Employee Manual

Employee Manual

Prince George Gymnastics Employee Manual

Mission Statement:

The Coaching Staff of the Prince George Gymnastics Club will introduce and develop the sport of gymnastics in a manner that encourages each athlete to reach his/her full potential in a safe, healthy, and positive environment.

Athletes will be encouraged to reach their full potential by:

  • Having structured classes that progressively challenge each athlete’s ability
  • Ensuring that the Club’s facilities have the equipment necessary for the sport
  • Ensuring that our coaches have the training necessary to instruct the sport
  • Ensuring adherence to provincial and national standards in the execution of quality gymnastics

Athletes will be kept safe by:

  • Regular maintenance and upgrading of equipment to a high standard of quality
  • Promoting good workplace habits among our employees
  • Ensuring that an employee qualified in first aid is always present on the gym floor

Athletes will be kept healthy by:

  • Keeping the facilities as clean as possible
  • Promoting a healthy lifestyle
  • Following training guidelines for the age and sex of each athlete
  • Recognizing and training within the limits of each athlete’s abilities

A positive environment will be fostered by:

  • Attracting and keeping passionate coaches that love the sport
  • Focusing on an athlete’s abilities and challenging those abilities
  • Allowing athletes to develop at their own pace

Coaches Code of Ethics:

All coaches will sign and adhere to the COACHING CODE OF CONDUCT issued by the Coaches Association of B.C., in addition to the following:

  1. Coaches must act with integrity in performing all duties owed to athletes, the sport, other members of the coaching profession and the public.
  2. Coaches must strive to be well prepared and current in order that all duties in the respective discipline are fulfilled with competence.
  3. Make a personal commitment to keep informed on sound coaching principles and the principle of a child’s physical and psychological development.
  4. Coaches must act in the best interest of each athlete’s development as a whole person.
  5. Coaches must accept both the letter and the spirit of the rules that define and govern the sport.
  6. Coaches must accept the role of officials in providing judgment to ensure that competitions are conducted fairly and according to established rules.
  7. Coaches must ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards. Report to Office Manager for repairs or replacement of defective equipment.
  8. The scheduling and length of practice times and competitions should take into account the maturity level of each child.
  9. Coaches will develop team respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgment of officials and opposing coaches.
  10. Always direct criticism at the performance rather than at the athlete.
  11. Be generous with praise when it is deserved and set a good example.

Employee Duties and Policies

Coaching Attire:

Recreational Coaches

  • PG Gymnastics T-Shirt
  • Black or grey track pants or shorts
  • Long hair pulled back
  • No jewelry
  • No gum
  • Appropriate indoor footwear/barefeet

Competitive Coaches

  • Athletic wear suitable for active coaching
  • Long hair pulled back
  • Appropriate indoor footwear/barefeet

Statutory Holidays

Coaches are not to work on statutory holidays. Recreational coaches are not to work during Spring/Winter breaks unless scheduled by coordinator.

Safety and Gym Checklist

The gym safety checklist must be completed by an appointed set-up coach once per week. All coaches are to check over any equipment they will using with their classes before going on equipment. Any defects or faults in the equipment must be immediately reported to a Senior Staff member.

Accident Forms and First Aid Policies

There is to be a coach with First Aid certification present in the gym at all training times. In the event of an injury coaches are to assess whether First Aid treatment is necessary. In these cases coaches are to refer the injured party to another coach with First Aid certification, or relegate responsibility for their class to another coach while they perform the necessary First Aid treatment. The coach performing First Aid will determine if hospital attention is necessary.

In all cases of accidents and/or injuries an accident report form must be filled out. These are available at the gym office. All incidents must also be reported to a Coordinator or the Head Coach.

Report Card Writing Guidelines

All Recreational Coaches must complete report cards for each class participant at the conclusion of each recreational session by the date indicated by the Recreational Coordinators. These report cards are to reviewed by the Recreational Coordinators.

Athlete Testing

Recreational or Kindernastic athletes who demonstrate strong work ethics and considerable ability are to be reported to the Head Coach or a Coordinator. Families are not to be informed of potential advancement into the competitive program by anyone but the Head Coach or a Program Coordinator.

Lesson Plans

All Recreational Coaches must have a lesson plan for each class. These are to be obtained from the Program Coordinators, or written by the coaches themselves. In the case of the latter, lesson plans are to be approved by one of the Recreational Coordinators.

Failure to abide by any of the above can result in referral to the Board of Directors, suspension from coaching duties, and possible dismissal.