Frequently Asked Questions
How do I pay for Orion GC classes?
Registration for a new term begins a minimum of 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the term. Classes are confirmed on a first come, first serve basis. Verbal confirmation is given only upon receipt of payment and is not texted or mailed.
Payment is accepted in the form of cash or bank transfer made payable to 'Orion Gymnastics Club' (cheques are not accepted).
The class fee does not include a mandatory registration fee for Recreational Members and for Competitive Members Gymnastics Ireland insurance/ registration fee and club membership. This fee is valid until August 31st each year. The Orion Gymnastics Club reserves the right to remove any participant for non-compliance. Gymnasts without current membership to Irish Gymnastics will not be allowed to attend training sessions.
What should my child wear for class?
Girls should wear leotard and leggings (over the leotard) but if they do not have these, tracksuit bottoms or shorts with a tucked in t-shirt should be worn during training sessions. Please ensure there are no buttons, zippers or anything that can catch on equipment or injure the gymnast or coach during their training session. Boys should wear tracksuit bottoms or shorts with a tucked in t-shirt.
Bare feet or gymnastic shoes are the safest and only accepted footwear. Socks are not allowed as they can cause the child to slip. If your child has any medical concerns with his / her feet (Verruca's or open sores etc.), athletic tape or gymnastics shoes must be worn.
Long fingernails and toenails present a risk and must be kept short by gymnast. Hair should be secured back off the face and neck with elastics and clips
No jewelry to be worn by gymnasts - includes ear piercings, naval piercings and any other body piercing, rings, necklaces, bracelets, watches etc. Any gymnast who is unable to remove piercings must inform the Head Coach who will ensure that an appropriate covering is placed over the piercing to prevent any risk of injury to the participant, the coach and others.
Are your classes insured and registered?
Orion Gymnastics Club is a member of the North Dublin Gymnastics Region and is affiliated with our National Governing Body, Gymnastics Ireland.
The mandatory registration fees for Recreational Members and for Competitive Members will cover the Gymnastics Ireland insurance / registration fee and club membership. This fee is valid until August 31st each year.
The Orion Gymnastics Club reserves the right to remove any participant for non-compliance. Gymnasts without current membership to Irish Gymnastics will not be allowed to attend training sessions.
Are any refunds or makeup classes given?
Refunds will be given only with one week notice of cancellation prior to the start of the term or camp. A €20 administration fee will apply. Orion Gymnastics Club does not offer class fees refunds for any reason nor do we pro-rate for missed training sessions.
Make-up classes are not available due to coach/athlete ratios. In the event of a club cancellation a make-up class will be offered at the club’s discretion.
What are your term dates?
Our Classes are running over 10 Weeks - 4 Terms (except Monday classes due to the Public Holiday’s) starting from end of August until end of June the following year. For more information with the dates of our terms, please check our .
Can we still join your classes after the term has started?
Yes, only when you join first time in the middle of a term and tuition will be calculated pro-rated.
Are your teachers qualified?
Each of our coaches has National Coaching Certificate program qualifications ranging from Apprentice up to Level 2 and completed Ireland Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport Course and are Garda Vetted.
Can parents watch?
Parents and visitors must sit in the observation area. Parents / Guardians and visitors are not allowed on the gym floor inside the main gymnastic hall during the training session.Please do not talk to or otherwise distract the children participating in the classes. Any interruptions could result in serious injury.
Parents / Guardians are responsible for ensuring the safe entry and exit of their children from the car park to the gymnastics hall and vice versa.
The coaches are happy to help parents & guardians with any questions, only before the class starts or at the end of the class but not while the coach is in the middle of a training session. Parents are not allowed on the competition floor at any stage. Failure to adhere to this rule can result in the gymnast or team getting disqualified from the competition.
What is your ratio of children to coaches?
The number of coaches needed will depend on the nature of the activity, the age of the participants and any special needs of the group. As a guide, our ratios are 1:10 for participants under 12 years of age and 1:12 for participants over 12 years of age.