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R102: Preschool Fundamentals: Hands On Training (HOTPS)
Course Description
This is a live, hands-on training course designed for preschool instructors and teachers. Course topics include: fundamental movement for children, class safety overview, games, activities to avoid, manipulatives, lesson planning, inclusion of music, thematic teaching, parent/child teaching, and the use of apparatus. This is a great hands on follow-up to the theory course, with course instructors demonstrating practical examples of many of the concepts taught in R101.

It is strongly recommended to complete R101 prior to taking R102 Preschool Fundamentals: Hands on Training (HOTPS), but this is not a requirement. The course will take approximately four hours to complete.

Sample Schedule
(please note – subject to change)
Section 1 - 1 hour, 15 minutes
    Safety Overview
    Fundamental Movement
Section 2 - 1 hour 15 minutes
10 minute break

Section 3 - 1 hour 30 minutes
    Lesson Planning
    Thematic teaching
Section 4 - 1 hour
    Parent-Child Classes
    Floor Exercise
Wrap up

The locations for the live courses are:
This is a live course!
Click the button below to register online for the R102 Preschool Fundamentals: Hands on Training (HOTPS). You must be logged in order to register. (username and personal password—which you created).

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You must be at least 14 years of age to take this course.

Fees & Policies
Member Clubs: This is a great opportunity for USA Gymnastics to assist member clubs with staff training.

You can send your entire preschool and recreational staff to this course for as low as $45 a person.

**USA Gymnastics Member Clubs have the opportunity to register anyone in their club when they use the Member Club Group Registration Form.

1stRegistrant: $65
2nd - 6thRegistrant: $59/person
7th - 11thRegistrant: $55/person
12th - 19thRegistrant: $49/person
20th+Registrant: $45/person
  • In order to receive the Member Club tiered pricing the club MUST be a current USA Gymnastics Member Club. Not a member club? Click here.
  • Member Clubs, download PDF Registration Form.
  • The individuals registered as part of the Member Club Group Registration are NOT required to be members of USA Gymnastics. Non members must register with the Member Club registration form.
  • Only current Professional, Instructor, Jr. Professional and Athlete members (14 years and older) will receive University credit and certificate for the completion of the course
Registering as an individual:
  • Current USA Gymnastics Member Online R102: Registration: $65
  • Current USA Gymnastics Member In-House R102 Registration: $70
  • R102 Course Audit: $85 (a certificate/university credit is unavailable to non-members)
  • Non-Member: $85. Click here to become a Member and receive the course for $65!
  • Pre-registration can be done online up to 48 hours prior to the live course. Pre-registration can also be done by mail or fax and must be received two weeks prior to the course.
  • A late fee of $25 will incur for all online registrations beginning five days prior to the live course. A late fee of $25 will incur for all mail/faxed registrations received less than two weeks prior to a live course.
  • All on-site registrations will be charged a $25 late fee and are not guaranteed course materials or a spot in the course.
  • Registered individuals may cancel their registration and request a refund within 30 days following a course. A 25% processing fee will apply. Course Cancellation and Refund Form
  • Individuals registered for a R102 HOTPS course may transfer their registration to another HOTPS course at a different date/time (using the Course Transfer Form). Transfers to another live course must be done at least 2 weeks prior to the new course or late fees will apply.
  • USA Gymnastics reserves the right to cancel and/or change the date of any live hands-on training course due to lack of registration(s).
Additional Course Information
The R102 Preschool Fundamentals course has been developed to:
    • Enhance the status of recreational gymnastics programs throughout the United States.
    • Establish requirements for certification which will help identify competent preschool and recreational gymnastics teachers.
    • Provide appropriate information for preschool and recreational gymnastics teachers.
    • Help standardize recreational gymnastics teaching throughout the United States.
    • Provide resources, instructional materials, and assistance at all levels of teaching.
    • This course is focused on teaching gymnastics movement education to preschool children (ages 1-5).

Additional Resources: Please visit the USA gymnastics online store for an opportunity to purchase the KAT and Movement Education Lesson Plan Development (MELPD) work books. These resources compliment material presented in the R101 and R102 Preschool Fundamentals courses.

Click here to view supplementary Preschool teacher products.

Interested in hosting a course in your club? Click here to learn how.

USA Gymnastics University
The R102 Preschool Fundamentals: Hands on Training (HOTPS) is an elective course in the School of Recreation within the USA Gymnastics University.

Upon completion of the course, members can print out a certificate of course completion on their USA Gymnastics "My Profile" page. Note: Allow 3-4 weeks for the certificate to become available once course has been completed.

Non Members registering under a Member Club will not obtain university credit or a certificate. If membership is obtained after the course, university credit and certificates will be granted.