Guide to Gymnastics
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. There will be lots of other children, lots of noise and lots of parents – it takes a little time to absorb it all.
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, 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. It can get busy and congested but we have a plan and are much more organized than it might first appear. Once the students start to know their coach and class-mates, the transition of the start and end of classes gets less hectic. 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
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 foam pit.
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. We do not offer refunds for missed classes.
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. Remember, if you schedule a make-up class for your child and are unable to attend, we cannot reschedule that make-up again. Another option is the age-appropriate Open Gym. In the school-year, we offer Indoor Playground Monday – Friday from noon to 1:00pm for ages 6 years old and under and Open Gym on Thursdays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the summer session and 7:00pm to 9:00pm during the school year 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.
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 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. Please understand that this is for your child’s safety as well as the integrity of the class in general. Your courtesy is appreciated!
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN MY CHILD IS READY TO MOVE UP TO A MORE CHALLENGING LEVEL?
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.
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 remember to remain positive with your gymnast at all times. All policies and procedures at Spokane Gymnastics are designed to ensure a fun, safe and successful program for everyone involved.
Parents are required to stay in the viewing area at all times. Parents may not enter the gymnastics area of the gym for any reason whatsoever. Please remain positive and supportive of your gymnast, coaches and the gym at all times. If you have questions, comments or concerns please ask.
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.
Please let your child’s coach know if there is a problem with your child such as injury, illness or medication. Please communicate anything that may affect your athlete’s ability to work out or compete.
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, but 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 of disrupting 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 a question. Our front desk staff is available to answer questions as well.
OUR EFFORTS TO CREATE A NUT-FREE ZONE
We have many students in our program who have SEVERE and LIFE-THREATENING peanut allergies. Please do not bring any products containing nuts into our facility. Thank you for your consideration; we appreciate your cooperation so we can 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 Nadine 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 KC and Jemma 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, but 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.
We are excited to welcome you to Spokane Gymnastics and look forward to offering a fun, productive and safe gymnastics experience!