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Official Technical Publication of the United States Gymnastics Federation

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• Rhythmic Gymnastics Committee Meeting Fort Worth, Texas Friday, September 24, 1982 The meeting was called to order by the Chairman , Andrea Schmid , at 12 :35 pm .

Roll Call Present : Dr. Andrea Schmid (Chairman) , Monika Heilbut, Nora Hitzel, Annelis Hoyman, Norma Zabka (Charter Members); Beverly Bruce , Marina Davidovich, Barbara Fester, Patti Mccurry, Ellen Nyemcsik, Jeanne Sanders (Regional Chairmen) ; Nora Hitzel represented Gwendolyn Hilliard (Region V RC) who was absent. Guest : Becky Riti (National Women's Program Coordinating Secretary) II. Minutes Minutes from the Rhythmic Gymnastics Committee meetings of May 20 and 22, 1982, were unanimously approved after a minor correction . The Chairman reviewed the procedures for processing the minutes: the secretary mails the minutes to all committee members, who correct and return the revised copies within two weeks to the secretary ; no reply signifies approval. The secretary summarizes the approved minutes and forwards them to the chairman , who then submits the minutes to Mike Milidonis for Executive Committee approval and printing in USG F Technical Journal. It was suggested to mark the original minutes "first draft" . Ill. Announcements A. The Chairman announced the various meetings and meeting sites . B. The 1982 USGF Rhythmic Gymnastics International Invitational Meet will have only Canada, Japan , Federal Republic of Germany and United States participating . Team competition will take place October 2 with rope and hoop competition at 10:00 am and clubs and ribbon competition at 2 :30 pm . Individual event finals will take place October 3 at 1 :00 pm with the two best gymnasts from each country.

C . Annual Reports To the Annual Report " USA Rhythmic Gymnastics" add Explorer Olympics, 1982 National Sports Festival , and Atlantic City International Invitational. D. A list of Rhythmic Gymnastics Regional and State Chairmen 's addresses was distributed and necessary corrections entered . The address list of the USGF Rhythmic Gymnastics Committee members was revised. IV. Annual Regional Report Form The deadline for the Annual Regional Report is September 1. The report should list number of sanctioned clinics and judges' rating clinics ; number of members ; indicate the place for competitions with number of gymnasts and spectators and whether at local , state or regional level. Include other meets held in area for which the chairman is responsible . V. Regional Accounts Anyone with more than $100 in her account must have a bank account. Quarterly reports prepared by State Chairpersons from the region are due November 10, February 10, May 10, and August 10; the Regional Financial Report should be forwarded to the Rhythmic Gymnastics Committee Chairman twice a year (due February and August 20) . All qualifying meets , clinics , workshops should be sanctioned by the Regional Chairman, using the standard form , and the sanction fees should be placed in the regional account. Sanction fees are : $5 .00 {local) , $10.00 (state), and $15.00 (regional) ; all monies should be kept with the Regional Chairman. VI. State and Regional Directors ' Meeting The Chairman will present highlights and problems of the past year, introduce the committee members, give a brief review of the Rhythmic Gymnastics history, and announce about the Atlantic City International Invitational Meet. Each Regional Chairman will present a 2-3 minute long report. Nora Hitzel

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will report on the Age Group Developmental Committee ; Norma Zabka will talk about how to become a judge. VII. USGF Membership Membership is effective from September 1, 1982, through August 31 , 1983. Be sure to check "Rhythmic" when you renew your membership, and list your name on one list only. Anyone not a member of USGF cannot 1) compete as an athlete in USGF sanctioned events , 2) host USGF sanctioned events, or 3) judge USGF sanctioned meets. Coaches, meet directors, etc. etc. must be either Professional Members or Gold Card Members of USGF. Lengthy discussion about membership and its benefits, and the relationship between State and Regional Chairperson followed. VIII. USGF National Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships 1983 A. Bids for hosting the championships shall go to USGF, using the prescribed bid form . The site for the competition has as yet not been determined; possibilities are Indianapolis, Denver or United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Barbara Fester asked who paid the judges etc .; budgets from other groups, who have hosted the championships previously would be helpful. B. 1. The Group Exercise will be for 3 hoops and 3 ropes. In order to encourage more groups to participate in the competition, Nora Hitzel suggested that we consider holding an A and a B level competition with separate awards. 2. Discussion as to how to select the members for the National Group team followed ; suggestions were offered : a) all members shall be from the group, which takes first place at Nationals, b) select eight best gymnasts, who all meet to work for a certain period of time with the coach designated to be the group coach , c) group members selection shall be based on All Around scores and perhaps an optional rope routine for all. The persons needed will in addition be chosen on basis of height, weight, etc.; the chosen gymnasts should be able to "pull up roots" to attend training camp(s). IX. Coaching and Judging Seminars (Colorado Springs) The possibility of holding seminar(s) to improve the caliber of coaches and judges was discussed. It was proposed to hold the seminar either before or after the 1983 National Sports Festival , which will take place in Colorado Springs from June 24 to July 2, or before the Explorer Olympics , the dates for which are August 7-14, 1983. No decision was reached with regard to the exact dates.

X. Evaluation of Development Programs A. Age Group Developmental Program (Nora Hitzel) Due to writing difficulties, some of the choreographers have sometimes difficulty getting their compulsory routines in by the deadline. Andrea Schmid suggested that we need a person to assist these in writing down their routines. With regard to the illustrations, Becky Riti can supply names of two or three persons capable of doing these. Regional Chairpersons were asked to encourage the various state members to work for the development of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Get the names of YMCAs in their area and help them to get started by bringing in experts ; however, their own personnel need to get involved. State Chairmen are encouraged to contact Special Olympic groups in order to assist in adding Rhythmic Gymnastics to Special Olympic Programs. Oregon, under the direction of Bev and Terri Bruce, has begun a successful program. Video tapes of the compulsories are available from Maureen Broderick. The Age Group Developmental Program is defined and it functions . B. Elite Developmental Program (Barbara Fester) The committee has established procedures for : 1) athletes try-outs for the group routine ; 2) selection of choreographer of the group routine . In addition it has developed procedures for athletes selection for International competition; and has submitted these to the Foreign Relations Committee (now RGIPC) . The committee needs to re-write policies, as they are not functioning due to the present financial status of USGF. Andrea Schmid suggested that this committee's work needs new directions, such as concentrating on how to get better Elite gymnasts and coaches ; bringing in suggestions for holding training camps for the 12 best senior and 12 best junior gymnasts (duration of camp, time of year, place , etc .). C. Coaches Developmental Program (Jeanne Sanders) Material in book-form was sent out to be used , tested and evaluated to approximately 15 places. The chairperson received feed-back from all but one member of the committee . The program is now ready to be refined , and is to be handed out at regional clinics . USGF Technical Journal

Copies of the "hand book" should be submitted to RG Committee members by January 15, 1983. D. Judges Certification Program (Norma Zabka) The Chairman mailed to all judges and committee members an updated list of judges; report of judging assignments for National and International meets for the year (May 1981-May 1982) ; rule changes issued by F.1.G. ; and the committee's progress report. A letter with general information to judges, recent rule changes and/or clarifications is in the mail; included is an updated list of judges and their ratings and a judging report form . The Chairperson expressed a need for more written policies for judges assignments. The committee has received excellent suggestions, which will be used in the future. E. Public Relations (Nora Hitzel represented Gwendolyn Hilliard) Gwen Hilliard would like to see a senior student or gymnast appointed to travel to do public relations. It was pointed out that presently everything we do should be self-supportive. As for the evaluation of the committee's program , it seems to be a duplication of what else is done. The question is whether we need this committee. Becky Riti would like to be included on our mailing list to receive information about clinics, demonstrations, state meets, etc. etc. Meeting adjourned at 3:10 pm ; agenda is to be continued on Saturday. Respectfully submitted for approval by: Annelis S. Hoyman Secretary, RG Committee

Rhythmic Committee Meeting Saturday Session

Fort Worth, Texas Saturday, September 25, 1982 Meeting was called to order by Andrea Schmid, Chairman , (4:30 pm)

I. Roll Call Present: Charter members and Regional Chairpersons as listed for Friday's meeting Absent: Gwendolyn Hilliard Guest: Becky Riti , Sue Ammerman (Member at Large of the Executive Committee and liaison to the RG Committee), Kathy Brym (Colorado State Chairperson/Explorer Olympics) II. Explorer Olympics The coordinator for the Explorer Olympics , Kathy Brym, reported on this year's participation of RG athletes. Nineteen gymnasts (8 seniors and eleven juniors) were present, one gymnast did not show up. The gymnasts competed for three days and presented an excellent display of rhythmic gymnastics, which earned them a standing ovation and a thank-you note from the Explorer Olympics' Committee . The 1983 Explorer Olympics will take place at Ohio State University from August 7 to August 13; a grant from Pepsico Foundation will again pay for twenty gymnasts. Judges' fee includes a week's room and board, but probably not transportation . As the Olympics are designed for athletes of 14-21 years of age , the organizers request a majority of senior competitors (1-12 seniors and 8 juniors) . Gymnasts will perform in the exhibition gymnasium, and it might be possible to conduct a Rhythmic Gymnastics workshop at the same time . The Olympics are a good experience for our gymnasts. 111. Sponsorships Since USGF presently does not have sufficient funds to send a full team to the Four Continents Championships in New Zealand , only four persons will attend (2 gymnasts, 1 coach and 1 judge). In order to be able to send the group we need to fiRd a sponsor. Gymnasts of the group are still working hard, and the ind ividual gymnasts are prepared to compete as individuals, as well as in the capacity of members of the group. To send the needed number of gymnasts and additional total sum of $14,000 is needed ; we need to know about the availability of funds no later than November 1 (November 10 at the very latest).

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IV. Rules and Policies Committee Report (Ellen Nyemcsik) The committee made appropriate corrections on the initial pages of the Rules and Policies document. Bev Bruce moved to delete item II E, 11 on pg . 2 and replace it with the following sentence: " Entry score requirements for Regional meets are up to the discretion of the Regional Committee". Motion seconded by Monika Heilbut and carried .

Corrected copy shall be returned to Ellen Nyemcsik by November 15, 1982, with indication of approval or disapproval (if disapproval, give justification for same) . Ellen Nyemcsik shall have the document finalized by December 20, 1982. V. National Sports Festival - Selection of gymnasts, coaches and officials . Discussed briefly what method to use for coaches selection ; no decision was reached.

Monika Heilbut moved to delete item II E, 3d on pg. 3. Due to shortage of time, the chairperson suggested that all committee members work on the document at home and submit it with suggested corrections as follows : Chapter Chapter Chapter Chapter

I and II to Nora Hitzel Ill to Norma Zabka IV to VI to Barbara Fester VII to Andrea Schmid

With regard to judges selection we have to consider location due to expenses for travelling. We attempt to use top-level National and Brevet judges first, then the lower level judges; eventually we may have to alternate, as number of National judges increases. Since the National Sports Festival is used as a trial meet for future International championships, it was debated what criteria should be used for the selection of gymnasts. No decision was reached at this session .

The Operating Code to Monika Heilbut Meeting adjourned at 6:25 pm . The deadline for submission of material with corrections to the above mentioned persons is October 18, 1982. The deadline for mailing corrected copy to all members of the committee is November 1, 1982.

Respectfully submitted for approval by :

Annelis S. Hoyman Secretary, USGF RG Committee

Women'slnternationalProgram Committee Minutes SEPT. 24, 1982 THOSE IN ATIENDANCE : Sue Ammerman (Presiding) Gary Anderson Linda Chencinski Delene Darst Jackie Fie Roe Kreutzer

Tom McCarthy Don Peters (by invitation) Joan Moore Rice Becky Riti Bill Sands

Discussion began with U.S. philosophy regarding international invitations : It was unanimously agreed that it should be known that coaches are to be aware that international trips are assigned by the National Coaching Staff (Don and Roe), in conjunction with Jackie Fie, and that club coaches should not be pursuing inv itations for their respective gymnasts while in or out of the country. This obviously is in regard to meets which are internationally sanctioned by the USGF office . A report from the National Staff then followed with Don and Roe summarizing major event accomplishments of the " 82" season . 1. The U.S. International Invitation (Fort Worth) We elected to send two teams of four participants each . Don and Roe coached the North team , while Bill Sands and Donna Cozzo coached the South squad . The teams where equally divided in strength and experience as not to influence judging. Both squads performed well , the North placing first while the South placed second. China placed third while USSR finished in fourth . It is to be noted that China sent its top team ... and that the national staff feels that by '84 there is strong potential to catch , and surpass their program .

2. U.S. vs CHINA (Jr. meet in China) Don and Roe reported that our girls did a fine job in this experience , and would have won the meet, except for the fact that China included two top senior girls within the competitive squad . China 191.4 USA 190.5 3 . PACIFIC ALLIANCE MEET Our USA team won the meet at both competition sites. This meet proved good politically, was judged fairly, and proved friendly. A suggestion was made at this time that we develop a core of judges similar to our coaching core for obvious political consistency needs. 3. CANADIAN CLASSIC (Jr. meet in Canada) This meet also proved quite successful. Our U.S. team was again victorious and also consumed 70% of the ind ividual medals awarded. Following these reports Jackie Fie presented a statement regarding our national judging posture which suggests that " Consistency" is the key word which should guide the method of evaluation and application of the judging rules by the USA international Judges, and that our goal is to influence as many international judges

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as possible to " play it straight" , which can never be accomplished if we exhibit at any time through our actions, a philosophy of "winning at all costs ." The next scheduled discussion was lead by Don regarding his Proposal for the Jr. Elite Gymnast during the seasons prior to the "84" games and the year of said competition : Jr. Eiltes are to be broken up into two (2) competitive groups. a) Juniors thirteen and under in "83" b) Juniors fourteen within the 1983 calendar year. Juniors who will not be fifteen years of age in 1984 will undoubtedly never experience the need to compete compulsories internationally, and therefore should be encouraged to train to their riia ximum on optional skills ; although , within their competitive structure a fifth event made up of strength , power, and flexibility will be incorporated as 20% evaluation once they have qualified to the national level, i.e. passed their zone 34.4 optional qualifying score into nationals. Fourteen year old juniors elites will compete compulsory routines in preparation for future senior level competitive needs. It is the feeling of the National Staff that this flexibility in structure will encourage additional coaches to involve more younger athletes in the junior program , and that we will increase our strength/power/and flexibility in our up-and-coming athletes . A motion was made by Tom McCarthy and seconded by Gary Anderson to approve this proposal. All were in favor. It was then established by Jackie Fie that by having approved the above, it in no way suggested that the committee was taking a stance on the benefit or liability of compulsories, for that was not part of the discussion. Don then stated that by next year at this same time more accurate norms would be established for the S/P/F portions of the program as a fifth event, and that a possible sixth event may be incorporated using the 1988 elements as a potential testing medium . Chairperson Ammerman then called on Linda Chencinski who moved that Delene accompany the delegation to the World Cup for needed political numbers to support the women's effort regarding U.S. representation . The motion was seconded by Roe. Discussion followed and if budgetary potentials existed the committee voted in favor. New Business continued with Linda motioning that Don be named as Olympic Coach . This was seconded by Gary Anderson . The vote was unanimous. Don then asked for Roe Kreutzer to be named by the comm ittee as "first assistant". This too passed with total agreement. Prior to adjournment, Becky Riti reminded the committee that coaches of gymnasts invited to represent the U.S. internationally must respond in "written form " of their approval or refusal within 4 days. Once having refused selection for that particular experience, a second invitation will not be entertained . A motion was made and seconded for adjournment. The meeting was then concluded . Respectfully submitted

Tom McCarthy Acting secretary USGF Technical Journal


CALENDAR UNITED STATF5 GYMNASTICS FEDERATION

Schedule of Events (Dates subject to change) Revised: September 20, 1983 OCTOBER 1983 16-17 DECEMBER 1983 13-15 23-30 Second Elite Zone Meet 3-4 Rhythmic Gymnastics ational XXII World Champion-ships (M/W) TBA USGF Board of Directors Meeting Championships Budapest, Hungary ¡chicago, IL 17-18 TBA 24-Nov. 5 3-8 McDonald's American Cup Colorado Springs, CO MAY 1984 Chunichi Cup New York, NY 4-6 Nagoya & Tokyo, Japan NOVEMBER 1983 20 McDonald's Championships of the 2-10 10-11 USA (M) International Mixed Pairs FIG Congress Coca Cola International ToumaIndianapolis, IN Philadelphia, PA Strassbourg, France ment (M/W) 23-24 London, England 5 5-6 Class I State Championships RSG Exhibition at Disney World Class I Eastern/ Western Champion14- 18 TBA Various Sites Orlando, FL ships (W) USGF Single Elimination ToumaTBA 31 ment (M/W) 4-6 USA vs China Dual Meet• RSG XI World Championships Reno, NV 10-12 TBA Strassbourg, France McDonald's Championships of the FEBRUARY 1983 USA (W) APRIL 1984 11-12 17-18 5-6 Chicago, IL South African International (M/W First Elite Zone Meet TBA NCAA Women's Championships Durbin, South Africa MARCH 1984 Los Angeles, CA 2-3 18-20 19 6-7 1984 USGF American Classic (W) South African Cup Junior Olympic National Ch;m1pionTBA Class 1 Regional Championships Victoria, South Africa Los Angeles, CA ships (W)

WIPC Subsequent Meeting _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ A brief subsequent meeting transpired due to additional concerns regarding the new Junior Elite Proposal and its particular clarifications. The following structures were passed . 1) Junior elite "optional only" competitors could not use a handspring full twist vault as an optional vault 2) Regarding selection for Jr. Elite championship qualifying (their championships to be held at the Sports Festival) a. 1st Nationals Top Five (5) optional only juniors qualify to festival Top Eight (8) C&O Juniors qualify to festival

c. The next Six (6) places are to be wild card slots accomplished through optional all-around scores only. These slots can be taken by any Jr. Elite regardless of her age or category, Fren, 2nd Nat Meet Lastly, it was passed that the eighteen (18) foot approach runway limit be enforced uniformly beginning with zones through championships . September 25, '82

Meeting of the Executive

Guests Present by Request: Mr. Roger Counsil - USGF Executive Director Mrs. Jacki Fie - FIG Women's Technical Committee Member Mr. Bill Roetzheim - USGF Representative to the FIG Technical Assembly - Men Mrs. Linda Chencinski - USGF Women's Committee Chairperson Mrs. Joanne Aschenbrenner - Chairperson of the NAWGJ Atty. Charles Curry - Legal Counsel to the USGF Mr. L. Sasvary welcomed the members of the committee and the guests to the Executive Committee meeting.

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Mrs. Roe Kreutzer - Vice President for Women Mr. Mike Milidonis - Secretary Mrs. Sue Ammerman - Member at Large

Sunday and Monday October 10 and 11 , 1982 9 :20 AM to 3:45 PM Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, IN

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Mr. R. Counsil apprised the committee of the recent developments concerning the Insurance programs. Five bids have been sent out to various companies. The committee discussed the possibility of bringing the membership program into the USGF Office and the associated administration responsibilities of the program. The " in house" concept could aid in the dissemination of information and be of cost efficient concern to the USGF. The committee also discussed the lack of information concerning the cost of administration of the current membership and insurance programs with Bayly, Martin and Fay. The committee suggested that the secondary medical coverage be dropped from the insurance program and continuance of the liability coverage . Perhaps the savings could offer a lower package rate to the USGF membership. Proposed by Mr. L. Sasvary that the Executive Director investigate and negotiate no more than a one year membership program with a transition to an in house concept. And no more than a two year liability only insurance program. Seconded by Mr. M. Milidonis.

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Mrs. Joanne Aschenbrenner presented an excellent explanation of the National Association for Women's Gymnastic Judges history, program , services and procedures . She prepared a number of materials for the information of the committee.

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During the presentation Mrs. J. Aschenbrenner highlighted the identification of the problems , the possible sol utions, the scope of judging, and the compensation for services rendered . The association depends on volunteers, and stresses professional accountability. Mr. R. Counsil addressed the committee concerning the relocation of the USGF Officed . A communication has been made with representatives in Fort Worth, Colorado Springs, and Indianapolis. The USGF Office must consider the potential growth related to an office relocation , including: computerization , facilities and equipment, services, rent, amount of space available , potential for fund raising, etc. The committee discussed the need for better communication and suggested that a monthly conference call be set up when needed for the Executive Committee members. The call should be scheduled for the first Monday of the month with ample prearrangements to assure all members' availability for the call. The Executive Committee Minutes of September 21 , 1982. Add : Motion for the approval of the Executive Committee Minutes, August 25 , 1982, was made by Mr. M. Milidonis. Motion Passed . Mr. L. Sasvary moved for the approval of the minutes of September 21, 1982 as corrected . Seconded by Mrs. S. Ammerman . Motion Passed. Add to page 3 of the Executive Committee Minutes of September 26, 1982, the third paragraph: "Mr. R. Counsil shall communicate directly with Mr. R. March and Mr. M. Watson of Bayly, Martin and Fay. " And strike the motion " Mrs. S. Ammerman Proposed .... " and insert "Mrs. Roe Kreutzer proposed . Mr. L. Sasvary moved for the approval of the September 26 minutes as corrected . Seconded by Mrs. R. Kreutzer. Motion Passed. Add to the bottom of page 1 of the Executive Committee Minutes of September 29, 1982. "The committee approved of the concept and need for the position of USGF Comptroller and asked . " Mrs. S. Ammerman moved for the approval of the September 29, 1982 minutes as corrected. Seconded by Mr. M. Milidonis. Motion Passed. Mr. M. Milidonis moved for the approval of the Men 's Program Committee Minutes of September 24, 1982. Seconded by Mrs. S. Ammerman . Mrs. J. Fie asked a question of the minutes concerning the number of gymnasts competing in the American Cup. The Executive Committee recommended that the format and the number of gymnasts competing per country be determined by the USGF Office. Motion Passed . The minutes of the Women's Technical Committee of June 18-19, 1982 were superceded by the Women 's Technical Committee actions and minutes of September , 1982 and supplemented by the 1982-83 Elite Program Regulations . Mr. B. Roetzheim presented the new applications of the Elite Coaches Association for Men and the Junior Olympic Boys Coaches Association. Mrs. J. Fie presented the corrections from the Women 's Committee suggested for the USGF Sanctioning Policies and Procedures. Page 1. Delete the NOTE under B. 1. Page 2. Section E. 2. Regional Chairpersons are empowered to approve sanctions for USGF sponsored meets at only local, sectional , state and regional levels as well as designated zone competition, but within the constraints listed in these Sanctioning Policies and Procedures. The USGF Women 's Committee National Chairperson is empowered to approve sanctions for the East West Junior Olympic Championships and Junior Olympic Nationals. Sanctions for National Elite Qualification meets must be approved by the USGF Office and then by the Women's Committee National

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Chairperson . (See Women 's Committee Policies and Procedures. Chapter 8, Section A, Page 14, also Procedures for Sanctioning 6182 by the WC. And the Men 's Program Guidelines and Coaching Manual, Section 3, II, C, Competition Sites, Page 52 . NOTE : Meets designated as "Zone" meets must be so designated by the action of the Women's Committee on a meet by meet basis . This includes Regional Zone Elite Qualification competitions. The corrections to the USGF Sanctioning Policies and Procedures were moved for acceptance by Mr. M. Milidonis. Seconded by Mrs. S. Ammerman . Motion Passed. Mrs. R. Kreutzer proposed a recess at 12:05 PM . The Committee recessed . The meeting of the Executive Committee Reconvened at 2:20 PM on Monday October 11 , 1982. Mr. B. Wilkinson welcomed the members and briefly described the proposed agenda . The committee discussed the current USGF financial situation. Proposed by Mr. Milidonis to ask Mr. Courtney Shanken of the Board of Directors to review the USGF Audit Statements with Mr. Baird Walker of the auditing firm , Mr. R. Counsil and the USGF Office. Seconded by Mrs. S. Ammerman . Motion Passed. The committee discussed the assets of the USGF, specifically the departments of publication (magazine) and promotional items. The concern for the magazine questioned the correctness of the audit and magazine budget. The committee also discussed the importance of solvency related to the current airfare bill and other liabilities. The committee discussed the relationship with television negotiating agents for the USGF. Are we getting our maximum potential from domestic and international events. Mr. B. Wilkinson addressed the committee concerning the site relocation of the USGF Office. The need for concrete commitments from all possible sites and committees shall present the information necessary to make an intelligent decision. The committee discussed the need for a woman coach to attend the World Cup Competition to accompany the women gymnasts. Mr. R. Counsil expressed the concern for the funds available , we don't have the money. Proposed by Mrs. S. Ammerman that the Executive Committee directs Mr. R. Counsil to send Mrs. R. Kreutzer to the World Cup Competition to accompany the women gymnasts as assistant coach . Seconded by Mr. L. Sasvary. Motion Passed . Mr. R. Counsil expressed the concern for funds not being available for this action. The Executive Committee asked Mr. R. Counsil to freeze the staff raises until the USGF financial stability is assured . Mr. B. Wilkinson asked Mr. R. Counsil to review the reassignment of staff consideration concerning Mr. E. Zimmer and Mr. M. Jacki. Mr. R. Counsil presented the availability of Mr. M. Jacki and the reassignment of Mr. E. Zimmer to development activities (fund raising). The committee discussed the potential conflict of interest related to the concerns of the other equipment companies. Mr. R. Counsil will contact the companies to apprise them of the staff reassignment and ask for their support. The committee asked Mr. R. Counsil to communicate with the site relocation committees as soon as possible and gather all necessary information for the site survey committee . On motion duly made and seconded the meeting of the Executive Committee was adjourned at 3:45 PM . Submitted for Consideration by: Michael J. Milidonis Secretary of the Executive Committee USGF Technical Journal


l!SGF Sanctioning Policies & Procedures SECTION A. INTRODUCTIONS

A-1 Authorization: The United States Gymnastics Federation (U.S.G.F.) is the sole governing body for the United States of America for the sports of artistic gymnastics for men and women and for rhythmic gymnastics. The U.S.G.F. receives its authorization from the United States Olympic Committee (U .S.0.C.), where it is a group A member; from the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) ; and from the International Olympic Committee (1.0 .C.) A-2 Events: Sanctions and authorizations for the conduct of competitive and/or exhibition events in the sports or rhyth mic and artistic gymnastics will , within the guidelines and constraint contained herein, be considered by the U.S.G.F. Events between gymnastic teams from the USA and other nations, along with certain other designated domestic events which fall under the aegis of the U.S.G .F. will be considered for sanction by the U.S.G.F. Sanctioning Committee. SECTION B. SANCTIONING POLIC IES - DOMESTIC EVENTS

B-1 A domestic event which requires a sanction by the U.S.G .F. Sanctioning Committee is an event which meets all the following requirements: a. Takes place in the United States b. Involves athletes from the U.S.G.F. Elite Men 's and Women 's National Teams (both Junior and Senior) c. Is not a closed competition . Closed events are limited by membership restriction to a specific organization (example: YMCA National Championships , NCAA National Championships) . A closed event must be administered under the administrative supervision of that sponsoring organization to be considered a closed event. (Note : Any event involving athletes from two (2) or more different domestic organizations which sponsor gymnastics is an open competition and must receive a U.S.G.F. sanction from the U.S.G.F. If the competition is to be utilized as a Junior Olympic Age Group Program qualification meet, such meet would require a U.S.G.F. sanction even if considered a closed event.) B-2 All domestic competitions require a sanction by the U.S.G.F. Sanction Com mittee if they involve U.S.G .F. National Team Members, unless they are closed competitions as defined in B-1-c. SECTION C. SANCTIONING POLICY - INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

Only the U.S.G.F. , by virtue of IOC and the FIG mandates, may invite or authorize foreign gymnast event participate in the U.S. C-1

An International Event is any event which involves any USA gymnast(s) and meets either of the following requirements : a. Takes place outside the United States b. Involves anyone who is not a United States citizen NOTE: This does not apply to foreign athletes residing in the US and Participating in closed event competitions .

C-2 No organization holding membership in the U.S.G.F. or from without the U.S.G.F. may organize , arrange for, or conduct an international gymnastics event involving gymnasts from the U.S.G.F. or any other organization conducting gymnastics competitions or tours in the United States, unless a sanction has been applied for and approved in writing from the U.S.G.F. Sanction Committee. C-3 Normal courtesy between member nations of the FIG requires individual clubs or schools seeking to arrange international exchanges must apply for a U.S.G.F. sanction pursuant to U.S.G.F. Sanctioning Procedures as states in Section E-2 herein. This applies even if competitions are school-to-school , club-to-club, etc . (Article 9b, FIG Statutes) . SECTION D. TOURS AND EXHIBITIONS

D-1 Tours and exhibitions are defined as events which are conducted as a show of gymnastics skill only, in any or all events recognized as IOC or FIG competitive events. Further, tour events will not contain any element of competition through scoring or otherwise comparing of performances for purposes of ranking them . Tours and exhibitions are events as defined above involving USA athletes and/or occurring in the U.S.A. (Note : Any manifestation which includes both the elements of a tour and of a competition shall be considered a competition .)

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D-2 U.S.G.F. Sanctioning Policies as stated in Sections Band C herein also apply to tours and exhibitions. SECTION E. SANCTIONING PROCEDURES FOR ALL EVENTS (COMPETITIONS, TOURS, AND EXH IBITIONS)

E-1 The U.S.G.F., as the governing body for gymnastics in the United States must consider the issuance of sanctions for those events as defined in this U.S.G.F. Sanctioning Policies and Procedures. E-2 U.S.G.F. Regional Chairpersons are empowered to approve sanctions for U.S.G.F. sponsored meets at only local, sectional, state and regional levels as well as designated "zone " competitions, but within the constraints listed in these Sanctioning Policies and Procedures. The U.S.G.F. Women's Committee National Chairman is empowered to approve sanctions for the East/ West Junior Olympic Championsh ips and Junior Olympic Nationals. Sanctions for National Elite Qualifying Meets must be approved by the U.S.G.F. Office, then by the Women's Committee National Chairman . (See Women 's Committee Policies and Procedures, Chapter 8, Section A, page 14, and Men 's Program Guidelines and Coaching Manual, Section 3, II , C, " Competition Sites," page 52, also " Procedures for Sanctioning" (6/82) by Women 's Committee) NOTE: Meets designated as "zone" meets must be so designated by action of the Women's Committee on a meet-by-meet basis. This includes Regional/ Zone Elite Qualification competitions .

CHAPTER EIGHT SANCTIONS Procedures for Sanctioning A. "Any Women's Committee member in good standing" may request a Sanction for competition . Once Sanction has been granted, all USGF/Women's Committee rules must be followed . Must be at least 18 years old to apply for Sanction. 1. For Junior Olympic Age Group Program Competitions sanctions may be obtained from the Regional Chairman for : a. Local Meets, Dual Meets, Tri Meets of a local nature, b. Sectional Meets - Qualifying meets hosted under supervision of State USGF Chairman , c. State, Regional/Zone路 - Meets hosted under supervision of USGF State or Reqional Chairman. 路NOTE: Regional/Zone sanctions for Elite (Juniors and Seniors) may also be obtained through the Regional Chairman . 2. For competitions of national nature sanctions may be obtained from the National Chairman : a. USGF National Meets - Junior Olympic and Elite National Competitions, specifically: East/West Championships , Junior Olympic Nationals, American Classic, US Classic. b. National Invitationals - If scores are to be used for qualifying purposes , sanction must be requested from the Women 's Committee . Rules and Procedures for a and b: i. If no National Team members, top 21 Junior and/or Senior Elite gymnasts are involved , apply directly to National Chairman for sanction . ii. If National Team members are involved , a sanction must first be obtained from the USGF office and then from the Women 's Comm ittee. 3. Sanctions may be obtained from the USGF Office for International competitions : Meets involving gymnasts from other countries . If a Women 's Committee Sanction is desired for qualifying purposes, it may be obtained from the National Chairman after the USGF Office issues the International Sanction. 4. It is the responsibility of the Meet Director to : a. Follow all regulations contained in the "Rules and Policies" Book and all technical regulations from Women 's Technical Committee Meetings. b. Acquire judges through NAWGJ and check that they are properly rated for the Meet. (Check local and State regulations) c. Make sure that all equipment specifications are correct and equipment is properly installed. d. Make sure gymnasts are entered in their proper age groups, classes

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United States Gymnastics Federation

Sunday and Monday October 10 and 11, 1982 1:00 PM to Conclusion

Meeting of the Board of Directors

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, IN

Board Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Senior Vice President for Men Les Sasvary at 1 :15 PM . Mr. L. Sasvary explained the itinerary for the two days of meetings. He also announced that President B. Wilkinson would arrive later in the evening. Delegates Present : Mrs. Nancy T Marshall - Athletes Association Mr. Tim Lafleur - Athletes Association Ms. Kathy Johnson 8 Athletes Association Mr. Gene Whelan - Athletes Association Mr. Brent Simmons - Athletes Association Mr. Jerry Hardy - Amateur Athletic Union Mrs. Norma Zabka - American Sokol Organization Mr. Harry Warnken - American Turners Mr. Rusty Mitchell - National Association for Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches, Men Mr. Vannie Edwards - National Association for Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches, Women Dr. Mimi Murray - National Association for Girls and Women in Sports Dr. Marc Rabinott - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Mrs. Joanne Aschenbrenner - National Association of Women Gymnastics Judges Mrs. Susan Hall - National Collegiate Athletic Association Mr. Jerry Miles - National Collegiate Athletic Association Mr. Fred Orlofsky - National Collegiate Athletic Association Mr. Bill Roetzheim - National Collegiate Athletic Association Ms. Susan True - National Federation of State High Schools Associations Ms. Sharon Wilch - National Federation of State High Schools Associations Mr. Les Sasvary - National Gymnastics Judges Association and Vice President, Men Mr. John Brinkworth - National High School Gymnastics Coaches Association Ms. Arlene Crossman - National Junior College Athletic Association Mr. Dave Rowlands - National Junior College Athletic Association Mr. Jim Gault - United States Elite Coaches Association Mrs. Roe Kreutzer - United States Elite Coaches Association and Vice President, Women Mr. Bob Finch - United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs Mr. Bruno Klauss - United States Gymnastics Safety Association Mr. Courtney Shanken - Jewish Welfare Board Mr. Bud Wilkinson - Young Men 's Christian Association Mrs. Sue Ammerman - Member at Large of the Executive Committee Mr. Mike Milidonis - Secretary of the Executive Committee Mrs. Jackie Fie - FIG Women 's Technical Committee Member USGF Office Statt Present : Mr. Roger Counsil - USGF Executive Director Ms. Kay Miller - Secretary to the Executive Director Guests Present : Mrs. Linda Chencinski - USGF Women 's Committee Chairperson Atty. Charles Curry - Legal Counsel of the Law Firm Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff and Miller Mr. Jim Howard - President of the United States Elite Coaches Association , Men

contracts for events. The International Management group has not been selling the lesser events to TV. Mrs. S. Wilch presented a report on the activities of the Accounting and Finance Committee. The committee reviewed the budget with the office and auditors Ernst and Whinney. The USGF has three sources of revenue; membership, sponsorship and events. Mrs S. Wilch announced that the USGF is in a better position than last year at the end of the period. Mr. B. Roetzheim presented the report from the Membership Committee. The committee received application from the Elite Coaches Association for Men and the Junior Boys Gymnastics Coaches Association . Discussion by the Board regarding the allocation of votes for the AIAW (announcement of pending litigation and request for inactive status) and the NJCAA in regards to the composition of the programs . Mr. B. Roetzheim also announced the resignation of Ms. Kristy Rowland and the need for a replacement of the position vacated. The chair requested Mr. D. Rowland to present the team participation statistics of the NJCAA to the Membership Committee as soon as possible . The Credentials Committee report was presented by Mr. J . Brinkworth. The report was detailed and recommended changes to the original committee recommendations Mr. J. Brinkworth requested action on the recommendations of the committee. The committee expressed concern with the communication from the constituent members concerning the assignment of delegates to the Board . Mr. M. Milidonis announced that the Bylaws (pink form) contained in the Board notebook include the recent revisions and corrections. Mr. L. Sasvary presented the report from the Men's Program Committee . The membership of the committee was announced including new member Mr. Tom Gardner and the need to replace a vacancy of an athlete representative to the committee. Mr. L. Sasvary explained the qualification system for the Championships of the USA and the World Championships Final Trials. The Women's Committee report was presented by Mrs. L. Chencinski. The new 1984 compulsories are being developed and sent to sub-committee for evaluation and testing. The USGF medals program has been organized and is proceeding well on all levels. The committee suggests that the USGF reconsider the present components of the insurance program. The committee recommends that the USGF eliminate the medical coverage portion of the program. The sanctioning procedures are now updated and coincide with the policies of the USGF Office. The Women's International Program Committee report was presented by Mrs. S. Ammerman. Mr. Don Peters and Mrs. Roe Kreutzer have been announced as the 1984 Olympic Coaches. There shall be a new testing program for the junior elite gymnasts and a new procedure which limits the compulsory competition for children. Mrs. S. Ammermann also presented the report of the Rhythmic Gymnastics Committee. Dr. Andrea Schmid 's written report is included in the Board notebook. Mrs. Alla Svirsky was announced as the 1984 Olympic Coach . The committee is encourag ing the demonstration of rhythmic gymnastics through programs in clubs , schools and various clinics. The recent International lnvitiational in Atlantic City (October 2-3, 1982) was an excellent competition. Mr. R. Counsil announced the recent actions of the Equipment and Liability Committee. The USGF Equipment policy has been revised, approved by the Board and announced to the gymnastics community. The policy was revised due to the inconsistency between states with equipment specifications . The USGF is concerned with the sanctioning of events and the compliance with the FIG equipment measurements and dimensions. The liability policy has been corrected to correspond with the policies of the USGF insurance program.

Agenda Item Ill The minutes of the May 3, 1982 Board of Directors meeting were submitted for approval. Mr. D. Rowlands proposed the approval of the minutes. Second by Dr. M. Murray. Motion Passed . Agenda Item IV, Reports Mr. L. Sasvary presented the report of the recent Executive Committee meetings and actions of the committee. Mr. M. Milidonis announced the corrections to the Executive Committee Minutes of September 26, 1982. Mr. M. Milidonis announced that the Nominating Committee shall be selected at the spring meeting of the Board . The Board was asked to submit nominations to the USGF Ottice. Mr. R. Counsil announced to the Board that the potential con tract with Datsun has not been consumated as yet. The activities of the Contract Committee have been limited. Mr. J. Traetta has been secured as an agent for the negotiation of cable TV

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Mr. R. Counsil apprised the Board of the recent developments concerning the site survey and relocation of the USGF Office. A site survey committee was appointed and includes members : Mr. B. Wilkinson , Mr. M. Milidonis, Ms. K. Johnson and Mr. T LaFleur. The committee shall prepare evaluations of the various potential sites for the review of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors . The committee shall report its findings as soon as possible . Mr. B. Simmons requested that the committee consider the inclusion of additional Board members and USGF Staff. The Board continued discussion on the potential sites of relocation including Colorado Springs, Fort Worth Downtown and Indianapolis. Mr. R. Counsil expressed the importance of developing a capital fund raising plan to fund the relo cation and related moving and set up expenses. With the receipt of the tax letter there will be a potential of developing a new approach to funding of the USGF Office operations. The Sanctioning Committee report was presented by Dr. M. Murray and Mr. R. Counsil. Mr. R. Counsil was directed by the Executive Committee and the Board to approve and evaluate sanctions in cooperation with the Sanctioning Committee. He shall have the authority to act on sanctioning matters and implement the policies and procedures of the sanctioning policy. Mrs. J. Fie announced the changes in the Sanctioning Policy as approved by the Execu ti ve Committee in the morning session. USGF Technical Journal


Motion Passed.

USGF SANCTIONING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Page 1. Delete the NOTE under B. 1.

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Reg ional Chairpersons are empowered to approve sanctions for USGF sponsored meets at only local, sectional , state and regional levels as well as designated zone competitions, but within the constraints listed in these Sanctioning Policies and Procedures. The USGF Womens Committee National Chairperson is empowered to approve sanctions for the East West Junior Olympic Championships and Junior Olympic Nationals. Sanctions for National Elite Qualification meets must be approved by the USGF Office and then by the Womens Committee National Chairperson. (See Women's Committee Policies and Procedures, Chapter 8, Section A, Page 14, also Procedures for Sanctioning, 6182 by the WC. And the Men 's Pro gram Guidelines and Coaching Manual, Section 3, II, C, Competition Sites, Page 52 . NOTE: Meets designated as "Zone" meets must be so designated by the action of the Women's Committee on a meet by meet basis . This includes Regional Zone Elite Qualification competitions . The Sanctioning Committee shall act as an appeals committee . The committee shall also review the sanctions approved by the USGF Office. Mr. L. Sasvary approved a fifteen minute recess of the Board at 3:00 PM . The meeting of the USGF Board of Directors was reconvened at 3:15 PM by Mr. L. Sasvary. Action on Committee Recommendations . Mr. B. Roetzheim proposed that Mrs. S. Ammermann be appointed to the Membership Committee . Second by Mr. J. Gault. Motion Passed. The Board directed the Athletes Association to elect a new representative to the Membership Committee. Mr. Jim Howard presented the membership application of the United States Elite Coaches Association for Men. The discussion concerning the application included a concern for the reorganization of the Men's Program Committee membership. Ms. S. Wilch proposed the acceptance of the Elite Coaches Association - Men as an active member of the Board of Directors. Seconded by Mrs. J. Aschenbrenner. Mr. T. Lafleur and Mrs. S. Ammermann requested a secret ballot vote. Motion Defeated. 8 in favor, 17 not in favor. Discussion continued concerning the reapplication and other alternatives available to the Elite Coaches Association - Men.

Mr. R. Counsil announced that the reports of the USGF Office Staff are enclosed in the Board Meeting Notebook. Mr. R. Counsil addressed the Board concerning the current financial status of the USGF. The Audited Financial Statements were presented to the Board . The USGF is showing less red ink than the past year. The USG F needs to become actively involved in a fund raising campaign as soon as possible. The Board discussed the financial environment related to the potential for the USGF to raise funds and procure sponsorships for programs and events. Mr. R. Counsil requested the Board 's approval to assign Mr. Ed Zimmer the responsibilities related to USGF Fund Raising . Mr. E. Zimmer shall develop a fund raising program to include regional coverage, alumni participation , etc. AMF and Mr. L. Fie have offered the services of Mr. Mike Jacki to the USGF as Events Coordinator. This opportunity would release Mr. E. Zimmer to perform the duties of fund raising. Discussion continued from the members concerning the USGF financial status . Some of the concerns expressed include: Need for a position of USGF Comptroller, need to develop a finance advisory group of community experts, need for a quarterly audit of statements , establishment of a major fund raising event (benefit) , an events budget freeze, staff layoffs, evaluation of event revenues versus expenditures, etc. Mr. R. Counsil reported on the success of the USGF GYMNASTICS magazine. The magazine has performed as the communication to the membership with a circulation of 55 ,000. The registration of boy's in the athletic membership program has been poor. We must ask the Junior Olympic Boys Coaches Association to encourage the registration of athletes. Mr. R. Counsil continued the Executive Directors report with a current appraisal of the insurance membership program of Bayly, Martin and Fay. The contract shall be terminated on December 20, 1982. The USGF Office is concerned with the cost effectiveness of the program and would like to consider organization of the membership program in the USGF Office. The Executive Committee recommended that the USGF Office remain with the membership program for one year and discontinue the medical coverage within the insurance program . Mr. R. Counsil shall meet with the representatives from Bayly, Martin and Fay on October 25 , 1982. Mr. R. Counsil presented the Athletes Foundation to the Board and asked that the members carefully review the procedures and policies. The members shall report to the USGF Office not later than January 1, 1983 their concurrence with the policy and any potential conflicts. The Status of USGF Sponsorships.

Mr. B. Roetzheim presented the application for the Junior Boys Gymnastics Coaches Association .

The MacDonald's Head over Heels Program shall be piloted and developed in 1983 and 1984.

Mr. J. Brinkworth proposed the acceptance of the Junior Boys Gymnastics Coaches Association as an active member of the Board of Directors. Seconded by Dr. Marc Rabinoff.

Datsun shall consumate an agreement in January of 1983. The program includes an opportunity for clubs to receive equipment redemption certificates through participation in demonstrations, pro-mos, poster programs , etc. Tiger has donated approximately 250,000 dollars worth of uniforms during the past year. They are currently working with future designs and promotion . Mr. R. Kenney has contacted two film companies (Kodak and Fugi) for a possible sponsorship .

Motion Defeated. Mr. B. Roetzheim presented the Membership Committee reseach information concerning allocation of votes to the Board of Directors . The Board discussed the allocation of votes for the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA.

The USGF Congress was well organized and attended. The USGF Office is considering the sites of St. Louis and Indianapolis as well as Fort Worth for the 1983 Congress.

Mr. J. Brinkworth presented the recommendations of the Credentials Committee. The following recommendations refer to the USGF Board of Directors Minutes of May 3, 1982, page 9-10.

Mr. R. Counsil continued his report with an update on the USGF Policies. The Sanctioning policy is now up to date with recent acceptances from the Executive Committee .

Proposed : Recommendations for Procedure #6, to delete "prior to the fall meeting " and insert "prior to the next scheduled meeting"

The Equipment Policy needs to be revised to coincide with the insurance program liability and equipment certification procedures. The Eligibility Statutes must be reviewed by the Board as soon as possible to avoid potential conflict with constituent members related policies .

Motion Passed. Proposed: Recommendations for Procedures # 6, add atter the word rectifies , " only after the evidence of the written request has been displayed to the Board and upon an affirmative vote by the Board." Motion Passed . Mr. J. Brinkworth asked that the Athletes Association replace an athlete position on the Credentials Committee. Proposed : Delete from By-Laws Article 5.01g. Credentials Committee , the last sentence, "in advance of each Board meeting." USGF Technical Journal

New projects ready for development include the establishment of a USGF Academy, an educational program for all professionals. The USGF is also investigating the formation of a safety commission which would fulfill the goals and objectives of the USGF Articles and the USOC. And the structuring of a site selection committee to investigate the future USGF Office site. The USGF Office Report continued with Mr. R. Counsil notifying the Board on recent USGF Staff adjustments. Mr. Doug Fitzgerald has lett the staff and returned to coaching . Ms. Kathy Delano has been hired with the responsibilities of nurturing the MacDonalds and Datsun contracts. She is on the MacDonalds stipend for the position and will also perform the duties related to sports information releases.

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Mr. R. Counsil projects the need for additional staff at the USGF Office , specifically, a USGF Comptroller, a membership director and stall, an educational director, and an assistant to the Executive Director. Mr. R. Counsil inquired into the costs of the computerization of the USGF Office. The start up costs would approach $55 ,000. The possibilities wou ld include the availability of complete office computerization to include membership lists, chart of accounts , audits, budget breakdown, word processing, etc. The Board discussed the reorganization of the USGF Office Stall including the position available from the LAOOC as Olympic Meet Coordinator. Proposed by Mr. F. Orlofsky that the Board direct Mr. R. Counsil to reorganize the staff assignments of Director of Events and Fund Raising regarding the position of Mr. E. Zimmer and Mr. M. Jacki. Seconded by Mr. B. Simmons. Motion Passed. Mr. R. Counsil advised the Board of the need for Mr. Mas Watanabe to be in Colorado Springs as the Olympic Training Center Coordinator. The move would provide an opportunity for athletes to live and train at the Olympic Village. The meeting was recessed by 6:50 PM by Senior Vice President Mr. L. Sasvary.

and composition materials . The sports medicine symposium was very informative . The committee is also studying an evaluation of judges performa nce and determination of biasness. The USA did attend the Pacific Alliance competition and meetings. We were able to strengthen our position with our western allies. Mr. R. Counsil was elected Vice President of the Pacific Alliance . We must appoint a Technical Advisor to the LAOOC . Mr. R. Counsil reported on the administrative activites of the FIG Congress . The USA reception for dignitaries was excellent. Mr. B. Wilkinson was introduced to the FIG Officials and Technical Representatives . The FIG is competing with the USGF television market , we must be concerned . Mrs. N. Marshall presented the appointments to committees from the Athletes Association . Membership Committee - Mr. Gene Whelan Credentials Committee - Ms. Kathy Johnson Accounting and Finance Committee - Mr. Larry Gerrard Contract Committee - Mr. Gene Whelan Men's Program Committee - Mr. Tim Lafleur Ms. S. Wilch proposed the acceptance of the athletes appointments to committees. Seconded by Ms. A. Crossman . Motion Passed .

Meeting of the USGF Board of Directors , October 11 , 1982 The meeting was called to order by President Bud Wilkinson at 9:10 AM. Agenda Item V, Legal Report Atty. Charles Curry presented a report of the legal involvements of the USGF during the past year. He apprised the Board of pending litigation. He also announced that the law firm will aid in the analysis of a proper liability program. The 501 (c) 3 tax letter is on the way, the forms have been filed . We must be prepared to finish the paper work regarding the transfer of assets from Arizona to Texas on receipt of the Tax Letter and ID Number.

Mr. L. Sasvary expressed a special thanks to Mr. Bruno Klauss for his efforts to support the 1982 Junior Olympi c Boys Training Camp at the facilitieq of International Camps . Thanks from the Men's Program Committee, the USGF, the Junior Olympic Board , and especially the Athletes. Mrs. J. Aschenbrenner proposed the acceptance of the Women's Executive Board Meeting of September 1982, Congress. Seconded by Mrs. N. Marshall. Motion Passed .

Agenda Item VI, USOC Report

Ms. S. Wilch proposed the acceptance of the Rhythmic International Program Committee Minutes of September 26 , 1982. Seconded by Mrs. S. True .

Mr. R. Counsil reported that the LAOOC is still considering the appointment of Meet Manager for the Olympic Games. The venue for gymnastics is Pauly Pavillion on the campus of UCLA.

Motion Passed. New Business.

The dispute concerning the US Wrestling Federation and the AAU Wrestling Division was explained by Mr. R. Counsil and Mr. M. Milidonis. The USOC and FILA (International Governing Body) are not in agreement as to the way in which to settle the dispute. Mr. M. Milidonis presented a detailed report of the recent USOC Executive Committee meeting. The Olympic Coins are being minted and the order program for subscription orders will go into effect in early 1983. The coins shall produce the revenues necessary to conduct the games preparation programs and the Olympic Games. The funds to support the Project Olympic Gold are available for distribution to the qualifyng athletes. The National Sports Festival has become a premier event and a committee has been formed to aid in the organization of the program for 1983. The USGF should submit the names of their Pan American and Olympic Coaching stalls to the USOC as soon as possible. Mrs. S. Ammerman presented a report concerning the activities of the USOC Development Committee of the USOC. The new application for budget and fund allocation have been filed . The committee shall review the applications to see if the funds are warranted and determine the amounts to be allocated . Mr. R. Counsil announced that the Olympic Coaches for Women are Mr. Don Peters and Mrs. Roe Kreutzer, and the Rhythmic Olympic Coach is Mrs. Alla Svirsky. Mr. R. Counsil also announced some of the schemes which have surfaced concerning Olympic Games promotion which may jeopardize the eligibility of our athletes.

Mr. V. Edwards announced that the World University Games trials and training will take place at the USOC Olympic Training Center. Mrs. N. Marshall asked for information to be distributed to the athletes who qualify for Athletes Foundation finances. The athletes should be notified of the procedures in applying for the reimbursement of expenses. Mr. R. Counsil commented on the USGF involvement in commercial matters. The USGF is concerned with a limitation of commercial involvement within the contracts of sponsorships, and the types of relationships. Mr. J. Hardy proposed that the next meeting of the Board of Dir()ctors be scheduled for Fort Worth on the weekend of April 23-24 , 1983. Seconded by Mr. D. Rowlands . Motion Passed . Lily Endowment Presentation . Mr. Jim Morris. Mr. J. Morris, representing the Lily Endowment Foundation , addressed the Board with a brief history of the foundation and the commitment to Indianapolis as the Amateur Sports Capital of the World . The athletic facilities are the finest in the world , and totally financed . The Indianapolis Sports Corporation has been an active moving force . The presentation objective is to impress the USGF with the support and interest of the Foundation so that the USGF will consider moving the National Office to Ind ianapolis. The Foundation will supply all of the office space and has plans to build a training center.

Agenda Item VI I, FIG Congress Report Mr. B. Roetzheim presented the report of the Men 's Technical Meetings. The Technical Committee currently has a vacancy due to the resignation of a Japanese member. The position should hopefully be appointed at the next meeting. The proposals for weighted voting and representation on the Committee of only those countries with viable teams were once again defeated . Mrs. J. Fie presented the Women 's Technical Report. The 1985-88 Compulsories are currently being written . The USA has been assigned the Balance Beam event. The Code of Points is currently being revised and a 6th cycle judges course is planned for early 1984. The committee is investigating the apparatus specifications 10

Mayor William H. Hudnut Ill welcomed the Board to Indianapolis and support for the offer presented by Mr. J. Morris. He expressed the interest in the USGF considering the scheduling of a major event and the National Congress in Indianapolis. The city has an excellent working relationship with the private and public sectors . The Board asked numerous questions and thoroughly discussed the presentation with Mr. J. Morris and Mayor W . H. Hudnut. Mr. B. Wilkinson recessed the meeting at 11 :05 for a tour of Indianapolis and Luncheon. USGF Technical Journal


Mr. B. Wilkinson reconvened the meeting of the USGF Board of Directors at 1:50PM. Mr. J. Miles presented concerns regarding the involvement in commercialism related to the USGF programs and events . The concept expressed was that the USGF needs to be more restrictive with their product.

United States Gymnastics Federation

Monday November 1, 1982

Meeting of the Executive Committee

Conference Telephone Call USGF Office 9:00 PM (Ft. Worth)

Mrs. J. Aschenbrenner requested that the Board commend Ms. Cheri Grace for efforts in the promotion and administration of the USGF Membership Program. Seconded by Mr. V. Edwards.

The meeting was called to order by President Bud Wilkinson at 9:00 PM .

Motion Passed .

Members Present:

The Board continued discussion of the proposals from Fort Worth, Colorado Springs and Indianapolis for the relocation of the USGF Office.

Mr. Bud Wilkinson - USGF President Mr. Les Sasvary - Vice President for Men Mrs. Roe Kreutzer - Vice President for Women Mr. Mike Milidonis - Secretary Mrs. Sue Ammerman - Member at Large Mrs. Jacki Fie - FIG Women's Technical Committee Member Mr. Bill Roetzheim- USGF Representative to the FIG Technical Assembly - Men and Mr. Roger Counsil - USGF Executive Director

Proposed by Ms. S. Wilch that the USGF Executive Committee finalize the USGF Office site proposals, as advised by the site survey committee and contract committee , the final recommendation to be presented to the Board of Directors for a mail ballot as soon as possible. Seconded by Mr. V. Edwards.

Executive Committee Minutes

Motion Passed. Member Absent: Mr. D. Rowlands moved that the meeting of the Board of Directors be adjourned . Seconded by Mr. B. Roetzheim. Motion Passed . The meeting was adjourned at 2:15 PM . Submitted for Consideration by : Michael J. Milidonis Secretary to the USGF Board of Directors

To: USGF Board of Directors From: Mike Milidonis, Secretary to the Board Subj: Board Minutes and Tasks to be Completed Date: October 25, 1982 Once again thank you for your participation in the recent meetings of the USGF Board of Directors in Indianapolis. We accomplished many of the responsibilities and aligned numerous others to complete during the next few weeks and months. Enclosed are the Minutes of the recent Board Meeting and Executive Committee meeting. Please read them thoroughly and communicate any corrections as soon as possible . The following list of tasks to be completed by the Board, the committees of the Board, the USGF Office, should be completed and reported as soon as possible . a. Please submit all nominations for the Nominating Committee to the Office. b. Mr. R. Counsil shall communicate new sponsorship information to the Board. c. The Membership Committee shall communicate to the Elite Coaches Association for Men and the Junior Olympic Boys Coaches Association the dispensation of Board action and the procedures for reapplication for membership. d. The Men's Program Committee shall consider restructuring to allow representation from the Elite Coaches Association . e. The USGF Office shall communicate the names of the selected Olympic Coaches to the USOC . f. Mr. R. Counsil is to correct the Equipment Liability Policy to conform to the Insurance Company program . g. Mr. R. Counsil shall communicate with the Insurance company, Bayly, Martin and Fay, the concerns of the Board regarding the membership program , the elimination of the secondary coverage, and the need for complete program information availability to the Board and USGF Office. h. Mr. R. Counsil shall communicate USGF Office relocation information to the Site Survey committee. The USGF Office shall complete and publish the revised USGF Sanctioning Policies and Procedures. j. Mr. R. Counsil shall communicate to the Board the explanation of the Financial Audit Statements category " other" and a breakdown of related expenses . k. The Board members must review the athletes foundation structure and report any conflicts to the USGF Office. The Board must review the Eligibi lity Policy and communicate any conflicts to the USGF Office. m. Mr. R. Counsil shall prepare program budgets for planning of events , camps, etc. n. Mr. Courtney Shanken shall review the Financial Statement Audit and provide additional information to the Executive Committee. Thanks for your support. If I can be of any service to you , please advise . Respectfully, USGF Technical Journal

dter Kormann - Member at Large

Mr. Wilkinson requested that Mr. R. Counsil proceed with the agenda items to be discussed . Mr. R. Counsil informed the committee of the recent concerns from the gymnastics community regarding the implications of the Equipment Liability Policy. Mr. B. Wilkinson recommended that the USGF procure a Legal Disclaimer for products sold and applicable to the construction of Floor Exercise Mats, including kits. The recommendation requested the aid of a legal counsel experienced in product liability to help in the formulation of a disclaimer. The committee discussed the Athlete's Foundation, related to the reimbursement of funds for personal training expenses. The committee expressed concerns for the protection of the athlete regarding the amount of funds reimbursed and the legitimacy of training expenses acceptable for reimbursement. Proposed by Mr. M. Milidonis the acceptance of the Policies and Procedures of the Athletes Foundation with the acceptable rewording of p. 5 B. Personal Training Expenses. Seconded by Mrs. S. Ammerman. Motion Passed. The committee directed Mr. R. Counsil to complete the revision of the eligibility documents and send to the committee for approval. The committee discussed the United States Gymnastics Safety Association situation and offer to the USGF for absorption. The committee discussed the coaches certification procedure, the safety association book and related documents. The committee suggested that Mr. R. Counsil consider submitting an offer to the Safety Association for the absorption of all rights, books, materials, and structure within the resources of the USGF. Mr. R. Counsil reported on his visit to the offices of Bayly, Martin, and Fay concerning the USGF Membership and Insurance programs . Atty. Cleiber Miller accompanied Mr. R. Counsil in meetings with Mr. R. March and Mr. T Watson. The concerns expressed included the costs associated with the administration membership program for 6 and 18 month periods, the division of expenses .for the insurance program , the costs of the medical and liability portions of the insurance program , the costs of the administration and salaries of the membership program and the costs associated with bringing the membership program into the USGF Office. Mr. R. Counsil has sent out information requesting bids from other companies for comparable insurance programs and services. The committee directed the USGF to stay with the Bayly, Martin and Fay Company Insurance Program and continue to research the membership program organization and administration. Mr. R. Counsil announced the competitions which have received sanctions . The committee discussed the concern for the retention of the television rights for sanctioned competitions. The committee directed the USGF Office to contact all television networks companies regarding the USGF Sanctioning Policy and Procedures. The Television companies are to be notified of the negotiating agent of the USGF, International Management Group. Mr. R. Counsil apprised the committee of recent decisions concerning the financial status of the USGF. The raises to staff have been frozen , the magazine has been requested to re-evaluate and cut back costs, the deletion of magazine support publishing staff, the establishment of a payment program with the travel agency, and a freeze on events and program . 11


The committee discussed the salaries and responsibilities of USGF staff including the magazine advertising and publication staff. The committee discussed the need for the departmentalization of the budgets and the need for the position and duties of a comptroller. The USGF needs an accurate cash flow documentation and analyzation of cash flow in order to monitor all budget concerns. Mr. R. Counsil announced the recommendations of the USGF Consultant and Auditor Mr. Baird Walker including the suggested curtailment of rebates to the regions for a brief period . The committee discussed the potential restrictions to the developmental programs and their services. Mr. L. Sasvary asked for additional information regarding the costs to athletes for attendance at the Winter Training Camp. The Men's Program Committee had requested the canceling of events in order to afford the scheduling of tha training camp. Mr. M. Milidonis requested that the USGF Office resubmit the USOC Project Gold qualification information with updates including the results of the recent World Cup Competition . Mr. R. Counsil announced the receipt of the site information from Colorado Springs and Indianapolis. The Fort Worth area proposals are in a stage of discussion at this time. There are possibilities for a Fort Worth site. The committee discussed the need for additional information concerning training center housing and site scheduling. Mr. B. Wilkinson adjourned the meeting on motion duly made and seconded at 10:10 PM . Submitted for Consideration by : Michael J . Milidonis, USGF Secretary

MEN'S PROGRAM COMMITIEE MEETING Conference Call

D. Ties for rank on the 18 man National Team will be broken by compulsory score. E. The 18 National Team members will be eligible for the final trials . F. If a petitioned athlete is allowed into the final trials , he will have 30% of his final trials score added to his score to determine his final placement. G . Juniors who have qualified for the U.S.A. Championships through a Jr. meet are eligible for the Pan Am Team, but not the U.S.A. National unless they have also qualified through an approved competition Ill. Gymnasts who make the senior team who are eligible for the junior team by age must decide whether they will stay on the senior team at the U .S.A . Championships (taken from June 4 & 5 minutes.) H. Dates : U.S.A. Championships - June 3, 4, & 5 in Chicago Final Trials ESPN Single Elimination 1. Vidmar 10. Paul 2. Gaylord 11 . Riegel 3 . Daggett 12. Meeker 4. Johnson 13. Marino 5. Cahoy 14. Arnot 6 . Pallassou 15. Kennedy 16. Knox 7 . Mikus 17. Maloney 8 . Mccutcheon 9 . Caso Coaches - Abie Grossfeld , Makato Sakamoto, Frances Allen replacing Fred Roethlisberger J . South Africa Cup - November Noah Riskin, Jay Foster and Jon Omori traveled with coach Yoichi Tomita (Noah Riskin replaced Dennis Hayden). K. Coca-Cola Invitational - December 11 & 12 Matt Biespiel and Joey Ray replacing Steve Marino, coach Fred Roethlisberger replacing Karl Schier. L. International Championships of Italy - December Bart Conner with Paul Ziert M . Japan Junior Meet - January 7 - Colorado Dennis Hayden , Jon Omori , Dan Mccann , Rob Brown , Wes Suter, Charles Lakes , Steve Juenger!. N. It is recommended that the next paid MPC meeting be held in conjunction with the American Cup March 6. Mas should contact France and Russia to request the inclusion of compulsories in the dual meets with them in March and April respectively. He should also provide an updated proposed 1983 National Team competition schedule .

November 28, 1982 Present : Les Sasvary, Chairman Fred Roethlisberger, Secretary & Sr. Program Representative Abie Grossfeld , Senior Program Representative Ed Burch, Junior Program Representative Tom Gardner, Junior Program Representative Tim Lafleur, Athlete Representative Bill Roetzheim , F.l.G. Representative & N.C.A.A. Rules Committee Representative Mas Watanabe, Men 's Program Representati ve (non-voting) The chairman expressed the welcome to Tim Lafleur, the new athlete representative, to the MPC. 1. U.S.A. Championships A . Qualification system 1. A gymnast can qualify to the 1983 Championships of the U.S.A. from any U .S.G.F certified competitions. Juniors may qualify in Jr. or Sr. sanctioned meets using elite compulsories . 2. Top 72 scores with a minimum of 106. shall qualify for the 1983 U.S.A . Championships. There could be less than 72, if less than 72 score 106., then the top 72 scores will qualify. 3. The U.S.G.F Regional Meets (4 Regionals) will be May 20 and 21 and these will be the last dates to qualify. B . Competition Format 1. Compulsory (day 1) - competition 1A a . Two sessions - top 36 qualifying scores in the second session and bottom qualifying scores in first session . b . Six events rotation . c . Six gymnasts per group. d. Two judges per event. 2. Optional (day 2) - competition 3 a . Two sessions if possible - top 36 from compulsories will compete in the second session (ties will be broken by qualifying score). Gymnasts will be assigned to groups by random draw. b . One vault will be used . 3. Finals (day 3) - competition Ill a . Top eight gymnasts. b . Five judges per event. C. Ties for National Team will not be broken (18th place). 12

Addendum to Minutes from June 4 & 5 meeting . Pan American Games , Venezuela, August 20 - September 3 . A . Moved that Pan Am compulsories which are similar to Qlympic compulsories be used for selection of the team. Defeated because compulsories are very close to Olympic compulsories and the committee did not feel that it was feasible to run an additional session for these compulsories. B. Juniors who score 112 points or higher at any Junior competitions will be eligible to participate in the 1983 U.S.A. Championships to try for the Pan American Games only. C . It was decided that a team would be sent and that the best team available be used. The Olympic Committee has a high priority on the Pan American Games and the Program Committee agrees. The top gymnasts from the U.S.A. Championships will be asked until seven agree to go. The team will be selected based on compulsory and optional exercises . D. There is a short mandatory training camp for the Pan American Team immediately following the U .S.A. Championships in 1983 in order to clarify the Pan Am compulsories. 1983 World Championships, October 23-30 , Budapest, Hungary. A. Selection of team - eighteen National Team members advance to final trials . 30% of the score from the U.S.A. Championships shall be added to 70% of the score at the World Championship final trials September 16 & 17 to determine the top eight gymnasts. Competing team will be places one through six with seventh being the first alternate and eighth the second alternate . B . September 29 - October 2 training camp for World Championship Team. C. Depart for Europe October 9 and tune up competition October 14, 15 in Germany or Switzerland. D. October 16, depart for Budapest. E. October 23 - 30 , World Championships. USGF Technical Journal


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