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How To Choose a Gymnastics Program?

 

 

                                                     

 

What should I Ask?

 

Asking the right questions will give you the ability to properly evaluate the gymnastics program that your child is interested in joining.  It is important that you ask each school the same questions so that you can do an accurate comparison of each program.  Some areas of concern should be the structure of the program, safety issues, quality of instructors, gymnastics developmental factors and cost.  Key questions that a parent should ask are as follows:

  • Is the program run by volunteers or is the owner on the premises?
     
  • Who is the contact person for the school if you have a problem or question?
     
  • Is there communication between the school, students and parents?
     
  • What is the philosophy of the school and its owners? 
     
  • Is the program structured?
     
  • Is the number one goal to teach people gymnastics?
     
  • What is the atmosphere/environment of the school?
     
  • Is the school active in the community?
     
  • Is the school's curriculum intended to produce competitive gymnasts?
     
  • How successful have they been at competitions?
     
  • How many participants does the school have?
     
  • How long has the school been in business?
     
  • What are the fees for service?
     
  • Do stated fees cover all costs or will there be hidden charges?
     
  • What is the payment policy?
     
  • How long is the season and when does it begin?
     
  • How do you register?
     
  • What is the time commitment at home and/or outside the home?
     
  • Are the staff members USA Gymnastics Safety Certified?
     
  • Is there appropriate equipment for the age and development level of the students?
     
  • Are they a USA Gymnastics Club member?
     
  • Is there an observation area for parents?
     
  • Is there an emergency plan for injuries?
     
  • Are background checks done on instructors? 

It is not necessary to ask all of these questions it is simply a guideline to help you. You may have others that you feel need to be addressed.  What's important is that you feel extremely comfortable with the program that you select.  Always remember that it should be a positive, fun experience for your child!