GA launches National Coaching Pathway

Earlier this month, Gymnastics Australia launched a new coaching pathway designed specifically for participation coaches. The Participation Pathway is perfect for an Intermediate Coach teaching recreational gymnastics who wants to start teaching somersaults and other Advanced tumbling skills. It’s also the pathway for a Gymnastics for All (GfA) Coach to gain an Advanced Accreditation.

What’s new?

There are two additions to the Coach Accreditation Pathway:

  1. Introduction of Participation Pathway for all Gymsports (except RG and AER)
    A new, streamlined pathway targeted at those teaching at the lower end of the skills matrix, the Participation Pathway enables coaches to teach somersaults and other tumbling skills by completing a new online course catering specifically for their needs, a spotting assessment task to complete in the gym, and a 4.5 hour Face to Face course.
  2. Introduction of Advanced GfA Coach Accreditation Pathway
    For coaches wishing to gain an Advanced GfA Accreditation, the coursework involved is a simple extension of the Participation Pathway. The pathway involves an additional planning assessment task, attainment of a 2nd Intermediate Accreditation (GfA plus one other) and completion of a first aid course.

What is the participation pathway?

Participation Pathway

Open to Intermediate MAG, WAG, ACR, GfA, TUM and TRP Coaches, the Participation Pathway is streamlined so that coaches learn what they need to safely teach somersaults and other selected tumbling skills.

Previously, if a coach wanted to teach these Advanced-level skills, they had to first complete the Advanced Coaching Principles Course, primarily targeted at coaches of competitive gymnasts. Gymnastics Australia have released a new course, the Online Participation Module, specifically targeted at the participation coach, allowing them to gain essential knowledge in safety, assessing skill readiness, spotting and how to teach.

Following this, a coach completes the Spotting Log Book assessment task and finally attends the 4.5 hour Advanced Tumbling and Spring Face to Face Module (previously Module 1).

An Intermediate TRP Coach attends a different Face to Face Course (the Advanced TRP Module 1 Face to Face Course), however all other coursework remains the same as outlined below.

What’s involved?

The Participation Pathway coursework involves:

  1. Online Participation Module (3-4 hours)
  2. Spotting Log Book (5-10 hours)
  3. Advanced Tumbling and Spring Face to Face Module* or Advanced TRP Module 1 Face to Face Course* (4.5 hours)

*Must be 17 years minimum to attend Face to Face Modules

What is the performance pathway?

Performance Pathway

Take your athletes to the next level! The Advanced Accreditation is for the developing performance coach, and will teach coaches all the skills they need to know in order to develop physical abilities, plan and prepare for competition season, understand biomechanical principles as they relate to gymnastics and so much more. The Advanced Course prepares coaches for a career in gymnastics and teaches you lifelong skills.

An Intermediate Coach can move into the Performance Pathway at any time and is capable of progression towards an Advanced Silver or High Performance Coach Accreditation.

The Pathway to becoming an Advanced Coach for all Gymsports (except GfA, see below) remains the same, with one alteration: MAG, WAG, GfA, ACR and TUM coaches who wish to attend the Advanced Tumbling and Spring Module (previously Module 1) earlier need to complete the Online Advanced Coaching Principles Course and the Spotting Log Book assessment task. This assessment task replaces the Physical Preparation Project as a pre-requisite to the Module.

What’s involved?

The Performance Pathway coursework involves:

  1. Online Advanced Coaching Principles Course (10 – 15 hours)
    1. Junior Coach Project assessment task
    2. Spotting Log Book assessment task
    3. Physical Preparation Project assessment task
    4. Self-analysis Project assessment task
    5. Annual and Seasonal Plan assessment task
  2. Online Advanced Gymsport Coaching Course (4 to 10 hours)
    1. Skills Analysis Project assessment task
  3. First Aid Course
  4. Advanced Face to Face Course Modules* 1, 2, 3 and 4 (2 days)

*Must be 17 years minimum to attend Face to Face Modules

How do coaches enrol in the Participation Pathway?

The Participation Pathway is now available for enrolment in the Gymnastics Australia Learning Management System (LMS). Watch this video walkthrough for more information on how to enrol:

What about Advanced Gymnastics for All (GfA) Coach Accreditations?

After completing the Participation Pathway, it’s really easy to attain an Advanced GfA Accreditation. After attending the Advanced Tumbling and Spring Module, coaches need to complete:

  1. A planning assessment task (5 to 10 hours)
  2. A second Intermediate Accreditation in a different Gymsport (GfA plus one other)
  3. First Aid Course

Questions? Contact [email protected] for more information. 

Download the Coach Accreditation Pathway brochure by clicking the link below.