FAQ

Why did you decide to start a gymnastics program in Grand Forks?

The previous club existed in the late 1970’s. Since then there has been tumbling programs and guest coaches. Parents also have been driving their children out of town for gymnastics. Recently a combination of qualified local coaches and the high leve l of community interest was recognized and the program was re-born with the help of a dedicated volunteer group in Feb 2018. 

Is Gymnastics healthy for my child?

Yes, gymnastics promotes physical and mindful, lifelong fitness. Along with encouraging fitness, it instills a high quality work ethic and sportsmanship. It’s a great compliment to other sports including hockey, skating, dance, baseball, BMX, basketball, volleyball and swimming. Gymnastics helps develop speed, strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, stamina, core stability,  power and confidence.

Can Gymnatics cause injury?

Like in all sports, there is an element of risk. Gymnastics is a high-impact sport, and one misstep can cause serious injuries. Broken bones and injuries are not uncommon among gymnasts. All precautions are taken to ensure a safe participant environment, but accidents do occur.

Will there be competitions?

There will most likely be a competitive stream in the future. We are focussing on establishing ourselves as a sustainable club first. Our Head Coach holds a strong background in competitive Gymnastics, both as participant and coach.

Why do you have a BOYS-ONLY class?

Boys are welcome in ALL classes, but we recognize and tailor a specific class for boys to help improve their coordination, agility , power, speed and flexibility while building their confidence.

Are you considering a Ninja/parkour set up at some point?

Yes, most definitely. What a fantastic compliment that would be to offer the participants. Learn More

Where will the program be in September?

We are still unsure as to our building location after September as the curling rink has graciously agreed to host us till the start up of their next curling season. We are still looking for a permanent building. If you know of a suitable building please step forward. 

Are you associated with Gymnastics of BC?

Yes! As of May 17, 2019, we are officially affiliated.  Gymnastics BC is the provincial sport organization responsible for the governance, promotion and development of gymnastics in BC. 

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Why can’t I use my device at gymnastics?

We recognize devices have improved communication and access to information in current society. But we also recognize devices can be very distracting and want to promote a focussed environment that nurtures gymnastics skills, connection among both participants and their families and friends.

If I need to use my device, what should I do?

If you need to use your device to make that phone call or text, we request you step outside of the building to respect our vision for a device free room.

What can I do if I can’t use my device in the room?

Watch your child do gymnastics, talk with your neighbour, read a book, clean out your purse, day dream, hold your cup of coffee with both hands, go for a walk, are just a few examples. 

I don’t understand why this “device free zone” is being encouraged, and to be honest, I'm a bit offended?

Your response is totally normal. We recognize device free time as an opportunity to take back the important things in your life. Kids are beginning to complain about the amount of time parents spend on their phones. And if we don’t draw the line on our phone use, who will? Let’s support each other in this important experimental intervention and set an example to our children who will no doubt be working very hard on their gymnastics moves.
“Hey mom, did you see me do that backflip? I finally did it”!! 

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Why is gymnastics expensive?

Gymnastics equipment is expensive. Qualified coaches come with a price. A suitable facility is a must. We are now affiliated with KidsSport BC to help families with registration fees. Please go to their website for more information. www.kidsportcanada.ca 

Why can’t there be more classes offered?

Scheduling works around our coaches who also have day jobs and require sufficient family time. As the program grows we hope to get more trained coaches available. If you are interested in coaching, please let us know.

Why can’t I get a refund after classes start?

Our program relies heavily on commitment and registration fees. We need to pay our bills in order to continue with programming. 

I have a concern or comment regarding the gymnastics program, who do I talk to?

Please email your concerns or questions to grandforksgymnastics@gmail.com. We will do our best to direct you to the appropriate person. The next step will be an in person discussion to address your concerns and questions. We value open and honest in-person communication. 

How do I know the coaches are worthy of coaching my child?

Coaches come with their Gymnastics Coaching Certification, Basic First Aid, Criminal Record and Reference checks. 

What does my child wear to gymnastics?

Currently, there is no special dress code. Fitted, stretchy and comfortable clothes are ideal. Participants are welcome to wear a formal gymnastics outfit if they wish. Hair tied back and no jewelry due to risk of injury.  

I have a Fundraiser Idea, who should I speak with?

The Club relies heavily on money from grants and fundraisers to purchase equipment. If you have an idea for fundraising, we would like to talk with you. 

How do I get involved with the Club?

Please speak to one of the Board Members for current opportunities. We are always looking for skilled volunteers as a club helper or formal Board Member.

Do you do Birthday Parties?

Our plan is to offer Birthday Parties in the future. 

Are there drop-ins?

We recognize not everyone can make a class and will strive to develop a drop in option.

Why don’t you have all the fancy gymnastics mats & equipment I see at other clubs?

Gymnastics equipment is VERY expensive. Our goal is to provide a program accessible to all participants. This requires patience and fundraising to obtain our desired equipment wish list. We chose to start off small, and the goal is to grow big. Rome wasn’t built in a day, as the saying goes!

My child has plantars warts on his feet and I don’t know how to get rid of them?

Plantars warts are VERY common in school aged children and occasionally they are painful. Some factors that contribute to developing them are excessive sweating, public showers and repetitive microtrauma to the foot (eg.sports). Check your child’s feet often. Speak to your doctor or Club Nurse if you are concerned.

My child has a fever, cough, pain and/or diarrhea, should I still come to class?

If your child is showing signs of illness, consider letting them rest at home to speed their recovery and to help prevent the spread of infection. 

My child has a health concern who should I talk to?

You are more than welcome to share with your primary coach and/or the clubs Registered Nurse. Alternatively your Family Doctor is always a good place to start. 

My child has been diagnosed with a developmental disability. Can they still participate in gymnastics?

Some developmental disabilities may include ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, intellectual disabilities, vision impairment, language disorders, Down Syndrome and other genetic disorders, fetal alcohol and drug-related syndromes, tourette syndrome, and spina bifida, as some examples. Your child who has been diagnosed formally or informally, may still participate in gymnastics with the assistance of their SUPPORT PERSON, additionally, the same sportsmanship conduct will apply to them as all other participants. Please familiarize yourself with this code of conduct. We recognize that children with disabilities may require a unique approach to gymnastics and we strive to be able to offer future tailored classes for children with developmental disabilities.

What do you mean by zero tolerance for bullying?

 The Club is honoured to be a BULLY FREE ZONE. We are excited to offer a place for children to call their gymnastics home. We consider “bullying to be unwanted and harmful behaviour and is done on purpose and is usually repeated”. We strive to offer a nurturing environment of respect and safety. Not only is gymnastics about movement, but it’s also about developing emotional, social, cognitive and communication skills.

We conclude a need for an advanced plan, be set up if bullying is surely happening. Based on the above definition the coaches/Board member, will move forward with taking action. The perpetrator will be asked to take a time out for that session to ensure a healthy environment for the rest of participants. This will be followed by a conversation involving all pertinent parties, including guardians of victim and perpetrator. There will be ONE opportunity for the perpetrator to correct or stop the bullying behaviour after the incident. If bullying behaviour continues, on or off the gymnastics floor, the perpetrator will be asked to leave the gymnastics program with no refund. Learn More

Evidence Based Info

Why can’t I take pictures of my child on any given session?

We recognize that with our fast paced technology, a picture may be posted online, and not just of YOUR child. We strive to protect the privacy rights of our children and ask you obtain permission from the participant’s guardian to use that picture online. Please read for more information.

How do I donate money or a specific item to the Gymnastics Club?

Along with fundraising and Grants, we rely heavily on generous business and personal donations in order to be upgrading our equipment inventory. If you would like to be involved in gifting the club equipment or anything else you see fit, please speak with the Board. You will be recognized for your contributions.

For any questions or concerns contact us at: grandforksgymnastics@gmail.com