Can I start Gymnastics at any time?
Yes! We allow enrollment mid-session and pro-rate down the tuition for students who join late. That said, most classes fill prior to the first day of each session, so if you are set on a specific day, time or instructor, please register as soon as possible! Also, please note that students who join within the first two weeks of a session will receive the appropriate number of make-up classes, and we start pro-rating tuition when we have less than 80% of classes remaining in a set session.
We are all signed up and ready for gymnastics! What now?
We will e-mail you information about our program including our handbook, the skills your child will be introduced to in their class, as well as a guide to gymnastics. Each student must have a waiver form completed by their legal parent or guardian prior to participating in our program. We have the waiver form available online, at both of our facilities, plus we are happy to e-mail it to you.
On your first day, it’s wise to come five minutes early, to let your child look around this odd, colorful place and get comfortable. There will be lots of other children, lots of noise, and lots of parents; it takes a little time to absorb it all.
Please check in at the service desk. We will handle check-in and direct you to the restrooms and locker rooms. Leave clothes and shoes in the cubbies or lockers. Cotton socks may be worn if little feet tend to get cold, but we love bare feet best.
We start our classes on time and ask that students be ready, in the lobby, to be met by their coach and go to their first event together. If you do not know who your child’s coach is please inquire at the service desk and we will introduce you. Since we take attendance, we do not require on-going check-in at the service desk. Each coach has their bio on the wall in the lobby along with a picture to help your child get to know them prior to their first interaction. Each coach has a roster for their class and will take their students as a group to their first event. We follow a lesson plan and rotation schedule to ensure that your child has the best, most productive, and enjoyable experience possible in the time they are in class.
What should my child wear?
Dress is informal. For girls, the best dress from the standpoint of instruction is a leotard. A leo allows us to see exactly what position a child’s body is in, the better to make corrections. It also gives the instructor a good grip if the need to spot (take hold of the child) should arise. That said, if a leo is not available, a tucked in T-shirt and shorts or stretchy athletic style pants will do, but no belts, buckles or snaps are allowed on our equipment. No jewelry may be worn and hair shoulder length or longer must be tied back.
For boys, a tightly fitting t-shirt and shorts are preferred, again to be able to see the body well. Loose clothing gets in the way of skills and hinders spotting. If the boy’s hair is long enough, it should be secured in a pony-tail.
Children should be barefoot; socks can be very slippery and tend to get lost in the foam pit.
What if I have to miss a class?
We want to make sure you have the opportunity to make-up for missed classes. If you know that you will miss your class and 24 hour notice is given, we will do everything possible to accommodate a make-up class. (If your child is sick, we are sympathetic, please give us an update right away and we will provide a make-up when your child is once again healthy enough for gymnastics). Please inquire as to make-up class availability and schedule ahead of time. Another option is the age-appropriate Open Gym. We offer Indoor Playground Monday – Friday from noon to 1:00pm for ages 6 years old and under and Open Gym on Thursdays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm for ages 6 and older. “Flippin’ Fun Movie Night” is the 1st Friday of the month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm and may be used as a make-up option. For all make-up classes, and Flippin’ Fun Movie Night please register to save your spot and for Open Gyms you may simply show up! All make-ups must be done within the same session of the missed class and each student is limited to three make-up classes per session.
Why must we arrive on time to class?
We have a pre-planned lesson for each class and start classes on time. Due to insurance requirements, each student MUST complete a full warm-up and stretch prior to doing any gymnastics. If your child arrives less than 5 minutes late we will allow them to join the class but they will be required to stretch. If your child is less than 10 minutes late it is at the coach’s discretion as to whether the child is permitted to join the class; any child arriving more than 10 minutes late will not be allowed out on the floor and will have the option of a make-up class or to warm-up and stretch with the next class. Please understand that this is for your child’s safety as well as the integrity of the class in general. We are committed to providing a safe, fun and productive gymnastics experience, and your courtesy, cooperation and understanding is appreciated!
We are new to your program, how do I know what level to register for?
For children under 5 years old, we offer age-appropriate classes. For under 3 years old, we have the PE for Tiny Tots class where a coach leads a lesson and parents assist their children. This is a structured class involving all events, along with games, songs and lots of imagination activities. For 3 – 5 years old, our preschool gymnastics classes typically are the correct fit. We teach basic gymnastics skills on all the events and at this level, parents watch from the viewing area. Our instructors are professionals who continually assess and adapt; if your child is ready for a higher level but doesn’t yet meet our age guidelines, we will communicate with you. We allow students to advance when appropriate, even mid-session.
For children five years old and older, we offer a Free New Student Orientation and Assessment. These typically last 10 – 20 minutes and all we require is the legal parent or guardian to complete our waiver form. Our instructors will meet your child and assess what skills they already know and how quickly they learn new skills as well as their interests and goals. We’ll take your child on a tour, introducing them to the apparatus and explaining what each is used for. Parents watch from our lobby or viewing area, then when the assessment is over, the coach will make a level recommendation. You will then have the opportunity to enroll in a class (pro-rated tuition if mid-session) or discuss your options and sign up later. Once we have the waiver form and your information, you may register in person, online or over the phone. New Student Orientation and Assessments are scheduled ahead of time so we may accommodate you. We typically schedule them in our non-peak hours; prior to 3:30pm or after 7:15pm on weekdays and by appointment on weekends or other requested time. We have hundreds of classes to choose from and also enjoy offering a wide variety of options for older gymnasts; novice through advanced (but who want a instructional program). If we do not currently offer a class that meets your needs, please let us know, and if we can, we will accommodate you. We love adding new classes to our program and our goal is to offer a positive gymnastics experience for everyone who has an interest!
How do I know when my child is ready to move up to a more challenging level or what level to register for with the next session?
We continue to assess students regularly and your child’s coach will contact you directly if your child should move to a higher level mid-session. If your child is ready to move up for the upcoming session, you will either receive an e-mail along with the coach’s recommendation, or the coach will speak with you directly. If you are not contacted within two weeks prior to priority enrollment for the next session, your child should continue in the same level. If you have questions about skill charts, or elements that your child should focus on at home, please don’t hesitate to speak directly with your child’s coach or contact the service desk. We want to challenge all the students so they are learning new skills and progressing, but our highest priority is the safety and wellness of your child. We provide certificates with level recommendations each session, prior to priority registration (for those currently enrolled in classes).