In 1979 the Calisthenic Skills Programme was developed and established along similar lines to RAD (Royal Academy of Dance -international ballet examination system), with the purpose of elevating the status of Calisthenics to a more prestigious level with greater credibility and safety for our participants. In association with this initial concept the ACF (Australian Calisthenic Federation) initiated and recognized Jean Leafs’ [B.AppSc(phty) M.A.P.A. Grad DipMan.Phty.M.M.P.A.A.] research highlighting duty of care and the long term benefits of correctly executed calisthenics and hence the value and necessity of the Calisthenic Skills programme is now acknowledged along with the status of achievement.
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. Today the skills programme is established in all the States and Territories with a Calisthenic Association and has been expanded to encompass all ages and abilities through 3 Test levels, 4 Standards, 4 Grades and Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals. Thousands of students each year all over Australia are prepared and presented for their skills examination.
Examiners Advisory Board (EAB)
The Examiners Advisory Board enhances the development of calisthenics through the implementation and evaluation of the ACF Calisthenic Skills Program.
To achieve this, the EAB meet twice per year and communicate regularly to ensure ongoing evolvement of the program to meet the needs of the calisthenic community.
The work of the EAB is evident through the continual updating of the syllabus and the production of supporting resources such as the video footage now available via the ACF website.
ACF Examiners are well trained and maintain their accreditation through the annual seminar conducted by the EAB and the opportunities to travel interstate to take up examiner appointments. The Examiners handbook is updated each year and supports all Examiners in their role.
Each State/Territory Skills Administrator is supported through the preparation and publication of a handbook and a meeting held whenever possible in conjunction with the ACF Nationals.
An annual newsletter relays current information on the development of the program to all participants and coaches as well as the Guidelines for Coaches and Candidates which are updated each year and uploaded to our ACF website.
EAB members contribute a great deal of time to ensure the Skills program supports the growth and development of participants and technical mastery to sustain longevity in Calisthenics.
The EAB are:
|ACF Director of Calisthenic Skills:||Diane Winterling||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|ACF Skills Registrar:||Julie Fox|