The ASCA Accreditation program is recognised by the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme and requires strong commitment from all members to maintain the high standards expected of Adjudicators in our sport.

In addition to a minimum three year training program for new cadets, the accreditation program requires each member to have a minimum number of hours of practical adjudicating each year.  Practical adjudicating hours are distributed across a broad range of divisions and age groups, including both teamwork and solo/duo competitions.  Combined with theoretical & practical learning through seminars and attendance at meetings, an adjudicator’s knowledge is continually updated.

Seminar topics are varied throughout the three year accreditation cycle. Theoretical seminars may include anatomy & body mechanics, self reflection skills, public speaking and ballet/dance theory. Practical seminars include consensus moderation activities, where Adjudicators work in pairs to adjudicate items and then compare marks across the group to assist in the uniformity of assessment.

As part of the accreditation cycle, members are required to present a verbal report to their peers at the end of their 6th & 9th year of adjudicating, sharing their developmental gains and experiences during their tenure as an adjudicator.

Following the 12th year of adjudicating, members may undertake a research paper on a topic relevant to the advancement of Calisthenics and/or adjudicating skills. This research paper is presented orally by the adjudicator to the ASCA Victorian Branch members. A written presentation is provided to the Adjudicators  Advisory Board (AAB), other State ASCA branches and the Australian Calisthenic Federation (ACF), and is stored in the library as a source for future reference.

Cadet Program

To enable acceptance into the Cadet program, interested candidates must submit a Calisthenic resume. It is a prerequisite that applicants have been a registered Calisthenics Coach with an approved standard of competitive class, as accepted by the Committee, and have taught a range of age groups. Applicants may be interviewed and, if deemed a suitable applicant, sit an entrance examination. Members of the ASCA must not be participating in Calisthenics  beyond the first workbook of their cadetship.

Once accepted into the program, cadet adjudicators complete three workbooks. Each workbook takes a minimum of one year, maximum of two years, to complete. Cadets can expect intensive training covering a range of activities aligned to the required skill sets of qualified adjudicators. Each of the following activities has a prescribed minimum requirement to enable progress through the program.

Video Sessions involve viewing 4 – 5 sets of work, where each cadet brings a writer and adjudicates the sections, writing critiques and giving marks to each set viewed. Critiques are then discussed as a group. There are always experienced adjudicators on hand to give advice.

Writing involves writing for adjudicators at competitions. This is an important aspect where Cadets learn correct competition procedures as well as essential features of critique writing.

Observing is when a cadet attends a competition and sits either beside an experienced Adjudicator and the writer or with another experienced adjudicator, away from the audience. The cadet listens to the experienced adjudicator and gets a feel for the speed at which an adjudicator is required to work. Often they will take along their own mark-up sheet for discussion at the end of the competition. Questions can be asked and answered without the pressure of writing a critique.

Shadow sessions are a very important aspect of adjudicator training. This is where the 2nd and 3rd workbook cadet attends a competition with their own writer, whilst an experienced adjudicator is adjudicating. The cadet adjudicates the competition without discussion with the appointed adjudicator. The appointed adjudicator takes copies of her own critiques and at the completion of the competition, the cadet and adjudicator meet to discuss the Cadet’s critiques and results in depth.

Throughout the program, cadets must also undertake significant home study and regularly submit self assessment reports.

At the end of the 3rd workbook, the cadet is required to sit and pass a further written exam and final interview. Following this, cadets present an oral report to their home state’s ASCA branch at the annual general meeting, highlighting their progression and personal development through the program.

Cadets continually comment on how thorough the training program is and the confidence they have gained to perform as a qualified adjudicator at the end of their training. The camaraderie of the adjudicators and the willingness of all adjudicators to assist cadets is a critical component of the success of the training process.

Distance Education

The ASCA has produced a distance education program for those who wish to become adjudicators while living in geographically remote areas or states without an ASCA branch. This program has been developed through the AAB and includes the same activities as the regular cadet program. Applications for a cadet outside of Victoria should be made to the AAB.