One of the most popular and oldest sports of the Olympics, Gymnastics has been a part of Greek games since ancient times. The sport traces its origins to Greece where athletes received physical training in a special arena, in addition to many other disciplines including the arts, philosophy and literature. Gymnos, the Greek word for naked, is the origin for the word gymnastics. Competition events fall into one of three categories, Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline. Our classroom focus will be on Artisitic gymnastics, learning basic skill, understanding of progressions, coaching techniques, judging of competitions and going over strength, flexibility and conditioning exercises necessary to produce an Olympic athlete.
Course Description: One of the most popular and oldest sports of the Olympics, Gymnastics has been a part of “the games” since ancient times. The sport traces its origins to Greece where athletes received physical training in a special arena, in addition to many other disciplines including the arts, philosophy and literature. Competition events fall into one of three disciplines, Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline. Our classroom focus will be on Men’s and Women’s Artistic gymnastics, learning basic skill, understanding of progressions, coaching techniques, judging of competitions and going over strength, flexibility and conditioning exercises necessary to produce an Olympic athlete.
1. Engage regularly in skills development, safety practices, and fundamentals of Gymnastics to develop overall physical fitness and enhance sport activities.
2. Understand and apply the importance of a physically active lifestyle, maintaining health and personal wellness.
3. Enhance your muscular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility.
4. Provide students an insight to gymnastics training and what is involved at various ages and abilities. (Body positions, flexibility, strength, air sense, mind set)
Classroom Study: Along with an opportunity for improving fitness, this gymnastics class will provide an insight to the history of gymnastics, it’s benefits to other sports, specific body positions used, skill progressions, various conditioning activities appropriate for age and ability, the coaching of athletes of various ages and abilities, and the judging of gymnasts, both male and female.
• History, Organizations, Becoming a Coach, Becoming a Judge, Spotting
Hands on Training: Students will be taught proper spotting techniques on the various gymnastics apparatus, including basic tumbling to the spotting of more advanced skills.
General Class Format:
10:30am-10:40am: Lecture, overview of day
10:40am-11:10am: Warm-up, basic tumbling drills
11:10am-11:30am: Introduction of new skill or event
11:30am-11:45am: Conditioning/Cool Down and stretching
Textbook & Materials, Attire: There is no textbook for this class. Please wear athletic attire. No shoes, socks or jewelry.
Topics and Assignments:
Week 1: Overview of Class, body positions, equipment, safety (falling), Inverted positions (tripod, headstand, handstands and variations. History of gymnastics, tumbling forward, backward, sideways, front and back handspring drills.
Week 2: Conditioning types, various flexibility ideas, fun warm-up ideas.
Week 3: Skill progressions, breaking down skills, disguising skills for repetition and fun, teaching and spotting a back handspring. Judging Lecture. New Event: Vault
Week 4: Lecture: Coaches responsibility and liability. Video on Trampoline progressions! New Events: Uneven Bars, High Bar and the Trampoline.
Week 5: Video on Still Rings strength: New events: Pommel horse and balance beam.
Week 6: Lecture on treating your body well (rest, nutrition, exercise). Handout on making up routines! New event: Parallel bars.
Week 7: Warm-up, routine work, conditioning
Week 8: Warm-up, routine work, conditioning. Handout for Final (study guide)
Week 9: Written routines due on Wednesday (draft)
Week 10: Written Final on Monday and Routine presentation (written routines due) on Wednesday.
Exams/Quizzes: There are no quizzes in our gymnastics class, however there will be a written final exam along with 2 routines typed on paper and performed on our final day.
Final Exam Date: March 12th & March 14th
In-Class Work: Classroom lectures, warm-up, skill work, conditioning.
Missed Exam: 10% for written and 10% for physical performance (routines)
Participation: See COCC HHP Department Wide Participation Policy below)
Participation Policy: Students are allowed to miss no more than 2 classes without penalty. After 2 classes, students will have the opportunity to make-up one class. In the event the student cannot attend, he or she should either call or email the instructor. The student is still accountable for all information covered during missed classes. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain all missed information from another student, not from the instructor.
1 class missed: No penalty
2 classes missed: No penalty
3 classes missed: Drop of 1 letter grade or make-up
Every class missed after 3 drop of 1 letter grade without make-up
10% Written Exam
10% Presentation of two routines + Written routines
This class fulfills one credit of the health requirement for the new AAOT degree requirements and counts as an HHP activity/health module for the current AGS, AAS and AS degrees. However, degree requirements vary among individual AAS degrees and can change in any degree from one year to the next, so please refer to the COCC catalog and work closely with your advisor. Additionally, HHP 185 courses fulfill elective credits for all degrees.
Cheating and Plagiarism: Students are expected to practice the highest standards of academic honesty. Acts of plagiarism or cheating are unacceptable and will result in a failing grade on the assignment and could end in dismissal from the course. Plagiarism is using, borrowing or stealing someone else’s words or ideas without giving credit to the source. This includes copying definitions and sentences from textbooks, periodicals, and other student’s papers, the internet or any other resource. Cheating on any assignment or test in any form is also unacceptable. Students are expected to complete all assignments independently, unless it is designated as a group assignment. All acts of cheating or plagiarism will be reported to the Director of Student Life and disciplinary actions may result.
Disruptive Behavior that interferes with the learning or teaching process will not be tolerated. Examples include, but are not limited to: talking in class, cell phones use or text messaging, sleeping or in any other way not engaging in class activities, arriving late or leaving early without informing the instructor, or any other behavior that in any way negatively impacts the learning environment. Students exhibiting this behavior will be given a warning and then asked to leave the class if the behavior persists. All disruptive behavior will be reported to the Director of Student Life and could result in dismissal from the class.
COCC Activity Class Injury Policy: Students injured in an activity class must contact their instructors immediately and an injury/accident form must be completed. Students who experience an injury that keeps them out of class participation beyond the regular absentee policy should work with the course instructor to make appropriate accommodations for class missed. Any injury that precludes participation for a significant portion of the class may warrant the need for the course to be dropped. Students may petition for a full refund if this happens in the first third of the term.
ADA Statement: Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations, who have any emergency medical information the instructor should know of, or who need special arrangements in the event of evacuation, should make an appointment with the instructor as early as possible, no later than the first week of the term. Students may also wish to contact the COCC Disabilities Services Office in Boyle Education Center, extension 7583, or Anne Walker at (541) 383-7743.
Student Insurance: Students are not covered by medical insurance while on campus or involved in college classes and activities. Students are responsible for their own medical and dental insurance coverage. Information on student insurance coverage can be obtained at the student health center in Grandview or at the cashier in the Boyle Education Center. If you have specific questions or concerns regarding student insurance coverage you should discuss them with the Program Coordinator or Department Chairperson.
Physical Contact: Due to the nature of this course, students are advised that physical contact between instructor-to-student or student-to-student is required (example: body composition via skin fold calipers). If you have concerns about the physical contact requirements you are encouraged to talk with your instructor prior to the next class session to determine if an appropriate alternate assignment of course exists. If you do not think you will be able to participate to the extent required by the course, you are encouraged to drop the course within the appropriate deadlines in order to guarantee a refund.
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