There is no doubt that gym life has changed for most people during the pandemic. We surveyed gymnasts across the US and abroad to find out how gym life has changed. The results of the survey are below.
Do Gymnasts Have to Wear Masks during Practice?
We asked if gymnasts have to wear masks during practice and 80% said no, while 20% said yes. Most respondents said that coaches had to wear masks. Many of the “no”s said they had to wear masks into the gym and to walk around but not while doing skills.
Is your Gym Checking Temperatures at the Door?
Most gyms are not checking temperatures. 75% of respondents said they did not have to have their temperature checked, while 25% said that their gym was taking temperatures at the door.
Are gymnasts practicing the same number of hours as before?
We asked if gymnasts were practicing the same number of hours as they were before the pandemic. This was more evenly split with 58% saying yes they were doing the same amount of hours and with 42% saying no. Some gymnasts said they leveled up so they are doing slightly more or the same amount of hours. We have also heard from other gymnasts that their gyms aren’t moving kids up right now because of the shortened season last year.
Are spectators allowed to watch gymnastics practice?
Most gym are still allowing parents and other spectators to watch, although it’s definitely not all gyms. 36% of gyms are not allowing spectators with 64% allowing them. Most gyms require parents to wear masks while watching. Some gyms have limited the number of parents at one time in the lobby and others are only allowing parents of young kids to watch.
Do you Have Meets Scheduled this Season?
Most gymnasts have meets on the schedule this season, although even for the gymnasts with meets on the schedule there is uncertainty around if they will happen. 61% said they have meets on the schedule with 39% saying they don’t yet. Most gymnasts haven’t done any meets yet, although a few have done mock meets in their gym. Many gyms that have meets on the schedule don’t have any planned until January or later.
Here are some other precautions that survey respondents mentioned that their gyms have implemented:
- each gymnast bringing their own chalk
- limiting the amount coaches spot
- sanitizing hands between events
- cleaning the equipment after it’s been touched
- disinfecting the mats frequently
- less kids in the gym at one time
- gymnasts staying 6 feet apart
It’s interesting to hear what gyms around the country are doing to help keep their gymnasts safe during practice. What safety measures has your gym implemented ? Let us know in the comments!