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Do you want to become a judge of gymnastics?
With an increasing number of participants of all ages and abilities being drawn to the sport of Gymnastics, more judges are required across all levels. As a judge you have a key role to play in helping participants develop through gymnastics. Judges also have a major influence over participants' enjoyment of gymnastics.

It is essential that judges provide participants with the best possible gymnastics experience. Ensuring that you implement sound judging practices and ethics is vital to the continued development of gymnastics and sport in general.

Undertaking education and training as a judge is an important first step to ensure that you are on the right track in your judging. Gymnastics Australia follows the National Officiating Accreditation Schemes and through this scheme, provides training for judges at a variety of levels across a range of Gymsports.


How do I get started?
After making the decision to get involved in the coaching/judging of Gymnastics, you might like to follow these steps to get yourself started:-

Step 1:

 

Choose a Gymsport
There are many different gymsports that come under the umbrella of Gymnastics Australia. It is important that you consider the type of gymsport you would like to judge as your first step .

Please click here for a full description of all Gymsports.

Most potential judges have a connection with gymnastics as a coach, athlete, parent or administrator. Depending on your background, knowledge of gymnastics skills and techniques, and your interest level will depend on where you see yourself in judging.
 

Step 2:

 

Starting as a judge.
Once you have decided what gymsport you would like to judge you might like to consider what level you are interested in judging. One of the great things about gymnastics is that there are a wide range of people of different ages and abilities involved. Remember that each age group and level will have special needs, and as a judge, you will need to take these into account when planning your judging career. Some of the areas that you may judge include:

  • Children who do gymnastics for fun and recreation
  • Children who are identified as talented and do gymnastics competitively
  • Teenagers who are competing in gymnastics for fun and recreation
  • Athletes who are competing in gymnastics to achieve selection for State, National and International teams
  • Masters/Veterans

Gymnastics Australia's judging courses provide candidates with information and practical skills to judge the above groups. Gymnastics Australia also produces a number of judging resources which assist with judging at all levels.
 

Step 3:

 

Choosing the right Course
Gymnastics Australia offers a range of judging courses, catering for different levels of competence within each gymsport.

Step 4:

 

Enrolling in a Judging Course
Gymnastics Australia delivers its judging courses through the State Associations who are contracted to deliver all Courses. A full listing of all the courses that are available can be found by clicking here. Contact should be made with your State Association in order to enrol in the Course of your choice.

Step 5:

 

Completing your Judging Course

In most cases, in order to complete your Course you will be required to do the following:-

  1. Be a registered technical member of GA
  2. Enrol in the relevant judging course with your State Association
  3. Undertake some pre-Course reading
  4. Attend the Course
  5. Complete Post Course requirements
All Courses have slightly different requirements that must be met for completion. For a full listing of the requirements of each course, please click here.

 


Can I have my current competence recognised?
If you already hold a judging accreditation from another gymsport or from a country other than Australia, you may have your current competencies assessed against those required by Gymnastics Australia, for accreditation.

This process of assessing your current competencies is called Recognition of Current Competency (RCC). To find out more about the RCC process, pleaseclick here.

If you have any questions, require assistance or clarification on any of the steps outlined above, please contact Gymnastics Australia on (613) 8698 9700 or education@gymnastics.org.au


What are you allowed to judge?
Gymnastics Australia's Education Framework outlines the competencies all accredited judges must possess in order to hold a Judging Accreditation. Knowledge and skills based on the current code of points and Gymnastics Australia’s competition requirements are the basis on which all Judging Courses are delivered. Therefore, when judging gymnastics it is expected that the knowledge and skills are maintained. Specifically, judges must hold an accreditation that reflects the level of gymnastics being assessed.

Example 1: Gymnastics Australia's Beginner Judging Courses are designed for beginner judges. These courses cover the basic skills involved in the initial competitive level of gymnastics in a particular gymsport, and the basic understanding of small, medium and large faults in execution. For example, the skills involved on all apparatus in level 1 for men’s and women’s gymnastics will be covered and the common faults for these skills are shown. The beginner judge will practice recognising these faults and applying appropriate deductions.

As the judge gains experience and confidence in assessing the performance of the athlete in competition, judging skills will increase and the ability to record the routine in ‘judging shorthand’ will be developed. This is a good indicator of readiness to progress. Judges will develop skills in recognising the accuracy of technical performance of skills and will expand their judging expertise.

Example 2: Gymnastics Australia's accreditation courses are designed to reflect individual gymsports. Whilst most of the accreditations have 'like minded' competencies, the manner in which the deductions are applied can be quite different for each gymsport and level of judging. Judges are expected to gain and maintain an accreditation that specifically reflects the level they are accredited to judge. For example: A judge of Acrobatic gymnastics will have an advanced Judging  accreditation in order to judge execution and artistry for Level 7 – 10 Acro. This accreditation is achieved after completing a beginner and intermediate judging course and gaining experience in judging acrobatic gymnastics at the lower levels. In order to judge Level 7 – 10 in a different gymsport a specific Advanced Judging course in that discipline must be completed.

For further information regarding course competencies and content, please contact your State Association. Additional information on maintaining judging accreditations once attained can be found in the GA Technical Member Handbook. 


Advice from the ASC - Officiating
Gymnastics Australia (GA) would like to advise all prospective and existing Technical Members seeking to gain a judging accreditation, that the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) expects that new officiating candidates of all sports with accreditations in the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme will complete the ASC officiating general principles course. GA recommends that this course is completed prior to attending the judging specific day and endorses the online opportunity currently fully subsidised by the ASC.

GA provides this advice as first notice to prospective new judges, both new to the sport or coaches seeking a judging accreditation, who may be interested in registering and completing the course.
 
Proof of completion of this course will also provide updating for Members, including existing judges.
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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