General Gym Rules
- Come to gymnastics prepared to train. This means being well rested, well fed, & properly hydrated.
- Wear proper gym attire: Girls-bodysuit & shorts/tights, Boys-shorts & t-shirt, bare-feet, long hair tied back, no jewelry except stud earrings.
- No shoes in the gym – bare feet only. Outdoor footwear is removed and placed neatly in the waiting room.
- No jewelry. Leave valuables at home. GPGS is not responsible for lost or stolen property.
- All participants wait in the lobby to be called in to the gym by the coach.
- Get your coaches’ permission/supervision to go on the equipment.
- Ask permission to leave the gym, go to the washroom or get a drink, so your coach knows where you are.
- Follow equipment and facility safety procedures.
- Get permission to do inversions (flips).
- Walk from event to event, never walk across landing mats and always walk around the edge of the floor.
- Master basic skills before attempting more advanced. Learn the progressions and understand that learning occurs at an individual pace.
- Glacier Peaks Gymnastics is a nut-free zone.
- No food or drinks, except water, are allowed in the gym. Snacks are to be keep in the foyer.
- Wash your hands before and after eating.
- Do not be a distraction to your teammates. Wait patiently for your turn and you will be rewarded with the coaches’ full attention.
- Parents and spectators must stay in their designated area.
- Have fun!
Code of Conduct
Glacier Peaks Gymnastics Society Code of Ethics
Every member of Glacier Peaks Gymnastics Society (GPGS) is expected to treat others with dignity and respect. This includes our participants, parents, coaches, staff and volunteers. Any behaviour that is insulting, intimidating, humiliating, malicious, degrading and offensive is not acceptable and will result in appropriate discipline.
Athlete’s Bill of Rights
- The right to the opportunity to participate in sports regardless of ability.
- The right to participate at a level that is consistent with the 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 proper preparation in the sport of gymnastics.
- The right to an equal opportunity to strive for success.
- The right to be treated with dignity by all coaches, staff and fellow athletes.
- The right to have fun through sport.
Athlete’s Code of Conduct
- Behaviour: Athletes are expected to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Rowdy, disrespectful or disruptive behaviors, as well as attempts to embarrass others, violate the code of conduct. Athletes should show respect for themselves and others during all trainings and competitions.
- Bathroom breaks should try to be scheduled for snack and break times.
- Talking during class should be kept to a minimum, to allow athletes and coaches to focus on their tasks.
- Honesty: Athletes should demonstrate honesty in communications with the coach regarding completion of programs and exercises. Cheating will not be tolerated at any level and will result in disciplinary action decided by the coach.
- Work ethic: Athletes are always expected to give a continuous effort throughout practices and competitions. Best efforts should be made to complete programs developed for the athlete, as they are working hard to fulfill goals.
- Communication: Athletes are responsible for reporting any injuries to their coach at the onset of pain. Untreated injuries can escalate and result in more serious, long-term issues. Athletes should also openly discuss with their coach concerns of any sort relating to their gymnastics, including fears. Open communication with the coach is a key component to efficient training.
- Presentation: Athletes in the girls competitive/pre-competitive programs must present themselves suitably at each practice. This includes a proper gymnastics body suit, hair pulled back off face, no outside clothes over the gym suit, and a ready-to-work attitude.
Should this Athlete’s Code of Conduct not be adhered to, disciplinary action will be taken as per the Behaviour Protocol.
If an athlete is deemed to act in an unsportsmanlike way towards other members of the team, including coaching staff or officials, or is not following the rules set out in the Glacier Peaks Gymnastics Athlete Conduct Code, the following steps will be taken:
- 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.
Coach’s Code of Ethics
- Coaches are expected to do everything in their power to fulfill the athlete’s bill of rights.
Coaches are expected to treat athletes and parents, board members and volunteers, judges, meet officials 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, and board members.
- 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 (standard) protest procedure.
- It is unacceptable for a coach to threaten, yell or strike any athlete or judge, regardless of the situation or location. It is unacceptable for a coach to use abusive language, inappropriate tone of voice (for example, sarcasm) and body language at any training session, competition or meeting.
Parents’ Code of Ethics
- Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sports.
- Remember children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not yours, and that the goals the child is striving to achieve are set by them, not you.
- Encourage your child to follow the gymnasium rules and to treat the other gymnasts and the coaches with respect.
- Be supportive of your child’s participation and efforts in gymnastics and offer praise and encouragement for doing her or his best, participating fully, and being supportive of the other gymnasts. Teach your child that an honest effort is as important as winning awards.
- Never ridicule your child for her or his performance at a gymnastics practice or event. Turn defeat to victory by helping your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship.
- Remember that children learn best by example. Applaud good performance by your team and by members of the other teams.
- Do not publicly question the officials’ or coaches’ judgment or honesty.
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children’s sporting activities.
Show respect for the authority of your child’s coach and other members of the club.
- Show appreciation for club volunteers and supporters and avoid being unduly critical of work done by club volunteers.
- Foster a positive image of Glacier Peaks Gymnastics Society within the community.
Support Network: The Coach/Parent/Athlete Partnership
The coaches, in cooperation with the parents, pledge to support and encourage a positive team environment for the gymnasts, which values sportsmanship and honours sport.
Together, we are here to support your children, the athletes who have hopes and dreams of being the best they can be in life and in this sport. We will do all we can do to encourage them in this dream. To make their goals come alive, it is extremely important to have the gymnasts, parents, coaches and Board of Directors all functioning together as a team.
Resolution of Conflict
If you have a problem, please talk to the coach at the appropriate time; if it is to briefly notify us of an injury, illness or future absence, the beginning or end of class is acceptable; for any problem or issue that requires longer discussion, please call or email to make an appointment.
We will always base our decisions on what is ultimately the best for the child first and 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.
It is also possible that a gymnast may be asked to leave our program due to the actions or inaction of his/her parent(s). While we don’t ever want a child to be punished for the actions of his/her parent(s), we will begin disciplinary action against parents who, by their words or actions, do not support the policies and values of our team program or who take it upon themselves to make decisions that are only to be made by our coaching staff and/or Board of Directors.
In keeping with the Gymnastics BC Code of Ethics, conduct at all times, shall reflect honesty, good sportsmanship, courtesy, and respect towards others. All members are encouraged to cooperate together for the betterment of the sport of gymnastics. This includes coaches, athletes, officials, board members and parents.
Examples of behaviour: polite to all participants including coaches, teammates, members of other clubs, competitors, officials, parents; positive self-talk and positive feedback to teammates; inclusion of all teammates; absolutely no gossiping; exhibit patience during practice and meets.