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Women's Artistic High Performance Coach

Women's Artistic High Performance Coach

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

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

Vault Skills:

  • Handspring forwards somersault
  • Tsukahara with full turn
  • Kasamatsu
  • Yurchenko with 1/1 turn
  • Round off ½ turn on forwards somersault off

Bar Skills:

  • Inverted giant
  • Stalder 1/1 turn
  • Toe on and off ½ and 1/1 turn
  • Stoop in and out to handstand
  • Gienger somersault
  • Jaeger somersault
  • Tkatchev
  • Pak somersault
  • Shaposhkinova
  • Backwards somersault with 2/1 twist
  • Double back layout
  • Double backwards somersault tucked with 1/1 turn
  • Double forwards somersault
  • Double forwards somersault with ½ turn

Beam Skills:

  • Forwards somersault into immediate acro/dance element
  • Flic with 1/1 twist and korbut  with 1/1 twist
  • Hand support flight elements with ½ turn flic ½ twist walkover out
  • Flic with ½ turn
  • Forwards somersault with ½ turn
  • Round off 2 ½ twisting backwards somersault
  • Backwards somersault with 1½ and 2/1 twists
  • Double backwards somersault - tucked and piked

Floor Skills:

  • Backwards somersault with triple twist
  • Double layout backwards somersault
  • Back in full out
  • Tsakahara (½ in, ½ out)
  • Whip into backwards somersault 3/2 turns
  • Double arabian somersault tucked or piked

Dance Elements (Beam and Floor):

  • Yang bo
  • Wolf jump or hop 1 ½ turn
  • Change leg ¼ and ½ turn

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 four skills, one from each heading
  • At the beginning of the assessment, the learner will be required to present a sesson plan and coaching notes for each of the four 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 of the assessment
  • The assessor may require a fourth skill to be taught to help make an appropriate decision


  • Handspring forwards somersault piked with ½ turn
  • Tsukahara 1/1 turn tucked or stretched
  • Yurchenko with 1/1 twists tucked or stretched
  • Round off ½ turn on, handspring, forwards somersault tucked


  • Pak somersault
  • Invert giant
  • Tkatchev straddled
  • Straddle Stalder 1/1 turn
  • Toe on and off with 1/1 turn
  • Geinger somersault Markelov
  • Jaeger somersault
  • Shaposhnikova
  • Double backwards somersault stretched dismount
  • Double forwards somersault with ½ turn

Beam (acrobatic)

  • Round off flic backwards somersault mount (into 2 flight elements e.g. flic – somersault)
  • Direct combination of somersaults (layout somersault – layout somersault, forwards somersault – backwards somersault)
  • Flic 1/1 twist
  • Forwards somersault 3/2 or 2/1 twist
  • Round off double backwards somersault dismount
  • Round off 2/1 twist dismount


  • Backwards somersault with triple twist
  • Double layout backwards somersault
  • Back in full out
  • ½ in, ½ out
  • Whip into backwards somersault 3/2 turns
  • Double arabian somersault tucked or piked
  • Stretched front salto with 2/1 twist

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