Gymnastics Lesson Plans

Gymnastics lesson plans are an important part of safe and progressive training.  Physical and tactical preparation leads to skill development.  Keep in mind, while spotting is an important part of gymnastics, it is not a substitute for strong fundamental development.

Characteristics of Great Gymnastics Lesson Plans

  • gymnastics-lesson-plansEasy to read - your staff should be able to determine the set up of mats and equipment as well as dictate the appropriate drill at each station for each level
  • Visual - the use of pictures helps staff and athletes understand how equipment should be set up
  • Planned - lesson plans are not created on the fly.  They are a series of well thought out progressions leading to the mastery of skill requirements over time.
  • Evaluated - at the end of each cycle, evaluate lesson plans for their safety, how well they worked, and how they can be improved the next time around

Educated staff plays a vital role in implementing lesson plans.  Consistency in curriculum remains a main goal of lesson plans.  As a result, classes progress at a similar rate despite variations in instructor, day, or time.  Most of all, having a detailed set of lesson plans keeps athletes and coaches safe.

Sample Gymnastics Lesson Plans

gymnastics-lesson-plans-for-beamFirst, develop a set of skill requirements.  Consider using the lower levels of USA Gymnastics as a launching point.  Typically, even Level 1 skills are too hard for a beginner.  Break each skill down into smaller parts to identify a natural set of progressions.  Hence, the progressions lead to a more complicated set of skills as level increases.  Especially relevant, a vital part of all gymnastics training includes a strong fundamental base.

Once you have skill requirements, you will be able to develop lesson plans.  Hence, take a look at these Skill Requirements for an example of potential curriculum.  Furthermore, equipment available, length of class, rotation schedules, and number of events each class need to be considered when writing a lesson plan.

Beyond the Lesson Plan

In addition, to having quality skill requirements, take into account the person writing the lesson plans.  USA Gymnastics offer several education courses to help create lesson plans for your program.  Furthermore, the safest lesson plans include philosophical, physical, technical, tactical, and psychological preparation.  Be sure the author of your lesson plans meets these educational criteria.

  • Gymnastics-lesson-plans-for-barsTake into account each child's individual skill level and needs - children learn in different ways and at different paces.  Nurture these differences by adapting lesson plans as needed.
  • Consider using the lesson plan for the level above or the level below for a child that needs modification
  • Use positive reinforcement.  Do you like what you see?  Encourage that behavior.  The more you encourage the behavior, form, or technique you want to see, the more you will see of it.
  • Offer feedback.  Didn't write the lesson plan?  Offer feedback to the supervisor that did.  Evaluating the lesson plans makes them more effective in the future.

In conclusion, lesson planning takes time, education, and revision.  Furthermore, continuing education plays a vital role in the success of lesson plans.  It also improves variety keeping both staff and students excited.  Enjoy your adventure lesson planning and continue educating yourself on best practices and new ideas!

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