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am thrilled to announce two new partnerships for USA Gymnastics. Texaco is our new energy partner, and Aussie Haircare, a subsidiary of Clairol; is our new partner for haircare.

Texaco was seeking an association with men's gymnastics and a presence in Houston, which is a critical market for them. Texaco's sponsorship will allow ~ W~Rl~ ~f [NfR~Y. USA Gymnastics to open our second men's national training center in Houston at the Texas Sports Ranch. This sponsorship will also provide additional support for the men training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Aussie Haircare will be a tional partner. Focusing point of distribution, Haircare will activate several consumer-based tions including National Gymnastics Day.

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Last summer I spoke about the three core objectives of USA Gymnastics. Today I would like to take an indepth look at one of them-GROWTH. There are many components that influence the growth of gymnastics schools. Two of the most important are 1) marketing to new student populations and 2) retaining students who are currently enrolled.




I encourage all of you to form strategic alliances with local partners such as Parent Teacher Associations, Boy and Girl Scouts, Day Cares and Preschools, local parade community groups, and County and State Fairs, just to name a few. It's important to reach out to new audiences that may ultimately attract additional students to your club. Creating new programs will offer more choices to your customers and may provide a new platform from which you can market. Another unique opportunity for promoting your club is Na tional Gymnastics Day. This is a great opportunity for Member Clubs to leverage their involvement with USA Gymnastics. On July 31, gymnastics will be in the forefront of the American public. The intent of this program is to celebrate gymnastics and all of its positive attributes like strength, flexibility, self-esteem and confidence. It will also focus on the USA Gymnastics

Member Clubs as an important contributor to the local community. These clubs will stage exhibitions and open houses and partner with local malls and USA Gymnastics sponsors. Key markets will be identified in which USA National Team athletes and Olympians will make appearances to gain attention for our sport. This will be a wonderful and special opportunity to promote your club in the very important registration period prior to Fall classes. USA Gymnastics is developing national advertising and a Member Club marketing kit to aid in the promotion of gymnastics and this special day! One method to increase retention is to conduct a simple query at the end of any time period (i.e. week, month, session). This can provide valuable information that can help you manage your operations more efficiently. Utilization of exit interviews has been a highly effective technique to discover areas your club may need to improve. Having an inventory of new programs to offer students who have recently dropped out may deliver the excitement and motivation to prompt the student to change his/ her mind and start something new, yet keep him / her in your program. With the incorporation of Trampoline and Tumbling into USA Gymnastics as competitive disciplines, and the new Get It Going certification program in rhythmic gymnastics, there are myriad opportunities to develop new instructional programs to grow and retain your student population. In the near future a booklet will be available to assist club owners with these programs. Finally, in January I spoke of the effectiveness of free trial classes. I am pleased to announce that those Member Clubs who indicated that they offer free trial classes, are now listed on our website under the club search. Now, parents looking for a gymnastics program in their area can easily go to the club search and locate a club that offers a free trial class. This is just another way to get more students in your gym!

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Out of Control ~binking Le<lds to Out of Control Perform<lnce by Alison Arnold, PhD. Head Games Sport Psychology You've been through this many, many times before. She would do them perfectly yesterday and now she just won't go. Then there's the other one. The one who has decided, all of a sudden, not to do the straddle back that she has competed for the last three seasons. At times, gymnastics can be a scary sport. Dealing with a fearful gymnast can be scary for the coach. How do you do it? Whether it is a new skill or a skill a gymnast has competed for years, there are things coaches can do to help their gymnasts work through fear. Humiliation, throwing a gymnast out of workout, and yelling are not tactics that teach your athletes good coping skills. This article will explore one of the ways you can help your athletes cope with fear and work through it successfully.

How to Create Disciplined Thinking

Where Does Fear Come From? Fear can arise from many sources. Sometimes it is a result of a


past fall, injury, or trauma. Other times, it arises out of low selfconfidence. Whatever the source, one major cause of fear in gymnasts is out of control thinking. Out of control thinking leads to out of control performance. The root of most fear and balking are thoughts that are negative and catastrophic. So this means helping your athletes create disciplined, positive, thinking patterns that will lead to disciplined, positive, performance. What are our athletes thinking as they stand on the beam for 15 minutes trying to work up the courage to throw a series? Most likely, their thoughts are about crashing, falling, or other fantasies of what MAY happen. This out of control, negative thinking is a major cause of the fear I balking cycle.

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Why is it then that our athletes' thoughts are negative and scattered? Choreographing what gymnasts say to themselves is extremely important. It is a way for coaches to "get in their heads," helping them create positive images for themselves. athletes is help them create disciplined thinking patterns. When gymnasts have ritualized thoughts before skills or competition, negative thought patterns are less likely to intrude. I call the creating of ritualized thoughts before skills, during routines, or during competition, mental choreography. In gymnastics we choreograph everything, floor routines, beam routines, even bar routines have some sort of choreography. Why is it then that our athletes' thoughts are negative and scattered? Choreographing what gymnasts say to themselves is extremely important. It is a way for coaches to "get in their gymnasts' heads," helping them create positive images for themselves.

Developing Mental Choreography There are three types of statements used in creating mental choreography. These statements are technical statements, energy statements and self-esteem statements. Technical (continued on page 9)

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statements include corrections and mechanical reminders which the gymnast focuses on before or during routines . Examples of technical statements include, " lift and twist," "block," and "tight legs." Energy statements either help give the gymnast an energy boost or decrease anxiety. Energy statements that bring the gymnast's energy up can be used at the end of a floo r routine,"Push!" or right before a bar mount, "Go!" Statements like "relax" and "breathe" help bring fear and anxiety levels down to a more manageable level. Finally, self-esteem statements help the gymnast feel more confident. Statements like "1 can do this," "I've done it before," and "I'm ready," give the gymnast the power and confidence she needs to go for a skill or hit in competition. Teaching a gymnast to combine these three types of statements (contillued on page 10)

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, ' It is especially important to have the entire beam and floor routine mentally choreographed. Not simply difficult skills or passes. This keeps the gymnast focused on her routine without distraction or space for entering negative thoughts. , and choreograph each of her routines is essential to developing disciplined thinking. Every routine should be choreographed, including the waiting time before the judge raises her hand, the mount, and during the routine. Many gymnasts may feel that vault and bars are too fast to choreograph. In that case, be sure they choreo' Ask your graph any key corrections and gymnasts what the seconds before their mount they are thinking or run. An example of mental choreography before a bars before their bar mount may sound like, routine, their "Breathe, I can do this, tight series, or their legs." An example before a beam series may sound like, "Straight, vault, for examover the top, Go!" It is especially ple. When dealimportant to have the entire ing with a fearful beam and floor routine mentally gymnast, ask her choreographed, not simply diffiskills or passes. This keeps what she is think- cult the gymnast focused on her rouing about before tine without distraction or space for entering negative thoughts. performing her

skills. If she does not have mental choreography, help her create strong, powerful, words. , ,

Mental choreography is something that is done consistently, in workouts, during visualization, and in competition. Establishing the connection between a word and perfect performance is a valuable tool. For example, if a gymnast does 10 perfect beam series on the floor and before each one she says, "Legs, square, Go!" the chances of her doing a perfect series on beam using the same words increases. This is identical in competition. If a gymnast performs the same ritual over and over the opportunities for success increase and anxiety decreases.

How to Use Mental Choreography in Your Gym Mental choreography is not difficult to implement in normal workouts. Once gymnasts understand the concept, they can write out their mental choreography at home so as not to take up gym time. Gymnasts should write out each event,

what skills they are doing on that event, and what words they are pairing up with each skill. For beam and floor, have them write out their entire routine or floor pattern. Then, instruct them to write their mental choreography on top of the beam they have drawn or on their floor pattern. After mental choreography is written out, have your athletes do mental "walk-throughs" that you can watch and monitor. Instruct them to say their mental choreography out loud. Be sure they are fully committed to the mental choreography and are not sloppy. Stress the importance of disciplined thinking. Check in with mental choreography throughout the season. For example, ask your gymnasts what they are thinking before their bar routine, their series, or their vault. When dealing with a fearful gymnast, ask her what she is thinking about before performing her skills. If she does not have mental choreography, help her create strong, powerful, words. Instruct fearful gymnasts to visualize their skills with their key words. This builds the connection between the words and the skill. If a gymnast is in the middle of a fear cycle, balking, and frustrated, instruct her to go over to the side and visualize or practice on the floor either the skill or a drill using her mental choreography. After she has completed a number of drills, have her then return to the event to try the skill again. Implementing mental choreography is an essential tool for a fearful gymnast. Negative, catastrophizing, and undisciplined thoughts are the key cause of balking and anxiety. Adding mental choreography to a training regimen will decrease fear and balking in the gym. It will also increase consistency with gymnasts with a tendency to be over-anxious in competition. Remember, out of control thinking leads to out of control gymnastics. Helping athletes become more disciplined in their thinking will increase consistency and confidence . •

Note: The next part of this series will focus on additional tools to use with the fearful gtjmnast.

BIO: Alison Arnold, Ph.D., is a sport psychologist for USA Gymnastics, presenting at Regiona l Elite Clinics all over the United States as well as the 1997, 1998 and 1999 National and Internationa l Team Training Camps. Dr. Arnold travels across the country doing clinics and assisting athletes and coaches in creating year-round sport psychology training programs. She works with athletes in the gym, on the phone, and through e-mail. As a sport psychologist, she believes in helping gymnasts achieve excellence in sport and life. Her experience includes working with gymnasts of all levels, from beginners to Olympic Gold Medallists . In her former life, she was a Class I gymnast and attended the University of Oregon on a gymnastics scholarship. For questions or more information contact Dr. Arnold at 602-462-1607 or .

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NT Turnover Drills


Hold gymnast in a candlestick position and have him pull down on the underside edge of a pommel horse (see figure 1)

Basic swing turnover with very little blocking back on the rings (do this straight legs and also tucked for speed development)

Basic swing or dislocate to tucked FeIge to support

Basic swing or dislocate to straight body FeIge to support (see figure 2)

Strength development-Hollow rocks, candlestick up and down holding base of horse, and on high bar do hollow holds and lower downs



of the dismounts have a common key element to them and is the turnover. In order to achieve these dismounts, the t1"·"",,0,, right after the bottom, needs to be quick and efficient mention you must be incredibly strong, too). A tight chest and shoulder arch should be maintained in the the swing. Then an aggressive pull downward on the rings sh uld occur as the turnover is initiated. This will help isolate the shoulders at the bottom while the rest of the body swings through in a nice hollow position (chest rounded, hips tight) . Toes need to kick quickly overhead through the cables. Maintain good body tension and pressure on the rings while the shoulders rise up and around. The first rotation is completed while still on the rings . .-1-=1-= 2- - - - - - -- - - - - - - - { (

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The second rotation of the dismount is the release and kick through to a layout, full or double full. The second rotation is almost solely dependent on the efficiency and quality of the turnover phase. If the turnover is done well, the gymnast will just release or slightly throw the rings to the side to initiate the second rotation. The toes need to kick through and the shoulders rotate back and down aggressively. Once rotated past vertical, then any body position change or twist can occur.

flip with a quick tug on the rings for height and rotation. In my opinion, the timing of the skill should feel like, one ... two-three.

Triple Back Drills • Double back kick out • Many repetitions of triple backs on trampoline

Note: For the layout double double, a very efficient double layout without changing body position, maintaining hollow, is suggested.

Release Drills • After turnover drill, release and land on your back in the pit

For forward rotating dismounts the turnover phase is equally as important as the other dismounts. A tight body, upper chest and shoulder arch turnover should be used (like an inlocate). Shoulders need to stay down and "half inlocate," heels drive up and over aggressively, then release the rings. Negative rotation is a common error on forward dismounts. To avoid this, the heel drive needs to quickly go past vertical then "stand or sit up" into the flip (similar to a handspring front on vault).

• Turnover drill, release and flip over • For twisting, release and 1/2 twist over to your back and then to your feet

Forward Dismount Drills • Basic swing to layout front

For a triple back, being able to rotate quickly is a good thing! The turnover right at the bottom will be the same, shoulders down, chest rounded. The knees will begin to tuck on the way up and over. The release should occur at about 3/4 of the first

• In a spotting belt, hard rotating layout front • On trampoline, heel drive double layout front and layout front to tuck or pike front.


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Identify a Coach/Choreographer Once you review the TeamGymn information on USAGO, you will see that this program can easily be coached by a class-level (or higher) instructor. TeamGymn gymnasts only need very basic tumbling, vaulting, mini-tramp and dance skills. A choreographer will be needed to construct the Group Floor routine. USA Gymnastics Merchandise (1-800-345-4719) has a video of some junior H.S. and H.S. gymnasts from some competitions in Sweden that will be helpful to your coach/ choreographer.

TeamGymn, a competitive form of General Gymnastics (GG), is an ideal activity for class students, recre· ation gymnasts, gymnasts in school programs and former competitive gymnasts who desire to continue participation in gymnastics, but want a change from traditional apparatus and scoring.

Brief Description of TeamGymn The primary difference between TeamGymn and artistic gymnastics competitions is that the gymnasts compete together as a squad. These squads of 8-12 gymnasts may consist of all girls, all boys or a mixed squad of girls and boys together. In addition, the competition moves quickly from one event to another-six teams can complete their events in less than one hour! In a TeamGymn competition, each squad competes in two events-Group Jump and Group Floor. During Group Jump, each squad does two tumbling passes, two vaults, and two mini-tramp or board jumps. During Group Floor, ALL the gymnasts in the squad perform a group floor routine to music.

Starting A TeamGymn Program TeamGymn is a new activity in the U.S. and does not yet enjoy the widespread organized structure that is available for clubs in artistic and rhythmic gymnastics or for trampoline and tumbling.

Involve Your Club's Class Students Introduction of this competitive activity allows clubs and gymnasts to progress at their own pace, without needing to catch up with established "powerhouse" gym clubs. The clubs that decide to start TeamGymn will be true pioneers for this exciting program. So ... what do you do if you decide to be a TeamGymn pioneer?

Learn the Rules For a more complete TeamGymn description, the rules and the three TeamGymn skill levels, visit the GG pages on USA Gymnastics Online (see: http:/ / / gg / ). Yes, believe it or not, the rules are only four pages long-this is not a mistake! The simplicity of the rules and structure of the competition is what makes it fun, exciting and easy to learn. It is also important to review all of the minutes from the General Gymnastics Advisory Panel (GGAP) that are posted online as there are many references to conducting TeamGymn activities that have not yet been added to the rules document.

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One strategy you can use is to teach the basics of TeamGymn to your regular class students. At semester's end, conduct a TeamGymn competition for your various class groups using your own staff as judges. You will find this motivating and fun for the class students. It can be as simple as creating a club "compulsory" routine that all students learn as part of their regular warm-up exercises.

Form a Special TeamGymn Class or Team Once your students have some experience with TeamGymn activities, it is time to start a team. You can either invite selected students to participate or hold an audition. Several gym clubs that have tried this suggest that the TeamGymn students continue their regular gymnastics classes, but add an additional TeamGymn practice once per week. Of course, you will need to set dates for some club TeamGymn competitions. Talk to other coaches from clubs in your area (continued on pnge 16)

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HOW TO START A TEAMGYMN PROGRAM (continued from page 14) who might be interested in developing a TeamGymn program. Together, you can arrange for some dual or tri-meets or even form a TeamGymn League with a full schedule of competitions leading to a League Championship. With this kind of developing network, it is a good idea to conduct some TeamGymn clinics and workshops on the days that the clubs come together for a competition. This adds value to the experience for the gymnasts as well as helps the coaches, judges and athletes improve their knowledge and experience.

Register Your TeamGymn Athletes and Sandion Your Competitions Be sure to register your TeamGymn athletes with USA Gymnastics Membership in the GG category. You use the same forms as for registering your other

competitive athletes and the cost is the same. Note: If some of your TeamGymn athletes are already USA Gymnastics members in another discipline, they are not required to pay an additional fee. However, you will need to notify Member Services that your athletes are participating in both areas. Once your group(s) start competing, you can sanction TeamGymn competitions in the same way as other USA Gymnastics artistic and rhythmic competitions.

Develop a Corps of TeamGymn Judges As your TeamGymn program develops, you will need to identify and develop judges interested in this activity. Look to your own coaches and to experienced judges in men's, women's, rhythmic or trampoline and tumbling programs. The GG Advisory Panel (GGAP) has shown the TeamGymn rules to several experienced judges who all said, "I can easily do this!"

Beginning with the 1999-2000 TeamGymn season, the GGAP will require that judges in sanctioned TeamGymn competitions: 1) have successfully passed a written exam on the TeamGymn rules (the exam will be available on USA GO), and 2) are a USA Gymnastics GG professional member.

Plan for the Future As others like you start forming TeamGymn programs and leagues around the U.S., an organized and widespread structure for TeamGymn competitions will develop! To encourage interest and growth, the GGAP has identified three USA Gymnastics TeamGymn events: • In August 1999, USA Gymnastics will host a Congress Fest TeamGymn Competition in Sacramento, Calif. • In December 1999, USA Gymnastics will host the TeamGymn National Invitational in conjunction with the 1999 National Gy.mFest in Phoenix, Ariz. • In 2000, USA Gymnastics will host the first TeamGymn National Championships in conjunction with the 2000 National GymFest (dates and site TBD). The qualification procedures for this event are described in the GGAP 1999 winter minutes (Dallas).


Keep Learning USA Gymnastics will provide opportunities for TeamGymn coaches, judges, and athletes to develop their knowledge and skills through workshops and clinics at National Congresses and regional congresses. Additionally, USA Gymnastics will begin a series of GG Camps in the fall of 1999 that will focus on developing TeamGymn skills and coaching expertise. You can also look forward to more articles and videos about TeamGymn. The greatest teacher will be your own efforts to develop your squad(s) and the experience gained in training your athletes and participating in TeamGymn competitions .•

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National Gymnastics Day allows the Member Clubs of USA Gymnastics to work hand in hand with the national office. The heart of this event lies in promoting the Member Club as a visible entity within the community and providing opportunities for participants at all age and ability levels. USA Gymnastics will provide the Member Clubs with a framework for the event, along with a na tional promotional strategy supported by major sponsors. Clairol has already pledged its support of National Gymnastics Day, and will be promoting its partnership. Additionally, The John Hancock Mutual (CO il tin lied 011

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Life Insurance Company has pledged its support to help provide athletes for exhibitions, clinics, and workshops. "National Gymnastics Day provides a unique opportunity for a sponsor to partner with a national governing body," added Rod Davis, Senior Vice President of Properties for USA Gymnastics. "This type of national program is a winrling situation for everyone involved. We look forward to working with the clubs."



We are thrilled with the response we have received so far," said Loree Galimore, USA Gymnastics Club Services Manager. "There is going to be plenty to do at the local level. , ,

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HOST CITY Sacramento, California

CONGRESS DATES • Pre-Congress Add-Ons Wednesday, August 25 (all day), Sacramento Convention Center • Congress Sessions August 26-28, Sacramento Convention Center • Post-Congress Add-Ons Sunday, August 29 (in the morning), Sacramento Convention Center • 1999 John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships August 25-28, ARCO Arena RATES AND REGISTRATION DATES Individual USA Gymnastics Professional & Instructor Members and USTTA Members

• $200 Pre-registration (postmarked by July 31, 1999) • $225 For on-site registration Non-Member Congress Registration

• $300 for Pre-registration (postmarked by July 31, 1999) $325 on-site registration NOTE: Use the Individual Congress Registration Form on next page. No Individual pre-registration forms will be accepted after July 31, 1999. After this date, you must register on site.

Congress Attendees with special needs must notifij USA Gymnastics in writing in this regard prior to the July 31 preregistration deadline. We suggest that this information be included with their Congress Pre-registration Form. USA GYMNASTICS MEMBER CLUBS For USA Gymnastics Member Clubs that pre-register their staff as a group (who are USA Gymnastics professional or instructor members) by June 1, 1999, the following group discount will apply:

• $200 for the first listed person on the Member Club Congress Registration Form. • $175 each for the next listed staff members (up to five additional names) on the Member Club Congress Registration Form. NOTE: Member Clubs will receive this special Member Club Congress Registration Form in a mailing to them in April. It must be returned postmarked no later than June 1, 1999 to receive this special group rate. No Member Club group Registration forms will be accepted after June 1, 1999.

PRESENTATIONS Sessions will be conducted at the beautiful Sacramento Convention Center providing a modern, elegant and flexible environment for the Congress. Sessions will fea ture informative speakers discussing club business,




technique & sport science, preschool & developmental, judges training, as well as men's, women's, general gymnastics, tumbling and trampoline, and rhythmic topics.

JOHN HANCOCK U.S. GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS TICKET INFORMATION FOR CONGRESS AnENDEES The 1999 ticket packages have been designed with special attention paid to the Congress attendees. By doing so, USA Gymnastics wants you to enjoy one of the most important competitions of the 1999 season! See page 26.

CONGRESS EXHIBITION HALL One of the highlights of the annual USA Gymnastics National Congress is the Exhibition Hall. This is where gymnastics industry suppliers and consultants display and sell their products and services. You will find the latest and greatest in gymnastics equipment, apparel and services!

CONGRESS DANCE PARTY AND THE AWARDS CEREMONY AND BANQUET This year all Congress attendees may attend the Congress Dance Party as part of their registration. Congress dancers will enjoy a variety of music and some great food (heavy hors d'oeuvres) beginning at 10:15 p .m. Attendees preferring to start the evening with a sit-down dinner beginning at 10:00 p .m., may pre-register* for the USA Gymnastics Awards Ceremony and Banquet. The Award Ceremony will honor outstanding coaches, athletes and contributors and conclude with the induction of new members to the prestigious USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

NOTE: Attendees preferring to attend the sit-down dinner and Awards Ceremony and Banquet must pay an additional $25 when they submit their Congress registration. EXHIBIT HALL HOURS (tentative, subject to change)

• Thursday, August 26 • Friday, August 27 • Saturday, August 28

11 :30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 9:00 a.m.-S:30 p.m. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

On Saturday, August 28, the USA Gymnastics Congress Exhibition Hall will be open to the general public and gymnastics fans from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for $5.00 per person. Day-Passes will be available for purchase at the Congress Registration Desk.

NOTE: Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by their parent or guardian.



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please return this registration form to: USA Gymnastics Congress, Pan American Plaza!. Suite 300, 201 S. Capitol, Indianapolis, IN 46225 FAX: 317-237-5069 ATTENTION: CATHY ALLEN THE INDIVIDUAL CONGRESS FEE INCLUDES: • Credential for entrance to Congress sessions and clinics August 26-28, 1999. • Entrance to the Exhibit Hall featuring the industry's finest products and services. • One ticket to the Congress Dance Party on Saturday evening, August 28 . (Additional Congress Dance Party tickets for spouse/guests are $50 each-available at on-site registration). • Opportunity to purchase a ticket for the special Congress Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday evening, August 28 if desired . NOTE: Seating is limited at this function. Tickets will be distributed on first come, first serve basis upon

receipt of Congress Registration Form. Additional tickets are $75 each and may be pre-ordered with Congress registration. JOHN HANCOCK U.S. GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS TICKETS: TO ORDER TICKETS USE THE FORM ON PAGE 26.

CANCELLATION POLICY All cancellations must be in writing

Before July 31 sl - registration fee less $30 service (harge per person can(eling After July 3 1 sl - 50% of registration fee per person can(eling Submit request in writing to USA Gymnastics Attention: Cathy Allen Language: The Official Language of the 1999 Congress is English . USA Gymnastics will make no special provisions for translation of sessions into other languages. Videotaping: Videotaping of Congress sessions is permitted FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY unless the Session Presenters announce that his/her/their session may not be videotaped . Congress Attendees with special needs must notify USA Gymnastics in writing in this regard prior to the July 31 preregistration deadline. We suggest that this information be included with the Congress Pre-registration Form.

HOTEL and other TRAVEL .~.-.-~-~-~---.-~OFFICIAL HOTELS FOR THE 1 999 NATIONAL CONGRESS Hyatt Regency 1209 L Street




Sacramento Hilton Inn ] [ Sacramento 2200 Harvard Street ~:/.~~ _ Sacramento, CA 95815 "'#Tv,ry-(916) 922-4700 INN


The Sacramento Hilton is located in the Point West Area, adjacent to the Arden Fair mall which features Nordstroms and 85 specialty stores. It is located within minutes of area restaurants and entertainment options, as well as to Downtown Sacramento and Old Town. The hotel boasts 331 beautifully appointed guest accommodations with many in-room amenities. Hotel features include: concierge level with private lounge, Harvard Street Grill, Pool, Spa & Fitness Center, Sand Volleyball Courts, and Complimentary Parking.

The Hyatt Regency Sacramento is ideally located in downtown Sacramento, adjacent to the Convention Center and just 15 minutes away from Sacramento International Airport All 500 deluxe guest rooms are spacious and well appointed. A large pool and hot tub, surrounded by lush landscaping, are heated year round. Also available is an on-site fitness center. Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza 300 J Street ~ Sacramento, CA .l.L~do~ (916) 446-0100 ,~



Located downtown, the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza has 364 beautifully decorated guest rooms and suites. A variety of arrangements offer flexibility for the conventioneer. Amenities include: swimming pool, saunas, exercise room, complimentary newspaper, and gift shop.

RENTAL CARS The following car rental agencies are located at the Sacramen to International Airport. Alamo 800-327-9633; Avis 800-831-2847; Budget 800-527-0700; Enterprise 800-325-8007; Hertz 800-654-3131; National 800-227-7368; Thrifty 800-367-2277. U you plan on renting a car, you may want to consider Oakland or San Francisco Airports, which are 11/2-2 hours drive to Congress. HOTEL PARKING Hyatt Regency $7.00/night self service; $12.00/night valet service $5.00/night self service; $8.00/night valet service Holiday Inn Capital Plaza Sacramento Hilton Inn Free parking adjacent to hotel AReO ARENA $6.00/day (Championships)

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS Ross & Babcock is the Travel Agency of Choice for USA Gymnastics. Call the USA Gymnastics Travel Desk (317-237-5050, ext. 259) now to make your reservations for the 1999 USA Gymnastics Congress. Ross & Babcock is a full-service travel agency and can arrange for all of your travel needs.





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The 1999 ticket packages have been designed with specia l attention to the Congress atten dees . By doing so, USA Gymnastics invites you to enjoy one of the most important competitions of the 1999 season-the John Hancock U.S . Gymnastics Championships for Men and Women . This ticket request for special prices and priority seating must be postmarked by July 31, 1999. Ticket orders wi ll be processed in the order in which they are received. Don 't wait-buy your tickets now! If you wish to be seated with another group or person , please put your total order on one form. The Sacramento Sports Commission will not coordinate separate forms . All ticket purchases are non-refundable. Congress attendees MUST use this order form to order discounted tickets. There is a $ 1.00 service charge on all orders. Tickets will be mailed no later than three weeks prior to the event. Genera l Public ticket sales will begin in June. For information and to order General Public tickets, contact: Sacramento Sports Commission (916) 264-7718, (916 ) 264-8273 FAX.

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No Pre-Registration after August 13 After August 13 you must register on -site for a $25 additional late fee per course per person


NOTE: Due to limited space and materials, admission to Congress add-ons is not guaranteed unless pre-reg isteredo Due to time constraints, several courses may overlap. Please be aware of this when scheduling add-ons.


Use this form to register for the 1999 Congress tests, examinations, certifications, etc. One form per [lerson. Photocopy for additional add-on registrations . NOTE: Your Pro Address (listed in the USA Gymnastics member database) will be used for all correspondence.

Name ................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... Social Security No ... . Birth date

Safety USA Gymnastics Pro/ lnst. # ..... ............................................ USATI # ...................................................... ..

Mai ling Address .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. ....................................................................... 0 THIS IS ANEW ADDRESS City .......... ................................................................................................................................................... State ............................................................................................................ Zip . Day Phone (

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SAFETY CERTIFICATION COURSES Minimum age for Safety Certification is 17 '/2

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ATHLETE WELLNESS COURSE (AWC) o Sun. August 29, 8 am-l pm Participants must register by July 31 so the textbook, The Athlete Wellness Book, con be sent in advance. This year's course will focus on praclical application of textbook material with increased time for question and answer and small group discussion.




NOTE: Except for the AACCA, Add·On participants do NOT need to also be registered for the 1999 Congress.

AACCA (CHEER) CERTIFICATION FOR USA GYMNASTICS COACHES - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 0 Fri. August 27, 3-6:15 pm For registration form contact AACCA at PROFESSIONAL l-BOO-533-6583 or email DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS Send $55 payment to AACCA. Levell Video Clinics $10 0 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - o Wed. August 25, 1-4 pm $10 $10 PROGRAM COURSES Course #1 o Sun. August 29, 9-12 noon $10 $10 $10 0 Women's Skill Evaluator Examination Course #2 o Sun. August 29, 9-10:30 am $9 $150 ---------------------1 Women's Judges Certification Exams ASEP COACHING o Sun. August 29, 8-12 noon PRINCIPLES COURSE Registration form is in NAWGJ Newsletter. o Wed. August 25, 9 am-6 pm $70 $70 $800 Send payment to JCl by August 6, 1999. NOTE: Enrollment limited, Rhythmic Judging Course Exams (written) Pre'registration required. ------------------~ 0 Sun. August 29, 9-11 am - All levels $20 $200 KINDER ACCREDITATION FOR TEACHERS (KAT) DOTAL PAYMENT o Wed. August 25, 9 am-6 pm $140 $140 $1600 MAKE CHECK/ MONEY ORDER PAYABLE TO USA GYMNASTICS NOTE: Pre·registration guarantees a KAT Workbook. Enrollment is limited. Amount Enclosed ... ~ PREFERS VISA' Minimum age is 16.



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LANGUAGE: The Official Language of the 1999 Congress is English. USA Gymnastics will make no special pravi· sions for translation of sessions into other languages. VIDEOTAPING: Videotaping of Congress Add·On sessions is permined FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY unless the individual Session Presenters announce that his/her/ their session may not be videotaped. CONGRESS ATTENDEES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS must notify USA Gymnastics lin writing) in this regard prior to the July 31 pre·registration deadline. We suggest that this infor· motion be included with the Congress Add·On Pre· registration Form.




NOTE: The following schedule is tentative and subject to change.

TUESDAY 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

• AUGUST 24 Congress Registration (site TBD)

WEDNESDAY • AUGUST 25 8:00 am-8:00 pm Congress Registration

FRIDAY 7:00 am-8:00 7:30 am-5:30 8: 15 am-9:30 9:00 am-5:30

• AUGUST 27 am pm

Various meetings


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(Sacramento Convention Center)

8:00 am-8:00 pm 9:00 am-6:00 pm

10:15 am-II:30 am

Round 6 Congress Sessions

1:00 pm-2: 15 pm

Round 7 Congress Sessions

Kinder Accreditation for Teachers (KAT) Workshop'

3:00 pm-4: I 5 pm

Round 8 Congress Sessions MCCA Cheer Certification

John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships (Men's AA Finals)

9:00 am-6:00 pm

ASEP Coaching Principles Course'

12 Noon-8:00 pm


7:00 pm

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PDP I Video Clinic #1'

1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Safety Certification Course'

1:00 pm

John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships (Men AA Finals) John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships (Sr. Men AA Prelims & Event Finals)

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3:00 pm-6: I 5 pm 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

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7:00 am-8:00 am

Various meetings

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Exhibition Hall set-up (Exhibitors only)


SATURDAY 7:00 am-8:00 am

Various meetings

9:00 am-3:00 pm

Congress Registration Desk open

8:00 am-9:15 am 9:30 am-I 0:30 am

President's Assembly

10:45 am-12 Noon 9:00 am-3:30 pm


Round 9 Congress Sessions Round 10 Congress Sessions EXHIBITION HALL OPEN TO REGISTRANTS (General public may enter with purchase of Day-Pass)

1:00 pm

John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships (Jr. W AA Finals)

Round 1 Congress Sessions

1:30 pm-2:45 pm

Round 11 Congress Sessions

10: 150m-II :30 am

Round 2 Congress Sessions

3: 15 pm-4:30 pm

Round 12 Congress Sessions

10:30 am-II :30 am

Exhibition Hall Preview Gym Club Owners Only! (Please check the club owner box on your pre-registration form)

6:00 pm

John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships (Sr. W Event Finals)

9:30 pm

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II :30 am-5:30 pm


1:00 pm

John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships (Jr. W AA Prelims & Event Finals)

1:00 pm-2:15 pm

Round 3 Congress Sessions

3:00 pm-4: 15 pm

Round 4 Congress Sessions

7:00 pm

John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships (Sr. W AA Finals)


10:00 pm-12 midnight Congress Awards Ceremony and Banquet" Doors open to Congress Dance Party 10:00 pm 10:15 pm-I:30 am

SUNDAY 8:00 am-I :00 pm

Congress Dance Party

• AUGUST 29 Congress Add-ons and various meetings'

8:00 am-12:15 pm

Women 's (JCI) written and practical judging exams. (Must pre-register with NAWGJ)

8:00 am-I :00 pm 9:00 am-II :00 am

Athlete Wellness

9:00 am-12 Noon

PDP I Video Clinic #2 '

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WITH THE USA GYMNASTICS CONGRESS BUS SHU TTLE Reserve Your Seat Today! For only $20.00 per delegate you will receive transportation to the following: • • • • •

Airport pickup upon orrivalto the Congress hotels: Hyatt Regency, Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza and Sacramento Hilton Inn. Transportation to and from Congress hotels to the Sacramento Convention Center Congress sessions and exhibition. Transportation to and from Congress hotels to Arco Arena for the 1999 John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships. Transportation to and from Arco Arena/ Congress hotels to the Sacramento Convention Center for the Ceremony of Honors and Congress Party. Hotel pickup from Congress hotels to airport for departure.


Fill out all information on this form, make check (SORRY, NO CREDIT CARDS) payable to Sacramento Region Sports Education Foundation and mail to: Sacramento Sports Commision, 106 KStreet, Suite 330, Sacramento, CA 95814.


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(con tinued from pnge 20) USA Gymnastics is currently finalizing the program and details of National Gymnastics Day, in consultation with the clubs and our sponsors. A primary overview of the program reveals a local promotion tied to a mass audience center (ie. malls, shopping centers, etc.) with gymnastics exhibitions staged throughout the day. Olympic gymnasts will be encouraged to participate to increase media participation on both a national and local level. Primary markets will be identified for particular emphasis due to their size and strength of gymnastics participation. "We are trying to help bring new exposure to the sport of gymnastics leading into the clubs' fall season," continued Galimore. "We want National Gymnastics Day to serve as a


kick-off for early registration and a mechanism for clubs to broaden their reach into the community." "National Gymnastics Day will be a success in 1999 and will continue into the future," adds Colarossi. 'The timing of this event works perfectly with back-to-school promotions and as a preview to our John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships. As we head into another Olympic year, National Gymnastics Day should attract attention, which we expect to grow on an annual basis." "An event like National Gymnastics Day serves the interest of USA Gymnastics as a whole," he continues. "Not only will it provide increased visibility and growth, but it could help encourage a future Olympian to participate in the sport. We all need to work together to succeed in objectives that benefit eveI1Jone."

More details regarding National Gymastics Day will be published in the June issue of Technique and will be available on the USA Gymnastics website


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Mayors' OlympiKids for Fitness Partnership • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

he United States Conference of Mayors and the United States Olympic Committee have joined forces to help encourage America's kids to become more active and healthy. These co-creators, along with USA Track & Field and the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002, have assembled the Mayors' OlympiKids for Fitness: A New Partnership for Healthy Kids and Cities. Serving as project advisor is the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. According to USOC President Bill Hybl, "This program is an outstanding opportunity to create grassroots participation and foster a climate that is conducive to Olympic sport development. We anticipate this initiative will result in a vital connection between the USOC and the youth of America, their schools and their families. This program encourages youngsters to be a participant in fitness activities rather than just a spectator, and makes the Olympic Movement accessible to, and inclusive of, all kids. " Mayor Deedee Corradini of Salt Lake City is the driving force behind the program saying, "Our kids are as out of shape as they have ever been ." Quoting the Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health of 1996, Corradini said, "25 percent of our children are overweight or obese, a 40 percent increase in 16 years. We have to reverse this alarming trend . The data shows that kids who are physically fit and actively engaged in sports are much more apt to have lower health care costs in the future, are less apt to get involved in at-risk behavior, and are more apt to stay in school." The Mayors' OlympiKids For Fitness program is aimed at getting 4th_6 th graders up and active in hopes of making moderate to vigorous activity a "// lifelong health habit for young people. Though I ,/ planned for the school day, the Mayors' OlympiKids / For Fitness is not a substitute for quality physical education (a critical part of every child's total education). Instead this program is a compliment to physical skill development which, through increased physical fitness, will make each child more able to undertake and enjoy vigorous activity.



Hybl said, "The United States Olympic Committee routinely sees the benefit of healthy lifestyles in the attitudes and successes of its Olympic athletes, and the benefit continues far beyond the span of their competitive careers. Promoting the value of physical fitness as an essential ingredient in the mix of factors that lead to successful and healthy lives is something we all should do."

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, , Now more than ever gymnastics is under the critical lens of the public eye and concerns about the effects of hard training on growth and development of children have been raised. , , On December 3-6, the 1998 National TOP's training camp was held at Tulsa World of Gymnastics in Oklahoma. Eighty-nine gymnasts attended the camp and participated in the research testing rotations. The purpose of the anthropometric testing was to begin a database of our young athletes which will track growth throughout the gymnast's career. Now more than ever gymnastics is under the critical lens of the public eye and concerns about the effects of hard training on growth and development of children have been raised. The gymnastics community must begin to record growth statistics on its child athletes so that it can defend its position from a point of objective data. This information can then also be compared with similar

information from other countries and other sports. In addition to the anthropometric measurements of the athletes, their sprint speed and acceleration was also tested. We were interested in determining how long it takes for the athletes to reach top speed, and if there were age specific differences. Because peak speed can be maintained for a very short period of time, knowing when athletes reach top speed may indicate optimal running distance to the vault.

What We Found: Anthropometries Figures 1-6 describe the normative values for each age group for several of the measured variables. Due to space, not all variables are presented here. The skinfold sites measured here were tricep, bicep, subscapular, abdominal, suprailiac, anterior thigh, and calf. These values were summed to achieve the final score. The ratio of sitting height to standing height provides us with an indication of the relative length of the lower extremity to the torso. This group of gymnasts tended toward a fairly equal distribution of stature between the torso and the



lower extremity. Finally, the hip:shoulder ratio provides us with an indication of the amount of "V" shape in the torso. The closer to 1.00 the score is, the more square the body shape. The further from 1.00, the more V the shape. An athlete with a score in the 50th percentile would be average for the national TOPs group. Table 1 shows the approximate percentile rank of the average TOPs athlete's stature and mass compared to national averages for American girls. This table shows that TOPs athletes are generally smaller and lighter than the average age-matched girl. This is, of course, no surprise. As more data is collected and growth is tracked over the next few years, this information will be more important.

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To determine speed and acceleration of the run, infrared light beams were placed across the running path. As an athlete sprinted, her body would break the light beam and a time would be recorded. These light beams were placed every 7 feet along the 70 foot runway. Figure 7 shows the combined velocity curve for all TOPs participants. The different age groups were so similar in their speed and accelerations profiles (acceleration is indicated by the "steepness" of the curve) that portraying each curve individually was not necessary. Data on nonathlete children indicates that increasing age and mass lead to greater speed and acceleration abilities. Since the TOPs athletes are a very select group, their physical profiles are remarkably similar across

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top speed can be maintained only for a very short time, it may be wise to shorten the length of the run-up for vault in order to contact the board while still at top speed.•

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ALABAMA EVENT NAME - Invitational EVENT SITE - Racket City Gymnastics Center EVENT START DATE - 5/ 14/99 CLUB NAME - Rocket City Gymnastics Center 1405-A Weatherly plaza Huntsville, AL 35803 Phone - (205)881 -3011 Women Levels - 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PO

LISTING TECHNIQUE magazine will regularly list Member Club invitationals by state in order to help coaches more efficiently schedule their teams in competitions. Q: How can my club get their invitation-

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allisted in Technique? A: First, you must be a USA Gymnastics Member Club. Then, once your sanction form has been processed in the USA Gymnastics Member Services department, your invitational will automatically be added to the list. Sanction forms must be processed three months in advance of the event to be included in Technique magazine due to publishing deadlines. Remember, you must be a Member Club to have your invitational listed in the magazine! If you need information on how to become a Member Club call Loree Galimore at 1-800-345-4719. Q: If my club is not a Member Club but

I'd like my invitational to be published in Technique, how can I go about doing this? A: You may purchase a classified ad under the heading "competitions." The cost is $75 for 1-90 words, $150 for 91-180 words, etc.

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EVENT NAME - Invitational EVENT SITE - Rocket City Gymnastics Center EVENT START DATE - 6/ 11 / 99 CLUB NAME - Rocket City Gymnastics Center 1405-A Weatherly plaza Huntsville, AL 35803 phone - (205)881 -30 11 Women Levels - 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PO EVENT NAME - Invitational EVENT SITE - Rocket City Gymnasti cs Center EVENT START DATE - 6/ 18/ 99 CLUB NAME - Rocket City Gymnastics Center 1405-A Weatherly plaza Huntsville, AL 35803 phone - (205)881 -3011 Women Levels - 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PO EVENT NAME - Invitational EVENT SITE - Rocket City Gymnastics Center EVENT START DATE - 7/9/99 CLUB NAME - Rocket City Gymnastics Center 1405-A Weatherly plaza Huntsville, AL 35803 Phone - (205)881-30 11 Women Levels - 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PO EVENT NAME - Invitational EVENT SITE - Rocket City Gymnastics Center EVENT START DATE - 7/ 16/99 CLUB NAME - Rocket City Gymnasti cs Center 1405-A Weatherly plaza Huntsville, AL 35803 phone - (205)881-3011 Women Levels - 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PO EVENT NAME - Invitational EVENT SITE - Rocket City Gymnastics Center EVENT START DATE - 8/ 6/ 99 CLUB NAME - Rocket City Gymnasti cs Center 1405-A Weatherly plaza Huntsville, AL 35803 phone - (205)88 1-3011 Women Levels - 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PO

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EVENT NAME - Sand Castle Classic EVENT SITE - Petersen Gym EVENT START DATE - 5/ 15/ 99 CLUB NAME - SDSU Aztec

EVENT NAME - May Fest EVENT SITE - The Family Y EVENT START DATE - 5/ 15/ 99 CLUB NAME - The Family Y

Gymnastics Program 4201 6th Ave #203 San Diego, CA 92 103 phone - (619)594-4576 Fax - (619)594-3554 Women Levels - 4 5 6 7

3532 Wheeler Road Augusta, GA 30909 phone - (706)738-6678 Fax - (706)738-4544 Women Levels - 5 6 7 8 9 10 PO

EVENT NAME - Champion Challenge 1/11 EVENT SITE - Champion Gymnastics Academy EVENT START DATE - 5/ 22/ 99 CLUB NAME - Champion Gymnastics Academy 145 Vista Avenue, Suite 108 Pasadena, CA 91107 phone - (626)577-4496 Women Levels - 5 6 7 8

EVENT NAME - Fall Fest EVENT SITE - Michael Anthony's School of Gymnastics

EVENT START DATE - 10/9/99 CLUB NAME - Michael Anthony's School of Gymnastics 2330-A Bates Avenue Bldg A Concord, CA 94520 phone - (510)671-0262 Women Levels - 5 6

FLORIDA EVENT NAME - Gold C~ast Invitational EVENT SITE - Santaluces C.H.S EVENT START DATE - 9/3/99 CLUB NAME - Gold Coast Gymnastics, Inc. 1420 Rupp Lane Lake Worth, FL 33460 phone - (561 )642-7264 Fax - (561 )642-4477 Women Levels - 2 3 4 5 6 PO

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EVENT NAME - Schools Out EVENT SITE - The Family Y EVENT START DATE - 6/ 5/ 99 CLUB NAME - The Family Y 3532 Wheeler Road Augusta, GA 30909 Phone - (706)738-6678 Fax - (706)738-4544 Women Levels - 5 6 7 8 9 10 PO

EVENT NAME - Camp Out EVENT SITE - The Family Y EVENT START DATE - 7/ 30/ 99 CLUB NAME - The Family Y 3532 Wheeler Road Augusta, GA 30909 phone - (706)738-6678 Fax - (706)738-4544 Women Levels - 5 6 7 8 9 10 PO

HAWAII EVENT NAME - Spring Championships EVENT SITE - Oahu Gymnastics Centers EVENT START DATE - 5/ 30/ 99 CLUB NAME - Oahu Gymnastics Centers PO Box 29724 Honolulu, HI 96820 phone - (808)841-6717 Fax - (808)922-2751 Women Levels - 4 5 6 7

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INVITATIONAL LISTING (continued from page 37)

HAWAII EVENT NAME - Memorial Day Invit. EVENT SITE - Kokokahi EVENT START DATE - 5/30/99 CLUB NAME - Kokokahi Gymnastics Team 45-558 C-21 Kam. Hwy. Kaneohe, HI 96744 phone - (808)235-6866 Fax - (808)235-6866 Women Levels - 4 5 6 7 EVENT NAME - Karen Brown Invit EVENT SITE - Kokokahi EVENT START DATE - 6/13/99 CLUB NAME - Kokokahi Gymnastics Team 45-558 C-21 Kam . Hwy. Kaneohe, HI 96744 phone - (808)235-6866 Fax - (808)235-6866 Women Levels - 4 5 6 7

ILLINOIS EVENT NAME - Lincoln Land Classic EVENT SITE - Midstate Gym EVENT START DATE - 5/14/99 CLUB NAME - Midstate Gymnastics Academy 111 S. old Covered Bridge Rd. Springfield, IL 62707 phone - (217)787-7004 Women Levels - 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 EVENT NAME - Citywide Championships EVENT SITE - Peterson Park EVENT START DATE - 5/15/99 CLUB NAME - Chicago Park District 425 E Mcfetridge Dr-#3 C Chicago, IL 60605 phone - (312)747-2024 Fax - (312)747-2026 Men Classes- 3 4 6 7 EVENT NAME - City Wide Championships EVENT SITE - Peterson Park EVENT START DATE - 5/ 15/99 CLUB NAME - Chicago Park District 425 E Mcfetridge Dr-#3 C Chicago, IL 60605 phone - (312)747-2024 Fax - (312)747-2026 Women Levels - 4 5 6 7 8

NEW YORK EVENT NAME - Lilac Invitational EVENT SITE - ESL Sports Centre EVENT START DATE - 5/8/99 CLUB NAME - Eastside Gymnastics 1776 Aest Ave. Rochester, NY 1461 0 phone - (716)271-3517 Fax - (716)271-7485 Women Levels - 5 6 7 8 9 10 PO EVENT NAME - Hawaiian Cup EVENT SITE - The Gym Connection EVENT START DATE - 5/23/99 CLUB NAME - The Gym Connection 6796 Northern Ave Liverpool, NY 13057 phone - (315)699-8697 Fax - (315)452-9454 Women Levels - 4 5 6 EVENT NAME - Aloha Invitational EVENT SITE - Rising Stars Gymnastics EVENT START DATE - 6/5/99 CLUB NAME - Rising Stars Gymnastics 881 Route 28 Kingston, NY 12401 phone - (914)339-2387 Fax - (914)687-4367 Women Levels - 5 6 7 8 9

OHIO EVENT NAME - Marvelous May EVENT SITE - Thome-Ohio Gymnastics EVENT START DATE - 5/15/99 CLUB NAME - Thome-Ohio Gymnastics 1460 West Bagley Road Berea, OH 44017 phone - (440)243-1211 Women Levels - 4 5 6 7 8 9 PO

UTAH EVENT NAME - Same EVENT SITE - Elite Gymnastics Academy EVENT START DATE - 5/22/99 CLUB NAME - Elite Gymnastics Academy 2081 East Ryan Circle Ogden, UT 84403 phone - (801 )479-6996 Fax - (801 )621-3070 Women Levels - 4 5 6

VIRGINIA MISSOURI EVENT NAME - Mother's Day Invitational EVENT SITE - Class Act Gymnastics EVENT START DATE - 5/8/99 CLUB NAME - Class Act Gymnastics 2452 Old Orchard Jackson, MO 63755 phone - (314)335-5327 Women Levels - 5 6 7 8 PO

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EVENT NAME - May Fest EVENT SITE - Ocean Tumblers Gymnastics EVENT START DATE - 5/15/99 CLUB NAME - Ocean Tumblers Gymnastics 912 A Professinal pi Chesapeake, VA 23322 phone - (757)547-0169 Fax - (757)436-2724 Women Levels - 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 EC EO TECH N IOU E • VO LU ME 19 • # 5

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Announcing The ••• USA GYMNASTICS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Anew National Award has been proposed to and accepted by the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors. It will be known as the USA Gymnastics lifetime Achievement Award. The Hall of Fame Committee wished to recognize individuals who have dedicated a lifetime of service to the sport of gymnastics in a meaningful manner. The intention is to seek out as well as request from the gymnastics community, information about individuals who have made a considerable impact upon our sport. This recagnition will be presented either during the Ceremony of Honors or with the Hall of Fame Awards at the USA Gymnastics National Congress, whenever possible. Since the individuals selected for this award will be responsible for their own transportation and expenses to the National Congress to receive the award, the award may be presented at on appropriate function of regional or notional prominence which is located closer to the home of the selected individual. There will be no minimum or maximum number of recipients and the award may not be given every year. Privileges for the recipients will be: • lifetime camp limen tory membership in USA Gymnastics • recognition in appropriate publications and ceremonies as a recipient of the USA Gymnastics lifetime Achievement Award • presentation of the award • complimentary admission to the John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships, the World Team and Olympic Team Trials competitions, and the USA Gymnastics Notional Congress In order to be eligible for this award, the following minimum criteria must be met: 1. Minimum of 25 years dedicated to gymnastics

r---------------------, USA GYMNASTICS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINATION FORM Name __________________________________________ Address _ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ __ City _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ State _ _ _ _ Zip _ _ _ __ Phone _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ __

2. His/her service must stand out above the normal person who loves gymnastics and has a lifetime of appreciation or ordinary participation. 3. This person(s) should have accomplished on involvement at the regional. national, and/or international levels in one or a combination of the following: caaching, judging, volunteering, and promotion of the sport of gymnastics. It is not necessary to have been a competitor in gymnastics. He/she may have been a competitor and have continued to enhance the sport in multiple ways. The Hall of Fame Committee has assumed the philosophy that the Hall of Fame will have on emphasis on the accomplished athlete. Coaches and contributors who are inducted will be limited to the few individuals with outstanding and special accomplishments at the very highest level of contribution or coaching. As we have received nominations and credentials for persons who have given a lifetime of meaningful dedication which has greatly influenced the sport of gymnastics through coaching, judging, volunteering, and promotion of the sport, it was felt that prominent notional recognition should be possible through the introduction of the lifetime Achievement Award. Many have contributed to the growth and development which has helped gymnastics in its progress to where we stand today. The Hall of Fame Committee encourages members of the gymnastics community to give careful consideration for nominations and to communicate with nominees in order to provide the most complete credentials and information possible. Only completed nominations will be considered. The nominations which are submitted will be thoughtfully considered and possibly maintained in a credential notebook for future consideration. Additional information may be requested. Please use the Request for Nomination as your guideline for needed information. Please submit this information in typed form along with all nome and address information as requested. JUDGE-list the total number of years of judging. Include dates and the number of years at each judging rating held. list dates and major judging assignments. Include contributions made at state, regional, national and international levels in teaching, writing and publications, training camps for evaluation of athletes or education, and major committees served, including dates.

VOLUNTEER & PROMOTER-list major volunteer efforts, giving dates and number of years of participation. list state, regional. and national offices held, number of years held, including the type of work accomplished. list any other promotional efforts or invented devises that advanced the technical performance of gymnastics, contributed to research, advanced the development of apparatus, or promoted a safe gymnastics environment. list research, articles or books published.

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You may, as the nominator, also provide a brief personal account of why you feel that the person who you are nominating is deserving of national recognition. If the nominee is a past competitor, list major accomplishments of the competitive career giving dates and specific levels of competition, including any titles won. Please send a copy of this nomination to each of the individuals below NO LATER THAN JUNE I, 1999. Nominations received aher that date will not be considered.

City _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ State _ _ _ _ Zip _ _ _ __ Phone _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __

You should include as much information as possible using the following criteria.

Carolyn Bowers Chairman of the Hall of Fame Commillee 1315 Bourgogne Ave. Bowling Green, OH 43402

COACH-list locations and dates of where coached, level of athletes coached, names of outstanding athletes and major titles won. list coaching contributions through the establishment of regional or national workshops and clinics; as staff members of national level workshops, through presentations at national meetings; and by writing publications. list membership on major committees, describing the work involved.

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Winter Cup Challenge Las Vegas, Nevada February 13, 1999

Motion- Barry Weiner (Adjourn meeting) Second-Greg Corsiglia PASSED 6-0


Meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m. MST. Submitted by Mark Williams, Secretary, USA Gymnastics Men 's Program Committee.

Meeting called to order at 2:20 p.m. MST by Chair Marc Yancey. Members Present: Marc Yancey George Beckstead Greg Corsiglia Tim Daggett Mark Williams Barry Weiner Ron Galimore Dennis Mcintyre Peter Kormann Members Absent: Chris Waller

Chair MPC & Jr. Coaches Rep. FIG Rep. Jr. Coaches Rep. Vice-Chair for Men Sr. Coaches Rep. Sr. Coaches Rep. Men's Program Director (voice, no vote) Men's Program Manager (voice, no vote) National Team Coordinator (voice, no vote)

Conference call February 18 at 2:00 PM EST.

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• USA GYMNASTICS MEN'S PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEETING CONFERENCE CALL February 18, 1999, and February 25, 1999

I. ROLL CALL Meeting called to order at 2:10 p.m. EST by Ron Galimore. Second conference call February 25 resumed at 11:05 a.m. EST.

Athlete's Rep.

II. APPROVAL OF MPC MINUTES Motion-Tim Daggett (Minutes ofJanuary 19, 1999) Second-Greg Corsiglia PASSED 6-0

III. ATHLETE SPECIAL NEEDS GRANTS Ron Galimore reviewed the applications for special grants. He will follow up on the processing of these grant requests and report back to the committee.

IV. REVIEW INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS Ron Galimore identified four international competitions for which we received invitations. With the busy competition schedule this spring, consideration must be given to the athletes' training and meets during this period. Not all the national team athletes will be available for these meets. These meets are World Stars, Paris-Bercy, Grand PrixCottbus and Romanian International Tour.

Members Present: Greg Corsiglia Tim Daggett Mark Williams Barry Weiner Ron Galimore Peter Kormann Marc Yancey George Beckstead Chris Waller Dennis McIntyre

Jr. Coaches Rep. Vice-Chair for Men (Left at 2:25,2/18/ 99) Sr. Coaches Rep. Sr. Coaches Rep. Men's Program Director (voice, no vote) National Team Coordinator (voice, no vote) Chair MPC & Jr. Coaches Rep. FIG Rep. Athlete's Rep. Men's Program Manager (voice, no vote)

Members Absent: 2/ 18 / 99 Marc Yancey Chair MPC & Jr. Coaches Rep. George Beckstead FIG Rep. Chris Waller Athlete's Rep. Men's Program Manager (voice, no vote) Dennis Mcintyre Members Absent: 2/ 25 / 99 Barry Weiner Sr. Coaches Rep.

II. ATHLETE, COACHES AND JUDGES ASSIGNMENTS V. JUDGES ASSIGNMENTS Judges for the American Cup will be Harry Bjerke as Technical Director, John Scheer, Mark Graham, Les Sasvary and Abie Grossfeld. The judges for the International Team Championships, World University Games and Pan American Games have yet to be decided.

Ron Galimore began discussion about the upcoming events. Invitations need to be sent out for this list of competitions. Peter Kormann expressed concern about some athletes not competing at the more important competitions. The MPC would like to draft a letter to the athletes encouraging them to participate in their assigned events. The following recommendations are for the upcoming events in 1999.

VI. FIG UPDATE George Beckstead spoke to the development of the 2000 Code of Points. A Men's Technical Committee meeting will be held at the Visa American Cup March 2-6, in St. Petersburg, FL. The new Code will be discussed there.

American Cup: Athletes:

Blaine Wilson, Jason Gatson, Trent Wells, Sean Townsend, Chris Young

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MEN'S PROGRAM UPDATE (continued from page 43) International Team Meet: Athletes: Blaine Wilson, Jason Gatson, Yewki Tomita, Trent Wells, Sean Townsend, Chris Young Coaches: Ron Brant, Yoichi Tomita Ken Allen, Mark Williams, Tom Stevenson, Judges: Mike Hirsh Pan American Games: Athletes: Coaches: Judges: USA / China: Athletes: Coaches: Judges:

(Selected at trials in June) Mark Williams, Randy Jepson Jon Culbertson, Steve Butcher, Dan Bachman Blaine Wilson, Jason Gatson, Trent Wells, Jim Foody, Chris Young, Jay Thornton Peter Kormann, Vitaly Marinitch Abie Grossfeld

Paris-Bercy: Athlete: Judge:

Sean Townsend Steve Butcher

World Stars: Athlete: Judge:

Jim Foody Dan Bachman

March 11, 1999

I. ROLL CALL Meeting called to order at 10:10 a.m. EST by Ron Galimore. Members Present: Greg Corsiglia Tim Daggett Mark Williams Barry Weiner Ron Galimore Dennis Mcintyre Peter Kormann George Beckstead Chris Waller

Jr. Coaches Rep. Vice-Chair for Men Sr. Coaches Rep. Sr. Coaches Rep. Men's Program Director (voice, no vote) Men's Program Manager (voice, no vote) National Team Coordinator (voice, no vote) FIG Rep. Athlete's Rep.

Members Absent: Marc Yancey

Chair MPC & Jr. Coaches Rep.


World University Games: Invitation to top 3 rank order & 4th Athletes: athlete picked Coaches: (TBA) Les Sasvary, Ken Achiron, Harry Bjerke Judges: The World University Games allows for 5 athletes, the 4th athlete selected to the team will be picked and the 5th athlete will come from the rank order of the Winter Cup results. Motion-Tim Daggett Second-Mark Williams PASSED 6-0 Motion-Greg Corsiglia (Approve meet selections) Second-Chris Waller PASSED 6-0

III. USA QUALIFIER Planning to have qualifier on July 31 or August 7. There was a short discussion about a limit to the number of entries.

IV. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 13, 1999 Motion-Marc Yancey (Approve minutes of February 13, with changes to section 5) Second-Mark Williams PASSED 6-0

V. 1999 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM COACHES Head Coach Peter Kormann announced that his assistant coaches for the 1999 World Championships would be Vitaly Marinitch and Yoichi Tomita. Motion-Mark Williams & Greg Corsiglia (Adjourn meeting) Second-Barry Wiener & Chris Waller PASSED 3-0 & 6-0

February 18 meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m. EST February 25 meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m. EST Submitted by Mark William s, Secretary, USA Gymnastics Men's Program Committee.

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Discussion began with talk of the location and date of the meet. Facilities for this event must be available three weeks before the U. S. Championships. The Houston Texas Sport Ranch is available and willing to host the Regional Qualifying competition July 31st. Motion-Barry Weiner (Approve using the Texas Sport Ranch July 31st) Second-Mark Williams PASSED 6-0 Lengthy discussion followed concerning the method of keeping the meet size to a manageable number of participants. In the event that there are 48 athletes or less entered in the meet, there will be one competitive session. If numbers exceed 48, there will be two competitive sessions. The sessions will be divided by having all pre-qualified Seniors and all Junior Elite athletes compete in the first session. The athletes trying to qualify for the Senior meet at U. S. Championships will compete in the second session. ' NOTE: AJunior Elite athlete trying to qualify as a Senior to U. S. Championships must compete in the second session. If you are a Junior Elite athlete who has not qualified for the u.s. Championships through JO Nationals, a choice must be made whether to compete in the Junior Elite qualifier session or the Senior qualifier session. Scores at the qualifier will not carry-over from one session to the other.

Motion-Tim Daggett (Approve above mentioned Regional Qualifying Meet criteria) Second- Greg Corsiglia PASSED 6-0


Barry Weiner asked to revisit the 1999 bonus system with the view of going back to FIG scoring in the Olympic Qualifying Meets. Most members felt the bonus scoring would be helpful for our program during the 1999 season. The committee agreed to leave the document as is for the rest of this year.

IV. EVENT ASSIGNMENTS Invitations to Cuban and Romanian meets in April and May. Athlete's availability will be reviewed and a decision to go will be made on the next conference call. Motion-Tim Daggett (Adjourn meeting) Second-Greg Corsiglia PASSED 6-0

Meeting adjourned at 11:15 a.m. EST Submitted by Mark Wells William s, secretary, USA Gymnastics Men's Program Committee.

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Children A (9-10 year olds) and B Division (11-12 year olds) End of Nov. or first of Dec. )"l Cordoba, Argentina "'V

Note: these ages are the age the athletes are by Dec 31 01 the current year. FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH CLUB

The Pan American Union currently hosts competitions each year geared towards private club participation. In its first year, USA Gymnastics hosted the competition in Houston, Texas at Bela Karolyi's Gymnastics Camp. The participating club from the United States was Wright's Gymnastics from Indianapolis. The second year was hosted by Costa Rica where Bart Conner Gymnastics participated. In both cases, our U.S. clubs were very pleased with the competition and stated that these events were a valuable learning experience. USA Gymnastics is now informing our gymnastics community of this opportunity. The following is a brief explanation of the Pan American Interclub Competition.


The next competitions are: 1) Junior Division (13-15 year olds) Dec. 8-12, 1999 Curitiba, Brazil

Each club is responsible for all expenses (airfare, housing, food and local transportation) .

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Each club will be responsible for an "entry fee" for the competition. Each country is resp~nsible for providing a iudge. This would fall upon the club in attendance. The iudge must be an FIG Brevet rated and must be coordinated through the USA Gymnastics office. If a iudge is not provided, the club must pay $700 to the host organization.


All communication must go through the Federations and not directly to the club.

Interested clubs should contact Gary Warren for a copy of the "Technical Regulations" for the technical requirements and routine text of the Pan American Interclub Competitions. Interested clubs must then submit a resume to the National Office prior to their acceptance to participate.


USA Gymnastics c/o Gary Warren - Elite Program Manager 201 South Capitol, Suite 300 Indianapolis, IN 46225 Phone: (3 17) 237-5050 ext. 227 Fax: (317) 237-5069 ~


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OPTIONAL & COMPULSORY COACHES NEEDED. We are an aggressive competitive 5yr. old program. We need an enthusiastic optional coach with strong bar, vault and tumbling skills, catering to our level 7-10 girls. We also need a strong highly motivated compulsory coach for our levels 4, 5, 6 girls. We would like to fill both positions by July or August of '99. Contact TIm Madore, at New England Gymnastics Training Center, Hudson, NH at (603)880-8482, Fax (603)880-1800, Email: NEGTC@AOl.COM. located 45 minutes from Boston, Hampton Beach and mountains. Must be willing to make mistakes and learn! Professional Full & Part time preschool, recreational, and Girls & Boys Team instructors/ administrators needed for expanding South Florida gymnastics school(s). Applicants must be energetic, motivated, child loving, dedicated and willing to be part of a TEAM. Strong organizational and managerial skills a must. These positions are best suited towards individuals wishing to pursue a career in our organization. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Fax resume and

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OREGON GYMNASTICS ACADEMY is looking for two qualified, experienced, high level, coaches. 1. Girls artistic coach with strong spotting skills and technical knowledge capable of coaching through elite. 2. Coach for international rhythmic program to work rec through elite. Salary and Benefits commensurate with experience. OGA has been in business for 21 years and offers leading programs in boys, girls, and rhythmic gymnastics for all levels and ages. Huge growth potential for the right people. Great area, facility, kids, and staff. Call Sheila Lehner at 1·503-531-3409. KEYSTONE GYMNASTICS, one of the fastest growing gymnastics businesses in Pennsylvonia, will be expanding its top notch staff to include full and part time team coaches and full and part time preschool and class instructors. We are looking for team players who are interested in exceeding every standard in the industry. We offer an excellent job package and work envi·

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COACHES NEEDED. Eastern National Academy is looking for coaches Pompton Plains and Paramus NJ. We are looking for directors for Preschool and General program, Team coaches qualified in choreography and dance at a high level and knowledgeable in the compulsory division and instructors for all programs. ENA is in a perfect location for any lifestyle, we are located centrally between the Metropolitan New York area and the Pennsylvania Poconno Mountains. First Aid/ Safety certification a plus or must be obtained within 6 months of hiring. Salary commensurate upon qualifications and experience. Contact Rich at 973-835-1665 or fax resume to 973-835-6225 or e·mail us at Eastern National Academy, 210 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. Http:// (continued on page 46)

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Reese's Gymnastics Cup (M/W/ R)

New Orleans, LA




9·12 12·13 19 TBD




Visa American Cup (M/W) International Competition (R) International 3 on 3 Gymnastics Championships (M/W/ R) American Challenge (W)

Orlando, Fl TBD Orlando, Fl TBD

J.O. Nationol Championships, Individual & Group (R) Sr. Pacific Alliance Championships (M/W/ R) level 9 East/West Championships (W) USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships (M/W) USA Gymnostics National Invitational Tournament (W)

TBD Christ Church, NZl TBD TBD TBD

J.O. National Championships (W) Rhythmic East/West Championships (R) USOC Olympic Media Summit (M/W/ R) RhythmiC East/West Championships (R) USA Gymnastics Executive Committee/ Board Meetings J.O. National Championships (M) Mall Tour (M/W/ R)

TBD TBD Houston, Texas TBD Indianapolis, IN T8D TBD

U.S. Challenge (W) USA Gymnastics National GymFest (GG)


U.s. Classic/ National Gymnastics Festival (W) John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships (M/W/ R/TR/TU) Youth and Coaches Camp (GG) J.O. National Chompionships (TR/TU)

Tulsa, OK St. louis, MO

U.s. Olympic Trials (M/W/R) USA Gymnastics National Congress USA Gymnastics Classic Gym Fest (GG)

Boston, MA Boston, MA TBD


21·23 26·30 28·30 28·30

USA Gymnastics Executive Committee/ Board Meetings High Performance Coaches Summit (W) FIG/ PAGU Coocheslnformation Course (GG) 1st World Age·Group Team Trials (TR/TU)

Indianapolis, IN Salt lake City, UT Miomi, Fl Knoxville, TN

Four Continents (R) Region 4 Congress (W) U.S. Rhythmic National Championships (R) Special Olympics World Games

Jacksonville, Fl Oshkosh, WI TBD Raleigh, NC

15·16 20·25 28·30 TBD T8D

Region 8 Congress (W) World University Games (M/W) World Gymnaestrado (GG) National Championships/ 1st Sr. Team Trials (TR/TU) Region 3 Congress (W) U.S. Chollenge (W) Pan American Games (M/W/ R) PAGU Congress 2nd Sr. Teom Trials/ Final World Age·Group Team Trials (TR/TU)

Atlanta, GA Palma de Mallorca, ESP Giiteborg, SWE Anaheim, CA Northglenn, CO Montville, NJ Winnipeg, CAN Winnipeg, CAN Knoxville, TN


U.s. Classic/ National Gymnastics Festival (W) 3rd Sr. Team Trials (TR/TU) J.O. National Team Training Camp (W) John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships (M/W) USA Gymnastics National Congress USA Gymnastics CongressFest (GG)

Rochester, NY TBD Colo. Springs, CO Sacramento, CA Socramento, CA Sacramento, CA


2·4 4 5 TBD


10·13 18·20 25·27 6/ 26·7/ 4

JULY 1·3 2·13 2·10 5·11 9·11 16·18 7/ 23·8/ 8 25·29 7/ 3·B/ l

AUGUST 6·8 14·15 19·23 25·28 26·29 26·28

SEPTEMBER 3·5 3·5 15·18 9/ 20·10/ 3 24·26 9/ 28·10/ 3 9/ 30·10/ 3

USA Gymnastics Youth Camp (GG) GATConvention World Championships Team Trials (M/W) World Championships & Age·Group Gomes (TR/TU) Region 2 Congress (W) 23rd Rhythmic World Championships (R) Region 5 Congress

Austin, TX Austin, TX Kansas City, MO Sun City, RSA Portland, OR Osaka, JPN Oakbrook, Il

Artistic World Championships (M/W) FIG Extraordinary Congress Pacific Ocean Basin Gomes (M/W/ R) Region 6 Congress (W) FIG Medical Technical Symposium USA Gymnastics GG Youth Camp U.s. Olympic Congress Nationol TOPs Testing·West (W) Region 7 Congress (W)

TIanjin, CHN TIanjin, CHN Santiago, CHI New York City, NY TIanjin, CHN Baltimore, MD Colorado Springs, CO Phoenix, AZ Hunt Valley (Baltimore), MD

OCTOBER 8·16 13·14 13·24 14·17 15·16 22·24 24·26 29·31 29·31

USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge (M) Rhythmic Challenge (R) Olympic Test Event (TR) American Classic (W)

5·7 6·7 11 ·15 13·14 19·21 TBD May·Sept.


JULY 7·9 26·29 TBD TBD

AUGUST 15·20 18·21 TBD

SEPTEMBER 9/ 16·10/ 1

Olympic Games (M/W/ R/TR)

Sydney, AUS

Post·Olympic Tour (M/W/ R/TR/TU)



NOVEMBER 10·11 17·19 20·26 TBD TBD TBD

International Team Championships (M/W Srs.) USA Gymnastics Executive Committee/ Board Meetings FIG Congress Future Stars National Championships (M)TBD Coaches Workshop (M) USA Gymnastics National Gym Fest (GG)

Notionol TOPs Testing·East (W) Future Stars Notional Championships (M) Cooches Workshops (M) USA Gymnastics Executive Committee/ Board Meetings

Rochester, NY Colorado Springs, CO Colorado Springs, CO Indianapolis, IN

FIG Men's Intercontinental Judges Course

3·5 8·12 9·12 -


USA National Gym Fest (GG) PAGU Jr. Interdub Championships (M/W) National TOPs Camp (W) - - - - - - - - - --


Tempe, AZ Curitiba, BRA Tulsa, OK -

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Richmond, VA Indianapolis, IN Marrakech, MAR


NOVEMBER 5·7 11·13 11·14 12·14

St. louis, MO TBD

Reese's Gymnastics Cup (M/W/ R)



USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Chollenge (M) Rhythmic Challenge (R)


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The Safety Schedule is updated weekly an our website www.usa-gymnastics.arg

1 999 Safety Certification Schedule April 7, 1 999

6 Broodview Heights, OH; 10:00 a.m.·2:00 p.m.; course rg0606990h; Gymnastics World; 6630 Harris Rd Instructor: Ron Ganim 440·526·2970

LATE REGISTRATIONS ARE NOT GUARANTEED A BOOK OR ADMISSION TO THE (OURSE. Monday, (by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard TIme) is the last day registrations will be accepted for courses being conducted the following weekend. Registrations received after that time or on site will be charged an additional $25.

11 Sumter, SC; 5:30·9:30 p.m.; course kd061199sc Miss libby's Dance and Gymnastics; Wesmark Blvd. local contact: Debbie Bowen B03·469·8277 Instructor: Kim Boyd Domagalski 803-473·2257 12 East Stroudsburg, PA; 1:30·6:00 p.m.; course pf061299po International Gymnastics Camp; local contact: Burno Klaus 717 ·629·0244; Instructor: Phil Frank 609·786·3977

Minimum age lor Salety Certili(ation is 18 years.

MAY 22 Boise, ID; 9:00 a.m.' 1:OOp.m.; course jt052299id; Gem State Gymnastics Academy; Instructor: Jim TIghe 208·853·3220

13 Saginaw, MI; 2:00·6:00 p.m.; course hf061399mi; Gym·Jester Gymnastics Center; Instructor: Helen Fry 51].754-7401 19 Columbus, OH; 1:00·5:00 p.m.; course bf0619990h Universal Gymnasts, Inc.; 4555 Knightsbridge Blvd Instructor: Bobbi Montanari-Fahrnbach 614·457·1279

23 Mays landing, NJ; 2:00·6:30 p.m.; course pf052399nj Perfect Balance Gymnastics; 5101 Oakwood Boulevard local contact: Mary Marino 609·625·5223 Instructor: Phil Frank 609-786·3977

20 Oshkosh, WI; 12:00 noon·4:00 p.m.; course rd062099wi Oshkosh Gymnastics Center; 2080 W. 20th Ave. Oshkosh local contact: Phyllis Hardt 920·235·7800 Instructor: Ralph Druecke 414-782-3430

JUNE 6 Bloomingdale, Il 9:00 a.m.-l :00 p.m.; course mk060699il Centrol Dupage Hospital Medical Offices @ Stratford South; 245 S. Gary Ave; local contact: Monique Vodicka 630-9333078; Instructor: Monte Kimes 773-586-6015

30 Dunwoody, GA; 5:00-9:00 p.m.; course cc063099ga Crown Plaza Ravinia; Instructor: Chris Calvert 404-687-9911

JULY 11 Northglenn, CO; 1:30· 5:30 p.m.; course je071199co Holiday Inn North; In conjunction with Region 3 Congress local contact: Mary Ann Mahoney 303·429·3367 Instructor: Jan Eyman 254·694·2065 17 Penfield, NY; 9:00 a.m.·2:00 p.m.; course sc071799ny The Gymnastics Training Center Instructor: Sarah Jane Clifford 716·388·8686

AUGUST 15 Menlo Park, CA; 9:00 a.m.·1:00 p.m.; course mt081599ca Menlo Park Gymnastics Instructor: Michael Taylor 650·858·3480, 650·325·2883 21 Boise, ID; 9:00 a.m.' 1:00 p.m.; course jt082199id; Gem State Gymn Academy; Instructor: Jim TIghe 208·853·3220 25 Sacramento, CA; 1:00·5:00 p.m.; courseww082599ca In conjunction with USA Gymnastics National Congress Re'certs, Must by currently safety certified AND a pro·member Instructor: to be determined 25 Sacramento, CA; 1:00-5:00 p.m.; course xx082599ca In conjunction with USA Gymnastics National Congress New, or safety expired by more than 30 days Instructor: to be determined

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Pro-Member with Current Safety Certification wishing to recertify ............... _.......................................... no charge Pro-Member with Expired or New Safety Certification ............ $ 50.00 Instructor Member ................................................................ $ 50.00 Non-Member or Associate Member ........................................ $ 100.00 • You must have your USA Gymnastics number or date applied for on the registration form in order to qualify for the discount. YOU MAY NOT REGISTER FOR A COURSE TO RECERTIFY ANY EARLIER THAN 6 MONTHS PRIOR TO YOUR EXPIRATION DATE.


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• All materials (including the Safety Handbook) for 4th Cycle courses are provided at the course and are part of the course fee. • Certification is valid for four years. • To achieve Safety Certification, the participant must be at least 17Y1 years of age at the time of the course. Please make checks payable, in ful" to USA Gymnastics Safety Certification

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