• Gymnastics Policies & Procedures

    Coach Morris:  smorris@ems-isd.net

     

    1)      DRESSING OUT:

    a.      Beginning Gymnasts are REQUIRED to wear their issued shirt EVERYDAY, along with a pair of shorts of their choice. The shorts should not be too long, too short, too loose, or too tight.  Your shirt must ALWAYS be tucked in during the period.  Students may wear leotards and shorts instead of the issued gymnastics shirt.  That is the only other option.

    b.      Intermediate/8thgrade Gymnasts are REQUIRED to wear a leotard (that they are responsible for purchasing) and shorts EVERYDAY.  They will not be issued a t-shirt and should only wear a t-shirt, over or in place of leotard, on days specified by coach. 

    c.       Students will not be allowed to wear ANY jewelry EVER (earrings, rings, necklaces,facial and tongue piercing, etc.)

     

    2)     GRADINGPROCEDURES:

    a.       Dressing out is worth 50 points every week.  A MANDATORY dress out policy will be strictly enforced every class period and a grade will be given daily.  Any student failing to dress out (unexcused) in the appropriate uniform will have 10 points deducted from the dress out grade for that day. Students failing to dress out unexcused will be subject to punishment at the coaches’ discretion, we call these “reminders”.  Students who do not dress out at all will not be allowed to participate.

    b.      Participation/Class Behavior is worth 50points every week.  Participation in class is MANDATORY.  Students who do not give effort will have 10points deducted from their participation grade for the day.  Continuous refusal to dress out/participate can result in failing grades, punishment at the coaches’ discretion, a referral and possible removal from the class. Points may be deducted for disruptive behavior.

    c.       Strength and skills test will be given during the course of the semester and will count towards the test grades. 

    d.     GradingBreakdown—Dressing Out 50%, Participation 50 % (weekly)

    e.      Penalties and deductions will be valid throughout a six-week grading period.  The new grading period will begin with no penalties or deductions.

     

    3)     LOCKERPOLICY: 

    a.     Each student will be issued a lock and a small locker through the school and will be STRONGLY encouraged to keep EVERYTHING locked up in their locker during the class period and outside of the class period, should they choose to keep their belongings init.

    b.     Each student MUST use the school lock issued to them and MUST use their own locker that they choose at the beginning of school.  DO NOT SWITCH OR SHARE LOCKERS!

    c.      During their class time, the student is allowed to use one of the large lockers for their bags and school clothes,however, while the student is not in gymnastics, their stuff MUST stay in their small issued locker.  There are only so many large lockers and we cannot allow students to use them full time or there will not be enough available during each of the class periods. DO NOT KEEP YOUR LOCK ON A LARGE LOCKER FOR LONGER THAN YOUR PERIOD! Please let a coach know if somebody is using a large locker for consistent personal use.

     

    4)    TARDY POLICY

    a.     Tardies will be entered into skyward for every period except 8th graders.  There will be two ways you can be counted tardy. 

                                                                 i.     You must be ENTERING the locker room door at the time the tardy bell is ringing

                                                               ii.     You must be on the gymnastics floor, ready to participate, at your designated time for your class period.  The times are listed below:

     

    8th grade—on the floor at 7:30 a.m.

    3rd—on the floor at 11:07 a.m.

    4th—on the floor at 12:06 p.m.

    5th—on the floor at 1:36 p.m.

    7th—on the floor at 3:35

     

    5)     PARENT/DR.NOTES POLICY:

    a.     Students must have a signed note from a doctor,parent or school nurse to be excused for a period of activity.  A doctor’s note is the ONLY note that can last beyond one class period, and in that case, it will state the dates the child is to be out.  If a Dr. note is given with no end date, the student MUST get a signed release note stating they are able to return to physical activity. 

    b.     A parent note will only be accepted for ONE class period of sitting out, after that a Dr. note will be needed for it to not count against the student’s grade.  The student is still expected to suit out and will lose points if they do not.

    c.      Students unable to participate may be asked todo a written assignment to obtain their grade for that class period.

     

    6)     ATHLETIC TRAINER vs. NURSE

    a.     All P.E. students are required to see the nurse if in need of medical attention, they are not able to see the Athletic Trainers on campus due to the fact that they are not athletes who have undergone physicals and paperwork to allow our trainers to treat them.
     

    7)     FACILITIES:

    a.     Gym Rules: Absolutely NO food or drinks, other than BOTTLED WATER, maybe be brought into the gym EVER.  There are NO EXCEPTIONS.  There is no eating and drinking in the gym.

    b.     Gym Rules: There are no shoes allowed on any carpeted or mat areas in the gym.  That goes for the gray carpeted area by the coaches desks also.  There are NO exceptions, take your shoes off if you are anywhere but the concrete. 

    c.       The doors at the end of main hall that open by the concession/training area will remain locked at all times, do NOT use that route to get to your class.  The same holds true for the doors upstairs by the wrestling room, they will remain locked at all times, do not take main hall and to get to the locker room!  The only hallways to use will be “S” and “C”.

    d.     ALL basketball gym doorways will remain lockedCONSTANTLY.  There will be no cutting through the gym EVER.  You must use the stairs by the Boys Basketball Locker room; those are the ONLY stairs that will be available to you to get to and from the locker room and gym.

     

    8)     WHAT TO EXPECT:

    a.     The sport of gymnastics combines the elements of strength, coordination, flexibility and balance.  In order to be able to safely participate in this sport you must be properly trained in all of these areas.  The students will be taught not only drills to improve their skill, but will also partake in strength and cardio conditioning exercises, along with various flexibility enhancing activities.  These are all combined to work on keeping the student safe and making them successful and helping them progress throughout the year in their class.

    b.     Profanity, degrading language, arguing, horseplay,cheating or abusing school property and equipment will not be tolerated.

    c.      Students will be expected to conduct themselves in a safe, orderly manner and rules in the student code of conduct will apply during gymnastics, just as they do during school time.