FAQ about gymnastics classes
Is gymnastics safe?
With proper instruction, gymnastics is a very safe sport. Many clubs will skip basic skill progressions that are deemed “easy” but do not understand the fundamental foundation that these skills develop to help prevent injury. Repetition is the key to safe gymnastics. When the body is habitually wired to perform a basic skill, other, more difficult skills, can be added safely. Boost Gymnastics promotes a culture of safety and a healthy respect for the sport of gymnastics. All activity at Boost Gymnastics is always supervised.
While all physical activity contains an inherent risk of injury, we have developed our curriculum to prevent injury from a lack of proper training. One of the many benefits of gymnastics training is the overall agility the student develops. This agility can help to prevent slips, falls, and injuries in any other sporting endeavor as well as in daily life.
What makes you different from other gymnastics clubs?
- Our primary focus is on our students, their parents and family members, and our staff. Our goal is to provide the best and safest gymnastics to our students, unparalleled service to their parents, and to hire, train, and retain the best coaches for your child. We use all of our resources to attain those goals. We base every business decision every day on those goals.
- We teach awesome, safe gymnastics. We don’t ‘dabble’ in gymnastics. We don’t teach other sports. Good gymnastics is the foundation for all other sports. We want our students to learn great gymnastics, have fun, and to take advantage of all the benefits this great sport has to offer.
- We have the best coaches. Our coaches and employees endure a tough interview process that involves background checks and multiple interviews. We have an extensive training program that each coach must complete before he or she is allowed the honor of coaching your child. Many of our coaches are former gymnasts, but a great gymnast does not always make the best coach. Our coaches love being around kids and passing on their love of gymnastics to each student.
- Our coaches all teach the same curriculum. If you have to switch days and times and your child gets a new coach, he/she will learn the same skills as his/her previous class and pick up right where he/she left off. Students are promoted by merit and skill accomplishment.
- We track progress. Students will be evaluated during the year. Parents/students will receive copies of their evaluations. Once a student passes a level, she will be able to enroll in the next level.
- We are not a daycare. We are an instructional facility that teaches your child gymnastics, a very athletic sport.
- Even our camps & events focus on some kind of gymnastics.
- We never stop learning. We constantly and continuously train our coaches on not only gymnastics skills and techniques, but child development, discipline, and psychology. We understand how important a coach can be to a child, and we only hire the best for your child and train them very well through continuing education.
What is the best age to start a child in gymnastics?
Right now is the best age! We have seen students begin gymnastics in their early teens and go on to have very successful gymnastics careers. It’s also beneficial to place your child in a gymnastics class as early as 18 months. You know your child best and know what he/she can handle. Many times a gymnastics class is the first interaction a young child will have with an adult other than a family member.
What should my child wear to class?
A one piece leotard is preferred for girls. Shorts or sweat pants and t-shirts may be worn for boys and girls as long as they are not baggy or covering the feet and present a danger spotting the child. Girls hair should be tied back (i.e. ponytail, braids, bun etc). No jewelry is allowed to be worn. All children must have bare feet while in class.
What happens if I’m running late to pick up my child from camp or class?
Just give us a call and let us know! We completely understand that things happen. We will have a coach stay with your child until you arrive. There is a $15 fee for anyone who is 20 minutes late picking up their child from camp and a $1 fee for every minute after until you arrive.
What days are you closed?
Holiday or prescheduled closings: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break during December/January, and Spring break.
Weather related or unscheduled closings: Boost Gymnastics does not follow any school closing decisions. We will provide an announcement on the answering machine , website, and social media prior to the day’s classes if the facility is going to be closed. To avoid phone congestion please refer to our website or social media for updates regarding weather.
What is the difference between Gymnastics classes and Tumbling classes?
Gymnastics classes are designed for students to learn skills on all gymnastics apparatus including: vault, bars, beam, floor. Tumbling classes focus on floor only. Tumbling skills are taught such as; rolls, cartwheels, standing backbends & kick-overs, round-offs, back handsprings, back tucks, etc.
How will gymnastics benefit my child? Isn’t gymnastics only for girls?
Strength, flexibility, agility, balance, coordination… the list goes on and on. Many articles have been written on the benefits of gymnastics. This statement is one of the best summations of the benefits of gymnastics:
- “Gymnastics is a terrific sport for young people. Many people have grown up in and by gymnastics to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, business people, professors, police officers, nurses, scientists, and many others. Gymnastics provides an outstanding way for young people to test their mettle against themselves and others. Gymnastics can provide opportunities for physical development, character development, and education that are hard to find anywhere else.” – William Sands, Ph.D.
Obviously this statement pertains to boys as well as girls. Many boys who began gymnastics at a young age have graduated to excel in other sports like football, basketball, soccer, baseball, swimming, and track and field. More than a few former gymnasts have gone to college on pole vaulting scholarships.
Is Open Gym, Camp, or Parent's Night Out the same as a gymnastics class?
None of our camps or events are the same as a gymnastics class. While they are extremely fun and skills can be practiced, nothing can replace the instruction from a coach you receive in a class. Events and camps should be used as a supplement to a class and a time to have lots of FUN with friends!
What are the policies regarding students before/after class and during class?
Classes start and end on time. Do not drop off a student more than 15 minutes early for class unless prior arrangements have been made with the front desk. Students who arrive more than 15 minutes late for class will not be allowed to participate for the class. Proper stretching is a must before starting practice. We are not able to pull another coach away from class to stretch the child who arrived late. Please pick your child up on time at the end of class.
Students are expected to follow the gym rules and listen to their coach. Coaches give corrections to students to enhance their abilities and to ensure safety of the student and others around them. Students who are continually disruptive in class will be removed from the class for the day. Our motto: Safety First!!
Are parents allowed inside the gym to watch classes?
We have two viewing areas for class observation. However, for the safety of our students and coaches, parents and spectators are NOT allowed inside the gymnastics area during classes. Parent and Tot classes are exempt.
Is there a visitor/parent policy?
We ask that you do not talk or wave to your child while they are in class. Interruptions could cause serious injury to your child or another child. No flash photography is allowed. This is a USA Gymnastics safety rule. Under no circumstances are children or parents who are not participating in class allowed on the gym floor. If you need to speak with an instructor, please do so at the end of your child’s class. Our instructors are always happy to answer any questions you may have but please keep in mind they may have other children waiting for them. Also, please supervise siblings who are in the seating area.
I think I left something at the gym. What should I do?
We suggest that valuable items not be brought to the gym. Boost Gymnastics is not responsible for any items lost or stolen. However, we do pick up items at the end of the night. If you think you may have left something here, please call the front desk as soon as possible to see if we may have found it. Unclaimed items are donated to charity.
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