776 Gymnastics Gymnast Code of Conduct

Purpose of our Codes of Conduct

Our code of conducts reflect the British Gymnastics’ standards of behaviour for gymnasts, coaches, parents and visitors and also incorporates the views of its members. They act to provide a clear framework within which anyone involved in the club are expected to conduct themselves.

General Gymnast Code of Conduct

  • Gymnasts should arrive on time for their class and be prepared to train. If they arrive more than 10minutes late they must ask permission to join the class.
  • Gymnasts under the age of 18 should be dropped of and collected from the gym by a responsible adult and should never leave the gym unaccompanied.
  • Failure to attend on a regular basis without good reason or notification may result in gymnasts loosing their place. Should they wish to re-join they will be added to the waiting list.
  • Gymnasts must wear the appropriate clothing. The dress code is leotards for girls and leotard and shorts for boys. Recreational participants may wear tight fitting shorts (not jeans) or leggings and a t-shirt should they wish. Gymnasts should have bare feet or gym shoes only, no socks.
  • Long hair must be tied back (boys and girls).
  • DGA follow the BG guidance for the participation of members with body piercings. If the piercing can be removed it should be, if it cannot then it should be sufficiently covered to ensure it will not cause harm and the Head Coach should be informed in order to undertake a risk assessment.
  • Gymnasts should bring a drink to ensure hydration, this must be in a sports bottle and kept in the changing rooms. No fizzy drinks or chewing gum is allowed in the gym.
  • Gymnast should make sure that they have any relevant medical treatment on them in case a situation arises where they might need to use it. Coaches should be aware of this and the child and coach should know how to use it if appropriate (e.g. inhalers for asthma).
  • Turn off mobile phones and do not use them in the gym.
  • All members are expected to maintain a good standard of behaviour at all times. Disruptive or threatening behaviour of any kind including bullying is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
  • Avoid using bad language.
  • Be polite and considerate to others and treat other peoples belongings with respect.
  • Gymnasts should not climb upon or use any equipment unless instructed to do so by a coach. Gymnastics equipment and premises should be respected at all times.
  • For their own safety gymnasts must listen carefully and follow the instruction of the coach at all times.
  • Smoking, drinking alcohol or taking drugs is strictly prohibited.

Squad Gymnast Code of Conduct (In addition to the above)

  • Gymnasts on the squad programme must not attend another gymnastics club without prior approval of the club head coach.
  • Gymnasts on the squad programme must consult the head coach before participating in any other gymnastics related activities (such as trampolining) in order to determine whether or not it will interfere with their training and development.
  • It is not recommended that squad gymnasts participate in any other sport to a competitive level.
  • Gymnasts need to come to training with the correct equipment (Handguards, gloves, loops, weights, training diary etc…)
  • Squad gymnasts’ training attendance will be monitored and gymnasts with under 80% attendance will have their squad place reviewed.