Challenges with your local gymnastics school…

Challenges with your local gymnastics school…

Thousands of private gymnastics schools are operated throughout the United States, and the vast majority host happy parents and well-taught athletes. Unfortunately, some parents and/or their children are not satisfied with gymnastics school where they are enrolled.

USA Gymnastics, the National Governing body for the gymnastics in the United States develops and promotes the sport, establishes the rules and regulations for conduct of gymnastics competition, and sets guidelines for membership.

Each gymnastics school is a private business and the authority of USA Gymnastics does not extend to matters of private enterprise and/or how the school is managed or operated.

If you have questions about the business practices of a private gymnas tics facility, you might consider these steps:

  1. Contact the owner or director of the school to state your concerns and dissatisfaction. Be prepared for the conversation with examples and documentation relating to your complaint. The USA Gymnastics Club Membership Requirement and Participant Welfare Policy are beneficial documents to use for reference.
  2. If you are not satisfied with the response, take your business elsewhere. If necessary and appropriate, file a complaint with your local Better Business Bureau or post a review on a business-rating site, such as Angie’s List.
  3. If you suspect illegal activity, contact local authorities and, if appropriate, and attorney.
  4. Concern pertaining to possible misconduct with athletes, contact the school owner and legal authorities.

While USA Gymnastics does not have the authority to intervene with private business, the organization does want to remain informed about criminal matters and would appreciate the opportunity to view written reports on all proceedings.

If you choose to attend an alternate club, go to usagymclub.com to find a USA Gymnastics member club near you. Member Clubs have agreed to comply with Club Membership Requirement and the Participant Welfare Policy. Gymnastics is a great sport for your child who will thrive in a school that promotes a safe environment for athletes with a healthy, welcoming environment.