Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will gymnastics benefit my child? Isn’t gymnastics only for girls?

A: Strength, flexibility, agility, balance, coordination… the list goes on and on. Many articles have been written on the benefits of gymnastics. This statement is one of the best summations of the benefits of gymnastics:

“Gymnastics is a terrific sport for young people. Many people have grown up in and by gymnastics to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, business people, professors, police officers, nurses, scientists, and many others. Gymnastics provides an outstanding way for young people to test their mettle against themselves and others. Gymnastics can provide opportunities for physical development, character development, and education that are hard to find anywhere else.” – William Sands, Ph.D.

Obviously this statement pertains to boys as well as girls. Many boys who began gymnastics at a young age have graduated to excel in other sports like football, basketball, soccer, baseball, swimming, and track and field. More than a few former gymnasts have gone to college on pole vaulting or diving scholarships!

Q: How safe is gymnastics?

A: With proper instruction, gymnastics is a very safe sport. Many clubs will skip basic skill progressions that are deemed “easy” but do not understand the fundamental foundation that these skills develop to help prevent injury. Repetition is the key to safe gymnastics. When the body is habitually wired to perform a basic skill, other, more difficult skills, can be added safely. Grace Gymnastics promotes a culture of safety and a healthy respect for the sport of gymnastics. All activity at Grace Gymnastics is always supervised.

While all physical activity contains an inherent risk of injury, we have developed our curriculum to prevent injury from a lack of proper training. One of the many benefits of gymnastics training is the overall agility the student develops. This agility can help to prevent slips, falls, and injuries in any other sporting endeavor as well as in daily life.

Q: What do the students do in class and how do I track their progress?

A: Every class uses a curriculum developed from over 75 years of gymnastics knowledge as athletes, managers, and parents. Level 1 classes begin with basic gymnastics body positions and skills. With a proper gymnastics foundation, students will learn much quicker as they progress through the levels.

All classes begin with a warm-up to raise the core body temperature to prepare for athletic activity. 45 minute classes will progress through 4 10-minute rotations and end with a 5 minute game and fun time. 1 hour classes will progress through a 10-minute warm-up and 3 15-minute rotations and end with a fun game or a conditioning period for more advanced classes.

For students enrolled in Little Tots, Kids, or Girls or Boys gymnastics, you may track your child’s progress in 2 ways. Every month your child will receive a student record showing you the skills mastered that month in class. For a cumulative list of skills’ progress, you may access your child’s skills records online at any time through your family account. Simply click on the student’s name and select ‘skills’ for a list of completed skills. When your child has mastered all the skills in her level, her instructor will then inform you that she is ready for promotion to the next level.

While all students in a class will work on the same skills, students are promoted and taught at their own, individual pace. One student might complete a gymnastics level in a few months whereas another student might take much longer to complete the same level.

Q: What does my child wear to gymnastics?

A: For gymnastics, girls should wear a leotard. We have many styles available for purchase, including ‘unitards’ for younger students. Please do not wear loose shorts as they can interfere with the gymnastics apparatus. Biker/tight fitting shorts are acceptable. Hair should be pulled back into a ponytail if possible. No jewelry should be worn. Boys and tumbling students should wear a t-shirt and a pair of shorts. All students should be barefoot.  During colder months, students should wear layers that they can remove once they enter the gym (or shortly after warm-up) and store in the cubby area.

Q: May my child try a class first before we decide to enroll?

A: We’re confident your child will love her class, so you may absolutely try a class before you sign up. Just give us a call and we can set up a free trial class. All we ask is that you let us know after your trial if you’d like to join the class so we don’t hold the spot from another customer. What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Q: Isn’t gymnastics expensive and time-consuming?

A: Competitive gymnastics is no more expensive than competitive soccer, cheerleading or dance.Gymnastics is a great foundation for any sport or activity your child chooses in the future.The body awareness, air sense and core strength beginning gymnastics classes teach help athletes in any sport.As with any activity, the more difficult the skills, the more demanding the training.We value the strength that supports skills not only in gymnastics, but diving, track and other sports. We want to keep our gymnasts’ bodies in the best shape as possible! We have been very successful with students of all levels by keeping training hours productive, encouraging the best grades in school, and fostering positive social interaction with peers and coaches. These principles also help to keep the financial obligation of the family reasonable.

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