The ACF Skills Program was designed and developed to raise the standard of calisthenics
ACF Calisthenics Skills Program
The ACF Skills Program was designed and developed to raise the standard of calisthenics. Since its creation in 1979, the Calisthenic Skills Program is now practiced Australia wide to unify calisthenic terminology and technique. This National Program is administered by each State/Territory body under the auspices of The Australian Calisthenic Federation-Examiner’s Advisory Board which is responsible for setting/updating guidelines (technically & administratively).
The syllabus aims to ensure that every calisthenic pupil is learning the correct technique for longevity in this sport. It has been developed to ensure that pupils progress through the different levels, building on their technique with no demands on the individual which exceeds their maturity or their skills level.
The ACF Skills Program is designed to improve fitness, flexibility, co-ordination and rhythm, musicality, deportment and poise along with providing a sense of achievement for those who complete their Skills levels.
Victorian Mid-Year Skills Exam Period
After consultation with Calisthenics Victoria together with the latest advice from the Victorian Government to cancel non-essential sporting events, the Vic. Skills Sub-committee has cancelled the May-June ACF Skills Exams. This is in consideration for the health and safety of our Victorian members and the wider community.
This situation will continue to be monitored in conjunction with Calisthenics Victoria.
Technical Examination Process
The complete range of Calisthenic Skills videos are available to view online via the ACF YouTube Channel.
Test 1,2 and 3
These tests are designed for younger calisthenic pupils to introduce them to the examination process and encourage proper technique from an early age.
Grade 1,2,3 and 4
As pupils grow and develop the Skills Program progresses to these four Grades. They introduce a more comprehensive vocabulary of terminology, co-ordination, artistry and musicality. Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4, build on earlier studies and allow pupils to enhance their skills at a pace that they are comfortable with.
A Standard Grade Program is available for those who are not focusing on the elements of classical dance as part of their team curriculum. It also caters for those who a slightly restricted in natural flexibility by offering optional versions of several movements. Please note: Standard Grades do not qualify for solo entry, Cadet coaching or Level 1 requirements.
Medals, Bronze, Silver and Gold
The Medal examinations are designed for mature calisthenic pupils. The exercises draw on technique which pupils learnt in earlier examinations and further extends their performance skills, quality of movement, musicality, a sense of floor pattern and space. These exercises include advanced movements which must be mastered to a high standard. Unique to these Medal examinations, pupils include self-choreographed routines which showcase the pupils own artistic style and allows them to be more creative.
From 1982, Victoria has seen;
159 Bronze Medals
87 Silver Medals
88 Gold Medals
Skills Medal examinations are held annually in March, and we encourage all calisthenic participants who have achieved Grade 4 to consider entering the Bronze Level examination.
Calisthenics Skills Resources
All Tests / Grade Syllabi have been revised in recent years, ensuring that the program remains viable. Assessments have also been updated to reflect these changes.
Examinations are conducted as per the written syllabi. Videos are a guide only and should not replace a coach.
Current written syllabi is viewed/downloaded from the ACF website with amendments highlighted in RED.
For more information please contact the Victorian Convenor of the ACF Skills Program
Elizabeth (Liz) Hickey at firstname.lastname@example.org ; Tel 0419 222771