- Do your best.
- Be respectful.
- Be supportive.
- Follow the dress code.
- Keep attendance at 85% or higher and make up for all absences.
- Be on time & stay for entire practice.
- Eat a nutritionally balanced diet.
- Grades must be at a passing level or higher.
*Students can lose their place on the team if one or more rules is not followed.
85% Attendance: We recommend that students keep their attendance high. Students begin to regress when they miss too many practices.
Practice Dress Code: Leotard with spandex shorts, no cheer shorts please. For safety reasons hair must be secured tightly, no loose hair in face. No long pony tails. No piercings.
No Cell Phones: Students are not allowed to use cell phones during practice.
Can my coach give my child a ride home? No, our insurance and USA Gymnastics will not allow coaches to be alone with students.
When does my child need to get grips? KGA recommends students get dowel grips for level 4. Dowel grips help students keep from tearing off the bars. Grips do not usually reduce pain.
How to take care of rips: Use a ped egg to keep calluses small. Cool hands off between turns. Wash hands and lotion after practice. I suggest working hands, Udder balm, or bag balm. Clip off dead skin as close to hand as possible. Wet a tea bag, and tape it to rip overnight. Wash hands in morning and cover with neosporin. Keep rip moist. Yes you still need to do bars.
Can I do other sports? Yes. As long as it does not cause stress, exhaustion, overuse injuries, attendance issues, and skill regression. Other sports practices should not take the place of your gymnastics practice.
When does my student move up? Students must have mastered their current level, and have all of the skills for the next level before moving to next level. Students must also have all side splits flat to the floor.
How do I help my student get his/her splits? Stretching in class is not enough for most kids to get their splits to the floor. Students should hold their splits at home for 3 minutes per side daily.
Personal Contact. Coaches are not allowed to give out their personal phone numbers, and are not allowed to communicate with gymnasts outside the gym, such as facebook, texting, etc.
Volunteering: We encourage parents to help out with special events, fundraisers, and even practices. Parents must complete a criminal history check, in order to volunteer.
Viewing Practice: We recommend that parents check in with coaches once a week, and watch a portion of practice at least once a week. Please do not coach over your coach.
Practice on own: We recommend that students come in and work out on their own. They need to be actively working on getting skills and perfecting their routines. Students who come in and work on their skills get them much faster.
Make up days: It’s important that students make up for missed class days by working out on their own or by joining one of the other classes.
Is gymnastics a year round sport? Gymnasts compete in two separate seasons per year. Fall Season is September- November. Winter/ Spring Season January- April.
Do I have to go to every meet? All team members are automatically signed up for every meet. If you are unable to attend you must let KGA know, in writing before the entry deadline, or you will be responsible for all meet fees and coaches fees. Please do not tell the coaches verbally, and hope they remember.
Who gets to go to the State Championships? State is held for levels 3 & up. Level 3’s must earn a 33.00 all around score at a competition, prior to the state meet. Level 4’s & up must earn a 32.00 all around score, prior to the state meet.
How early should I arrive to competitions? 20 minutes before warm up.
Good Sportsmanship: Students are expected to be respectful and supportive to teammates and other competitors. Students will congratulate the competitors next to them on the podium. Gossiping, dirty looks, etc will not be tolerated. Students will have a good attitude before and after their performance, after receiving their score, and before and after awards. Students will smile and salute when on the podium.
Awards: Sometimes you get one and sometimes you don’t.
Competition Floor: Only competitors who are competing in the competition and coaches are allowed out on the competition floor.
Cheering: Yes please!
Meet Dress Code: Team Leotard & pants. Team Hairstyle. Hair must be secured tightly, no bangs in eyes. Pony should not be able to hit gymnast in the face. Bras & underwear should not be seen. No nail polish. Finger & Toe nails freshly groomed.
What to bring: Competition leo, warm up pants, KGA jacket, hair supplies, quick healthy snacks, water bottles, pain relievers, stomach medicine.
Admission: Most meets charge an admission fee for all spectators at the door.
Competition Instructor Fee: This fee pays for your instructor to attend the competitions. KGA instructors are not volunteers, but employees. Legally, in order to require employees to attend competitions they must be paid their normal wages, and compensated for their gas, meals, and hotel. This amount can be fundraised or divided up among participants.
Fundraisers: Parents and children need to do their best to participate in every fundraiser.