinning scientific theories and concepts which can be applied to the gymnast’s training and competition environment.

Delivery Method:

The course is delivered by multiple sessions in both the classroom and gym.

The number of course days will vary from course to course; see application stage and course page for further details.

Do I Need To Bring Participants:

You should be able to bring at least one gymnast who (as a minimum) is working towards the skills in the syllabus.

Do I Need To Find A Mentor:

A formal mentor is not required however we suggest you have a network of people who you can learn from as good practice in your Continued Professional Development.

What Resources Are Included:

You will receive Common Core and Sport Specific resource packs, and a Logbook.


This can be found on the specific course page when you move to enrolment.


By the end of the course learners will understand:

  • Technical skills from the syllabus
  • The discipline’s competition structure and the requirements involved at various competitive levels
  • Different Strength and Conditioning concepts relevant to the age and stage of maturation a gymnast goes through
  • Practical Strength and Conditioning strategies
  • The prevention and management of injuries
  • The coaching process, and how to be an effective coach in a Performance setting
  • Application of key sport psychology strategies to holistically support your gymnasts
  • Nutritional advice for gymnasts

Learner must be at least 18 years old on the first day of the course

  • Learner must hold one of the following awards:
  • Mens Artistic - Club Coach
  • Mens Artistic - Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Gymnastics - Club Coach
  • Mens Artistic - UKCC Level 3 Coach
  • Mens Artistic - Level 3 Coach Cycle 6

Common Core Theory:

  • Anti-doping
  • Biomechanics
  • Judging
  • Injury prevention
  • Coaching process
  • Psychology
  • Age and stage of maturation
  • Flexibility training
  • Coaching theory
  • Nutrition

Age and Stage of Maturation:

  • Maturation rates
  • Maturation concepts
  • Child profiles
  • Key maturation features and implications for coaches

Competition Structure:

  • Learning to compete
  • Competition and age and stage of maturation
  • An holistic approach to development


  • Describing movement
  • Mass, intertia and weight
  • Force, impulse and newton’s law
  • More on forces
  • Circular motion
  • Moment of inertia and angular momentum
  • Torque, angular impulse and newton’s law’s
  • Twisting

Floor Exercises:

  • Circle and wende
  • Flair and czechkehre
  • Whip backwards somersault
  • Whip back into backwards somersault
  • Double backwards somersault
  • Backwards somersault ½, 1/1, 3/2, 2/1 turn
  • Backwards somersault 1½ twist combinations
  • Forwards somersault step out
  • Consecutive forwards somersault
  • Forwards somersault ½ and 1/1 turn
  • Forwards somersault straight 3/2 twist
  • Forwards somersault straight 2/1 twist
  • 1 ¼ forwards somersault
  • Handspring, stretched forwards 1/1 twist, flyspring
  • Round off/round off flic sideways somersault

Pommel Horse Skills:

  • Shear forwards with hop travel
  • Forwards travel in cross support
  • Backwards travel in cross support
  • Circle on one handle
  • Circle between handles
  • Wendeswing
  • Stockli backwards
  • Direct stockli ‘A’
  • Direct stockli ‘B’
  • Circle and stockli on one handle
  • Half spindle
  • Half spindle in flair
  • Wende schwabenflanke
  • Czechkreiswende
  • Stockli backwards schwabenflanke
  • Circle and straddle to handstand
  • Flair to handstand

Ring Skills:

  • Physical preparation and strength training sequences
  • Straight arm body press to handstand
  • Handstand on swinging rings
  • Stemme forwards to support
  • Stemme backwards to straddle lever
  • Forwards bail inlocations
  • Stemme to handstand
  • Forwards giant
  • Backwards bail dislocations
  • Backwards giant
  • Honma
  • Yamawaki
  • Deltchev
  • Dynamic felge to support
  • Double backwards somersault tucked
  • Stretched backwards somersault ½, 1/1, 2/1
  • Stretched forwards somersault ½, 1/1
  • Stretched forwards somersault wit 3/2 turns

Vault Skills:

  • Physical preparation exercises
  • Handspring 3/2 somersault
  • Tsukahara stretched
  • Yurchenko stretched

Parallel Bar Skills:

  • Physical preparation exercises
  • Backwards stemme to handstand
  • Backup cut to catch
  • Backwards stutz
  • Forwards stutz
  • Diamidov
  • Healey turn
  • Cast to support
  • Moy to catch
  • Backwards giant
  • Upstart backwards clips between bars
  • Cross bar straddle lift to handstand
  • Backwards somersault ½, 1/1, turn
  • Forwards somersault ½, 1/1 turn
  • Double backwards somersault tucked

Horizontal Bar Skills:

  • Flexibility and body shaping exercises
  • Hop changes, front and rear
  • Hop ½ turns
  • Blind change
  • Top change
  • Geinger turn
  • Healey turn
  • Endo circle ½ turn
  • Stalder circle ½ turn
  • Stoop in dislocation
  • Inverted giant swings
  • Backwards somersault ½, 1/1, turn
  • Forwards somersault ½, 1/1 turn
  • Double backwards somersault dismount

Use of Rebound: 

  • Prerequisite core skills
  • Physical preparation on trampoline
  • Use of the trampoline to develop gymnastic skills

Assessment Method:

  • Practical – including planning and delivering a practical session including the skills from the skills matrix.
  • Theory – including sport specific and common core written papers (1 ½ hours per paper).
  • Logbook – including a range of tasks relating to both practical and theory aspects of the course.

Acro only: learners are required to bring the current Code of Points with them to the assessment for the Sports Specific theory paper.

How Long Until I Am Fully Qualified:

  • On sign-off of the course assessments you will receive a British Gymnastics Senior Club Coach certificate and be eligible to coach the skills covered within the syllabus.

When Is My Assessment:

  • You have up to 2 years from day 1 of the course to arrange and complete your assessment.

Learners to select one skill from each apparatus (six in total) from the boxes below and create a plan which develops all selected skills (15 minutes per skill). The plan must give details of the prerequisites of the skill, carefully selected progressions, and the specific physical training and preparation which would be needed by the gymnasts to perform the skill. The appropriate use of support and apparatus/training aids during the learning phases should also be indicated.

On the assessment day the learner must bring a minimum of 1 x gymnast who can demonstrate all pre-selected skills, and the respective planning for the skills. The learner and assessor will have a Professional Discussion prior to the assessment to establish which three skills from the plans will be delivered in the assessment. The learner must ensure the gymnast(s) are physically prepared to demonstrate the skills selected and planned for, and a copy of the session plans must be handed to the assessor at the start of the assessment. The learner should be prepared to deliver a fourth skill if requested by the assessor.

In the assessment the learner must:

  • Carry out a specific warm up with all gymnasts (10 minutes maximum)
  • Coach the three skills agreed through the Professional Discussion, in accordance to the pre-prepared session plans (45 minutes maximum)
  • Carry out an appropriate cool down for all the gymnasts (5 minutes maximum)
  • Dismiss the gymnasts in an appropriate manner

The assessment debrief and outcome will be conducted after the practical assessment.


Circle or Wende
Flair or Czechkehre
Whip Back into Salto
Back Salto Punch Front
Double Back Salto
Back Salto 3/2 Turn
Back Salto 2/1 Turn
Front Salto Straight 3/2 Twist
Front Salto Straight 2/1 Twist
1¼ Front Salto


Handstand on Swinging Rings
Stemme Forwards to Support
Stemme Backwards to Straddle Lever
Stemme to Handstand
Dynamic Felge to Support
Double Back Tucked
Stretched Back Salto 1/1 or  2/1
Double Back Tuck 1/1 Twist Dismount

Parallel Bars

Back Stemme to Handstand
Backup Cut to Catch
Forward Stutz
Healy turn
Cast to Support
Moy to Catch
Back Giant ½
Undersomersault to Handstand (A & B)


Shear Forward with Hop Travel
Forward Travel in Cross Support
Backward Travel in Cross Support
Circle on One Handle
Circle Between Handles
Stockli Backwards
Direct Stockli 'B'
Circle and Stockli on One Handle
Full Spindle
Circle or Straddle to Handstand
Flair to Handstand


Handspring Front Salto Tucked
Tsukahara Stretched
Yurchenko Stretched

Horizontal Bar

Healy Turn
Healy Turn to L-grip
Endo Circle ½ Turn
Stalder Circle ½ Turn
Stoop in Dislocation
Back Salto ½ Turn
Front Salto 1/1 Turn
Double Back Dismount
Squat to Handstand
Straddle Tkatchev

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Download the relevant sample paper for this qualification below.

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