ST. LOUIS PARK HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS
2021-2022 Team Rules
If you want to be a part of the team and compete you are expected to be at practice if you are healthy and in good academic standing. Practice also includes weightlifting with Mrs. Gust. and set Saturday practices.
Missed practices cannot be made up (please see lettering policy below).
You need to bring a note or have a parent email Dawn (head coach) the date, and reason for the absence in order to get an excused absence. We need to know in advance if you are not going to be at practice. Valid notes must be from parents, teachers, or doctors.
An excused absence includes illness, weddings, funerals, religious conflicts or holidays, family vacation, staying late at school with a teacher, or other academic events.
If you are absent from school all day, you are excused from practice, but a parent must email Dawn before practice begins that day for attendance purposes.
An unexcused absence includes homework, babysitting, work, haircuts, dates, not feeling like coming to practice, or being injured. If you are injured, you must still attend all practices.
If you need to see the trainer, you should go directly after school and come to practice as soon as possible. Any injury must be reported to the coaches immediately. Taping, icing, stretches and exercises, etc. can be done at practice rather than the training room. The training room fills up fast, so the sooner you go, the more likely you will be at practice on time.
Gymnasts who are late to practice without a note will do 10 pushups for each minute missed.
One unexcused absence will result in a phone call and/or meeting with parents and missing of a meet or competing in an event.
Two unexcused absences will result in dismissal from the team.
You must be at practice the day before a meet, or you will not compete in the meet.
You must attend at least a 1⁄2 day of school the day of the meet to be eligible to compete, unless you miss for an academic reason, religious or funeral.
Gymnasts must be at the Community Center and on the bus on time! If you are released from school early for a meet, you are to use that time to get changed into your warmups and get to the Central Community Center to catch the bus or set up equipment. This time is not to be used to buy food, gas, or snacks, chat with friends, etc. Gymnasts who are late due to these activities may be subject to disciplinary actions, including being removed from your spot on an event.
Bring your warmup leotard, jacket, pants, and competition leotard to every meet, even if you are not competing. Bring a water bottle, snacks, grips, tiger paws, a mask, and anything else you need.
Underwear must be skin color or matching leotard color. Thongs are not allowed. Bra straps must not show.
No Jewelry during competition, including all earrings, no exceptions. Jewelry and Glitter are prohibited from competition per High School league rules. Violation results in a reduction of the individual and team scores, and ejection from competition.
Nail polish is allowed, but must be a neutral color, containing no glitter.
Religious medallions or medical alert tags must be taped securely to the body.
Gymnasts must ride the bus to and from away meets. In the event of an injury or illness the gymnast may leave with a parent or guardian.
If there is an extenuating circumstance that you would like to take your athlete home from an away meet you must contact Dawn ahead of time for approval.
No phones allowed at competition or on the competition floor anytime. This includes pictures, listening to music, filming, texting, etc.
All gymnasts will help carry the board, move and hold mats, and run music. If you are asked or assigned to these activities, you must help out. No exceptions. We are a team and will act as such.
Gymnasts are required to come straight to the gym once released from school and start setting up the gym. You will be assigned an event or task to set up. Once you finish this task, go help others with theirs. Everyone works until we are done!
When the meets conclude, gymnasts are required to stay after and help put the gym back in order. No exceptions. If you were assigned to set up an event, you are assigned to help tear it down.
Any gymnast caught not helping to set up or tear down equipment may lose their spot on an event at the next competition, or a chance to letter.
We follow all MSHSL guidelines for eligibility.
You will not use alcoholic beverages, tobacco, or any other controlled substances. You have signed off on the MSHSL form stating you understand and abide by this. Any gymnast caught using substances will be out for the stated amount of time and will lose their ability to letter.
You must maintain scholastic eligibility. Passing grades and a GPA of 2.0 and higher. Any gymnasts who’s GPA falls below this will have to miss practice or meets until their grades are brought back up, which also may affect your eligibility to letter.
Any gymnast caught wearing jewelry and/or refusing to remove it will be taken off their assigned events. If a judge sees this and asks you to take it off, you will be deducted one point for wearing jewelry on one event. If seen on another event, you will be disqualified and removed from competition.
Other Important Items:
Cell phones are to be left in your bag for the remainder of practice. If you need to use your phone, you must ask for permission first. Please make arrangements for transportation etc. in advance.
No jewelry, other than post or stud earrings allow during practice.
You need to have a positive and respectful attitude towards all gymnastics, coaches, judges, parents, and yourself. We are all working together to make this the best experience for you and the team. This means setting and striving for your goals, making an effort to master new skills, allowing input from your coaches and captains, and speaking and acting respectfully to all. Examples of respect: positive phrases to each other, helping out to move mats and equipment, sharing the gym, helping to pick up your trash and personal belongings, cleaning mats, etc. Failure to do so may get your removed from a competition, practice, letter eligibility, or the team.
If you are being disrespectful at practice, you will receive one warning. If the attitude or action continues, you will be asked to sit on the bench, and not to attend practice the next day. An email or phone call will be made to your parents as well. If this occurs three times you will be asked to not to return, and lose your spot on the team.
Bring the following things to practice with you everyday:
Water bottle/bottles (we may not be able to use water fountains)
Leotard, shorts, sweatshirt, pants
Every gymnast will help pick up the gym after practice each day. This includes water bottles, personal belongings, mats, and garbage. For every person who doesn’t help, and every mat or piece of trash left out each day, EVERYONE will do 10 pushups per item at the beginning of practice the next day. We are all responsible for keeping the gym clean.
Gymnasts and coaches will help to wipe down and sanitize mats and equipment at the end of each practice.
Gymnasts will wash or sanitize their hands upon entering and exiting the gym each time, and before and after each use of the equipment, adjustments of their facemask or touching of their face, and after eating or drinking anything.
Any gymnast who is running a fever or has developed any signs of COVID-19 (cough, runny nose, sore throat, headache, nausea/ vomiting, loss of sense of taste or smell, fever) must stay home until their symptoms have subsided for 24 hours, they have been cleared by a doctor or received a negative covid test.
Lettering encompasses not only your competition but also your attendance.
You must compete in 5 varsity meets or score higher than a varsity competitor whose score counts towards the team score. This means you must score as high as or higher than the top four scores.
No more than 10 absences (excused or unexcused) are allowed in order to letter. Exceptions to this policy include religious conflicts, like the sabbath, or extended illness, I.E. being in the hospital, developing or being exposed to COVID-19, or sick with another long-term illness, for more than four days with a doctor’s note.
Positive attitude, team/sportsmanship, and respect towards your teammates play into your eligibility to letter. Lettering is rewarded at coaches' discretion.
Head: Dawn Thielen, 763-242-2796
Assistants: Kelly Bergum, Bob Komma, Kiri Palmquist
Captains: Freya Wade, Ryan Rasmusen, Sophia Earle
In case of an emergency, you can call Dawn (763-242-2796) directly and explain your situation. Reminder, gymnasts will not be allowed to use cell phones during practice time. Please make arrangements for transportation etc. in advance.