TGI Gym Rules, Athlete Code of Conduct and Travel Rules

TGI Gym Rules

  • Athletes must arrive on time for their classes and attend regularly. Athletes that do not arrive within the screening window will not be allowed to enter the gym that day.
  • Athletes will carry all possessions with them in the gym. Everything should fit into the bag you are carrying.
  • Phones will not be allowed out of your bag during training and shouldn’t be used during break (when reinstituted). We recommend that phones are left at home.
  • Athletes will be expected to bring home their belongings after each practice.
  • At the end of the night TGI will throw out items left on the floor. No lost and found will be available at this time.
  • Athletes should not enter the training gym without their coach.
  • Athletes training over 4 hours a day are entitled to a break of 15 – 20 minutes, athletes are responsible for cleaning up after themselves in the break room.
  • Athletes will be supervised and waiting outside of the gym for their parents after class. Athletes should be picked up promptly.
  • Athletes should wear appropriate gymnastics attire to train in.
    1. For Girls – Athletes must be wearing a leotard for training; the athletes must be able to move about freely without obstruction. If your daughter needs another leotard, they can be purchased at most competitions. There are also a few vendors that are within the GTA: Gymmagic (gymagic.ca), and Saucy’s World (www.saucysworld.com). Other types of clothing can get caught on the athletes themselves, the equipment, or on the coach when they are spotting and can cause problems for both the athlete and the coach. Hair needs to be tied back and clipped out of the face so that the athlete can see what they are doing. Please send your daughter with a few extra elastics and clips to each training.
    2. For Boys – Shorts are required, not sweatpants as coaches need to see leg form. No pockets on shorts, nothing too baggy or that could get caught on equipment.
  • TGI is not responsible for lost or stolen items even if they are handed to someone for safekeeping.
  • If your child is sick, they must not come to the gym. Please make sure to let your coach know, if they are unwell and unable to attend.
  • If your child has warts, please make sure they are being treated, and that they are covered up when he/she attends training. The best thing to do is put on a band-aid, then athletic tape, and then to wear a sock if the wart is on the foot.
  • If your child has lice, please keep him/her home from the gym until there is no longer a risk of the lice spreading. Please also let us know so that we can inform the other parents and they can check their children. A child with lice will be sent home and not allowed to participate in the program until they are lice free.

 

Athletes Returning from Injuries

  • TGI coaches are happy to build individual training plans to help return athletes from injury. We are concerned with the athlete’s health and will evaluate whether or not they will be able to compete after returning from injury.
  • Plans will usually include:
    1. Reduction in training hours during recover with a focus on conditioning
    2. Slow return to gymnastics skills while maintaining the conditioning regimented to ensure they are strong enough and health enough to do the skills
  • We will not have athletes compete if they are injured and unable to safely train their skills and perform the conditioning needed to train safely. This decision is at the discretion of the coach and the head coach.
  • Plans are informed by restrictions and conditions put in place by doctors and we require that parents provide TGI with a doctor’s note detailing the restrictions for returning to training. The notes must state:
    1. What the injury is
    2. What the athlete is not allowed to do (i.e. No hard impact like vaulting or tumbling)
    3. How long the athlete will not be able to do the activity (i.e. 2 weeks)
    4. What exercise or stretches can or should the athlete do to speed up recovery and prevent injury
  • We prefer that athletes come in for reduced hours to conditioning instead of taking extended time off, as it will help with the return to the sport when they are able.

 

Coach & TGI Responsibility

  • TGI will work diligently to provide continual quality coaching to its gymnasts.
  • Athletes will be placed in a group where they will feel comfortable and will be challenged.
  • TGI will do its best to provide a safe environment for training. Rules are in place for the consideration of all. An administrator, supervisor, or head coach is in the gym at all times.
  • The assigned coach is responsible for your child. Upon arrival the coach is responsible for your child for the entire training time until he or she is picked up by you, the parent, or another designated adult.
  • In the event of an issue with a gymnast, the coach or head coach will discuss the issue with the gymnast (if appropriate) and parent as soon as possible. The coach may issue a warning to the gymnast or send the gymnast home if the issue persists for that training. The coach will schedule a meeting with the parent to discuss and work to fix the problem. Persistent issues can result in the removal of the athlete from the program.

 

TGI Athlete Code of Conduct

  • Your conduct, at all times, shall reflect honesty, good sportsmanship, courtesy and respect toward others. In the instance of poor behaviour you may receive a warning or the coach and/or head coach may decide to take immediate action.
  • You will conduct yourself, in all situations in a manner that would maintain and enhance positive athlete coach relations. Mutual respect and consideration is important to the athlete and coach relationship.
  • You are expected to notify your coach if you will be away and if you will be on vacation.
  • You will wait for your coach to invite you into the gym to begin training. You should not be training in the gym without coach supervision.
  • You will abide by the rules and regulations of the sport of Gymnastics set out by Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique and Gymnastics Canada. All policies, procedures, rules and regulations of TGI and Gymnastics Ontario must be followed at all times.
  • You will not willfully damage the property of others which would include, but is not limited to, others belongings in the change room, the facility and equipment at TGI.

 

TGI Travel

As a valued member of the TGI’s competitive team, we recognize that we have two very different, yet important roles:

  • I am an athlete.
  • I am a representative of Toronto Gymnastics International

 

As an athlete:

  • I understand that any disciplinary action that is taken towards me for unbecoming behaviour will affect my place on the competitive team and I may be removed from the team. This is a decision that will be made by the head coach, coach and operations manager.
  • I will behave at all times in a manner that is respectful to my fellow team members and coach. Failure to do so could result in my removal from the team.

 

As a representative of Toronto Gymnastics International:

  • I will act in a manner that demonstrates the excellence that Toronto Gymnastics International stands for.
  • I will treat my teammates the way I would like to be treated; I will be respectful, do my best, work hard and have fun!
  • I will not bully anyone.
  • I will not drink any alcohol, use cannabis, or take any illegal drugs while I am on any trip as a representative of TGI. Failure to follow this rule will result in my removal from the team and being sent home at my expense immediately.
  • I understand that when I am at the event or visiting a venue, I will treat it as my own and any failure to do so could result in my removal from the team and further disciplinary action.
  • I will show respect to members of opposing teams and their coaches.
  • I will act in a way that encourages good sportsmanship on our team and with other teams.

 

 

If travelling without parent/guardian I will follow these travel rules:

  • I will always travel in groups of two or three. I will never leave a team member alone.
  • I will let my chaperone and/or team manager know where I am at all times.
  • All cell phones will be turned off during training and performances/competition.
  • I will be aware and respectful of any allergy that a team member has.
  • I will not open the door of my room to any unknown person at any time.
  • I will not leave my room during curfew times. I will contact my chaperone or team manager with any concerns or issues.
  • I will not leave the hotel, venue, or team without permission from my chaperone or team manager.

 

TGI Parent or Guardian Code of Conduct

  • You will conduct yourself in all situations in a manner that would maintain and enhance positive parent coach relations. Mutual respect and consideration is important to the parent and coach relationship.
  • You are expected to notify your child’s coach if they will be away, will arrive late or will be leaving early (at this point in time athletes will not be permitted to arrive late or depart early), and if they will be on vacation.
  • Any questions or concerns should immediately be brought to the attention of the coach. Then, if needed progress to the attention of the Head Coach and finally to management.
  • You are responsible for picking up your child on time at the end of training. Your child must wait inside the facility when you are picking them up.
  • You understand that the level your child competes is at the discretion of the coach and head coach.