Gymnasts are some of the strongest, pound for pound, of Olympic Athletes. They show their strength by moving their own bodies through many positions, and their strength is high compared to their own body weight. Gaining and keeping strength is one of the best benefits to participating in gymnastics.
Gymnasts generally gain more upper body strength than those participating in other sports.
Gymnasts learn how to fall without injuring themselves early in training. Learning how to use the mats and spread out their falls over a greater area and time, gymnasts are able to fall more without injury. While injury is always a risk, using the mats and learning how to right themselves in the air (like a cat), falls are more predictable and easier to be done correctly.
Gymnastics provides a great opportunity to form friendships outside of school. Working closely together with their peers helps friendships form naturally, as well as strengthening those friendships through team competitions. Gymnasts learn to encourage one another, cheer each other on and support each other through their training and beyond.
The ability to balance is a great skill and is even the focus of two whole events- the balance beam for women and the pommel horse for men. Gymnasts learn to not only balance on their feet (or a foot) but also their hands. Handstands are one of the basic skills of gymnastics and is a skill built throughout training.
Gymnastics requires its athletes to be more flexible than most other sports and is one of the most defining characteristics of gymnasts. Being flexible can help reduce injuries, and care in training can help athletes increase flexibility without injury.
Gymnasts tend to do very well in school. The dedication used for learning gymnastics often spills over into their academic life. Scholarships can be won with gymnastic training and good grades. It's a great way to reduce costs for going to college.
Gym capacity limit: 32 participants, ages 4+ are welcome (**ages 4-6 need to be accompanied by an adult within arms reach to help children follow the social distancing requirements), no more than 6 per event
All participants and staff must wash hands upon entering the gymnastics facility
All participants will be given designated stations to work at and will be instructed when to move onto another station, maintaining required 6 foot distancing guideline for all participants
The drinking fountain is currently disabled. Please have your participant bring a filled water bottle (water only, not Gatorade, powerade, etc in the gym.) Water bottle must have a tight seal (no cups with lid/straw)
Communal chalk bins have been removed. Chalk may be purchased at $3 per block for individual use.
Cubbies are closed. 6ft floor markers will be on the east side of the gym for participants to place their belongings
Viewing area is closed. Per USAG requirements to allow viewing for parents, up to 1 adult per participant may be in the gym (standing room only). You are asked to remain at your participant’s floor marker and not engage with your child during the lesson
No stunting or engaging in other activities that require close contact
Spotting is now allowed.
Instructors will wear masks at all times.
Please no lingering before or after your scheduled gym time
Mat/equipment sharing will be limited
Participants and instructors will use hand sanitizer before and after each event
Vinyl equipment/mats that have been used will be sanitized after each group completes their lesson
Leather and wood equipment will be sanitized 1-3x daily with a disinfectant fogger/mist
The foam pit will be off limits (Exception: using a vinyl mat placed on top of the pit for soft landings. The mat must be sanitized after use)
The single bathroom in the gym will be available for use and sanitized at minimum every 2 hours