Open Gym at the Gymnastics Center
Open Gyms are open to toddlers who are walking up to gymnasts ages 18 and under. Open Gym is a time for gymnasts to come in and work out on the equipment on their own. Our coaches are here to supervise, but they are not here to run a class, instruct, or spot. If you are looking for instructional time, please register for a skill-appropriate class.
Open Gym is not a place for Parkour, and anyone caught doing Parkour tricks will be asked to exit the gym for safety reasons concerning themselves, others, and gym equipment. Gymnasts, parents, and coaches who are not employed by the Monroe County YMCA Gymnastics Center are not permitted to spot gymnasts.
Children five years old and younger must have a parent remain on site. Children four and younger must have a parent accompany them into the gym.
Waivers must be signed for those who have not visited the gym during this calendar year. Please do not bring friends to Open Gym without first making sure that they either have a waiver on file or stopping by to pick up a waiver for their parents to sign. We cannot allow students to enter the gym who do not have a waiver on file, which must be signed by the child's legal guardian.
Open Gym Rules and Policies
- Open Gyms are subject to cancellation should the gym be needed for mock meets, competitive team meets, or trainings. Notices will be posted in advance.
- All participants must have a waiver on file or bring a parent/legal guardian with them to their first open gym to sign a waiver.
- All participants six years and older may be dropped off at Open Gym. Please leave a phone number that we can call in case of an emergency, as well as the name of the pick-up contact.
- Students six years and younger must have an adult with them in the building.
- Children three years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult when visiting during our five year old and younger Open Gyms.
- Everyone must be courteous and aware of their surroundings.
- If equipment is misused, damaged, or destroyed, the person involved will no longer be permitted to attend Open Gyms at our facility.
- No foul language; there are children present.
- No videotaping or photography.
- At any time, we may ask participants to leave for reasons such as disrespect of other participants, equipment, staff, or policies.
- If your child cannot front tuck on the floor, they should not try doing so into the foam pit. Landing in the pit should be on their feet, rear, or back. They should never land on their head or stomach.
- Food and drinks are not permitted in the gym. Water bottles only.
- Please walk around the spring floor and use lanes when tumbling unless permission has been given for cross-tumbling. This will maximize the floor usage. This means that everyone shares the floor and no one takes over the entire space.
- Participants must be picked up at the end of Open Gym because the building closes immediately after. Due to many parents arriving late to pick up their children, we will now assess a late pick up fee of $1 per minute to any participant's account who is waiting to be picked up after Open Gym has ended. Staff will not leave participants under the age of 18 unattended, therefore if a participant is waiting in the parking lot for someone to pick them up, the staff person must also wait. This is a safety protocol to keep all participants safe.
- Open Gyms run along with our session schedules. If our session ends and there is a break in scheduling, there are no Open Gyms during that time.
Our coaches do not spot during this time, and we do not permit gymnasts, parents, other coaches, or friends to spot either if they are not employed by our facility—for liability reasons.
Open Gyms are offered as a way for our gymnasts to practice the skills they feel comfortable performing on their own, safely, and to work on routines. While Open Gyms are open to the public, they are not a class, and for that reason we do not spot or coach students during this time. It would be unsafe for us to manage an unknown number of students at each Open Gym while trying to coach and spot many different age groups and skill levels.