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,
5 Grades and Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals. Thousands of students
each year all over Australia are prepared and presented for their
Calisthenics Skills - Medal Programme
The medal syllabus is designed to remain
up to date with trends and current knowledge of skill development.
The syllabus at all levels is constantly evolving and is updated
- The Medals have been created with the more
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 with a separate mark being allocated
for each movement which must reach the required standard to pass
the overall exam.
- 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
- Candidates must achieve Grade 4 before commencing
- Minimum ages to apply to Grade 4 and Medals.
- 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 only. To qualify
to present for GOLD MEDAL HONOURS a candidate must achieve 90%
or higher in the combined Parts 1 and 2. A candidate will not
receive Honours for Gold Medal unless they successfully complete
the Stage Performance (Part 3) which consists of three routines
performed before an audience and the examiner, and achieves a
combined Parts 1, 2 and 3 total of 90% or more.
Must be 15 years by 31/12 of that year
Must be 16 years by 31/12 of that year
Must be 17 years by 31/12 of that year
Must be 18 years by 31/12 of that year
Prerequisites for Calisthenic Solos, Duos
and Graceful Solo
To allow pupils the chance to gradually proceed
through the skills programme, the following time frame has been
of ACF requirements in SA
(in year of competition)
|11-12 and above
|13-14 and above
|15 and above
||Preparatory Grade 3
|16 and above
|17 and above
to be achieved by the closing date for each particular State/Territory
November examination period has become a regular
event to enable participants who commence calisthenics after the
February examination period the opportunity to achieve the required
level in preparation for the following year.
CALSAC Calisthenic Skills Summer School is conducted
annually for Tests only.
Many pupils are already involved in the skills
programme and the above time frames therefore allow plenty of time
for pupils to achieve the prerequisites.
For further information visit ACF Cal Skills
information on the CASA