Frequently asked questions

What to wear for classes?


Athletic attire and bare feet. Long hair MUST be tied back. 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 body suit. Loose T-shirts tend to go over their heads when upside down, exposing their tummy and making it difficult to see. Skirts and 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. Bare feer are necessary, as socks are slippery on equipment. Hair must be ried back to prevent it from getting caught on equipemtn or the coach. It is much easier to see what they are doing if their hair is back.




What are the rules of the gym?


* Be on time * Please use the washroom before class starts * Wear appropriate attire - No jeand, No drawstraings, 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 your instructor * Stay with your class at all times




Is my child too young to try gymnastics?


We offer Tumble Cus classes for kids as young as 2 years old. This Parent and Tot class is 45 minutes long. If your child is turning 2 in a few months and you feel they are ready to follow a structured class then we can set up a trial class first. These young athletes learn to run, jump, roll, hang, bounce, play games, practce being patient and taking turns in a structured class with one of our fun coaches. Parents must be within reach of their child and help them with sharing, taking turns, and the rules of equipment use. In order to ensure that each child is properly supervised, there is a max of 2 children for each adut.




What is the difference between Lion's Pride Gymnastics and the competition?


* We have experience instructors who are continually upgrading their knowledge base through additional ceritification and coaching clinics. * Insurance is purchased through Gymnastics BC and is transferrable to any club affiliated. *Gymnastics BC ensures all of our coaches have clear criminal record checks and all training up to date. * 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 offer two large viewing areas on the main floor and upstairs * We offer beginner, Advanced, Interclub and Competitive programs * We have a 70ft foam pit *Lion's Pride is cleaned daily




Are there classes for more advanced students?


Cangym athletes work on the first three levels while Bronze+ classes are for those working on level 4 (Bronze) and 5 (Purple), Advanced Rec classes for level 6 (Blue) and up. We also offer Interclub teams that are by Invitation and allow athletes to perform at 1-3 local meets. Competitive athletes are slectively chosen by our Head Coach.




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 levels/colours and each colour has three steps - Step 1, Step 2 & Mastered. The coaches rate the skills based the following criteria: Is the skill performed reasonably, is it recognizable and is it repeatable. The skils for each level are rated as Mastered, Learned or Attempted. Based on the percentage of skills Masterered, children will receive their report card and award. Each new colour they start will be presented as a new medal. If they are working towards mastering a colour, 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 3 times a season. Trampoline students follow a similar program called CanJump. Highschool students receive a report card and 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.




How do I pay for my child's fees?


For your child's first month's fees and insurance or 8 week program fees, you can pay over the phone with a credit card (Visa & Mastercard), with e-transfer sent to info@lionspridegymnastics.com or in person with cash, debit or credit. We then require all future monthly payments to be set up by the first class. Payments come out of your banking account on the first of every month by pre-authorized debit. We require a void cheque or pre-authorized debit form or you banking account numbers (transit, institution, account). We also accept post-dated cheques for payment. We do NOT set up monthly payments with credit cards, but you are welcome to pay all outstanding fees in one lump sum payment.




Can my child do a trial class first?


Yes we offer trial classes for those unsure if they will enjoy the class. Please call the office 250-383-3547 to set up a time and put trial in the day/time note section of your registration. If your child does not want to continue after the trial, then there is no charge for the class. If you decide to continue with the class then the trial will count as the first class. Note: We do not offer trial classes in September as classes are still filling up at this time.




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 on the first day. Registration is ongoing and all of our classes have waitlists available when you register and we wil contact you when a spot comes available. It is best to waitlist your child for more than one day/time to increase the chances of getting a spot in class. We can't predict 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.




How do I cancel classes?


All cancellations are required in writing (email) by the 15th of the months to be done by the end of that month. There is no fee to cancel. If you cancel after the 15th, you will be cancelled for the end of th enext month.




Do you offer make-up classes or refunds for missed classes?


Yes! We offer one make-up class a month for missed classes in appropriate age/level classes if 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. We do not offer refund for missed classes.




What if I can't find parking?


We suggest arriving 15 minutes early to beat the drop-off/pick-up congestion. The back of the building also holds multiple parking spots. The FTS building across the street has given us permission to use their parking lot weekdays after 4:30 and all day on weekends.





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