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General Gymnastics

How old does my child need to be to start classes?

As soon as children start walking, they are ready to explore their world!  We start with Preschool classes (18 months) and offer classes for children through High School.

What should children wear?

Girls may wear a leotard without an attached skirt. Shorts or footless leggings may be worn with leotards. Boys may wear properly fitting shorts and a t-shirt. Students may not wear baggy clothing of any kind. This includes all sweatshirts and fleeces. Students may not wear rings, bracelets, necklaces, watches, FitBits, or dangling earrings. The exception to this is medical alert bracelets.

Can I take pictures during my child’s class?

Peoria Elite Gymnastics Academy will always keep the safety of our students as a top priority. Therefore, we restrict the taking of pictures and videos in order to help keep our students safe from unauthorized users and use of those pictures and videos.

When taking pictures and videos, please turn off the flash or cover blinking red lights so as not to distract the gymnasts while they are working out. The distraction from the flash can temporarily blind a child and put them at risk of a fall or injury.

What if my child misses a class?

Peoria Elite Gymnastics Academy (PEGA) does allow classes to be made up in similar classes if there is room available. Make-ups are guaranteed only for classes cancelled or rescheduled by PEGA. Make-ups for classes missed due to an illness or other reasons are not guaranteed. The front office must be contacted to schedule a make-up.

How do I determine which class best fits my child’s needs?

We offer one free trial class that can be used to evaluate and place new students in the appropriate class level.  One free trial class is offered per student.  Anytime the staff feels that the student is in the wrong level, the coach will recommend that the student move either up or down a level to better suite their needs.  It is very important that the student is in the right class level.  They will be happier and will learn the gymnastics skills quicker and better. If the prospective student has no experience or less that 1 year of gymnastics experience, we use an Intro or Advanced Beginner Class for the free trial class. If the prospective student has over a year of gymnastics experience, than an intermediate class will be used as the free trial class.

A personal evaluation will only be done for students with past pre-team or competitive team experience looking to join our team program. For more information review the class description of each class under Team Programs , click here.

How do you know when my child is ready to move to the next level?

The preschool age students move from level to level primarily by age. The school age students move up through the levels after achieving gold level in all skills before moving onto the new level to ensure they are ready for the next levels.

When the coaching staff finds a student that has the necessary ability, desire and potential to one day compete for PEGA, we will recommend that the student join one of our pre-team levels.

What is the student/teacher ratio?

Preschool classes offer an excellent 6 to 1 student/teacher ratio.  All school age classes offer an 8 to 1 student/teacher ratio.

Are sibling discounts available? Are discounts available when registering for more than one class?

Yes.  Details are outlined under Class Information & Overview.

How can my child participate in competitive team gymnastics?

Peoria Elite Gymnastics Academy (PEGA) does offer a team development program.  This is a year round program that requires an invitation from instructors to join.  Throughout our recreational classes, instructors are evaluating students on a consistent basis and looking for a certain set of skills.  Once instructors have seen those skills mastered, they suggest they move to a  Jr. Hopes or Hopes team.

Gymnastics, unlike some sports, requires a year round commitment in order for the gymnast to acquire the needed skills to compete at their level.

How many hours a week does the team practice?

PEGA trains competitive teams for Levels 3-10.  Level 3-5 gymnasts practice 12 to 18 hours per week.  Level 6-10 practice 18 to 24 hours per week. Xcel and Hopes II practice 6 hours per week. Hopes I practice 4 hours per week. Jr. Hopes practice 3 hours per week.  For more information about competitive team, click here.

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