NCCP Gymnastics Foundations Program

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The Gymnastics Foundations Program has replaced the Level 1 (Technical, Practical and Introduction to Competition A) NCCP components for ALL gymnastics sports (MAG/WAG/TG/RG/Aerobics/Active Start)

There are three (3) separate components to the Gymnastics Foundations Training Program:

  • Foundations Introduction Course
  • Foundations Theory (MED & PP)
  • Sport Specific Course

Gymnastics Foundations Certification

  • Sport Specific Portfolio
  • Workbook

Foundations pathway

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Foundations Introduction Course  

This course is an in gym 1 day course for ALL gym sports (MAG/WAG/TG/RG/Aerobic/Active Start). Course material includes

  • The gym philosophy: FUN, FITNESS FUNDAMENTALS
  • Elements of teaching, learning and class management
  • The 5 Common fundamental movement patterns:
    • Landings, Stationary Positions, Locomotions, Rotations and Springs

The coach-in-training must only complete the Foundations Introduction course once. After completing course the coach is considered to be ‘IN TRAINING’ and may assist a level 1 certified coach during gymnastics classes.

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Foundations Theory (MED and PP ) 

This course is an in class 1/2 day course for ALL gym sports (MAG/WAG/TG/RG/Aerobic/Active Start). Course material includes

  • Making Ethical Decisions (MED)
  • Planning a Practice (PP)

This course will normally be given in the same weekend as the Introduction and/or Sport Specific portion of the Foundations Course. This course must only be completed once.

After completing the Theory course the coach is still considered to be ‘IN TRAINING’ and may assist a level 1 certified or Foundations Trained coach during gymnastics classes.

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Foundations Sport Specific Course 

A coach-in-training can choose from the following gym sport courses:

  • Active Start Foundations (Pre-school)
  • Artistic Foundations
  • Trampoline Foundations
  • Rhythmic Foundations

A coach may take as many Sport Specific courses as they wish.  After successfully completing their first Foundations course, they may enroll in just the Sport Specific portion of any of the remaining gym sports.

After completing the Sport Specific course, along with the Theory and Foundations Introduction course the coach is now considered to be ‘TRAINED’ and may coach a gymnastics class on their own.

Trained Vs. Certified status

A coach may remain ‘TRAINED’ for their entire coaching career if they choose.  A coach may advance on to take the current NCCP Level 2 courses if they are TRAINED or CERTIFIED.  

Certification Pathway

A coach must build and complete their portfolio and submit to Gymnastics Ontario, along with either a video tape of a lesson OR a list of available dates for evaluation. The coach must work directly with a trained Coach Evaluator to become certified. The practical component of certification includes a practical coach portfolio and successful evaluation of a lesson. Click here for more information.

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