Frequently Asked Questions
What does my child need to wear to class?
Girls need to wear a leotard and have their hair pulled back neatly off the face. No jewelry with the exception of stud earrings. Boys can wear shorts and a teeshirt. Ninja Kids also wear a wristband. Please ensure that no baggy or loose clothing is worn along with nothing that has zippers. No socks or shoes permitted in the gym.
What does my child need to bring to class?
A water bottle and a good attitude. Ninja Kids are required to wear their kit. We do have a water fountain available and the kids take 2 or more water breaks per class weather dependent.
What happens if my child misses a class?
If you child misses a class due to illness or being away we offer makeup classes on Saturday mornings at 11 am. Children attending regular Saturday class who miss can make up on a Tuesday Night. These makeup sessions must be scheduled with a coach and must be made promptly (usually within 30 days) or the makeup session will expire.
What do I do when my child is in class?
Some parents choose to drop their children off and come back to pick them up. Some parents prefer to wait and watch their child. We have a brand new screening system set up in the dance room where you can watch your child. Parents are strictly not allowed in the gym for health and safety reasons. We also kindly ask that you don't talk to your child while they are participating in class as it can be distracting. If you need to get your child's or the coaches attention please see the front desk who can assist you. We prefer that preschool children not be left however, if it does become necessary please let a member of staff know.
How do payments work?
Tuition is charged every 4 weeks. We do not charge tuition for holiday weeks when we are closed. The billing calendar is listed on our website under payments and fees. We charge annual registration every fall which covers insurance. Students that join as new students in January will be required to pay the full fee up to August then join in on the regular annual cycle. Unfortunately we cannot prorate the January registration fees. New students that join in the summer will be allowed a prorated insurance fee to cover them for the 10 weeks until fall session starts and they can join in on the regular annual cycle.
How do I know which class my child should be in?
If they have no gymnastics training they need to start as a beginner regardless of age. We often get children who are very into flipping and tumbling at home but have no formal training. They need to start as a beginner so that they can be taught proper form on ALL the pieces of apparatus. We can quickly determine if a child needs to be moved up or down a class and regularly asses them to ensure they are properly placed. If you child has had more than a year of training elsewhere then they would most likely be an advanced beginner or an intermediate gymnast. Children under the age of 6 are enrolled in any of our preschool classes with only minor exceptions made to children who may be 5 but have had several years of gymnastics instruction - they can sometimes go into our 4:00 beginner class.
My child wants to do competitive gymnastics - what do I do?
If your child is interested in competitive gymnastics there are several routes for them to take. Oftentimes a child who shows enthusiasm in class and has a good deal of strength and flexibility will be considered by coaches for pre-team placement. Average age for kids on our pre-team is 6-8 however we can consider older children as well. We have open tryouts for pre-team in the Spring but also assess on an ongoing basis for children who we think would excel with more excelerated training. Most kids will spend a year on pre-team sometimes two depending on age. If they have the necessary skills they will be asked to attend Sparkler camp and trial with the team over the summer then offered a formal spot on the Sparklers Team.