The ISB gymnastics program is a community activity and not an ISB athletic sport. All ISB students from Pre-K1 to grade 12 may participate, and in addition, community children may also participate if space is available. Administration of ISB Panther Gymnastics is managed through the Panther Activities Office (“The Panther’s Den”) and must be paid for separately from student tuition.
Each class begins with a full-class warm up, and then groups of similar-levels work with the coaches and practice on various equipment based on the Australian Gymnastics System. Girls practice and compete on vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise, and boys compete in floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bars. The end of each class is conditioning, in which the gymnasts work on strength and cardio.
ISB Panther Gymnastics participate in 4-8 gymnastic competitions each year. There are usually 2-3 “friendly” events so that new gymnasts can get accustomed to how competitions work. Other events are limited and require an invitation from the coaching staff.
Competitive gymnasts (levels 3 and up) may receive more focused coaching and input at the three-hour invitational Monday session. (Participants must also be registered for at least one or two other weekly sessions.) If your gymnast is interested in competition, please contact the gymnastics coordinator.
If your gymnast would like to participate in a recreational environment for fun and fitness, then he or she may do so. All gymnasts including recreational gymnasts may compete at friendly events.
Many competitions have limited spaces. Frequently the coaches determine the lineup based on the gymnast’s desire, skill levels, availability and overall team mix.
The Australian Gymnastics System has specific skills that each gymnast must be proficient at in order to move to the next level. These skills are worked on at each class and an assessment is done at the end of each semester to determine mastery. It is also likely that a coach may recommend a student move up or down a level based on his or her skill and commitment to the sport. Coaches generally stay with the group of students for the semester which helps build a supportive and familiar relationship between students and their coaches. Various assessments are conducted throughout each term to ensure that gymnasts are progressing.
At the beginning of each school year, a lot of effort by both parents and administration goes into determining students’ schedules. This fact means that the ISB Panther Gymnastics program must include flexibility. Therefore, every effort will be made to change classes where possible during the registration period. When registration period is closed, no refund will be offered. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate make-up classes and/or reschedule missed classes due to the structure of the program.
If your child is competing, you will be asked to either volunteer at the meet or possibly to bring a snack or drink for the “hospitality room” where the visiting coaches and judges are hosted. Volunteer jobs require little previous knowledge and consist of roles that support line-ups, judging and awards. If you are unable to volunteer at an “at home” competition, an additional registration fee for the competition may be charged to help cover the costs of hiring someone to fill in that role.
Students will be expected to purchase a competition uniform. Last year’s competition leotard was between 2,000 and 3,000 baht. Practice leotards are encouraged, but not required and cost about 1,000 and 1,500 baht. A registration fee is charged by the hosting organization of each competition. They run in the range of 1,300 and 1,800 baht in general. Gymnasts’ families are made aware of the exact fee when the invitations to compete are sent out by the gymnastics coordinator.