About BGU courses

Cheer Level courses

All our Cheer Level courses follow the IASF rule system. 

  • Junior Level 1: This course is open to participants aged 12-16 years, who are new to the world of coaching, and will be working as an assistant coach under a lead coach at their programme. This course is filled with interactive exercises and activities aimed to get junior coaches thinking about what their role is within their programme, and how they can be the best coach they can be. A number of skills are covered from IASF Level 1. 
  • Level 1&2: This course is the starting point for those who are entirely new to cheerleading, who are transitioning to cheer from a different discipline such as dance or gymnastics, or for (former) athletes who are transitioning to coaching cheerleading for the first time. This course takes you through all the policies and procedures you need to have in place in order to start and develop a successful programme, with room for discussion about communication with athletes and parents, designing a programme or team that meets the needs of your athletes, and a brief introduction into competing for those who are interested. The skills taught during this course include level 1 and 2 introductory stunting skills and tumbling skills, taught in progressions. Additionally, cheerleading jumps, motions, flexibility and conditioning are also taught. 
  • Level 3: This course is the next step up from our Level 1&2 course. This course builds on the progressions from Level 1&2 to cover a variety of Level 3 skills, such as introducing twisting in building skills, and introducing the tuck shape in tumbling. During this course more emphasis is placed on competitive elements. 
  • Level 4-5-6: This course is the next step up from our Level 3 course, and focuses on progressional skills from Level 4 through to Level 6, emphasising the similarity in grips and coaching strategies between skills. This course is fast paced and for experienced coaches who are ready to take their programme to the next level. 

Dance Genre courses

All our dance genre courses follow the IASF rule system. 

  • Pom Jazz Lyrical Original: this course is a fast-paced introductory course meant for coaches who are either new to dance/this dance genre, athletes transitioning to a coaching role, or experienced dance coaches who need a refresher. This course takes you through all the policies and procedures you need to have in place in order to start and develop a successful programme, with room for discussion about communication with athletes and parents, designing a programme or team that meets the needs of your dancers. The course then covers warm-ups, conditioning, flexibility, and a number of different skill categories such as jumps, leaps and turns that are crucial to building strong dancers. 
  • Pom Jazz Lyrical Advanced: this course is for experienced dance coaches who are ready to take their programme to the next level. This course offers over 40 exercises to develop high level skills for elite dancers. The course also dives into important aspects for coaches developing competitive teams or professional dancers, such as motivation, diet and mindset. 
  • Hip Hop Original: This course will have you dancing for hours! The BGU Hip Hop course is an introductory course meant for coaches who are either new to dance/this dance genre, athletes transitioning to a coaching role, or experienced dance coaches who need a refresher. This course talks you through the origin of a number of street dance styles, gives you lots of examples and combinations to try, and will leave you armed with a repertoire of styles and skills to build your own hip hop routines with. 

Focus courses

Our focus courses aim to provide specific content to allow you to grow and develop as a coach within your discipline. Focus courses are cheer oriented but have applications in dance, gymnastics/tumbling and other movement disciplines. 

  • Foundations: our Foundations course is aimed for coaches who are teaching the age group of 3-6yr olds. This course is perfect for coaches who are used to coaching school-age children or older athletes and are transitioning to a younger age group- or coaches who are new to coaching in general and are looking for a deep dive into the minds of younger children. The course is split into two parts - the first part is about the psychology and communication of working with younger athletes and their families. The second part covers 10 tumbling and stunting skills that will allow coaches to build up their own lesson plans with. This course is also a great starting point for Junior coaches who are new to communicating with young children or building lesson plans. 
  • Cheer Strength Module 1: The first in this multi-module series, Cheer Strength Module 1 takes a deep dive into the main muscle groups in our bodies, and how we should be training them in order to build effective athletes in a safe environment.