Athletic attire and bare feet. Long hair MUST be tied back. Just like swimming, gymnastics requires appropriate attire. Kids spend a lot of time jumping, running, rolling, spinning and going upside down. Your child needs to wear “easy to move their body in” athletic attire and bare feet; shorts and a snug t- shirt, yoga pants and a yoga top or a bodysuit. Loose T-shirts tend to go over their heads when upside down, exposing their tummy and making it difficult to see. Skirts and/or skorts can hinder movement and become tangled on equipment. Clothing with zippers, pockets, drawstrings and belt loops can get caught on equipment or coaches and kids fingers and skirts get tangled up and get in the way. Bare feet are necessary, as socks are very slippery. Hair must be tied back to prevent it from getting caught on equipment or the coach. It is much easier to see what they’re doing if their hair is tied back. This is required for ALL participants
What are the rules of the gym?
Be on time
Please use the washroom before class starts
Wear appropriate attire- No Jeans, No drawstrings, No pockets, No Skirts, No baggy clothes
Hair tied back
Follow the rules of the gym- taught to the kids by the coaches
Listen to the instructor
Students must stay with their group at all times
Is my child too young to try gymnastics?
We offer Tumble Cubs classes for kids as young as 2 yrs old. This Parent and Tot class is 45 min long. Children registering for the 3.5 year old Tumble Cats class must complete a 8 week parent and tot class. These young athletes learn to run, jump, roll, hang, bounce, play games, practice being patient and taking turns in a structured class with one of our fun coaches. Parents must be within reach of their child and must help with them sharing, taking turns and the rules of equipment use. In order to ensure that each child is properly supervised, there is a maximum of 2 children for each adult. If your child is turning 2 within a few months and you think they are able to follow a structured class, we can do a trial class first.
What do they learn?
Kids start working on entry level skills that will help them to learn more advanced gymnastics skills. They learn how to jump, land, bounce, climb, roll, hang and swing. They work on flexibility and physical fitness to help with skill acquisition.
What is the difference between Lion’s Pride gymnastics and the competition?
We have a large hassle free parking lot with no time limit
We have handicap parking
We do not charge for make-up classes
There is no fee to change to a different class
Our ratio of 8 students per instructor
Our facility is permanently set up with state of the art equipment for both boys and girls.
We have experienced instructors who are continually upgrading their knowledge base though additional certification and coaching clinics.
Insurance is purchased through Gymnastics BC. Insurance is transferable to any club who is affiliated, insured and in good standings with Gymnastics BC. If not, you will be required to purchase new insurance if moving to another club. Please compare coverage plans.
Gymnastics BC ensures all of our coaches have clear criminal record checks and all training up to date.
Our program structure is highly organized and rewards students as the progress throughout the entire learning process of each of the 12 levels.
We offer 2 viewing areas; on the main floor and upstairs
We offer Trampoline classes and Competitive gymnastics
We have a 70ft foam pit
Lion’s Pride is cleaned daily
Are there classes for more advanced students?
We offer Bronze+ classes for those working on their level 4 (Bronze) & 5 (Purple) badges and Adv Rec for those working on level 6 (Blue) and up. We also have Interclub teams that are by Invitation and athletes perform at 1-3 meets locally. Competitive athletes are selectively chosen by our Head Coach.
How do I know if my child is ready to try a more advance class?
Students that have a lot of strength- can easily climb the rope
Successful with the challenges they are given
Eager to try new challenges
What is the Cangym Program and how does my child receive a medal?
All children 6+ are enrolled in the CanGym program. The program consists of 12 colors, and each color has three steps: Step 1 Step 2 and Mastered. Each color consists of 20 to 30 skills. The coaches rate the skills based on the following criteria: Is the skill preformed reasonably, is it recognizable, and is it repeatable. The skills are rated as Mastered, Learned or Attempted. Based on the percentage of skills Mastered, children will receive their report card and award. Each new color they start will be presented as a new medal. If they are working towards mastering a color they will be presented stickers to put on their medal until it is mastered. The idea being they will eventually have 12 medals that are mastered.
The medals run Burgundy, Red, Tan, Bronze, Purple, Blue, Turquoise, Silver, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Gold.
Awards are presented three times in a season.
Trampoline students follow a similar program called CanJump.
Highschool students receive only a report card, no medals or stickers.
Cubs, Cats & Lions are presented with medals but do not receive a report card.
Interclub and Competitive athletes do not receive testing and instead perform at meets.
Can I pay cash or debit for my child's fees?
For your child's first month's fees and insurance you can pay over the phone with a credit card or in person with cash, debit or credit (Visa & Mastercard are accepted). We then require that all future monthly fees be set up when you register your child. These fees come out on the first of every month and can be set up with a void cheque or pre-authorized debit form from your bank/online banking. We also accept post-dated cheques for payment. We no longer accept credit cards for monthly fees but you are able to pay all outstanding fees in one lump sum on credit.
What if I can't find parking?
We suggest trying to arrive 15 minutes early to class to beat the drop-off/pick up congestion. The back of the building also holds multiple parking spots, and some street parking is available. The FTS building across the street has also graciously given us permission to use their parking lot after 4:30pm and on all day on weekends.
Can we do a trial class?
Yes, we offer a trial class for those unsure if they will have fun. Please call the office to set up a time. If your child does not enjoy the class, the trial is free. If you decide to enroll your child, the trial class will count as their first class.
Note: We do not offer trial classes in September as this is our busy season.
What happens if the class I want is full?
Early Registration for the September-August season starts in June and to guarantee a spot we reccomend registering then. Registration is ongoing and all of our classes have waitlists available when you register and we will contact you when a space becomes available. It is best to waitlist your child for more than one time/day to increase the chances of getting a spot in a class. We can't tell how long your child will be on a waitlist as it depends on when children in the class move or cancel. All waitlists and classes are finished at the end of June or August. You will need to re-register for September classes.
Do you offer make-up classes or refunds for missed classes?
Yes! We offer one make-up class per month in appropriate age/level classes when space is available. Please give the office 12 hours notice if you will be missing a class and intend to book a make-up. Make-up classes can be booked up to one week ahead. There is no charge for make-up classes.