Club Guidelines

Club General Rules

Leap Gymnastics Club is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for young people who participate in our activities, which reflects the guidelines contained in Gymnastics Ireland Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s┬áSport and also in line with Department of Education and Skills. Our mission is to provide a high quality of gymnastics instructions in a safe learning, progressive and encouraging environment and to help each gymnast to reach his/her fullest potential.

Safety

Parents / Guardians and other family members or friends are not permitted inside the main gymnastic hall during the training session. The coaches are happy to help parents & guardians with any questions, only before the class starts or at the end of the class.

Parents / Guardians are responsible for ensuring the safe entry and exit of their children from the car park to the gymnastics hall and vice versa.

Please ensure that your child gets into class on time and is collected on time. We will try to assist you in the case of an emergency. Doors open 5 min before the class time.

Images and videos taken during gymnastics training and events, may be used for Leap Gymnastics Club promotional (the club website or Facebook page), advertising, gymnast training or coaches / judges educational purposes.

No running in the gym unless instructed by a coach.

Gymnasts are not allowed to leave the premises unless and parent/guardian has come to the front door for collection.

Gymnasts must ask permission from the coach if they wish to leave the class for any reason.

If a child is unwell please do not send her/him to the class. If the child is not fit to attend school on that day then he/she won’t be fit for gymnastics either.

Change of Status

It is the parent / guardian responsibility to notify Leap Gymnastics Club of any change in your address, phone number and most importantly if there are any changes in your child’s medical condition.

Club Fees

In order to secure your child’s place for the following term, fees must be paid in time before the start of the new term. Failure to do so may result in forfeiting your child’s place in the class as there is an on-going demand for places. Please note that the fees are for your child place in the class and not for her/his attendance.

Membership is renewed in September each year.

Gymnasts without current membership will not be allowed to attend training sessions.

Payment is accepted in the form of cash or direct debit (club account details will be provided on request). If paying cash, we would like to ask to enclose exact amount in a sealed envelope with the name and amount written on it.

Leap Gymnastics Club does not offer class fees refunds for any reason nor do we pro-rate for missed training sessions.

Equipment:

All gymnasts must help to put away and tidy up the equipment before exiting the gym.

No one is permitted on the equipment without coach approval.

Misuse of the equipment will not be tolerated.

Drinks & Food

No food is allowed in the gymnasium at any time.

Gymnasts are allowed to bring in their own water bottle (no fizzy or energy drinks) and leave it in the designated area for the entire session.

Personal Belongings

Gymnasts must leave their shoes, bags and clothing items in the changing rooms and not in the gym hall. This is to ease congestion in the gymnasium and to avoid trip hazards. Leap Gymnastics Club is not responsible for any lost or stolen items in the facility. It is advisable for items of clothing to be clearly marked with the child’s name.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are often given to children for security, enabling parents to keep in touch and make sure they are safe. Young people value their phones highly as it offers them a sense of independence. In addition mobile phones allow quick and easy contact, which can make a safe and efficient way to carry out club business. Gymnasts are not allowed with mobile phones during class. Mobile phones should be switched off or set to “silent mode” and left in the changing room with the personal belongings.

Bullying Policy

What is Bullying? Bullying is repeated aggression be it verbal, psychological or physical, which is conducted by an individual or group against others. It is behaviour, which is intentionally aggravating and intimidating and occurs mainly among children in social environments such schools, sports clubs and other organisations working with children. It includes behaviours such teasing, taunting, threatening, hitting or extortion by one or more children against a victim. It is the responsibility of Sports Leaders to deal with bullying that may take place in the organisation.

Combating Bullying. Leap Gymnastics Club promotes an anti-bullying policy, which includes the following measures: Raising awareness of bullying as an unacceptable form of behaviour. Creating an ethos, which encourage children, Sports Leaders and parents/guardians to report bullying and to use the procedures of the complaints mechanism of the organisation to address the problem. Providing comprehensive supervision of children at all sporting activities. Providing a supportive environment for victims of bullying. Obtaining the co-operation of parents/guardians to counter bullying. All gymnasts are expected to show respect and courtesy towards the coaches and fellow gymnasts

Attire

Girls should wear leotard and leggings (over the leotard) but if they do not have these, tracksuit bottoms or shorts with a tucked in t-shirt should be worn during training sessions. Please ensure there are no buttons, zippers or anything that can catch on equipment or injure the gymnast or coach during their training session. Boys should wear tracksuit bottoms or shorts with a tucked in t-shirt. Leotard and club hoodie is compulsory for beginner competitive and competitive squad.

Bare feet or gymnastics shoes are the safest and only accepted footwear. Socks are not allowed as they can cause the child to slip. The only socks allowed are the ones with anti slip soles. If your child has any medical concerns with his / her feet (Verrucas or open sores etc.), athletic tape or gymnastics shoes must be worn.

Long fingernails and toenails present a risk and must be kept short by gymnasts

Hair should be secured back off the face and neck with elastics and clips

No jewellery watches during the class – Leap Gymnastics takes no responsibility for jewellery (or any valuables) brought to the class

There is very limited availability to the competitive group and parents should not automatically expect that children will progress to this group, regardless of how long they have been members.

The gymnasts are assigned to groups during the training session. No parent/guardian or gymnast is to decide what group he/she should be assigned to. The coach has the final say as to who competes based on their opinion of the degree of preparedness for the competition.