Safety and Risk Awareness
Gymnastics, trampoline, parkour and other activities that take place in Gymnastics BC member clubs involve the risk of injury. The information contained in the Safety and Risk Awareness section of this website is intended to inform you of the risks, dangers and hazards that you may encounter while in a gymnastics club, and help you to stay safe while enjoying these activities. Whether you are a participant in these activities or a parent or guardian of a minor participant, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Safety and Risk Awareness information on this website.
Exclusion of Liability – Assumption of Risks
Participation in gymnastics activities and the use of gymnastics equipment involves various risks, dangers and hazards. It is a condition of your use of the premises and facilities and your participation in these activities that you assume all risk of personal injury, death or property loss resulting from any cause whatsoever, including negligence, breach of contract, or breach of any duty of care on the part of the gymnastics club management or facility operator. Your legal responsibility as a user of the gymnastics facilities or participant in activities at the gymnastics facility is explained in the form below.
INTEGRITY OF THE FORM
This form must not be altered, either in electronic or hard-copy. This includes wording, colours and formatting. The form has been designed by a lawyer and is worded and formatted to draw the reader’s attention to specific sections.
Clubs can only change the following:
- Add their logo in the white space located in the bottom left corner;
- Add the name of the club in appropriate white space.
Clubs can use the form online to facilitate their registration program. Under the Electronic Transactions Act (ETA), an electronic signature or clicking on an icon is valid and enforceable. Clubs using the Uplifter Management system will be provided with a process to complete the form online. Clubs utilizing other registration programs should email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm compliance.
WHO SHOULD COMPLETE THE FORM
Prior to completing the registration process with their club:
- All adult participants must sign the form;
- At least one parent/guardian of each minor participant must sign the form. It is also required that participants aged 12+ sign the form in addition to their parent/guardian;
- Adult companions (for parent and tots for example), must sign the form for both themselves and for the child.
All forms must be retained and accessible for several years.
- Adult participants: the form must be retained and accessible for 7 years.
- Minor participants: the form must be retained and accessible until 2 years after the participant has reached the age of majority (in BC, YK, NWT, and NU, the age of majority is 19 years old). An 11 year old recreational gymnast’s form must be retained and accessible until they are 21 years old (2 years after they turn 19).
- Clubs using the Uplifter Management system will be provided with a process to complete and store the form online. Clubs utilizing other registration programs should email to confirm compliance and ensure appropriate file storage.
There are many potential risks when individuals participate in gymnastic activities (including but not limited to Men’s and Women’s Artistic, Trampoline, Acrobatic, Parkour, and other Gymnastics for All activities). Participants in gymnastic activities acknowledge they are aware of; and may be exposed to, the risks, dangers and hazards of gymnastic activities. The risks, dangers and hazards include, but are not limited to:
- Contracting COVID-19 or any other contagious disease.
- Privacy breaches, hacking, technology malfunction or damage.
- Executing strenuous and demanding physical techniques and exerting and stretching various muscle groups.
- Vigorous physical exertion, strenuous cardiovascular workouts, and rapid movements.
- The failure to properly use any piece of equipment or from the mechanical failure of any piece of equipment or apparatus.
- Failure to follow instructions or rules.
- Spinal cord injuries which may render the Participant permanently paralyzed.
- Serious injury to virtually all bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and other aspects of the Participant’s body or to the Participant’s general health and well-being.
- Abrasions, sprains, strains, fractures, or dislocations.
- Concussion or other head injuries, including but not limited to, closed head injury or blunt head trauma.
- Physical contact with other participants, spotters, spectators, equipment, and hazards.
- Collisions with walls, any gymnastics apparatus, floors, or mats.
- Falling, tumbling, or hitting any gymnastics apparatus, the floor, mats, or other surfaces.
- Not wearing appropriate attire or personal equipment (e.g., grips).
- Failure to act safely or within the Participant’s ability or designated areas.
- Negligence of other persons, including other spectators, participants, or employees; and
- Travel to and from competitive events and associated non-competitive events which are an integral part of the Activities
Gym Safety and Responsibility Code
GBC has many rules, regulations and protocols for its member clubs and participants that will be maintained in this section of our website. The Gymnastics Responsibility Code provides the basic rules of conduct and must be followed by all participants when using Gymnastics BC member clubs.
- All participants must sign the Release Of Liability, Waiver Of Claims, Assumption Of Risks And Indemnity Agreement before starting any activities in a GBC member club.
- Gymnastics facility have uneven floor surfaces covered with mats and equipment. Watch where you walk.
- Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
- Follow the instruction of your coach.
- Before attempting a new skill or progression, ask your coach.
- If you are using a trampoline, there must be spotters around the trampoline. Club must ensure that individuals coaching trampoline-like devices (any rebounding device) have the proper coaching certification.
- Always use the equipment as it was intended.
- You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to safely engage in gymnastics activities. If in doubt, ask your coach.
General Safety Rules for Clubs
Trampoline access and coach certification requirements are different than the requirements for other disciplines. Please see the specific trampoline access and coach certification requirements. If you have any questions about trampoline gymnastics, please contact GBC’s Technical Director.
GBC has specific certification requirements for coaches to follow dependent on their athletes’ abilities. These requirements can be found in the GBC Coaching Education Operations Manual. If you have any questions about coaching, please contact GBC’s Coaching Coordinator.
GBC has membership requirements for clubs to maintain access to insurance coverage, competitions, and other services. Membership requirements are described in GBC’s Registration Handbook. If you have any questions about membership requirements, please contact GBC’s Member Service Manager.
GBC’s Safety 1st Manual includes information about equipment, risk management, risk mitigation, facility layout, safety guidelines, coaching ratios, and many other safety-oriented topics. GBC is currently redrafting its Safety 1st Manual. The current version can be found here.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BC’s Provincial Health Organization requires that all businesses adhere to strict cleaning protocols. This includes GBC member clubs. To see current GBC cleaning requirements, review GBC’s Return to Sport Plan. If you have any questions about cleaning requirements, please contact GBC’s Safety Officer.
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization and COVID-19 is extremely contagious. GBC has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and requires all member clubs to adhere to the requirements and compliance standards described in GBC’s Return to Sport Plan. Each member club must create and communicate their club’s specific COVID-19 Safety Plan with their individual members prior to resuming club operations. For more information, please visit the following websites:
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Office of the BC Provincial Health Officer
- BC Regional Health Authorities
All GBC member clubs are required to comply to the following Return to Sport protocols:
- Each individual must complete a Participant Declaration of Compliance form that will be filed by their member club.
- Each GBC member club must complete a Club Declaration of Compliance form that will be filed by GBC.
- Each GBC member club must complete and communicate their individualized COVID-19 Safety Plan.
The main aspects of the GBC Return to Sport Plan include: