Policies and Safety Rules
Orion Gymnastics Club is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for young people who participate in our activities, which reflects the guidelines contained in Gymnastics Ireland Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport.
Coaches, Parents and Administrators all have a role to play in promoting good practice at the various levels of gymnastics. The safety and welfare of every young gymnast is paramount.
Meet our Ethics and Welfare Team
Orion Gymnastics Club will ensure each participant receives the best instruction available. In the interest of safety for all club members, we ask parents/guardians, visitors and children to observe the following rules.
Club Children's Officer
No one is permitted on the equipment without coach approval.
No running in the gym unless instructed by a coach.
Misuse of the equipment will not be tolerated.
Gymnasts must ask permission from the coach if they wish to leave the class for any reason.
If a child is unwell please do not send them to the class.
The coach must be notified in advance if a gymnast is unable to attend a training session. Please note that training absences are monitored.
The gymnasts are assigned to groups during the training session. No parent/guardian or gymnast is to decide what group he/she should be assigned to. The coach has the final say as to who competes based on their opinion of the degree of preparedness for the competition.
Parents / Guardians and visitors are not allowed on the gym floor inside the main gymnastic hall during the training session. Parents and visitors must sit in the observation area. 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.
Club Secretary - Children's Officer and Heartsaver and CPR AED
Physiotherapist- Cardiac First Response
Club Designated Person and Administrator
Classes start on time. Do not drop-off children more than ten minutes prior to start of class. Children must be picked up promptly when class is over.
Parents are required to supervise children at all times before and immediately after class. Orion Gymnastics Club does not take responsibility for children left unsupervised after class.
In the event you are going to be late picking up your child, please let us know and we will try to assist you in the case of an emergency.
What to Wear
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.
Code of Ethics Rules
Orion Gymnastics Club promotes and insists in values of equality, respect, tolerance and friendship. Any forms of discrimination or bullying are not tolerated. Gymnasts should be considerate to each other and work together as a team. Gymnasts should listen carefully when the coach is speaking and follow his/her instructions. See the links below.
Gymnasts must leave their shoes, bags and clothing in the changing rooms and not in the gymnasium. This is to ease congestion in the gymnasium and to avoid trip hazards. Orion Gymnastics Club is not responsible for any lost or stolen items in the facility. It is advisable for items of clothing to be clearly marked with the child's name.
Drinks and Food
No food is allowed in the gymnasium at any time. Gymnasts are allowed to bring in their own water bottle (only water allowed) and leave it in the designated area for the entire session. Orion Gymnastics Club is a nut-free environment. All participants are asked to refrain from bringing nuts and nut products into the club due to increasing risk from nut allergies in children.
Registration and Fees
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 mailed. Payment is accepted in the form of cash and OR by Bank Transfer. (we don't accept Cheques).
The class fee does not include a mandatory registration fees for Recreational / Competitive Members for Gymnastics Ireland insurance and club registration fee. 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.
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.
Refunds and Make-up Classes
Images and videos taken during gymnastics training and events, may be used for Orion Gymnastics Club promotional (the club website or Facebook page), advertising, gymnast training or coaches / judges educational purposes. Use of flash photography during training hours is strictly forbidden for the safety of our athletes.
Change of Status
It is your responsibility to notify Orion Gymnastics Club of any change in your address, phone number, email address or any change in your child's medical condition or behavior.