Frequently Asked Questions

What class is appropriate for my child?

Tri-Star classes are divided primarily by age group and/or grade level, with lesson plans incorporating age-appropriate flexibility and conditioning exercises for all students. Some intermediate or advanced level classes require certain skills to be acquired first and require an instructor’s recommendation to register.

How can I find out about Tri-Star policies and rules?

Most of the Tri-Star policies and general rules are outlined in the gym rules page or the online Policy page. Our policies do change from time to time, and most changes are announced as they take effect in the Current News page or through reminders sent home with students as they leave class. Parents are strongly encouraged to acquaint themselves with Tri-Star policies and rules when they sign up for class each session.

How do I enroll my child in gymnastics classes?

The best way to enroll in Tri-Star’s class is to register through our Parents Portal. Once you have submitted all of your information, you can select a class class that is most appropriate to your child’s age and skill level. Parents can register in person at our office at 1401 S. Circle, Forest Park, IL. Registration takes one to three business days to process. See our Class Schedule for a complete list of all recreational classes or our class listings for Pre-School and Grade School students. If you need help registering online or if you have difficulty accessing the parents portal, our office staff will be happy to assist you. Be sure to allow 1 to 3 business days for registration; Tri-Star does not allow same-day registrations.

Can I pay with a credit card?

Parents who have registered online for gymnastics classes can setup a secure login with our Parents Portal, which allows customers to submit payments from credit card or bank draft. If you choose not to pay online at the time of registration, you can visit our gym office to pay tuition fees in person (we now accept all major credit cards in-office).

If you choose not to register for classes online, you can still setup a parents portal account using the same email address you submitted to the office at the time of registration. If you are not sure which email address you used or if you need assistance setting up your portal account, contact our office for assistance.

How can I find out how my child is doing in class?

On the 11th and 12th week of every session, Tri-Star instructors fill out progress reports, detailing which class skills each student has mastered and which skills they are still working towards. The progress reports are not “grades” as such, but a means to track overall student achievement in the context of each class’ lesson plan. Otherwise, at any time during class session, parents are welcome and encouraged to approach their child’s instructors after class with any questions or concerns about his or her development.

When can my child move up to the next level?

Tri-Star instructors are very diligent about rewarding hard work with new challenges and opportunities to grow as an athlete, within the context of their existing class. We are quick to recognize if and when students are ready for the next level, and as our instructors get to know their pupils they are able to recommend which class will be most fitting to their particular interests and abilities. Our instructors will never “hold back” a student unnecessarily.

Who do I talk to about scheduling a “make-up” class?

If your child has to be absent from class for any reason, you can contact our office by phone to schedule a “make-up” class apart from your regular class time. Students who have to miss a class will be offered 2 make-up sessions per session. The first make-up would take place in an equivalent class at another day and time during the same session (pending availability). The second make-up class would take place in one of our Family Fun Sessions. All make-up sessions must be pre-arranged. Walk-ins will not be admitted for any reason and students must arrive on time and properly dressed for class.

Is Gymnastics a dangerous sport?

Any athletic activity that involves height and rotation has potential for danger. Tri-Star’s instructors are trained to minimize the risk to students through proper instruction, careful class planning and hands-on safety spotting. Classes are designed to challenge students while also preserving an environment of safety and quick recovery from failure.

What sort of activities take place during birthday parties or Parents Night Out?

For more information, click on the links below:

Birthday Parties

Parents’ Night Out

Where can I purchase gymnastics athletic equipment?

Gymnastics leotards and T-shirts are available at Tri-Star for purchase. We also carry grips and gymnastics shoes for both beginner and advanced gymnasts should they become needed. Other equipment not carried at Tri-Star will be available in local sporting goods stores.

What is the difference between Men’s and Women’s gymnastics?

Men’s and women’s gymnastics differ both in the types of events competed and in judging/scoring guidelines. While Floor Exercise and Vault are common to both men’s and women’s programs, the balance beams and uneven bars are used exclusively by women’s gymnastics while the parallel bars, pommel horse, still rings and high bar are used exclusively by the men’s program. The fundamental difference between the two tracks is reflected in our recreational program, where all-boys classes (beginning at the Boys Super Stars level) will begin to focus more on men’s events as opposed to general gymnastics fundamentals.”