Thursday, September 23, 2010

Measuring for Suits

TONIGHT All Provincial and National Level Girl tumblers will be measured for this year's new bodysuit at 6:30pm.

No deposit is required at this time.

Boys and Interclub Girls will be measured at a later time.

Juicebox Orders

Just letting you know that you can submit your juicebox orders directly to Don or drop them off at the office. At the office you may pay by debit or credit but be sure to get a receipt and have the office staff make a note for Don so that we can be sure not to misplace any of the orders.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sports Day CBC at OGC

Here is the link to the CBC webcast that took place at the OGC on September 18th.

The broadcast was about 1 hour long and all aspects of the Oakville Gymnastics Club were showcased.

Tumblers Jonathan Meehan, Steven Tucker, Jamie Patrick and Jack McGarr were demonstrators as well as the recently retired Cory Marsh.

If you can't use the link directly you can cut and paste the address into the field at the top of your screen.

Friday, September 17, 2010

OGC Tumbling T's

The OGC Tumbling T-shirts are $12 and payable directly to Don. Get yours today and look cool.

Compeitive Program Structure

This is a slightly outdated program structure but it for the most part is what you need to understand the structure of the sport of TUMBLING.

Nutrition Info Link

Sorry I'm having problems making a direct link. You will have to copy and then paste this URL into the field above to get to this link where the Nutrition Information is located.


go to January 5th 2010 blog post in the archieves on the side of this screen.

Parent Meeting Notes

Here are the items that were discussed during the Parent Meetings on Monday and Tuesday of this week:

Congratulations to all the tumblers who were offered spots in the Oakville Gymnastics Club Tumbling Program for the 2010/2011 season. We do appreciate your dedication, commitment and loyalty towards the tumbling program.

Don Holmes – Co-Head Coach/Co-Director of the Tumbling Program
Niki Lavoie – Co-Head Coach/Co-Director of the Tumbling Program
Amanda George – Developmental and Provincial Level Tumbling Coach
Wendy Richardson – Provincial Level Tumbling Coach
Kelsey Brasil – Developmental Level Tumbling Coach
See the website under Competitive Staff.

The One Year Contract Policy: As you know the Tumbling program offers your child a space in the program for one year and at the end of each season we do ask all of our athletes to “ReTryout”. 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 and developing over the previous year (or years). Our program is a competitive program with a limited number of spaces. 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 this may be thought of as a good thing allowing the athlete the opportunity to explore other sports where he/she may be more suited physically, mentally or socially.

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. Please send an e-mail to your athlete’s coach with the dates that your child will not be at tumbling. Low attendance in some groups on specific weeks may allow us to accommodate other athletes who have summer training conflicts and permit them to make the minimum number of training hours.

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.

Violation of Attendance Minimums and Removal from the Program: 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 the Tumbling Program Directors outlining your situation.OGC

Code of Conduct: We have created a specific code of conduct for our athletes while part of the team, mostly for traveling with us while not with a parent. As we travel to competitions you will see this document and if you have any concerns with it at that time we can address them then.

Schedules: Summer Schedules and a Tentative Fall/Winter/Spring schedules have been distributed. We understand the logistical difficulties that families encounter by receiving these schedules in June as summer camp registration and vacations need to be booked several months in advance. Please note that we create our schedule with careful consideration. We realize that there will be conflicts and we have outlined how we are attempting to provide concessions for these conflicts. Also note that due to the ever evolving space usage of the gym we may find it necessary to change a scheduled class temporarily or permanently depending on the situation. We cannot foresee these situations but we will try to provide you with as much notice as possible prior to changes.

*Scheduling Note: Thanksgiving 2010 we will have Sunday and Monday off.

Weeks Off during the Summer: Note that these change each year as we need to address the competition schedule that is also ever changing. We will try to let you well in advance so that you can plan vacations/camps/etc.

Active Rest: During the rest periods we expect athletes to remain active. We give the tumblers a checklist of activities to do during their off time in order to keep them fit.

Nutrition: We will post some nutrition information on the blog at some point to assist you with meal planning for effective trainings and competitions so keep you eye on the blog.

Viewing Area Closure: During the summer months and on some holidays the viewing area may be closed in the evening so there will be no parent viewing. 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. As a last resort we ask that you bang on the back door of the gym to try and get our attention. There is usually someone standing in that corner preparing to take a turn so we will here you knocking.

Individual Parent Meetings: We offer individual parent meetings as we or you feel they are necessary. If you have individual questions that pertain to your specific situation we ask that you not address these in a public forum but leave it to an e-mail or individual meeting.

Chain of Command: Speak to your child’s coach(es) directly for anything you may have questions about. Then you may speak to Don and Niki. If we are not able to help you then you can speak to Wayne Hussey the COO. If you have a question about an event/competition DO NOT contact Gymnastics Ontario directly. DO NOT contact the host club of an event directly. If you have a question address it through the coach(es) and we will ask GO or the event host for you as your question is likely one that other’s have.

Sponsorship: Athletes are able to search for sponsors to offset the costs of training and competitions. The OGC has created a sponsorship package for all competitive athletes. Please enquire if you are interested in sponsorship.

Fundraisers: We do two fundraisers that we try to keep easy and simple. Juice boxes and Family Fun Night. We will be sending out information on both soon.

Event and Competition Schedule: See attachment.

Competitive Structure Provincial and National

The Competitions.

National Tumblers: Need to attend an international meet at some point in order to qualify to the Canadian National Team. We will speak directly to those who individuals who this pertains to.

Competitive Wear: We change our competitive singlet and shorts/leotard every two years. More information will be coming very soon about this. This is the year we get new suits. Tracksuits will remain the same this year. If you don’t have a tracksuit let us know immediately. There is a possibility for swapping or purchasing a lightly used tracksuit from another athlete. Information will be distributed via e-mail regarding a Swap or Exchange Day.

OGC Tumbling T-shirts: $12 for the blue or grey t-shirts.

Please check your Mailbox regularly. Agnes gets very upset if you don’t.

Any Financial questions please direct to Agnes Jankura in the main office.

Check your e-mails regularly for OGC info.

READ THE BLOG REGULARLY: It is 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.

OGC AGM September 26th in the Rec Centre. You get 3 volunteer hours for attending so it is worth it to come and sit through the meeting. It is an important part of your responsibilities as a Parent of a Competitive athlete to attend this annual event.

Questions?Any questions can be directed to:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Event Schedule for Tumbling

Here is the Tumbling Event Schedule for 2010-2011 as we know it so far. Keep your eyes on the blog for updates, competition information, schedule changes, and new events.

OGC Tumbling Video

Here is the video that Hanna Smith put together for us this past summer. It looks great. Hope you like it.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Parent Meeting

Monday, September 13th
Tumbling Program
Levels: Provincial and National
Groups: Amanda's Provincial D's
Wendy and Don's Provincial CBA's
Niki and Don's National

6:00 to 7:30pm
Meeting Room B
Recreational Centre

Champion's Day @ CAN Wonderland

Though only a few tumblers went to the Gymnastics Ontario hosted Champion's Day at Canada's Wonderland those who did had a great time.

Emma Chau and Luke Mackinnon, the OGC's own Tumbling Provincial Champions, were in attendance for the morning ceremony where some special awards were given out and inspirational talks were delivered by two of our gymnastics community stars. Emily Smith, a Senior Tumbler from Burlington spoke about believing in yourself in order to achieve success in gymnastics. Emily won the first ever World Cup medals in tumbling for Canada and is known as one of the World's best female tumblers. As well Karen Cockburn, three-time Olympic trampoline medalist, spoke about how to deal with pressure and how to enjoy the experience of participating in the Olympics.

After the ceremony it was a free for all at the park.

Also in attendance for the group photo were two of the OGC's Women's Artistic Provincial Champions: Jordyn Pederson and Kathryn Doran.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Run for the Cure

Usually I wouldn't put something like this on the blog but in this case I am making an exception. I hope I do not offend anyone by doing so.

As some of you may know but most will not, my mother, Connie Holmes, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer last January. She has undergone a mastectomy and endured a spring and summer of chemo treatments. Together as a family we have worked to provide support for my mother through this difficult time. Our efforts will culminate in this year's Run for the Cure where I will be running with my sisters and extended family.

As is part of the Run for the Cure I am gathering donations to support cancer research. I am asking for donations, small or large to be submitted either to me directly or through the office at the OGC. From a toonie to a 20, all donations are welcome and appreciated.

Cancer touches so many of our lives and it is up to us to work together to support those who suffer from it's affects. Even within our tumbling program there are those who are suffering now and who have suffered in the past. Undoubtedly there will be those who will suffer in the future. We will be there for them as well.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post and I would like to offer a big thank you to those who decide to donate.


Sept Sched UPDATE


Yup. I only had it up for a week and a change needed to be made.

Developmental 2, Kelsey's group will be starting at 5:30pm instead of 5:00pm. The class will finish at 7:30pm instead of 7:00pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Amanda's Developmental 3 group will be starting at 5:00pm on Monday and Wednesdays instead of 5:30pm. These classes will finish at 7:30pm instead of 8:00pm.

In an effort to facilitate the gym loading and work our tumbling program schedule in conjunction with the recreational program we have had to make this small change. We understand how difficult the scheduling of your family activities is and we appreciate your cooperation. You must also understand that we at the OGC have to schedule approximately 1400 bodies through the gym per week and we try to provide the optimal experience for all.

My apologies for the change.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Champion's Day @ Canada's Wonderland

Every year Gymnastics Ontario has it's day at Canada's Wonderland. It is called Champion's Day as they have a morning presentation recognizing all of the Provincial Champions in all of the gymnastics disciplines. Provincial Champions get in for free, lucky them.

The rest of us are invited to join in and have a fun filled day at the park.

Here is the flyer with ticket information provided. Feel free to invite family and friends of gymnastics.

Please make all ticket purchases directly through Gymnastics Ontario and not the OGC office.

Hope to see you there and congratulations to Luke Mackinnon and Emma Chau our 2010 Tumbling Provincial Champions.

September Schedule

Here is the Tumbling Program Schedule for September 2010.

If you wish to print it you need to do the following: click on the image, it should come up larger in a separate window, right click on that, save as a picture, print the picture.

Please note the Parent Meetings:

Monday, September 13th Provincial D, C, B, A and National Athletes from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the Meeting Room B in the Rec Centre.

Tuesday, September 14th Developmental 1, 2 & 3 from 5:30 to 6:30pm in the Lower Lobby (sorry the meeting rooms were not available, we'll try to keep it short as the downstairs may be loud and crowded).