Tuition Payment Options:
Please choose one of the following payment methods:
- Monthly Payments - Online Bill Pay or Cash accepted (no monthly handwritten checks please, bring cash to Holli for receipt). See below for bill pay set up directions.
- Half-Year Payments - due in September and January - personal check, online check or cash accepted
- Full Year Payment - due in September - personal check, online check or cash accepted.
Online Bill Pay Set Up Instructions:
- Login to your bank's online bill pay.
- Set up payments to go to the following address: Winterset Gymnastics 113 E Court Avenue, Winterset, IA 50273
- Memo your child's first name (possibly reference as your account number with me).
- Select the "Reoccur Monthly" option and set up for 8 times. Starting end of August (to pay for September) with the last payment being sent end of March (to pay for April tuition).
- Accounts that have a continued pattern of delinquency will be notified of late fees ($10/month late fee) via email. Your prompt payment is appreciated.
**Toddler Class Parents: Please note Toddler Class is October - March. Please set up payment for the "Reoccur Monthly" option and set up for 6 times, first payment beginning end of September.
When you arrive at your class....
Students should wait in the lobby until their coach signals them into the gym. **Parents and other family members are to remain in the lobby.**
Classroom Viewing Etiquette:
Our gym was designed to provide an open viewing experience to allow the parents to be aware of what is going on in their child's class. We want parents and other family members to be able to observe the learning, fun, and fitness. Absolutely, we encourage parents to come and watch practice from time to time as it gives them a glimpse into their child’s progress.
Why you should not watching every moment of practice:
But just as you would not sit in your child’s classroom and watch every instructional moment, we discourage you from watching every possible moment of practice. Here are our reasons why:
When you view all practices it is difficult to view the progress in your child. In turn, that can create frustration on your part, which your child will undoubtedly pick up on. Yes, it really can take 1,000 attempts before your child finally performs a skill and that is okay—but you watching each of those attempts might drive you both insane. If you watch practice all the time, you will not appreciate your child’s improvement and will not be able to lend perspective to her when she is frustrated with what she perceives as a lack of progress. Furthermore, parents that watch every practice often have a tendency to be overly critical because they perceive a better understanding of the sport than they actually have and often find themselves comparing their child's skills and progress to other children.
It disrupts the teaching process. We see it all the time. The child who finishes a skill and looks first to the observation window for feedback instead of her coach. Not that parents cannot learn to be great coaches, but please trust the credentials of the coaches who have gone through extensive training and have years of experience. Tapping on the glass, standing close too it, having a sibling bang on it for attention, or having a conversation with your student through the glass is non-effective to their learning process. Placing yourself too close and in contact with the window makes the glass dirty and unappealing for others who wish to watch their child. It is important that your child stay engaged in their class and do not leave the gym to go out to the lobby to see you. Please allow us the opportunity to teach your child, and the children, all of the wonderful things that come with a gymnastics class, including how to listen to their coach.
It sends a message to the coaches that you are not confident in their ability. Watching every moment of practice has a micro-managing feel to it. This undermines the confidence of your child’s coaches who wonder if you think that they are not capable of doing their job.
Why you should stay and watch:
And, in the following scenarios, I think parents should absolutely come watch practice:
Your child asks you to watch because she needs the moral support. If she has just moved up a class, is planning to try a new skill unassisted that day or is just struggling a bit and could use a friendly face in the crowd, this is a time you should try to go watch practice. You want to be careful that she does not over-rely on you, but you also want her to know that you are there to help her through rough times.
Your child’s coach suggests that you do. Sometimes a coach will ask a parent to watch or invite them into the gym for a brief, up close look at what we are working on in class in order to give the athlete an extra boost or to share an exciting moment with mom or dad. Other times parents will be invited in so the coach and the parent can better collaborate on an issue the child is having. Whatever the reason, if your child’s coach asks you to come watch or invites you in to watch, please do.
You are simply demonstrating your on-going support. You absolutely should show up at practice from time to time to watch for a bit simply to show your child you are engaged in what she is doing. Your teen might roll her eyes when she sees you are there, but secretly she will be glad that you took the time out of your day to see her.
After watching class, be sure to compliment them on what you have seen. By all means, watch some practice. It shows your child you are interested and supportive. You are your child’s biggest fan and they love to know you care. There are absolutely times that you should stay and watch. Your children seek and need your approval.
Restroom and Water Bottles:
Our gym was designed to minimize distraction and maximize your child's time at gymnastics. If your child needs to use the restroom during class, we have a restroom inside the gym. Preschoolers who need help may be sent out to their parents for assistance.
Students will not be allowed to leave the gym during their class to get a drink from the water fountain. As in any sport, please have your child bring a water bottle to get drinks as needed during class.
Our Coaches and Teaching Style:
We are fortunate to have many coaches and judges associated with our gym. Although all of them are trained with the same materials, they each have their own teaching style. We know there is great opportunity for our athletes when they have a chance to work with different adults with multiple perspectives and explanations.
At times, you will see your child's group sitting down listening to the coach or observing a skill. Observation is an incredibly important part of learning gymnastics technique. Your child may be asked to demonstrate at times so their peers can benefit.
Communication & Progress:
Email is our main form of communication. Parents should expect emails throughout the year with pertinent information about their child's class. To insure that you remain informed, submit the email address (or multiple email addresses) that are most frequently checked.
For parents who are unable to visit with Holli after class, we encourage you to inquire via email to keep open communication about your child's progress.
Don’t compare your child to others. There may be various levels in each class. Our teachers are used to working that way and will strive to give each child equal attention. If you think your child needs more help, consider a second class, see Holli for discount information on additional classes.
Class Pick Up:
Please plan to pick your child up from class on time. You must contact the gym if you are going to be late. Text or call Holli at 515.462.4552 to make arrangements.
For maximum safety of your child please have them dress properly for class.
Girls: To be a gymnast, you must look like a gymnast! Please have your daughter wear a leotard for modesty and to allow us to coach proper body positioning. Tight fitting shorts are permitted. Choose a gymnastics leotard (not a dance leotard). Gymnastics leotards are designed to stay in place. We want everyone to feel confident in what they have on and not to be tugging at their leotard to try to maintain modesty. We do have brand name gymnastics leotards for sale at the gym at a discounted rate.
Boys: Athletic shorts and a t-shirt to tuck in.
Toddler/Parent & Child Class: Girls and boys can wear shorts or leggings/sweatpants and a t-shirts or leotard.
Trampoline Shoes: All students must wear trampoline shoes to protect their feet. Trampoline shoes are available to purchase at the gym. Please no ballet shoes or dance shoes are they are slippery and not the same material.
Hair & Jewelry: Hair must be pulled back for all classes. Pigtails are recommended for the Kindergym class. For safety, no jewelry except stud earrings.
***Trampoline shoes ($25) and leotards ($25) will be available for sale at the first class and throughout the year***
Our Sessions & Breaks:
Our school year session will go from September (after Labor Day) through April. We will take Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break according to Winterset School District schedule. Summer class schedule will be determined early spring.
All students enrolling in the school year session will remain enrolled through the end of April. If for any reason you wish to end your child's enrollment you must provide a 30 day written/email notice.
Make- up Policy:
We want you to receive an excellent value at Winterset Gymnastics, therefore, if your child misses a class for illness, school concert, etc., we will offer you a makeup class time. We want every child to take advantage of all their classes and have the opportunity to practice their gymnastics consistently. Make-up classes are offered as a courtesy and we ask that you do not exceed 4 make-up classes per year.
In the event that Winterset Gymnastics adjusts class times or closes for extreme weather, we will email you will the adjusted schedule and also post it on our Facebook page. Please don't think if school is cancelled we will cancel class.