2012-2013 Minnetonka Gymnastics THIS IS A TEAM SPORT FIRST AND FOREMOST! Head Coach: Samantha Howard, email@example.com, 651-341-0289 Assistant Coach: Samantha Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org, 952-261-7688 SAFETY FIRST Coaches are here to provide the best and safest learning environment possible. Our rules and policies may seem strict, but are necessary to maintain a safe and a positive environment for the entire team. Safety in the gym must be the number one priority for the gymnasts and for everyone else. Gymnastics is an activity which involves motion, rotation, and height in a unique environment which carries with it the potential for severe risk of a catastrophic injury, which could cause paralysis and even death. For this reason never work out in the gym without a school authorized coach. ONLINE REGISTRATION AND ELIGIBILITY All participants must meet the eligibility requirements of the MSHSL and Minnetonka/ ISD 276. Forms and information can be found on the district website: www.minnetonka.k12.mn.us. Click on Activities, then Registration, and follow the steps given. All Students participating in MSHSL sanctioned sports are required to have a Sports Qualifying Physical on file with Minnetonka High School. This form is good for THREE YEARS of participation from the date of the exam and must be current through the end of your sport participation season. Middle schools students are allowed to participate, dependent on numbers of season, as high school students are given priority. Additional “Middle School Waiver” must be completed. No school is to be missed for practices. If an athlete does not make the team or chooses to not participate once the final team has been announced, a refund will be given. Annual participation fee is $75 plus a gymnastics activity fee of $125.00. If you need to check on your student(s) physical date, email your request to: email@example.com PAC MEETING The Parent-Athlete-Coach mandatory meeting is Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 6:00pm in the forum with the wrestling team. Following this 30-minute winter sport meeting, the gymnastics team parent, athletes, and coaches will meet separately in the gymnastics team room. TEAM POLICIES Attendance Attendance is mandatory at all practices and meets for all members and managers. Students must arrive at a time that allows them to be ready to go at the start of practice. Students are required to stay the entire length of practice regardless of injury or if assignments have been completed. Exceptions must be communicated with head coach beforehand. Competitions and practices during school breaks/holidays (i.e. holiday break) are mandatory except as communicated during the season. See the team schedule/calendar for dates and times of practices and competitions, at minnetonkagymnastics.shutterfly.com. Sickness, Funerals, Confirmation, and other circumstances that cannot be avoided will not count against the attendance policy. These situations must be communicated to the head coach prior to the missed practice. Each gymnast will have two personal days that may be used at any time before February. Intent to use a personal day must be communicated to the head coach prior to practice, and in advance if possible. They may not be used on consecutive days, and may not be used the day before a meet. Unverified absences or tardiness may result in but is not limited to: carrying equipment, change in line-up, suspension from meet/events, meeting with parent/guardian, other consequences deemed appropriate by the staff. Continued and/or severe problems may result in dismissal from the program. Cell phones Cell phones are to be kept in backpacks during practice and not to be taken out. Emergencies are an exception, but must be communicated with a coach beforehand. Competitions All Lake Conference meets start at 6:00 and finish at about 8:30. Meeting times and locations will be announced prior to competitions/events and students are responsible for arriving on time in the appropriate location with all needed materials. In general, we leave at 4:00 and return at 8:30. ALL team members must ride the bus to and from ALL competitions; exceptions must be communicated beforehand and proper forms must be completed. At competitions, gymnasts must wear the designated team warm-up and/or competitive attire and have hair pulled up in a manner appropriate for a competition. It is a MSHSL rule that no jewelry may be worn at any time. Non-conference competitions information will be released as soon as information is available. Equipment Athletes are responsible for purchasing the required competition leotard, the warm-up leotard, and the warm-up jacket/pants suit. Order and payment information will be provided, and is typically before the start of season to ensure timely delivery. Other team purchases, such as team hoodies or meet t-shirts, are optional and to be paid for by each athlete as well. Anything purchased is property of the athlete. Grips, braces and other equipment are to be provided by each athlete as needed. Grades All relevant MHS and MSHSL policies will be followed. Athletes will complete grade checks as requested by the coach. Injuries Injuries should be brought to the immediate attention of a head coach and the school trainer. Anyone that sees a doctor during the season must have written permission from the doctor before resuming workouts. Lineup The competitive lineup includes 8 Junior Varsity and 5 Varsity per event for conference meets. Invites and other meets are subject to the host team’s choice and vary from meet to meet. Lineup is made on a week-to-week basis and no spots are guaranteed. Many factors go into creating lineup, and coaches make the lineup to create the strongest team possible on that given day with given opponents. There is no clear line between JV and Varsity. An athlete may compete some events JV and some Varsity and move between teams on any given day. Coaches have the right to move athletes from JV to Varsity and vice versa. Lettering Gymnasts may letter by achieving one of the following set criteria: 1. Perform at the varsity level in seven meets 2. Perform at the Section Meet 3. Be a senior with previous competition at the high school level 4. Meet one of the following score standards, three times: Vault - 8:40; Bars - 8:20; Beam – 8.20; Floor - 8.40 ** The coaching staff may award a letter due to extenuating circumstances (illness, injury, etc.) ** Letters may be denied due to attitude problems or disciplinary action Tryouts All girls wishing to compete will be evaluated November 12th-15th. The final team will be announced on November 16th. The team is envisioned to be made up of 18-20 athletes, and is not distinguished between JV and Varsity; cuts are made to keep everyone safe. If there are more gymnasts that are qualified to compete, we may keep additional team members provided that their skill level is high enough, and that we can maintain a safe practice environment. All athletes are required to practice all events for conditioning and organization purposes. Gymnasts must demonstrate the following minimum skills, or comparable, in order to compete: Vault: handspring Bars: kip and Flyaway Beam: superior level jump, cartwheel or back walkover and high superior element Floor: front handspring, roundoff-2 back handspring In addition, athletes should have a beam and floor routine choreographed before season starts. Floor music must be approved by head coach. CHARACTER EXPECTATIONS It is expected that all team members will: Give 100% effort Work for the good of the team as a whole Treat others with respect Communicate with team members and coaching staff In addition to the above, a gymnast’s standing on the team and position in lineup will be affected by attitude, work ethic, coach ability and attendance as well as skill and prior performances. It is of the utmost importance that team members are good students and good citizens at all times. The practice of sportsmanship, ethics and integrity is the responsibility of all members our program. Everyone must follow all rules/policies established by the MSHSL and Minnetonka/ISD 276. Failure to follow the above policies may result in but is not limited to: assigned duties, loss of practice privileges, other consequences deemed appropriate by the staff. Continued and/or severe problems may result in dismissal from the program. Questions/comments/concerns should be communicated as they arise.
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