What to Know Before
Attending Meets & Competitions
- Level 6 & up gymnasts: It is MANDATORY that all gymnasts in these levels wear the full Glacier Team uniform to competitions. That includes the long-sleeved gymsuit, the club jacket and full-length black yoga pants (the pants must fall straight to the floor and not be tight at the ankle).
- All other Levels: It is mandatory that all Glacier gymnasts wear their team gymsuit. All other team apparel is optional.
- Underwear: All gymsuits are made with a gusset so underwear is not required. If your child still wants to wear underwear, please test it out to ensure that it fits nicely under the suit and does not show when your child performs gymnastics skills.
- Bras: Straps should not be showing. If your child needs a bra, please take the time to purchase one that fits nicely under their competitive suit. Also, limit your colour choices to navy or black or another dark colour, just in case the strap slips over during a competition routine.
- Ensure that your child’s team wear is free from lint, pet hair, etc. Sticky lint rollers are a good item to take with you to competitions.
Hair and grooming
- Hair should be done prior to arrival at the competition venue.
- Hair should be securely pulled back
- All bangs should be held off the face with clips, unless they are trimmed above the eyes
- Use hairspray to flatten down stray short hairs
- A special hairdo is recommended as it sets the tone for the gymnast. They will feel that the competition is a special occasion which helps them to mentally prepare.
- Nail polish should be removed from finger and toe nails. Finger and toe nails should be trimmed and clean.
- Piercings: Gymnasts are only allowed to wear one small stud earring in each ear. All other piercings need to be removed. Gymnasts who don’t follow this rule, risk receiving a deduction on their routines.
- Keep in mind that gymnastics is partly a presentational sport. A well groomed gymnast gives the impression of confidence and professionalism.
Contents of your child’s competition bag
Gymnasts should bring a bag to each competition that is big enough to hold the following items, as well as their team jacket and pants. They can carry this bag from event to event during the competition.
- Water bottle (test that it doesn’t leak).
- Wrapped snack that isn’t messy or sticky to eat (ie. Energy bar).
- Grip Bag (only if your child uses grips every practice).
- Athletic tape, braces or other personal items regularly used in practice.
- Small mascot or good luck charm (optional).
- Please note: Electronic devices are not allowed on the competition floor.
Arrival time and etiquette
Gymnasts should be ready to walk onto the competition floor 15 minutes prior to the competition.
Please arrive at the venue, giving the gymnasts enough time to be ready and standing beside the competition floor with hair done, team wear on, shoes off and competition bag packed 15 minutes prior to the start of their warm-up. 15 minutes prior to warm up, gymnasts should be standing beside the competition floor waiting for their coach. Gymnasts should not be sitting up in the stands.
Gymnasts are expected to meet with their coach for a team meeting at the conclusion of the competition before they leave the competition floor.
Parents role at a competition
- Ensure gymnasts arrive on time and are competition ready 15 minutes prior to the start of the warm-up.
- In the stands, cheer and comment positively.
- Please refrain from communicating with your child with verbal or non-verbal messaging.
- Gymnasts can receive a competition deduction if they leave the competition area without permission from a judge; this includes talking at the edge of the competitive arena with spectators. Please refrain from calling your child over to talk to you.
- If your child does get permission to leave the competition area to go to the bathroom, please refrain from intercepting them unless the coach asks you to. Often there is barely enough time for them to get back in time for their next event warm-up.
- Under no circumstances should a parent walk into or stand inside the competition area. Please be respectful of the set up barriers and obvious off- limits areas such a mats and apparatus.
- Please note that standing directly beside or in front of the apparatus that your child is competing on can be a major distraction for them. Sitting down and mixing in with the crowd will be helpful for your child.
- If you have questions about scoring etc., please wait to ask the coach. The parent beside you may think that they are an expert; we assure you they are not. Judges and coaches take multiple courses every season to keep up to date.
- The above also pertains to making assumptions that the judging is unfair or inaccurate. It takes years to develop the knowledge and expertise to coach and judge gymnastics with a critical eye. Please set up a meeting time to talk to your coach or the club’s Head Coach if you have any questions or concerns. Remember our experienced coaches will deal with issues during the competition if they feel it is necessary.
Gymnasts are required to wear either of the following to the awards ceremony.
- Just the team gymsuit.
- The team gymsuit with all-black full length (to the floor) yoga pants.
- The team jacket zipped up over the team suit with all-black full length (to the floor) yoga pants.
- The gymnasts hair must remain securely pulled back for the awards presentation.
- All gymnasts need to attend the awards ceremony, regardless of whether they are receiving an award.
- All gymnasts must remain at the awards ceremony until all age groups and categories have received their awards.
It is the expectation that if families are provided with a personal phone number to contact coaches during a meet that this be used for emergency contact only, ie. gymnast is not able to attend or will be late, or family is unable to find venue. This phone number should not be used for verifying athlete schedules or for any use outside the time of the scheduled meet.