Adelaide University Gymnastics & Cheerleading Club Aims and Guidelines [Join/Renew]


  1. Club’s Aim: To facilitate the development and maintenance of gymnastics skills for adult gymnasts, at the level and pace of each individual, in a safe, friendly and non-threatening environment.

  2. Management Body: The club is run by a Committee elected by members at the AGM, as specified in the AUGC constitution (1).

  3. Members Responsibilities: The club depends on members working together to achieve our aims. We thrive on our casual and social approach, but maintain-ing a safe and friendly environment requires a mature and responsible attitude, with basic courtesies extended to all participants. There are also some regulatory requirements relating to venue hire, GSA (2) and AUS affiliations (3), Child Safety, WH&S and insurance. The club reserves the right to ask individuals to leave if they are unable to comply with the club’s aims and guidelines. As ambassadors for the club your actions should reflect well on the club.

  4. Guidelines.
    a) AUGC participants should only occupy the apparatus area/s when the AUGC official session has started, AND supervised by a qualified coach.

    b) Warm up is expected i.e. 5-8 minutes of aerobic activity, involving all major muscle groups, followed by sport specific active stretching. At the end of training “cool down” (including stretching) is encouraged.

    c) Please avoid “chatting” when coaches are providing group instruction, particularly during group tumbling.

    d) Participating in group activities gives you a safer and faster learning experience, and uses our coaches more efficiently.

    e) Share apparatus fairly, conscious of other users’ needs - check to ensure you don’t walk in front of another gymnast, remove or place equipment to create danger.

    f) “JUST CHUCKING IT” is NOT an option for trying unfamiliar skills, especially aerial skills. It is a requirement that gymnasts be introduced to new skills by an appropriately accredited coach, who must assess their readiness to tackle the skill, and take them through lead-up exercises. Don’t feel embarrassed to ask a coach for assistance. Senior gymnasts might advise each other, but should not undertake any form of coaching without the supervision of one of the club’s nominated coaches.

    g) Our insurance only covers us for activities indicative of those listed in the Codes of Points for gym sports, and appropriate lead-up exercises. Please discuss with one of our accredited coaches if not sure.

    h) Equipment should be set up and used safely and appropriately. In particular, ensure there is a minimum of 10 cm matting under bars and rings, and for dismounting from all other apparatus. Supersofts should be used when learning new skills – make sure they are moved by at least 2 people to minimise damage. Put mats in possible “spill over” areas.

    i) Check that clothing, accessories and hair are safe for both you and the apparatus (e.g. hair tied back) – no jewellery, studs, buckles, dangling clothing or ties. Tape can be used to cover items that can’t be removed. Bare feet are recommended.

    j) Street shoes should not be worn anywhere on the blue matted areas. All personal items should be kept at the perimeter of the gym, well away from equipment and walkways. Food and sticky liquids should not be near apparatus areas.

    k) Return equipment to “packed up” position at end of session. There are signs on wall of gym indicating desired location. Make sure fire exits are clear! Ask for guidance until familiar with requirements.

    l) Make sure your attendance is recorded with the Treasurer before leaving the session. Our fees are kept to a minimum, which assumes all participants share costs each session. It’s your responsibility to chase the treasurer not the other way round.

    m) We need your “emergency contact details” at the start of the first session. Membership forms and applicable annual registration fees are necessary for insurance and communication. These must be provided to the club before the start of your 4th session. Training access may be retracted until matters are resolved. Delayed payment of session fees may be treated similarly if deemed excessive.

    n) Gymnasts already registered with Gymnastics Australia (GA) via another club, will need to fill in a “GA Multi-club Registration Form”. Competitive gymnasts should make their head coach and prime club aware that they are training at AUGC.

    o) AUGC provides gymnastics training for adults. U18’s need approval of a parent/guardian on the Membership Form. U16’s may only attend by prior arrangement with AUGC “Floor Coach”, and if from another club, preferably with their own clubs GA coach.

    p) Information (including photos) of one or more persons associated with an AUGC activity shall not be taken or distributed in any form without their permission.

    q) Heat Policy: as we train inside and at night, we have no cancellation policy. However, participants should make sure they hydrate before, during and after sessions, and pace their activities appropriately. See footnote references for further guidance (4). Bring a water bottle / sports drink and towel.

    r) All present are asked to refrain from conducting non “AUGC business” during the training session.

    s) When a coach calls “Its Time” at the end of each session, please pack up equipment and visit the Treasurer as quickly as possible. No dynamic or aerial moves should be undertaken after this time (coaches “knock-off” and there is no longer insurance cover).

The committee is very happy to receive feedback, ideas and discuss any issues, either in person at a training session, or if you prefer to put it in writing to: or
PO Box 73, Park Holme, SA 5043

Our Equity / Child Safety Officers are:
Bruce Bennett or Joanna Moar
0422148206 / 0487155982

Thank you for reading these Guidelines.


  1. Policy and Guidance Documents can be referenced from our website -

  2. GSA - Gymnastics South Australia -

  3. AU Sport -

  4. Sports Medicine Australia -