Here you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions. Feel free to ask one of our coaches for more information!
Q: Where are the classes offered?
We are located inside of River City Youth Fitness. The gym is located about 3 miles past Wegman’s on Broad Street in the Short Pump/Goochland area. The address is 48 Plaza Drive and is convenient to 288 and 64.
Q: Who is eligible to take classes at RCIG?
RCIG classes are specifically designed for individuals with special needs but anyone can participate. Typically 5 to 10% of our athletes are neurotypical. And we often have siblings that participate together!
Q: What ages do you serve at RCIG?
How old are you? We have a class for you! Our youngest athlete is 4 and our oldest is 46! We offer elementary, teen, and adult classes and will work with you to find the best fit for your needs.
Q: What times are classes offered?
Classes are one hour each and run in 8-week sessions. We offer classes all throughout the week, depending on your age. Please refer to the Schedule tab listed on this site for up-to-date information.
Q: What if my child needs a 1:1 aide?
Some of our athletes do, and that’s ok! When we meet, your child will get one free introductory class for us to assess your child’s abilities and needs. We have trained volunteers and staff at every class that can handle any situation. Some of our volunteers come to us through VCU pursuing degrees in Occupational, Physical or Special needs fields.
Q: What should I wear to gymnastics class?
When you become an RCIG athlete you will be given a super cool RCIG gym shirt! We encourage every athlete to wear it each week to class as a team uniform along with comfortable shorts or leggings. We understand that sometimes wearing something new or a certain color may not be something you are comfortable with. so bottom line, comfortable athletic clothing with no zippers and no shoes or socks. But we are flexible and we can work with you if needed.
Q: What should I bring with me to class?
A fun attitude and a bottle of water!
Q: What will the first class look like?
All of the classes are similar in the way we format the class. The hour is broken up into three different areas of the gym with water breaks in between each change. One class may start near the rock wall, rotate to the bouncy floor, and end in the balance beam and bar area while the next class may end near the rock wall. After a few classes, the athletes start to know water breaks mean we’re ending one obstacle course and moving on to the next. We also offer social stories in our welcome packet for athletes that may struggle with change. If your child needs visual support such as a schedule, we offer that as well.
Q: Am I able to observe during class time?
YES! The athletes LOVE having an admiring crowd watch through the observation windows. However, if you’d rather grab a book or take a nap on the leather couch, we applaud that too!
Q: In case of emergency, how will I be contacted during class?
We ask that the parent, caregiver or family member that brings the athlete to class stay in the building. You can read, chat with friends, do grocery shopping online, or nap, but we do ask that you stay on property so we can easily access you in case of an emergency. If you must run to Food Lion or pick up your dry cleaning, please let us know and we will text you if needed.
Q: Can we make up a class if we miss one?
You sure can! We understand that life offers up surprises and sometimes you might not be able to make a scheduled class. Simply contact Coach Mike to let him know you can’t make a class and he can work with you on a makeup date that fits your needs.
Q: Class cancellation policies?
We do our absolute best to always have scheduled classes. However, in the case of weather, we ask everyone to check Facebook for updates on snow or other crazy Richmond weather closings. In the event of a canceled class, we will always offer a makeup date.
Q: What qualifications do your staff members have?
Coach Mike and Coach Katrina’s educational background can be found on the About Us tab. But, our volunteers are all trained by Coach Mike. They also are required to attend a quarterly sensory integration training presented by Corner Stone Therapy Group. All of the paid staff are CPR certified and any staff or volunteers that are over the age of 18 have also successfully passed a criminal background check.
Q: Do you offer discounts?
Yes, if you take multiple classes in the same session.
Q: Does RCIG participate in gymnastics competitions?
Nope! We encourage teamwork within each of our classes and to cheer for one another unconditionally, but we do not enter competitions outside of the gym.
Q: Do you offer birthday parties?
Yes, we do! If you are an existing RCIG athlete or have been in the past 6 months we would love to host your birthday party, school celebration or any type of party. Contact Coach Mike for details.