Phone: 905-648-3308
Hamilton Gymnastic Academy

Gym Rules and Important Reminders

(Updated Sept 22, 2021)

Gymnastics is a sport, and like all sports, involves some risk. In order to minimize that risk, it is important that safety rules are followed. Please take some time to remind your child to listen to their coaches and follow all safety rules.

Personal Protective Equipment: In light of the new variants, we are now asking all gymnasts (Parent and Tot gymnasts exempt) to wear a mask while training to decrease risk of transmission.

Independent Toileting: At this point in time, we will not be allowing Parent’s into our viewing area. This area is currently being used for coaches and is too small to accommodate all the parents of the children in the gym. It is key that children who are not in Parent and Tot are bathroom independent, able to wash hands thoroughly, as well as get shoes and coats off and on without assistance. Parents, please send your child in slip on shoes or Velcro shoes to make entering and exiting the building quick and easy.

Carpooling: It is suggested that carpooling is limited. Only members of the same family (or those living together) should be in a vehicle together.

Drop Off: Please arrive 15 min before the start of class as it will take much longer for athletes to complete the new screening and hand washing protocols. You will need to wait outside the building in your vehicle if the previous class is still exiting.

Physical Distancing Outside of the Gym: Physical distancing markers will be placed outside of the entrance (you may only enter through the main door beside the front counter). Stand spaced apart at the markers as indicated. If the line exceeds the number of markers, please assume 2 meters between you and the next person in line.

Entrance Health Screening: Prior to arriving at the gym, all athletes and staff will complete a Daily Health Screening questionnaire by simply logging onto their Uplifter Account. Anyone who is unable to complete the Daily Health Screening at home, will be required to have their health check conducted on site prior to sign-in.

Parents/Viewing Area: Parents will not be permitted inside the gym (unless in Parent and Tot class) unless they need to speak with the coach or administration staff at the office. The viewing area is closed until further notice. If there is additional information you wish to share with your child’s coach please inform the sign-in staff or please email

Behaviour Guidelines: We believe that people are responsible for their actions. We respect each other and the environment. Honesty will be the basis for all relationships and interactions. We will care for ourselves and those around us.

Discipline- All children will be under the “three strike” policy. If a child misbehaves, that child will be sat out of an activity for one turn. If the child is sat out three times during a class they will be asked to leave the class for the rest of the day. If a child is continually sent home they may be suspended from the program.

New Covid Guidelines- Any child who refuses or is unable to follow the rules regarding physical distancing after reasonable explanation from our staff will be asked to leave the program. Any child (unless in parent and Tot) unable to toilet independently will be given a credit on their account so they can return at some point in the future. (see refund policies).

Parent Proof of Vaccination: Parents/Guardians in our Parent and Tot programs and Parents/Guardians of our Private Lessons will need to provide Proof of Vaccination to enter the building.

Attire: All children must wear suitable gym attire at all times during class; a body suit and/or form fitting shorts or leggings. Shorts or track pants and a T-shirt is also acceptable. No zippers, ballet skirts, crop tops or loose fitting clothing is permitted. Long hair must be tied back and no jewelry. Bare feet or gymnastic slippers in the gym, no socks please.

No Water Fountain: The water fountain has been replaced with a hand wash station.  Bring your own filled water bottle with your name clearly labelled. Gymnasts will be allowed to carry their water bottles from event to event and will place them in the designated water bottle caddies when not in use. Please only fill bottle with water (no juice or sports drinks please).

Handwashing: Once in the gym, gymnasts will be directed to one of our 4 hand wash stations. Gymnasts must wash their hands upon entering the gym, after washroom use, and before exiting the gym.

Hygiene: All gymnasts, staff and visitors are encouraged to use proper hygiene etiquette, including sneezing and coughing into their elbows, discarding tissues in the garbage – washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Personal Space: Gymnasts will use the physical distancing markers in the gym to travel safely around the gym. It is very important that everyone respects other people’s personal space. Gymnasts are encouraged to keep a distance from their team mates.  We understand that they miss their friends and coaches, but no hugging or high fives. Instead we ask that they “air” high five to celebrate and say hello.

Not in the Gym: No food, drink (that is not water) or chewing gum is permitted in the gym. Outdoor footwear must be removed before entering the gym.

Pick Up: Please arrive 10 min before the end of class to make exiting the gym quick and smooth.

Parents please do not enter the gym for pick up. Stand on the physical distanced markers or wait outside your car.

Gymnasts will exit out both doors to speed up exiting the building. The Coaches at the exit will ensure that the gymnast sees their guardian before being allowed to exit. Gymnasts who do not see their guardian will be directed where to stand in the lobby to wait until their guardian arrives.

Please do not linger around the facility to talk and chat with the other parents.

Snow Days and Power Outages: Should after school and weekend programs be cancelled, the website will be updated with cancellation information. If possible, attempts will also be made to inform participants through email. Unfortunately there are no make-up classes for weather or power outage cancellations.

These rules will be strictly enforced as they ensure the safety of all of our children.
Thank you
The HGA Team

Hamilton Gymnastics Academy has been providing high quality gymnastic instruction to thousands of children in our community since 1981.
HGA serves Ancaster, Hamilton, Brantford, Caledonia, and Flamborough with both Competitive and Recreational Gymnastics Programs

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