At Emerald City Gymnastics Academy, we understand that you may have a lot of questions and we’re here to answer all of them. We want you to trust us to take amazing care of your child and help him or her grow socially, emotionally and intellectually while having a whole lot of fun. We hope that the answers we provide to the following FAQs offer all of the information you need. If not, please feel free to contact us at 425-861-8772.

 

GETTING STARTED

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions on how to get started with Emerald City Gymnastics Academy!

How do I sign up for classes?

Registration may be done in person or by calling the gym at 425-861-8772.

When can I sign up for classes?

Anytime! Our classes are continuous rather than session based.

What forms do I need to fill out?

There are several forms that you will need to fill out to get started. Please click on each of the links below to download, read and sign each one.

You can also download our Class Schedule by CLICKING HERE.

Do you offer free trial classes?

All new students receive one free trial class. Trial classes are based on availability, preregistration is required.

How do I pay for the classes?

Payments may be brought into the gym or called in during the first week of the month. For your convenience we also offer an automatic payment system so there is no risk of late charges.

Can I request a certain Instructor?

While we cannot guarantee availability in the classes, we certainly do try to accommodate requests. We understand that different students respond differently to different teaching style and we want what’s best for your child. Instructors do change classes and levels from time to time, however, all our class instructors use the same lesson plans and should be teaching awesome classes all the time!

Do you offer drop in classes?

When room permits, we accept drop ins for our High School/Adult tumbling classes. Please call in advance to inquire as those classes are usually full.

Do you offer private lessons?

Yes, we do. Please call the office at 425-861-8772 to schedule.

May I watch my kids do gymnastics?

ABSOLUTELY! You are welcome to stay and watch we just ask that parents stay in the viewing areas at all times, and that siblings and other children not in a class be closely supervised. We also kindly ask that you not “coach” your child from the sides, and respect the coach/student relationships we are trying to create.

Am I allowed to leave while my child is in class?

If your child is under the age of 3 years old, we request that a parent stay in the building during his/her class. If your child needs assistance using the bathroom, a parent or guardian must also stay. All other students do not need a parent present but we do remind you that there is late fee for late pick up after 15 minutes or more.

When do classes end?

Because ECGA runs classes year round, your class enrollment will continue indefinitely until you withdraw from our program.

What can I expect my child to learn in gymnastics?

Our class program is designed to teach the basics of gymnastics along with strength and flexibility in a fun environment. We break down skills into progressive steps and use safe equipment. Our goal is to develop happy, healthy and confident children.

GYM ATTIRE

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions on proper attire.

What should my child wear?

Students must wear clothes that are non-restrictive and free of buttons and zippers. Long hair must be pulled back off the face. Bare feet are preferred for easy traction. Leotards for girls are highly recommended.

Why does my child have to have their hair tied back?

We require all hair to be pulled back from the face and in a ponytail for safety reasons. We want to ensure safety every time your student steps foot onto the gymnastics floor. Loose long hair can momentarily obscure vision, can get caught in the instructor’s hands while spotting a skill, and can create a hazard when upside down.

Do you sell leotards and other gymnastics retail items?

Emerald City Gymnastics Academy proudly sells Destira, Snowflake, Plum, Pelle, GK and Dare Devil leotards. Please visit our Pro Shop for a wide variety of leotards, shorts, ECGA Apparel, grips, tape and more!

SCHEDULING & MISSED CLASSES

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions on schedules, such as snow days, missed classes and more!

How do I change the date and time of my classes?

Our front desk team would be happy to adjust your class schedule for you. If class options are not available, you may put your name on a wait list.

Is the gym opened year round for classes?

We offer classes year round and our scheduled closures are listed on our calendar and policies, as well as posted in a timely manner in the facility. We do close two weeks a year for maintenance and one weekend a year for extensive staff training.

Does the gym close if it snows?

Emerald City Gymnastics Academy follows the Lake Washington School District for all inclement weather closures. If school is on late start, our morning classes will be canceled. Afternoon classes are canceled when school is closed for the day.

Do we need to call when our child is missing a class?

All Developmental and Team athletes MUST communicate all absences with their coaching staff. Preschool and Rec class students do not have to call in.

Can we get refunded for missed classes?

Once enrolled your child holds that spot and it must be paid for in full. The monthly rate is determined based on the entire calendar year and charged monthly. Some months your child may have three classes, some four, some five but price will always stay the same.

How do we make up a class?

Emerald City Gymnastics Academy offers one free Open Gym a month in exchange of any missed class. There are no makeups for those enrolled in Developmental or Team programs. You must preregister for the Open Gym and we require that they be done within the month of the missed class or forfeited. Student must be currently enrolled to do a make up. Missed Open Gyms may not be rescheduled.

Why can’t we make up a missed class during other regularly scheduled classes?

Most of our classes are full and we strictly adhere to our teacher/student ratios.

LEVELS & COMPETITIONS

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions on levels and competitive gymnastics.

How do I know when my child is ready for the next level?

Once your child has achieved all the skills required to move up to the next level, their instructor will suggest signing up for a skill evaluation. Our skill evaluations are scheduled through the office and are coach recommended only. If you are curious where your child stands, feel free to speak with his/her instructor. Our move-up skill requirements are posted in the lobby area.

Do you have competitive team programs?

Emerald City Gymnastics Academy is one of the premier programs in the North West. We compete USA Gymnastics Women’s and Men’s Artistic gymnastics as well as Women’s Xcel.

How can my child try out for team?

If your child is interested in competitive gymnastics, please advise their instructor or speak to Sandy Flores who is at the gym daily! If you are coming from another program or from out of State and want to inquire about the team programs, Sandy can be reached at 206-919-5672 and will be able to answer all questions and arrange for a trial if appropriate.

CANCELLATIONS & WITHDRAWS

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions on our cancellation and withdraw policies.

What if I have to cancel my child’s classes?

Simply fill out the short withdrawal form available at the front office and submit it at least two weeks to your prior last class. Please remember that your children will be automatically enrolled from month to month until we receive a 2 week written notice.

Why do I need to give a 2 week notice before withdrawing from a class?

Due to the popularity of our program, there is typically a long list of children that are waiting to fill your spot. This advance notice allows us the time we need to make the necessary adjustments.

If I need to withdrawal, will my preferred time, day, and instructor be available when I return?

While we cannot guarantee that there will be place in your desired spot, we will do everything we can to work with your schedule and preferences. For this reason, we highly recommend that you remain enrolled if you are only going to miss a few weeks.

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