Calisthenics Skills

Calisthenic Skills Dates

The NTCA run their Calisthenics Skills Examinations during Term 4, usually over a weekend in November. Please contact your club representative for more information regarding the NTCA Calisthenics Skills program.

2018 NTCA Calisthenics Skills Program

Compulsory Classes: 27th - 28th October

Examinations: 10th - 11th November

What is Calisthenics Skills?

The Programme

The Calisthenics Skills Programme was developed by the Australian Society of Calisthenics in 1979 to raise the standard of Calisthenics and to unify terminology and technique. The Calisthenic Skills Programme has now been implemented Australia wide. The syllabus is taught in all clubs with an average of at least a third of our membership participating.

The aim of the Calisthenic Skills Programme is to improve technique and provide strength and correct placement for movements so that candidates can continue to remain and enjoy our sport for many years. The programme allows for individual progression and recognition of achievement in all facets of calisthenics. The syllabus is designed to develop: - Fitness - Flexibility - Co-ordination & rhythm - Sense of achievement - Musicality - Deportment and poise and at the same time promoting self esteem and self discipline

Qualified examiners accredited with the Australian Sports Commission travel to regional and interstate locations examining students in the syllabus at every level.

Examinations offer a challenge and a great sense of achievement for students. The programme ensures national standards are upheld and enourage candidates to continue to improve.

Tests 1, 2 & 3

The three tests are designed to introduce younger students to the procedure of the exams, to emphasise the importance of developing correct technique and to encourage confidence.

Grade 1, 2, 3 & 4

By progressing steadily through the Grades, the student builds a comprehensive vocabulary of terminology and a firm understanding of the requirements of basic calisthencs. It also allows the student to develop at their own pace and within their capabilities.

Throughout the Grades, combinations of movements are introduced to reinforce the terminology leant. Exercises have been choreographed to develop co-ordination, artistry and musicality.

Preparatory Grade 3

This Grade was introduced as a ‘stepping stone’ to the higher levels, where more emphasis is placed on developing classical technique, placement and style. Depending ion the background of their previous learning, a student may find benefit working with this level together with Grade 3 in preparation for the higher levels. In the dance section there is an introduction to jazz technique whereas in Grade 3 the dance is of classical style.

Standard Grade 1, 2, 3 & 4

The recent introduction of these Grades was made to cater for students who are not required to learn classical dance as part of their team curriculum. The syllabus also makes allowances for those who are slightly restricted in natural flexibility by offering optional versions of several movements. The aesthetic section has a smaller progression in difficulty from the lower Grades and the dance sections begins with jazz exercises, moving on to basic steps for a jazz routine

Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals

The medals have been created with the mature student in mind and whilst they draw on the technique established in the Grades, they are designed to develop performing skills, quality of movement, musicality and a sense of floor pattern and space. Advanced movements in all facets of calisthenics must be mastered to a high standard. Self choreographed routines introduce the student to the art of choreography and working with the coach the student can explore creativity in designing routines to enhance their own capabilities.

Please contact the NTCA Calisthenic Skills Administrator for details on each Medal Syllabus.

Gold Medal Honours Candidates in the Gold Medal Exam who achieve a pass of 90% or higher may strive for the ultimate distinction of GOLD MEDAL HONOURS which is for elite performers. Three routines are performed before an audience and the Examiner.

Preparation/Compulsory Classes

All candidates must attend an NTCA Preparation Class prior to their examination.

Closing date for Cali Skills Applications

Released Soon!

Recommended Ages for Pupils to Participate in Cali Skills

The Calisthenic Skills Programme is designed for pupils to be examined at two yearly intervals. Please be aware that these are recommended ages only (except Grade 4 and Medals) and coaches should assess the capabilities of their pupils to ensure that they are knowledgable and well prepared for the particular exam before presenting to the Examiner. It is advisable to ensure consistency and good results for all grades, that candidates present for all grade regardless of age.

  • Test 1: 7 years
  • Test 2: 7-8 years
  • Test 3: 9-10 years
  • Grade 1: 11-12 years
  • Grade 2: 13 years
  • Grade 3: 14 years
  • Grade 4: Must be 15 years by 31/12 of that year
  • Bronze Medal: Must be 16 years by 31/12 of that year
  • Silver Medal: Must be 17 years by 31/12 of that year
  • Gold Medal: Must be 18 years by 31/12 of that year
*Age Limit & appropriate Skills Level for nationals from 2014 must be in accordance with the ACF Approved Age Limits. 

Pre Requisites

The importance of the Calisthenics Skills Programme is recognised by the following pre-requisites:

Cadet Coach: Calithenics Skills Grade 1

Level 1 Coach: Calisthenics Skills Grade 2

All Graceful Solo Participants in the National Championships must have Calisthenics Skills as follows:

11 years: Test 3

12-13 years: Grade 1

14-15 years: Grade 2

16 years: Grade 3

17 years & over: Grade 4

All ages as of 31st December and Skills level by close of ACF entry.

Any queries please contact the NTCA Calisthenic Skills Administrator - Ann Marie Hughes

Further information including copies of the Syllabus and Videos may be downloaded from the ACF Website. Link to ACF Skills Resources