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R301: Brain & Body: Beyond Basics
Course Description
R301 covers topics vital to any person who works with children through sports or academics. It reaches beyond simple drills and games, and beyond intuitive coaching and provides better understanding of the process of learning. Perfect for preschool, recreational, developmental coaches, directors, owners and team coaches. There will be some "hands-on" activities, but participants should be prepared for in-depth lecture and discussion.

R301 covers three critical areas:

Understanding the Child covers the first critical years of development. The focus is birth to 5 years of age. Points discussed within this lecture include:

  • the developmental stages of self-perception,
  • levels of thought,
  • learning styles, and
  • how all of these developmental elements impact behavior.
It also covers adaptation of lesson plans and activities appropriate to each stage of development.

Motor Learning, Motor Development and The Theory of Muscle Memory
Expanding on early childhood development, this section covers:

  • the importance of movement in cognitive development and scholastic achievement,
  • sensory integration,
  • motor programming,
  • avoiding training interference,
  • establishing neural pathways for motor learning and rehabilitation
  • motor development over a life-span,
  • critical components of movement such as progressional training, and
  • understanding the theory of "muscle memory"
Special People: Special Needs focuses on understanding the Autism Spectrum Disorders but also includes:
  • brain structure, function and behavioral effects associated with brain injury
  • activities to incorporate into movement classes for special needs
  • tips on class management for successful special needs classes
  • Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Dystonia,
  • safety and management for seizure-prone children
The course will take approximately five hours to complete.

Sample Schedule
(please note – subject to change)
Early Childhood Development - 1 hour 30 minutes
Motor Learning & Motor Development - 1 hour 45 minutes
Special Needs - 2 hours

The locations for the live courses are:
Live Course Registration
Click the button below to register online for the R301 Brain & Body: Beyond Basics. You must be logged in order to register. (username and personal password—which you created).

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You must be at least 14 years of age to take this course.

Fees & Policies
Member Clubs: This is a great NEW opportunity for USA Gymnastics to assist member clubs with staff training.

You can send your entire staff to this course for as low as $45 a person.

Member club pricing only available for live courses.

    1st registrant- $65
    2nd - 6th registrant: $59/person
    7th - 11th Registrant: $55/person
    12th - 19th Registrant: $49/person
    20th+ Registrant: $45/person
  • ONLINE Registration is NOT available for Member Clubs. Download PDF form.
  • In order to receive the Member Club tiered pricing the club MUST be a current USA Gymnastics Member Club. Not a member club? Click here.
  • The individuals registered as part of the Member Club Group Registration are NOT required to be members of USA Gymnastics.
  • Only current Professional, Instructor, Jr. Professional, members will receive University credit and certificate for the completion of the course
Registering as an individual:
  • Current USA Gymnastics Member Online R301: Registration: $65
  • Current USA Gymnastics Member In-House R301 Registration: $70
  • R301 Course Audit: $85 (a certificate/university credit is unavailable to non-members)
  • Non-Member: $85. Click here to become a Member and receive the course for $65!

  • Pre-registration can be done online up to 48 hrs. prior to the live course. Pre-registration by mail or fax must be received two weeks prior to the course. Late or onsite registrations will incur a $25 fee in addition to the registration fee. Late registrations are not guaranteed course materials or a spot in the course.
  • Registered individuals may cancel their registration and request a refund within 30 days following a course. A 25% processing fee will apply. Course Cancellation and Refund Form.
  • Individuals registered for a R301 course may transfer their registration to another R301 course at a different date/time (using the Course Transfer Form). Transfers to another live course must be done at least 2 weeks prior to the new course or late fees will apply.
  • USA Gymnastics reserves the right to cancel and/or change the date of any live hands-on training course due to lack of registration(s).
Additional Resources
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USA Gymnastics University
The R301 Brain & Body: Beyond Basics is an elective course in the School of Recreation within the USA Gymnastics University.

Upon completion of the course, members can print out a certificate of course completion on their USA Gymnastics "My Profile" page. (Please allow 3-4 weeks)

Non Members registering under a Member Club will not obtain university credit or a certificate. If membership is obtained after the course, university credit and certificates will be granted.