When should gymnast move up a level?
Moving up a level can have great advantages and also some disadvantages. Deciding whether or not to allow your gymnast to move up a level can be a difficult decision for both parents & coaches.
Some advantages for gymnast moving up a level, includes the opportunity to work on more difficult skills. This could also be a disadvantage for your gymnast.
While moving up a level can boost their confidence for the moment, being in a level they don’t feel or are not ready for could hurt it for a longer period of time. Also, moving up prematurely may also intimidate your gymnast, leaving them feeling self-conscious and less confident.
Before your gymnast takes the jump to the next level, consider these factors:
Their level of skill: While they may be able to move up a level because they mastered a certain skill, they may not feel ready for the skills they will be working on in a higher-level. They may be intimidated by these new skills, causing a lack of confidence. It might also be better to keep them at the same level to clean up the skills they have learned, so they feel more prepared when moving up to the next level
Their level of maturity: Gymnasts who are still younger and haven’t matured emotionally may have a more difficult time moving up a level. Because they will be performing more difficult & complex skills, they may lose confidence when they perform as well as they hoped. Make sure the gymnast can handle the challenges of tackling harder skills.
Their level of commitment: When moving up a level, your gymnast will be learning more difficult skills. This increase of difficulty will need a tough mind. Especially if they are already struggling with their self-confidence, focus, or their mental skills. To master the harder skills a gymnast needs to commit more hours to training their body and mind. This extra commitment will affect the gymnast, but also the entire family. Make sure that this is something that your gymnast and you, as a parent, are ready to commit to.
They are on their own path: If your gymnast is ready to move up it is because the coach thinks they are ready. Likewise if your gymnast is not ready to move up, it is not the end of the world. Gymnasts develop at their own pace. If your gymnast repeats a level, that does not mean they have failed a level. Usually if a gymnast repeats a level it is because they need a little more time to work on a mental or physical skill.
Make sure to consider these factors when questioning whether your gymnast is ready to move up a level. Make sure they are ready for the skills they will be learning, the new level of commitment they need to have, and whether or not they want to move up. Feel free to approach any one of us if you would like a feedback of your child if you are in doubt.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can parents drop their children off for classes and pick them up later?
Bubbles Gym is not equipped to supervise children before or after classes. We do not allow students to use the gym outside of lesson time due to safety reasons. Parents & guardians of children who are still not toilet-trained are advised to stay on-site during their child’s class. If the child is independent, parents may drop off and pick them after class. However if a parent or authorized adult will be late for pick-up, kindly inform us well in advance before the class ends.
2. Make-up / replacement class
Scheduling of make-up classes, on any other day & times within the term, is the sole responsibility of the member. The scheduling of make-up classes is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. Refunds will not be issued for any of classes missed without medical certification. Make-up classes are non transferable & non refundable.
3. Can classes be brought forward to the next term if they had missed a lot due to holidays?
No. Make-up classes must be completed within the term and cannot be arranged on any of the pro-rated day/week of the terms. (Kindly refer to number 2)
4. Since Bubbles Gym have no breaks in between the terms, what if you are away most of the time and cannot attend make-ups – too many activities?
Every member is entitled to two pro-rata terms in a calendar year. It is a way of allowing our member to use their “pro-rata term” on their long break.. Arrangement of make-up classes is encouraged if your child is only away for a short holiday.
5. Classes that fall on a public holiday
There may be a short period when Bubbles Gym is closed or classes are not running (i.e. Holiday, scheduled closure, inclement weather, etc.) If this occurs and a class is missed, the member is entitled to a make-up class.
6. What if the child is injured & cannot attend his/her class?
We can make exceptions on a case by case basis. The member is required to produce a medical certificate if he/she is physically unfit.
7. Why do we move-up kids if there are no spaces available?
So that we can placed your child on the wait list on the preferred day & time & it also encourages the gymnast to let them know that they are improving & is ready to move up to the next level.
8. How will parents know the progress of their child?
We have five terms in a calendar year and there will be two assessments – Term 2 and Term 4
9. Providing feedback to parents
If you have any concerns, let us know in advance. As our classes run back to back, we might not be able to attend to you immediately, we will attend to you via phone or speak to you as soon as the classes end.
10. Can parents be in the gym for the first time?
No. For safety reasons parents/siblings are not allowed to be in the gym during the class to avoid accidents and distractions to other gymnasts but you can definitely view from the waiting area.
11. How often do we clean the gym?
We clean/sanitize the gym and waiting area on every other day.
12. Will we notify/remind them on Early Bird Payment (EBP) deadline?
Yes. You will receive an email on the Early Bird Payment (EBP) 3 weeks prior to the new term. At the same time, children will also receive the re-registration form at the end of their class.
13. Why is there Registration fee? Can we waive off? Does siblings get discount?
The registration fees acts like a membership fee as well. We only charge a one-time registration fee rather than an annual administrative fee (which is commonly practiced) to encourage our students to continue their gymnastics education on a long-term basis. As a member, you will enjoy a preferential rate for term fees & birthday parties and also a secured spot for your child on your preferred day & time. (Subject to availability)
14. Trial class
We do not offer free trial classes. We believe that Bubbles Gymnastics offers the best value for your experience with our small classes, highly qualified teachers. It also allows us to assess your child and ensure that he/she is placed in an appropriate class.
15. Do we offer private sessions?
Yes. However on a case by case basis, we may be able to arrange and it is subject to the coaches’ availability.