Gym Michiana's Rules and Policies

Mission Statement
To promote the sport of gymnastics in the Michiana community and to excel in guiding
young athletes to reach their highest personal potential by providing a safe, fun,
positive environment for their athleticism to flourish in order to build their
self-confidence, attain their goals, and achieve their dreams.

Philosophy

Gymnastics Michiana maintains that all people learn differently and so should be taught on an individual basis. Students are placed in appropriate ability or groupings and each is worked with at their own level. All instructors make a sincere effort to insure that each gymnast experiences success.

Methods and Progression

Any activity involving motion or height creates the possibility of injury. The chances of serious injury are increased if proper techniques and progression are not used. In order to insure proper learning and safety, Gymnastics Michiana has a definite teaching progression for each class or group. These progression techniques are used to promote the student's learning and safety. You assume a risk of serious injury in gymnastics, but this risk can be significantly reduced by following these techniques and rules. At times, it may seem that the gymnast is not progressing, or is repeating previous skills. It must be remembered, however, that the gymnast must master basic skills before moving to more advanced ones. It should also be remembered that at all ages, the physical and mental maturity levels can be different, which may explain the difference in learning rates. To promote safety and proper execution technique, each person is treated as an individual and works at their own level. For more information about our methods or progressions, feel free to ask any of the Gymnastics Michiana coaching staff.

Instructors

The staff of Gymnastics Michiana consists of a highly qualified group of instructors, who are all experienced in either teaching gymnastics, or working with children and have been trained to instruct gymnastics. All staff is background-checked and screened with many of our staff being former gymnasts or referred to us directly by current staff.

Apparel

We encourage girls to wear a leotard but athletic shorts and a t-shirt or fine, too. Boys should wear shorts and a t-shirt. Either socks or bare feet are allowed during class time, although we may ask students to wipe their feet with a wet-wipe if they’re dirty (usually in the summer months when kids are playing outside a lot). Warm-up pants and jackets may also be worn until the gymnast has warmed up. Jeans/jean shorts, baggy shirts, and crop-tops, should never be worn while in the gym. Long hair should be pulled back from their face. If not appropriately dressed, the gymnast may be restricted from some or all activity. Gymnastics Michiana's pro-shop has a line of leotards, shorts, etc., which may be purchased for class or personal use.

Practice Time

Practice time is available any time Gymnastics Michiana is open for gymnastics classes, to anyone 7 years of age or above who has a current annual registration and who can work safely without a spotter or instructor. At no time will parents be allowed to go onto the floor to watch or assist their child in any activity. Classes have first priority to equipment over those doing open-gym. Practice time may be purchased for $1.00 per half hour for current students or $2.00 per half hour for non-current students. Those doing open-gym must acknowledge the rules of practice time and pay at the front desk.

Gym Closing

The gym is rarely closed due to inclement weather. If we do close, we email all students affected, we post it to our website, we push out a text alert to anyone registered for them, and we post it on our social media pages, as well.  Other days that the gym may be closed will be posted at least two weeks prior to the closing. We will also be closed on various national holidays and classes will be pro-rated. It is always a good idea to check the announcements (on the TV behind the front desk), the webpage, or at the front desk for holiday closings.

Refunds

Once the first class is held, we cannot offer a full refund. We realize that illness, injury, family problems, etc., may at times make this difficult and we may still be able to work with you on a credit for future classes. In general, however, our policy will be one of no refund until a replacement can be found. We will not start anyone in a class more than halfway through the session so any replacement must be within that time period.

Make-ups for Missed Classes

A student who misses a class can make up that class at a different time IF you have given us notice that your child will be missing at least 24 hours before it takes place (unless there are special circumstances). Your account will be given a make-up token for this purpose. Make-up tokens are good for 60 days from the date of issue.  Students may receive a maximum of 12 make-up tokens per calendar year. Otherwise, the student can have a free hour of open-gym to help minimize the financial loss. All classes missed may be made up only if we can schedule it based on availability.

Watch Weeks

It is generally better for the students if the parents (and others) are NOT in the gym and visible during classes. The students are less distracted and can focus on the instructor, helping them progress and keep classes running smoothly. For this purpose, we have one-way mirrors through which you may always watch class. We have designated watch weeks, which are usually the first and sixth weeks of an eight-week session and the first and fourth weeks of a five-week session. During these weeks, anyone may sit in our balcony area to watch. Please refrain from coaching your child from the balcony.

Priority Re-Enrollment

During our Priority Re-Enrollment period (for those currently enrolled), we save a spot for your child in the same class that they are currently in, on the same day, at the same time. We will hold their place in class for a period of two weeks. All you have to do to secure that spot is pay for it by the end of those two weeks The dates of this re-enrollment period are clearly posted on the announcement TV, on our website, and on the new class schedules handed out to current students. If you are switching days and/or times, if your child was moved up to the next level, or if you are adding another class or another child, we have Transfer Request Forms available at the front desk to do so. You must still make your payment by the end of Priority Re-Enrollment to secure the new spot. At the end of Priority Re-Enrollment, all UNpaid students will be moved to the waitlist, allowing other paid students who are switching, moving up, signing up, etc. to take their place. Communication is vital for this process to work to everyone's benefit. If you do not plan on attending the next session, please notify us so that we can plan on that spot being available to someone else. Remember: We do not make exceptions to class maximums, unless it we make a mistake on our end.

Registration

There is a $24.00 Annual Registration Fee for each person involved in a class or open-gym. This fee is non-refundable, and is used to defray the cost of insurance, which we must carry on all participants. This fee is good for one year from the month it was paid. All classes must be paid for within seven (7) days of sign-up or their names may be dropped from the class list and the spaces given to others. Because of the limited number of spaces in each class, this policy must be followed.

Class Interruption

Gymnastics Michiana reserves the right to remove a child from class if they're disruptive to the point that the instructor cannot teach the class effectively.