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Gabby Douglas

Gym Clubs Prepare for the Post Olympic Season

Shannon Miller Living Life as a True Champion

JULY 2012 – VOL. 32 – #7

EVENTS

2012 JULY 19–22

USA Gymnastics For All Nationals

Lake Buena Vista, FL

21–25

Acrobatic National Championships

Detroit, MI

23–26

JO Optional Skills Camp (W)

Huntsville, TX

27–Aug. 12 Olympic Games (M,W,R,T)

London, GBR

AUGUST 8–11

TOPs Invitational Camp (W)

Huntsville, TX

10–12

Region 6 Congress

Providence, RI

10–12

Region 8 Congress

Nashville, TN

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),

Everett, WA Huntsville, TX

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

San Jose, CA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Ontario, CA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

San Diego, CA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Glendale, AZ 

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Region 5 Congress

Indianapolis, IN

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Los Angeles, CA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Anaheim, CA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Las Vegas, NV

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Sacramento, CA 

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Portland, OR

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National Gymnastics Day

Everywhere

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Seattle, WA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

West Valley City, UT

28 – 30

National TOPs Testing (W)

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Colorado Springs, CO

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Broomfield, CO

Huntsville, TX

OCTOBER

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Minneapolis, MN

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Des Moines, IA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Omaha, NE

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Chicago, IL

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Kansas City, MO

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

St. Louis, MO

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Memphis, TN

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Lafayette, LA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Louisville, KY

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Charlotte, NC

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Atlanta, GA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Tampa, FL

NOVEMBER 1

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Cincinnati, OH

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Indianapolis, IN

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Detroit, MI

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Columbus, OH

7–10

Level 9/10 Training Camp (W)

Huntsville, TX

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Philadelphia, PA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Newark, NJ

10–14

JO National Team Training Camp (W)

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Boston, MA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Washington, DC

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Pittsburgh, PA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Hartford, CT

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Brooklyn, NY

2013 MARCH 2

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Oklahoma City, OK

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

San Antonio, TX

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Dallas, TX

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Lubbock, TX

AT&T American Cup

Women’s Level 9/10 Regionals

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MAY 2–5

Level 9 East/West Championships (W)

9–11

JO National Championships (W)

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

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APRIL 12–14

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Huntsville, TX

(TBD) Minneapolis, MN

TECHNIQUE

an official publication of USA Gymnastics University

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PUBLISHER

Steve Penny EDITOR

Luan Peszek GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Jeannie Shaw

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

8 Olympic Champion Shannon Miller – Truly Amazing! 12

USA Gymnastics University – Preparing Your Staff for the Post-Olympic Season

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2012 USA Gymnastics Member Club Survey Report

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National Gymnastics Day

D E PA R T M E N T S 2 Event Schedule 4 Inside USA Gymnastics Message University Live Course Schedule

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Member Service Update

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What’s New

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Athlete Focus

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Women’s Elite/JO Commitee Minutes

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t’s an incredibly exciting time for USA Gymnastics with the 2012 Olympic Games in London just a few short weeks away. The USA teams are strong and destined to have a fantastic experience. Now is the time for USA Gymnastics and the gymnastics community to prepare for the excitement that lies ahead.

As club owners and coaches, take advantage of the Olympic boom in your clubs. Follow the Games on NBC, the website, via social media, and work to attract new children to your gym that might be the next Olympic champion. Be prepared for the wave of excitement, and staff your gyms accordingly so that kids can get signed up. Embrace the media attention that USA Gymnastics will receive from the Olympic Games. USA Gymnastics is ready to celebrate our sport and Olympic experience with the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, which will take place around the country from September through November. Get involved with the tour www.KelloggsTour.com by selling tickets and generating excitement in your club. As part of National Gymnastics Day, this year USA Gymnastics is teaming with First Lady Michelle Obama and her Let’s Move! initiative in cooperation with The Partnership for a Healthier America to get children introduced to fitness. Mrs. Obama addressed Team USA at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Media Summit in Dallas, laying out the Let’s Move! initiative’s goal to get more kids moving. The program hopes to engage more than 1.7 million new young people in sports in 2012 through its work with many NGBs (National Governing Bodies), including USA Gymnastics. The theme for this year’s National Gymnastics Day is “Turning the World Upside Down.” Gymnasts, 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 with the number of individuals participating, on the USA Gymnastics Facebook page. The goal is to gain 40,000 or more people who perform this activity with us. Go Team USA!

Steve Penny USA Gymnastics President and CEO

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USA Gymnastics University… Take a Closer Look!

USA GYMNASTICS UNIVERSITY STRUCTURE

USA Gymnastics University provides educational opportunities for coaches, instructors, teachers, judges, and administrators at all levels, in all disciplines and areas of gymnastics. Included as part of the University are educational courses and programs, technical materials and publications and a professional certification program.

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UNIVERSITY GENERAL REQUIREMENTS Everyone within the University must

• Be a current USA Gymnastics Member • Successfully complete U100: Fundamental Of Gymnastics Instruction Course (online)

ACHIEVING CERTIFICATION

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The USA Gymnastics library has links to educational material and resources to supplement your gymnastics education. Check out the “College of Knowledge” for informational video clips. Need a live course to fulfill a credit? Find out where upcoming courses are being conducted. Plan your educational journey.

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You all know Shannon Miller. She needs no introduction to the gymnastics community because she is a legend in our sport. Shannon is the most decorated American gymnast, male or female, in history, having won more Olympic and World Championships medals than any other American gymnast. She has earned seven Olympic medals and nine World Championships medals since her elite international debut in 1990. Her tally of five medals (two silver, three bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals earned by a U.S. athlete at those Games. A member of two Olympic Teams, Shannon led the “Magnificent Seven” gymnastics team to the USA’s first ever team gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and she won an individual gold on the balance beam. Shannon is also the only American to win consecutive World all-around titles (1993, 1994). She is also the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame – Twice! (Individual (2006) and Team (2008).

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This gymnastics standout not only excelled in the gym, but also excelled in academics. After her gymnastics career, she went on to receive her undergraduate degree in marketing and entrepreneurship and her law degree from Boston College. Since this time, she has gotten married and has one son, Rocco, who is 2. And, probably the biggest news, she is a cancer survivor. We asked Shannon to write an article for us about what she has been up to and what she is involved with these days. Here’s Shannon’s story! hat an exciting year for gymnasts, fans and everyone involved with the sport! While I’ll always consider myself a gymnast, I tend to do more watching than flipping these days. I just returned from a recent trip to London in preparation for the Olympic Games. As an analyst for Yahoo! Sports, I have the pleasure of reporting on the incredible display of talent the world of gymnastics has to offer. However, this past year, I have also added a new way to view the sport...through my 2-year-old son’s eyes. Will he be a gymnast? Who knows? I want him to be physically active and find a sport that he is as passionate about as I am gymnastics. What I’m sure of is that by allowing him to begin taking Parent & Tot classes at a young age, I am giving him the opportunity to gain valuable skills such as balance, flexibility, strength and coordination. Beyond that, he simply loves it!

In the years after retiring from Olympic competition, I have focused my energy on using the lessons I learned as a young gymnast to help women and children make their health a priority.

SHANNON MILLER FOUNDATION

My foundation is focused on fighting childhood obesity. Currently, we support more than 7,000 children in the Jacksonville, Fla., area through the SMF Running Clubs, an in-school running club which encourages children to be physically active and learn leadership and goal setting skills. Our annual 5K, Kids Fun Run and Health Fair draws thousands to enjoy an active lifestyle, free health screenings and plenty of fun.

Amazon.com and a fitness DVD set that just hit store shelves nationwide in Target. I focus on a variety of health issues through articles on my website

SHANNON MILLER LIFESTYLE

In 2010, I launched my company Shannon Miller Lifestyle, dedicated to helping women make their health a priority. Through a variety of platforms including television, radio, web, social media, free fitness programs and events, we continue to help women find convenient ways to focus on health and fitness in their daily lives. I focused on fitness with a series of Fitness To-Go books available on

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and during my weekly radio show Shannon Miller Lifestyle in partnership with St. Vincent’s HealthCare. Here I had been focused on women’s health issues when I received the shock of my life. In early 2011, I was diagnosed with a malignant germ cell tumor (a rare form of ovarian cancer). I was fortunate that it had been caught at an early stage and after surgery and chemotherapy, I am now cancer-free! This was a wakeup call for me and re-energized my focus on early detection and overall health. With a renewed energy, I have been excited to take on new projects including hosting the Health & Wellness Channels The Wish List with Shannon Miller and providing a free Walk-Fit program that allows those with even the busiest of schedules to work fitness into their daily routine! I credit the sport of gymnastics with teaching me life lessons that have allowed me to succeed against the many challenges I have faced, including my battle with cancer. The foundation of both inner and outer strength, a never quit mindset, goal-setting skills and heartwarming encouragement from my “gymnastics family” and the gymnastics community, has been amazing. I’m so blessed to have such incredible support. I hope to continue to use my voice to give back, not only to the sport that I love, but also to women and children everywhere with 10

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the message that we must be our own best health advocates, and we must make our health a priority.

1. When children are physically active from a young age they tend to remain physically active into adulthood 2. Balance and body awareness 3. Respect for coaches and equipment 4. Flexibility and strength 5. Visual differentiation and laterality 6. Small and large muscle coordination 7. Awareness, perception, and memory (listening and understanding the teacher) 8. Attention spans- ability to stay at a station and work on one skill 9. Offers the opportunity to be social and learn by watching, listening and doing 10. It’s Fun!!!

Shannon’s website www.shannonmillerlifestyle.com is a wonderful resource for women of all ages who want to lead a healthy and fit lifestyle. You’ll find free fitness videos, free Walk-Fit program, featured bloggers and articles along with information about what she’s doing leading up to the Olympic Games in London!

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Of course, these tips apply year round, not just for the post-Olympic times! Remember, it has been found that it costs seven times more money to find a new client than to keep a current one. Make it easier on yourselves—keep these new clients in the gym!

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Crossing fingers, the Olympics will likely bring many, many new kids into the gym this Fall! So, it may be easier to get kids through the doors of your gym during August and September, but will they still be there in January? The key to capitalizing on the post-Olympic boom in enrollment is to retain the kids in your classes. Here are a few tips for your staff to aid in retention: • Kids stay in a sport because they are having fun. Parents continue to pay for lessons because they believe they have value, in other words, because the kids are learning something. To retain your new gymnasts, make sure that your classes are both fun and educational. • Your curriculum should be designed so that kids experience progress from the first day. We all know that in gymnastics it takes a long time for many kids to master even some of the most basic skills. But if you design your lessons so that each week these new athletes walk out of the gym having learned a new body position, way to grip the bar or simple dance move, they will build confidence. • Work very hard to ensure that every child who enters your gym in August/ September can perform something that reasonably approximates a cartwheel by Thanksgiving. People who know little to nothing about gymnastics can recognize a cartwheel. You want to encourage the kids to be able to show Grandma their cartwheel at Thanksgiving dinner. When the entire family applauds the child’s first big gymnastics skill, the kid feels great about the accomplishment and the parents feel great about spending the time and money on gymnastics lessons.

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Preparing for Fall is something that is best done in December… of last year. The way we prepare for Fall is to make sure we are doing what we said we should be doing and that we are on track to achieve our goals. Years ago, we used to prepare for Fall – every year – in the beginning to middle of summer. We’d start by projecting enrollment based on the first 6-7 months of the year. Then, we would pencil in adjustments to our schedules including: hiring, staff training, scheduling, marketing, and lesson planning. We would call some staff meetings and talk about how excited we were for Fall... and then, we would brace ourselves for the back to school surge. Today our “what’s around the corner and theme development approach” has taken a back seat to large scale program objectives, whole year learning objectives, and measured results within our programs. Picking a theme for each month and planning for more students was not the best way to prepare for Fall... or any season for that matter. Now, we do it differently. Now each year, we gather our staff and have a three-day Vision Management Meeting. We include managers and program as we map out the year. This map (Critical Operating Calendar) outlines what we want to achieve by the end of the

year. With that, we identify all of the steps we need to take to achieve these goals; create a timeline for those steps; and assign responsibilities accordingly. Everyone participates in our ability to achieve our goals, everyone is accountable. The most important part of preparing for Fall is making sure we are living up to the goals and objectives we have established and reaching those goals and dreams for our students, our business and our staff. Like • Comment • Share

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QUICK TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR STAFF FOR THE POST-OLYMPIC SEASON. At Barron Gymnastics, we set up our systems to always be prepared for growth. In fact, all of our departments, including class programs, marketing, IT and the front office, strive to continually improve and expect growth to be the outcome. Here are a few of our best practices to handle growth. • Stagger class start times by 15 minutes to relieve congestion in the parking lot, lobby and viewing area. In addition to staggering the start times, we batch the classes by ages so the social needs of the children are similar. • Run an efficiency report monthly. Compare the number of possible class slots to the number of actual students in the classes. We prepare the report for

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each class program and each shift. It gives us valuable information on how each program and each shift is performing and where availability is. • Recognize where new classes can be added. Be specific about the type of classes that can be added, and make the information available to the front office. This enables the front office to immediately add it and close the sale if there is interest in a new class. • Have an extra teacher for every 4–5 classes to act as a floater and assist with all of the classes. If a teacher is absent, the floater is available to teach. When we need to open a new class, we utilize the floater as the new teacher and then hire a new floater. The floater is also a great position for a teacher in training. The floating position has added immense value to our program. • Staff your front office from morning to evening to answer the phone and receive customer drop-ins. • Have a software program that provides online registration. • Encourage paying tuition through an autopay system. Like • Comment • Share USA Gymnastics likes this!

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Get ready for the Olympic Boom! • Become a USA Gymnastics Member Club and receive the national marketing campaign tools. Free professional print ads, commercials and banners. These ads promote the grassroots of the sport. • The Member Club website has many useful marketing materials, articles and resources to capitalize on the Olympic boom. • Check out the United States Olympic Committee site, teamusa.org. • Order your Olympic merchandise at teamusashop.com.

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• Find out when the Olympics will be televised and have an Olympic viewing party at the gym.  • Handout the NBC Olympic TV times coloring pages to your students. • Train your staff in the USA Gymnastics University and be ready for the boom in Fall enrollment! Post your certificates in your gym lobby to proudly display your coaches certifications. • Plan to celebrate National Gymnastics Day, Saturday, Sept. 22 as we “Turn the World Upside Down.” • Work in your community and raise money for Children’s Miracle Network to help the less fortunate and win some great prizes.  • Join the Member Club network and get business advice from the industry leaders on the online forum. Like • Comment • Share

2012 LIVE COURSE SCHEDULE U101 – SAFETY CERTIFICATION (LIVE) July 13 Centerville, OH July 20 Bardstown, KY Aug. 9 Nashville, TN Aug. 9 Providence, RI Aug. 16 Baltimore, MD Aug. 19 Kalamazoo, MI –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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NEW – W200 – DEVELOPMENT COACHES COURSE: HANDS-ON TRAINING (HOTD) July 15 Oak Lawn, IL July 21 Bardstown, KY July 29 Simsbury, CT Aug. 5 Coralville, IA Aug. 5 Rivera Beach, FL Aug. 9 Franklin, TN Aug. 18 Kalamazoo, MI Aug. 19 Timonium, MD Aug. 26 Columbia, SC Sept. 23 Haverhill, MA Sept. 30 Waukesha, WI –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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R102 – PRESCHOOL FUNDAMENTALS: HANDSON TRAINING (HOTPS) July 13 Sioux Falls, SD Aug. 9 Nashville, TN Aug. 12 Providence, RI Aug. 19 Baltimore, MD Aug. 19 Kalamazoo, MI Aug. 26 Everett, WA Sept. 16 Indianapolis, IN ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NEW – R103 – SCHOOL AGE/RECREATIONAL: HANDS-ON TRAINING (HOTSA) July 14 Sioux Falls, SD Aug. 25 Powell, OH Aug. 26 Oak Lawn, IL Aug. 26 Natick, MA

Aug. 26 Raleigh, NC Sept. 9 Carlsbad, CA Sept. 9 Portland, OR Sept. 23 Chantilly, VA Sept. 23 Bessemer, AL Sept. 30 Ft. Worth, TX Sept. 30 Hamilton, NJ Sept. 30 Apple Valley, MN Oct. 7 Kennesaw, GA ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– W300 – JUNIOR OLYMPIC TEAM COACHES COURSE Aug. 22–25 Huntsville, TX ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NEW – W400 – NATIONAL COACHES COURSE Aug. 26 –29 Huntsville, TX –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

To register for a course, visit the USA Gymnastics website at www.usagymnasticsuniversity.org. | Register online or download the registration form. | **Save $5 by registering online!**

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2012 USA GYMNASTICS MEMBER CLUB SURVEY REPORT REPORTED BY DAVID HOLCOMB

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n April 2012, USA Gymnastics surveyed the Member Clubs in order to explore the health and needs of gymnastics club owners. While not an in depth examination, the survey was effective in gauging the confidence level within the industry. As it happens, the news from the front lines is generally quite good.

40% of the Member Clubs competed in USA Gymnastics Boys Programs through Level 10. 17% indicated that these programs were up in enrollment, 72% report boy’s team levels unchanged, 10% report a decline in boy’s team as compared to 2011.

The good news is that almost two-thirds of the 335+ gyms that responded to the survey report that enrollment, gross income, and net profits are all up as compared to one year ago. An additional 18% report that things are holding steady. Fewer than 20% of the Member Clubs report that enrollment, income, or profits are down from a year ago.

Did you know that you can get pre-placed in the USA Gymnastics University based on your prior experience? Yes: 34% No: 65%

This positive news is not to imply that the economic meltdown has not affected the gym clubs. When compared to the total enrollment of the clubs 10 years ago in 2002, the size of the average gymnastics school has fallen. Here are the numbers (the clubs were divided roughly into thirds):

2002 2012 The average “Small” Gymnastics School under under 400 300 enrollment: The average “Medium” Gymnastics School enrollment:

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Clubs with a total enrollment exceeding 1,000 students represent 16% of all gyms in 2012. Total recreational enrollment (preschool plus school age) averaged 640 students. Preschool Enrollment: 28% of total enrollment Preschool enrollment up 47%; down 25%. School age Enrollment: 72% of total enrollment School-age enrollment up: 53%; down 18%. 87% of the Member Clubs competed in USA Gymnastics Girls Programs Levels 3–10. 46% indicated that these programs were up in enrollment, 33% report girls team levels had remained unchanged, 20% report a decline in girls team as compared to 2011.

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Did you get placed? Yes: 12% No: 88% How do you think the 2012 Olympic Games will impact your gym’s Fall enrollment? Increase enrollment: 88% No impact: 12% THE SURVEY ASKED TWO VERY IMPORTANT OPEN ENDED QUESTIONS: What challenges does your gym face right now? and How can USA Gymnastics help you meet those challenges? I was both surprised and impressed by the number of gym owners who took the time to answer in a thorough and thoughtful manner. The responses were often poignant and heartfelt. There are gyms that face very tough situations. Unfortunately, many of those situations are the type that USA Gymnastics is powerless to assist with directly. And many of the respondents acknowledged that fact. All of the comments were shared anonymously and in their entirety with the leadership of USA Gymnastics including Steve Penny, Loree Galimore, and Cheryl Jarrett. They were discussed at length in a recent meeting with those named above plus gym owners from across the USA, and we all appreciated the time everyone spent in responding to these questions. While it is impossible to adequately capture the disparate nature of those responses in a short report, some broad trends can be identified. The two most common responses centered on the need to find qualified staff and the need for more gym space. The need for qualified staff has remained unchanged over the 16 years that I have been asking these types of question in the surveys. Great people are hard to find in both our industry and in every industry. This is not a

new challenge. The solutions are few, but it remains the case that often you have to “create” great teachers and coaches yourself. What has changed is that the surveys used to be full of cries for help for the creation of staff development materials. Now everyone seems well aware of the staff training opportunities available through the USA Gymnastics University (http://edu.usa-gymnastics. org/moodle/) State, Regional, and National Congress; and the onsite courses offerings. The need for more space and equipment is a positive challenge but a challenge nonetheless. USA Gymnastics can only help indirectly in this area through gym owner education opportunities. There were other responses that sounded as if they were common concerns: the need for promotional and national advertising (particularly with the Olympics coming this summer); increased competition with an ever growing number of gym clubs plus competition from other sports; slow growth or no growth in enrollment; the difficulties faced by gyms in small communities or rural areas; the number of training hours needed to remain competitive; the increased difficulty required in the new compulsories; and the high cost of equipment, competing, and operating. This list represents the overwhelming majority of the comments, addressing the challenges and problems we face as an industry. In answering the companion question (How can USA Gymnastics help you meet those challenges?), the answers were all over the place. The most common response was that USA Gymnastics could not really help (adding space, parking, the economic challenges brought on by the economy, operating in a small town, and so on). But there are some specific areas in which USA Gymnastics can help. USA Gymnastics can take the lead with national advertising and promotions, particularly in an Olympic year. Steve Penny, the CEO of USA Gymnastics, is all over it. Read Technique, visit the website, and become a Member Club and learn all about what has already been done and what is coming in the next few months. There is still a call for more training and staff development opportunities, the creation of a national insurance plan available for the clubs through USA Gymnastics, and a plea for lower costs for USA Gymnastics materials and programs. This call for lower fees has been consistent through the many surveys that I have done for both USECA and USA Gymnastics. But the number of those who call for lower fees has dropped significantly over the years. I can share with you that there is a strong commitment within USA Gymnastics to hold the line of fee increases, and there is a push from the very top to lower some existing fees. I believe that you will see lower fees in some areas coming soon. In fact, read pages 21–22 of this issue to see the new membership structure and pricing. Thank you to all who took the time to respond to the survey. I hope you find the reporting valuable. Be assured that the leadership of USA Gymnastics looked closely at the responses and are committed to providing ever improving and comprehensive benefits for the membership.

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MEMBER SERVICES UPDATE

Be Aware. Be Prepared.

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August 2012 Membership Requirements and Restructuring

eginning August 2012 there will be a variety of changes made to USA Gymnastics membership structure. Below is an outline of what to expect.

NEW REGISTERED BUSINESS/MEMBER CLUB REQUIREMENT

Effective August 2012, only Member Clubs or Registered Businesses of USA Gymnastics may apply for membership on behalf of an athlete. In addition, only Member Clubs or Registered Businesses may enter a team of athletes in USA Gymnastics-sanctioned events. Any gymnastics facility that currently has registered athletes or plans to have registered athletes should become or renew their club as either a Member Club or a Registered Business.

For full details regarding the new policy please visit the usagym.org/memberservices.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP RESTRUCTURING

As of August 2012, membership options for coaches, judges, gym owners and others will be reduced to two options. OPTION 1: PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP This membership is intended for any gymnastics professional who participates in USA Gymnastics sanctioned events and receives access to the field of play, regardless of the level or discipline. Cost of professional membership is $84 online/$89 in house.

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Be Aware. Be Prepared.

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OPTION 2: INSTRUCTOR MEMBERSHIP This membership is intended for recreational coaches/ teachers who wish to increase their level of education and obtain certification with USA Gymnastics University. The membership will not allow participation in USA Gymnastics sanctioned events. The cost of this membership is being reduced to $15 online/$20 in house. EXPIRATION DATE RESTRUCTURE In order to streamline the process of membership and expiration dates, effective August 2012, membership, and

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certification expiration dates will all expire on July 31. This process will align all expiration dates with the current athlete expiration system. For complete details regarding the new membership polices, restructure and expiration dates please visit usagym.org/memberservices. For any questions please contact Member Services Department at 800.345.4719 or membership@usagym.org.

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Attention MEN’S PROGRAM The 2012–2016 Men’s Junior Olympic program materials set includes a DVD of the compulsory routines (Levels 4 to 7), the new Technical Sequences for the Levels 8, 9 and 10 Junior Elite division and a CD Rom that contains all of the written materials of the Junior Olympic Age Group Program rules for the competitive Levels 4 to 10. The CD Rom also contains the Junior National Team program manual, which includes the Future Stars program and routine descriptions. This program is in effect beginning with the 2012–2013 men’s competitive season.

Price: $69.95 TO ORDER GO TO

http://usagym.sportgraphics.biz/

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call 1-800-345-4719 and select option 1.

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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

CA

Paul Hagan

MI

Gabriel Salazar

TX

Charles Theodore Bates

MN

Robert Dean Head

KY

Mark Schiefelbein

TN

James Bell

WA

Ted Hicks

TN

Robert Shawler

CA

Kristopher Berry

SC

Michael Hinton

TN

Steve Shirley

MO

Phillip Bishop

MI

Nicholas Hitchcock

MI

Steven Todd Siegel

CO

Patrick Bogan

MD

Robert Hoefer

FL

Blake Steven Starr

UT

Douglas Boger

CA

Frank Hohman, Jr.

PA

Paul Summers

OK

Joseph Bowers

OH

Milos Hroch

CA

Mark Swift

FL

Steven L. Infante

CT

Freddie Eugene Tafoya, Jr.

CA

Shawn Bowlden

IL

Vince Brown

SC

Dana Koppendrayer

FL

Jay Thomas

LA

Edward Trey Coniff

TX

Ronnie Lewis

AR

Jon Oliver Kenneth Thomas

VA

James Craig III

CO

Jung Min Lim

PA

Phillip Thompson

NC

Thad Cypher

MI

William McCabe

GA

Brent Trottier

WA

Vannie Edwards

AR

Robert Mollock

OR

Jon Valdez

Steven Elliott

TX

John S. Moore

WV

Anthony Van Kirk

CA

Anthony Engelke

PA

Gregory Muller

Joel Velasquez

OR

Matthew H. Erichsen

WA

William Munsinger

MN

David Paul Waage

OR

Rick Feuerstein

CA

Jeena Nilson

UT

Chris Wagoner

TX

William Foster

AL

Paul O’Neill

CA

Jeremy Waldridge

OR

Joseph Fountain

MD

Patrick Okopinski

WI

Russell Wallace

CT

Roy Larry Gallagher

PA

Marian Penev

NY

Brooklyn Walters

IN

Robert Allen (Bob) Garner

TN

William M. Permenter

FL

Steve Waples

TX

Sean Gilham

CA

Don Peters

CA

Donald Watts

KY

Timothy Glas

NE

Timothy Picquelle

CA

Mike West

WA

Ricardo “Chico” Goddard

NY

David Pyles

AZ

Jonathan White

CA

Nathaniel Goodale

VT

Jeffrey Richards

FL

Lyf Christian Wildenberg

MN

Marcelo Guimaraes

TX

Rudy Rodriguez

CA

Bill Witthar

MO

Vernor Gumila

IL

John H. Row

DE

Joel Woodruff

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Gabby Douglas burst into the national spotlight just two years ago. Her fourth-place finish at the 2010 Nastia Liukin Cup marked her as one to watch, but few could have predicted that two short years later she’d have her eye on the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Born Dec. 31, 1995, Douglas was literally the perfect age for 2011. At her first senior competition, the 2011 Visa Championships, Douglas finished seventh place in the all-around and earned a place at the final selection camp for the World Championships. Douglas thrived, not only making the World Championships team that went on to win the USA’s third-ever World Championships team gold medal, but also finishing fifth in the all-around during the qualification round and advancing to the event final on the uneven bars, where she also finished fifth.

In March, the Flying Squirrel, as she’s famously been dubbed by National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi for her dynamic release moves on the uneven bars, flew to new heights inside Madison Square Garden for the AT&T American Cup. Douglas, who was the replacement athlete in the competition, showed that her Worlds performance was no fluke. Then last month at the 2012 Visa Championships, Douglas finished a close second in the all-around to Jordyn Wieber, won the uneven bars title, finished third on floor and seventh on beam. As she continues to have success, the Flying Squirrel aims for a flight to the top of the Olympic podium.

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very coach should plan a trip to the U.S. National Team Training Center in Huntsville, Texas. The center is located at the Karolyi Ranch. With three large training facilities, here is where the best of the best gather to train and prepare. While you are there, why not work on your coaching skills. The U.S. National Team Training Center is home to the newly released and raved W300 Junior Olympic Team Coaches’ Course.

In conjunction to the coaches’ certification, a Level 5/6/7 training camp is provided for athletes to improve their skills and to train where the World and Olympic champions train. This allows certifying coaches to implement new coaching skills and techniques with their athletes. The W300 Junior Olympic Coaches course is a required course for certification in USA Gymnastics University. The next course will be offered August 22–25, 2012. Save the date and register NOW at USAGymnasticsUniversity.org.

This course is an opportunity of a lifetime to learn from some of the best coaches in the U.S. – the National Team coaching staff. Developed by USA Gymnastics Women’s Program National Team Coaching Staff, the W300 course is designed to provide coaches with a solid knowledge base for coaching. The three-day coaches certification includes both practical and classroom instruction under the direction of USA Gymnastics National Coaching Staff, Tammy Biggs and Steve Rybacki. “The practical hands-on training is an essential key for the success of the beginner compulsory/optional coach,” said Rybacki. “This course encourages coaches to demonstrate proficiency on all four events.” Curriculum includes: • Skills and Progressions to train Junior Olympic Athletes level 5/6/7 • Tools to develop solid basics on all events • Proper Body Shaping • Lesson Plans • Hands-on Spotting techniques • Lectures in the areas of Psychology, Sports Medicine, Strength, Conditioning, Flexibility and Periodization.

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U.S. OLYMPIC TRAINING SITE WHAT: W300 Junior Olympic Coaches’ Course and Level 5/6/7 Training Camp WHERE: National Training Center in Huntsville, Texas WHEN: August 22–25, 2012

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NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY

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s the 2012 Olympic Games in London approach, USA Gymnastics is preparing to “Turn the World Upside Down” all the way to National Gymnastics Day on Saturday, Sept. 22. Along with our National Gymnastics Day efforts, the USA Gymnastics Fitness Program is partnering with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to help get more than a million young people involved in sports.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals benefits children of all ages nationwide and is a great way to end your summer schedule and kick start your Fall season! Since 2001, gymnastics clubs across the country have raised more than $1.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In 2012, let’s turn piggy banks ‘upside down’ for the Children’s Miracle Network and National Gymnastics Day!

As in past years, USA Gymnastics is teaming up with the Children’s Miracle network to raise funds in conjunction with National Gymnastics Day. Clubs can raise money by participating in fundraising activities or by hosting an event with proceeds going toward CMN. One hundred percent of the money raised goes to each club’s local

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Ways to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals • Children participating in the handstand world-record attempt can ask for flat donations before-hand. • Gym clubs can hold a demonstration or fundraising open house in celebration of National Gymnastics Day and donate admission fees to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Online giving The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has developed a simple

online giving program that provides an easy way for you and your club members to collect and track donations. This cuts down on the paperwork for club coordinators and allows children to raise money using familiar technology. Participants can email friends and family throughout the world and ask for donations through a secure website. Visit bit.ly/LHBGOQ to create a club account. Remember that your members cannot fundraise online if your club doesn’t have an account! Children can personalize their pages by uploading their favorite picture. Your members can also raise money without participating in the online giving.

What is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals? The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is an international, non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals. Countless individuals, 90 organizations and 400 media partners unite with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help sick and injured kids in local communities. Donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of 17 million children each year. The funds raised benefit the CMN Hospital in that area or community. To learn more go to www.ChildrensMiracleNetworkHospitals.org. Prizes USA Gymnastics offers great prizes for the clubs and individuals who raise the most money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. USA Gymnastics appreciates your involvement in National Gymnastics Day and your efforts toward improving the fitness and health of our nation’s youth. By participating in this program, you are teaching kids the importance of giving back and having a healthy and active life. The top three clubs and top three individuals who raise the most money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through their participation in either event or a National Gymnastics Day celebration will receive prizes, pending fulfillment of administrative requirements.

CLUB PRIZES* The three clubs that raise the most money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will receive the following prizes.

1st place AAI gift certificate for $1,500 Member Services gift certificate for $200

(educational courses, sanctions or memberships)

2nd place AAI gift certificate for $1,000 Member Services gift certificate for $200

(educational courses, sanctions or memberships)

3rd place AAI gift certificate for $750 Member Services gift certificate for $200

(educational courses, sanctions or memberships)

Individual Prizes* The top three individuals who raise the most money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will receive the following prizes: • Round-trip airfare for two to the 2013 AT&T American Cup • Two tickets to the 2013 AT&T American Cup • Two pre-event VIP hospitality passes • One-night stay in the USA Gymnastics host hotel In addition to the prizes listed above, the individual who raises the most money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will be featured in USA Gymnastics promotional materials in 2012 for National Gymnastics Day and the USA Gymnastics Fitness Program. * Requirements: All monies must be sent to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Utah by Nov. 9, 2012, to qualify for prizes. Clubs must raise a minimum of $8,000, and individuals must raise a minimum of $3,500 for prize qualification.

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Did you catch us How about in in the P&G Mailer? or... May’s issue of ESPN Magazine?

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MINUTES MINUTES WOMEN’S PROGRAM TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES May 13 & 15, 2012

ROLL CALL: Chairman Cheryl Hamilton called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. on May 13 . Region 1................................Neela Nelson Region 2................................Linda Mulvihill Region 3................................Carole Bunge Region 4................................Linda Thorberg Region 5................................Char Christensen Region 6................................Pat Panichas Region 7................................Myra Elfenbein Region 8................................Marian Dykes Asst. Tech. Comm. Chair..........Audrey Schweyer JO Program Director................Connie Maloney Managing Dir. of Athlete &......Kim Riley Coaching Programs th

All RTCCs researched the financial situation of the various regional championships and it was determined the majority of the regional meets are financially healthy and that a small increase would not cause financial hardship for the Regional meet directors. Recommendation to the national office to change the daily Championships rate for Regional Championships to reflect a maximum of 25% discount as reflected in the below chart. Presently the daily fee reflects an approximate 30% discount in the hourly fee rate. Any additional time over eight hours will be compensated at the regular hourly rate. Any change would be reflected in the 2012 – 2013 20132014 Women’s Rules and Policies.

Rating

Brevet National Level 10 Level 9 Level 8

$188 $175 $162 $143 $117

$170 $160 $150 $140 $130

Current Regional Championships Daily Rate (up to eight hrs.) $160.00 $150.00 $140.00 $130.00 $120.00

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II. USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVISES ON THE FIELD OF PLAY

Recommendation to amend the Duties and Responsibilities of Professional members (Coaches and Judges) in the 2012-13 Rules and Policies to reflect the following: Electronic devices/notebooks, such as an iPad, are acceptable for judges to use as a personal judging pad or for coaches to record their own gymnast’s exercises, provided that the communication function is disabled. The use of cell phones for the purpose of talking/texting, as well as any other type of wireless communication devise is still prohibited in the competition area. Motion: M. Dykes Second: L. Mulvihill PASSED Clarification by the Executive office: The only use of electronic devices in the competition area will be for coaches to record their own gymnasts’ exercises for personal use. The personal filming should not interfere in any way with the competition.

I. JUDGES’ FEES FOR REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Suggested Regional Championships Daily Rate (up to eight hrs.)

After receiving input from the JO and Administrative Committees, the Executive office amended the above request as noted above, to be effective August 1, 2013, for the 2013 –14 season.

III. REVISIONS OF FORMS

The committee requested that the “New Element Evaluation Form” be revised to reflect the procedures and posted online. The procedures and the criteria for naming an element for the gymnast who first performed it will also be included in the 2013 JO Code of Points (pg. 16 I.D.). Evaluations will be valid for one quadrennium, with the current quadrennium valid through July 2013. When evaluating a new element for their region, the RTCs will make contact with each other for advice for difficulty evaluation and to determine if the element has already been evaluated in another region. The RTC will then post the new elements on their regional website. The J.O. and Technical Committees met jointly on Monday, May 14, and Tuesday morning, May 15. Please refer to the Joint Committee minutes. The Technical Committee reconvened at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15th.

IV. 2012 CONGRESSES TECHNICAL CORE COURSES

Discussion was held regarding the scripts and DVDs to be used for the upcoming National and Regional Congresses. The committee agreed to have hard copies of script available instead of creating PowerPoint slides. All of the scripts will be scanned to e-mail and distributed to the committee members.

V. 2013 NATIONAL TECHNICAL SYMPOSIUM

Cheryl reported that the Technical Committee is responsible for proofing the JO Code of Points and for presenting any changes and clarifications in the Code at the Technical Symposiums, to be conducted electronically on the Internet. Myra, Neela and Pat will create the videos, while Marion and Carole will create the PowerPoint presentation. Discussion was held regarding the format of the Symposiums and the possible inclusion of practice judging for all Optional levels.

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MINUTES MINUTES WOMEN’S PROGRAM TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING continued

VI. 2013-2017 JR. OLYMPIC CODE OF POINTS DEVELOPMENT

The deadline to complete the JO Code of Points is December 1, 2012, with preliminary deadlines as follows for sections: • August 1st – General - Vault • September 1st - Bars • October 1st – Beam • November 1st - Floor Cheryl emphasized that all deadlines must be met. She will assign the events/sections of the code to the committee members. 2013 JO Code of Points to be available for purchase by April 1, 2013.

VII. 2013 USA BREVET AND NATIONAL JUDGES ONLINE COURSES

USA Brevet and National Judges Courses will be conducted on-line. The committee will be working on specific materials to facilitate preparation for those judges who are eligible for these courses. Testing: Cheryl and Connie have had continuing communication with PAN- a TALX Company, the company to be used to coordinate testing centers throughout the United States. Their representative will be sending a proposal by the end of the week. The examination date for all judges testing for a USA Brevet or National rating will be Friday, July 19, 2013. One re-test opportunity will be available on a date to be determined.

Any person taking the National or USA Brevet course for the first time is required to take a closed-book written exam, as well as a practical exam. All current National or Brevet rated officials will take an open-book written exam, in addition to a practical exam.

VIII. 2013 AND BEYOND JUDGES RATINGS

Beginning August 1, 2013, there will be five compulsory levels and five optional levels. The committee discussed what changes need to be made to the current rating system. RECOMMENDATION FOR THE NEW RATING GROUPING IS: • Compulsory Rating (or Level 4/5 Rating) - written test on Levels 4/5 • Optional 6/7/8 Rating - written test on Levels 7/8; practical exam on L8 only. • 9 Rating – no change • 10 Rating – no change • National and USA Brevet testing Level 10 rules

IX. THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD IN INDIANAPOLIS ON OCTOBER 18 – 21, 2012.

Purpose of the meeting is to: Finalize online USA Brevet/National course materials Evaluate videos for Technical Symposiums, online courses and Level 8, 9 and 10 Accreditation DVDs. Meeting adjourned at 10:00 pm.

JOINT MEETING JUNIOR OLYMPIC & TECHICAL COMMITTEES Hampton, VA May 14, 2012

Meeting called to order by Tom Koll (NJOCC) and Cheryl Hamilton (NTCC) at 9:00 am.

ROLL CALL: JO COMMITTEE

Technical Committee

Region 1..................................................... Neela Nelson Dan Witenstein Region 2..................................................... Linda Mulvihill Laurie Reid Region 3..................................................... Carole Bunge Mark Folger Region 4..................................................... Linda Thorberg Bryon Hough Region 5..................................................... Char Christensen John Geddert Region 6..................................................... Pat Panichas Larry Goldsmith (absent) Region 7..................................................... Myra Elfenbein Linda Johnson Region 8..................................................... Marian Dykes Brad Harris ATCC......................................................... Audrey Schweyer Vice President – Program.............................. Kathy Kelly Director of Athlete/Coach Development.......... Kim Riley JO Program Director..................................... Connie Maloney Dir. Program Admin..................................... Rachel Brazo Past Reg. 3 Chair & VP of Member Services.... Cheryl Jarrett Guest – NAWGJ President............................ Evelyn Chandler

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On behalf of both committees, Tom Koll welcomed the committee members and guests. The committee introduced themselves and Tom announced that Cheryl Hamilton has been named as the Olympic Judge.

I. NAWGJ

Evelyn Chandler, President of NAWGJ, distributed a report to the committees and stated that the national NAWGJ board and SJD meeting will be held June in Las Vegas. The committee encouraged NAWGJ to focus on mentoring younger judges by giving them more judging opportunities. We would like to also see NAWGJ encourage our former athletes from the collegiate ranks to become judges. Evelyn indicated that NAWGJ is already in communication with the colleges in this regard.

II. COMPULSORY PROGRAM

The 2013-2021 Jr. Olympic Compulsory book is completed. Kathy informed NAWGJ that the judges’ aids formerly produced by other entities will now be produced by USA Gymnastics and no permission will be given to ANYONE to use the copywrited materials in the future. The committee requested that the Compulsory materials and the JO Code of Points be available electronically.

III. PROCESS FOR EVALUATING AND NAMING A NEW ELEMENT

Recommendation that any original element performed (as described on the New Element Evaluation Form) at either JO Nationals or the JO National Invitational Tournament be named for the athlete who submitted and performed it. (Effective immediately.)

Motion: B. Harris Second: M. Elfenbein PASSED

IV. TECHNICAL CONCERNS ON VAULT

Recommendation that whenever a meet format allows for a touch warm-up, each gymnast is allowed a maximum of 3 vaults (for Level 8-10), but the touch warm-up period should not exceed the prescribed warm-up time. Motion: M. Elfenbein Second: L. Reid DEFEATED Clarification: If an athlete trips on the runway, causing her to fall, it is considered a balk and is counted as one of the three approaches. If the athlete makes contact with the springboard during the fall, it would be considered a vault attempt, receiving a zero (VOID), since the board is considered part of the equipment.

V. TECHNICAL CONCERNS ON UNEVEN BARS

Clarification: #4.406 A Pak Salto finishing with a mixed grip is awarded “D” value-part credit and will not be considered a different element. Add to the end of the description in the JO Code of Points “…to clear support on LB with regular or mixed grip.” Recommendation that a Back Giant with ½ (180°) turn to back salto tucked dismount be valued as a “C” element. (add to #8.310) Moiton: P. Panichas Second: C. Bunge PASSED

VI. TECHNICAL CONCERNS ON BALANCE BEAM A. New Elements performed at the 2012 JO Nationals or JO-NIT: 1. From a side stand, jump with ½ (180°) turn to arrive in a chest stand (with legs straddled) in side position. #5.308 “C” – Kmieciak 2. From a stand on one leg, swing free leg through to front salto tucked to stand. Add to #8.401 “D” – Rowe 3. From a stand on two feet, salto backward stretched with step-out to finish in a scale (leg held at horizontal or above for 2 seconds.) #8.404 “D” - Edlin Note: Both the Back salto stretched with step-out to scale and the side aerial to scale (7.503) must land on one foot. A slight lowering of the free leg is permissible, provided that the scale is held for two seconds at a minimum of horizontal. B. Other element evaluations Recommendation to add a variation to Dismount #9.204 –“B” value: From a stand on one leg, swing the free leg through to front salto stretched with ½ (180°) turn off the side. Motion: M. Elfenbein Second: A. Schweyer PASSED

(such as a back walkover) may be used as the first element in a Level 7 or 8 acro series, regardless of whether there is a hold in vertical prior to the step-down. No rhythm deduction for the pause/hold in vertical will be applied. Effective August 1, 2012. D. Recommendation that the Level 6 compulsory mount for Balance Beam be considered an “A” mount element. Effective August 1, 2012. Motion: B. Harris Second: B. Hough PASSED

VII. TECHNICAL CONCERNS ON FLOOR EXERCISE

Recommendation to change the wording of the Specific Compositional deduction (found on page 227 in the JO Code of Points) to read “Failure to perform saltos OR AERIALS in two different directions (backward and forward or sideward). Effective August 1, 2012. Motion: A. Schweyer Second: D. Witenstein PASSED

VIII. GENERAL TECHNICAL ISSUES

A. Clarification: The 2.00 point deduction for short exercises applies to both complete or incomplete routines. Reminder that Levels 7–10 — minimum time for Balance Beam and Floor Exercise is 0.30 seconds. Routines less than 0.30 seconds will receive a 2.00 deduction. See JO Code of Points pages 6, 132 and 214. B. DETERMINATION OF COMPLETION OF A VAULT OR ELEMENT In order to be considered complete and eligible for value part credit, vaults, UB/BB dismounts and acro elements on BB/FX must land on the feet first. Landing feet first would be defined as any part of the bottom of the foot touching the beam/mat first.

IX . RULES AND POLICIES CHANGES/CLARIFICATIONS A. Maximum number of gymnasts per session with combination of levels Recommendation to change the breakdown indicated in the chart on page 45 of the 2011–2012 R&P to reflect the maxiumum number of Optional gymnasts allowed in combined session formats. Motion: L. Johnson Second: M. Folger PASSED

B. NIT Petitions Recommendation that, for petitioning purposes to the JONIT, scores from the previous year’s JO Nationals or the JO-NIT may be used. Motion: T. Koll Second: L.Thorberg PASSED

C. Clarification for Level 7 and 8 Acro Series Special Requirement: Any non-flight acro element that does not require a 2-second hold Continued ...

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Clarification: It is acceptable to have a combination of non-traditional and modified non-traditional formats in the same session. Example-use a warm-up & competition gym for UB, BB and FX while vault has two vault stations in the competition gym.

Meeting called to order at 11:00 am.

X. MEMBER SERVICES REPORT

Roll Call:

Cheryl Jarrett reported on the changes in the types of Professional memberships to be offered in the future.

XII. 2013-2017 OPTIONAL PROGRAM

Chair.......................................................Tom Koll Region 1..................................................Dan Witenstein Region 2..................................................Laurie Reid Region 3..................................................Mark Folger Region 4..................................................Bryon Hough Region 5..................................................John Geddert Region 6..................................................Larry Goldsmith (absent) Region 7..................................................Linda Johnson Region 8..................................................Brad Harris Vice President...........................................Kathy Kelly Director of Program Administration..............Rachel Brazo Guest .....................................................Cheryl Jarrett

Joint meeting adjourned on Tuesday, May 15 at 11:30am; then each committee continued meeting separately.

I. JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

XI. XCEL PROGRAM

The committees reviewed the proposal from the Ad Hoc Committee on the Xcel Program. The committees will continue to review the program and will reconvene at a later date to finalize the structure of the program.

The committees worked on the 2013 Code of Points and deductions.

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WOGA Chow’s Gymnastics Twistars USA Rochester Gymnastics Academy Hill’s Gymnastics Southeastern Gymnastics

JO National Program of the Year is Hill’s Gymnastics

II. EQUIPMENT DISCUSSIONS

Recommendation that in all sanctioned events, only one gymnast at a time can be on the bars for any part of the warm-up period (this would include timed warm-ups and 30-second touch). Motion: B. Harris Second: L. Johnson PASSED Recommendation that starting Aug 1, 2013, meet directors will only be required to provide an option to play digital copies of music. (MP3 players, computers, tablets, etc.). CD players will no longer be required.

Motion L. Reid Second L. Johnson PASSED Recommendation that the new AAI “soft rails” will be used at the JO National Championships beginning in 2014. Motion: B. Hough Second B. Harris PASSED Recommendation that the National office work with AAI regarding the extra matting on the Floor Ex corners and the use of the Hand placement mat on the Vault runway and report back to the committee. Motion: D. Witenstein Second: M. Folger PASSED Note: After discussion with AAI, the 2012–13 Rules and Policies will be changed to reflect the following: Continued ...

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Vault: The hand placement mat is allowed only for Round-off entry vaults. It can no longer be used as a visual aid for hurdle placement on front entry vaults. Floor Exercise: For Level 9 and 10, additional matting must be placed around each corner of the Floor Exercise mat to provide a minimum of 3 additional feet of matting from the floor exercise carpet edge and three feet along the perimeter. Example – showing coverage at one corner:

The committee discussed the possibility of using 20 cm. mats at JO Nationals. No changes were made for the 2013 JO Nationals.

III. RULES & POLICIES UPDATE

Recommendation to the Technical Committee to update the JO Code of Points regarding the use of

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tape and chalk on the vault runway. The R&P states “Athletic tape, Velcro strips or small chalk marks may be used on the vault runway.” The addition will read, “None of the above may be wider than 2 inches. The judge must issue a warning before taking a deduction if the measurement is exceeded. Motion M. Folger Second L. Reid PASSED Recommendation to accept the Administrative Committee’s request to amend the R & P on page 23, II. “ A. 6. to read, “Any gymnast who has previous competitive experience in any system … and who is a minimum of 14 years of age OR at least a Freshman in High School is eligible to petition…. Motion L. Johnson Second L. Reid PASSED

IV. MISCELLANEOUS

The committee discussed realignment of the regions, particularly for Regions 1 and 2. No action was taken. Surveys will Continued ...

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be developed and sent out to gather feedback from the community. The committee discussed the format of JO Nationals and the NIT and the minimum qualifying scores. The committee will poll their regions on these issues and will look at the data for the previous three years and report back to the Chairman. The committee discussed number of athletes for the JO National Team Training Camp. Starting with the 2012 Training camp, any open slots will be offered to Level 10 JO National competitors using the results of JO Nationals, in rank order. When filling the remaining slots, athletes will be invited by starting with the next place in the Jr. A Division, followed by inviting the next place in the Jr. B Division. This process will continue through the age divisions until all slots to the camp have been filled.

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Future JO Championship Competition Sites: 2013 JO Nationals – Minneapolis, Minnesota – host: Twin City Twisters 2013 Easterns – Battle Creek, Michigan – host: Branch Gymnastics 2013 Westerns – tentatively in Region 1 2014 JO Nationals – Jackson Mississippi – host: Meet Control & MS USAG 2014 Eastern – Bradenton, Florida- host: Tampa Bay Turners 2014 Western – Requesting bids from Region 3 or 4 Meeting adjourned at 5:00 pm.

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