Communications from the 2013 June Parent Meeting
Congratulations to all the tumblers who were offered
spots in the Oakville Gymnastics Club Tumbling Program for the 2013/2014
season. We do appreciate your dedication, commitment and loyalty towards the
Don Holmes –
Co-Head Coach/Co-Director of the Tumbling Program Coaching the National
Niki Lavoie –
Co-Head Coach/Co-Director of the Tumbling Program, coaching Developmental 1,
Developmental 2 and the National Tumbling Group
Amanda George – Coach
Developmental 1, 3 and Provincial 234 Groups
Daniela Petrova – Coaching
the Provincial 1&2 group and the Provincial 234 Group with Amanda
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. Also at that
time we may invite them to try an alternative gymnastics discipline or program
in the gym as we do believe that gymnastics is for all and we wish to keep
everyone in the gym in some capacity. We
need to weigh Competitive Wants vs Recreational Needs.
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.
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 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.
Tumbling Program 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 know well
in advance so that you can plan vacations/camps/etc. Recently we have been taking the last two
weeks of August off and will try to keep this schedule for 2014.
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.
Water Bottles Tumblers ONLY:
Tumblers are permitted to bring water bottles into the gym and kept in a
box under the tumbling bulletin board so that athletes do not have to cross the
gym to get to the water fountains. Only
OGC Tumblers will be permitted this.
Please send your child with a reusable water bottle for all trainings.
Viewing Area Closure: During the
summer months and on some holidays the viewing area may be closed in the
evening. On these days 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. If there is an emergency and you need to
contact us inside the gym 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 by the trampolines 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. We will be doing Progress
reports with all tumblers and their families in December, March and May (just
around the ReTryout time.
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 of Oakville Gymnastics Club. 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
Fundraisers: We do two fundraisers that we try to keep easy and
simple. We will be sending out information
on the Family Fun Night and a raffle for Maple Leaf Tickets.
Event and Competition Schedule: See attachment not set yet but will be posted
on the blog as soon as we have confirmed dates.
Competitive Structure Provincial and National – See
attachment, previous post.
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.
competitions: It is possible that we may
attend a competition outside of Ontario.
Any competitions that are not Gymnastics Ontario qualification
competitions, Ontario Championships or Canadian Championships the costs for the
coaches to attend will be cost shared over the athletes that attend the
competition. Registration fees for
Ontario qualifiers are included in your OGC fees. Registration fees for all other competitions
will need to be paid at the time of the competition.
We change our competitive singlet and shorts/leotard every two
years. More information will be coming
very soon about this. We do plan to get a new competitive leotard,
singlet and shorts this year. Tracksuits
will remain the same this year. If you
don’t have a tracksuit let us know as tracksuit orders usually happen in the
fall. 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 navy blue or grey
OGC Optional Apparel:
We plan to make some hooded sweatshirts, sweat pants and other OGC
apparel available for purchase this fall as well stay tuned to the blog for
more information on these items.
Sport Psych: We have a new
therapist working in the clinic who deals with Sport Psychology. Her name is Sarah Dybka and was herself a
power tumbler coached by Don and Niki.
She is available for one on one sessions and will be starting regular
additional work with the OGC National tumbling group in order to give them the
competitive psychological edge in the 2013/2014 season.
Car Pooling: On the
information sheet write CAR beside your name and I will add you to a car pool
email that will go out.
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. http://ogctumblingprogram.blogspot.com/
Any questions can be directed to:
Don Holmes email@example.com