FAQ: Coronavirus and the Gymnastics Community
posted on 03/13/2020

We recognize that the cancellation of sanctioned events is challenging for our community, and that many of you will have questions about how this decision might impact postseason competition or your individual gym.

To provide clarity to some of the concerns we have created a list of frequently asked questions. The list of questions will be updated as new information becomes available.

FAQ for Parents

  • Why were most events cancelled and not postponed? First and foremost, we did not want athletes to feel pressured to continue training, and gyms feeling pressure to stay open, during a time when many governments and health experts were mandating or recommending closures. Additionally, because of the uncertainty of the length of this crisis and the complexity of our events, it was not realistically feasible to postpone the more than 300 different state and regional events that would have been conducted during the 8-week moratorium. We are deeply saddened that athletes will be unable to experience these events and milestones as we prioritize curbing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). USA Gymnastics did not make this decision lightly. We sought the input and guidance from for our program directors and the hardworking state and regional committee representatives to ensure that the decision to cancel, while heartbreaking, was the right determination for the gymnastics community.
  • Why isn’t USA Gym. requiring local gymnastics clubs to close? Gymnastics clubs and gyms are private businesses; therefore, USA Gymnastics does not hold the authority to order them to close. Gymnastics clubs must ultimately make their own decisions during these challenging times. USA Gymnastics urges everyone in the community to follow the latest CDC guidance, review other school or community closures in your area, and reach out to your local public health department, to help determine if and when to cancel/alter business operations or participation in gymnastics activities.
  • Will my child’s meet registration fee be refunded? USA Gymnastics does not collect meet registration fees. Registration fees are collected by the local organization that is hosting the event. Please work with your gymnastics club and coach to determine your respective meet’s refund policy.
  • Will my child’s meet be rescheduled? This will be decided on by the local organization hosting the event. Communication will likely be sent to your club or coach with details. Please also check social media for updates.
  • What does this do to my child’s scores? Please have your club/coach refer to your state or regional representatives for guidance regarding the implication on your child’s scores for postseason competition.
FAQ for Meet Directors/Host Clubs
  • Will I receive a refund for my sanction fee? Yes, the $140 sanctioned event fee will be refunded. Please email the event name, meet director and sanction id number to membership@usagym.org to initiate the refund.
  • Can I reschedule or postpone my sanctioned event? Yes, if you would like to reschedule your event for a later date, please email membership@usagym.org with the name of the meet director, the sanction id number and once available, the new event dates.
  • Do I have to refund entry fees? The meet director should make their best effort to refund all, or part, of an entry fee. We realize that this will depend on each event’s unique situation and circumstances. If entry fees cannot be refunded, meet directors should be transparent and communicate the events refund policy to affected participants.
  • What if I don't comply with the mandate? If a meet director chooses not to comply and conducts an event during the USAG cancellation timeframe, the event would be considered non-sanctioned and would not be provided any USA Gymnastics insurance coverage, nor would the scores be admissible for USA Gymnastics' mobility or qualifications.
  • How will this impact my team's scores? Work with your state or regional representative for guidance regarding the implication on your team's scores for postseason competition.
  • Do I have to close my gym? Gymnastics clubs and gyms are private businesses. Therefore, USA Gymnastics cannot order a gymnastics club to close. Gymnastics clubs’ must ultimately make their own decisions during these challenging times. USA Gymnastics urges everyone in the community to follow the latest CDC guidance, review other school or community closures in your area, and reach out to your local public health department, to help determine if and when to cancel alter business operations or participation in gymnastics activities.
  • Does the USA Gymnastics sanctioned event insurance cover financial losses from events cancelled due to COVID-19? No, the USA Gymnastics sanctioned event insurance does not provide coverage for loss of revenue, due to business interruptions. Meet Directors/Club Owners should seek their private insurance carrier or legal counsel to inquire if they hold other insurance policies that provide such coverages or have other options.
  • Why were most events cancelled and not postponed? First and foremost, we did not want athletes to feel pressured to continue training, and gyms feeling pressure to stay open, during a time when many governments and health experts were mandating or recommending closures. Additionally, because of the uncertainty of the length of this crisis and the complexity of our events, it was not realistically feasible to postpone the more than 300 different state and regional events that would have been conducted during the 8-week moratorium. We are deeply saddened that athletes will be unable to experience these events and milestones as we prioritize curbing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). USA Gymnastics did not make this decision lightly. We sought the input and guidance from for our program directors and the hardworking state and regional committee representatives to ensure that the decision to cancel, while heartbreaking, was the right determination for the gymnastics community.

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