Men's Artistic High Performance Coach

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Men's Artistic High Performance Coach

Men's Artistic High Performance Coach

This course will qualify you to be a High Performance Coach for men’s artistic gymnastics.

This prestigious qualification will provide you with the skills and mastery to achieve excellence on an international scale in men’s artistic gymnastics. You will gain a wider knowledge and understanding of both the theoretical and practical men’s artistic skills.

You will develop the skills to coach the latest trends and techniques, and you will work with ambitious participants who want to compete nationally and on the world stage. 

You will already have completed a Senior Club Coach qualification in men’s artistic gymnastics. 

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Who is this Aimed at:

Senior Club coaches (or equivalent) coaches who are supporting gymnasts working towards more advanced international 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

Common Core Theory:

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

Sport Specific Theory:

  • Energy
  • Angular momentum
  • Motion in a circle
  • Projectile motion
  • Delivery and routine construction

Tumbling and floor Skills:

  • Full spindle
  • Flairs to handstand
  • Flair spindle to handstand
  • Backwards somersault with 3/1 twists
  • Double layout
  • Double backwards somersault with 1/1 out, ½ in, ½ out
  • Full in backwards somersault out tucked
  • Whip into double backwards somersault tucked
  • Whip backwards somersault with ½, 1/1, 1 ½ twists
  • Stretched forwards somersault
  • Forwards somersault combinations
  • Forwards somersault stretched with 2/1 twists into flyspring or forwards somersault
  • Forwards somersault with 2 ½ twists
  • Double Arabian somersault tucked

Pommel Skills:

  • Flair to handstand
  • Flair travel down
  • Flair czechkehre
  • Various Magyar travels (in circle and flair)
  • Various sivado travels (in circle and flair)
  • Czech direct stockli A
  • Czech direct stockli B
  • Multiple Russian wendeswing
  • Full spindle in circle and flair within two circles
  • Multiple direct stockli B
  • One handle circle combinations including wendeswing in various one handed set ups

Ring Skills: 

  • Inverted cross
  • Maltese cross or swallow
  • Back circle to cross
  • Upstart/kip to cross or ½ lever cross
  • Jonnasson
  • Li ning one
  • Li ning two and into cross
  • Handstand ball into Li ning to cross
  • Guczoghy tucked
  • Inverted cross ball to stemme
  • Felge to handstand
  • Double backwards somersault piked and stretched
  • Back in full out
  • Full in back out
  • Tsukahara
  • Backwards somersault stretched into 2/1 twists
  • Forwards somersault stretched with 3/2 and 2/1 twists
  • Double forwards somersault

Vault Skills:

  • Cuervo tucked (handspring ½ turn backwards somersault tucked)
  • Handspring forwards somersault tucked and piked with ½ turn
  • Tsukahara with ½ and 1/1 twist tucked and stretched
  • Yurchenko with ½ and 1/1 twist tucked and stretched
  • Kasamatsu tucked and stretched
  • Round off ½ turn on
  • Handspring forwards somersault off tucked and piked
  • Physical preparation

Parallel Bar Skills:

  • Above the bar: front to catch in support, 1 ¾ forwards somersault tucked to upper arm support, swinging healey turn, flying backwards to handstand, tumulovich, hope forwards pirouette, Richards, handstand bail with straight legs
  • Below the bar: under somersault to support and to handstand, upstart clips to handstand, backwards giant with1/2 turn, cross bar stoop in and lift to handstand
  • Double backwards somersault piked dismount
  • Double forwards somersault tucked dismount

Horizontal Bar Skills:

  • Inverted giants
  • Steineman
  • Stoop in ½ turn out
  • Stoop endo in ½ turn out
  • Squat in shoot out with ½ turn
  • Voronin
  • Geinger somersault
  • Jaeger somersault
  • Tkatchev straddled
  • Hecht ½ turn (markelov)
  • Double backwards somersault stretched dismount
  • Stretched single backwards somersault with 2/1 and 3/1 twists dismount
  • Double backwards somersault full out tucked dismount
  • Full in back out tucked dismount
  • ½ in, ½ out tucked dismount
  • Double forwards somersault tucked and piked with ½ turn dismount

Use of the Rebound:

  • Trampette
  • Trampoline
  • DMT
  • Fast track
  • Air track

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 (2 hours per paper).
  • Logbook – including a range of tasks relating to both practical and theory aspects of the course.

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.

  • Each learner is required to choose and prepare six skills, one from each apparatus
  • At the beginning of the assessment the learner will be required to present a sesson plan and coaching notes for each of the six chosen skills
  • The assessment plan should allow 20 minutes per task
  • The assessor will select three of the chosen skills to be taught on the day on the assessment
  • The assessor may require fourth skill to be taught to help make an appropriate decision


  • Double backwards somersault stretched
  • Double backwards somersault with 1/1 twist
  • Whip into double backwards somersault tucked
  • Whip into backwards somersault with 2/1 twist
  • Stretched forwards somersault into stretched forwards somersault with 1/1 twist
  • Double arabian tucked
  • Combination tumble from backwards to forward


  • Inverted cross to backwards or forwards giant (stemme)
  • Back circle to cross
  • Guczoghy tucked
  • Jonnasson
  • Double layout dismount
  • Double backwards tucked with full turn dismount
  • Double forwards somersault dismount

Parallel Bars

  • Healey turn from handstand and from swing
  • Flying backwards somersault to handstand
  • Backwards giant with ½ turn
  • Under somersault to handstand
  • Double backwards somersault piked dismount
  • 1¾ forwards tucked somersault to upper arms


  • Direct stockli B on one handle (x2)
  • Full spindle in circle or flair
  • Shivado travel on horse with handles in circle or flairs
  • Multiple Russian wende swing
  • Flair to handstand, pirouette, dismount
  • Magyar travel on horse with handles in circle or flairs
  • Reverse stockli to handstand


  • Tsukahara stretched with 1/1 turn
  • Yurchenko stretched with 1/1 turn
  • Kasamatsu stretched
  • Cuervo tucked
  • Round off ½ turn on handspring forwards somersault off

Horizontal Bars

  • Geinger somersault
  • Jaeger somersault
  • Tkatchev
  • Markelov
  • Double layout dismount
  • Double backwards somersault tucked with 1/1 turn
  • Double forwards somersault tucked with ½ turn
  • Squat ½ turn to handstand
  • Stoop endo or stalder ½ turn to handstand

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