Frank Bare former executive director of the USGF presented Master of Sport awards to Frank Cumiskey: USGF technical director and Gene Wellstone, Penn State University coach for their contributions to the sport of gymnastics.
1972 USGF Coaches Congress Denver, Colorado Reports & Photos by Glenn Sundby, Renee Hendershott & Dick Criley Coming as it did on the heels of the O lympic Games, the USGF Congress was we ll attend ed by everyone who wanted to get the " tr ue sto ry" of th e u.s . gymnastic performances at the Games. According ly a large portio n o f the genera l meetin g was spent on the women 's and men 's Ol ympic Repo rts. A seco nd area o f major co nce rn was the directio n of our nation al program in gymnastics in light of th e delerict ion of duty by the u.S. Olympic Committee. Th e Congress also afforded meeting o pportuni t ies for t he National Assoc iat ion of Co ll egia te Gymnastic Coaches(NACGCA), National H igh Sch oo l Gymnastic Coach es Association(NHSGCA), Nat iona l Gymnastic judges Association(NGjA), Women ' s and M en' s Technical Committees, Men 's and Women ' s Olympi c Committees, and th e independent gymnastics club s, Films o f th e Ol ympi cs were shown, courtesy of Frank Endo and Do n Clegg, an d h os pitality was ex tend ed by Walt Zw icke l, Gymnastic Supply Company, Nissen, Gym Master, and American . A special award ought to go to th e hostin g Colorado Gymnastics Association for t heir o rgan iza tion of the Congress and for providing shuttl e se rv ice to and from th e arrport. Fo r t he first time th e Co n gress sta rted o n a Friday afte rn oo n to permit the heavy load of committee and associat ion meetings to run their course. Highlights from th ese meetings fo ll ow. 10
MEN'S TKHNICAL COMMITTEE USGF Techn ica l Director, Frank Cumiskey, ca lled the meetin g to order and took a ro ll ca ll to find nearly half of the Sta t e Techni ca l Chairmen present. H e d escribed the main purpose of t he meeting as o rga ni zat ion al and to clarify th e recently publish ed " Men 's Rul es for Competitions." Th e basic purpose of the State Technical Chairmen is to stimulate gymn as ti cs at all leve ls w ithin their states in an effo rt to build a better nation al progra m from the grass-roots up. Th e cha irmen were urged to wo r k wi th estab li shed groups and w here none ex ist to take part in orga ni zi ng a state-w ide association. No cha irm an is ex pected to run the w hol e show in his state, but he should se t u p comm ittees in different sites (e nlistin g sc hoo ls, V' s, Turners, AAU, etc.) to handl e th e loca l situ at ions. USGF sa nctions for the men 's meets ma y be issued by the State Chairman if the compet iti ons are run accord in g to USGF standards. The main purpose of the sanct io n was noted to be that communicatio n take place as to the nature of t he com petition.
Discuss ion over proposed age-level programs brought a 3-pronged philosoph y : 1) tea ch good gymnastic habits from th e beginning, 2) make use of co mpul so ry exe rci ses, 3) get gymn astics sta rt ed ea rl y in a yo ungster's development. Compulsory exe rci ses h ave been publi shed fo r 3 developmental age group levels and for a junior and eli te nation al d iv isio n level. Th ese exerc ises w ill be t ried o ut for the next 2 yea rs and new ones set up for the 4 yea rs after 1974. Eventually, films wi ll be prepared o n these exe rcises. A system of achievement awa rds is being developed as ince ntive to progress. While 1-2 eve nts ma y be worked at the developmental level, the natio nal emph as is is to be on th e all-around. The junior Prog ram is n ew and ma y eve ntuall y h ave i ts ow n n ati o n al championship. At ,present, 'th ere is no possibility of working in w ith t he AAU junior Olympics and t hi s program and the AAU junior Nationals are to be co nsid ered as parall el programs rather than ri va ls. A new system for th e USGF Elite Champ ions h ips was announ ced. Four regional m eets, taking all co mers 1S yea rs or older, will qualify the top 6 AA and o ne alternate to t h e USA Championships. At the U SA Championships th e gym nasts wi ll compete as a tea m from their region . Th e reg ion al me ets will be run by a comm ittee of th e State Techni ca l Chairmen of that region , Some questioned the nee d fo'r suc h a meet saying that th e Chairmen i n that region could get toget her to ag ree on who th e top 6 gymnasts in th eir reg io n were , The coac h of th e regional team who wo uld accomp an y the gymna sts to th e r egio nal meet wou ld also be named by the Sta te Chairm en in that re gion. In 1973 the USA Championships will be held May 3-5 at Penn Sta te. This meet wi ll also serve as a qualifying round for the World Un ive rsit y Ga m es in Moscow and to se lect team memb ers for intern ationa l match compet ition s. Furth er info rm ati o n w ill b e fort hcoming from State and Reg iona l Technical Chai rm en and the National Technical Dir ector by March 1, 1973. A fin al note of clar ificat io n: W h ere possib le, state cha irm en w ill be named by th eir st ate (o r loca l) associatio n rath er th an by the USGF. Terms of office will thu s va ry and new face s wi ll appear. Th e important thing, new state cha irmen were told, is to get th e developmental programs sta rt ed. The " hot spots" of gymnastics must be enlar ged; li sts of com petitors, coac hes, and judges compi led: and the suggested USGF procedures followed to build a solid base in each state.
NATIONAL GYMNASTIC JUDGES ASSOCIA TlON As reported by Ted Mu czy ko , th e accomplishments of th e past year were: 1) A new set of rules interpretations for 1973. 2) Esta blishm ent of judges training programs at na tion al and internatio nal cl in ics. 3) First judges cou rs e offered for g radu ate c red it at Indiana State. 4) Development of standa rdi zed judgin g sheets for com pul so ry and f in al compet iti ons. 5) Publication in 1972 of Interp retatio ns of the FIG Code, its comp leme nt, and other FIG publication s, and new NCAA rul es affectin g judging, 6) Pub li cat io n of a 1973 set of interpretations. In progress: A hot lin e co ncept whereby regional experts may be ca ll ed (but not collect) for answers to difficult questions. Cassettes are being prepared as a part ial approach to