Competitive Parents Handbook...
· The Organization
· Whistler Gymnastics Vision, Values and Mission
· Whistler Gymnastics History
· Competitive Coaching Team
· WG Competitive Program Info
· Safety First - Gym / Athlete Rules and Injuries
· Competitive Artistic Gymnastics
· Competitive Trampoline and Tumbling Gymnastics
· Whistler Gymnastics Code of Conduct
· Gymnast Responsibility
· Athletes’ Bill of Rights
· Parents’ Code of Ethics
· Coaches’ Code of Ethics
· What Competitive Training Registration Includes and Extra Costs that will Occur
· Physical Ability Testing
· Training Schedule
· Attendance and Punctuality
· Athlete Discipline Procedure
· Athlete Team Placement
· Moving up Competitive Levels
· Competitive Attire
· Competitions for Artistic and Trampoline and Tumbling
· Care of Valuables /Lost and Found
· Community Events
· Gym Cleanliness
· Communication within the Competitive Program
· Complaint Protocol
· Athlete and Parent Competition Guidelines
· Competitive Program Level Info
· Whistler Gymnastics Volunteer Program
· Parent/Athlete/Coach Partnership
· Commitment Contract
Whistler Gymnastics Club is a registered non-profit society. We are governed by our club membership through direction from their elected volunteer Board of Directors. A Management Team is employed to lead and facilitate club operations in the areas of both program and business. A certified coaching staff is employed to deliver programs.
Whistler Gymnastics is a full member club affiliate of Gymnastics BC. All participants, coaches and volunteers are registered and insured through Gymnastics BC annually Sept-Aug.
Oros Whistler Gymnastics Centre is the name of our training facility; our physical gym space. Whistler Gymnastics is the name of the club our Competitive Artistic Gymnastics Team and our Competitive Trampoline and Tumbling team represent. That is the club name we go by at meets.
Whistler Gymnastics Vision:
Whistler Gymnastics Club offers quality gymnastic activity that fosters lifelong sport participation.
Oros Whistler Gymnastics Centre is recognized as a leading resource for sport excellence in Whistler, in British Columbia, in Canada and internationally. The organization is regarded highly for its professionalism, and its member care (needs) as well as its sound programming.
Provide excellence in gymnastics activity in a safe, positive, and respectful environment.
Deliver programs with enthusiasm, passion, professionalism and innovation.
Promote life-long engagement in sport through involvement in gymnastics.
1. Sound Business Management
2. Program Excellence and Diversity
3. Customer Services / Client Care
4. Leadership in Sport Delivery and Promotion of Sport for Life
Club communication is centralized through our office email firstname.lastname@example.org
History of Whistler Gymnastics (the short version):
1986 - A group of local moms with Inge Flanagan and Sue Slattery get together to offer their children some after school gym time. Carolyn Rodger, a former competitor and comp coach from Flicka joins in.
1991 - About 30 youngsters progress in skill development. Karin Jarratt arrives from Prince George and with Lee Douglas a few years later, they advanced the girls’ skills sufficiently to create a competitive team.
1993 - Recreational programs begin under direction of several coaches and programs expand to present level under the direction of Sheila Mozes (who now is consultant/author of the national kindergym program.)
1998 - RMOW Parks & Recreation and WG partner and Kindergym programs start at Meadow Park.
2002 - A facility committee was put together to help WG find a permanent facility.
2006 - RMOW and VANOC committed a portion of the 2010 Winter Olympic Athletes Centre to WG, finally providing a full-time permanent facility.
2007 - Whistler Gymnastics takes over the preschool programs and moves into Spring Creek to allow more training space and time slots for increased programs including trampoline. Membership doubles.
2008 - Trampoline program at WG begins with recreational and soon after competitive and freestyle programs for all ages.
2010 - WG moves into new 5000 sq. foot permanent facility and begins to offer additional programs such as drop-in Parent and Tot, Tramp Drop-in, and increased cross-training. WG sends their first trampoline team to competition.
2018/19 Competitive Coaching Team:
Karin Jarratt Born in Germany and raised in Prince George, BC. She started her gymnastics career quite late, at 13, after seeing Nadia Comaneci at the Olympics and was the oldest competitive gymnast in BC for several years. Some of her best years included training while learning to coach and ultimately competing against some of her own athletes! At the age of 23 she was asked to join the National Team’s summer training camp, but chose to retire from competition and focus on cultivating aspiring gymnasts. She is a Level 3 Gymnastics coach and has her Technical Level 3 for Trampoline. Karin just celebrated her 36th year of coaching, 26 years of which have been with WG and just recently received a BC Provincial Coach of the Year Award for her efforts. She lives in Whistler with her 17-year-old daughter who was on WG's competitive team for 7 years and is now also learning the art of coaching.
Tanya Liquorish - I have coached for 14 years in gymnastics, trampoline and circus arts in the lower mainland, Kelowna and Nova Scotia. Previously I have worked at Cirque du Soleil on various tours in the Costume department for 12 years. It was always my dream to do this. I was a National Canadian Trampoline Athlete and competed for 12 years until I broke my leg and decided to move to the next stage in my life, which took me to Paris, France. I have also studied Textile and Jewelry Arts at Capilano College and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. I left my Cirque job to settle in Squamish BC and raise my wonderful daughter as well be closer to family broaden my future goals.
Kristy Johnson - I grew up in a small town near Winnipeg, MB where I spent most of my time playing hockey, skateboarding, and doing gymnastics. I started artistic gymnastics at the age of 3, and was competing by the time I was 8. When I was 13 I was ranked 2nd All Around in the province of Manitoba and retired shortly after that. I still loved the sport and wanted to stay a part of it, so I began coaching and got my Level 1 when I was in high school. I was also competitive in track and field, and set a few records for sprinting and long jump.
In 2013, I moved west to BC to pursue snowboarding and my dream of living in the mountains. I moved around to several different places in the sea to sky over the years, and even spent over a year living in a camper in a backyard before recently settling in Pemberton.
I started with Whistler Gymnastics at the beginning of 2017, and am now a certified Level 2 AG coach, as well as certified in trampoline and freestyle.
Whistler Gymnastics Competitive Program:
Welcome and congratulations on being a member of the Whistler Gymnastics Competitive Team!
Whistler Gymnastics offers competitive and pre-competitive levels of training for Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline & Tumbling. Training hours for athletes will vary depending on their age, ability level and level of competition. All athletes are expected to represent their club at competitions in BC. On occasion, opportunities may arise to compete out of the province. Pre-competitive programs are under the guidance of the competitive head coach.
NOTE: All training times are subject to change at the discretion of the Head Coach.
The competitive program operates on a 10 month schedule with one week allocated for statutory holidays, 1 week off in December and 1 week off during Spring Break. There are 10 weeks off in summer. It’s highly encouraged to continue training in Whistler or at another gymnastics club min 4 out of the 10 weeks and more for higher level athletes during the summer. Seasonal training will begin when school starts and finishes at the end of June.
Safety First - Gym Rules:
The Gym is a NUT-FREE Zone
Be prepared to participate
Keep your body under control
Follow equipment and facility safety procedures
Master basic skills before attempting more advanced
Get coaches’ permission to go on equipment or to try new skills
Coaching supervision is always required in the gym
Parents and spectators must stay in their designated area
Participate cooperatively within the limits set by the coach
Be alert and safety conscious
Comp Gym Rules: 1. Stay safe - No horseplay. Follow the posted equipment rules.
2. Be on time - hair up, gym suit on, fed, watered, "bathroomed"
3. Call if absent 902-3547 (we do train on school Pro-D days)
4. Golden rule - treat others the way you wish to be treated. Respect the gym and all its members
5. Healthy, light snacks only - no sugar, nuts or full dinners
Parent’s “Rules”: 1. Be on time - dropping off and picking up (or coaches must wait)
2. Ask a lot of questions and tell us what’s up (i.e. growth spurt or family issues that may affect ability to train well)
3. Have reasonable expectations – competitive sports rarely culminate at the Olympic level
4. Keep the coaching to the coaches and in the gym only
Injuries Outside the gym:
Please ensure that your child’s coach is well informed of any serious joint or muscle injuries that your child has incurred outside of the gym. Our trained coaches will adapt the exercises to ensure that your child’s safety is intact and the injury is not irritated further. It is rarely necessary to miss training for a simple injury. It is important to keep up with strength, flexibility, team bonding and mental training so as not be left behind after the injury has healed.
Injuries Inside the gym:
If an injury has occurred at WG during training time, your child’s coach will inform you how it happened, and what first aid has been provided. Most injuries in the gym simply require ice. In the event of a serious injury, protocol dictates that we call 911 for medical assistance and then call the parent. A coach will accompany your child to the clinic should that be necessary. If an injury persists for more than a few days, you may want to consider seeking medical attention. Please keep the coach updated on your child’s health at all times.
You are strongly encouraged to have a good relationship with a trusted physiotherapist or other sport-related care provider. Gymnastics can be hard on a growing body and having professional assessments and therapeutic care can be a tremendous benefit.
An Overview of Competitive Artistic Gymnastics:
Welcome to the sport of gymnastics - which is entirely unique as a sport and way of life. Gymnastics is a combination of art and strength and is a very technical and physically demanding sport. It is recognized as a foundation sport.
Women's Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) consists of four events: Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, and Floor Exercise. This sport requires a great deal of preparation, and for this reason entry into competition is typically delayed.
Competitive gymnastics involves the presentation of movements to accredited officials who judge an athlete’s demonstrated physical ability. The standards of gymnastics, which are established through national and provincial codes, are objective and technically established skill requirements. It is up to the athlete, with the instruction of professional coaches who understand the requirements, to meet these standards.
In BC, the levels progress from Junior Olympic (JO) Level 1-5 with compulsory routines, to Levels 6-10 with optional routines, then High Performance where athletes represent their Province or even Country at meets.
Scores are out of 10 points and are based on the athletes meeting the requirements of their level and how well the skills were executed (straight legs, leaps fully split, sufficient height, turns completed...).
The youngest athletes are scored against a standard and not ranked against others. They earn Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards for their performance. Older and higher level athletes are ranked, so only one can earn the gold medal on each event or All Around. For this reason, it is unfair to ask your child to bring home a medal; it’s not within their control.
Gymnasts and their parents are expected to respect the judgment and discretion of those who instruct and judge the sport of gymnastics.
Vault - The vault should show good height and distance, as well as good form from the beat board through to the landing. Competitors are allowed to vault twice and the best score is counted. There are four different categories of vaults: Handsprings (including twists), Forward Salto, Backward Salto, and Round-Off Entry.
Uneven Bars - The routine should be continuous, with movements flowing one into another without pause or hesitation. Swinging movements, in sequence, take the gymnast under and over the bars in both directions. Dismounts must be from the high bar and stuck. A fall is an automatic deduction of .50 point, with 30 seconds time allowed to remount.
Balance Beam - The 16' long, 4" wide balance beam requires great concentration and discipline from the athlete. The composition of the routine should include combinations of turns, jumps, steps & leaps, tumbling, and dance. One element close to the beam and a turn on one foot are required. The routine must be between 45 and 90 seconds and, as on the bars, a fall is an automatic deduction of .5 point. A dismount skill must be “stuck” (landed on 2 feet with no steps after).
Floor Exercise - Dance and tumbling ability, combined with the creativity and personality of the athlete, make floor one of the most popular of the gymnastics events. Performed to music, the routine must use the entire 40' x 40' floor area in the 45 to 90 second time limit. A fall is a deduction of .50 point. All tumbling lines must be stuck.
Artistic Gymnastics Competitive Program Level Information:
An Overview of Competitive Trampoline Gymnastics:
Trampoline Gymnastics consists of four events: Individual Trampoline, Synchronized Trampoline, Double Mini Trampoline, and Tumbling. The routines are judged according to difficulty (harder skills earn more points) and execution (good form: straight legs, body positions). Competitors are ranked against each other at meets to determine the champion.
Individual Trampoline - The sport of Trampolining has seen considerable advances in the equipment used, in its governance and its training. It has recently become an Olympic event. A competitor performs two routines; a compulsory and a voluntary (optional). The compulsory routine consists of 10 pre-set skills, with the routine judged only on performance (execution) and not the difficulty. Optional routines also consist of ten skills, which are chosen by the competitor. The routines are comprised of ten different skills performed one after the other, with no breaks or extra jumps in between. For a skilled trampolinist, skills are performed at heights of over 30 feet above the trampoline with triple somersaults and multiple twists both forwards and backwards.
Synchronized Trampoline - This event is similar to individual trampoline in routine composition and judging, however two competitors perform the same routine at the same time on two separate trampolines. This event is by far the most artistic of the four, and requires the additional factor of precision timing. The routines are scored with the additional scoring of how well synchronized they remain throughout the routine.
Double Mini Trampoline - This event takes place on a smaller trampoline with the competitor running up to jump onto the trampoline performing a skill, landing back on the trampoline and performing a dismount skill onto a landing mat. The athlete performs two different routines with different skills in each.
Tumbling - This event is the most similar to artistic gymnastics, with the athlete performing a series of tumbling exercises along an 84 foot sprung floor. This event has also seen much improvement in the apparatus, with most competitions using what is called a rod floor (an elevated floor sprung with horizontal fiberglass rods). The innovation of this floor has raised the level of the sport to new heights, with routines consisting of two or more series of double or triple somersaults. Routines consist of 8 skills, and the athlete competes two different routines, one that contains twisting, and one that is straight somersaulting.
Whistler Gymnastics Code of Conduct:
Every member of Whistler Gymnastics is expected to treat others with dignity and respect. This includes our participants, parents, coaches, staff and volunteers. Any behaviour that’s insulting, intimidating, humiliating, malicious, degrading and offensive is not acceptable and will result in disciplinary action by the Board of Directors. A trained Harassment Officer (Sheila Mozes) is appointed annually by the BOD to deal with complaints of harassment.
· Female gymnasts are to wear a body suit, male gymnasts shorts and t-shirt, nothing baggy
· Keep jewelry and watches at home, stud earrings are allowed only
· Hair must be neatly tied up out of the gymnast’s face
· Gymnasts should be neat and clean at all times (no stinky feet)
· Healthy snacks only, no junk food will be tolerated
· Competitive team bodysuit and track suit should be kept in good condition
· Bring a gym bag with extra bodysuit, water bottle, healthy snack, extra hair clips and elastics, athletic tape if needed, grips and wrist bands can be kept at the gym
Athletes’ Bill of Rights
· The right to have opportunity to participate in sports regardless of ability
· The right to participate at a level that is consistent with developmental ability
· The right to have qualified, sensitive leadership
· The right to participate in a safe and healthy environment
· The right of child athletes to play as children
· The right to learn proper preparation in the sport of gymnastics
· The right to be treated with dignity by all coaches, staff and fellow athletes
· The right to have fun through sport
Parents Code of Ethics
· Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sport.
· Remember children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not yours.
· Encourage your child always to play by the rules.
· Teach your child that honest effort is as important as awards so that the result of each competition is accepted without undue disappointment.
· Turn defeat to victory by helping your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship. Never ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or losing a competition. Do not pressure them for results, they have no control.
· Remember that children learn best by example. Applaud good performance by your child and team and for members of the other teams as well.
· Do not publicly question the official’s or coaches’ judgment or honesty.
· Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
Coaches Code of Ethics
· Coaches are expected to do all in their power to fulfill the athlete’s bill of rights.
· Coaches are expected to treat athletes, judges, and each other with courtesy and respect at all times.
· Coaches are to refrain from malicious gossip and demeaning remarks with or without intent to bias opinion concerning athletes, other coaches or judges.
· During a competition, coaches should consider it unethical to express displeasure at a judge’s work to that judge through any means other than the accepted protest procedure.
· It is unacceptable for a coach to use abusive language at any training session, competition or meeting.
Competitive Training Program Details:
Included in Program Fees
· Training on the days your child is assigned (if a coach is away, there will be a sub. Sometimes kids are grouped into larger classes if we cannot find a sub.
· Theme days and prizes
· If your group is scheduled to compete, you are expected to attend and there will be no training provided if you do not go to the meet. The Head Coach will let you know if practice is on the night before an early competition or not. If your group is not scheduled to go, then training will be as per normal.
· Choreography of floor and beam routines, optional trampoline routines provided for tramp athletes.
· The comp families help cover the coaches’ costs of travel and accommodations to meets.
· Athletes who attend additional training camps and additional competitions, for example; Fall coaching congress athlete workshop, Provincial Championships, families will be required to cover meet entries as well as coach’s expenses for travel and accommodations and coaches wages to attend these events.
· Uniforms are changed every 4 years; we try to stagger the bodysuit and tracksuit in different years in order to cut down the cost per year. Athletes are required to purchase the current bodysuit and track suit each fall or trade between families. New team members must purchase the entire uniform for the season.
All athletes have been given their training hours. Please be aware that the hours set for each group are to maximize optimum training for the level that they will be competing at this year. If you are unable to commit to the full hours assigned to your group, there is a possibility that the athlete may be moved to another group. Please try to schedule your vacations during our weeks off; if you miss practice for holidays, there are no make-up classes. Classes missed for illness and or injury of a min. of 3 weeks will require a doctor’s note and filled in form in order to get credit. Classes cancelled by Whistler Gymnastics due to any unforeseen circumstances will either be made up in some manner or refunded.
Attendance and Punctuality
Gymnasts are expected to attend every training session as this level of sport requires commitment. Gymnasts should only miss training if they are ill, have a major injury, or for medical appointments (there should be an attempt, however, to schedule these appointments around training schedules). Athlete must notify the gym, 902-FLIP, or the head coach of the program, ahead of time if they are to be absent from practice. Warm up is crucial for training sessions and is an important part of injury prevention, and the performance of quality gymnastics. Please ensure your athlete can arrive on time. No one likes to walk in late when their teammates are already going. It is disrespectful to the team, and to the coaches who must break away from the team to attend to an individual.
Athlete Discipline Procedure
· The coach will talk to the athlete if they are breaking a rule.
· If the athlete needs to be spoken to again, they will be asked to sit out.
· If an athlete is misbehaving again the coach will talk to the parent after class or call them within 24 hours
· If it happens again the athlete will be asked to go home.
· If it’s a very serious situation the head coach, board of directors and parent will come up with an agreement.
· Any athlete who cannot follow the code of conduct will be asked to withdraw from the program with no refund.
Athlete Team Placement
Gymnasts and parents are asked to respect the decision of the coaches in placing gymnasts in a group or class which they feel will allow them to work in the most comfortable setting that is conducive to progressive and quality gymnastics. All athletes progress at different rates, and in very unique ways. There may be a variety of opinions and perspectives regarding the progression of any gymnasts at any time. It is the responsibility of the coaches to ensure that athletes are training in an environment that is conducive to safe gymnastics development, and are progressing in a manner that reflects quality gymnastics at every level. Therefore, the placement and the advancement of gymnasts are left to the discretion of the coaches.
Moving up Competition Levels
Trampoline athletes, when ready for move up from Level 1 to Level 2, can do so meet to meet. Artistic athletes rarely move levels during competitive season. There are set required skills that athletes must be able to perform safely before moving up a level and the move is at the discretion of the Head Coach.
Competition bodysuits and tracksuits are not part of your registration fees. Purchase or trading of second hand bodysuits will be done once in October by volunteers. If you do not bring in your suit at that time to trade, it’s up to the family to find a used suit, and sell their old. Dates of taking measurements for new suits will be announced.
All athletes representing Whistler Gymnastics MUST wear appropriate team clothing (for all competitions, demos, parades, etc.)
Competitions for Artistic and Trampoline and Tumbling
The schedule for competitions will be finalized end of Oct. Please let the Head Coach know if there is a meet you are unable to attend, you will not be refunded money for the meet. Trampoline athletes will attend 3 meets. Provincial TG Championships may be the third or an additional meet depending on the schedule each year. If it is the 4th meet there will be an added fee.
Artistic gymnasts will attend 4 meets, through the winter and spring. JO Level 7 & 8 athletes and Level 6 athletes who qualify for Provincials will have an additional competition, for which there is an added fee.
Care of Valuables / Lost and Found
Whistler Gymnastics is not responsible for lost or stolen items. As our gym is open and a public facility, it is unfortunately accessible to the issue of theft. We highly recommend that no valuables be left unattended anywhere in the gym or facility, including our change rooms. Anything of monetary or personal worth should be left at home. There is a Rubbermaid container under the front desk. Any item left in the gym or change rooms are placed in the bin. Please label everything, backpacks, lunch kits, water bottles, shoes, jacket, gloves, and hats. We will keep lost and found items for 4 months, and at the end of each recreational session, we will take everything to the Re-Use It Centre unless there is a name in the article lost.
Whistler Gymnastics traditionally participates in community events such as Canada Day Parade and sometimes other events like Family Fun Day. The exposure we receive from these events positively impacts new registrations each year, therefore, is important to the financial viability of Whistler Gymnastics that our competitive teams offer their time and skills to show support.
Communication within the Competitive Program
Communication is an important issue in the running of a smooth program. All of our communication to you is done via email. It is the expectation of all families to check their mail and keep up with all required correspondence with the coaches and office. We do our best to keep everyone informed but please remember it is a shared responsibility! It’s also important that you talk to the Head Coach if there is confusion or concern so that no rumors start. If you have a concern please contact the club immediately; do not wait till the end of the season.
The volunteer Board of Directors of Oros Whistler Gymnastics Centre attempts to run the club to the best of their ability. However, we are unable to foresee every problem that may occur. PLEASE, do not let your problem go un-addressed or assume it cannot be resolved. WE want to tackle any and all problems before they grow into major issues. Please follow the complaint protocol listed.
If a parent or guardian has a concern with their child they must follow the outlined steps:
Discuss the issue first with the competitive coach involved and Head coach.
If the coach and Head Coach cannot resolve the problem, it will then be brought to the General Manager.
If the problem is still un-resolved, it’ll then be presented to the Board of Directors, with the Board’s decision being final.
Matters of Harassment go immediately and directly to the trained and appointed Harassment Advisor (Sheila Mozes - email@example.com).
Athlete and Parent Competition Guidelines:
All athletes are expected to arrive 15 minutes early, dressed and hair done. This will allow athletes to get familiar with the competition venue. Sometimes the rotation ahead falls behind and athletes will have to wait.
Please make sure you have directions to the competition site, you have confirmed the time that warm up begins and you have a few cell numbers of other parents and coaches in-case you get lost.
Please make sure your athlete is in bed early the night before, well hydrated and fed. If they have a hard time falling asleep, get athletes to visualize their routines over and over.
When you arrive at competition, there will be an entrance fee allocated by the club. You do not have to pay for the competing gymnast.
Parents are not allowed access to the competition areas, only GBC registered gymnasts and coaches are allowed on the floor during training sessions and competitions. Athletes should find their coach as soon as they arrive. If coach is on the competition floor with their other gymnasts, please find team mates and wait off the competition floor til the flight ahead of you is finished
Gymnasts are to keep in mind they are representing Whistler Gymnastics and must conduct themselves in a responsible and courteous manner while attending meets. Please keep athletes and siblings off any equipment.
When staying at hotels, gymnasts are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner. Gymnasts will be held accountable for their actions, behaviour, and attitudes.
Whistler Gymnastics has a No Junk Food policy when traveling to and from competition. It’s important to keep athletes well hydrated for the long duration of meets and keep their energy levels even with natural sugars and carbohydrates.
Whistler Gymnastics Volunteer Program:
As with the majority of gymnastics clubs in this province and across Canada, Whistler Gymnastics is a non-profit society dependent on the volunteer efforts of its members to function effectively. Commonly, the majority of the work falls to the very few.
All volunteer hours contribute to reducing our operation costs in general, thereby allowing us to keep our fees affordable. We welcome all individuals that would like to help and volunteer. However, competitive families are required to volunteer, as has been the case for many years with Whistler Gymnastics. For a more effective and equitable system we have redefined the terms of commitment for the competitive and pre-competitive families. A Volunteer program has been put in place.
All competitive families pay a volunteer levy of 5% of their annual fee as part of their registration cost. Please track your volunteer hours on provided sheets to earn back this fee.
If you have a professional or trades skill, rates can be negotiated on an individual basis for you to work off your hours.
Volunteer opportunities necessary to operate the club will be communicated and posted prior to the various events and may include the following:
Administrative Assistance, Equipment Maintenance, Registration Support, Marketing and Communications, Events, Board of Directors, Cleaning of gym floor and equipment, Front desk duty, Legal support, Fundraising, Coaching, Class Captains
In addition to the volunteer program, fundraising is an integral part of Whistler Gymnastics to keep fees as low as possible. The club will continue to pursue every avenue of fundraising open to them. Whistler Gymnastics Club is also actively seeking private and corporate support in the form of sponsorship and donations. Any expertise in its parent body to assist in new and better ways to secure financial support is welcomed.
The Parent/Athlete/Coach Partnership:
Parents have one of the most difficult jobs on the parent/athlete/coach team because they have the smallest role in actually controlling performance. At the same time the parent feels a much higher sense of personal attachment to this performance. This combination of a high emotional stake in a performance that they have so little direct control is stressful! Many times this stress causes them to lose sight of their role on the team and attempt to work beyond their limits. This can cause stress for the coach and the athlete, as well as reduce the effectiveness of this three-part team.
The most common symptom of this stress shows when the parent begins to "coach" their child. They try to make technical corrections on the way a skill is being done, or attempt to make decisions on what skills should be in a routine, or feel they know which group their child should be in, or give corrections to their child at a competition. If you choose Whistler Gymnastics as the place for your child to train for competition, be sure of your decision and then let us do our jobs. Once your child walks through the gym doors or onto the competition floor, they are our responsibility.
It is important that parents show respect for the authority of their child’s coach.
The amount of hours the coaches spend with your child dictates that they will be major contributors to their overall development. If you have a problem, please talk to the coach at the appropriate time. We will always base our decisions on what is ultimately the best for the child first, athlete second. We may make mistakes but we are professionals that have trained and continue to train to do this job. If you do not feel that we are qualified, you have the ultimate control of removing your child from our program.
Some Guidelines for Parents:
Danger signs-- they indicate the parent needs to re-evaluate their actions and attitudes.
• Observing every practice - intently.
• Learning about technique and deductions and applying it critically to your gymnast .
• Comparing your child and their progress to other gymnasts on the team.
• Verbally abusing the gym, its coaches, and its facilities yet remaining in the program.
• Videotaping every meet and requiring your child to review it at home with you.
You beat Susie, alright! You stuck your beam routine!
If you win today there's $20 in it for you. Do your best.
That judge never liked you. Work hard, you'll do better next time.
She's been at this level for 3 years; it’s time to move up! As long as she is progressing, I'm happy!
Become the essential link in the training triangle of parent/athlete/coach. Your trust in the coaching staff is paramount. Gymnasts need more encouragement at "plateaus" in their skill development. At times when no progress is being made, or at least it seems that way, a supportive hug after practice sure feels good! Encouragement is great, but please refrain from pressuring the child to "outperform" anyone else or to attempt skills which may be beyond her present physical ability and therefore dangerous. Truly believe that we have your child's best interest in mind, and we ask you to support the coaching staff during the rough times.
Find out about your gymnast's progress periodically. A good time for a brief conference with the coach is just after practice. For a full discussion of your gymnast's progress, make an appointment with the child's coach. Advise coaches of adverse situations or stresses the gymnast may be undergoing outside the gym. Should problems arise, communicate with the coaching staff. We would much rather bring the problems to the surface than hear about your discontent through someone else.
Parent / Athlete / Coach Commitment Contract:
I agree to send my child to gymnastics practices and related events on time, well fed and well rested. I will fully support her commitment to continue her training through good times and tough times. I understand that my role in the gym is one of support and encouragement, not coaching. Discussions regarding my child and gymnastics will include her coaches before any final decisions are made.
I realize that it is a privilege to be a part of this competitive team. I agree to come to all my training and other activities on time and prepared for my sport. I will show respect for my coaches and fellow athletes and adhere to the rules of the gym at all times. I promise to participate fully through easy days and tough days until the season ends in June. Discussions regarding my gymnastics will include my parents and my coach before any final decisions are made.
I agree to be responsible for the development of this athlete. I promise to train them to the best of my ability, to come to class on time, well fed and well rested. Discussions regarding this athlete and gymnastics will include the parents and the athlete before any final decisions are made.
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