USA GYMNASTICS SAFETY GUIDELINES
1. ASSUMPTION OF RISK. Participation in gymnastics activities involves motion, rotation, and height in a unique environment and as such carries with it a reasonable assumption of risk. *WARNING! Catastrophic injury, paralysis or even death can result from improper conduct of this activity.*
2. COMPETENT SUPERVISION. Do not participate in any gymnastics activity without competent supervision.
3. BE PREPARED TO PARTICIPATE. Dress appropriately, follow accepted warmup practices, and be mentally prepared to engage in the activity.
4. CAREFULLY CHECK EQUIPMENT. Before directly engaging in any gymnastics activity, make sure the equipment is adjusted and secured properly and that adequate matting appropriate to the activity is in the correct position.
5. CARELESSNESS CANNOT BE TOLERATED. Gymnastics is an activity requiring active concentration. Horseplay or any other orm of carelessness cannot be tolerated at any time for any reason. Consult your instructor.
6. FOLLOW PROPER SKILL PROGRESSIONS. A safe learning environment includes a correct understanding of the skill being performed and following proper skill progressions. When in doubt, always consult your instructor.
7. MASTERING BASIC SKILLS. Safe learning practices demand mastering basic skills before progressing to new and/or more difficult levels.
8. ATTEMPTING NEW AND/OR DIFFICULT SKILLS. The readiness and ability level of the performer, the nature of the task, and the competency of the spotter all must be taken into consideration when attempting a new or difficult skill.
9. PROPER LANDING TECHNIQUE. Safe dismounts, as well as unintentional falls, require proper landing techniques. No amount of matting can be fail-safe. Avoid landing on head or neck at all costs as serious catastrophic injuries may result.