Why take gymnastics classes?
Gymnastic training is unsurpassed as a sport capable of developing a child’s total physical potential. In gymnastics classes, children learn how much focus, practice, and dedication it takes to learn a skill, and the joy and pride it brings to master it. Children gain more confidence in their bodies and movement, and in their ability to conquer other physical challenges.
Why train with MVG?
Dedication to Quality
Most instructors are certified, or are working towards a certification, and are registered with either USAG or AAU. Instructors are hand picked and all staff have been background checked, ensuring your children are in safe hands. We believe in full disclosure of even the most minor incidents that may occur in the gym setting. Parent communication is encouraged and we welcome feedback about your child’s successes, as well as their struggles.
MVG assesses each child independently so that they are never disengaged or held back due to age. We believe that children advance at their own pace and some children will develop faster than others. Children who show above average ability physically, mentally, and emotionally may be invited to be a part of TOPS (Talent Opportunity Program) or competitive team gymnastics.
What should we expect?
Structured Classes With Lots of Movement
MVG classes are structured so that children are always engaged and moving and not waiting in long lines for their turns. Every basic skill learned is a building block for a more complex skill or set of skills. You will find that we focus on these basic skills to encourage precision and consistent execution. Once mastered, the child will move progressively to more difficult skills.
Don’t worry if your child seems to be struggling with one or several skills, this is very common! Often, a child will excel in one apparatus while they are slower to develop on another – this is perfectly okay! The best thing a parent can do is to support and encourage their child with specific praise every step of the way.
How do we prepare for class?
Children should arrive at class approximately 5 minutes before their session starts. We begin promptly at your child’s class time. Shoes may be kept in cubbies. No gum, candy, food, or drinks are allowed on the floor. It is best if the child has not eaten within 30 minutes of class, but has had a nutritious snack within the last hour and is well hydrated. Mobile devices should be kept with the parent, or at home, as there are no lockers for recreational gymnasts.
How do we communicate with the coaches?
We encourage you to speak with your child’s coach if you want to check on their progress or have other issues that you need to discuss. Many coaches rotate immediately into another class. If you were unable to get a chance to speak with your child’s coach, please speak with the receptionist at the desk and they may help you or take a message for your child’s coach or Coach Natalie. If there are any issues that the coach needs to speak with you about, they will either ask for you or call you after class.
Why do you have a designated waiting area?
Parents and siblings not in a class are not allowed on the coaching floor for liability reasons and should remain in the waiting area unless the coach requests your presence. Sometimes this can be difficult if you see your child struggling or having a behavior issue. Rest assured that our coaches will handle all issues with positive reinforcement and encouragement. Because gymnastics requires a high degree of trust between a coach and the gymnast (especially when skills become more difficult), it is important for the coach and child to work together to come to a solution.
How will my child progress to more advanced classes?
When your child has mastered the required skills and is ready for advancement, your coach will notify you. Arrangements will be made based on your schedule for the next, most appropriate class.