Promote positive participation within the sport:
- Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy the sport.
- Focus on your child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing, a good performance is just as important as results.
- Remember that children participate in this sport for their benefit. Please encourage children to participate, do not force them. Competitive Gymnastics is an extremely difficult sport as it demands both physical and mental maturity from young children. For a child to progress successfully they must want to participate in all aspects of the sport. Remember not all children are suited to competitive gymnastics.
- Help your child to learn the rules and participate within them.
- REMEMBER: Encourage. Don’t criticise.
- Don’t compare your child to others, there is no comparison between the Sun and the Moon, they shine when it’s their time…..
Set a good example:
- Respect coaches’ and other officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
- Show appreciation of volunteers, coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.
- Discourage challenging or arguing with volunteers, coaches, officials and administrators. Publicly accept their professional judgment.
- If you have an issue, please use the correct channels to raise your issue.
- Recognise good sportsmanship and applauding the good performances of all.
- Criticism of other people’s children and/or coaches can be upsetting to all and is frowned upon by this club. Please refrain from doing so at any time.
- ASoG have an open-door policy, if you have issues/concerns regarding your child’s training please speak directly to a member of staff.
Ensure maximum achievements from training sessions:
- Ensure your child arrives 5 minutes before the start of each session. All gymnasts should attend the warm-up as it is an essential part of the training session. It prepares the gymnasts both physically and mentally for the session ahead. (Lateness is recorded)
- Contact the club in advance if your child will be late or absent for a session – 01908 647060 (please refrain from emailing, voicemail is available)
- Always ensure your child is dressed appropriately for their training session – trainers are required for every session.
- If your child has long hair please ensure it is tied up out of their face. To avoid injury to eyes, ensure long hair is plaited and when pulled round to their face does not reach their eyes. To avoid coaches pulling hair when supporting, use hair spray and clips.
- Ensure your child brings water to every session (AVOID ENERGY DRINKS) and a healthy packed lunch/Snack if required (Breaks are only scheduled for sessions in excess of 4 hours, in line with British Gymnastics Ethics and Welfare Policy). (Sandwiches and fruit or slow release energy food like pasta is perfect. Snacks such as crisps, chocolate etc will only give children a burst of energy and your child will not be able to train effectively for the remainder of the session.)
- Gymnasts are expected to attend every scheduled compulsory training session. Gymnasts are encouraged not to miss training except for serious reasons (illness etc). Gymnasts are encouraged to attend parties, book dentist and physio/sport injury appointments outside of their training times. Individual Training programmes are set at the beginning of each competition year working around the appropriate competitions. The programmes incorporate, skill learning phases, skill consolidating phases and competition routine training phases. Any time out of the gym will affect their training program. In case of an unauthorized absence, a message should be left with the gym (01908 647060) prior to the start of the training session.
- Parents should inform their respective coach of any planned absence or holidays as soon as possible and are urged to book family holidays after scheduled competitions and not during the run up to a competition.
Parents are expected to ensure their child follows the flexibility and conditioning program set whilst on family holidays, to ensure their child is able to return to their training program with ease. If the programme is not followed it will show considerably when the child returns to full training.
- Parents must not enter the gym or training area at any time, unless invited to do so by a coach. If a parent wishes to talk with a coach please approach the coach either before the start or after a session, if, due to certain circumstances, it is not an appropriate time for the coach to discuss the matter a convenient day/time can be arranged.
- Always collect your child promptly from every session. Parents/guardians must be present at the facility at least 5 minutes before the end of a training session.
Ensuring the Safety of our members during training sessions:
- Earring and jewellery must be removed for training
- Please inform your childs personal coach if your child is carrying an injury, to allow their personal promgrammes to be adapted if required. Please ensure that your child sees a sports injury specialist for any injury ongoing for more than 7 days or if enduring severe pain.
- Gymnasts are expected to attend their scheduled training sessions whilst injured, a specific programme will be given to ensure injuries are not aggravated.