U100 - Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction
Course Description
This U100 Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction course was designed to provide gymnastics professionals with a knowledge base of key principles and proven coaching techniques used in gymnastics today. The topics of coaching principles, basic safety and risk management, communication, supervision and instruction, teaching gymnastics skills, athlete development and preparation, and more are covered in this comprehensive introductory course. Each unit contains a "Coaches Clinic" segment with common terminology as well as video demonstrations of beginning recreational skills and progressions.

This course will be beneficial to all gymnastics professionals - both experienced and inexperienced. Instructors new to the sport of gymnastics will find this course provides a valuable foundation on which to build their education and skills. Experienced professionals can use this course as a self-assessment to fine-tune their own skills and coaching philosophy as well as align with industry best practices. All gymnastics professionals will gain greater insight, knowledge, training tips, and ideas throughout the course.

The focus of the Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction Course is predominantly on the recreational gymnastics levels, however the information is applicable to all levels, from preschool, to school-age, to competitive athletes. The skills presented are basic skills advancing no higher than levels 2 or 3. All gymnastics disciplines are covered including women's artistic, men's artistic, trampoline, rhythmic, and acrobatics.

Course Outline

    Unit 1: Introduction to Gymnastics
      Coaches Clinic: Floor exercise & Tumbling
    Unit 2: Your Role as a Coach or Instructor
      Coaches Clinic: Uneven Bars & Balance Beam
    Unit 3: Gymnastics Safety
      Coaches Clinic: Vault & Trampoline
    Unit 4: Class and Practice Management
      Coaches Clinic: High Bar & Parallel Bars
    Unit 5: Athlete Development
      Coaches Clinic: Pommel Horse & Still Rings
    Unit 6: Teaching Gymnastics Skills
      Coaches Clinic: Rhythmic & Acrobatic Gymnastics
Once registration is complete, users will have access to the course for 60 days from the date of registration. Users can log in and out of the course as often as you wish during the registration period. The course must be completed during this time or re-registration and payment is required. Re-registration can only be achieved by contacting member services at 1-800-345-4719.

The course will take approximately four to five hours to complete.

This is an online course!
Online courses are a great way to complete courses on your own time and on your own schedule.

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Fees & Policies
  • $0 For Professional, Jr. Professional and Instructor member
    • Registration required
  • $15 Athlete members (age 14 or older)
  • $25 For Audit only (a certificate or university credit is unavailable to non members)
  • $15 for Non Members (includes a complimentary Instructor Membership - 18 years and older. A background check is required.)
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Online course fees are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another individual.

Course attendees must be a minumum of 14 years old.

Additional Course Information
Course Completion Requirements: When beginning the course, it is important to review the Getting Started document, linked from the top of the Course Outline screen in the course. This document will walk you through a check of your computer settings, explain the navigation of the course, and detail the course completion requirements to help you make the most of your experience in the course.

Users should completely view all course material including text, narration, and videos. There is a quiz at the end of each unit. Each of the six quizzes must be completed and passed with a grade of 100% in order to complete the course. Quizzes include 5-10 questions each, are NOT timed, and unlimited attempts are permitted.

Course Materials: All course materials are provided as downloadable .pdf documents from within the course. There are several resources linked from the Course Outline screen and others are available from within the course. Please take the time to download and save these materials. There is no additional handbook provided with the course. Several suggested supplemental resources containing related information and references are listed at the bottom of this page.

NOTE: If you are taking this course as part of your club's Member Club complimentary registration, you will have access to the entire course and the education, but will not receive certification upon completion. Registration must be in the individual's name in order to receive certification.

USA Gymnastics University
The U100 Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction is a required course in the School of Competitive, School of Recreation and School of Business within the USA Gymnastics University. It is also required for any experienced professional pre-placing themselves in the USA Gymnastics University.

Upon completion of the course, members can print out a certificate of course completion on their USA Gymnastics "My Membership" page. Please allow two weeks processing.

Effective for the 2013-1014 season, Professional Members coaching at sanctioned events must have a Minimum certification level of Instructor Certified in the School of Competitive Gymnastics; USA Gymnastics University. (i.e. Instructor, Junior Olympic Development, Junior Olympic Team or National is acceptable).


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