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2012 USA Gymnastics

Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Tips for Thoracic Spine Flexibility

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Athlete Focus: Katelyn Ohashi

EVENTS 2012

10–12

Region 6 Congress

Providence, RI

10–12

Region 8 Congress

Nashville, TN

APRIL

12 – 15

TOPs Invitational Camp (W)

Huntsville, TX

17–19

Region 7 Congress

Baltimore, MD

22-25

Women’s Level 300 JO Team Coaches Course (W300)

Huntsville, TX

24–26

Region 2 Congress

26 – 29

Women’s Level 400 National Coaches Course (W400),

12 – 14

USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Championships

Bridgeport, CT

13–15

Women’s Level 9/10 Regionals

Various Sites

13–15

Men’s JO Regional Championships

Various Sites

16–22

Acro Gym. World Champs. & World Age Group Competition

20–21

NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships

20–22

NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships

Norman, OK Duluth, GA

3–6

Level 9 East/West Championships (W)

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Men’s National Qualifier

7

USA Gymnastics Special Olympics Championships (M/W/R/GG)

Marietta, GA

7–13

JO National Championships (M)

Cincinnati, OH

10–12

JO National Championships (W)

Hampton, VA

11–13

Stars & Stripes Cup (TT)

13

JO National Invitational Tournament (W)

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Secret U.S. Classic (W)

31–June 3

USA Gymnastics Open Championships (W)

SEPTEMBER 14–16

Region 5 Congress

Indianapolis, IN

22

National Gymnastics Day

Various locations

28 – 30

National TOPs Testing (W)

Huntsville, TX

Landover, MD/Boise, ID

Colorado Springs, CO

Cleveland, OH Hampton, VA Chicago, IL Lake Buena Vista, FL

NOVEMBER 7–10

Level 9/10 Training Camp (W)

Huntsville, TX

10–14

JO National Team Training Camp (W)

Huntsville, TX

2013 MARCH 2

JUNE 6–12

JO National Championships/Invitational (R)

7–10

Visa Championships (M/W)

St. Louis, MO

8–10

Region 4 Congress

St. Louis, MO

26–28

USA Gymnastics Rhythmic & Trampoline Championships

San Jose, CA

28–July1

U.S. Olympic Team Trials–Gymnastics (M/W)

San Jose, CA

28

Certifications for USA Gymnastics National Congress

San Jose, CA

29–July1

USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show

San Jose, CA

Lake Buena Vista, FL

JULY 5–7

U.S. Elite Championships (TT)

Long Beach, CA

5–11

JO National Championships (TT)

Long Beach, CA

19–22

USA Gymnastics For All Nationals

Lake Buena Vista, FL

21–25

Acrobatic National Championships

23–26

JO Optional Skills Camp (W)

Detroit, MI

TOPs Invitational Camp (W)

AT&T American Cup

12–14

Women’s Level 9/10 Regionals

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Various sites

MAY 2–5

Level 9 East/West Championships (W)

9–11

JO National Championships (W)

Minneapolis, MN

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JO–NIT (W)

Minneapolis, MN

31–June 2

2013–20 JO Compulsory Master Workshop – East (W)

(TBD)

Orlando, FL

JUNE 7 – 9

2013–20 JO Compulsory Master Workshop – West (W)

AUGUST

London, GBR

14 – 17

Visa Championships

Reno, NV

TBD

SEPTEMBER Huntsville, TX

13–15

Region 5 Congress

W = Women, R = Rhythmic, TR = Trampoline, M = Men, GG = Group Gymnastics, TU = Tumbling, AG = Acrobatic Gymnastics, B = Business, TT = Trampoline/Tumbling

TBD

APRIL

Huntsville, TX

AUGUST 8–11

Huntsville, TX

Lake Buena Vista, FL

MAY

27–Aug. 12 Olympic Games (M,W,R,T)

Everett, WA

Columbus, OH

TECHNIQUE

an official publication of USA Gymnastics University

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F E AT U R E S PUBLISHER

Steve Penny EDITOR

Luan Peszek GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Jeannie Shaw

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Thoracic Spine Mobility

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Hall of Fame 2012 Inductees

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Elements for the 2013–2020 Jr. Olympic Compulsory Exercises for Women

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USA Gymnastics Women’s Program Call for Nominations

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USA GYMNASTICS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair: Peter Vidmar Vice-Chair: Paul Parilla Secretary: Gary Anderson Treasurer: Jim Morris National Membership – Women: Tom Koll National Membership – Women: Steve Rybacki National Membership – Men: Yoichi Tomita National Membership – Men: Russ Fystrom National Membership – Rhythmic: Brooke Bushnell-Toohey National Membership – Trampoline & Tumbling: George Drew National Membership – Acrobatic Gymnastics: Dr. Jay Binder Advisory Council: Mike Burns Advisory Council: Ron Ferris Advisory Council: Carole Ide Athlete Director – Women: Terin Humphrey Athlete Director – Men: John Roethlisberger Athlete Director – Rhythmic: Jessica Howard Athlete Director – Trampoline & Tumbling: Karl Heger Athlete Director – Acrobatic Gymanstics: Michael Rodrigues Public Sector: Frank Marshall Public Sector: Bitsy Kelley Public Sector: Jim Morris Public Sector: Mary Lou Retton

CHANGE OF ADDRESS AND SUBSCRIPTION INQUIRIES: In order to ensure uninterrupted delivery of TECHNIQUE magazine, notice of change of address should be made eight weeks in advance. For fastest service, please enclose your present mailing label. Direct all subscription mail to TECHNIQUE Subscriptions, USA Gymnastics, 132 E. Washington St., Suite 700, Indianapolis, IN 46204 . TECHNIQUE is published monthly except bimonthly in Sept/ Oct and Nov/Dec by USA Gymnastics, 132 E. Washington St., Suite 700, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (phone: 317-237-5050) or visit online @ www.usagym.org Subscription prices: U.S.– $25 per year; Canada/Mexico–$48 per year; all other foreign countries–$60 per year. If available, back issue single copies $4 plus postage/handling. All reasonable care will be taken, but no responsibility can be assumed for unsolicited material; enclose return postage. Copyright 2011 by USA Gymnastics and TECHNIQUE. A­ll rights reserved. Printed by Sport Graphics, Indianapolis, IN. Member Services 1-800-345-4719 Unless expressly identified to the contrary, all articles, statements and views printed herein are attributed solely to the author and USA Gymnastics expresses no opinion and assumes no responsibility thereof.

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Athlete Focus: Katelyn Ohashi

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Spotlight

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What’s New

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National Congress

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National Congress List of Presenters

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Member Service Update

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Women’s Elite Committee Minutes

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Classified Ads

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n August of 2011, USA Gymnastics released the USA Gymnastics University. The University was created with four schools of study: School of Business, Judging, Recreational Gymnastics and Competitive Gymnastics. The University includes four certification levels with unique coursework for each school. The mission is to provide a multi-level, standardized education and certification program that is available throughout the country with an emphasis on the proper development of gymnastics participants in a positive and safe environment. Since August, Professional Members have begun actively educating themselves with online and live educational courses.

In 2013, USA Gymnastics plans to add the structured University certification program to professional membership. USA Gymnastics encourages professional members to embrace the education now and prepare for the 2013–2014 transition. This can be done in one of two ways. First, experienced coaches can place themselves into the University based on their background by going to USAGymnasticsUniversity.org, clicking on “about USA Gymnastics University,” and printing out a preplacement application for the appropriate School of Study and discipline. We understand that many of our coaches are working at a very high level in the sport, and we don’t expect you to start at the beginning with your education. There are currently more than 500 coaches that have all ready pre-placed themselves in the University.

REMINDER

USA Gymnastics is hosting the second annual nationwide invitational for Women’s Levels 4–8 and Xcel (Prep-Op).  May 31 – June 3, 2012
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Jostens Center – Competition Venue, Lake Buena Vista, Florida To register go to usagym.org/open

Second, Professional Members can begin to take the required University coursework. There are live courses offered all over the U.S., as well as online courses that you can access at your leisure. All members, whether pre-placed or not, will need to take the U100 Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction Course to enter the University as of August 2013. This is an online foundational course. The U100 is offered at no charge, as a benefit with your USA Gymnastics membership. Visit USAGymnasticsUniversity.org to view the current certification requirements and educational opportunities. USA Gymnastics is excited to strengthen our sport with the implementation of coaching certifications. See you in the gym,

Steve Penny President and CEO

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By Stephanie Young, CSCS, USAW ave you ever looked at the body from topdown and wondered how it should work from a movement standpoint? For gymnasts, the ability to flip, leap, turn, do handstands, etc., in all three planes of movement while demonstrating physical strength, balance, flexibility, mobility, and agility is the essence of what they do in sport. As the gymnast competes, each joint or series of joints has a specific function and is prone to specific, predictable levels of dysfunction. The following is a look at the body on a joint-by-joint basis from the bottom up: Ankle mobility, knee stability, hip mobility, lumbar spine stability, t-spine mobility, gleno-humeral stability. As a result, each joint has specific training needs.

ways. Many gymnasts will present an asymmetry with this movement. Flexion is significant because of poor postural habits Figure 1 but extension is deficient. The important thing about thoracic spine mobility is almost no one has enough, and it’s hard to get too much. Below are a series of exerFigure 2 cises to aid in t-spine mobility.

Throughout this article, we are going to take a deeper look into the thoracic spine. In order to address the tspine, an understanding about it is essential. Figure A The first thing (below) shows the region of the thoracic spine. It conthat should be sists of the 12 vertebrae in the mid part of the spine done is the between scapulas. It starts just below C7 and goes foam roller. As all the way down to L1. As stated earlier, the t-spine seen in Figures is meant to be mobile and in return the lumbar spine 1 and 2, the foam roller is used to really expose the soft is supposed to be stable. tissue of the thoracic spine, while in Figures 3–5, the All too often, this is backtennis balls are used to mobilize the vertebrae. These Figure A wards, and the thoracic exercises ideally should be done pre-competition or spine is stable instead of pre-workout. Figures 3–5 are two tennis balls taped mobile and gymnasts are together and should be placed along the spine. As attempting to get motion the athlete gets started, 5 pulses should be performed out of the lumbar spine. pushing the feet into the wall and relax, and then move There are three types of the tennis ball up the spine one tennis ball width and movements intendperform the same Figure 3 ed of the t-spine: rofunction. The series tation, flexion, and of exercises that extension. Rotation can be performed allows gymnasts to throughout a workmove, reach, and out are included tumble in biomein Figures 6–8. chanically sound Thoracic spine extension is being 6

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performed in Figure 6. Make sure the gymnast’s hips are locked into the wall as they extend as far as they can through their thoracic spine holding for 20–30 sec. As seen in Figures 7 and 8, the gymnast is working on thoracic spine rotation. Make sure the gymnast drives the hips back creating a table top with their back. As the gymnast performs 10–15 reps each side, be sure they are rotating through the upper part of their backs, not just making the movement with their arms. In all of these movements, the goal is the same, improving the quality of movement of your gymnast.

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Ohashi is originally from Newcastle, Wash., but currently resides in Plano, Texas, where she trains at WOGA Gymnastics with her coach Valeri Liukin. Although Ohashi is outstanding in all four events, her beam routine is probably the most dynamic and exciting event to watch. Ohashi tumbles on the beam as she would on the floor – doing a standing Arabian to back handspring and a back handspring, back handspring, layout full twist. She has amazing height and flexibility on her leaps and jumps. Ohashi performed a double twisting Yurchenko on vault and showed a nice stalder full to Tkatchev on bars, as well as an L grip Endo to Jaeger and full twisting double back dismount. On floor, she mounts

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with a back 1.5 to a front double full twist, does a piked, full twisting double back for her second pass and finished with a 2.5 to punch front full. She said, “It feels amazing to walk away from the Kellogg’s Pacific Rim Championships with five gold medals. It’s such an honor to be here and to represent USA.” Ohashi is not eligible to make the Olympic Team due to her age, (she will not turn 16 until 2013) but is sure to be one to watch in the future. USA Gymnastics’ future is bright!

Original photo by John Cheng

2011 Junior National Champion Katelyn Ohashi, who will turn 15 on April 12, won five gold medals at the Kellogg’s Pacific Rim Championships. She helped the U.S. win the team gold medal in addition to the junior all-around title as well as the event titles on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.

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ix gymnasts and one coach comprise the 2012 class of inductees for the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame: two-time Olympian Marshall Avener of Boca Raton, Fla.; six-time World tumbling champion Jon Beck of Blue Springs, Mo.; 1982 U.S. rhythmic gymnastics all-around champion and Athlete of the Year Lydia Bree of Torrance, Calif.; 1982 World synchronized trampoline gold-medalist Mark Calderon of Corpus Christi, Texas; 1968 Olympian Wendy Cluff Perez of San Diego, Calif.; 2000 Olympic team bronze-medalist Tasha Schwikert of Los Angeles, Calif.; and World Championship and World Games

MARSHALL AVENER artistic gymnastics – men

Avener is a two-time Olympian, competing in the Olympic Games in 1972 in Munich and in 1976 in Montreal, where the U.S. men finished seventh. He also was a member of the men’s team at the 1970 World Championships. Avener won the U.S. all-around title in 1973, where he also placed first on pommel horse and parallel bars, with a second place on still rings. He was the 1975 Pan American Games bronze medalist on vault. Avener also had a successful collegiate career at Pennsylvania State University. After finishing third at the 1972 NCAA Championships, he was the 1973 NCAA allaround champion and helped his team to a second-place finish. Avener was also a finalist for the Nissen Award. Following his collegiate career, he became the Penn State women’s gymnastics coach. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Avener currently resides in Boca Raton, Fla.

WENDY CLUFF PEREZ artistic gymnastics – women

Cluff Perez, who was originally from Santa Clara, Calif., was a member of the USA’s 1968 Olympic Team. She went first for the U.S. women at the Olympics seven times and is credited with earning the USA’s highest starting scores at an Olympic Games at that time. Cluff Perez also represented the United States at the 1970 World Championships in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, and was 10

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trampoline coach Paul Swafford of Lee’s Summit, Mo. The luncheon and induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 30, as part of the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show in San Jose, Calif. “We are proud to welcome the 2012 inductees to the Hall Fame and give them this well-deserved recognition for their accomplishments and contributions to gymnastics,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “Congratulations to each and every one of our honorees.”

fifth in the all-around at the USA-USSR Invitational at Penn State University. One of the original SCATS athletes, she participated in the 1969 World Gymnaestrada in Berne, Switzerland, and performed throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. At 20, she retired from competitive gymnastics to start Gymnastics Internationale, where she coached for 10 years before moving to the San Diego Aztecs for three years. Cluff Perez is currently in her 16th year as an elementary school teacher and lives in a small community in San Diego County. She earned a Bachelor of Science in interior design from California State University – Long Beach and both her Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts/teaching and her Masters of Arts in education curriculum and instruction at San Diego State University.

TASHA SCHWIKERT artistic gymnastics – women

Schwikert was a member of the 2003 U.S. women’s team that won the USA’s first World team title and the 2000 U.S. women’s team that won the 2000 Olympic team bronze medal. She was the 2001-02 U.S. all-around champion and won the 2002 U.S. title for the uneven bars and floor exercise. Schwikert’s other accomplishments include: captain of the 2003 World Championships gold medal team; 2002 American Cup champion; 2002 all-around Pacific Alliance champion; 2001 World team bronze medalist; and alternate for the 2004 Olympic Women’s Team. She went on to an accomplished collegiate career with the University of California – Los Angeles, including becoming the first UCLA and only the seventh woman to win multiple all-around NCAA titles (2005 and 2008). Schwikert has been a TV commentator for Olympic, national and collegiate

gymnastics events. Originally from Las Vegas, she currently resides in Los Angeles and works at Wasserman Media Group in the Olympic Sports Division. She plans on attending law school in the fall of 2012.

LYDIA BREE

rhythmic gymnastics One of America’s most accomplished rhythmic gymnasts, Bree was the 1982 U.S. all-around champion and USA Gymnastics Athlete of the Year. She was an alternate for the 1984 Olympic Team. She also earned five U.S. allaround silver medals, as well as won the all-around crown at the 1981 U.S. Olympic Festival. She competed at four World Championships and many other international events. In addition to her athletic achievements, Bree has also been a highly successful rhythmic coach. She is one of the few individuals to win both a national title and to coach a national champion. Bree was named the 1992 USA Gymnastics Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach of the Year. In addition to serving as a rhythmic gymnastics judge, she also has been a club owner and an elementary school teacher. Bree holds a master’s degree in educational curriculum development and a liberal arts bachelor’s degree. Currently, she resides in Torrance, Calif., with her husband and two daughters.

JON BECK

trampoline/tumbling Beck won two tumbling titles at the World Games (1989, 1993), the 1992 World tumbling crown, two World team tumbling titles (1992, 1994) and the 1988 World team double minitrampoline title. He also earned national and World Age Group titles in tumbling and double mini. A coach for more than 20 years, Beck was a part of the the USA Gymnastics trampoline and tumbling national coaching staff from 1992-2009. He currently resides in Blue Springs, Mo, and is the assistant coach for competitive tumbling and gymnastics at Xtreme Gymnastics in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

MARK CALDERON trampoline

Calderon, who represented the USA at four World Championships from 198086, won the 1982 World synchronized trampoline title with Stuart Ransom. In 1978, he was second at the World AgeGroup Competition in Honolulu. He competed in the AAU Junior Olympics from 1976-79 and USTA national

competitions, winning national titles both in age-group and national team qualifying competitions. Calderon was serving in the U.S. Navy when he qualified for the U. S. Trampoline Team for a fourth time in 1986. He earned a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin and was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy in August 1992. He received his naval aviator “Wings of Gold” in September 1995 and was promoted to his current rank of commander. He is currently stationed at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, where he serves as the requirements officer on the staff of the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA).

PAUL SWAFFORD trampoline coach

Swafford coached 114 national champions: 47 senior elite, 19 junior elite, 46 Level 10, and 1 Level 9 and 1 Level 8 age group athletes. He was the national team coach for both the World Championships and World Games seven times, and was the first coach the USA to a gold medal team performance. Swafford coached Karl Heger, who won 18 national and two World titles, set three World records, and competed in 11 World Championships; and world-record holder John Sturdivan. A native of New York and resident of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Swafford founded the Kansas City Trampoline Club in 1972, and had 10 athletes named to World Championships teams and 33 to the World Age Group Competition. He won the Milton Davis Award as senior elite coach of the year four times. Swafford served as an FIT international trampoline judge for multiple World Championships and World Games, as well as the head of delegation to the first World Games and the U.S. representative to the FIT Congress. Swafford earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Missouri State University and a Master of Education from the University of Missouri. He was an NCAA swimmer, diver and trampolinist.

For more information on the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame and the 2012 luncheon and induction ceremony, go to www.usa-gym.org/hof

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National Gymnastics Day E

Pictured, Katelyn Ohashi: Original photo by John Cheng

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ach year, USA Gymnastics celebrates National Gymnastics Day to increase exposure of our sport.  In 2012, with the Olympic Games in London and the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions on the horizon, USA Gymnastics is preparing to “Turn the World Upside Down.”   To celebrate the sport and mark the day, gymnasts and coaches, gymnastics clubs and fans alike are invited to turn upside down at 1 p.m. ET on Sept. 22.  Then, snap a photo and share it, along the number of individual participating, on the USA Gymnastics Facebook page.  We hope to have more than the 20,478 individuals, who helped us set the world record for simultaneously performed handstands in 2011, go upside down in support of the greatest sport in the world.   Leading to National Gymnastics Day, U.S. national team members will share how gymnastics has turned their world upside down, how it has changed their lives and given them opportunities they never imagined.

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ELEMENTS FOR THE 2013-2020 JR. OLYMPIC COMPULSORY EXERCISES FOR WOMEN 5 Levels of Compulsory Exercises. Level 5 is comparable to the current level 6.

VAULT LEVEL 1 Minimum 4 years old • Straight jump onto min. of 16” mat, then kick up to Handstand fall to flat back VAULT LEVEL 2 Minimum 5 years old • Jump to Handstand onto min. of 16” mat stack (no block required) VAULT LEVEL 3 Minimum 6 years old • Jump to Handstand onto min. 32” mat stack (no block required) VAULT LEVEL 4 Minimum 7 years old • Hand spring over vault table VAULT LEVEL 5 Minimum 7 years old • Handspring over vault table BARS LEVEL 1 Minimum 4 years old • Pullover • Cast • Back hip circle • Cast • Dismount: Straddle on, sole circle OR Underswing BARS LEVEL 2 Minimum 5 years old • Pullover • Cast • Back hip circle • Single leg cut forward • Forward stride circle OR Single leg basket swing (hooking knee on the bar on the upswing to complete either element circle is allowable) • Single leg swing backward, cast • Dismount: Squat on, piked sole circle OR Underswing BARS LEVEL 3 Minimum 6 years old • Mount: Glide swing out (straddle or pike) and return to stand with feet together – Pullover OR Glide kip (both a 10.0 SV) • Front hip circle, small cast • Cast, single leg shoot thru • Stride circle forward OR Single leg basket swing (both legs straight throughout) • Single leg cut (leg backwards) • Cast Back hip circle • Dismount: Underswing BARS LEVEL 4 Minimum 7 years old • Mount: Glide Kip (straddle or pike) • Cast to horizontal and return to support • Cast squat or pike on • Long hang kip • Cast to horizontal, Back hip circle • Underswing • Counter swing to 30º below horizontal • Tap Swing forward • Counter swing to 30º below horizontal • Dismount: Tap swing forward with ½ turn BARS LEVEL 5 Minimum 7 years old • Mount: Glide Kip (straddle or pike) • Cast to above horizontal (no specific degree) • Clear hip circle to above horizontal (no specific degree) • Glide kip (straddle or pike), Cast, squat or pike on, back tuck sole circle, jump to high bar OR Squat or pike on/jump to high bar • Long hang kip, Cast to above horizontal (no specific degree) • Long hang pullover • Underswing • Counterswing to 15º below horizontal • Dismount: Tap swing forward to Flyaway in tuck, pike, or layout

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Dates to Learn the New Routines May 31 – June 2, 2013.......... Orlando, FL June 7 – 9, 2013...................... Reno, NV BEAM LEVEL 1 Minimum 4 years old • Mount: Jump to front support • Lie back to pike (L) position with legs straight – roll forward into tuck stand • Arabesque (show – no hold) • Step, Leg swing, step, Leg swing • Lever – mark T position • Leg balance in forward passé on flat foot (mark) • Relevé – lock position – hold • Stretch jump • Dismount: From kneel on one leg, Cartwheel to partial handstand, lower to stand facing beam BEAM LEVEL 2 Minimum 5 years old • Mount: Jump to front support • Swing to push up – jump to tuck stand • Arabesque (>30º below horizontal) • Front leg swing –close; back leg swing – close to stand. – relevé lock • Lever to beam – touch beam and return to stand • Leg balance in forward passé (hold 2 seconds) • Pivot turn (180°) • Stretch jump, pull to lock position • Dismount: Cartwheel to Handstand, lower to stand facing beam BEAM LEVEL 3 Minimum 6 years old • Mount: Leg swing to cross sit • Arabesque (>45º below horizontal) • Straight leg leap (90º) to plié arabesque – hold. • Cross Handstand with legs in split position. Mark (no angle requirement). • Pivot turn – step, Pivot turn • Stretch jump, Stretch jump, pull to lock position • ½ (180°) heel snap turn in forward passé • Dismount: Cartwheel to side handstand, (mark the position), ¼ turn BEAM LEVEL 4 Minimum 7 years old • Mount: Leg swing to cross sit • Cartwheel • Arabesque (>45º below horiz.) – lift to Scale (at horizontal – hold 1 sec.). • Straight leg leap (120º) to plié to lock position • Cross Handstand with legs together – hold 1 second • Leg swing forward-backward – close to pivot turn • Split jump (120º) to stretched jump • ½ (180°) turn in forward passé • Dismount: Cartwheel to side handstand, (hold 1 second), ¼ turn

BEAM LEVEL 5 Minimum 7 years old • Mount: Leg swing to cross sit • Back walkover OR Back extension OR Back handspring step-out • Arabesque slightly below horiz. – Lift to Scale (above horizontal – hold 1 sec.), • Straight leg leap (150º), stretch jump • Cross Handstand with legs together – hold 2 seconds, step down – backward relevé walks • Backward swing turn (min. of horiz.) • Split jump (150º), Sissonne • Full (360°) turn in forward passé. Arms in crown • Dismount: Cartwheel to side handstand, (hold 2 seconds) – ¼ turn FLOOR LEVEL 1 Minimum 4 years old • ¾ Handstand (legs do not join) – step down to lunge • Forward entry – Cartwheel ¼ turn in • Backward roll tuck • Candlestick • Forward roll tuck • Walks Right and Left • Forward passé balance – mark/press to relevé • Forward Chassé Leg swing • Relevé balance Split jump FLOOR LEVEL 2 Minimum 5 years old • Handstand with legs together – step down to lunge • 1-3 steps – hurdle, round-off • Backward roll tuck with bent arms to pike stand • Candlestick, lie down, push up to bridge – kick over • Pivot turn – step, Pivot turn • 2 (two) ¼ (90°+ 90°) heel snap turns – leg position in forward passé… arms in forward-middle. • Forward Chassé – Straight leg leap (60°) • Split jump press to relevé lock position FLOOR LEVEL 3 Minimum 6 years old • Split jump (90°), Stretch jump • Handstand forward roll (with arms straight) • Handstand Bridge – Back Kickover • Leg swings to the side R and L • Backward roll tuck with straight arms to push up position • Forward split • Chassé, Split leap (90°) to large step, leg swing in relevé • ½ (180°) turn in forward passé… arms in forward-middle or crown. • Backward Swing turn • Round-off, Flic-flac, rebound-stick No specific # of running steps FLOOR LEVEL 4 Minimum 7 years old • Straddle jump (120º), stretched jump ½ (180°) • Front handspring , rebound (no stick) No specific # of running steps • Back walkover (120°) • Running steps, Passé hop • Backward roll with straight arms to Handstand • Forward split • Sissonne, chassé, Split leap (120°) large step, leg swing hop • Full (360°) turn in forward passé… arms in forward-middle or crown • Round-off, 2 flic-flacs – rebound to stick. No specific # of running steps FLOOR LEVEL 5 Minimum 7 years old • Straddle Jump (150°), Stretched jump with full (360°) turn • Front handspring step-out, front handspring to 2 feet, rebound No specific # of running steps • Forward salto tucked • Backward roll with straight arms to Handstand • Forward split • Sissonne, chasse, step Split leap (150°) OR Switch-leg leap (150°), large step to leg swing hop • Full (360°) turn in forward passé… arms in crown • Round-off , flic-flac , back salto tuck – stick No specific # of running steps

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WHAT’S NEW NEW NEW U.S. OLYMPIC TRAINING SITE

WOMEN’S COACHES EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES/ ATHLETE TRAINING CAMPS JULY 23-26 JO Optional Skills Camp Women’s National Training Center Huntsville, TX AUGUST 8-11 TOPs Invitational Camp Women’s National Training Center Huntsville, TX AUGUST 12 - 15 TOPs Invitational Camp Women’s National Training Center Huntsville, TX

AUGUST 26 – 29 Women’s Level 400 National Coaches Course (W400) Women’s National Training Center Huntsville, TX SEPTEMBER 28 – 30 National TOPs Testing Women’s National Training Center Huntsville, TX NOVEMBER 7-10 JO Level 9-10 Camp Women’s National Training Center Huntsville, TX

AUGUST 22-25 Women’s Level 300 JO Team Coaches Course (W300) Women’s National Training Center Huntsville, TX http://usagym.org/pages/women/pages/trainingcamps.html 

MILLER HELPS PRESENT UNITE FOR HER GRANTS

1996 Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller, the USA’s most-decorated gymnast, was on hand at the 2012 Pink Invitational, Feb. 24-26, in West Chester, Pa., to help present $23,000 in grants on behalf of Unite for HER. Unite for HER is a nonprofit organization, which was founded by seven-year breast cancer survivor and gymnastics coach Sue Weldon. The organization seeks to provide financial support for women and girls in the gymnastics community – including athletes, coaches and judges – who have been affected by breast cancer. This year’s Gymnasts Unite Grants were awarded to Emma Gaughan, Amanda Kirkpatrick, Carigan Rose, Jaci Alexander Combre, Courtney Williams, Samantha Feinstein, Gabrielle, Simone and Noelle Adams and Emmaline Seth. One Coaches Unite Grant was awarded to Lydia J. DuCharme. For more information on Unite for HER, please visit uniteforher.org. 16

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIR POSITIONS

All nominees must be USA Gymnastics Women’s Program Professional Members in good standing for a minimum of two consecutive years immediately prior to the nomination, be at least 21 years old, and meet the prerequisites in Article V of the Operating Code Sections E and G found posted on the USA Gymnastics website, Women’s Program home page under the Rules link. The positions are four (4) year terms 2012-2016. Term of office will begin August 1, 2012. If you would like to nominate someone for one of these positions, please fax or email this form to: Kathy Kelly, Vice-President of Program Fax: 317-237-5069 | E-mail: kkelly@usagym.org

NOMINATIONS DUE BY APRIL 15, 2012 Voting • All National Officers shall be elected by the members of their respective committee. • Elections of National officers will be conducted by written ballot. • Ballots and resumes of prospective candidates will be sent to the respective committee members by July 1. National Administrative Committee Chair (NACC) Must have been a member on the National Administrative Committee (NAC) for a minimum of four (4) years. The National Administrative Committee Chair shall serve for four years and is elected by the Women’s Administrative Committee by written ballot. I nominate _____________________________________________________________ Women’s Program Committee Chairman (WPCC) 1. Must have served as a member of the Women’s Program Committee (WPC) for a minimum of four (4) years. 2. May be a current voting member of the Women’s Program Committee(WPC) 3. Must be actively involved in the Women’s Program as a coach, judge or administrator. The National Women’s Program Committee Chair shall serve for four years and is elected by the Women’s Program Committee by written ballot. I nominate _______________________________________________________________ International Elite Committee Chairman (IECC) 1. Must have been a designated Head or Assistant Coach at a World Championships or Olympic Games and 2. A previous member of the International Elite Committee (IEC). (Personal coaches at Worlds or Olympic Games are not eligible.) The International Elite Committee Chair shall serve for four years and is elected by the Women’s International Elite Committee by written ballot. I nominate _______________________________________________________________

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WHAT’S NEW NEW NEW

2012 USA GYMNASTICS FOR ALL

NATIONALS

DATES LOCATION July 19-22, 2012 Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL VENUE HOST Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Fallbrook Gymnastics Club

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

USA Gymnastics TeamGym Nationals (Levels 1–7), International TeamGym Invitational, GymFest Performances, and the USA Gymnastics for All Challenge. • Participating clubs will have GymFest display opportunities at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and the Downtown Disney® Waterside Stage. • The USA Gymnastics for All Challenge will be part of the Opening Ceremony at the Lights, Motors, Action Stage inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is open to USA and international groups.   More “What’s New” on page 40

FOR MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT: Dean or Debbie Capelotti

PHONE: 760-723-1345

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Preliminary List of Topics and Presenters June 29 – July 1, 2012 All information subject to change

FRIDAY, JUNE 29

1:15 – 2:15pm

Relentless Pursuit of Safety

Trish McGonnell

1:15 – 2:15pm

She Won't Go Backwards! Coaching Through Fear

Dr. Alison Arnold

1:15 – 2:15pm 1:15 – 2:15pm

Secrets and Subtleties to Getting Others to Do What you Want How to Add a Trampoline and Tumbling Program to your Recreational Program

Susan Jacobson

TT

1:15 – 2:15pm

USA Gymnastics Santioned Event Insurance

Patrick O'Connor

RM

1:15 – 2:15pm

Floor: Level 7/8 Practice Judging

Char Christensen & Linda Mulvihill

WT

1:15 – 2:15pm

Basic Pommel Horse for Boys

Jeff Robinson

M

1:15 – 2:15pm

Pommel Horse: Breaking Down the Technical Sequence for a 10.0 Performance

Dave Juszczyk

M

1:15 – 2:15pm

Retaining Recreational Kids with Play

Mike Spiller

All

2:30 – 3:30pm

Latest and Greatest Equipment

Brant Lutska & Linda Thorberg

Pre

2:30 – 3:30pm 2:30 – 3:30pm

Are Your Using your Trampoline and Tumble Track to their Fullest Potential? Front Tumbling Basics to Front Tumbling Greatness

2:30 – 3:30pm

Compulsory Vault Level 4 – 6

Brad Harris

WJO

2:30 – 3:30pm

Seasonal Planning for Beam

Beth Rybacki

WJO

2:30 – 3:30pm

Sports Nutrition for Compulsories: Buidling a Foundation for Competitive Gymnastics

Bindee Eberlee

SA

2:30 – 3:30pm

Go For the Green and Decrease Operation Cost

Lynn Ledford

B

WA

2:30 – 3:30pm

Trampoline Coaching Part 1: Basics through Single Somersaults with a Twist

Joy Umenhofer

TT

Bryon Hough

WJO

2:30 – 3:30pm

Working Together to Protect Kids

Scott Himsel

RM

College Recruiting 101

Kurt Hettinger

All

2:30 – 3:30pm

Floor: Level 9/10 Practice Judging

Char Christensen & Linda Mulvihill

WT

9:30 – 10:30am

Strength Training from Childhood to Adulthood

Dr. Bill Sands

SS

2:30 – 3:30pm

Floor Exercise: Mastery of Forward and Backward Tumbling Technique for Elite Success

Yoichi Tomita

9:30 – 10:30am

Progressions for Trampoline To Build Skills

Susan Jacobson

TT

2:30 – 3:30pm

Building Teams Through Leadership

Kevin Mazeika & Dennis McIntyre

9:30 – 10:30am

Rules for Team Gym

Steve Whitlock

GFA

2:30 – 3:30pm

When Will My Susie Start Kipping?

Quin Shannon

9:30 – 10:30am

2013 – 2016 Men’s FIG Code of Points

Steve Butcher

M

9:30 – 10:30am

Men's Technical Sequence Update

Kevin Mazeika

M

9:30 – 10:30am

Common Mistakes on Floor Dance

Tammy Biggs & Myra Elfenbein

WT/ WJO

TIME

SESSION

PRESENTER

TRACK

Designing a Successful Parent/Tot Class

Pre

Dr. Pamela Evans

Pre

Preschool and Beginner Gymnastics Stations

Cindy Furman

10:45 – 11:45am

8:00 – 9:00am

Handstand/Cartwheel for the School Age Child..Again

Expect the Unexpected. Behavior Management

SA

Sandi McGee

SA

8:00 – 9:00am

Randy Parrish

10:45 – 11:45am

Developing Yurchenko Vault

Floor Basics

Neil Resnick

WA

8:00 – 9:00am

Kathryn Geddert

10:45 – 11:45am

Brad Harris

WJO

WJO

8:00 – 9:00am

How to Be a Better Meet Director

Diane Callison

10:45 – 11:45am

Intermediate Tumbling & Progressions for Twisting NCAA Collegiate Judging Updates for 2012 – 2013

Teach Front and Back Giants from the Ground Up

Dan Witenstein

10:45 – 11:45am

8:00 – 9:00am

All

10:45 – 11:45am

TIME

SESSION

PRESENTER

TRACK

8:00 – 9:00am

FUNdamentals of Preschool Bars

Michael Taylor

Pre

8:00 – 9:00am

Be Your Student's Best Coach

April Sawyer

SA

8:00 – 9:00am

TOPS:New State & National Compulsory Testing Tammy Biggs Elements/Routines for Beam and Floor

WA

8:00 – 9:00am

JO Update

Tom Koll & Connie Maloney

WT/ WJO

8:00 – 9:00am

Acrobatic Retention=Athlete Retention

Nancy Davis & Selena Chain Peco

Acro

8:00 – 9:00am

Shoulder Instability: What Is It and How Do You Treat It

Dr. James Bicos

SS

8:00 – 9:00am

All the Floor is a Stage...Let’s Learn to Use It!

Cheryl Apples

GFA

8:00 – 9:00am

Changes to the Jr. Olympic Guide for Trampoline Susan Jacobson & Tumbling

TT

8:00 – 9:00am

Insurance FAQ's

Patrick O'Connor

RM

8:00 – 9:00am

Tom Meadows

M

8:00 – 9:00am

Vault: Front Handspring: Converting Power to Vertical Direction & Rotation Mastering the "Hang and the Handstand" on Horizontal Bar

Kevin Mazeika

M

8:00 – 9:00am

Wild Wacky Camp Phun

Mike Spiller

All

9:30 – 10:30am

Keeping the Boredom out of Beam

Annette Thomas

Pre

9:30 – 10:30am

Brain & Body Working Together

Beth Gardner

9:30 – 10:30am

How Basic Bar Shapes Turn Into Bigger Skills

Tom Forster

9:30 – 10:30am

Gym Layout and Team Scheduling: How to Maximize Your Gym Space

9:30 – 10:30am

Presented by Janae Whitaker Ali

Jeff Metzger

RM SS B

Annette Thomas

SA

Al Fong

WA

SS

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SATURDAY, JUNE 30

WA

Kathy Feldmann

WT

Low Back Injury Prevention in the Gym

Brandi Smith Young

SS

10:45 – 11:45am

Income Tax Reporting for Judging Income and Meet Director Requirements

Marian Dykes

B/WT

8:00 – 9:00am

Sports Nutrition for Optional Gymnast:Advanced Bindee Eberlee Strategies to Optimize Training, Recovery and Competition Image Management: Creating and Exceeding Jeff Lulla Your Clients Expectations

10:45 – 11:45am

Tumbling Basics, Skills, Spotting and Drills

Joy Umenhofer

TT

8:00 – 9:00am

100 Things to do Before Going Upside Down

George Hery

TT/All

10:45 – 11:45am

8:00 – 9:00am

Protecting You, Your Gym, and Your Kids: Updating of the USA Gymnastics Safety/Risk Managment Book

Scott Himsel

RM

10:45 – 11:45am

Rolling Into Reading: How Gymnastics Readies Preschoolers for Academic Learning The Mental Edge: Developing a Strong Mindset for Gymnastics

8:00 – 9:00am

Beam Dance

Neela Nelson

WT

10:45 – 11:45am

Performance Assesment – Checklist Approach

8:00 – 9:00am

Dave Juszczyk

M

10:45 – 11:45am

Level 1 – 4 Hands-on Spotting

USA Gymnastics National Instructors

Pommel Horse: Progressions for Multiple Turning Skills

8:00 – 9:00am

Strength Development for Juniors

Gene Watson

M

1:15 – 2:15pm

Class Management Specific to Preschoolers

Jeff Lulla

Pre

8:00 – 9:00am

Best of the Best Birthday Parties and Activites

Mike Spiller

All

1:15 – 2:15pm

Elite Development Tumbling: TOPS to Pre Elite

Ivan Ivanov

WA

9:15 – 10:15am

Brant Lutska & Linda Thorberg

Pre

1:15 – 2:15pm

Smart Spotting

Steve Greeley

9:15 – 10:15am

Steve Rybacki

WA

1:15 – 2:15pm

Bar Releases from High Bar to Low Bar

Dan Witenstein

Fun Movements to Music for Preschool and Recreational Classes Overview of the Elite Competitive Track: How to Structure

9:15 – 10:15am

Fun Creative Tumbling Basics

Randy Parrish

SA

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Pre

Robert Andrews

M

Ron Brant

M HOS

SA WJO

8:00 – 9:00am

SS B

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 ...CONTINUED

4:45 – 5:45pm

Basic Spotting on Parallel Bars

Jeff Robinson

4:45 – 5:45pm

Let's Get Spotting Acrobatics

Nancy Davis & Selena Chain Peco

TIME

SESSION

PRESENTER

TRACK

SS

8:00 – 9:00am

Preschool Vault

Brant Lutska

Pre

Patti Komara

B

8:00 – 9:00am

The Tkachev: The Most Important Move on Bars

Tom Forster

WA

Susan Jacobson

TT

8:00 – 9:00am

Awards, Rewards, and High 5's

Steve Greeley

SA

Effectively Utilize USA Gymnastics Adverstising Campaign in Your Gym

Loree Galimore & Scott Willy

B

8:00 – 9:00am

Beth Rybacki

WJO

9:15 – 10:15am

Bars: 7/8 Practice Judging

Cheryl Hamilton & Connie Maloney

Warm Ups, Conditioning and Complexes for Optional Athletes

WT

8:00 – 9:00am

Solving the Mystery of Motivation

David Benzel

SS

9:15 – 10:15am

Gymnastics Injuries: Overcoming the Mental Blocks and Returning to Peak Performance

Robert Andrews

M

Dr. Larry Nassar

SS

9:15 – 10:15am

Creating and Motivating a Boys Team

Jeff Robinson

M

9:15 – 10:15am

Level 5/6 Hands-on Spotting

HOS/ USA Gymnastics National Instructors WJO

10:45 – 11:45am

How Safe are Your Youngest Athletes? Things Every Preschool Teacher Should Know

Cindy Morano & Annette Thomas

10:45 – 11:45am

Professionalism: Beyond the Staff Shirt

Sandi McGee

10:45 – 11:45am

Raising the Intensity from Conditioning to Training

Mary Lee Tracy

10:45 – 11:45am

Yurchenkos – When and How to Start

John Geddert

WJO

10:45 – 11:45am

Balance Beam Basics

Kathryn Geddert

WJO

10:45 – 11:45am

The Competitive Mindset, How to Hit When it's Time

Dr. Alison Arnold

10:45 – 11:45am

Best Business Practices Against Accusations and Innuedos

Tom Forster

B

10:45 – 11:45am

What it Takes to Grow An Athlete

Judy Cline

All

10:45 – 11:45am

How to Start and Sustain a Speical Needs Program

Kim Pladson

10:45 – 11:45am

Bars: 9/10 Practice Judging

Cheryl Hamilton & Connie Maloney

10:45 – 11:45am

Basics Still Rings for Boys

Jeff Robinson

M

10:45 – 11:45am

Horizontal Bar: The Jam and Takamoto

Hideo Mizoguchi

M

10:45 – 11:45am

Hands – On – Spotting for Back Handsprings

HOS/ USA Gymnastics National Instructors WJO

3:30 – 4:30pm

Preschool Tumbing Curriculum Progressions

Jeff Lulla

Pre

3:30 – 4:30pm

Recreational Bars

Robin Pearson

SA

3:30 – 4:30pm

Basic Development for Elite Training on Beam

Tammy Biggs

WA

3:30 – 4:30pm

Preparing for the 2013 Compulsory Floor Elements

Linda Johnson

WJO

3:30 – 4:30pm

Birthday Parties that Boost Enrollment

Mimi PheneMcKellar

B

3:30 – 4:30pm

When the Foot Hits the Mat Everything Changes

Dr. Larry Nassar

SS

3:30 – 4:30pm

Wellness for the Club Owner and Coaching Staff Julia Thompson

3:30 – 4:30pm

Trampoline for the Competitive Gymnast

Judy Cline

3:30 – 4:30pm

Growing a Speical Needs Program

Nate Hendrickson

TIME

SESSION

PRESENTER

9:15 – 10:15am

Transition Releases – Overwhelmed?

John Geddert

WJO

9:15 – 10:15am

Strength/Conditioning Dance for Gymnastics

Linda Fenton

WJO

9:15 – 10:15am

What do Stretching, Warm Up, and Injury Prevention Have in Common?

Dr. Bill Sands

9:15 – 10:15am

Women of Mass Discussion

9:15 – 10:15am

How to Start a Trampoline and Tumbling Team

9:15 – 10:15am

Presented by Janae Whitaker Ali

TRACK

B

George Hery

GFA

8:00 – 9:00am

State Licensing….Will It Affect Your Business

Diane Callison

B

8:00 – 9:00am

Beam: 7/8 Practice Judging

Carole Bunge & Myra Elfenbein

WT

8:00 – 9:00am

Basic Parallel Bars Curriculum for Boys

Jeff Robinson

8:00 – 9:00am

Basic Sports Medicine Concepts for Coaches

Don Rackey

8:00 – 9:00am

Compulsory Floor..One More Year

Tom Koll

9:30 – 10:30am

Understanding the Preschool Child

Beth Gardner

9:30 – 10:30am

Giving the Beam Life: Beyond the Straight and Narrow

Sandi McGee

SA

9:30 – 10:30am

Twisting Yurchenko Vaults

Neil Resnick

WA

All

9:30 – 10:30am

Prepare Now For 2013 Beam

Cheryl Jarrett

WJO

WT

9:30 – 10:30am

Moving your Gymnast Through the Levels

Mark Folger

WJO

Pre B/SA WA

SS

B TT/All All

3:30 – 4:30pm

Twisting Development for Men's Floor

Joy Umenhofer

M

3:30 – 4:30pm

Let's Get Up Up Up with a Warm Up Up Up

Randy Parrish

All

4:45 – 5:45pm

Oh Baby, Let's Have Fun

Brant Lutska

Pre

4:45 – 5:45pm 4:45 – 5:45pm

WT

Quin Shannon

SA

Tom Forster

WA

Linda Johnson

8:00 – 9:00am

WJO

4:45 – 5:45pm

Introducing Cheerleading to Grow Your Business

Kevin Brubaker

B

4:45 – 5:45pm

Perfect 10 Posture – P10P

Paula Lord

SS

4:45 – 5:45pm

Lesson Plans that Train Teachers as They Train Students

Steve Greeley

B

8:00 – 9:00am

Winning Business Systems and Strategies

Frank Sahlien

B

9:30 – 10:30am

Understanding the Mystery of Twisting

George Hery

TT

9:30 – 10:30am

Building a Successful Cheer Program

Kevin Brubaker

B

9:30 – 10:30am

Beam: 9/10 Practice Judging

Carole Bunge & Myra Elfenbein

WT

9:30 – 10:30am

Peach Basket Development with Emphasis on the Drop

Vitaly Marinitch

M

9:30 – 10:30am

Identifying, Developing and Training Judges

Mark Sherman

M

9:30 – 10:30am

The Playful Team

Mike Spiller

All

10:45 – 11:45am

Parent and Child Class..Set It Up

Linda Thorberg

Pre

10:45 – 11:45am

Jr. Elite Tumbling

Ivan Ivanov

WA

Skills and Drills on Inclines, Traps, and Octagons Conditioning and Flexibility: How Much Time to Spend at Develomental Levels Acro & Dance Connections: Why Didn’t the Judges Give it and How to Fix It

Patti Komara & Rhonda Zaluckyj

10:45 – 11:45am

Pelvic Instability and Its Implications for Training

Dr. Bill Sands

10:45 – 11:45am

Sometimes I Wish….Tips on Dealing with Difficult Parents

Anne Josephson

B

10:45 – 11:45am

Movtivating Athletes in Daily Training

Joy Umenhofer

TT/All

10:45 – 11:45am

Supervision and Sharing the Safety Message

Michael Taylor

RM

10:45 – 11:45am

Optional Vault – Do You See What I See?

Connie Maloney & Neil Resnick

WT

10:45 – 11:45am

Men's JO Update

Dusty Ritter

M

10:45 – 11:45am

Rings Turnover Swing for Giants, Honma and Yamawaki

Hideo Mizoguchi

M

10:45 – 11:45am

Feel the Music…You Can Teach Dance

Antonia Markova

WJO

Special People in Our Gym: Opening Our Doors to Speical Needs

Beth Gardner

All

The 13 Unbreakable Laws of Teaching

Steve Greely

SA

Marvin Sharp

WA

10:45 – 11:45am 10:45 – 11:45am 10:45 – 11:45am

Barbara Jo Taylor

GFA

4:45 – 5:45pm

Have a Plan Before the Crisis

Michael Swain

RM

1:15 – 2:15pm

4:45 – 5:45pm

Pathway to a Successful Boys Program

Dusty Ritter

4:45 – 5:45pm

Understanding USA Gymnastics University

Lynn Moskovitz – Thompson

WT M

Pre

9:30 – 10:30am

Team Gym at My Gym

Evelyn Chandler

M WJO

Coaching Gymnastics/Coaching Life

4:45 – 5:45pm

NAWGJ General Meeting

Dr. Alison Arnold

M

9:30 – 10:30am

1:15 – 2:15pm

4:45 – 5:45pm

Incorporation of Kinesthetic Awareness and Proprioception in Core Strength Simplify your Hiring and Training with a Simple Step by Step System

Diane Barron

Catherine Batsche

So She Has A Double Back Flyaway…What's Next? Technique – Why Does My Gymnast Keep Wobling on Turns?

SUNDAY, JULY 1

Mini Tramp for Team Gym

Bloopers: Mistake Management in Judging

Lesson Planning

HOS/ Acro

8:00 – 9:00am

3:30 – 4:30pm

4:45 – 5:45pm

HOS/M

1:15 – 2:15pm 1:15 – 2:15pm

Bonus Combinations and Connections for Elite Uneven Bars The Switch Leg Leap: Its Application to "C" Level Leaps

Presented by Janae Whitaker Ali

SS

SA

Bryon Hough

WJO

Laurie Reid

WJO

Tom Koll & Neela Nelson

SS

WJO

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...Continued SUNDAY, JULY 1 ...CONTINUED TIME

SESSION

1:15 – 2:15pm 1:15 – 2:15pm

Three Silver Bullet Coaching Strategies that Work Back from the Brink: Journey to Overtraining the Back

2:30 – 3:30pm

Speical Needs: Teaching for All Children

Robin Pearson

All

PRESENTER

TRACK

2:30 – 3:30pm

Tumbling Basics on Beam for All Levels

Tammy Biggs

WA

David Benzel

SS

2:30 – 3:30pm

Mark Folger

WJO

2:30 – 3:30pm

Dr. Bill Sands

SS

1:15 – 2:15pm

Running Multiple Facilities

Jim Jarrett

B

1:15 – 2:15pm

Core Stability

Nancy Cummings

SS

1:15 – 2:15pm

Additional Programs to Build Revenue…It's Show Time

Beau Biron

GFA

1:15 – 2:15pm

Handspring Vaults

Marian Dykes & Linda Thorberg

WT

1:15 – 2:15pm

Giant Swing Variations on Parallel Bars

Brett McClure

1:15 – 2:15pm

Kovacs and Kohlman Technique

Geoff Corrigan

1:15 – 2:15pm

Beginner Level Optional Spotting

USA Gymnastics National Instructors

HOS/ WJO

2:30 – 3:30pm

Mobile Programs Made Easy

Glen Hayden & Brian Zook

Pre/B

M M

Help! I Need to Teach Salto Vaults and Don’t Have A Pit Entering the Wonderful World of Womens Gymnastics Judging

Kathy Feldmann

WT

Brandi Smith Young featuring Dr. Alison Arnold

SS

2:30 – 3:30pm

Rehab Monkeys: The Physical and Mental Aspects of Injury Recovery

2:30 – 3:30pm

Procedures that Nuture Relationships. The Key to Jeff Lulla Great Customer Service

2:30 – 3:30pm

Gym Shows and Gym Fest

Cindy Bickman & Steve Whitlock

2:30 – 3:30pm

Summer Camps: A New Competitive Format

Beau Biron

2:30 – 3:30pm

Tricky Tricks on Bars

Catherine Batsche

2:30 – 3:30pm 2:30 – 3:30pm

Pommel Horse: Learning the Swing to Handstand and Scissors to Handstand Trampoline Part 2:Coaching Multiple Somersaults and Multiple Somersaults with a Twist

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Dave Juszczyk

M

Joy Umenhofer

TT

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MEMBER SERVICES UPDATE

MEET DIRECTORS, DID YOU KNOW? •

In April 2012 domestic sanction pricing is changing to one price of $90, regardless of how many participants will be at the event. Please note, pricing for foreign sanctions will remain the same.

Professional members that are in a pending status are not allowed access onto the floor of a USA Gymnastics sanctioned event. Any Professional member who wishes to be on the floor of a sanctioned event MUST have a current membership, with current safety risk management and background check certification.

It is the responsibility of the meet director to verify that all participants at the sanctioned event are current USA Gymnastics members in good standing, with all applicable member types, certifications, and levels/ disciplines BEFORE they are allowed on the floor of the sanctioned event.

Failure to comply with the rules and policies, not only affects the insurance coverage for the other participants, but may result in a fine, voiding of meet results, loss of sanctioning privileges, and/or possible probation of Professional membership.

All meet directors MUST be affiliated with either a USA Gymnastics Member Club or Registered Business in order to sanction events.

Sanction Report forms are required to be returned to the National Office within 7 business days of the event.

Questions/Concerns? Please contact USA Gymnastics Member Services Department at 800.345.4719 or membership@usagym.org

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BACKGROUND CHECKS – SUCCESSFUL OWNERS WEIGH IN! DAVID HOLCOMB - BUCKEYE GYMNASTICS (Ohio) This was one question that I asked on the 2010 USA Gymnastics Club Owners Survey. More than two thirds of the club owners who responded (more than 300) rate the mandatory background checks as being important or very important for business success of their gym. The owners also value USA Gymnastics education and Safety Certification.   Why is that? I think all three of the USA Gymnastics benefits go to the heart of credibility and safety. If parents are going to spend their hard earned money on gymnastics instruction they want to be assured that their gym hires teachers and coaches (as well as office staff and administrators) who they can trust with their children and that the teachers and coaches are experts in gymnastics and will keep their child safe in the gym and teach them correctly. This is basic stuff. But for many years parents did not question so much. But those days are over.   ANN JOSEPHSON – JAG (California) Reasons why background checks are important: 1. It’s the right thing to do.   Our number one priority in owning gymnastics clubs is to do everything in our power to ensure

the safety of the children who attend our clubs.  We purchase mats, install loose foam pits, and sink our trampolines into the ground in the name of safety. We must also make sure we are safe with who we employ. 2. It’s the smart thing to do from a legal/public relations perspective. If simply doing the right thing is not compelling enough, keep in mind that should a coach in your employ abuse a child and he/she had a prior record that could have been detected by the background check, it will not look good for you from a legal perspective. 3. It’s the smart thing to do from a marketing perspective.  Being able to market to your clients that all coaches, administrators and volunteers are background checked is a competitive advantage to either the gyms that choose not to follow USA Gymnastics guidelines as well as to other sports that do not mandate background checks. 4. It’s the smart thing to do from a financial perspective.  Yes, background checks do raise the cost of hiring new employees.  But, you know what else is expensive?  Lawsuits. 5. It’s the expected thing to do.  In light of scandals including the most recent one at Penn State, parents will expect that quality programming has a plan for keeping sexual predators away from children.

To see more responses to this question or to ask the business advisors your own question, simply email clubservices@usagymclub.org or go to the Member Club site and see the forum.

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MINUTES MINUTES E L I T E

INTERNATIONAL ELITE COMMITTEE March 12, 2012

Chairman...................................................Steve Rybacki Coach Representatives................................... Valeri Liukin ............................. Mary Lee Tracy .............................. Mihai Brestyan Alternate....................................................... Liang Qaio National Team Coordinator........................Martha Karolyi Vice President Program................................... Kathy Kelly I. QUARTERLY FUNDING Committee discussed funding for the athletes and requested that a letter be sent to all of the athletes who were not present at the March camp informing them that because they are unable to fulfill their team obligations, their funding would be withdrawn beginning April 2012.

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II. COACHES’ FUNDING SUPPORT Committee discussed the coach funding for attending National Team Camps and better defined the criteria. III. JUDGING PANELS/COMPETITION FORMAT FOR OLYMPIC TRIALS Committee recommends that 2 four-judge panels be used for Trials, with two events conducted and the gymnasts alternating performances without holding for scores. IV. TOPS STATE TESTING Steve informed the committee of the plans to conduct a seminar for the State TOPS Directors on the new Skills Testing in conjunction with the first TOPs invitational camp. A video will be produced showing examples of the skills which will be reviewed by the evaluators prior to each State Test. Format of the tests including # of gymnasts, # of judges, etc., will also be defined.

The committee agreed with the recommendation to drop the sprint test and to alter the swing ½ series on bars.

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WHAT’S NEW NEW NEW

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The following Membership Statement has been adopted by the Board of Directors of USA Gymnastics: Membership in USA Gymnastics is a privilege granted by USA Gymnastics. That privilege can be withdrawn by USA Gymnastics at any time where a member’s conduct is determined to be inconsistent with the best interest of the sport of gymnastics and of the athletes we are servicing The following former members are permanently ineligible for membership within USA Gymnastics. Based on an amendment of Article 10.16 to the USA Gymnastics Bylaws, beginning January 1, 2012, any individual who is declared ineligible will have the USA Gymnastics’ Bylaw, rule, regulation or policy that was violated and resulted in his/her expulsion listed next to his/her name.

NAME STATE VIOLATION NAME STATE VIOLATION NAME STATE VIOLATION

Julian Amaro Charles Theodore Bates James Bell Kristopher Berry Phillip Bishop Patrick Bogan Douglas Boger Joseph Bowers Shawn Bowlden Vince Brown Edward Trey Coniff James Craig III Thad Cypher Steven Elliott Anthony Engelke Matthew H. Erichsen Rick Feuerstein William Foster Joseph Fountain Roy Larry Gallagher Robert Allen “Bob”Garner Sean Gilham Timothy Glas Ricardo “Chico” Goddard *Nathaniel Goodale Marcelo Guimaraes Vernor Gumila

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Paul Hagan Robert Dean Head Ted Hicks Michael Hinton Nicholas Hitchcock Robert Hoefer Frank Hohman, Jr. Milos Hroch Steven L. Infante Dana Koppendrayer Ronnie Lewis William McCabe Robert Mollock John S. Moore Gregory Muller William Munsinger Jeena Nilson Paul O’Neill Patrick Okopinski Marian Penev William M. Permenter Don Peters Timothy Picquelle David Pyles Jeffrey Richards Rudy Rodriguez John H. Row

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The Most Important Job In The World: Parenting Your Athlete By Alison Arnold Ph.D.

Get the DVD that contains the top 10 things you need to know when parenting your young athlete. Runtime: 59 minutes

Price: $20.00  

Train Your Mind By Alison Arnold Ph.D.

This visualization CD is led by Dr Alison Arnold, mental toughness coach to USA Gymnastics since 1997. She presents the tools needed to increase confidence, face fears and compete at your very best! Like your body, you will learn to train your mind with this new CD.

Price: $20.00 

workbook has weekly exercises and journal pages and is written in language perfect for the young, compulsory athlete. The Perfect first mental training workbook for 9 years old and up!

Price: $50.00 

12 Week Mental Toughness Training Workbook
(Female Optional Gymnasts Ages 12 and Up) By Alison Arnold Ph.D.

This workbook is designed for the optional gymnast who is serious about her training and ready to be the best she can be. The exercises are challenging and require the gymnast make a commitment to disciplining her thinking, changing negative thoughts, seeing frustration as opportunity, and being a team leader. The chapters follow a similar format to the 26 week book with weekly exercises, goals, and a journal. For the gymnast who is dedicated to mental training and wants to take her gymnastics to the next level!

Price: $35.00   

 

The Spectrum By Alison Arnold Ph.D.

All athletes are not alike. Who are you? Who are the athletes you’re coaching? Find out by taking The Spectrum! Understand the unique 8 colors of The Spectrum, identifying individual styles of communication, motivation, and competition.

Price: $20.00     

The Leadership Warrior A to Z:

Lessons from the Samurai By Alison Arnold Ph.D.

A four week practice in authentic leading and living.

Price: $20.00

The Athlete Warrior: Advanced Mental Training for the Advanced Athlete– Women’s Gymnastics (Optional Gymnasts Ages 12 and Up) By Alison Arnold Ph.D.

This workbook is for the optional gymnast who is ready to take their mental training to the next level. They should already be familiar with sport psychology and enjoy thinking “deep”. Mental training is no different than physical training. It takes time, commitment, and discipline. Too many gymnasts train an amazing amount of hours physically without ever attending to mental training. All fear, frustration, inconsistency, competition stress, discouragement, anxiety, and anger stems from out of control thinking. Out of control thinking leads to out of control performance. This workbook will help gymnasts discipline their minds just as they discipline their bodies. Mental training is not for “head cases”. It is for any gymnast that is committed enough to be her very best.

The exercises in this workbook are aimed to help the gymnast maintain correct mental technique or what we call “tight mind”. We define “tight mind” as “in the zone”; feeling confident, effortless, relaxed, excited, and focused. Disciplining the mind takes practice. Just as any gymnast works on maintaining correct technique, pulling the body back to perfection when it is off, disciplining the mind (Female Compulsory Gymnasts Ages 9 takes the same pain-staking effort. The Athlete Warrior is for a gymnast that can think deep and is 100% committed and Up) to mental training. The foundation of By Alison Arnold Ph.D. this workbook is Eastern philosophical mind training. The training monks and This introductory workbook provides the gymnast with 26 martial artists are known for. It will not weeks of mental training designed to increase confidence, only change an athlete’s gymnastics, but consistency, help to over come fear, and handle competition change the way they look at life. pressure. It also contains “life skills” chapters facilitating Price $50.00  communication with coaches, expressing gratitude, and celebrating oneself as a gymnast and a person. This

26 Week Mental Toughness Training Workbook

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Head Games Visualization CD–Gymnastics By Alison Arnold Ph.D.

We all know that what you think is what you do. These three “mental adventures” will help the gymnast perform with more confidence and consistency, by overcoming fear and doubt. Each visualization has a separate theme that targets a unique aspect of women’s gymnastics. The original music by Steve Olenski takes the athlete on a mental adventure that is magical and fun, as well as helpful. This CD can be used as an exercise in the gym, nightly before bed, on planes, into hotels, during a time of struggle; or anytime the athlete needs to feel more confident or relaxed. Adventure Number 1: The Messenger (building confidence) – Time: 23 minutes 
This visualization is a journey building self-confidence, belief, and trust. During this adventure the athlete creates a safe place, meets a messenger, and receives a message of inspiration. This guided imagery adventure, taps into the unconscious providing a wealth of information to be used for action. Adventure Number 2: The One-Point (overcoming fear and doubt) - Time: 17 minutes 
In this exercise, the gymnast learns how to break through negative thinking by focusing on her “onepoint”, recognizing fear producing thoughts, and developing her ability to change her inner dialogue. She learns how to work with “beast” thoughts and come “home” to her ideal vision of the athlete she wants to be. Adventure Number 3: The Statement (competition preparation) - Time: 27 minutes 
This pre-competition adventure helps the athlete prepare for the stress and pressure of gymnastics competition. In this exercise, she learns how to deal with anxiety, and use it to her advantage. She also desensitizes herself to a meet situation by visualizing each event, including waiting for her turn to compete. This mental adventure will help her prepare to compete her best.

Price: $25.00

Head Games Visualization CD–Gymnastics #2 (Ages 12 and Up) By Alison Arnold Ph.D.

This CD will help you train your mind and be the best you can be! These 3 mental “adventures” will help you gain confidence, push through fears and blocks, and be ready to hit in competition. Listen in the car, before bed, on the plane, before practice, or while going to the meet. We know that gymnastics is 90% mental. Train your mind, and change your gymnastics.

Price: $25.00

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POSITION AVAILABLE GIRLS TEAM COACH The Rochester Gymnastics Academy is looking for a Girls Team Coach to supplement a dedicated and goal driven staff. IMMEDIATE OPENING. Must have long term, dedicated goals, be experienced, encouraging, organized and a team player, with Excellent understanding of compulsory program a must. Must be USAG and safety certified. Our results speak for themselves. 2011 NY State Team Champions at Level 4,5,6,7,8. National Qualifiers, Scholarships, Multiple Regional and State AA champions. All salaries are comensurate with experience. Full medical and dental benefits with 401k offered. Please send resume and references to mail@rochesterga.com. This is a Full time position. Cape Cod Gymnastics in Yarmouthport, MA is looking  for a GIRLS TEAM GYMNASTICS COACH to assist in coaching the levels 4-10.  We are in a brand new facility and our programs have grown.  This person should have experience in coaching competitive gymnastics, and should be reliable and passionate for the sport of gymnastics.  This person should enjoy working as a team with other coaches to develop the best gymnast possible.  If you love Cape Cod, then this is the place for you.  We are only 1-hour outside of Boston and very close to the South Shore and beautiful Cape beaches.  Fulltime is available.  Great compensation packages available. Please email: tumble@capecodgymnastics.com if you are interested in learning more. TEAM COACHES – GIRLS/BOYS Encore Gymnastics Academy in Littleton CO is currently looking for an experienced optional coach for levels 7–10. This is a part-time position approximately 25–30 hours/week, evenings and Saturdays. We are also looking for an assistant Boys Team coach for levels 4–6, as well as girls’ compulsory coaches for levels 4 and 5. 15-20 hours/week, evenings and Saturdays. Compensation for all positions is competitive and based on experience. We have a large and growing number of competitive athletes and we are searching for knowledgeable, responsible and fun people to grow with us. Please contact Emily: encoreinfo@egacademy.com 303-791-8178 or 8160 Blakeland Dr. Littleton CO 80125. FULL TIME BOYS PRINCIPAL COACH & PROGRAM SPECIALIST Oak Park Gymnastics in Illinois is looking for a boys coach to teach preschool classes, boys recreational classes levels 1–3 and USAG team levels 4–10. Besides coaching, administrative management and coordination of boys programs is an expectation. We are a maxed out program moving into a new construction 18,000+sf facility in the fall of 2013.  GREAT BENEFITS include full health, dental, life insurance, paid time off and a retirement plan. Salary Range: $34,000 to $43,500 depending on qualifications.  Please apply at www. oakparkparks.com. For further information contact Jamie Lapke at jamieL@oakparkparks.com. WOMEN’S HEAD TEAM COACH TAGS Gymnastics is hiring in Apple Valley, MN. Full-time position to oversee training team levels through Level 10. Applicants must have strong leadership skills, high integrity, proven success Levels 9 &10

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and/or Elite level competitors, strong spotting abilities, competent lesson planning, excellent communication skills with gymnasts, parents & staff, and most importantly a high regard for our gymnast’s safety.  Established in 1977 – two locations, 3000 students.  Applicants will be kept confidential, forward resume & references.  Contact Julia 612-845 0665,  jttags@mac.com,  www.tagsgym.com. 

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