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R102: Preschool Fundamentals: Hands On Training (HOTPS)

Course Description

This is a live, hands-on training course designed for preschool instructors and teachers. Course topics include: fundamental movement for children, class safety overview, games, activities to avoid, manipulatives, lesson planning, inclusion of music, thematic teaching, parent/child teaching, and the use of apparatus. This is a great hands on follow-up to the theory course, with course instructors demonstrating practical examples of many of the concepts taught in R101.

It is strongly recommended to complete R101 prior to taking R102 Preschool Fundamentals: Hands on Training (HOTPS), but this is not a requirement. The course will take approximately four hours to complete.

The locations for the upcoming live courses are:

This is a live course!


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Group Registration


Individual Registration
  • $95 for USA Gymnastics Members: Recreational Coach, Competitive Coach, Judge, Meet Director, Owner/Managing Director, Athlete (aged 14 or older)
  • $120 for non-members (aged 14 or older)
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Member Club Group Registration
  • USA Gymnastics Members Clubs can register their member and non-member employees (aged 14 or older) at the following discounted rates:
    • 1st Registrant: $95
    • 2nd - 6th - Registrant: $89/person
    • 7th - 11th - Registrant: $85/person
    • 12th - 19th - Registrant: $79/person
    • 20th+ - Registrant: $75/person
    • 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.
All attendees aged 18 and older must complete the U110 U.S. Center for Safe Sport Core Training in order to participate


  • Attendees must be USA Gymnastics members (Recreational Coach, Competitive Coach, Judge, Meet Director, Owner/Managing Director, Athlete)
  • Course attendees must be a minimum of 14 years old
  • Attendees aged 18 and older MUST have completed U110: U.S. Center Safe Sport Core course to attend this training.
  • Pre-registration can be done online up to 1 week prior to the scheduled course date.
  • All on-site registrations will be charged a $25 late fee and are not guaranteed course materials or a spot in the course.
  • To transfer a registration to another person, please email
  • Transfers can be made up to 1 week before the course date at no cost.
  • Transfers made less than 1 week before the course date, and transfers made onsite, will result in a $30 transfer fee.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing at
  • Cancellation requests received more than 2 weeks before the course date will result in a 50% refund.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than two weeks before the course date.

Additional Course Information

The R102 Preschool Fundamentals course has been developed to:
    • Enhance the status of recreational gymnastics programs throughout the United States.
    • Establish requirements for certification which will help identify competent preschool and recreational gymnastics teachers.
    • Provide appropriate information for preschool and recreational gymnastics teachers.
    • Help standardize recreational gymnastics teaching throughout the United States.
    • Provide resources, instructional materials, and assistance at all levels of teaching.
    • This course is focused on teaching gymnastics movement education to preschool children (ages 1-5).

Additional Resources: Please visit the USA gymnastics online store for an opportunity to purchase the KAT and Movement Education Lesson Plan Development (MELPD) work books. These resources compliment material presented in the R101 and R102 Preschool Fundamentals courses.

Click here to view supplementary Preschool teacher products.

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USA Gymnastics University

The R102 Preschool Fundamentals: Hands on Training (HOTPS) 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. Note: Allow 3-4 weeks for the certificate to become available once course has been completed. To print course certificates, individuals must have an active USA Gymnastics membership (Recreational Coach, Competitive Coach, Judge, Owner/Managing Director, or Athlete).

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.