Business: Team Lightning Inc. dba - Erie Gymnastics Center -- President - Douglas Pershun
Main Office: 4725 Park Harbor Dr. Erie, PA 16511
Phone: 814-898-2936 Fax: 814-899-7780 E-mail: Douglas Pershun
Hours of Operation: Hours vary due to seasonal influxes- generally, Monday - Friday - 4:00 - 8:30pm & Saturday 9:00am- 12:00
Directions: Erie Gymnastics Center Harborcreek
Business established - 1986, under current ownership since 1990
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Philosophy: Our general philosophy is that gymnastics is the fundamental prerequisite for all sports and physical fitness. Physically, Gymnastics IS coordination, flexibility, strength, stamina, discipline of body... for every major joint & muscle in the body. Gymnastics also promotes many essential mental skills and virtues as well. Skills like concentration, self-discipline, sportsmanship, focus, cooperation, determination, confidence, pride, ... are all fostered in our programs. Gymnastics is important for ALL children and leads to a lifestyle of fitness and health. Gymnastics is important for all children and Erie Gymnastics accepts ALL children regardless of race, creed, or handicap.
Coaching Staff: Erie Gymnastics Center employees only the best and most knowledgeable coaches & instructors in the area. The coaching staff regularly attend classes & clinics to keep abreast of new technologies, safety measures, equipment, and current training procedures in our sport. We employ only those coaches who share the desire to excel professionally in our sport, and love to work with all types of children. All of our staff member have attended clinics and can demonstrate a proficiency at instructing and spotting a minimum of USAG Level 4 (Competitive Team). Also, all of our staff have act 33/34 background clearances, First Aid / CPR - Adult, Child & Infant.
Schedule: Erie Gymnastics offer many convenient class times for students. We offer morning, evening & weekend classes. We try to offer various classes that run simultaneously as a convenience for those families with two or more children enrolled in our program. Chances are we have something to fit in your busy schedule. See Class Schedule - *Note- Due to our small class sizes, when a class fills it may be on our schedule, however not available. Always call for current availability.
Class Sizes: Part of Erie Gymnastics success is its small class sizes. Our small class sizes ensure your child will receive individual as well as group attention. Our Preschool & Kindergym classes maintain a 6:1 Student / Teacher ratio, and our Recreational classes keep an 8:1 ration. Many people when inquiring about classes & prices compare us to many of the dance schools. In many of the dance schools their classes have 20:1 ratios. Their prices might be a little lower, but we give so much more individual attention to each of our students!
Tracking: We have found that tracking gymnasts (according to age & ability) increases the speed and performance levels of the specific class. For the most part, the average Beginner student will end up the following year in the Intermediate level. It is not uncommon however for students to achieve the next higher level within several months. We have found that students who are not challenged enough tend to become bored and lethargic in their class. Students who find a particular level very difficult, also suffer by feeling over-stressed or incompetent and tend not to do well or perform at their best. We try to group ages and abilities together in classes so that our classes are continually challenging, but not to the point of overwhelming. Throughout the year we perform various mobility tests to place children in classes that will better serve them. With most of the recreational programs this does not require any price differences just perhaps a time change. We know it sometimes is inconvenient, but we hope you appreciate our goal to provide your child with the best learning situation possible.
Class Prices: We have found our prices are well in line with prices of similar gymnastics schools across the country. We may be a little higher than other clubs & dance schools in the area, but we believe we offer a quality program and you get what you pay for. Classes at Erie Gymnastics Center start at $37.00 / month & up. Because of the varied class times & class lengths & discounts, we do not publish our prices. The price of each class depends on the amount of time the gymnast trains per month.
Safety: EGC stresses safety at every level. Gymnastics is fun, and very safe at the entry levels. Still though, gymnastics is a sport that involves heights, motion, speed, obstacles, equipment.... Not to make light of any injury, however most gymnastics injuries happen with team level athletes, and very few with recreational classes. Please realize our safety rules are strictly enforced for the best interests of everyone -- especially your child. All parents & gymnasts must sign a release waiver to participate in any of our programs.
Payment Methods: EGC accepts Cash, Checks, & most major Credit/Debit Cards. EGC also offers Direct-Draft & Auto-Charge so you don't have to remember. All ongoing classes must be secured with a Credit Card or Checking/Savings Account.
Tuition Policy: Our tuition is due on the first of each month for the upcoming month. EGC accepts Cash, Checks, & most major Credit/Debit Cards. EGC also offers Direct-Draft & Auto-Charge so you don't have to remember. All accounts must be secured by a Credit/Debit Card or Checking/Savings Account. Any account not paid by the first of the month will be auto-charged/drafted for the month. There is a $25.00 fee for NSF's and a $10.00 late fee for any late payments.
Withdrawal: It is our intention to provide you with the best program we can. However, it often is the case where we as a business are at the mercy of a 6 year olds whims. Today they want to be a gymnast, tomorrow a dancer, and the next day a Girl/Boy Scout. Some students are afraid in their first class, and don't give it a fair chance. For these reasons & the integrity of our program, when a student enrolls, we insist on a session (3 months) minimum (other clubs require a year commitment). When a child is entered into an ongoing class in our 'School Year' Program, it is assumed they will continue in our program until the end of the school year (May). Due to the fact that we keep small class sizes and have waiting lists on some classes, we must be notified in writing 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the next month if you intend to withdraw your child. We do not accept phone calls as a method of withdrawal.
Attendance / Missed Classes / Make-ups: It is unfortunate, but most students will miss at least one class due to illness or family crisis. Our program and prices are calculated in such a way that even if you miss a class or two throughout the session, you will have still received your moneys worth, and your child will not have fallen in skill level significantly below his/her classmates. Students are allowed to make-up a class missed due to illness, emergency or school function. One special make-up class will be offered each session. The Make up class will usually be between the eighth to tenth Saturday into each session (makeup days may vary due to holidays or competitive meets ** Please check the lobby sign up sheet for make-ups). The Make-up class must be signed up for prior to the scheduled make-up date. You must come in and sign your childs name next to the corresponding class level. You can not just show up for these make up classes. NO REFUNDS are given for missed classes. All make-ups must be signed up for within the session of the missed class. You can not carry over missed classes into future sessions. We reserve the right to deny make-up classes to students who abuse the make-up policy. No one is permitted to make-up a class in another scheduled class.
3 + 5 = 4 -- Our school year schedule is designed to offer 12 classes per session, and 36 classes from September to May (72 for Advanced Rec.). For example, September may only have 3 Mondays, but October has 5 Mondays -- they average out to four classes per month. Our tuition price incorporates this in the tuition prices and they remain the same regardless of how many classes actually occur in one month. We guarantee at least 12 classes in each session, and 36 classes in the 9 month school year averaging out to 4 classes each month. If we miss a class during the year due to a snow storm, then we will schedule a make-up class for that class. If we close due to snow on a Wednesday (which have 37 classes between September and May) we will not make-up the class because they will have still received 36 classes. We do not refund for missed classes.
Snow Days/Emergencies -- In the event of a Severe Snow Storm, Power outage ... or any other emergency, we will notify all major media sources. WRKT 100.9 FM / WLKK 1400 AM / Classy 99.9 FM / WJET 102.3 FM / STAR 103.7 FM -- If you are unsure, please call the gym after 3:00pm. -- This is Erie, so we can have 6 inches in Harborcreek, and nothing on the West Side. If conditions are too poor in your area, don't take the chance! - Your child will do better in class if they are alive. In the event that we close the gym due to poor weather, we will make up that class.
Drop offs & Pickups -- We ask that you drop your child off approximately 5-10 minutes before their scheduled class time. We also ask that you pick your child up promptly at the end of their class time. If there is a situation that you can not pick up your child at dismissal or if someone other than the parent is to pick up the child -- please let us know as soon as possible.
Parents Observation -- Parents are not permitted in the gym while classes are in session. This rule is will be strictly enforced for safety reasons. Some children tend to watch mom or dad instead of paying attention to what they are supposed to be doing -- this creates a safety hazard --esp. on balance beam. The last week of sessions 1 & 2 we will offer a parents viewing class. Parents viewing is an opportunity for you to watch all the new skills your child has been working on in class. Session 3 will not have an observation period due to the end of the year show. If you bring younger children to viewing, please supervise them and be considerate of the gymnasts who are working out.
Curriculum -- PLEASE VISIT OUR CURRICULUM PAGE -- Each class at Erie Gymnastics Center has a set Curriculum (A list of skills & techniques specific to each level). Our curriculum has been developed and designed by the USA Gymnastic "USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Compulsory Developmental Program". The curriculum is designed to present gymnastics techniques and skills in a safe and progressive manner. Each class is a representative of a number similar to grade levels in a school. Level 1 is beginner and Level 10 is Olympic Level. A child must be at least 75% proficient at his/her level before he/she can be moved to the next higher level. Because this is a relatively young sport, we encourage students to move to the next level as soon as they are proficient enough to move. Any student wishing to attend a higher than recommended class level can schedule a free evaluation with one of our skill evaluators. Any new student with previous experience should also request a free evaluation.
Motto: Erie Gymnastics Center's motto is "Sweat & a Smile". When we send the children home after class, the sweat is to show you they worked hard, and the smile assures us they want to come back!
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