Meet Rules and Advice
Arrive at least 30-40 minutes before your scheduled time to compete. This allows the gymnast's body to stretch out a little and calm nerves. Also calms coaches to know that all the gymnasts are there and ready to compete.
Many meets have awards after each level, allowing a gymnast to leave shortly after their performance. You are encouraged to cheer on your teammates when they are called to get their medals. At least once a year, please stay for the rest of the team to show support.
Gymnasts are responsible to pay the meet registration fee as well as their share of coaching costs. We pay coaches a daily fee and reimburse their mileage and lodging. A “team parent” is assigned to collect these fees. A gymnast may not participate in an upcoming meet if fees from a prior meet have not been paid. The “team parent” should also help the coaches as needed. Registration fees are non-refundable, with the possible exception of a gymnast's injury prior to the meet.
Please send money with your gymnast for meals.
If you stay to watch other members of the club compete, be sure to cheer them on! Be very respectful of your teammates and other competitors. When not competiting, please sit quietly and wait your turn. Continue to sit with the team until told to move to the next station.
Proper attire for the meet is your competitive team leotard and warm-up. No panties, nail polish, jewelry or bra showing. If you don't have the warm-up, please wear plain black pants, and a nice white t-shirt.
Hair needs to be pulled back out of your face at all times. Recommended would be a double French braid or a low pony tail, because of the back extension roll.
Avoid eating candy or drinking any pop prior to competing. This may make you sick and doesn’t have the carbs needed to perform.
Bring a healthy snack for the day of the meet and something to drink. Recommended would be Gatorade or water, fruit, vegetables, crackers and/or sandwich.
Parents are responsible to provide transportation or find transportation for their gymnast. The club can share the names of other parents whose gymnast is participating to facilitate carpooling. Sometimes the coach may be willing to transport gymnasts, but this will require a one-week advanced notice and the parent to sign a form limiting the coach’s liability.
If a hotel is needed, it is a parent’s responsibility to book a gymnast’s room. The club or “team parent” may suggest a specific hotel.
When staying at a hotel, there should be no swimming or sitting in a hot tub the night before a meet. This causes the gymnast to be extremely tired the next day and isn’t good on the muscles.
If you feel your gymnast is either not ready or has done something that you feel should not allow them to compete, please discuss the situation with the coach. The coaching staff would like to be supportive of parents as well.