General information

The Intermediate class is 75 minutes long and begins to work a more advanced skill set, therefore it is important that students have completed the prerequisites of beginner I and beginner II (or older beginners).  As with any sport as the skills get harder they also take longer to learn.  Thus the intermediate level will also begin to require greater amounts of focus, patience and determination.   Encourage your child to stay positive, work hard and have fun and the rest will hopefully fall into place over time. 

It is common for students to spend a year or more in intermediate.  Even though this may seem frustrating at times for you or your child, especially one who cruised through beginners, it is important to master these skills before continuing on or it can be detrimental to a child’s mental and physical health in the form of safety concerns and lack of confidence. 

Class Structure is 15 minutes of warm-up/stretch followed by four 15 minute rotations on events.  As with beginners the event that is missed will rotate.

Testing

Testing will take place in weeks 7-10 with the students receiving a level recommendation from the coach on week 10.  Below you will find the skills that will be tested for each event.  In order to pass intermediate students need to be able to successfully perform each of the skills listed on their own a minimum of two consecutive turns on two consecutive weeks.  This shows us that the student is proficient in the skills taught and has enough consistency to move on and begin working towards the next set of skills.  Students must pass intermediate before they can take advanced.  This ensures the safety of the gymnast and helps us to provide a positive, successful gymnasts experience for each child.  

Vault

  • dive roll to stacked mats: looking for lift from the board so there is flight in the front before catching on hands and rolling

  • squat on to stacked mats or vault table: feet land between hands, with head up

  • handstand fall on stacked mats: jumping from a spring board into a handstand on stacked mats before falling to back in a straight body position

Beam

  • lunge - handstand - lunge: starting & finishing in a lunge with arms by ears; feet must come together, showing support in handstand for 2 seconds before splitting to finish 

  • cartwheel to handstand dismount/side handstand: starts like a cartwheel but stops in the middle in a handstand bringing feet together, hands and belly should be sideways on the beam, feet land on the floor

  • step 1/2 turn: turn on 1 foot and step in front to finish *testing for intermediate takes place on the medium beam (lowered high beam) therefore the above mentioned skills must be completed on the medium beam

Bars

  • cast sole circle dismount: cast & put feet on bars in a straddle before swinging under the bar and kicking feet off at horizontal then landing on feet on the floor a couple feet away from the bar

  • squat on: casting and tucking knees up and in so feet go between the hands, student then stands up letting go of the hands and lands on feet on the mat

  • glide swing: holding the bar student jumps hips up and pikes swinging out to a straight body and then piking back to the start with straight legs throughout and extension of the body in the front of the swing

Floor

  • handstand to bridge: pausing in handstand position for 2-3 seconds before falling into bridge without head touching the floor

  • back bend - kick over: start standing with feet together and reach hands back to the floor pausing in bridge before kicking the feet over to finish in a lunge with arms by ears

  • round off rebound: feet come together in the middle of the round-off and hips turn to face the direction of start, stay tight and bounce off floor right away with arms up by ears