1. What should my child wear for gymnastics?
Children should wear lycra or cotton shorts and a properly sized T-shirt. OGC has a number of brand new and “previously loved” gym suits for sale at the office. Although not a necessity - special gymnastic suits are available. There’s no need to spend a lot of money if your gymnast is just starting out. All long hair needs to be up in a ponytail. No jewelry and no shoes or socks. Bare feet only in the gym please.
2. Important Reminders for Each Session:
- Parents please do not enter the gym - unless you are in a child participation class with your child.
- Bare feet in the gym please. No outside footwear in the gym.
- No food or drink in the gym
- No flash photography.
- Please do not call out from the viewing area. There are recreational and competitive athletes training and this can be very disruptive and dangerous.
- Adults please do not enter the change rooms. There are public washrooms available for adults.
- OGC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. We strongly recommend that all children’s clothing and valuables be kept with their parents or locked in the public lockers by the gym door entrance. Public lockers are available at a cost of .25 cents.
- There is a lost and found on the main floor by the vending machine. If you don’t find an item please check with the office.
- Emergency Fire Lane: Emergencies happen when you least expect it. We always need to be prepared to keep our athletes safe. You can help by NEVER parking in the Fire/EMERGENCY Lane (Between the YMCA and OGC Main Entrance). It puts our children at risk. When you are dropping off or picking up your children, please remember the safety rules apply and please don’t speed in the parking lot. LET’S ALL DO OUR PART TO KEEP OUR FIRE LANE CLEAR AND FREE AT ALL TIMES.
3. What activities does my child do in class?
Each program is designed for a particular age group, their physical and mental ability at each age. Throughout a session, children will learn gymnastic skills on the beam, bars, floor, vault, and trampoline particular to the level and age of the child. To read about 20 reasons - Why Gymnastics? Click Here
4. How do I know which program or level to register my child?
We have adopted a new program for our recreational athletes as well, to prepare them better for the competitive program if their skill level allows them to transition. Instead of badges we have opted to provide Certificates of Completion. For more information please click here.
Your child will be working on the skills needed to master the level she is in. The coach will bring testing sheets around to record the progress. They will mark as "attempted", "learning" and "mastered". As soon as the athlete has shown proficiency in all the skills, she will receive will begin to work on more challenging movements. The coaches will advise our office of the athletes levels before registration starts. If you are unsure of your athlete’s level please check with our office prior to registration.
5. How many kids are in a class?
All classes at OGC fall within the guidelines laid out by Gymnastics Canada. Our younger programs are a ratio of 1:6 and the older groups are 1:8.
6. Why do the prices vary per program and session?
The rates depend on the time length of the class (ie. 45 mins vs. 1 hr) and the # of classes in the session (which is based on the # of weeks in the session). Prices can vary depending on the day of the week due to cancellations for holidays, long weekends, ect.
7. How do progress reports work?
For Artistic Girls: We have a program that includes progress reports and certificates of completion. At the end of the session your athlete will receive a progress report or a certificate of completion, depending on the skill level they achieved.
For Artistic Boys: Artistic boys will receive an evaluation/report card at the end of each session which will indicate their progress.
We know all children do not progress at the same rate and siblings or children joining together may not stay together for each session. “Testing” for report cards will be done throughout the entire session and the evaluation of your child’s gymnastics skills will be done by the coaches. If you have questions regarding their progress, it is best to speak with your child’s coach at the end of class.
8. What happens if I register my child and they don’t like it?
We are aware that gymnastics is not for all children. Our coaches will do our best to ensure your child enjoys their class. Should the class not a good fit, you can choose to withdrawal from the program. Please note: there will be a $30 withdrawal/cancellation fee.
9. What is involved in moving into the Competitive Program
Competitive programs are invitational programs only, meaning that movement of a child into these programs is not automatic at a certain age or level. We host annual try outs for our Interclub, WAG, MAG, Trampoline and Acro programs. If you are interested in a competitive program, please email [email protected]
10. If there is an emergency evacuation at Okanagan Gymnastics Centre
If there is a need to evacuated Okanagan Gymnastics Centre, our coaches and staff will lead the children in classes to the nearest emergency exit. They will go directly to the meeting area by the Little Travelers Safety Village. If the weather is poor the children will be lead to the YMCA. Depending on the reason for evacuation, classes may resume or the parents will be called to come pick up their child if they are not at the Centre.
11. Leaving Class Early
If you need to take your child out of class early, please make sure that you let the coach or office team know.
12. EMERGENCY/FIRE LANE
Emergencies happen when you least expect it. We always need to be prepared to keep our athletes safe. You can help by NEVER parking in the Fire/EMERGENCY Lane (Between the YMCA and OGC Main Entrance). It puts the safety of our children at risk. When you are dropping off or picking up your children, please remember the safety rules apply and please no speeding in the parking lot.
LET’S ALL DO OUR PART TO KEEP OUR FIRE LANE
CLEAR AND FREE AT ALL TIMES
Parents can apply directly to these possible funding sources for support:
- Athletics 4 Kids: http://www.a4k.ca/
- JumpStart: http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/en.html?gclid=COjEl8jV3dACFcVgfgodorEGSw#apply
- KidSport™ is a community based sport-funding program established in 1993 by Sport BC. KidSport™ provides grants for children ages 18 and under to participate in a sport season of their choice. There are 41 community chapters in BC and over 175 chapters across Canada. KidSport™ works to fulfill its mission of eliminating the financial barriers to sport participation, ‘So ALL Kids Can Play!’ For more information, please visit www.KidSport.ca/BC. Please note that this is not part of Okanagan Gymnastics and you apply to KidSport Kelowna by clicking on this application: http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/site/assets/files/7175/2016-ks_kelowna_application-1.pdf