Monday, September 28, 2009

3rd Qualifier in Quebec

There has been some questions as to what the "3rd Qualifier in Quebec" is doing on our Event Schedule.

Well, we have decided that we don't like the fact that all of our athletes aren't able to share in the travel opportunities that some others are able to qualify to during the regular season. Travel opportunities such as Eastern Canadian Championships or Tour or Ontario Winter Games, what-have-you. So we decided that we would offer an optional travel competition to Quebec this year. We plan to take a coach bus (or two) and invite families as well. The idea is that we travel as a team and cheer each other on. We want all of our athletes to share in this event from our Provincial D athletes all the way up to our National level tumblers. We have asked our friends in Quebec if we could attend one of their qualifiers and the one that works out best for us is the 3rd Provincial qualification competition in Quebec. It is the 3rd qualifier for Quebec athletes not our kids as the 3rd Ontario Cup is in Barrie.

This is a fun competition that we would like to make an annual event whether we travel to Quebec, another province or the USA.

If this requires further explanation feel free to drop Niki or I an e-mail.


2009/2010 Tumbling Event Schedule

Provincial D & C Training Camp Notice


DATE: November 1st, 2009
TIME: 10:00am-5:00pm

LOCATION: Alliston Nikolettes Gymnastics Club

ADDRESS: 4941 Dean Dr, Unit #1
Alliston, ON

COST: $80.00 (Includes lunch, snacks, refreshments)

Athletes Invited to this camp include:
Connie Robinson Taylor Athay
Emma Chau Rachel Sardella
Elizabeth Karam Kiana Ng
Abi Youngberg Talia Valentine
Naomi Smith Jade Jordan
Michelle O’Shea Eric Polasek
Valeria Grandar Marlo Rosart
Mackenzie Dodd Cameron Dodd
Taylor Morris


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Family Fun Night Fundraiser

Parent Meeting Notes

Tumbling Program Parent Meeting June 17th, 2009
Welcome Back: Welcome back to everyone in the program if you have been part of the tumbling program before and welcome to the fall/winter/spring session of the program if this is your first year. At the Spring Meetings we informed you that we would be having individual group meetings this fall to address items specific to each group. Due to time constraints and the stress of September with school, tumbling and a plethora of other activities starting we decided to combine the group meetings into one large meeting. This is a new for us as we haven’t done this in the past. Feel free to provide us some feedback post the meeting via e-mail to let us know how you thought it went. We would request that questions asked pertain to the group and not specific athletes. If you have questions about your personal situation please address these issues with your coaches first, then with Niki or I. If your questions pertain to finances or volunteerism please address these with Agnes Jankura, the OGC Head Administrator. If you have an issue that is beyond the scope of the program or it is an issue with Niki or I as directors feel free to speak with Wayne Hussey our C.O.O. if you feel that you cannot address them with us directly.

Congratulations: Congratulations to all the tumblers who were offered spots in the tumbling program for the 2009/2010 season. We do appreciate your dedication, loyalty, commitment and enthusiasm for our tumbling program. By implementing the ‘Re-Tryout’ and ‘Tryout’ protocols we are not trying to be mean or unsupportive of those athletes that we have been working with us and developing in our program over the previous year (or years). Our program is a competitive program with a limited number of spaces and as you may have noticed if you’ve had the chance to watch any of the trainings so far this fall the gym is extremely full during the primetime hours so keeping our program within a certain manageable size as well within gym loading constraints we need to be selective. If we had more space then maybe we could increase numbers. Here at the OGC we strive to offer the best programming possible and sometimes bigger isn’t better. We believe that better is better. We are simply trying to ensure that those athletes who are the most deserving of a spot on the team are receiving those spots. If at some point we do ask your child to leave the program please don’t take this as a negative. One should think of their new situation as a good thing allowing the athlete the opportunity to explore other sports where they may be more suited physically, mentally or socially. Niki and I profess that our goal is to coach good kids and create well-round individuals. Being part of our program isn’t just about who is the best tumbler, it’s about helping young people to achieve their goals and when they leave our program we want them to think back to their years in tumbling and think that the hours of work and time spent in the gym was a great way to have spent their youth and hopefully it will have prepared them in some way for life after tumbling. We also profess the importance of finding the right chemistry between athlete and coach. You have such a great opportunity living in this area in that you are within driving distance of several other gymnastics and tumbling clubs. When Niki and I grew up we were pretty isolated and restricted to either one club or no clubs at all. A gymnast’s career is very short and very intense. If you and your child feel that our program is not the right fit for then please search out the situation that is. With a recreational program as large as ours and with open tryouts attracting over 60 athletes per year we will have bodies to coach so don’t worry about us. Obviously we would love everyone to stay and find our program meets their needs. We hope you will be able to establish a connection with us but we are realistic and know that there may be a better situation for an individual athlete and we support finding the best fit. The right fit may be another tumbling club, it may be another gymnastics discipline, it may be diving or snowboarding, it may be lawn bowling or chess. Each individual must find their own path and passion.

Staff Bios: Niki and I are happy to be back together coaching after a whole year of separation. My stint in China and Niki’s maternity has kept us apart. The dynamic that we have when coaching had been split. Some of the kids have noticed the difference over the year and others have happily kept moving along. We are glad that most have stayed and we are happy to be working as a team once again.

o Nicole Lavoie: Updated Bio’s will be posted on the OGC website under Competitive Staff.

o Donald Holmes

o Karen Dance

o Amanda George

o Kelsey Brasil

o Supply Coaches: We have several individuals who do supply coaching for the
tumbling program. Each one is an NCCP certified coach that is qualified to coach tumbling.

Overview of Tumbling System: Handout of level system and competitions.
o Developmental = Interclub = Regional = Pre-Comp

o Provincial *** NEW SYSTEM *** may result in some kids remaining in the same level this year due to more stringent level requirements.

o National ***POTENTIALLY A NEW SYSTEM*** this may result in some tumblers dropping back to Provincial A but we will deal with this when the new systems are presented to us

o Level registration with Gymnastics Ontario is October 15th, this is important because different level athletes pay different Gymnastics Ontario Fees.

Summer Long Tryout: Something new that we did this year to allow ourselves a little more time to select and place our athletes was to have a Summer Long Tryout session in the Provincial CBA group. In June we accepted 20 athletes, which is four more than our ratios usually permit. We did this because we wanted to see if there was a way we could retain everyone if possible. We believed that everyone we had offered a spot to in the 20 person group warranted an extended opportunity to prove to us that they deserved and wanted a place in the program. If by the end of the summer training we had found a way to keep everyone then we would do what we could to make sure that no one was cut; however, if we felt that there was reason to let a child go from the program we would have let you know by mid summer providing you with reasons for concern. We didn’t want to pull any punches and surprise people with a sudden notice of termination. We did have discussions with a few athletes and parents and the 20 person group is down to 17. Some athletes have been replaced into more appropriate groups (or at least the group of best fit for now). We may do this again in the future but don’t foresee it happening next spring. The program is going to keep getting tougher and tougher to get into so dedication, effort and attitude are all going to be evaluated throughout the year. If you have further questions or desire further explanations about this protocol please send me an e-mail.

Expectations: Our expectations are that you participate fully, that you work with us as we work with you to ensure the optimal situation for your child to develop and succeed. This is a partnership and we like to think of those families involved in competitive programs here at the OGC as part of our community. Please be an active member in our community and in the life of your child. The first thing you can do to is keep yourself informed by reading the Tumbling Blog. I’ll reiterate this point several times. Everything you need to know is there and will continue to be there.

Expectations and Attendance: Summer Attendance: During the summer session we expect 50% attendance as a minimum. We would prefer that your child attends 100% of their scheduled classes but we understand summer schedules are far more diverse and we would hope that kids take the time to enjoy summer camps, weeks at the cottage and time with family. Our big problem is that many families didn’t bring their child to at least 50%. This has put your child a great disadvantage in several cases. Please understand that this is a year round program.

Expectations: Fall/Winter/Spring Attendance: During the school year we expect 80% attendance as a minimum. Obviously the less your athlete trains the less they will progress and the less they will be prepared for competition. It is in your best interest to have your athlete at the gym as much as possible.

Expectations: Violation of Attendance Minimums and Removal from the Program: If Niki and I choose to remove an athlete from the program then your contract with the club will be terminated at that time and you will not be charged a 2 month contract breaking fee. If you choose to leave the program before the end of the season for whatever reason including failing to make the minimum number of attendance hours required you will be charged the 2 month contract breaking fee. We cannot hold spots for athletes who do not attend the program. If you have schedule conflicts that will prevent your athlete from reaching the minimum attendance requirement but wish to remain as part of the tumbling program please e-mail me outlining your situation. Please note that each athlete’s personal situation is unique and should not be considered president setting evidence when you make your case for your own child’s personal situation. Each request will be considered and addressed with respect to that individual and is up to the discretion of Niki and myself.

Schedule: Please note that we do try our best to establish a schedule as early as possible and try to keep things as similar from year to year so that parents/families can try to organize their lives. Changes to the schedule are not done haphazardly and are not implemented to convolute your life. There are many factors that go into the creation of the schedule and necessary alterations occur sporadically throughout the season. Adaptability and cooperation are key. We will try to be as sensitive to the profound impact that these changes have on our athletes and their support team (mom and dad).

o This week we asked the Developmental 1 Tumblers, Karen and Kelsey’s group to accept a change due to gym loading concerns on Thursdays. Developmental 1 now trains Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30pm as before but the Thursday time has been moved back by a half hour to 5:00pm start finishing at 7:00pm. Thank you for your cooperation. Our program must make some accommodations to allow gym-loading and equipment sharing with all the other disciplines. As the only competitive discipline to not make use of daytime training we were asked to be flexible. We do not wish to have any daytime trainings where athletes would have to take time out of school to come into the gym when there is more space at this point and especially not with our Developmental and Provincial levels. We may require it of our National athletes if we deem it necessary in the future. As for the rest of the groups the schedule is posted on the bulletin board, the blog and for the athletes it’s also posted on the in-gym bulletin board in the tumbling area. As well we often send the schedule to you via e-mail. We no longer handout paper copies unless requested. Please check the blog for updates, schedule changes, holidays, snowdays, competition schedules, locations, times, etc.

o Thanksgiving: We will be taking the Sunday, October 11th and Monday, October 12th off. Please enjoy one last weekend of relaxation as after that things will get very busy with training camps, traveling, and competitions.

o Christmas: We have not set our training over the Christmas holiday yet. Families of Developmental Tumblers should know that there is never training for Developmental tumblers between Christmas and New Years. There will be an altered schedule for Provincial and National level tumblers which will be posted closer to the time.

Event Schedule: An schedule of all known competitions, training camps, and other tumbling program activities was distributed and will be posted on the blog.

Beginner’s Judging Course: Gymnastics Ontario is offering a Beginner’s Judging course this fall and we would like some members to take part in judging. If you are interested please contact Niki or I as the registration information has been sent out this week.

Athlete Profile Pictures: This week athletes will be having their pictures taken for the Competitive Athlete Profiles that appear on the OGC website. If you didn’t submit a profile page with your registration package then all that will appear on the web will be their picture. You can find these profiles under Competitive Programs on the OGC home page.

Gym Closures due to Weather: If there is a gym closure do to the weather please keep checking the blog. We will try to post closures due to inclement weather by noon of that day. You may also call the gym to see if the class is running as there is usually someone in the office. We will also try to send everyone e-mails where you will be required to respond so that we know you know there is a closure.

Viewing Area Closure: During the summer months and sometimes during the fall/winter/spring the viewing area may be closed in the evening resulting in no parent viewing. If there are tumbling classes still running your child will be let in at the sliding glass doors at the front of the club and be ushered out at the end of their session. When the viewing area is closed no one is permitted in the gym lobby for safety and liability reasons. Our apologies for the inconvenience that this might cause.

Competitive Attire
o Volunteers are needed to assist Niki with this project. If you are interested please let Niki know.

o Tracksuits: Are optional for all Developmental Level tumblers but are required for all Provincial and National level tumblers. Please check to see if your tracksuit still fits. If you need one please contact Niki ASAP.

o Leotards, singlets and shorts: Athletes who will not be turning 8 years old by December 31st of 2010 do not need competitive singlet or leotard. Demonstration Team T-shirts can be purchased for those athletes. Any child in Developmental 1, 2 or 3 who will be 8 by December 31st of 2010 will be eligible to compete at the invitational Inter Club competitions and requires either a tank style leotard or a singlet and shorts combo (for the boys). Provincial and National athletes are required to get a long sleeve suit. Please inquire about this ASAP so that you can receive your suit in time for the competition season.

Fund Raising: We often do a few simple, short and sweet fundraisers in the tumbling program. Our objective is to raise a little bit of money to help cover the costs for us as coaches to attend invitational competitions so that we do not put the brunt of the cost on the athletes that are attending that specific competition. We will often request this of the athletes participating but we don’t want to bear down on them as the cost is often high anyways. This may be for any level of tumbling competition from Interclub Invitationals up to World Age Group Championships. Our fundraisers are usually not labor intensive so participation is appreciated.

o Juicebox Fundraiser: Order forms have been distributed. Orders will be collected up until October 5th. Cases of juice can be picked up during the week of October 12th to 16th. We will post a sign up for volunteer hours to help with the distribution of the cases of juice. You can respond via e-mail to pick up those volunteer hours.

o Family Fun Night: Handout. It will be on October 17th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Developmental and Provincial athletes pay $10 to come in and show off to friends. National Kids have to work at this event putting on a demonstration, coaching groups, and assisting in warm-ups. As well we ask the National group athletes to bring a snack or refreshment item so that we can provide a light snack for all of our participants. Participants that are not in the tumbling program pay $20 for two hours of gym fun, a demonstration, great obstacle courses and time to jump around in the gym. This event is a lot of fun and a great opportunity for parents to mingle and get to know each other. Participants must be between 4 and 16 years old. Please do not ask us to let in kids who are 3 and a half. We need to cut it off somewhere and the gym is usually very full during this event. Please preregister either through your coach or through the office. Please pay in advance to secure your spot. We will only take a maximum of 100 athletes.

Nutrition: Niki will post a Nutrition Fact Sheet on the blog at some point soon. Notes on nutrition prior to, during and post competition will be posted just prior to the first competition.

Sponsorship: Athletes are able to search for sponsors to offset the costs of training and competitions. The OGC is working of creating an up-to-date sponsorship package for all competitive athletes. Please enquire if you are interested in sponsorship. At this time we can provide you with a letter from the directors that you can take to a potential sponsor and further questions can be addressed through Wayne Hussey, the C.O.O.

READ THE BLOG REGULARLY: Very important that you keep up-to-date on the blog. It is the online bulletin board for our program. Everything is archived there so you can go back and pull any information that you might need.

Communication: Here is the chain of communication you can follow when you have questions:

o Ask your athlete. They usually know.

o Check the blog to confirm as the athletes sometimes weren’t really listening and may have gotten the facts wrong.

o Ask the coach directly, via voice messaging or e-mail. You should have our e-mail addresses as the coaches are always cc’d on any e-mails that go out from Niki or I.

o Niki or Don the Tumbling Program Directors and Head-Coaches, our e-mail addresses are: or

o Agnes:

o Wayne:

OGC AGM Reminder Sunday September 27th 7:00 to 9:00pm. Your attendance at this meeting will count towards some volunteers.

Closing Comment: This is the best tumbling group we have had in our career. We are excited to see how the year goes and happy to know that we will be enjoying the collaboration and assistance of a supportive and “Dialed In” group of parents. So thank you for being part of the OGC Tumbling Program and taking an active role in your child’s tumbling career.

Question Period

Tumbling Level System Structure

Monday, September 21, 2009

Parent Meeting Room Location

Just a reminder that there is a
Parent Meeting
for the
Tumbling Program
Tuesday, September 22nd
7:00 to 8:30pm.

The location is:

Meeting Room C in the recreational center. This room is right beside to the reception desk in the rec center.

Hope to see you all there.


Profile Photo Shoot Schedule

Please note that on the day of the photo shoot for your group try to make sure your child looks tidy and clean. We will try to take photos at the beginning of the class so they are not sweaty or disheveled for their pictures. If you have your tracksuit jacket you can bring it for the photo as this will save time finding you a coat.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Developmental 1 CHANGE!

This is a note for the Developmental 1 Tumbling Group coached by Karen and Kelsey.

Due to efforts to ease the gym-loading stress at 4:30pm on Thursdays we have decided to move the Thursday training back by a half hour.

The Developmental 1 group will now train:

Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30pm


Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00pm

Thanks for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

If you did not receive an e-mail about this change then you are not on the Tumbling E-mail list. If this is the case please send Don an e-mail ASAP so that you can be included in all information sharing.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Tumbling Parents Meeting

Parent Meeting for Parents of ALL Tumblers.

This meeting is for parents of tumblers in every tumbling group from Developmental 1, 2, 3, Provincial D, CBA and National.

The meeting will run from 7:00 to 8:30pm on Tuesday, September 22nd. It will be in one of the rooms in the Recreational Center as there are too many parents to fit in the community room or downstairs lobby of the gym club. I will post the room number on the day of the meeting.

Please bring your questions that pertain to the whole group at that time. If you have a specific question about your child then please address that with their coach specifically first. If the coach is not able to answer your question then send Niki or I an e-mail. If you have a question pertaining to fees or volunteerism at the club then please contact Agnes. If you have an item that is beyond this scope then feel free to set up an appointment with Wayne Huseey our COO.


Up to date September Schedule

Here I am providing a more up-to-date September schedule that is hopefully error free.

Juicebox Fundraiser

Hi Everyone,

We are going to do some simple fundraising in the tumbling program this fall. Proceeds will be going primarily towards covering travel costs for coaches to attend important tumbling events that aren't part of the regular Ontario qualification circuit e.g. Canada Cup, World Age Groups, Invitational events.

The first fundraiser we will be doing is very simple. We are selling Rougemont Juiceboxes.

We will be distributing the Juicebox Fundraiser order forms this week. They will look like this.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

Thanks for your assistance.

The OGC Tumbling Staff

Here is what I have so far........
Interclub athletes: hopefully there will be other meets posted soon.

Burlington B.Gs

JAN 30th-31st: 1ST ONTARIO CUP
Futures Gymnastics Club (Mississauga)

FEB 26th-28th: 2ND ONTARIO CUP
Quinte Bay Gymnastics Club (Belleville)

Barrie Kempettes (Barrie)

Seneca College (Toronto)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Sunday Training Sept 13th

Many of you have been confused by an e-mail sent by Agnes stating that the Wonderland Trip was cancelled and that training will go on as regular this Sunday.

This was meant for the Woman's Artistic Program only.

Sunday, September 13th

Provincial D CANCELLED

Developmental 3 You have regular training with Amanda

Sorry about the communication confusion.

Regular training will resume on Monday, September 14th.

Friday, September 4, 2009


I am just a regular person. I will make mistakes. If you find errors, type-o's, or misspellings please contact me privately via e-mail and I will rectify my errors. Please don't chastise me publicly but do point out the conflicts and mis-communiques. I have so many things going in so many directions that I am bound to make mistakes. I am open for assistance. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.


Provincial D Group ERROR

This note is for the Provincial D group tumblers only.

I have made an error with your start time:

Your first class will be Thursday, September 10th from 6:00 to 8:30pm with Niki.

My apologies for the miscommunication. I have sent you all e-mails with further details.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Start Times by Group

Please find your name below to find out when your classes start next week.

I will e-mail this information to you as well.

Developmental 1 Coach: Karen

First Class will be Thursday, September 10th, 2009 from 4:30 to 6:30pm

Sofie Hawthorne
Kyra Mark
Samantha Chafe
Sofia Uppal
Abigail Mooney
Ella Heis
Alexandre Opferkuch
Emily Galloway

Developmental 2 Coach: Amanda

First Class will be Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 from 4:30 to 6:30pm

Madelin Hawkins
Keegan Merner
Nicole Erickson
Melissa Kiley
Pheonix Lee
Caileigh Dejonge
Cassandra Larner
Zoe Gilbert

Developmental 3 Coach: Amanda

First Class will be Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 from 6:00 to 8:30pm
(Note: Don or Niki will take the Developmental 3 group for the first half hour of the Monday and Wednesday classes while Amanda finishes with the Developmental 2 group)
(Also Note: The schedule posted below shows the Monday and Wednesday classes during the last half of the month as starting at 6:30pm. This is an error. The classes will begin on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00pm).

Erin Dane
Tyler Hutchings
Ethan Hawkins
Hannah Ligon
Kiera Witcher-Dowling
Jessica Kenning
Shannon Green
Matthew Pan

Provincial D Group Coaches: Don and Niki

First Class will be Thursday, September 10th, 2009 from 6:30 to 9:00pm
(Note: The first Sunday is Champion's Day at Canada's Wonderland and there will be no classes on Sunday, September 13th. If you would like discount tickets through Gymnastics Ontario please contact the office as soon as possible so that tickets can be reserved.)

Abi Youngberg
Talia Valentine
Elizabeth Karam
Emma Chau
Naomi Smith
Connie Robinson
Connor Salmon
Jade Jordan

Provincial CBA Coaches: Don and Niki

First Class will be Thursday, September 10th from 4:30 to 6:30pm
(Note: The first Sunday is Champion's Day at Canada's Wonderland and there will be no classes on Sunday, September 13th. If you would like discount tickets through Gymnastics Ontario please contact the office as soon as possible so that tickets can be reserved.)

Taylor Athay
Monique Lazaruk
Marlo Rosart
Rachel Sardella
Michelle O'Shea
Mackenzie Dodd
Erik Polasek
Kelsey Horn
Steven Tucker
Stephanie Milligan
Cameron Dodd
Taylor Morris
Paxton Lapko
Kiana Ng
Bryan Holden
Hudson McLaughlin
Elsa Mastrogiacomo

National Group Coaches: Niki and Don

First Class will be Thursday, September 10th from 7:00 to 9:00pm
(Note: Usually the Thursday training is for those in Youth/Open/Elite levels but for this first short class we would like all the National tumblers to attend)
(Also Note: The first Sunday is Champion's Day at Canada's Wonderland and there will be no classes on Sunday, September 13th. If you would like discount tickets through Gymnastics Ontario please contact the office as soon as possible so tickets can be reserved.)

Cory Marsh
Rachel Dhingra
Kezia Allen
Jamie Patrick
Josh Sardella
Jack McGarr
Hannah Bocas
Anthony Gentili
Michael Chaves
Luke Mackinnon
Jonathan Meehan
Lauren Rotolo
Kelsey Brasil
Haley Palmer

September Schedule

Here is the September Schedule in it's simplest form.

I plan to schedule Parent Meetings this month but have not been able to set a date. I will post the date and time of the parent meetings here on the blog and alert you via e-mail as well.

Again if you need to print off this schedule click on the picture of the schedule. Then right click on the image, save it as a picture then print it as a picture.

I will e-mail each group with your specific start times as some people still don't check the blog religiously.

Again if you don't receive an e-mail then you may not be on my list. Please send me your e-mail address.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Back to Tumbling Next Week

Hi everyone,

Yes we will be back to tumbling next week. I am just solidifying the start dates for each group as each group and coach are unique. We will definitely be starting either Wednesday or Thursday night depending on your group.

I will let you know ASAP. I will post the general schedule here on the blog and e-mail it to everyone directly. Once it is on the blog if you don't receive it the same day via e-mail then shoot me a message because that probably means I don't have you on the e-mail list (though I think I have almost everyone).

I hope you are enjoying your two weeks off and are taking full advantage of the opportunity to get away and relax. I know I did.

Stay tuned.