U100 - Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction
Course DescriptionThis 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. The end of the course 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.
Unit 1: Introduction to Gymnastics
- Coaches Clinic: Floor exercise & Tumbling
- Coaches Clinic: Uneven Bars & Balance Beam
- Coaches Clinic: Vault & Trampoline
- Coaches Clinic: High Bar & Parallel Bars
- Coaches Clinic: Pommel Horse & Still Rings
- Coaches Clinic: Rhythmic & Acrobatic Gymnastics
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
- Current USA Gymnastics Member Online U100 Registration: Complimentary Course/online registration required
- Current USA Gymnastics Member In-House U100 Registration: $5
- U100 Course Audit: $25 (a certificate/university credit is unavailable to Non-Members)
- Non-Member: For $15, click here become a member and receive the course for FREE.
Course attendees must be a minimum of 14 years old.
Additional Course InformationCourse 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.
USOC Coaching with National Standards
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Coaching with National Standards (CNS) program has formally recognized USA Gymnastics for meeting all 40 National Standards for Sport Coaches through its USA Gymnastics University Instructor Certificate: U100: Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction Course.
The goal of CNS program is to create a positive, safe and enriching environment for Team USA athletes through quality coaching. Congratulations to the USA Gymnastics University and the U100 Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction course for being recognized for meeting these goals.
USA Gymnastics UniversityThe 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 Profile" page.
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).