CORE ACADEMY STAGES
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD SCHEMES...
At each Stage there are 48 elements to complete and 4 levels of achievement, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Graduation:
BRONZE Certificate (6 – 12 elements completed)
SILVER Certificate (13 – 26 elements completed)
GOLDCertificate (27 – 41 elements completed)
GRADUATION Certificate & Badge (42 – 48 elements completed)
Each level covers the following categories:
Strength & Fitness
Flexibility, Posture & Stand
The children can achieve each level with any combination of elements from any of the six categories however, the Graduation Award requires specific key progression elements to be completed.
Each Stage has its own set of awards, e.g. Stage 1 Bronze, Stage 1 Silver etc. Certificates can be purchased when they reach each milestone. When the gymnasts achieve the Graduation Award, this also comes with a badge for each Stage. They should then move on to the next Stage.
Gymnasts are assessed for the award schemes during the first 6 - 10 weeks of each term. We log and communicate their achievements in time for re-enrolment on the next term. The skills they have achieved are then consolidated and developed to ensure they are ready for the next step.
SUITABLE FOR: Gymnasts age 5 - 7 years whether beginners or with some experience of gymnastics
Most children aged 5 - 7 years will benefit from beginning in STAGE 1 to help them understand and master the key building blocks for efficient and safe gymnastics movement.
At STAGE 1, young gymnasts will learn the basic shapes, positions and core movements required for gymnastics. They will begin to learn about posture and flexibility and will begin to learn and work toward some key gymnastics skills such as rolls, handstands and cartwheels. On apparatus, gymnasts build up their strength, balance, co-ordination and confidence.
SUITABLE FOR: Gymnasts age under 8 who have Graduated Stage 1. Beginners who are 8 years or older.
Most children aged 8 - 10 years will benefit from beginning in STAGE 2 to help them understand and master the key building blocks for efficient and safe gymnastics movement.
At STAGE 2 the work on shapes, positions and core movements continues, with an emphasis of beginning to ‘put it all together’ into tangible gymnastics skills. Rolls are improved and developed, handstand and cartwheel work is progressed to encourage sound technique. On apparatus the focus is on progressive skills to enable them transition to the Stage 3 syllabus.
SUITABLE FOR: Gymnasts who have Graduated Stage 2. Beginners or Improvers who are 10 years or older.
Beginners or improvers aged 10+ who join at STAGE 3 may begin with some Stage 2 work to help them understand and master the key building blocks for efficient and safe gymnastics movement.
At STAGE 3, gymnasts will focus a little more on maintaining the good shapes they have learned at Stages 1 & 2 whilst performing core gymnastics skills. Flexibility begins to play a greater role in the achievement of sound technique in these skills. The challenge at Stage 3 is to produce quality movement patterns within all of the core gymnastics skills in order to facilitate progression through to the Stage 4 syllabus.
SUITABLE FOR: Gymnasts who have Graduated Stage 3. Improvers upon assessment.
By Stage 4, gymnasts should have good over-all strength, flexibility and co-ordination as well as a sound understanding of the techniques that will help them build on this to work toward intermediate skills. Stage 4 is focussed around perfecting techniques and diversifying the elements such as mastering different start and finish positions (entry and exit) for skills like cartwheels, learning to link elements together. All of this provides the basis for skills on the intermediate syllabus. This is also the case for apparatus work with some of the work focussed on building part-skills so that the full skill can be put together at Intermediate Stage.
SUITABLE FOR: Gymnasts who have Graduated Stage 4. Experienced Gymnasts upon assessment
At Intermediate level, we move on from CORE SKILLS to BASICS and PRE-REQUISITES. Intermediate is a stepping stone to Advanced Gymnastics so it is necessary to have mastered the CORE skills and attributes in order to then use those abilities to work toward Intermediate elements. Intermediate elements allow the gymnast to safely progress to the Advanced program as we introduce the gymnastics ‘Basics’ and ‘pre-requisites’. ‘Basics’ and ‘pre-requisites’ are terms used to describe the skills that gymnasts must be able to perform in order to progress to the next level of skill. At this level they include things like cartwheels & rolls (with different entries & exits), balanced handstand, round off, walkovers, splits, 3/4 somersaults, flics etc. For tumble or vaulting, these would also include things like correct rebound technique combined with different arm actions and body shapes as well as simple rotational elements. For Bars & Beam gymnasts develop a range of skills that, when put together, could form a routine of ‘Basics’, e.g. mounts, dismounts and various things in between.
There are 2 Levels of achievement to work through at INTERMEDIATE as follows...