FAQs

Gymnastics Classes & Enrollment Questions

Join the once a week gymnastics class that is appropriate for your child’s age group.

Regular gymnastics classes meet once a week. Class length varies based on age and level (parent-tot: 40 minutes, 3 & 4 years: 45 minutes, 5+: 55 minutes).

Classes are generally 5 – 10 children, with an instructor ratio of 1:6. All classes 5 and under, workshops and camps are co-ed. Gymnastics classes 6+ are separate.

All Gymnastics classes, except parent-tot, are drop-off. We ask parents and caregivers to please leave the gym as soon as class starts. You may drop off and leave your child up to (but no longer than) 5 minutes before class starts. (Lark Café – a few doors down from us is a great place to wait!)

We offer parent observation week as an opportunity for caregivers to stay and watch the class. For the 2017-18 Gymnastics season we have three parent observation weeks: December 11 – 17, 2017 March 23 – 29, 2018, June 16 – 22, 2018 (June 16 – 22 is also performance week for the Rec Team and students ages 6 – 11 years.)

For pickup, children must wait for their parents INSIDE the gym. To help us ensure safety, please come into the gym a five minutes before dismissal to pick up your child.

No. Absolutely no spectators unless it is parent’s observation week.

Gymnastics helps develop coordination, flexibility, strength and power. Taking classes can teach children about listening and following directions. Children gain body awareness, build self-esteem and build confidence in their ability to challenge themselves. Gymnastics can help a child develop cognitive abilities that can help in the classroom. It also helps develop skills to enhance other sports. Gymnastics is fun!

If your child has had previous gymnastics or tumbling experience you may contact us to schedule an evaluation (info@prospectgymnastics.com).

If your child is ready to promote to the next level, your child’s coach will notify you. If you think your child is ready for an assessment, you are always welcome to request an evaluation.

Boys and girls wear form fitting t-shirts with shorts/leggings or leotard/unitard. Please avoid loose t-shirts so that your child’s face/eyes aren’t covered when they are upside down. No jewelry, buckles or hard objects are allowed to be worn, including on clothing or in hair. All students should be barefoot while in class. Hair should be pulled neatly and securely away from the face in an elastic band. No chewing gum. Personal items should be left in the cubbies. Prospect Gymnastics will not be responsible for any items that may be lost or stolen. Be sure your child’s personal items are marked with their name.

Yes, an adult (parent or caregiver) must participate the entire time in a Parent-Tot gymnastics class. Please only 1 adult per child.

We have four sessions: Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Some of our classes fill quickly so we recommend enrolling at least one month in advance. We also have an annual option available. If you choose the annual option you can reserve your spot for the entire season from September – June and pay in monthly installments. We highly recommend this option for all students over the age of five years old so they have the opportunity to learn the full curriculum.

You can enroll online on our website. If that doesn’t work for you please email info@prospectgymnastics.com to enroll in person or over the phone.

Yes, please email info@prospectgymnastics.com to schedule a trial class. The trial class costs $20 and your child would be joining a regular scheduled gymnastics class for their age group.

You can contact us regarding our coaching schedule, however, we do not guarantee instructors on classes and instructors are always subject to schedule changes. Once the program or session starts, we try our best to maintain the same instructor for the duration of the program. However, occasionally we do switch staffing.

Our sessions range in length from 4– 16 weeks depending on the session/season. We do have some workshops and mini camps that are available for a one time drop-in.

Please note that generally the longer a session is, the more progressive the curriculum will be since we have the opportunity to build on the skills we are teaching.

Yes, if you would like your child to move up to the intermediate level or recreational team we recommend attending class twice a week or attending the monthly workshops in addition to regular classes.

This gym is fun/recreational focused. We are a USA Gymnastics Member Clubs and we follow their levels and training structure. However, at this time we do not offer any competitive options and we try to keep a balance between fun and structure in all our classes.

Our staff will do their best to redirect students who are acting out or behaving inappropriately during class. However, if the behavior of any child is affecting the safety of another individual, including the coach, the child may be asked to sit out for the remainder of that class, or be removed from the class for the duration of the session. We absolutely do not condone teasing or bullying of any kind at Prospect Gymnastics. If that kind of behavior is spotted or brought to our attention during a class time, the student committing the act will be pulled aside immediately and asked to sit out for the remainder of the class.

Every year, we create an annual curriculum for the season based on the USA Gymnastics recommendations for the age and skill level of the classroom.

Our parent-tot and preschool curriculum remains constantly varied and covers the wide range of movement. Our curriculum moves through body positions of straight, tuck, pike, straddle and directions of forward, backwards, sideways, twist ‘n turn and upside down. We use obstacle course, balancing games and props to keep the class varied and creative as we work on the gymnastics components of strength, flexibility and balance. Basic drills and progression towards cartwheels, handstands, rolls, bar holds and supports, and beam turns and leaps are incorporated into the curriculum as well as preschool readiness skills such as colors, numbers and identifying. By the end of their first gymnastics session most toddlers will learn how to execute unassisted a forward roll on the wedge mat and hang/support on the bar. Most preschoolers will learn forward & backward rolls on the wedge mat, forward & sideways walk on beam and tuck hang & front support on bars.

Our regular gymnastics classes work through a curriculum that comprises of USA Gymnastics Level 1 skills, sports safety techniques for in and out of the gym, and flexibility/conditioning. Before the season begins we create a beam, bar, and floor routine for the season based on USA Gymnastics Level 1 and we work through drills and progression towards those routines so that by the end of the season, our gymnasts can put together sequences of the skills they learnt. By the end of the first year of gymnastics, most students cover: forward and backward rolls on the wedge mat, half handstands, partial cartwheel, walks, leaps and jumps on beam, supports, hangs, modified pull-ups and roll over the bar. Of course this varies by child.

We recommend that children practice at home flexibility and strength building exercises. Most specifically, core abdominal muscles and back flexibility are important. We recommend that children only practice gymnastics skills that they are already executing very well. When our students practice at home gymnastics skills that they are still learning they sometimes practice with the wrong technique that forms incorrect habits and can slow down their progress. (A good at home workout is the scientific seven minute workout. It is a beginner-friendly circuit that you can practice together with your child along with some basic stretches. Please remember that using correct form is vital to staying safe when exercising. Please see this link for the workout.

We send newsletters and updates though our email provider Constant Contact. Please add our email address info@prospectgymnastics.com to your contacts so that updates don’t go to your spam folder. We also update our website regularly with upcoming events.

Refund & Makeup Policies

Make-up and extra classes are subject to availability, and can be scheduled by emailing info@prospectgymnastics.com. Makeups should be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance and must be CONFIRMED via email. Our program is designed to be structured and consistent and makeups are disruptive to class consistency and continuity. In order to advance and progress safely, your child must attend a regular class consistently.

In the event of an absence, we recommend scheduling a makeup the same week as the absence so that your child learns the lesson plan of the week. Space permitting, we allow unlimited makeups, however, makeups are not guaranteed and we reserve the right to deny makeups at management discretion. Makeups DO NOT roll over from semester to semester.

Gymnastics Classes or workshops can be canceled two weeks before the session or program. Birthday parties can be canceled two weeks before the date of the party. Summer camp cancellations must be before June 1st. Cancellations must be made in writing via email and if made on time will receive a full refund. All other full or partial refunds are at management discretion. With late cancellations, if it is possible for us to replace your spot in the activity we will provide a full refund.

However, it is management discretion if and who can replace the spot. We do not refund for cancellations after an activity has already passed or more than 3 weeks after a program started.

We understand that sometimes a child cannot handle the gymnastics class, whether it is because they are exhausted from school or they are not mentally prepared. Therefore, will consider drop-outs for a session or annual program on a case by case basis. There are no drop-outs for birthday parties, summer camp or one-time drop in workshops / activities.

The fee paid reserves the student’s place in the class whether attending or not. Therefore, there are no refunds for classes missed including scheduled holidays.

Open play 10 packs are non-refundable. We will consider extending the expiration or providing a credit on a case by case basis.

If your child’s regular gymnastics class (not recreational team) is scheduled on a holiday, you may contact us to either makeup that class or email us a minimum of 2 weeks in advance to request a refund.

Billing & Financial

For the 2017-18 Season the annual pricing for a once a week gymnastics class is $1000 upfront or an annual subscription for $100/month + $100 sign-up fee. There are 36 or 37 classes in the season depending on the day of the week that class is taken. Individual sessions are priced at $31/ per class for the Fall, Winter & Spring sessions and $30 / per class for summer.

If you enroll late in a subscription based class such as Rec Team or a full season of gymnastics classes, since they are priced monthly you will start being charged from the month you start. For session classes, space permitting we will provide you with makeups for the classes you missed. If that does not work out, we will prorate on a case by case basis.

We offer a 10% family discount for those who feel they need it. The discount is by request only (email info@prospectgymnastics.com) and is available for regular gymnastics classes, open play and recreational team only.

If you have extenuating circumstances please don’t hesitate to email info@prospectgymnastics.com and explain your situation. When possible, we will try our best to assist. If you are currently enrolled in classes and would like to donate classes to our students that can help us assist more children!

General Questions

Private lessons and semi-private lessons are sometimes a possibility if there is a coach and space available. Cost is $75/private and $90/semi-private. Please contact the gym to book.

No, we only have a recreational team.

Any items you have lost will be found in the tiles area near the windowsill or the cubbies. After two weeks the items are brought down to the basement, therefore please contact info@prospectgymnastics.com. If the lost items are not retrieved then they are donated in the end of the year.

Recreational Team

Our gymnastics classes are between 40 minutes – 1.5 hours long depending on the age/level and meet once a week. Recreational Team meets twice a week for 1.5 hours. Recreational team is for students who love gymnastics, and have demonstrated commitment and dedication in their regular gymnastics class. We also try to take our Recreational Team students to local street fairs so that they can perform their floor routine in front of a crowd.

If you’d like your child to join the Recreational Team, we will start with an evaluation with one of our coaches. If the coach thinks it might be a good fit, we start with a one month trial class. If the one month trial goes well we will add your child to the Rec Team. Please note that when registering for Rec Team we require a six month minimum commitment. We strongly recommend only registering if you will be able to remain until the season ends in June.

If the coach cancels practice, they will reschedule a makeup at a later date. If you miss a class, you may schedule a makeup class in another Rec Team class.

We require 30 days notice for any Rec Team class suspensions.

Recreational Team requires a minimum of six months commitment. After six months we require 30 days advance notice for any Rec Team class cancellations so we can replace the spot.

For additional training hours to complement your regular team workout, we recommend enrolling in weekend workshop classes and stretching/conditioning at home.

Birthday Parties

We have two birthday party options. We offer a soft play party for children 4 and under or a gymnastics party for children 5+. If you have some mixed ages we will try our best to accommodate you, however, due to safety concerns we may have to limit participation of children that aren’t in the age group of the party.

For gymnastics parties 5+, only the birthday mom and dad and/or grandparents may attend the party and the rest of the children should be dropped off. Children 3 and under are required to come with a guardian.

If we have time/space available you can add extra time to your party at a rate of $75/per half hour.

We usually have some art activities available at the gym that we can provide for you at no additional cost while supplies lasts. Please just notify us at least a week in advance. Please note that if you do an art activity that will cut into the party’s gymnastics time unless you add extra time to your party. If you want to choose a specific art activity, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

It is customary to tip the party host. The standard tip is usually $20. Feel free to alter that amount based on the service you received.

Prospect Gymnastics provides basic paper goods such as napkins, paper plates, cups and tablecloths. You are welcome to bring decorations and/or your own paper goods if you’d like.

Due to space restrictions in the gym, we ask parents to only bring cupcakes and either water or juice boxes. We do have a backyard and weather permitting, you are welcome to bring pizza and/or other foods in our backyard. However, we will not allow that food inside of the gym.

There is no alcohol or smoking allowed on the premises. However, you can keep a closed cooler in the backyard only to be consumed by the party adults only (please do not offer to any of our staff members.)

We suggest 15 minutes prior to your scheduled birthday party time. If you should arrive too early, your party may need to wait in the back area or outside. Your birthday party will start and end on time, so please remind your guests to arrive and depart on time.

Our current time slots for a birthday party are on Saturdays and Sundays from 3-5PM. This time may vary based on what season it is and if there is a class before or after the party.

Your birthday party attendees should wear comfortable clothes — t-shirt with shorts or gymnastics leotards. It’s best not to wear anything with buttons, buckles, zippers, belts or other hard objects. Also, please remove all jewelry. Long hair must be pulled back.

A party date or package type can be switched, provided we have a date and party host available for you.

Email info@prospectgymastics.com to confirm that the time slot you would like is available, then go online and pay either the full party amount or the $100 deposit. Please make sure to fill out the birthday party waiver as you receive it. Once your time slot is confirmed and we receive the deposit and waiver your party is reserved.

Summer Camp

Each Camp Session is one week long (Monday-Friday)

Summer camp cancellations must be before June 1st. Cancelations must be made in writing via email and if made on time will receive a full refund. For late cancelations, if we can replace your spot in the activity (it must be someone eligible for the program) we will also provide a full refund. All other full or partial refunds are at our discretion.

We do provide after care for children who need to be picked up later. You can register for aftercare on our website for $20 a day.

The kids engage in arts and crafts activities, sports, and a variety of games supervised by our staff.

We do not offer any early drop off time.

We do not provide any meals for campers. Campers must bring their own snack and lunch from home. Please note we have a strict no nuts policy for children with allergies. If your child has any food allergies please let us know before camp.

Campers should wear what they would wear for class, fitted t-shirt and shorts or leggings, nothing baggy and no hard objects such as buttons or zippers. It’s also advised to pack an extra set of clothes for campers as they may get sweaty and want to change, we also do some water activities that campers may want to change after.

No we do not provide transportation.

Open Play

Check in at the front of the gym when you arrive.
One adult per child.
No food or drink on the carpeted area.
No toys on the trampoline.
No adults on the equipment (trampoline, bars, beam)

Parents or guardians must supervise their child at all times during Open Play. The staff members working open play are only there to monitor the gym in general and will not necessarily be engaging with the children at all.

Open Play is a non structured program, children play and explore the gym how they like.

During the fall and spring, single drop-in is $10, you may purchase a 10 pack for $60 (expiring after 3 months) or a monthly unlimited for $80. December, January and February the price for a single drop-in is $15 and a 10 pack for $100

You purchase 10 passes. We will need the following information on file: Your first and last name, your email, and the first and last name of your child. Once we have this information in the system, all you have to do is check in with the staff member sitting in the front and provide either your name or your child’s name (second one preferred). We keep track of your passes in our system. If you ever need to know how many passes you have left, you may ask the staff member sitting in the front and they will inform you. 10 packs can be used for siblings only.

Open play runs for 2-2 ½ hours. Regardless of how long you choose to be there, the price is still the same ($10-15)

Our supervision policy for December, January, and February is one adult per child.

You can purchase them online through our website. We take cash or credit in person as well.

We only allow children ages 4 and under only during open play. Open play is most appropriate for children ages 8 months to 3 years old. The way the gym is designed the equipment and mats can aid gross motor development and are most fun for toddler that are still learning gross motor skills such as walking, jumping, climbing, hanging and swinging.

The 10-pack passes can only be used for multiple children within a single family, so siblings can share a 10 pack. However, nanny shares and friends need to purchase a separate 10 pack for each child.

The equipment is designed for children and we have as much padding as possible. However, especially with the trampoline, injuries are possible.

We highly encourage that the adults ensure that their kids are playing safely on the equipment. If your child is tentative to go on a piece of equipment or do a skill, we advise that you do not push them to do it.

We also advise avoiding spotting your child doing skills. It is safest for children to only engage in activities that they feel ready to do on their own. We do have a first aid kit at the gym with band aids and ice packs, if your child is hurt and you need any of these please alert our staff and we will provide whatever you need.