WHAT TO DO ON YOUR FIRST DAY AT SPOKANE GYMNASTICS
On your first day, it’s wise to come five minutes early, both to handle the paperwork and also to let your child look around this odd, colorful place and get comfortable. When you come in, please check-in at the service desk. We will handle the paperwork 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, by the yellow half-wall in the main gym for school-age instructional classes, or for students 5 years old and younger at the entrance of the preschool gym, at the east end of 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 ongoing 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.
We strongly prefer that parents do not go out on the floor. However, in the extreme case that a preschool child is frightened and will not go with his or her group, the child’s parent may walk along behind the group with the child in tow. Sit beside the group’s activities until the child is ready to participate. When that happens, excuse yourself quickly and return to the parent area – carefully! To maintain a clean environment, we require that shoes are removed.
We have bleachers and chairs for observation on the main level, plus a walking track upstairs at the perimeter of our main gym! For their safety, we do not want children upstairs but adults are welcome to walk or observe from above.
WHAT TO WEAR TO CLASS
Children should be barefoot in general gymnastics classes; socks can be very slippery.
For Trampoline and Tumbling, cotton socks or trampoline shoes should be worn on the EuroTrampoline and Double Mini Trampoline.
For Parkour students ages 6 and older, comfortable clothes along with athletic shoes, preferably wrestling or minimal shoes should be worn. Please bring clean, dry shoes with a good gripping sole to each class, and running or tennis shoes are acceptable.
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. If a leo is not available, a tucked-in T-shirt and shorts or stretchy athletic style pants is acceptable, 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. Please no bare midriff, if sports bras and shorts are preferred by the student, then a fitted tank top or t-shirt must be worn as well.
For boys, a fitted 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.
ARRIVING 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 8 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 8 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. We strategically stager classes, and typically have a class starting every 15 minutes, so your child can warm-up then re-join their original 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 proper notice is given, we will do everything possible to accommodate a make-up class. A MAKE-UP WILL ONLY BE PROVIDED IF WE ARE GIVEN 24 HOUR NOTICE PRIOR TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHEDULED CLASS THAT THEY WILL MISS! Please inquire as to make-up class availability and schedule ahead of time. Make-ups are limited to 3 per student per class per session.
We have plenty of parking! Please park anywhere in the gym parking lot and be courteous to our neighbors at the Vet Clinic by not parking in their spaces. We have additional parking on the north and east sides of our facility and appreciate your assistance in helping us remain good neighbors.
Spokane Gymnastics does NOT close for snow days, even when schools are closed or delayed. Even in the most extreme weather our coaches have managed to come to the gym and have been prepared to teach their classes. To simplify things, our policy is to always offer classes unless there is a situation that causes the gym to be considered unsafe. We will be here and offer your class but if you feel that it isn’t safe to drive to the gym due to weather please remember that we have many make-up options.
PARENTAL DAILY ROLE AND GENERAL GUIDELINES
Parents play an important role in the development of a successful gymnast. We welcome your presence at class practice, functions and at every competition. We are a family friendly and family oriented gym. We want your input and support because we want your child to succeed. Please remain positive and supportive of your gymnast, coaches and the gym at all times. If you have questions, comments or concerns please ask. All policies and procedures at Spokane Gymnastics are designed to ensure a fun, safe and successful program for everyone involved. Parents of students potty-trained and older may drop off their children and leave the facility provided they return prior to the class ending. Parents staying at our facility are required to stay in designated viewing area at all times and may not enter the gymnastics area of the gym for any reason whatsoever.
Communication is important and we have an open door policy for all gymnasts and parents. Please come to any of your child’s coaches before class begins or after class ends if you have a problem or concern. We are in business to serve you and your child. Your thoughts and ideas are important to us. Let your child’s coach know if your child has an injury, illness or medication. Please communicate anything that may affect your athlete’s ability with class, including special needs, personal issues, or anything that might effect your child’s
behavior. We happily serve all abilities and will work with you to find solutions but need to be aware of anything that might impact your child’s participation. Please escort your child into the lobby and meet your child in the lobby as soon as their class ends. Parents are encouraged to stay and watch their child’s class, but are welcome to leave, provided they return PRIOR to their child’s class completion.
For their safety, gymnasts are not allowed to wait outside the building or to leave with anyone other than their legal parent or guardian without the written permission of their parent unless it is a car-pool situation where the child arrives with the other parent.
It is possible that a gymnast will have to leave, or will not be allowed to join our program. This may include the gymnast leaving due to the actions or in-actions of his or her parents. We never want to punish a child for the actions of his or her parent(s). Our intent is not to punish the child in these instances. However we cannot tolerate parents who by their words or actions do not support the policies and values of our program or students who repeatedly cause disturbances to the point that negatively impacts the integrity of the class, our program, or the safety of themselves, their coach, or other students. Spokane Gymnastics reserves the right to refuse service to anyone at any time for any reason. Refunds are not given on any tuition or fees paid to Spokane Gymnastics should the actions of your family or child compel us to remove your child from our program.
Communicating effectively with every parent and student in our classes is a challenge, but one that we embrace! We work very hard to get information to you in a timely manner by putting information on the front door and chalk-board. We also provide literature to your child after class on a regular basis to keep you informed as to special programs and updates, plus we keep our website current with as much information as possible. Please check spokanegymnastics.com regularly to stay informed about your child’s gymnastics program. Should you have questions, don’t speculate or assume, ASK! Don’t hesitate to ask your coach questions. Our service desk staff is available to answer questions as well. You should always be able to reach a service desk staff by calling the gym at 533-9646 or 315-533, but if for any reason you have a question, concern or issue that is urgent, call Nadine (owner) on her mobile phone at 509-590-6177.
OUR EFFORTS TO CREATE A NUT-FREE ZONE
We have many students in our program who have SEVERE and LIFE-THREATENING nut allergies. Please do not bring any products containing nuts into our facility. Thank you for your consideration; we appreciate your cooperation. We do everything possible to provide a safe environment for everyone who enters our facility. If you or your child has any medical conditions that we need to be aware of to be extra vigilant in protecting them, please contact or discuss directly with your coach. Please be aware that while we make every effort to provide a nut-free zone, we cannot guarantee our success since we have many children, parents and visitors enter our facility who may not be aware of our policy.
SERVICE ANIMALS WELCOME AT SPOKANE GYMNASTICS
Due to liability, and our mascots Jemma, Kai and Simeio being protective of their environment, we ask that you do not bring your pets to Spokane Gymnastics. Especially during warmer temperatures, please do not leave pets in your vehicle! ADA certified service animals are welcome, please simply update us at the service desk so we can move our gym mascots. We respectfully ask that you do not bring your pets in our facility. If you need a place for your dog during class, please check-in at the service desk, and we would be happy to give you access to our outside kennel.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES
Each gymnast also pays an annual membership fee priced as follows:
Child membership fee ———— $30
Family membership fee ———- $45
The membership is valid for one year from the date of payment. Membership is required to take classes at Spokane Gymnastics and provides many benefits, including discounts for all of our programs.
SPOKANE GYMNASTICS FEES
All of our classes run year-round. We have three 13-week sessions (Fall, Winter, and Spring) and one 10- week Summer Session that roughly parallel the Spokane District 81 school schedules. Students may start at any time and pay for the total amount of classes remaining in the session, after the 2nd week of the session (make-up classes will be provided if registering within the first two weeks of any session). Tuition payments accepted include: check (made payable to: Spokane Gymnastics); cash; VISA or MasterCard. Tuition is due on or before the first class of each session, and a $50 deposit is required to save a spot in each class (pre- register for a future session), with the balance due prior to the first day of class. If registering mid-session, full payment is required to register. The $50 credit will be held in the student’s account if un-enrolled prior to two weeks before first class and may be used for any services or apparel at Spokane Gymnastics.
A fee of $25 will be charged if less than two weeks notice is given for dropping the class prior to the session starting. The $50 deposit is required to register for a class even if a family is enrolled in Auto-Pay. We do offer monthly payments through our “Auto-Pay” system; where we process three payments to a Visa or Mastercard at the beginning of the month. There is a $10 fee for auto-pay, per family, per session. If enrolling in auto- pay you are still committing to, and responsible for, full session of payments.
Spokane Gymnastics does not offer refunds for any reason. Credits may be granted on an individual basis at the sole discretion of Spokane Gymnastics management.
Spokane Gymnastics offers a wide range of classes throughout the week. Gymnasts may enroll in as many classes a week as they would like. Tuition is calculated by the number of hours of practice per week in the 13 week session for which a student is enrolled. We have auto-pay available (three monthly payment to a Visa or MasterCard. There is a $10 fee for auto-pay, per family, per session.
We give priority for registering for the next session to those students currently enrolled in classes. Those students currently in classes will have a full week to sign-up for classes prior to the date when general registration opens, typically a month prior to the first day of the Session. We start enrolling students at 7:00am, and you may register online using the access code provided to students currently enrolled in classes, call in or visit the service desk.
In an effort to accommodate our students, Spokane Gymnastics now offers abbreviated sessions for PE for Tiny Tots, Preschool, Bizzy Bee, PS Parkour and Level 1 classes. Students must attend consecutive classes and make-up classes will be provided during dates of enrollment. Registration for an abbreviated session of classes opens one week prior to the first day of each session. Annual membership fee is still required and there is the option to sign up for eight, six, or four week session. If space permits, students may extend a session. CALL FOR PRICING
We are excited to welcome you to Spokane Gymnastics and look forward to offering a fun, productive, and safe gymnastics experience!