Club Rules

Gymnastics is a sport and it’s essential we have a safe and structured environment in which children and youngsters can learn this graceful, strong and fun-packed sport. It’s important that rules are followed, so please read these rules and stick to them.

CODE OF PRACTICE

For Participants

We are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all our members. The club believes it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with Sam Brotherhood or Tracey Marsh, our Welfare Officers.

As a member of Spring Gymnastics you are expected to abide by the following club rules:

  • All members must participate within the rules and respect coaches, judges and their decisions
  • All members must respect opponents and fellow club members
  • Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach if they are going to be late
  • Members must wear suitable attire for training and events as agreed with the coach. Keep all long hair tied back.
  • Remove all body jewellery
  • Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly. Failure to do so by the date on the invoice will result in your child not being able to participate in the sessions.
  • Members must not smoke, consume alcohol or take drugs of any kind whilst representing the club at competitions or other events
  • Members should treat all equipment with respect
  • Members must inform the head coach of any injuries or illness they may have before the warm-up begins
  • Members should not eat or chew gum during a session
  • Members must not use bad language
  • Members should remain with coaches or assistants at the end of a session until collected by their parent or guardian

For Parents / Guardian

The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below. All parents and guardians must:

  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and participate within them
  • Discourage challenging / arguing with officials
  • Publicly accept officials’ judgements
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
  • Set a good example by recognising good sportsmanship and applauding the good performances of all
  • Never force your child to take part in sport
  • Always ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the activity and has plenty to drink
  • Keep the club informed if your child is ill or unable to attend sessions
  • Endeavour to establish good communications with the club, coaches and officials for the benefit of all
  • Share any concerns or complaints about any aspect of the club through the approved channels
  • Use correct and proper language at all times
  • Never punish or belittle a child for poor performance or making mistakes
  • Always collect your child promptly at the end of a session
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport

For Club Coaches, Officials and Volunteers

The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below. All Club Coaches, Officials and Volunteers must:

  • Consider the well-being and safety of participants before the development of performance
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with performers based on mutual trust and respect
  • Hold the appropriate, valid qualifications and insurance cover
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part and ensure all participants are suitably prepared physically and mentally when learning new skills
  • Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance, dressing suitably and not using inappropriate language at any time whilst involved with club activities
  • Never consume alcohol immediately before or during training or events
  • Do not transport gymnasts in your own vehicle unless expressly permitted to do so either by the parent/guardian and/or at the discretion of the Head Coach
  • Never have performers stay overnight at your home
  • Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward
  • Always report any incidents, referrals or disclosures immediately, following the appropriate guidelines set out in the BG Child Protection policy 2004
  • Never condone rule violations or use of prohibited substances
  • Make sure that confidential information is not divulged unless with the express approval of the individual concerned
  • Promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play)
  • Encourage performers to value their performances and not just results
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by British Gymnastics and Spring Gymnastics

There is an Additional Code of Conduct for our Parkour gymansts:-

 Spring Parkour – Code of Conduct

Parkour (Freestyle Gymnastics) is no different from all sports in that there are risks involved. Our coaches have a duty of care to participants with regards to the both the Safeguarding policy (laid out by sport U.K.). It is also the responsibility of the parkour members to adhere to Spring Parkour’s Code of Conduct when attending a session. This is in line with ADAPT, the sanctioned coaching benchmark set by Parkour UK

At Spring Gymnastics, participants in Parkour must adhere to the following rules:

  1. No eating in the gym. Drink breaks may be taken in the designated area.
  2. Be on time for your session. Enter the gym and wait, seated, in the designated area.
  3. Appropriate dress code. No zips, metal buttons or dangling cords (hoodies)
  4. No jewellery.
  5. No shoes or socks to be worn in the gym area.
  6. Listen to the coach’s instructions at all times.
  7. Do not try to perform any movements on equipment in the gym until it has been checked by a coach.
  8. Do not undertake any Free G/Parkour in the gym without the supervision of a coach.
  9. Do not climb, run on, or traverse on any equipment or station unless under the supervision / instruction of your coach. This could lead to unwanted accidents and injury.
  10. Do not try moves in the gym that you have not been taught or instructed to undertake by a coach.
  11. Do not use inappropriate language.
  12. Treat all your fellow parkour members with respect. We are all different but share a common goal.
  13. Do not push in, or obstruct fellow parkour members whilst in a session.
  14. Be vigilant of other activities going on in the gym.
  15. Do challenge yourself.
  16. Do have a positive ‘can do’ attitude.
  17. Strive to succeed, but accept failure happens and learn from it.
  18. Do learn the history of Parkour and what the sport is.
  19. Understand the spirit of parkour and its community ethos.
  20. Be humble.

Complaints & Grievance Procedure – Non-Welfare Issues

All minor complaints or grievances relating to the gymnastic training or behaviour of members should in the first instance be addressed by speaking with the Coach in charge of your child’s group at an appropriate time. Should the complainant not be satisfied with the response from the Coach then the complaint should be addressed by speaking to the Head Coach

All major complaints or grievances relating to the gymnastic training or behaviour of members should in the first instance be addressed by writing to, or speaking with the Head Coach. Should the complainant not be satisfied with the response from the Head Coach the complaint should be further submitted in writing to the Club Committee in an envelope marked ‘Private and Confidential’.

The Clubs Management Committee will meet to hear complaints within 14 days of a complaint being lodged. The Committee has the power to take appropriate disciplinary action including the termination of club membership.

The outcome of the hearing should be notified in writing to the person who lodged the complaint and the member against whom the complaint was made within 7 days of the hearing.

There will be the right of appeal to the Club Management Committee following disciplinary action being announced. The Club Committee should consider the appeal within 14 days of the appeal being received and will notify the complainant of the out come of the appeal hearing within 7 days of the hearing. The Clubs Managements Committees decision on the appeal will be the final decision on the complaint

Complaints & Grievance Procedure – Welfare Issue

All complaints or grievance relating to Child Protection or Welfare issues should in the first instance be reported to the Club Welfare Officer:

Diss & Harleston – Sam Brotherhood, email sam@spring-gymnastics.co.uk

Hewett – Tracey Marsh, email tracey@spring-gymnastics.co.uk

The Welfare officer will then look into the complaint, in accordance with the NSPCA/ BGA Child Protection Procedures, and make a note of the outcome.

The Welfare Officer may report to the Club Committee that a complaint has been made but may not disclose the nature of the complaint or the names of the people involved.

Should the complainant not be satisfied with the response from the Clubs Welfare Officer they can take the complaint to:

The County Welfare Officer – Karly Good 07711903611

The Regional Welfare Officer – Avril Spriggs 01268 454571

British Gymnastics Ethics & Welfare department – 0845 1297129 option 6.

This is to confirm that Spring Gymnastics Club has adopted the British Gymnastics Health, Safety and Welfare Policy 2005.