COVID-19 UPDATE - As of Monday, June 29, 2020
Huntsville, Madison and Hampton Cove Gymnastics
are open for Summer classes - register now!
*NEW 6/1/20 With cases rising again in our area, we ask all of you to be particularly careful. We will be asking your child if they have experienced any symptoms relating to COVID-19, such as shortness of breath, coughing, fever, loss of appetite or sense of smell, or dizziness. Please assist us by checking this your self at home before coming to the gym. We really do not want to have to close down again, and if we get a case in the gym, we may have to, depending on who has been in contact.
We have received a couple of reports from parents along the lines of, "My spouse has a work colleague who may have COVID-19, although we have seen no symptoms in our home." Please call us with anything like this that we might need to know. Often we will simply ask you to wait until test results come back, but sometimes we will need to ask that you stay away for a period of 5 days or more (the usual infection period) or even 14 days, if we feel it is warranted under the circumstances. And, of course, if anyone in the household develops symptoms or tests positive, we must require a waiting period of 14 days after testing negative before returning. We really appreciate all of you keeping us informed: if we look out for one another, we can get through this! We will inform you if someone who has been in the gym at the same time as you or your child becomes a suspected source of infection.
As you have seen, we have adjusted the Summer classes, working with smaller numbers and fewer classes going on at the same time, to keep the numbers down in the gym and to allow time for sanitizing. These are the protocols we have been running since the team girls started back, two weeks before we opened properly, though we are ready to change if needed and trust you will be flexible if, for example, new shut-down orders are issued. We plan on running all classes via Zoom if that happens, but we do not think it likely. If you have not signed back up, don't wait - "spaces are limited" has a new urgency now: once we have reached our new limit, we will not be able to open more classes!
We have set up protocols to reduce risk, details in the next slide and in our recent emails. If you have not received anything, please check your junk folder and then set your account to accept our emails in future. We have sent out so many that apparently the servers have been flagging them as spam sometimes!
No-one should feel any obligation whatsoever to start back yet. We believe we can begin this tentative step in a safe manner if our numbers are very small and we only take families who are not at heightened risk. Although we seem to be over the initial risk of overloading our local healthcare system, the virus itself is no less of a threat than before. Until there is treatment or a vaccine, any exposure will be a risk, and we must be ready to close down again if we see an increase in cases locally. Obviously we hope that an accurate antibody test and an indication of immunity will come soon, but we are not there yet.
Please feel free to call me to share your thoughts or concerns. Once again, I and all my staff truly appreciate the support you have shown us, and we hope to be able to continue to earn your trust.
We have posted a number of activities and challenges online, through our Facebook Group and our YouTube Channel. Have you joined in yet? Look for more content daily and check back here for news of another free online opportunity coming soon. We want to keep everyone as active as possible!
We appreciate the generosity and support of all those who have reached out to us. I can assure you we are all doing fine. Thank you! We especially thank those of you who have committed to support us financially through this. We love our gym family!
- Anyone with a family member who may have been in contact with COVID-19 must inform us immediately and wait 14 days before coming to class, even if they have tested negative. In this situation we will, of course, provide as many make-up's as necessary.
- No-one with symptoms of fever, coughing, loss of smell, dizziness, or shortness of breath will be permitted to enter: staff, athletes, parents or family members. Anyone who exhibits these symptoms while here will be asked to leave until their status can be confirmed safe.
- Every person who enters must wash their hands at the doorway and again on leaving: no exceptions - staff, athletes, and parents.
- Only 1 family member per athlete will be permitted to remain in the facility during classes.
- All adults entering the facilities must maintain physical distancing of 6' and are required to wear a mask.
For our athletes, we will conduct a wellness check (temp. screening and a series of questions), hand-washing before, during and after class, physical distancing, separate training stations, sanitizing, and keep much more room in the gym itself (no more than three classes at a time right now and only two or three team groups instead of four). This will keep our occupancy at 20% of normal or less. We are encouraging parents to drop and go, or wait in their vehicles whenever possible (we will get athletes to and from their class, just as in school), since the regular viewing area, even if distancing could be maintained, is simply not a good risk. Even with appropriate distance, more time in the same place equals more risk. That's not to say you cannot stay: 1 person per family will be permitted, but we do not encourage it, and if we cannot maintain distancing, people will have to leave. Hopefully, only running 2 or 3 classes at once there should never be too many people there. All staff will wear masks and all adults entering the facilities must wear a mask.
Please click here to download the Covid-19 Waiver. Please fill it out and bring it to your first class.
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Huntsville Gymnastics has been the leading gymnastics training center in North Alabama since it opened in 1993. The center is conveniently located at 3062 Leeman Ferry Road, just south of Drake Avenue. It is still the best-equipped gymnastics facility in the region and offers a wide range of class times for all ages, while consistently maintaining the lowest coach/student ratios in the area.
Our competitive program turns out top-notch gymnasts at all levels, bringing home over 50 Gold Medals at State this past year! Yet it is our recreational program, the boys and girls who come for just an hour or two a week, for which we are best known.
At Huntsville Gymnastics we focus on teaching gymnastics skills in the best possible environment. Our lead instructors are all safety-certified, we have the best equipment (and enough of it that our students never have to wait in line), and we maintain very small teaching groups. We want our students to be safe while they are learning.
We believe these are the keys to our success, and the reason for our continual growth over the last twenty-seven years. We warmly invite you to come by at any time and visit us.
We are always accepting registration for our classes. Availability changes daily as new students sign up. If you need a different time from those listed, please call the center at 256-883-0566 and let us know.