Parkour and Action Sports.
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Coach Howard has the best write-up I’ve yet seen on this important topic:
While the ideal solution would be to have at least one staff member who did nothing but general gym supervision, in much the manner that a pool lifeguard functions, most gyms cannot afford or afford to waste a full-time general gym supervisor.
Gym owners and managers will have to make the decision for themselves if they want to pay for a staff member just to do general supervision, but there should always be at least one senior coach who is assigned general supervision responsibility and all coaches and all staff members, including front desk staff, should be taught to scan the gym regularly for unsafe situations. …
In emergencies, especially, someone needs to be the final authority on when to call the ambulance. What to do in case of the unforeseen plumbing crisis (… that’s happened to me), etc.
Does your facility have a Gym Supervision Plan?
If not, best email this article to the folks running your club.
Gymnastics Zone – General Gymnastics Gym Supervision
Are you confident that your gym is covered in worst case scenarios?
What would happen if one of your kids has a catastrophic injury in your gym?
What about earthquake? … Flood? … Tornado?
For each region, the requirements of gymnastics insurance are different.
SOMEBODY in your gym needs to be up-to-speed on what’s needed.
A great started on this topic was posted by Coach Howard on Gymnastics Zone:
Gymnastics insurance is a fact of life for any gymnastics club owner. The possibility of a major accident and/or the possibility of lawsuits cannot be ignored. Your first line of defense is an accident/medical and liability insurance package. The following are some considerations in choosing your insurance:
• Cover Everything You Do
• Get the Maximum in Protection
• How Stable is Your Insurance Company?
• Financing Options
• Don’t Pay Too Much
• Cover Your Costs
read more on those headings – Choosing Gymnastics Insurance
Here’s a an important point:
• Number of Students
Don’t accept any policy requiring individual student name filing requirements. Although we don’t believe any of the insurers are doing this any more, some companies used to want you to supply the name of every student to be insured. Don’t do this, the paperwork is a nightmare.
This follow-up post is even better – More Info on Gymnastics Liability and Gymnast Insurance
In the USA, Howard suggests we check these 3 companies:
• Sadler Sports
• Snyder Insurance Services
• Markel Gymnastics
Leave a comment if you have any other company to recommend.
Does your gym have it?
… there are things to consider when inviting visitors into your facility.
Guests, both children and adults, who aren’t familiar with gymnastics facilities can easily be injured during parties held on your premises.
And accidents can leave visitors with more than just a bad impression of your operation; they often result in costly lawsuits …
read more on a 2005 article from USA Technique magazine – Birthday Party Alert (PDF)
by site editor Rick McCharles
Rope climb is a wonderful activity.
But one of the biggest mistakes I see in gyms is coaches putting young kids up high on ropes too soon. … We’ve all heard of or seen children falling.
Climbing high is not necessary nor efficient for fun and fitness.
I was compelled to put together a video of how to introduce children to rope climb. Without putting them into a situation where a small mistake could be a big injury.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
(via Gymnastics Coaching)