FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the benefits of gymnastics?
Your child doesn’t yet know that exercise can be hard and/or boring. Moving, running, exploring and learning are all just natural to him. We want to keep that thought foremost in his mind. By having different shapes of mats (hills, tunnels, octagons) and scaled down real gymnastic equipment (low balance beams, pre-school swing bar, baby trampoline), we can provide your child with real gymnastic learning and barrels of fun.
It’s a Learning Experience!
Research has proven over and over again how exercise, musical interpretation, and fun can aid in reading readiness and increased spatial reasoning (the ability to detect pattern among objects, which is critical in math and science.)
It increases the development of various motor & sensory areas such as:
* hand-eye coordination * spatial awareness
* ocular pursuit (tracking) * directionality and laterality
* foot eye coordination * balance
* agility and poise
It’s the basis for all sports!
Gymnastics consists of many physical education and fitness aspects which every boy and girl could benefit from later in life for all sports. Gymnastics is one sport that hits almost all areas of fitness: flexibility, strength, muscular & cardiovascular endurance. Many of those qualities can be acquired from gymnastics and can be started as early as two years old to prepare them for sports.
How do I register my child for classes?
Download and print out a registration form by clicking the "Registration Form" link. Mail or bring the completed form with your $35 registration fee (or a family registration fee of $45) to SMG. Class availability is limited, so register early!
It's my first day of class. What can I expect?
PS Arrival: PS students will line up with your one parent on a GREEN ARROW floor marker on the left hand side of the first waiting room.
PS Dismissal: PS classes will be dismissed to the 2nd waiting room where they will then exit the side hall door.
SA Arrival: SA students will line up on the right side of the first waiting room on a BLUE STAR floor mark. Please do not enter the building more than 5 minutes before your class time and wait in the first waiting room (not the second waiting room) this is where the instructor will greet and gather students.
SA Dismissal: all SA classes will be dismissed for pickup at the two double white doors that are in the front of the building. We ask that you escort your child to the building at drop-off and escort them back to your car. No drive-by pick-ups due to congestion with young students! Please be sure to be in the parking lot for pick-up no later than 5 minutes before the end of your child's class. Students will be dismissed to parents in the order that parents are standing outside for pickup.
What should my child wear?
Wear athletic clothes that allow for kid's to move around easily during class. Examples include: t-shirts, shorts, bike shorts, leggings, or leotards. We have leotards and bike shorts for sale in our consignment shop. Jewelry and gum are not permitted.
What if there's a closure due to COVID-19
In the event that SMG should need to close to allow for staff isolation, facility disinfection, etc. due to psotive COVID-19 exposure, no tuition credits or refunds for missed classes/events will be given.
A make-up date will be scheduled for classes.
MANDATED CLOSURE: In the event that we have a state mandated closure due to COVID we will switch to virtual classes. Tuition will not be pro-rated for that month but the following month tuition would be reduced by 30% for virtual classes.
Should your athlete or a family member test positive for COVID-19, resulting in quarantine, no tuition credits or refunds for missed classes/events will be given.
What if school is canceled? What about holidays?
If we need to cancel classes due to weather it will be announced on the local radio station (WTVB AM 1590 & WLKI FM 100.3) by 2:30pm.
No classes will be held on most legal holidays. Please review your parent handbook that will be given to you upon sign-up for school-year calendar of closings.
There are no make-ups for holidays that the gym is closed or for weather closings unless there are less than 3 classes that month, in that event we would schedule a special open gym make-up time for that recreational class.
When is tuition due?
Tuition will be paid monthly and is due on the 25th of each month for the following month. There are no refunds, credits or pro-rating (except or new students registering mid-month). A $5 late fee is added after the 1st of the month. School Year Gymnastics Program begins in August and ends in June (see current Fall Class schedule). Accounts that are paid automatically with a bank checking or savings account will receive a $5 discount per month!
Tuition is a flat rate monthly tuition based on an average of four classes per month. If five classes are available, we do not increase tuition. If three classes are available, we do not pro-rate tuition. Average of 4 classes per month but it will vary between 3-5 classes per month.
When is the recital? What do I need for this?
Our recital is our year end show and a fun time is had by all! The first half will be primarily be preschool students followed by an intermission. The second show will have all the school-age students and Junior Olympic gymnasts as well as pre-team. We hold the SMG recital at the Coldwater High due to the large amount of spectators that attend.
Recital date will be announced. Your child will need his/her class leotard or uniform. Each class will perform a choreographed routine. More information will be provided later in the year.
How is my child's progress monitered?
The Star Award Program is an incentive program to provide the gymnasts with rewards and recognition for their skill progression. The Star Program also provides a means for gymnasts to advance from level to level, and enables our coaches to know the needs of each student. When students enroll the coach will have a Star “Poster” that each student will work on during classes. Stars will be awarded after class approximately every 4 weeks.
Gymnasts love the challenge of learning skills and receiving recognition. We award all the “Star Award Posters” in an awards ceremony at the end of the year during their regular class.
Do you hold birthday parties or field trips?
YES! We do the work - you have the fun!
Our parties include: Invitations AND thank you cards, an obstacle course with our mini-mountain and air-ramp, tumble-trak, cooperative games & parachute games. Pick up a brochure today, or download one under off of our website at the bottom of the home page.
Bring your class, youth group, home school group, or just a bunch of friends on a field trip! You can spend one hour on our equipment and an age-determined obstacle course. Call for more information and to schedule your next field trip!
What other special events do you host?
SMG offers many activities and special events throughout the year. These include Friend Day, Halloween Spooknight, Parent Participation Day, Clinics, “Fun” Meets, Year-end Program and Summer Camps. We also offer birthday parties, open gym time, and private lessons.