Coaching

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Who can become a trampoline coach?

The simple answer is almost anyone! While it helps to have had experience of trampolining yourself, it is by no means necessary – a significant proportion of coaches got into it through their children’s participation or through general P.E. teaching at schools. Bear in mind though that unlike some other sports, trampoline coaching is a very active role. You’ll need to be able to balance on the side of the trampoline, bounce with your pupil and catch them when they go wrong. Running a session of beginners, teaching front drops, back drops and somersaults for 2 hours is quite a strenuous workout!
You will obviously also need a CRB check and to attend a child protection awareness course. If you are considering volunteering as a coach, do try to spend a significant amount of time observing sessions at your chosen club, so that you are familiar with the basic terminology and techniques.
To be an assistant (level 1) coach, you must be 16 years old on or before the first day of the course. All higher levels have a minimum age of 18 years (17 to take the course).

Where do I start?

Coaching qualifications are gradually migrating to the new UKCC scheme, so there will be a real mixture of level names, numbers and content for many years to come.
You can see the old (and some current!) BG qualifications further down this page.

The starting point is currently UKCC Level 1 Assistant coach (though there is also a Level 0 Proficiency Award for 14 to 18 year-olds to make an early start)
This level of qualification is a great introduction, taking you as far as shaped jumps, swivel-hips, front & back drops, cradle and 3/4 front SS.
Once you’ve done this course, you can teach these moves provided there is a more qualified coach in attendance. Further qualifications are listed below.

To find a course, check on the British Gymnastics website.

What are the UKCC levels of coaching qualifications?

There are 5 levels of coaching qualification administered by Sports Coach UK under the UKCC scheme. These are Level 1 (Assistant Coach), Level 2 (Trampoline Coach), Level 3 (Club Coach), Level 4 (Senior Club Coach) and Level 5.
An Assistant Coach (level 1) is only permitted to coach under the direct supervision of a more qualified coach. A Trampoline Coach (level 2) can take responsibility for a session. To run a club, you must be at least a level 3 (Club) Coach. At all levels, you are not permitted to coach moves beyond the syllabus of the qualification you hold, with the exception of coaches in the process of obtaining the next higher qualification, under the direct supervision of a more qualified coach. The moves that are covered by each level of qualification are outlined below (these may not be exhaustive lists).

UKCC Proficiency Award (Level 0)

Moves needed for the BG Proficiency Award Scheme up to Award 8, but excluding H & K FTO to Back.

UKCC Assistant Coach (Level 1)

a) Landings and controlling the trampoline bed
b) Jumping and stopping: straight, tucked, piked and straddled jumps
c) Seat landings; front landings and back landings
d) Jump with ½ and full twist
e) Twists into body landings
f) Twists from body landings
g) Twists between body landings
h) Forward and backward rolls
i) Hands and knees turnover to back
j) ? front somersault to back
k) Simple drills and routines using the above skills

The Level 1 Coach is not qualified to support somersaults on his/her own or with another assistant coach. However with additional training, the AC may assist a more highly qualified coach to support somersaults.

UKCC Trampoline Coach (Level 2)

a) Forward and backward rolls
b) Rotation from seat, front and back landings
c) Shaping of all skills, tucked piked and straight
d) Combinations of the above skills
e) Competence in using the overhead rig
f) Progressions leading to forward somersaults, tucked and piked
g) Progressions leading to backward somersaults tucked, piked and straight
h) Back somersault to seat landing
i) ? front somersault straight
j) ? back somersault
k) Barani (tucked and piked)
l) Teach a pupil to assist the supporting of somersaults
m) Competition procedure including constructing and coaching routines and drills

Note: Safe and effective use of supporting, push in mats and kipping and the overhead rig must be applied to the teaching of the above skills where appropriate.

UKCC Club Coach (Level 3)

a) Somersaults up to 450o with and without unlimited twist including somersaults from body landings.
b) 1 ? front somersault ( tucked and piked)
c) Double forward somersault from back landing ( tucked and piked)
d) Half out ( tucked and piked)
e) Double back (tucked and piked)
f) Linking and phasing skills
g) Constructing and coaching routines and drills up to a difficulty of 9.4

UKCC Senior Club Coach (Level 4)

a) Double somersaults with twists either in first, second and both somersaults from feet and back landings.
b) 2? front somersault from feet to back landing
c) Triple front somersault with ½ twist (tucked and piked)
d) Peer presentations on development of skills within and beyond the syllabus
e) Constructing and coaching competitive routines and drills beyond 9.5 difficulty

UKCC High Performance / International (Level 5)

(I haven’t managed to find a syllabus for this level yet!)

What were the previous British Gymnastics levels of coaching qualifications?

There were 6 levels of coaching qualification administered by British Gymnastics. These were Assistant Coach, Trampoline Coach, Club Coach, Senior Club Coach, High Performance Coach and International Coach. There was also a Teacher’s trampoline coach qualification, which is equivalent to BG level 2 (trampoline coach), but without the BG-specific Common Core module. These qualifications are being gradually replaced from the bottom up by the UKCC qualifications listed above.
An Assistant Coach (level 1) is only permitted to coach under the direct supervision of a more qualified coach. A Trampoline Coach (level 2) can take responsibility for a session. To run a club, you must be at least a level 3 (Club) Coach. At all levels, you are not permitted to coach moves beyond the syllabus of the qualification you hold, with the exception of coaches in the process of obtaining the next higher qualification, under the direct supervision of a more qualified coach. The moves that are covered by each level of qualification are outlined below (these may not be exhaustive lists).

BG Assistant Coach (BG level 1)

Straight bouncing and stopping
Controlling the bed – ‘kipping’
Tucked, piked & straddle jumps
½ and full twists
Seat drop
Seat drop ½ twist to feet
½ twist to seat drop
Swivel hips
Front & back drops
Forwards and backward rolls

BG Trampoline Coach (BG Level 2)

Seat drop to front drop
Back drop to front drop
Front drop to back drop
½ twist to front drop
Front drop ½ twist to feet
½ twist to back drop
Back drop ½ twist to feet
Cradle
Seat roller
Turntable
Front & back somersaults (tucked)

BG Club Coach (BG Level 3)

Shaped front & back somersaults
Back somersault to seat
Barani – in all shapes
Crash dive, Lazy back
1-1/4 Back somersault
1-1/4 Front somersault
1-1/4 Back somersault from front (Codi)
1-1/4 Front somersault from back (ball-out) + barani
Linking somersaults
Routines up to tariff 4.0

BG Senior Club Coach (BG Level 4)

Double back (tucked & piked)
1-3/4 front somersault (tucked & piked)
Back somersault with 1, 1½, 2 twist
Front somersault with 1, 1½ twist
1-1/4 Front somersault from back with ½ twist (straight)
1-1/4 Front somersault from back with 1, 1½ twist
Routines up to tariff 6.5

BG High Performance Coach (BG Level 5)

Double front somersaults with twists (tucked & piked) :
½ out , ½ in, ½ in full out, full in ½ out, 1½ out.
Double front somersaults from back
½ twist into 1-3/4 front somersault
Double back somersaults with twists (tucked & piked) :
½ in ½ out, Full in, Full out
Routines up to tariff 9.0

BG International Performance Coach (BG Level 6)

Double front somersaults with twists:
Full in 1½ out, 2½ out, ½ in 2 out
2-3/4 front somersault (tucked & piked)
2-1/4 Front somersault from back with ½ twist
Triple front somersault with ½ twist
Double back somersaults with twists:
½ in 1½ out, Full in Full out, 2 out, 1½ in 1½ out
½ twist into 2-3/4 front somersault
Double straight somersault
Triple back somersaults with twist