Back To School 101 – Important Info

It’s the “Back to School” time of year and we are so thrilled to see old and new faces signing up for classes.  While we’ve been busy all summer with our camps, we know many of you have enjoyed some adventurous vacations or just relaxed by the pool all summer. Don’t forget this is your last week to get your #ISConthego picture in!

Things are mostly back to normal. For us, nearly all of the kids that took summer off have come back and the gym is rockin’ like never before. We are so blessed to have your business and we are thankful that you allow our gym to be a part of your lives..

With this, we wanted to give you some updated information on upcoming programs, special events and just some basic housekeeping as we head into the busy season.

Fundraising Season

With all the kids back in school, this becomes the official start of the fundraising season!

The Front Desk gets approached often to support these different fundraisers. Although the gym would love to be able to support every one of our kids in their fundraising activity, with over 800 kiddos that come to our gym every week, there is just no way we could do this. We are sorry.

Also, we are asking our families that you do not sell your products in the gym. We have had a few issues over the years where it just makes some families uncomfortable saying no when kids approach others in the gym to buy products. We appreciate your understanding.

We can, however, support your Silent Auctions and Raffles. This we will do!  We print up a nice certificate for a FREE year’s Registration Fee and a FREE month of gymnastics (must be a new customer).  This certificate has a value up to $120 and is always a popular auction item to bid on.

Please see the Front Desk if we can be of help with this.

Question – Can I leave my child while they are doing class?

If your child is 5yo or older and is in Super Kids, Gym Kids, Hot Shots, Firecrackers or a Dynamite class, it is completely acceptable to leave the gym and to go to Target (isn’t that where everybody goes?) or run an errand. Surprised

However, if you choose to leave, you must park and come inside to retrieve your child once you return. Keep in mind, our classes are :55 minutes long so if your child’s class is from 5:30PM to 6:30PM, for example, they are actually coming off the floor at 6:25PM. This 5 minute gap in between classes allows for a smoother transition (well kinda) between the incoming and outgoing classes. 

At the end of each class, we instruct all students to get their shoes on and to wait on a bleacher until their parent (or appointed adult) comes inside to pick them up and to walk them back to the car. We do not allow the kids to stand in the entryway or near the Front Door. It gets way too congested. Also, the kids sometimes think you get upset with them if they are waiting by the door and you waive them out to the car. If that happens, then we have to come off the Front Desk to make sure that child gets to the car. This really puts everybody on high-alert and causes commotion. Again, our #1 goal is to keep your child safe until that are physically back with you.

Parent’s PLEASE, this is so important that you work with us and your child on this safety rule even if your child is older. Thank you!

Lastly, if you are unable to come in for ANY reason, please call the Front Desk and we will walk your child out to the car for you. We have no problem with this at all.

Ooops…I am running late to pick up my child!

Running late is understandable and will happen from time to time. If you have dropped off your child for class or left to run an errand and you think you are going to be more than 8 minutes late picking up your kiddo, just give us a call and we will let your child know to sit on the bleacher and hang tight until you get there. The phone call is important for us (so we don’t have to call you) and also for the child as it is very unnerving to see all your classmates leave and you are sitting there all alone. It makes a child very nervous to feel like they have been forgotten. So, please, just give us a call and we will make sure they know and are comfortable. Thanks!

Question – do we get a make-up class when you are closed for holidays?

We do not offer additional classes or make-ups for scheduled closure dates. We have a flat-rate tuition program that is based on 48 weeks of classes per year. Meaning, regardless of what day of the week you attend class, you are guaranteed 48 class for the year.

Keep in mind, that there are months that have 4 weeks per month and also 5 weeks. We do not charge more for months that have 5 weeks. For example, there are 5 Mondays in March, June, August and November.

Camps for the Fall Break!

With many of the Lodi schools on break from October 5th through October 16th, we will have our standard 9AM to 1PM Morning Camp and we will offer 3 different Afternoon Camps that run from 1:30PM to 5:30PM! so, if you need something for the kids to do while they are on break, we have some great options for you. More information to come!

Upcoming Events!

Mark your calendars for the following dates:

Parent’s Night Out – Saturday, August 22nd 
Gym Closed/Labor Day – Monday, September 7th
Big Kids Hangout – Saturday, September 12th

Save the Date!  October 24th

Best Road Trip Games

We’ve been hearing of the many fun places all of our kiddos have gone to this summer!  There is still 3 weeks of summer break to take a road trip to one of the many fun and beautiful destinations right here in Northern California.

How many of you parents cringed when you heard “road trip”?  We’re sure there is just as many kids that do too.  We want to help make your next road trip a memorable one that will have the kids saying, “Let’s do that again”!  These fun car games are sure to be a hit.

1. Hot Seat. Each person takes a turn in the “hot seat” being interviewed by the other passengers. The other passengers can ask any five questions they want of the person in the hot seat, who must answer. The person in the hot seat can refuse to answer one question by using a veto. Once all the questions have been asked, the hot seat transfers to a new passenger.

2. Who Are They? Choose another car on the road and imagine the story of the passengers inside. Who are they? What is their relationship? Are they a group of spies, headed to thwart an international villain? Get creative and share your stories.

3. Odd Colored Car. At the beginning of the trip, each passenger chooses an odd or rare-colored car (yellow, purple, orange, pink, etc.). During the drive, passengers get a point for spotting cars of their chosen color. Alternate idea: passengers can steal points from each other if they spot another passenger’s car color first!

4. License Plate Decoder. Pretend that every license plate is a personalized message and decode it. “HDR 732″ might stand for “Hairdresser Diva Rollerderby, 7 days a week, 32 hours a day.”

5. Fortunately, Unfortunately. One passenger shares a statement beginning with the word, “fortunately.” As in, “Fortunately, I remembered to buy snacks at the gas station.” Another passenger must follow up with a statement beginning with the word, “unfortunately.” As in, “Unfortunately, I left them on the counter when I paid.” You can also switch the game around by starting with unfortunate ideas first.

6. Buzz Word. At the beginning of the trip, determine a word that will be taboo for the entire trip. (Choose something common, like “Mom.”) Give each passenger 10-20 paper clips. If a passenger says the buzz word during the trip, another passenger can buzz them by saying, “Buzz!” and collect a paper clip. Passengers must get careful and creative in their communication in order to win.

7. Tomato. One passenger is “it” and asks other passengers silly questions. The other passengers cannot smile or laugh, and can only respond to the question by answering, “Tomato.” If a passenger laughs or smiles, he or she is out. The last person out is the next person to be “it.”

8. Counting Cows. This game is perfect for drives through rural country. Passengers must count and keep track of cows on their side of the car. If you pass a cemetery, it wipes out the cow count for the passengers on the same side of the car. Passenger with the most cows at the end of the trip wins.

9. “No, it is not a _____.” A game of clues, rhymes, and stumping. One passenger is “it” and must think of a word (the more common and easy to rhyme, the better) and present a clue to the other passengers. If the word was “fly” as in a housefly, he or she might say, “I’m thinking of a word that rhymes with cry, but it isn’t pie.” The other passengers make guesses by giving clues to the “it” person, without revealing their guess word. “Is it something men wear around their neck?” The “it” person must figure out their clue and respond, “No, it is not a tie.” If a passenger guesses the right word, they win and become the next “it” person. Or, if a passenger stumps the “it” person with their clue, they also win and become the “it” person.

10. Casserole Game. One passenger starts by saying, “I’m making a casserole and I’m going to need artichokes.” Each passenger takes a turn reciting the previous ingredients and then choosing the next one, which must start with the next letter in the alphabet. See if you can get all the way to the letter Z.

11. Speak in Song. Carry on a conversation using only the titles or lyrics from songs. No singing allowed.

12. 50 Nifty. List 1-50 on a piece of paper and see if passengers can come up with all fifty states. If you get all 50, start a new round by listing each state capitol.

13. Presidents Game. List 1-44 on a piece of paper and see if passengers can come up with all 44 American presidents.

14. Listen and Draw. Supply each passenger with a paper and writing utensil. (Except for the driver, of course!) One person is “it” and draws a quick picture on his or her paper. Then, the “it” person must describe their picture to the other passengers, giving detailed instructions, until each of the passengers has completed their drawing. The passenger with the picture that most closely resembles the original, becomes the next “it” person.

15. Would You Rather? Take turns offering various options to other passengers, either wonderful, horrible, painful, embarrassing, or otherwise. Find out who would rather jump in a flaming volcano or sit in a cage of snakes.

We got the games covered for you, now let’s hear what your favorite Road Trip snack is!  Everyone who leaves a comment with their favorite snack will get a special treat from Impact.

#ISConthego

What has your family been up to this summer?  Impact Sports Center (ISC) has loved hearing all the fun and exciting places you all have went to in past summers.  Well, this year we want to see your pictures!

Your child should have already received their #ISConthego postcard with instructions on the back (we have plenty in the gym if you still need one). Hold on to this postcard until your child thinks their exciting place is worthy of sharing with (yes, this can include your pool in the backyard, the ballpark or even just the day trip to the beach).  Then snap a shot to capture the moment.

From now until August 28th, post your photo to Instagram or Facebook and then tag #ISConthego so we can join in all your fun.  If you are not on social media, don’t worry, you can enter by emailing us!  The most creative post will win a prize! Winner will be announced on September 1st.

Oh the places you’ll go and the things you’ll see, we just hope you share it with ISC!

The fine print: The ISConthego Postcard must be physically in the picture, no photoshopping it in.  We are not able to see all of the tags of #isconthego do to privacy settings.  By no means do we want you to change your preferences, but do ask that you email your entry to info@impactsportscenter.com so you can participate to!  Please note, which ever way your photo is submitted, you are consenting to the release of its use to Impact Sports Center.  These images will be used for marketing purposes only and will not be given or sold to outside companies or individuals.

 

Olympic Day – Road to Rio 2016

Olympic Day is held annually on June 23 and is celebrated by millions of people in more than 160 countries. This day commemorates the birth of the modern Olympic Games dating back to June 23, 1894. Olympic Day’s mission is to promote fitness, well-being, culture and education, while promoting the Olympic values – excellence, friendship and respect – and the three Olympic Day pillars – move, learn and discover – in every corner of the globe.

This year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has a contest that could land you and a guest to get a chance at a sneak peek of the Olympic Park ahead of the Rio 2016 Summer Games.  Check out this link for more information Olympic Day Contest Info!

Impact has joined the celebration this year and will have some fun things this week in the gym to get everyone pumped up for the Road to Rio Olympic Games 2016.

You’ll notice as you walk in the fun photo op for your kids to DREAM BIG and imagine they are holding the torch.  If you do get a chance to snap a shot of your kiddo, make sure to tag us at #iscolympicday!

At the back of the gym at our coloring table there is an opportunity for the kids to get creative and design their own torch that will be displayed on the wall.

Did you know that the Women’s Gymnastics Olympic Trials will be coming through San Jose July 8 & 10, 2016?  Our gym has been given an exclusive opportunity to purchase discounted tickets, see the front desk for more info.

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Celebrating Our Dads!

Our latest post is all about our fantastic dads.  We see you out there watching your little one week after week and want to let you know that we have the best dads on the planet!

Here’s the top 5 ways all of us at Impact Sports Center appreciate you dads:

  1. Being the proud daddy that takes the picture of your kid’s first anything, from forward roll in tot town to that back handspring that your child nailed.
  2. Bringing your kiddo to one of our many summer camps…..and then deciding to pick them up at the end of the day 😉
  3. Entertaining Miss Jaime with Giants Baseball talk or razzing her if you’re one of the few Dodger fans in the gym. (Big tip to stay on Miss Jaime’s good side, NEVER tell her the score because she records each game and watches it when she gets home!)
  4. Lighting up Mr. Shane’s face with your suggestions of anything Foodie or Wine.
  5. Just being you!

Here’s a cute video that makes us wonder what were they thinking, but definitely represents how Dad’s come to the rescue. Make sure you leave a comment and tell us how the Dad in your life saves the day!

And the Winner is…..

Close to 300,000 children in need that will receive new shoes thanks to TOMS and all the people who pledged “One Day Without Shoes”!

What a way to kick off the official start of IMPACT GIVES BACK by having everyone going barefoot.  There was no greater feeling for the gym than seeing that first mom and kiddo come in Thursday morning with no shoes and to know we have families that will join us in bringing awareness to our community.  And I know there was no greater feeling for all the kids than to actually have permission to leave their shoes in the car;) THANK YOU!

We had nearly 100 of our great customers come in barefoot and another 35 post to Instagram.  This will become an annual event for the gym and we hope to make even a bigger impact next year!

As a thank you from both TOMS and Impact Sports Center, we held a drawing for those of you who came into the gym barefooted and who tagged #withoutshoes and #impactgivesback.  Winners will have until May 30th to claim their prize by coming to the gym.

The winners are:

Free Chipotle Burrito, Bowl or Salad

Aly Pennino, Ava Sanchez, Cora Bernhardt, Emily Chaddock, Faith.Hope.Freedom (Instagram), Finn Tomek, Gabi Franklin, Julie Lozano, Nolan Taylor, & Sylvia Mahlow.

Free Big Kids Hangout Admission

Rebecca Peters

Free Parents Night Out Admission

Sasha Friemoth

TOMS T-shirt

Aelsa (Instagram), Amanda Chaddock

TOMS Backpack

Lela Bowles

1 Pair of TOMS Shoes

Lola Smart

 

If you know of outreach events such as this, please let us know by leaving a comment.  While we cannot commit to support all the worthy causes, Impact Gives Back would love to hear of all the great work organizations are doing!

Impact Gives Back #WITHOUTSHOES

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Just another day in the office for Mr. Shane…

Impact Sports Center have given back to the Lodi community in countless ways (mostly unseen).   With the goal to inspire our families to effect change, we will be starting our “Impact Gives Back” Outreach.  What better way to kick it off than by just kicking off our shoes?  Impact will be joining the Tom’s Tribe and going “One Day Without Shoes”.  We ask you to do the same!

By pledging to go a day without shoes, we are bringing awareness to what children in poverty have to go through everyday.  Something as simple as wearing shoes is taken for granted by many, but  if shoes were provided, it would help prevent diseases, such as Podoconiosis, as well as increase school attendance.

What can you do? 

  • From now until May 21st, take a picture of your bare feet and post to Instagram.
  • Make sure to #withoutshoes & #impactgivesback and tag your friends to challenge them to do the same.
  • Tom’s Shoes has committed donating 1 pair of shoes to a child in need (up to 1 million pairs) for every post.
  • Every person that walks through Impact on May 21st with no shoes will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes that include  a new pair of Tom’s.

With so many opportunities to give back, unfortunately we can’t participate in all of them.  However, with the initiatives that “Impact Gives Back” chooss to support, we hope that we inspire our young kiddos that despite their age and size, they too can make a difference!

 Thought of the Day

“You can’t live a perfect day until you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
John Wooden

Welcome To the Impact Family!

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“Gymnastics, especially in my family, is more than a sport. It’s our life, it’s our careers, it’s our family business.”

Nastia Liukin

Who better to quote than the All-Around Gold Medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, one of 2009’s Most Influential People, and of course one of the semi-finalist for Dancing with the Stars (yes, that one’s for Miss Jaime and Teacher Taylor)?

Joking aside, this quote couldn’t be closer to the truth for the Harden family! We had a passion for watching our two children, Alex & Taylor, participate in gymnastics for 16 years; 11 of those years were competitive.

Impact Sports Center came into our lives after our kids’ gym, Gymweavers Gymnastics, was going to go out of business. This was in January 2008 when the economy was in total meltdown. These were very difficult times for the little gym that we went to, but it had been part of our lives since Taylor was 4 years old. Jaime and I made a decision to take it over and see if we could make a go of it. Keep in mind, I could not do a cartwheel if my life depended on it. Nope! What were we thinking? LOL!

So, in April of 2008, Impact Sports Center became a real business and we have not looked back. We moved into our current location on my birthday, October 3rd, 2011 with only 270 kids. I guess I can technically claim that I was the very first birthday party at the gym.

I worked 7 days a week for over 2 years and Miss Jaime worked the Front Desk from 9AM in the morning to 8PM at night every day to build what we have today. Now, 27 employees later, we have the best staff on the planet and we teach over 800 kids gymnastics each and every week!

Evolving from a gym that we “saved” to a gym that is now a household name in the Lodi and surrounding areas, has been years in the making. Participating in the Lodi Street Faire earlier this month, brought back memories of how we built this gym one student sign-up and booking one birthday party at a time (I have worked over 2,400 birthday parties here at the gym, but who’s counting). We are continually striving to provide not only a top-notch facility, but more importantly, the family atmosphere that we have become known for.

Miss Jaime and I have been blessed to watch your “kiddos” grow over the years and have even welcomed a few to join our staff. In continuing with our goal, “to build self-esteem, strength and BIG dreams in a fun, safe and clean environment where our families always come first”– we now want to bring you the go-to site for all things that pertain to our gym, the Lodi area, our families interests and of course Gymnastics! And thus, our “Impact” blog is born!

Thank you to our families who continue to entrust their children’s well-being to us, the new families we hope to welcome in the future, and the Lodi Community for allowing us to be a part of your lives!

Mr. Shane

 

If you have a special memory or story you’d like to share about Impact or have any suggestions for future blog posts, please feel free to post below or email us at info@impactsportscenter.com.

Building self-esteem, strength and BIG dreams!