Do you tip for private lessons

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  1. roll123

    roll123 New Member Proud Parent

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    My daughter is going to have a private lesson tomorrow evening and I was told to pay the gym secretary for the lesson. Should I also tip the coach that is doing the private?

  2. cbifoja

    cbifoja New Member Proud Parent CB Booster

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    I've never hears of anyone tipping after purchasing a private.
  3. GymMom67

    GymMom67 New Member Proud Parent

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    We just set the privates up directly with the coach, and pay them directly the day of the private, after it is over. They are allowed to use the gym and the equipment for them, but all the money goes to the coach, so I have never tipped, or really even thought about it.
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  4. dynamicduo

    dynamicduo New Member Proud Parent

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    Nope, we don't tip! We write a check to the HC (or whoever we are doing the private with), and then he pays the gym $10 out of that money for the "space".
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  5. my4buffaloes

    my4buffaloes New Member Proud Parent CB Booster

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    heck no! They are expensive enough as it is.
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  6. htimcj

    htimcj New Member Proud Parent CB Booster

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    No tips here either.
  7. luvmygymdtr

    luvmygymdtr New Member Proud Parent

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    No, just like you wouldn't tip your piano teacher.
  8. berrisweetness

    berrisweetness Coach Coach Proud Parent

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    NO TIPS our privates are expensive.
  9. dunno

    dunno Coach Coach Proud Parent Former Gymnast CB Booster Club Owner

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    please come by my gym...:) and just because you asked.
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  10. oldparents

    oldparents New Member CB Booster

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    I tip everyone but the gym owner. Sorry Dunno. ;)
  11. alsmom

    alsmom New Member Proud Parent

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    DD has her first private Sunday...I never even considered tipping!!! So is the consensus no tip? Dunno what is gym etiquette here?
  12. 2G1B

    2G1B New Member Proud Parent

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    I do NOT tip. At our old gym each coach set their own rate and you paid them directly. I don't know if they even paid a share to the gym or not. At our new gym the gym sets the rate; but you pay the coach directly still. It is my understanding that the coaches pay the gym $10 per hour for using the facility for a private, which still leaves the coaches with $40 in their pocket for that hour. Not bad money.

    For ski lessons I do tip our instructors; but that is because I pay the ski school and they pay the instructors a small portion of what I had to pay.
  13. fliptwisttwirl

    fliptwisttwirl Coach Coach Gymnast Judge

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    My mom almost always "tips" when me and my sister do privates. She doesn't call it that though--she just pays them more then what they charge. I asked her about it one time and she said that coaches overwork and are underpaid so she doesn't mind throwing an extra $10 in when they do even more for us. It is a small starter gym with very good coach-gymnast-parent relationships.
  14. GymBee97

    GymBee97 New Member Proud Parent

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    NO tipping required at all.
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    roll123 New Member Proud Parent

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    Thank you all for the input! I didn't want to have a huge faux paus if tipping was the norm!
  16. dunno

    dunno Coach Coach Proud Parent Former Gymnast CB Booster Club Owner

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    no tipping. but birthday parties, yes.
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  17. JBS

    JBS Administrator Coach Proud Parent Former Gymnast CB Booster

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    Depends on how the privates are setup. Is the coach getting paid full dollar...or are they just working their normal hourly and the gym gets a large take of the private.

    I have been tipped for privates before.
  18. BlairBob

    BlairBob Moderator/Coach Coach Gymnast Proud Relative Judge Former Gymnast CB Booster

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    I have been tipped at the end of the year before by one girls dad. Her mom never tipped nor did I expect it but dad decided to. At that time it was nice because I only made my hourly rate for privates at that gym but my hrly was $20/hr+ so I wasn't hurting.

    Mom and kid were easy to deal with and she was a joy to coach and proved I could take a once a week cheerleader from scratch to layouts.
  19. coachp

    coachp Coach Coach Proud Parent

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    No, but if you want then sure!
  20. Moxiegrl83

    Moxiegrl83 New Member Proud Parent

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    Every once in awhile a parent will tip, and I have to say it made the younger coach's day. She also ran over time with her private, which is one reason she tipped. It's definitely not the norm though. Bday parties, like dunno said, you tip for though.

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