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program of gymnastics, have banded together to form the United States Gymnastics Federation. For far too many years gymnastics in this country have languished. We are far behind the Russians and Japanese and are struggling to hold a place with the second level powers in world gymnastics. Let's look at what the U.S.G.F. has as its objectives and then ask what men or organizations could possibly oppose such a program. First, the U.S.G.F. is interested in developing a continuo ing educational gymnastics program for both boys and girls of all age groups. Another important objective is to unify and coordinate the efforts of all agencies interested in furthering gymnas· tics, allowing all interested parties to have a hand in the development of the sport in the United States and internationally. There will be creation and maintenance of research projects that will benefit · all parties interested in gymnastics. Provisions are being made for a clearing house and distribution center for coaching aids, literature, films and research materials collected from sources both in this and other countries. We wish to establish effective means of communication whereby coaches and athletes will be informed of the latest developments and techniques. We will have an annual series of gymnastics clinics. We intend to maintain records and disseminate informa tion pertaining to all phases of gymnastics. We will train and certify competent gymnastics officials. Also we will raise funds and administer finances in gymnastics and finally as a logical and natural result of such programs in this country, which would have the cooperation and support of practically every active gymnastics group, we would expect the U.S.G.F. to regulate and control all international competition as a member of the Federal International Gymnastique. We honestly cannot see how anyone who has the best interests of gymnastics and the United States at heart can be opposed to such a program. For these reasons we can't help but be both optimistic and enthusiastic about the future . of gymnastics in the United States.

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DOUGLAS R. MILLS Director of Athletics, University of Illinois The Federation movement will make gymnastics a nationwide sport, rather than one which is centered and dominated in the New York area. Under the Federation, there will be more democratic administration of gymnastics, with consideration being given to the wishes and ideas of participants and coaches. The sport then should thrive in this nation, and there will be hope that we can successfully compete internationally in the foreseeable future.

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CHARLESS.CALHOUN National Physical Education Chairman, American Turners Gymnastics handled correctly can stimulate the public interest no end. Who knows, we might eventually, bring back into focus the teaching of Physical Education from the ground up by competent, dedicated teachers who are well versed in the fundamentals. If the shcool systems would cooperate in the primary grades, on up through the junior arid senior high years, the prospective gymnast, having received the elementary rudiments, will already have poise, grace and a wonderful sense of security, thereby making it truly possible for our United States Gymnasts to compete on an equal basis with the other countries, where Physical Education is taught in this manner. Let's not fool ourselves. Throwing out a basketball to a group of boys and letting them carry on from there, is not 10

Physical Education Per Se; nor is square dancing, or jumping up in the air to see how high you can touch on the wall. A person graduating from college should be required to teach more than this in order to receive a degree in Physical Education. I sincerely hope that through the United States Gymnastic Federation's proper handling of gymnastics in this country, everyone will get a fair chance, not just a chosen few. This organization has long been needed. At this time, too, I would like to take this opportunity to announce that The American Turners National Festival will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. June 19th through the 23rd. The West Side Turners are the host society. The program will consist of gymnastic competition, track and field, and cultural activities. We, the American Turners, invite those of you close enough to us, to come and witness this spectacle, which is held one every four years.

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NOTE: To F ederati on Skepti cs, fr omCHET PHILLIPS Gymnastics Coach, " U. S. Naval A cade my Please ! . . . bear in mind that the U. S. Gymnasti cs Federation is an orga ni zation of organi zati ons, not one of individuals, clubs or regions. Membership in the Federation is limited to organizati ons whi ch operat e on a national basis in the promotion of gy mnastics_ Thu s, you and I are not Federation members but rather members of colleges or clubs or regions that are members of th e national organization s whi ch do or will hol d membership in the Federation. Now let's clarify your pl ace as an individual. Your voi ce will be heard in Federation pro ceedin gs through on e or more of the nati onal organizations. All you have to do is become a delegate for one of the national organizations to which you belong. This wo uld make you a member of the Governin g Council and as such yo u could be elected president. As a point of interest, Gene W ettstone is a member of the Governing Council because he represents the NA GC, Charlie Pond and I are not delegates for anyone but have been elected at large by the Governin g Council to the Executive Committee for a first-year term to effect continuity. Gene is not a member of th e Executive Committee simply because he was not elected to it by th Governing Council. Now to the state level. Every national gy mnastics organizati on that has a member in a state has at least on e representati ve on the Federation Governin g Coun cil. These delegates could all be from one state if they earn ed the right to represent said organizations. The F ederation is not set up to dictate downward ; states and lo cal areas are set up to dictate upward. I can hear your next question: How about my Gym Club'~ Th ey fit right where they've been in the past, - members of an " open" organization such as the- AAU or, in lieu of AA U acceptan ce of F ederation membership , the National Gy mnastics Association which is now bein g form ed . The unattached gymnast ? He will be certifi ed, on reques t, by the elected " regional director" of the NGA, men's or women's division . In closin g, It me say . . . Every organization listed in the stru cture of th e U. S_ Gymnastics F ederation was full y represented in Chicago on 8 - 9 December except where the organization itself had not yet decided its own committment. The charter organization s that were there claim no special status and the door is wide open to all other organizations when they decide their courses of action. There is no need for skepticism or alarm on anyone's part unless they oppose the federation movement in its entirety, and if that is the case we can only hope the progress and forward action of the F ederation workin g for the good of Gymnastics, will pro ve itself i~ tim ~ to y,?ur sa tisfa ction .

Profile for USA Gymnastics

Modern Gymnast - January/February 1963  

Modern Gymnast - January/February 1963