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July 31,1999 is quickly approaching, I hope that your plans are well underway for the first ever National Gymnastics Day! Bela Karolyi and USA Gymnastics encourage you to participate in one of the 23 markets across the country or plan your own festivities in your gym. Please join us in this nationwide celebration of our sport! If you have questions concerning National Gymnastics Day call Member Club Services at 1-800"345-4719 ext. 340.

encourage everyone that will be present

Fall registration for your club is just around the corner so we've included an article in this issue entitled, "Tips to Market Your Program for Fall Enrollment." There is a list of questions to consider before setting up your marketing plan, ideas for how to set up the actual plan and a sample plan to get you headed in the right direction. In addition, USA Gymnastics Member Clubs will receive a marketing kit that includes posters, a promotional video tape, an advertising sample, a marketing booklet and other materials to help in their marketing efforts. For more information on Member Clubs or receiving your marketing kit call Loree Galimore at 1-800-345-4719 ext. 340.

at Congress in Sacramento to attend the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Awards Banquet

Patti Komara, a successful club owner and 1996 author/contributor to the KAT workbook discusses in her article, "Ways to Increase Revenues With Your Preschool Program./I Komara provides some excellent tips on how to increase enrollment, increase tuition, encourage more students to participate, and market your gymnastics programs and merchandise. This is an article that club owners won't want to miss.

and Ceremony of Honors sit-down dinner

On the subject of increasing revenue, why not start a General Gymnastics TeamGym Program in your gym? USA Gymnastics has received many recent inquiries about how TeamGymn works. After reading the details on page 15, I hope you are inspired to begin this unique program in your gym.

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Once again, I want to encourage everyone that will be present at Congress in Sacramento to attend the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Awards Banquet and Ceremony of Honors sitdown dinner on Saturday, August 28, at 10:00 p.m. This is our special chance to honor outstanding coaches, athletes and contributors, and especially the inductees to the distinguished USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. This is certain to be an event to remember! All of our athletes continue to train for upcoming events. The Trampoline and Tumbling Program, our newest addition to the USA Gymnastics organization, is preparing for its second Senior Team Trials taking place July 31 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Also, many gymnasts and coaches are preparing for summer competitions, including the World University Games, Pan American Games and the John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

Best wishes to our gymnasts as they begin their busy summer filled with gymnastics.

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In an effort to unit~ the estimated 4 millio~ children who participate in gymnastics, USA Gymnastics is designating July 31, 1999 as National Gymnastics Day. The mission of National Gymnastics Day is to communicate the sense of self esteem and healthy benefits that gymnastics fosters and to attract new participants at the grassroots level. Bela Karolyi, world renowned coach in the history of gymnastics, is eager to support the event. After producing 27 Olympians throughout his career, including Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, Kim Zmeskal, Dominique Moceanu and Kerri Strug, Karolyi has volunteered to serve as the Chairman of National Gymnastics Day.

"National Gymnastics Day is a wonderful chance for more children to become involved with -*-the great sport of gymnastics. I would like to invite every In its inaugural year, National Gymnastics Day seeks to introduce opportunities in the sport for all ages and ability levels in the more than young child to join me 3,500 gynmastics clubs in the U.S. The event allows the clubs to partner with the national office in order to promote their organization within the in this unique celebration," commented Karolyi.

comn1unity. Activities on July 31 will include local club demonstrations, appearances by Olympic and National Team athletes, open houses at local clubs and special mall promotions.

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July 31, 1999 was selected as the date of the event to meet the timing of peak enrollment for gymnastics clubs and the promotion of the Jolm Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships scheduled for August 25-28, 1999 in Sacramento. The goal is for parents to recognize that gymnastics is a recreational activity that encourages positive physical and mental development in children. USA Gymnastics will directly assist the promotion of National Gymnastics Day in over 20 primary markets. In addition, the organization will provide the framework for National Gynmastics Day to all of its Member Clubs to encourage a broad participation in the nationwide celebration . • - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - { ( TE CH N IOU E • VO LUME 19 •

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the spring and is looking forward to the summer months, you are at your busiest! By August I, your fall enrollment should be underway so you need to know the full details about staffing, marketing, scheduling

If you're an old pro at running your gym, then you're probably fine-tuning a system that you have working smoothly. If you're new to gym ownership or if something in your market or business necessitates an overhaul, there is a tremendous amount of work to be done. The most important work happens in your head and in the pre-work that you do with key staff and outside advisors to set the stage for the final plans and marketing package. Part of the value of small business is the individuality that an entrepreneur brings to the company. Still, it's a good idea to start with a team and take advantage of the ideas that are brought forth.

If you were a major corporation, you would have an internal marketing group reviewing the business competition, the changes in the market place and what worked in past marketing efforts. You would have an ad agency, a market research firm, a media placement service, a design house and probably a public relations consultant. Well, guess what, at your business all these things depend on you!

and pricing early enough to get your fall

Take this seriously. It's your most important contribution to the bottom line. No one else will initiate a thorough annual business review and marketing plan but you.

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You can measure the cost of marketing versus the new student dollars and decide if it paid off. You can start a new program and see how fast it grows due to the marketing and exposure you gave it. You can market improvements to a program that is dwindling and save it. It is more difficult to see the long term value of name recognition for your business. It's harder to measure the reputation you have based on the kinds of things you present to the public. Hopefully, what you do in writing enhances what is happening on your gym floor. It's difficult to measure the importance of increasing the gross in a year when it doesn't end up putting more in your pocket.

If you really can't see any benefit in something, then don't do it. After all you don't have the time and money to waste. However, keep in mind that marketing is an investment in your public image and builds in value over time. Make sure your message is consistent and your business supports your promises. Attached are some questions to help you decide what needs your attention and how to market your gym this year. If you're ready to roll this year, CONGRATULATIONS! If this gives you a push to get ready, GREAT!

If you want someone to talk to about your plans, ask your coaches, parents, gym owner friends in other cities, your USA Gymnastics Club Membership resources, or someone from outside the gymnastics community to gain perspective.

Advertising agencies and graphic designers in your community that might want to trade some work for free lessons for their child. University marketing departments looking for intern opportunities for business or marketing students. Local printers that want your business and will share ideas. Parents with jobs in fields related to marketing, public relations, general business. Local groups like the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Better Business Bureau, and Small Business Support Services. Of course many in the gymnastics community offer helpful courses and seminars such as Jeff Metzger's Club Owner Boot Camp, Tom Burgdorf's Gymnet Membership, and Loree Galimore USA Gymnastics Member Club Manager has helpful information as well. If radio and TV is right for your business, the stations have people that will help you design your advertising. If a block ad makes sense in the Yellow Pages of the phone directory, Donnelly has graphic designers that will help you! Look on the Internet.There's more there than you can use. Start with search engines like Marketing, Small Business Marketing, Business Plans, Marketing to Children, Youth Marketing, etc. Look for ideas that stimulate you and find your own answers that suit your business. (continued on page 8)


TIPS TO MARKET YOUR PROGRAM FOR FALL ENROLLMENT (continued from page 7)

Questions to consider before setting up your marketing plan! What are the elements of a total marketing plan that I need to think about? How shall I prioritize them? Do I have the niche I want in the market place? What niche do I want and can I justify my business deserves it? Where do my clientele come from? What income class? How far do they drive? Boys/Girls, Ages, Programs? Schools represented? What programs are doing well? What programs aren't doing well and why do people leave? How do my students find me? • Word of Mouth? • Yellow Pages? • Exhibitions? • Meets/media coverage? • Direct mail marketing? • TV, radio, coupon mail • Other

Have I organized my business into units of sale that the public can grasp and get excited aboutt If you organize so that you offer recreational and competitive, you make a different statement to the public than if your organizational units are preschool motor development, age group, fitness, high school cheerleading, and a variety of competitive options for those interested. The key is to be sure you have every program in some organizational structure that you can sell and explain easily.

For the Fall marketing, am I going to market the business, the sign up process, the program improvements, the benefits of the sports I offer, etc. The answer here has to do with what you think will bring kids into your gym. If your community is familiar with the sport and your club and you are trying to get them to come to you vs. the new gym down the road, then marketing improvements and how easy it is to sign up may be the best choices. Whatever you decide, keep it simple with one or, at most, two messages. Don't try to be all things. Do a winter campaign or plan a year round approach that does it all. With your customers, make the sale as quickly as you can and be sure that all the pieces of your marketing plan say the same thing this season and stays on strategy over the long term, project to project.

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When a student/parent arrives with expectations, does my current program offerings meet their needs? How long do I retain the average student? Do I have enough staff available to grow / respond to successful marketing? Do I have enough gym space to grow? Can I get more space and/ or coaches? Is my pricing competitive and set for next year? Do I need to spend marketing time positioning any price changes? Could I better utilize my staff with a larger enrollment? If I grow will I improve the bottom line? Grow how much? Do I have new equipment or programs that would enhance my business image if the public knew about them? Can I get the work done to make the gym, the programs and the staff live up to the expectations created by my efforts?

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You have to look at how much money and time you have to work with and how many kids you want to attract. City wide TV advertising that draws from outside your normal demographic market and is expensive and creates waiting lists may not be smart. Communities that are in higher income groups may respond to a high quality direct mail piece and fax or email registrations systems. Look at everything from telemarketing by your coaches to re-sign up last year's students to grocery store demos and radio ads. Get to be in the back-to-school newspaper issue and any allowed school newsletters. Consider visiting the summer/fall soccer teams and hand out flyers to the parents. Make a plan, decide your message and find the ways to get it said.

Can I afford the time and money to do this plant Maybe the first year you write out a plan and choose to do one piece of it. Maybe you get parent volunteers to help you get more done . Maybe you don't coach this summer and set your fall sales on fire . Maybe you spend an extra $1000 on upgrading your stationary, logo, fall material package and staff sales skills and change the whole image of the business. Bite off a piece you can chew. Any of it will help if you have a consistent message-consistent with your actual business when they walk in the door, and consistent in everything you do to market and sell your programs .

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Do you have your staff on track to make this workt Before the staff starts selling fall registrations on the phones, make your sales pitch to your own staff during a staff meeting. Express the message and let them be a part of it. If you can't sell your staff, they can't sell your gym. If they know what you're promising your classes will be, they can make their classes live up to the expectations. If you upgrade the stationary and get a new logo, put the logo on new staff shirts and make them feel like professionals. Should they have business cards? Should they have post cards to follow up with a personal touch with students from last year? Get your staff on your team!

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ther idea, fast food restaurants group themorners to attract their customers. Clubs can't t there are other ways to get together with the r area and build the sport as a whole by doing e advertising. This makes TV ads affordable as r example, you could do a gymnastics fair in enter or host a City Championship, designed ub wins something. Find a way to form a cooprt and build relationships that help all of you.

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• We have state-of-the-art equipment for age group gymnastics. • We have a spring floor for dancers. • We have the lowest student-teacher ratios. • We have the safest mats to learn lifts and tumbling for cheerleaders. • Dance enhances posture and poise. • Gymnastics teaches self confidence and overcoming failure. • Gymnastics teaches safe landing and falling for other sports. • Tumbling agility makes you a better ball player. • Our team kids know that happiness comes before winning ... the child comes first. Have a big staff meeting and brainstorm these ideas with no criticism. Then go back and look at the list for those strategies that make sense for your plan. If the staff is sold on the selling ideas and feel good about them, they will be on your team and follow up with the same messages in their classes. Just remember to be consistent in your overall marketing message. Your stationary, staff vocabulary, uniforms, cleanliness of the gym, quality of lesson plans and other key factors should be of the same consistent message. - - - - - - - -- - - -- ------1(

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Drafting a marketing plan for your gym should be an important process that you work through each year. We've developed a marketing plan for Club XYZ as an example. Each club's marketing plan should look a little different depending on how you do business. After reading Club XYZ's marketing plan perhaps you can come up with your own plan!

Define your business as a product for sale.

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Define your target audience, location, malel female, ages, income class, very specific things for your club.

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We've also roughed out a sample annual plan then coded the target groups as follows: 1 = all clients, 2 = preschool, 3 = age group, 4 = cheer, 5 = dance, etc.

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post card regist. when necessary (l ) return to soccer fields/ flyers (5) celebrity turkey event with prizes costumes, visitors NewYear Party invites (4)

print meet schedule in newspaper (1)

Happy NewYear cards (1)

Marje Kiley, from Cincinnati, grew up in our gymnastics "family" and owned her first multi-sport club in 1978. Her career includes developing sports-based businesses (that she has since sold) and several years in marketing at Procter & Gamble. Over the last 15 years she has maintained a presence in the sports world as a small and new sports business marketing consultant. Her clientele include private clubs and government programs in the USA and globally as well as work for major u.s. Fortune 500 corporations.

USA GYMNASTICS 1999 KAT WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (Pre-registration guarantees a KAT workbook and place at the workshop)

USA GYMNASTICS HAS RECENTLY PUBLISHED A NEW KAT WORKBOOK! The new 1 999 KAT workbook has updates relative to bridges, headstands, stretching, Atlantoaxial instability, new lesson plans and much more! This workbook will be utilized in the upcoming KAT workshops. The new KAT warkbook is ava ilable for $16.00 (includes shipping and handling) to everyone who has received their KAT certification. please ca ll Pat Warren at 317-237-5050 ext. 337 ar email pwarren@usa-gymnastics.org if you are interested in attend ing a KAT workshop, hosting a KAT workshop or ordering the NEW KAT Workbook.

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n my 30 years experience in the gymnastics business, I have found that parents will pay more for educational recreation. If your preschool gymnastics lessons have information in them containing letters, numbers, prepositional concepts, science, math, foreign languages, and history, parents will see the value of the lesson. I feel that people associate quality with a higher price. This is true or why wouldn't everyone buy his or her clothes at a resale shop or the discount s tore? Evaluate your price strategy, as well as other gyms in your area, to find out where you stack up. September (which is the beginning of our school year) or January is the time to change prices, not during the middle of the year. If you raise prices in line with inflation, your customers will generally understand. I raise prices of my classes at least $l.OO/month every year. One year I didn't raise prices, but I cut the class times. No one really asked about less time. We had more people say, "And the tuition this year is what?" And when we replied that it was remaining the same they said, "Really?" Keep consistent. Increase prices according to inflation.

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1. Increase enrollment 2. Increase tuition 3. Encourage students to take more classes per week 4. Market the Jlextras" such as merchandise, camps, mats, etc. Professional instructors, teaching fun and exciting lessons will enable you to increase tuition. With this combination you will naturally increase enrollment, because both child and parent will tell their friends about your exciting program. Word of mouth is the best advertising! If you are the leader in the price category in your area, you better be the leader in all areas that make up a top-notch gym school. Ask yourself these questions: (con tinued on page 12) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - { ( TEe H N IOU E • VOLUME 19 • #7

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All these things make a difference. It's the whole feeling your customers get when they enter your facility. And most importantly are you teaching the students something ... really teaching them gymnastics skills through movement and adding other educational aspects to your classes?

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You must have a list of skill progressions. You need to have teachers who can decide when it is time to teach the child the next skill. You need to have a regularly scheduled way to show the parents what you're teaching the children. Parents can only feel the results of your teaching if you show them and tell them. Bring the parents into the gym (yes, physically into the gym) several times during the year. Allow them to get to know the teachers, walk on your mats, and jump on your spring floor. (Aren't they always amazed when they do that?) I recommend you give a list of skills that each child has accomplished to the parents every eight weeks. That's only six times during the year. You can have an "awards" ceremony at the end of the first eight weeks near the end of October and again at the end of December, February, April, June and August. Sometimes the weeks fall on a holiday and you can give a cute holiday certificate or ribbon. My plan for handing out these "awards" usually looks like this: October = Halloween or orange certificate December = Holiday or red/green ribbon February = Medal April = Certificate in spring colors June = Trophy August = Ribbon or medal r.-=-1-=2- -- - - - - - -----:----{( r EC H N' 0 U E • VO LU ME 19 • # 7

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If we don't have the enrollment numbers, then we know we wouldn't have the money to give all these "awards." You must advertise in the beginning of the year when you will be giving out these "awards." Promote the "awards" prior to the next eight-week period, so when Mom says "You've got soccer starting, let's drop gymnastics for this term." The child cries "No, I want to do gymnastics, too ." The child realizes they have worked so hard for that "award," they're not about to quit. It encourages them to stay in class!

Another way to keep them in class is to have excellent lesson plans. This means fun and educational while the children learn new skills on a consistent basis through movement. The lessons need to be planned well in advance so you can advertise the plans to the parents. A good lesson plan for spring is "Wild, Wild Weather." We use all kinds of weather ideas throughout the lesson. You can use rhythmic ribbons or crepe paper: •

Overhead and ripple down softly = light rain

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Jump over clouds (hoola hoops)

Tornado jumps (jump half-turns on the floor)

The lesson plans I use are part of a year's worth of lessons I have put together in one book. I recommend you do the same. Plan your lessons in advance. The lessons should be planned out in a skill progression method with objectives. I also know that I have spread out my props with beginning and ending activities so that I'm not repeating them too often. I recommend you draw a template of the layout of your gym, then write the skills you want accomplished at each piece of equipment. (con tinued on page 14) - - - -- - - - -- - - - - ----1(

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I highly recommend you have your school-age classes do the same theme that you use in preschool. If you utilize this concept, you don't have to put all the equipment away everyday after preschool. I have a school-age booklet that accompanies the preschool lessons with appropriate changes of themes and activities for different ages. Make sure the school-age director is working in conjunction with the preschool director to use the same theme as often as possible. Many times for the younger school-age students you can hand out the same coloring page or handout sheet that you gave to the preschoolers. Many owners tell me their school-age classes are for ages 6-12 year olds. I break up my classes this way: • 1-5 year olds = Tumblebear Gym • 6 and 7 year olds • 8 and older

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That transition period between Tumblebear Gym and Jr. Gymnastics is very difficult and each teacher should be aware of this problem. Kindergarten age children who enter first grade have a big adjustment in their life, both in school and gymnastics. They need to have a longer gymnastics class time than when they were preschoolers, but not the same class length of school-age children. Five year-olds are also very different. These different age groups need to be taught with a different approach. Keeping the students happy is your main goal. What a child wants is what a parent wants. Find out what is important to your students. Make that your priority. Is it getting certificates, ribbons, having fun, or learning skills? Then approach your lesson plans accordingly trying to give the students what they want. For the last three years we have had road construction right in front of our gym. I said many times that if it was my child who wanted to come to gymnastics I would not have driven through that mess to take my child to gymnastics. Then, someone said to me, "But, what if Kelly (my daughter) really wanted to go?" Of course my answer would have been, "Okay, Let's go." Lucky for me so many children love gymnastics and wanted their parents to bring them to the gym. Last year we had the best year of my 30 years in business. You have got to make the lessons so much fun and so interesting to the children that they would rather give up all other activities and continue gymnastics. If the kids really want to go, the parents will take them. Remember the Danish proverb, "he who takes the child by the hand, takes the mother by the heart." •

Patti Komara has owned and operated Patti's All-American Gymnastics in Dyer, Ind iana, since 1969. Patti began speaking at national seminars in 1981 and since 1986 has produced more than 60 instructional videotapes for instructors and owners. In 1985 Patti was selected by USA Gymnastics to be a member of the committee that created the KAT preschool gymnastics certification program.

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A GENERAL GYMNASTICS TEAMGYMN STORY (continlled from page 15)

For the JUMP event:

The Basics of TeamGymn

• A minimum of eight squad members must perform in each of the JUMP segments. This permits the coach to have some of the squad members "sit-out" of anyone component in order to look their best! (i.e. a squad might have only 10 gyrrmasts who perform the squat vault well... this is OK)

• A TeamGyrrm squad (team) consists of 8-12 athletes. • Squads may be all females, all males, or mixed (50% males and 50% females). • There are three difficulty levels: 1 (low level), 2 (intermediate level), 3 (high level). For our example, in the tumbling passes, the squad members may perform basic skills, but no springing or saIto skills. • There are two events that are scored: JUMP (which includes two tumbling passes, two vaulting passes, and two mini-tramp jumps); and GROUP FLOOR (which is a choreographed group floor routine to music lasting 2 to 21j2 minutes).

• The tumbling passes may be performed on the diagonal of a FX mat (57') or a strip mat (at least 50' in length). Only basic mats are required, but a spring-system may be used. • The vaulting apparatus may be a vaulting horse, a trapezoid, or a Swedish Box. Each squad can set the height at any level, however, once set, the entire squad must utilize this setting. • The squad must do two different vaults and can do these with the apparatus set either lengthwise, sideways or both.

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• The mini-tramp should have the "springs" padded. NOTE: For local competitions, it is permissible to substitute a vaulting board for the mini-tramp. We realize that many schools do not have mini-tramps or are not permitted to use these.

NOTE: It is the obligation of the Competition Director to inform the participating teams of the equipment that will be available.

• Of course, appropriate landing mats must be provided for both vaulting and mini-tramp.

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For the GROUP FLOOR event: • A standard 42' x 42' basic floor mat is required. Use of a spring floor system is permitted but not required. • This routine must be performed to music and ALL squad members must participate.

Format of a TeamGymn Competition Warm-up-A short regulated warm-up period is required. • Open warm-up and stretch, approximately 30 minutes. • Timed warm-up rotations for each event, approximately 2 minutes per event. Competition Rounds • There will be a minimum of two rounds of competition. In the first round, half the squads will perform their JUMP routine, and the other half will perform their GROUP FLOOR routine. The format calls for alternating between JUMP and GROUP FLOOR. In the second round, the squads will do their second event. Assignment to performance order will be by random draw.

• NOTE: In small competitions (total squads of 12 or less), it is permissible to have all the squads perform the JUMP event in the first round and the GROUP FLOOR in the second round. Award Ceremony Awards are based upon the combined scores from the JUMP and GROUP FLOOR events.

Practice Balance Beams

SO ••. What is expected of each squad? For this example, we will follow the comments of one squad member from the" Acronauts" Team that consists of 12, Level 2 girls in the 11-14 year old age group. The Acronauts compete in JUMP in the first round and GROUP FLOOR in the second round.

JUMP March-out-When introduced, our entire Acronaut squad marches out in fine style with some march music that we have selected and line-up ready to do our Tumbling passes. The music changes to a "Hooked On Classics" selection that we think the audience will like and that will get us motivated! (This music will play throughout the JUMP routine). Tumbling-For our first pass, coach has selected the following pass: from a stand, kick, step, handstand forward roll step-out into a cartwheel, cartwheel...and then repeated. We try to do a really good job of executing our skills and try to do these in synchronization as each of us joins in the line of tumblers . Since all of us can do this pass pretty well, we all do the first run. (COI1 tin/led 011

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A GENERAL GYMNASTICS TEAMGVMN STORY (continued from page 17)

good job on this, but coach has told us to "keep a little more distance" between each other in case someone has a problem.

Once our first team member finishes, she takes a place beside the mat to wait for the rest of us to finish and find her place behind us. Once we are all done, we march back to the start point to begin our second pass.

Once we are done with the second vault, our lead person marches us back to line-up for mini-tramp.

For our second pass, coach has selected the following: run ... cartwheel, chasse, cartwheel, round-off jump turn with stepout.. .. Repeat. Since two of our teammates can't do the roundoff very good, they step out of line and will wait for us. Because this pass is much faster than our first, each of us tries to follow the person in front of us as closely as possible. If we do it right, it really looks good with several of us on the mat at the same time in good synchronization! Again, our lead person waits for the last person to finish before leading us to line-up in front of the vault. Vault-At vault, we are going to use a regular vaulting side horse set at the lowest setting for both of our vaults. Coach has set the board at about 3' from the horse. This is a good distance for all of us. Our assistant coach will be near the board to make sure the board is placed properly and to watch for other problems. For our first vault, we all do a squat-on, stretched jump off. We do this pretty well! We have learned that if we alternate our landing a little to the right and • thenthe left, we can keep a really tight formation. Of course, if one of us has a problem, it is .( nice to know that our coaches are spotting us in the landing area and can help to get us out of the way before the next person lands!

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Just like in Tumbling, our lead person waits for all of us to finish before marching us back. For our second vault, coach wants us to do a straddle over the horse. One of our teammates can't do this yet (she keeps hitting one of her feet), so she will sit this one out. We think that we can do a

Mini-tramp-For mini-tramp, we are all going to do a straight jump for our first pass. This sounds pretty easy, but we want to impress the judges and be really close together in our run and jumps! In practice, we have been able to do this running about 6-8 feet behind the person in front of us. This looks great when it works ... but what a mess if someone misses their take-off on the mini-tramp!

For our second mini-tramp jump, coach wants us to do a straddle jump. This is also pretty easy, but since a couple of the girls are not very flexible, those of us who are really flexible need to remember not to "show-off" too much ... we are all supposed to look the same here. I'm a little worried because the girl in front of me is always so slow to get out of the way after she lands. It is good that coach will be standing there to keep her moving! Now we are done with JUMp! After the last mini-tramp pass, we all march out to the middle of the floor and take our "bow" .. . we have worked out a pretty cool thing for this. After our bow, we march off the floor to sit together and wait for our score as the next team marches in to begin their GROUP FLOOR routine.

GROUP FLOOR Our GROUP FLOOR routine is a lot of fun, but a lot of work because we really have to work together. We have been practicing to do all of our movements and gymnastics skills with good synchronization ... this is hard! Our routine is 2h minutes long. I like the music because it has definite beats that we can count and isn't too fast. Believe it or not, the most difficult thing in our routine is the front scale part-I didn't realize how hard it is to get all 12 of us to hit and hold this position at the same time and in the same way! For our other balance requirement, Coach has selected a forward roll to a V-sit. This is much easier! Hey, we gotta go line up for the march-in for GROUP FLOOR now.

The Competition is Over Well, the competition is over. The Aeronauts did the best we've ever done, and I made everything. This was the first time that we had a combined score with an average in the 8'5. We have always done well in the JUMP event, but this was the first time that we hit our FLOOR. We all got ribbons to add to our growing collection. TeamGymn is really fun! Our team really wants to go to the 1999 TeamGymn Nationals this year, but coach told us that we need to get our scores up into the 9'5. I know we can do it! • .....- 1 " C " S - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1( TEe HN 10 UE • VOLU ME 19 • #7 ) l - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


WOMEN'S JR. OLYMPIC PROGRAM COMMITTEE CONFERENCE CALL JUl1e 9 & 15, 1999

I. ROLL CALL Both meetings were called to order at 12:00 noon Central time by Tom Koll, Chairman. Present: All 8 Regional JOPC Chairman Athlete Rep Missy Marlowe WTCC Cheryl Hamilton WAB Jan Greenhawk (absent June 15th) WTC Rep Cheryl Hamilton JOPM Connie Maloney Sr. WPD Kathy Kelly Absent: EPC Roe Kreutzer

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II. APPROVAL OF MAY 1999 JOPC MINUTES The minutes were approved with the following correction: June Technique, page 38 under IX, D (after box): In regards to the Hop grip, change the last sentence to read: " However, it is the opinion of the JOPC that as long as both hands release simultaneously and the hop FINISHES WITHIN 10째 OF HANDSTAND, that the special requirement of a flight element is fulfilled .

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III. LEVEL 4 START VALUES As requested by President Bob Colarossi, the committee revisited this issue with regards to the intent of the Jr. Olympic program at the grassroots level and the different needs of each state. The committee reconsidered the motion made at the May meeting and has decided to maintain States' Rights when determining the Level 4 Start Values, since each state must make decisions based on what's best for the individual state's growth and development.

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Recommendation that, effective August I, 1999, Meet Directors hosting an Invitational meet with Level 4 competition be required to indicate the Start Values of the Squat and Handspring Vault, as well as for the Uneven Bar routines using the Pullover or the Glide Kip mount, in the pre-meet information. Replace those clumsy flip disp lays and runners!

Motion-D. Houlton Second- L. Goldsmith PASSED

IV. LEVEL 5 AND 6 CARTWHEEL ON BALANCE BEAM In response to the many requests throughout the cow1try, the JO committee revisited the issue of the straight leg entry requirement for the cartwheel in Level 5 and 6 Balance Beam. The committee reques ted the presence of the entire National Coaching Staff for the June 15th call in order to hear their opinions. (col1timled

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Regardless of the entry tecimique used, a straight line (lever) position from hands to back foot must be shown. The fo llowing change in text will be added to pages 105 and 134 (Element #10 2nd colunm) in the Compulsory book:

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Recommendation that, effective August 1, 1999, the text of the Compulsory book be changed to allow for a choice of a lunge or a straight-leg entry into the Cartwheel in Level 5 and 6 Balance Beam, and to maintain the straight leg exit as is presently required. Motion-N. Resnick Second-J. Geddert PASSED (7 in favor, 2 opposed) This decision was based on the input regarding the cartwheel being used as a static skill versus a progression towards a round-off. The committee still recognizes the benefits of the straight leg technique in that it enhances the push from the foot as well as prevents the gymnast from pushing the hips backward. The lunge entry will allow coaches to teach the carh'lheel with a quicker momentum and a stronger push from the front leg, leading towards faster tumbling.

Llmge entry description: Take a long, step forward onto the Right foot in demi-plie and lift the Left leg backward-upward with the hips squared . Maintaining a straight body position, simultaneously lower the torso and continue to lift the Left leg backward-upward, passing through a lever positiun. Cuntinue to lift the Left leg backwardupward as the torso lowers. Reach forward to place the Right hand ...(from this point follow the original text). Deduction revision: Page 158 C. Balance Beam and Floor Exercise Add the fo llowing to the next to last penalty: Failure to maintain a straight support leg "when required" in the lever position

V. LEVEL 9 EAST/WEST TEAM COMPETITION Recommendation that effective at the 2000 East/West Championships, the Team Competition be based upon a random draw with each squad (of 7 or 8 gymnasts, depending upon ties) constituting a team (with eight teams per age division). The top five scores per event will determine the team score. The top three teams per age division will be awarded Team Award certificates. Motion-L. Reid Second-C. Jarrett PASSED

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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.

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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!

USA GYMNASTICS AWARDS CEREMONY AND BANQUET This year USA Gymnastics is planning a formal USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Awards Banquet and Ceremony of Honors sit down dinner for Saturday night beginning at 10:00 p.m. The banquet will honor outstanding coaches, athletes and contributors and conclude with the induction of new members to the prestigious USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, which is the greatest achievement that USA Gymnastics can bestow. If you'd like to join us in this very special celebration, please check the appropriate box on page 23 and add $25 to your Congress Registration fee. Of course the Swing Dance Party will be taking place concurrently and you're welcome to join the party when the Hall of Fame Awards Banquet and Ceremony of Honors dinner has concluded.

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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~&9 ~~ (916) 446-0100 ,~ RESERVATION POLICY (FOR ALL THREE CONGRESS HOTELS) RESERVATIONS FOR THE CONGRESS HOTELS MUST BE MADE THROUGH THE SACRAMENTO CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU USING THE HOUSING REQUEST FORM ON PAGE 25. TRANSPORTATION RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY! SIGN UP FOR THE "STRIKE GOLD WITH THE USA GYMNASTICS CONGRESS BUS SHUTTLE" SERVICE ON PAGE 29. RENTAL CARS The following car rentaJ agencies are loca ted at the Sacramento 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. If you plan on renting a car, you may want to consider OakJand or San Francisco Airports, which are 11/2-2 hours drive to Congress.

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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.

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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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, 999 JOHN HANCOCK U.S. GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS TICKETS FOR CO N GRESS ATTE NDE ES The 1999 ticket packages have been designed with special attention to the Congress attendees . By doi ng so, USA Gymnastics invites you to en joy one of the most important competitions of the 1999 season- the John Ha ncock U.S. Gymnastics Cha mpionships for Men and Women. This ticket req uest for spec ia l prices and priority seating must be postmarked by July 31, 1999. Ticket orders will be processed in the order in whic h they are received. Don't A U G U ST 25 - 28,1999 wait-buy your tickets now! If you wish to be seated with a nother group or person, please put your tota l order on one form . The Sacramento Sports Commission will not coord inate sepa rate forms. All ticket purchases are non-refundable. Congress attendees MUST use thi s order form to order discounted tickets. There is a $1.00 service charge on a ll orders . Tickets wil l be ma iled no later tha n three weeks prior to the event. Genera l Public ticket sa les will begin in June. For in formation and to order Genera l Public tickets, contact: Sacra mento Sports Com mi ssion (9 16) 264-7718, (9 16) 264-8273 FAX.

Fill out all information on this form, make check payable to Sacramento Sports Commission and mail to: Sacramento Sports Commission • 106 K Street, Suite 330 • Sacramento, CA 95814.

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1 999 CONGRESS ADD·ONS REGISTRATION FORM

DATE RECV'D AMT. PD. CHECK #

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

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

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

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS Levell Video Clinics

a Wed. August 25, 1-4 pm Course #1 a Sun. August 29, 9-12 noon

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Course #2 ASEP COACHING PRINCIPLES COURSE a Wed. August 25, 9 am-6 pm NOTE: Enrollment limited, Pre-registration required.

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KINDER ACCREDITATION FOR TEACHERS (KAT) a Wed. August 25, 9 am-6 pm $140 NOTE: Pre-registration guarantees a KAT Workbook. Enrol/ment is limited.

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ATHLETE WELLNESS COURSE (AWC) a Sun. August 29, 8 am-l pm Participants must register by July 31 so the textbook, The Athlete WeI/ness Book, can be sent in advance. This year's course will focus on practical applicotion of textbook material with increased time for question and answer and small group discussion. See page 39 for course details.

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NOTE: Ex(ept for Ihe AACCA, Add·On porticiponls do NOT need 10 olso be registered for the 1999 Congress.

AACCA (CHEER) CERTIFICATION FOR USA GYMNASTICS COACHES a Fri. August 27, 3-6: 15 pm For registration form contact AACCA at 1-800-533-6583 or email atlvargym@aol.com Send $55 payment to AACCA. $10 0 1 - - - - - - -- - -- - - - --PROGRAM COURSES $10 0 Women's Skill Evaluator Examination a Sun. August 29, 9-10:30 am $9 $150 Women's Judges Certification Exams a Sun. August 29, 8-12 noon Registration form is in NAWGJ Newsletter. $800 Send payment to ](1 by August 6, 1999. Rhythmic Judging Course Exams (written) a Sun. August 29, 9-11 am - All levels $20 $200

OTAL PAYMENT $1600

Minimum age is 16.

Please return this registration form to: USA Gymnasti(s Congress Pan Ameri(an Plaza, Suite 300, 201 South Capitol Indianapolis, IN 46225 FAX: 317·237·5069 ATTENTION: TIna Sunier

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LANGUAGE: The Officiol Longuoge of Ihe 1999 Congress is English. USA Gymnosli(s will moke no speciol provi· sions for tronslolion of sessions inlo olher longuoges. VIDEOTAPING: Videoloping of Congress Add·On sessions is permiNed FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY unless the individuol Session Presenters onnoun(e Ihol his/her/lheir session moy not be videoloped. CONGRESS AnENDEES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS must notify USA Gymnosti(s (in wriling) in Ihis regord prior 10 Ihe July 31 pre·registrotion deodline. We suggesllhol this infor· motion be included wilh Ihe Congress Add·On Pre·registrotion Form.


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TUESDAY 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

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Congress Registration (site TBD)

7:00 am-8:00 am 7:30 am-5:30 pm

Various meetings

8:15 am-9:30 am

Round 5 Congress Sessions

9:00 am-5:30 pm

EXHIBITION HALL OPEN TO ALL REGISTRANTS

WEDNESDAY • AUGUST 25 8:00 am-8:00 pm Congress Reg istration (Sacramento Convention Center)

Registration Desk open

8:00 am-8:00 pm

"Add-ons" and various meetings ('Req uires pre-registration)

10:15 am-II:30 am

Round 6 Congress Sessions

1:00 pm-2:15 pm

Round 7 Congress Sessions

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Kinder Accred itation for Teachers (KAT) Workshop'

3:00 pm-4: 15 pm

Round 8 Congress Sessions

3:00 pm-6: 15 pm 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

AACCA Cheer Certification

9:00 am-6:00 pm

ASEP Coaching Principles Course'

12 Noon-8:00 pm

EXHIBITION HALL SET-UP

1:00 pm-4:00 pm 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Safety Certification Course'

1:00 pm 7:00 pm

THURSDAY 7:00 am-7:00 pm

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

SATURDAY 7:00 am-8:00 am 9:00 am-3:00 pm 8:00 am-9:15am 9:30 am-I 0:30 am 10:45 am-12 Noon 9:00 am-3:30 pm

• AUGUST 28

PDP I Video Clin ic # 1'

John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships (Men AA Finals) John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships (Sr. Men AA Prelims & Event Finals) • AUGUST 26 Congress Registration (Sacramento Convention Center)

Meetings

7:00 pm

Various meetings Congress Registration Desk open Round 9 Congress Sessions President's Assembly Round 10 Congress Sessions EXHIBITION HAll OPEN TO REGISTRANTS (Genera l public may enter with purchase of Day-Pass)

7:00 am-8:00 am

Various meetings

8:00 am-10:30 am 8:30 am-9:45 am

Exhibition Hall set-up (Exhibitors only) Round 1 Congress Sessions

1:30 pm-2:45 pm

Round 11 Congress Session s

10:15 am-II:30 am

Round 2 Congress Sessions

3: I 5 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

II :30 am-5:30 pm

EXHIBITION HALL OPEN TO ALL REGISTRANTS

Seating begins for the Congress Awards Ceremony and Banquet"

1:00 pm

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

10:00 pm

Doors open to Congress Swing Dance Party

1:00 pm-2:15 pm

Round 3 Congress Sessions

10: 15 pm-I :30 am

Congress Swing Dance Party

3:00 pm-4: 15 pm

Round 4 Congress Sessions

7:00 pm

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

SUNDAY 8:00 am-I :00 pm 8:00 am-12:1 5 pm

Congress Add-ons and various meetings'

• REQUIRES PRE-REGISTRATION •• REQUIRES PRE-PURCHASED OF CONGRESS AWARDS CEREMONY AND BANQUET TICKET

1:00 pm

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

10:00 pm-12 midnight Congress Awards Ceremony and Banquet"

• AUGUST 29 Women's (JCI) written and practical judging exams. (Must pre-registe r wi th NAWGJ)

8:00 am-I :00 pm

Athlete Wellness

9:00 am-II :00 am

Rhythmic Judging Course Exams '

9:00 am-12 Noon

PDP I Video Clinic #2'

9:00 am-I 0:30 am

Women's Skill Evaluator Examination '

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Airport pickup upon arrival to 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.

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TOPICS FOR THIS YEAR'S NATIONAL CONGRESS Many interesting sessions and topics will be included in the program at the 1999 National Congress. Below is just a summary of some of the topics you can expect at this year's event. For the WOMEN'S PROGRAM look for sessions on Big Skills for Bars, Coaching to Build Character and Mentally Preparing Your Gymnasts for Competition, D's and E's for Tumbling, How to Upgrade Your Beam, Level 4-6 Bars-Making Swing Work For You , Channel Bar Drills and Tips, Body Position A Must, Judging Analysis, Beginner Shorthand for Judges, TOP's Program-A Bright Future, National Elite Testing Program Changes, Power Development in the Gym, Practical Medical Tips for Coaches, and much more! In the MEN'S PROGRAM side watch for: Optional Routine Construction for the Junior Gymnast, Strength Development for Elites, Keeping Gymnasts in Shape While Injured, Designing Creative Floor Routines , Expanding Your Boys Program Through Motivation, A Preliminary Look at 2001 Men's Code of Points, Strength Development for Adolescent Boys, Pommel Horse Basics, The Beijing Training Center, and more. In the RHYTHMIC PROGRAM courses include: Group Compulsory Ball , Pilates Conditioning and Flexibility, Get It Going Program, Pivots, Preschool Rhythmic Gymnastics and New Compulsory Elements.

For those wanting information on PRESCHOOL look for sessions including: Special Needs Children, Preschool Themes, How to Challenge the Naturally Talented Child, Starting and Building a Preschool Program , How to Deal With Problem Parents, Training Procedures for Preschool Teachers, Discipline and Class Management, and much more! In the area of BUSINESS some of the sessions include: How to Run a Successful Event , How to Buy and Sell a Gymnastics Business, Client Retention and Customer Service, How to Start a Boys Program, Retirement plan s, Finding Sponsors, Booster Clubs, Inflatables, Insuran ce Risk Management, Recognition and Incentives, Making Money, National Candy Sale, etc. The GENERAL GYMNASTICS area will have courses on TeamGymn , Starting a Program , a Report from the World Gymnaestrada, and GG Spotting-Theory into Practi ce.

TRAMPOLINE AND TUMBLING courses w ill include: Bounding Whips and Bounding Fulls, Tumbling In and Out of Big Skills, Basic Trampoline, Adding Basic Trampoline and Tumbling to Your Program , Arabians, X Factor for Tw isting, Basic Drills for Double Mini Tramp, Running Drills for Double Mini Tramp, Front and Back Rotation, etc.


we lcome reception, sponsored by Whitey Anson of AAI and USA Gym nastics, set the coopHI GH erative tone that prevailed PERFORMRNCE throughout the High Performance Coaches' Sem inar. Under the direction of Senior Women's Program Director, Kathy Kelly, and Women's Research and Development Director, Dr. Bill Sands, th e inaugural high tech semi nar was held at the Univers ity of Utah, May 26-30, 1999. As one of USA Gymnasti cs Olympic Markers, thi s seminar was attended by high level coaches and was designed to provide a formula for future educational sem inars. Thi s seminar presented a new practical aspect to the usual "classroom " education al method by providing six hours per day in the gym w ith the national staff and ath lete demonstrators. The national staff did an excellent job of designing the structure and choosing the skills to be demonstrated. Greg and Megan Marsden we re our gracious hosts in their brand new state-of-art Dumke Gymnastics Training Center. This fa cility was fully equipped with everything a coac h ever dreamed of and everything a gymnast could need .

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JUDGES' CERTIFICATION, INC. Minutes of March 7-8, 1999 Meeting Coml Springs, FL

I. ROLL CALL The meeting was called to order by the President, Delene Darst at 9:20 a.m., March 8th, 1999. The following members were present: Rene Niccollai Vice President, Certification Coordinator Vice President, Examinations Cheryl Hamilton Vice President, Judges' Training Betty Sroufe Sue Ammerman Vice President, Policies & Procedures

Liaison members present were: Yvonne Hodge Connie Maloney

NAWGJ USA Gymnastics

II. MINUTES OF THE FEBRUARY 1998 MEETING WERE REVIEWED AND APPROVED AS WRITTEN. III. CERTIFICATION COORDINATOR'S REPORT RENE NICCOLLAI A. The annual ratings report was presented (Exhibit A).

B. The current list of active TA's was presented . 1. TA's are doing much better with following the TA Guide. The Certification Coordinator will continue to send the letter when the TA makes mistakes. 2. Certification Coordinator is still having problems with examinees failing to sign the Scantron answer sheet. This signature is necessary for JCI to release test results to the TA and SID, as well as for the certified official's name, address, etc. to be put on the state list for assignments. 3. Examinees must make sure that their address is the same on all answer sheets and it must be your mailing address (where you want your mail sent.) 4. When the Level 10 exam is scheduled with the Level 9 and/or 8, ALL videos will be sent to the Level 10 TA. The Level 10 TA MUST be responsible for sending the videos back to Sue Ammerman. 5. S. Ammerman will send duplicate postcards when TWO TA's are involved. C. The problem of not enough TA's within a state was discussed. This usually occurs because the USA Gymnastics State Director is not involved with the testing program. MOTION MADE AND PASSED: That Delene Darst and Connie Maloney will develop guidelines for USA Gymnastics TA selection other than the State Chairman. D. The TA GUIDE was reviewed with pages 23A, 23B, 24 and 25 being revised.

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E. The Board was given a tour of the Certification Office and a demonstration of the process followed when a test comes in lmtil the results are sent out. F. Rene Niccolai demonstrated the new computer program and software. G. New Business 1. MOTION MADE AND PASSED: That coaches/athletes who are eligible to begin testing at Level 9 and/or 10 but have not judged at any level must meet the following requirements before receiving their rating card and before being assigned to judge: a. Must do two (2) practice judging sessions at any level. (Follow TA Gllide/addendum) . b. Must attend a JUDGING clinic (minimum of 4 hours). c. The practice judging and clinic may be done before or after testing. 2. JCI is ONLINE!! You can reach us from the USA Gymnastics Home Page. Click on the JCI link. The exam schedule for the whole country is listed. 3. The Board addressed the question of waiving Active Status for special situations. It was felt that it would have to be a very special situation for this to be done since a judge is given two years ill which to finish Active Status. It is true that in order to be ~ssigned to meets, Active Status must be up to date. If the judge IS capable of judging, he / she should be capable of completing her Active Status. MOTION MADE AND PASSED: That any waiver of Active Status must be approved by the JCI Certification Coordinator and the President.

IV. VICE路PRESIDENT ON POLICIES AND PROCEDURESSUE AMMERMAN A. The annual written report for 1998 was presented with the following information included . 1. The total number of test administrations was 161. a. USA Gymnastics TA's administered 12. b. JCI TNs administered 15. c. NAWGJ TNs administered 134. 2. We are still having some problems with the videos. As we are made aware of the problems, the videos are retired . 3. As of January 1, 1999, we have a new exam. All TA's should be sure they are administering the 1999 exams. 4. All requests for exam dates have been honored despite the fact that some TNs were late in requesting the test dates. B. Expenses for postage and phone in 1998 were $2280.63.

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V. VICE路PRESIDENT, EXAMINATIONS REPORTCHERYL HAMILTON A. The aJulual written report for 1998 was presented with the fo llowing information included. 1. The written exams were upd ated in August to incorporate all changes in the rules that went into affect in August. 2. The new exams were sent to S. Ammerman for January 1 distribution. 3. August 1, 1999 is the date for updating the 1999 exams. This will include all ru le changes made by USA Gymnastics in the spring of 1999 wh ich go into affect August 1. B. The Board discussed the low passing rate on the Level 10 practical exam. After evaluation of results, there does not seem to be any pattern, either high or low for those not passing. The Board is recommending that those judges taking the Level 10 exam do as much practice judging as possible (not what is required for Active Status, but on your own or with several other judges). C. The passing rate for the Level 10 written exam is also low. The statistical analysis of the questions does not point to any particular areas as a problem. Again, judges taking the exam need to really study and if possible attend a clinic just prior to testing. JCI's analysis shows a much higher success rate when a judge has attended a clinic just prior to testing.

VI. VICE路PRESIDENT FOR JUDGES' TRAINING AND EVALUATION-BETTY SROUFE A. TA and Active Status workshops are planned for the USA Gymnastics Congress, August 25-28, 1999 in Sacramento, CA. 1. B. Sroufe will set the schedule after conferring with Steve Whitlock from USA Gynmastics. 2. The workshops will be lead by the Certification Coordinator, Rene Niccollai. B. All TA's are reminded of the regulations passed by JCI in 1998 regarding TA status. They are as follows: 1. MOTION MADE AND PASSED: All TNs who fail to follow procedures as set forth in the TA Guide will be REQUIRED to attend another TA workshop before being able to schedule or give the exam again. 2. If a TA has not given the test within a year after having attended a workshop, they must attend another TA Workshop before being allowed to administer the exam. (continued on page 35)

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VII. PRESIDENT'S REPORT-DELENE DARST A. The 1998 financial report was presented and reviewed. B. The budget for 1999 was presented and discussed. C. Motion Made and Passed: To accept the budget as amended for 1999. D. New Business 1. MOTION MADE AND PASSED: To put a FAX machine in the President's office. Fax capability is on the new computer. A second phone line will be installed to handle the fa x. (Fax number for President's office is 704-643-4315). 2. President presented the following proposal to the Board: That JCI sponsor the International Gymnastic Hall of Fame portrait of USA gymnast, Cathy Rigby, who was inducted into the IGHOF in 1998. MOTION MADE AND PASSED: To sponsor the portrait of Cathy Rigby for the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

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IX. USA GYMNASTICS REPORT-CONNIE MALONEY A. As far as the USA Gyrrmastics is concerned, everything is working well. B. There will be no new compulsories in 2001. C. Negotiation will begin soon on the contract between USA Gyrrmastics and JCI for the next cycle. D. Discussion occurred on the next cycle and where we are going with the Testing program. The JCI Board will continue to discuss our direction and the program. Any concerns, suggestions, or input of any kind is welcomed. You may contact any of the JCI Board with your thoughts. The next Annual meeting will be scheduled in August at the USA Gyrrmastics Congress. Meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m., Monday March 8th, 1999.

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Consistent with the provisions of the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, the United States Olympic Committee has designated USA Gymnastics as the notional governing body for the sport of gymnastics in the United States. As reflected in its Articles of Incorporation and its conduct under those Articles, USA Gymnastics' responsibilities for governing the sport of gymnastics include the regulation of matters relating to the training, testing, certification and assignment of judges for gymnastics competition conducted or sanctioned by USA Gymnastics. This Compensation Package is drafted for each quadrennium. The only changes to the document within the quadrennium will be an automatic raise in per diem of $5.00 per day, a $2.00 increase in the hourly rate for Brevet, Elite, Level 10 and Level 9 judges and a $1.00 increase in the hourly rate for Level 5/6/7/8 beginning August 1, 1999. I. JUDGES' RESPONSIBILITIES A. Individual judges shall perform their function as a judge of the Meet according to the USA Gymnastics Rules and Policies, membership policies and the USA Gymnastics (ode of Ethics. B. Individual judges sholl be limited to judging, evaluating and scoring the competition. e. Individual judges will be bound by the terms of the individual contract agreed upon for that particular meet. D. Judges are responsible, according to all appropriate lows and jurisdiction, for all financial reporting and identification of payments/reimbursements received to the appropriate agencies (i.e. IRS). E. The Individual judge sholl sign and return the contract to the Meet Director and contracting official.

II. MEET DIRECTOR'S RESPONSIBIlITIES A. The USA Gymnastics Meet Director sholl follow the USAG Rules and Policies for sanctioned events. B. The USA Gymnastics Meet Director will not pay fees that exceed the USA Gymnastics Judges Compensation Package for payment of judges at any sanctioned competition. e. If so deSignated by the State/Regional Boards, the USAG Meet Director MAY utilize the NAWGJ as the contracting body for officials for USAG Sanctioned Meets. • Acontractor's fee of S3.00 per judge will be paid by the Meet Director to the NAWGJ contractor. If the Request for Judges form is received by the Contractor within 30 days of the competition, the fee is S5.00 per judge. D. Compensation will be paid directly to the individual judge. E. In the event that the USAG Meet Director foils to comply with the terms of the sanction or the USAG Rules and Policies, judges may refuse to perform any judging obligotions. However, all/both parties should make every immediate attempt/effort to resolve any disputes, in keeping with the best interest of the athletes involved. No such action should ever be token that would jeopardize or compromise the safety or well being of the athlete. The Meet Director will be bound by the terms of the individual contract agreed upon for that particular meet.

III. CONSIDERATIONS A. Judges should report 30 minutes prior to march-in for local and invitational competitions, unless otherwise specified by the Meet Referee. AS5.00 fine will be deducted from the check of any official who does not report IS minutes prior to march-in. B. Reporting time for those competitions requiring video analysis may be up to one (I ) hour prior to march-in. The reporting time will be specified by the Meet Referee. AS5.00 fine will be deducted from the check of any official who does not report within IS minutes of the report time. e. Fees are paid based upon the cantracted march-in time until ALL of the judges have submitted their scores. Judges are responsible to check each individual gymnast's score/overage at the time of submission, not the official computer printout. D. Aportion of the hourly rate may be broken into halves, not less. Round off to the nearest half hour (i.e., 9:01 to 9: 14 will be considered as 9:00; between 9: IS and 9:29 will be considered as 9:30). E. The above fees will be applicable for all USAG Sanctioned Events unless otherwise specified in advance by the USA Gymnastics President. This Judges' Compensation Package is in effect for all USAG Competitions, as specified. G. If judging begins before the maximum allotted break time has elapsed, judging time begins.

IV. TRAVEL A. No mileage will be paid for the first 30 miles except to those carpooling, whereinthere would be no deduction of 30 miles. In order for the rider to be paid mileage, he/ she must drive a minimum of 30 miles round trip to meet the carpool. The standard IRS rate (31 cents per mile for 1999) will be paid to the driver. Riders fees are not paid. An increase in the IRS mileage fee will only be recognized and used when the increase is a full cent. Less than a cent increase wilillOl be recognized. Plane, train or bus travel expenses as stated oii'th~ contract sholl be paid in full by the Meet Director. The total mileage cost should not exceed the cost of on airline ticket to the some location. B. Round trip travel expenses to and from the airport, tolls, airport parking, taxi or limousine service as stated on the contract sholl be paid by the Meet Director. These expenses must be listed on the contract and be approved by the contracting official in order to be compensated by the Meet Director. Onlystandard and customary expenses with accompanying receipts will be reimbursed in the actual amounts. C. It is requested that judges consider carpooling whenever possible. If a judge chooses not to carpool for any reason, mileage will not be paid to that judge unless prearranged with the contracting official and the Meet Director. D. In the case of a competition spanning over two or more days, if lodging is provided to the judge by the Meet Director and the judge chooses to return home and drive back the second (and successive) days, round-trip mileage will be paid only once, unless prearrangements have been mode with the contracting official and the Meet Director. E. No other expenses (such as baby-sitters, car repairs, car rental, reimbursement for lost salary, or other normal work related expenses) will be paid.

V. LODGING A. If a judge must stay overnight prior to, during or following the competition, lodging must be prOVided and paid for by the Meet Director. B. The form of accommodation must be specified in the judge's contract. Accommodations should be based on double occupancy (two beds).

VI. PER DIEM A. DAY (LOCAL) MEETS

1. No per diem will be paid for competitions that require the judge to be at the meet site for less than 3 hours, unless round trip mileage is 100 miles or more. These rates are determined regardless of departure or arrival time to the judge's home. 2. Per Diem compensation should be paid to the judges at a rate of: S15.00 Diem-When on-site responsibilities are at least 3 hours but less than 8 hours. (lime begins with reporting time to include meetings and competition.) S30.00 Diem-When on-site responsibilities are 8 hours or more. S15.00 per meal (up to a maximum of S30.00 per day) is assessed for any meals not provided by the Meet Director. Clarification: Reimbursement for breakfast is not considered for day (local) meets in which the judge travels to and from the meet site in one day. B. OVERNIGHT MEETS I. All meals not provided by the Meet Director are compensated at a rate of S15.00 per meal to a maximum of $40.00 per day. 2. Meals provided by the Meet Director should be nutritional and not just concession type food. 3. Judges with dietary restrictions should bring their own food.

VII. MODIFICATIONS If any conditions on the contract are altered, it is the responsibility of the Meet Director to contact the individual judge(s) and the CONTRACTING OFFICIAL and provide that information to BOTH.

VIII. CANCELLATION A. If the contract obligations are not fulfilled by either party because of extenuating circumstances, no mandatory penalties will be applied to either party. Example: Indement weather (which would prohibit traveling) Grove illness B. Failure to comply with the contractual agreement will result in the following: I. On the Meet Director's port: Aminimum of 7 days notice is required for cancellation of officials. If cancellation of officials occurs less than seven days prior to the meet, the Meet Director is responsible for payment of 3 hours per judge and any non-refundable expenses incurred. 2. On the Judges' Part If a judge foils to appear without notifying the Meet Director, a penalty of 3 hours and any non-refundable expenses incurred by the Meet Director will be paid to the Meet Director by the judge.

IX. HOURLY MEET FEES A. Judges will be paid on hourly fee, according to their rating, with a minimum payment of two hours. If Actual Judging Rating Hourly Rate lime is: Brevet $29.00 2 hrs. or less Elite $27.00 3 hrs. Level 10 $25.00 4 hrs. Level 9 $22.00 5 hrs. Level 5/ 6/ 7/ 8 $18.00 6 hrs. Level 7/ 8 S16.00 7 hrs. Level 5/6 8 hrs. S12.00 9 hrs.

The Allowable Break lime is: I hr. 11/2 hrs. 2 hrs. 21/2 hrs. 3 hrs. J1!2 hrs. 4 hrs.

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X. CHAMPIONSHIP MEET FEES

B. NATIONAL MEET FEES (for J.O. Nationals, Nalional Gymnastics Feslival, Classics & Challenges) Rating Daily Rate Half Day Role All eligible $150.00 $75.00 C. Regional Elite Meets will be compensated at the regular hourly fee with a minimum payment of 3 hours per day. D. State Meet fees may be negotiated by State Boards and the con· tracting official, but cannot exceed the basic fee schedule.

Judges shall receive daily fees according to ralings. The Daily Rate applies to all meets for more than four hours-up to eight hours of actual judging lime. Half Day competitions (up to 4 hours of actual judging time) will use the Half Day Rate. A. JUN IOR OLYMPICREGIONALAND EAST;WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS Rating Doily Rate (8 hrsl Hall Day (4 hrsl Brevet $160.00 $80.00 Elite $150.00 $75.00 Level 10 $140.00 $70.00 Level 9 $130.00 $65.00 Level 8 $120.00 $60.00 Time over eight hours will he compensated at the regular hourly rate.

XI. CHIEF JUDGE/MEET REFEREE PAYMENT (Applies to J.O. meets only) A. A Meet Referee/Chief Judge sholl receive on oddilionol $10.00 fee per day for ONLY USAG Slale, Regional,

East /West and Nalional Championships. B. No dual compensalion is given if the Meet Referee also serves as a Chief Judge.

C. The Meet Referee shall be paid the hourly fee for the time during which she/he is conducting official Meet Referee responsibilities.

XII. INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY When inclement weather exists (weather which delays or prohibits safe travel for the judges), the Meet Director is responsible for the judges' lodging and meals. Judges will be accommodated with min· imal expense and could be lodged in private homes with food pro· vided. Hotel/Motel rooms are compensated ONLY if approved by the Meet Director.

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$ 50.00 $ 62.50

$ 44.00 $ 55 .00

$ 36.00 $ 45.00

$ 32.00 $ 40.00

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$100.00 $ 112.50

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$ 72.00 $ 81.00

$ 64.00 $ 72.00

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$135.00 $148.50

$125.00 $ 137.50

$110.00 $121.00

$ 90.00 $ 99.00

$ 80.00 $ 88 .00

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$162.00 $175.50

$150.00 $162.50

$132.00 $143.00

$108.00 $117.00

$ 96 .00 $104.00

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$ 189.00 $202.50

$175.00 $ 187.50

$154.00 $165.00

$126.00 $135.00

$112.00 $120.00

$ 84.00 $ 90.00

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$2 16.00 $229.50

$200.00 $212.50

$176.00 $187.00

$ 144.00 $153.50

$128.00 $136.00

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$243.00 $256 .50

$225.00 $237.50

$198.00 $209.00

$162.00 $171 .00

$144.00 $152.00

$108 .00 $114.00

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OVERNIGHT $15/Meal or Max. of $40/ Day

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Meet Referee/Chief Judge Fee U.O. only) State & above Championships: $1 O/day All fees are based on a minimum of 2 hours (except for Regional Elite Meets). State Meets: Hourly Rate or as negotiated by the State Boards. J.O. REGIONAL & LEVEL 9 EAST/WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS Rating Daily (8 hrs) Half (4 hrs) 8revet $160 $80 $80 8revet $160 $75 $150 Elite Level 10 $70 $140 Level 9 $130 $65 $120 $60 Level 8

NATIONAL MEETS (J.O. level/O, Elite Challenges/Classics/ Nat'l Gym Fest) Daily (8 hrs) Half (4 hrs) $150.00 $75.00 REGIONAL ELITE MEETS Hourly Fee - Minimum 3 hrs. per day.

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WOMEN'S ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD MEETING May 21-23, 1999 Indianapolis, Indiana

Na tional apparel. Connie Maloney reminded the Regional Chairmen that the Regional Boards are responsible for the Regional competitions and that the Meet Director must have the meet format, etc. approved prior to distributing information.

I. ROLL CALL

VI. J.O. COMMITTEE REPORT

Chairman Jan Greenhawk called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 21.

Connie Maloney reported for Tom Koll on the decisions made by the Jr. Olympic Program Committee at their meeting following J.O. Nationals.

Present: Region I Region II Region III Region IV Region V Region VI Region VII Region VIII NEPCC WTCC NAWGJ President J.O. Program Manager WPD VP Member Services Absent:

Denise Porrazzo Ruth Sandoz Cori Rizzo George Grainger Kathy Shufflin Kathy Ostberg Lynn Perrott Debbie Kornegay Roe Kreutzer Cheryl Hamilton Yvonne Hodge Connie Maloney Kathy Kelly Kathy Feldmann

Since there are no bids for the 2000 Level 9 Eastern Championships, Maloney requested assistance from the RC's and SC's in encouraging a club from Region 7 or 8 to bid.

VII. FINANCIAL AD-HOC COMMITTEE REPORT Kathy Shufflin reported on the findings of the ad-hoc committee in regards to not-for-profit regulations for accounting purposes. The board discussed the simplification of the report form and accepted a new system of categories to be incorporated in an Excel spreadsheet. Jan Greenhawk will send the new Financial Report form to the Regional Chairman for the third quarter reports. State Chairs will start using the new system for the fourth quarter. Financial reports due dates are 10th for SC and 20th RC.

Tom KolI, JOPCC Athlete Representative

VIII. SANCTIONING, RULES, AND MEMBERSHIP VIOLATIONS

II. NATIONAL CONGRESS Jan Greenhawk reminded the RC's to submit the names of recipients of the 1999 Service awards to Angi Gianfagna at the National Office as soon as possible. She also reminded them to be prepared to name the Silver Quill awards for the best State Newsletter. The regional chairs indicated their needs for Regional Board and/or Open meetings at Na tional Congress.

III. ATHLETE REPRESENTATION ON SUB-COMMITTEES Athlete Representation on our women's program committees and subcommittees was discussed. Questions came up regarding voting power and selection of individuals. K. Kelly informed the board that this mandate is a directive of the U.s. Olympic Committee and that this is not under the jurisdiction of the WAB. Kathy Kelly and Connie Maloney will assist in securing athletes to act in this capacity.

The RCs reported on the various procedures used by their State boards for handling violations. It was suggested that the RCs send any procedures their states currently use to Jan Greenhawk and Kathy Kelly. They will then investigate the possible procedures through legal counsel and present options to the Women's Administrative Board later this year. Recommendation to add the following to page 82-V of the Women's Rules and Policies: "State Board procedures for handling violations must be approved by the Regional Board." Motion- C. Rizzo Second-K. Shufflin PASSED

IX. WTC COMMITTEE REPORT IV. FINANCIAL REPORT Jan Greenhawk apprised the board members of the monies raised for apparel, clinics, awards, etc. This money is being raised through fund raising by the region and states, and individual volunteers. Greenhawk commended the RC's on their continued dedication to support the athletes.

Cheryl Hamilton reported on the work accomplished by the WTC since last August. She also reported that the 2nd edition of the Jr. Olympic Technical Handbook for Coaches and Judges should be ready by the end of June. Level 9 and 10 Base score videos were distributed to the USA Gymnastics State Chairs and NAWG SJDs.

X. ELITE PROGRAM COMMITTEE REPORT V. REGIONAL MEETS The committee discussed and shared ideas regarding the different ways that the regional meets are conducted. Also discussed was the problem of time constraints in measuring the Level lO's for their

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XIII. MEMBERSHIP AND EDUCATION

The WAB reminded the Regional officers to notify their Regiona l Chairs of any upcoming sub-committee meetings. The board discussed developing guidelines for the reimbursement of expenses for any Regional officer who is attending meeting in conjunction with a meet in which they have an athlete competing.

Kathy Feldmann apprised the board that membership fees are remaining the same. If you have two athlete disciplines such as artistic / trampoline it is still $40. The Associa te membership category was discussed. Kathy asked for suggestions as to what the Member Services department could do to enhance this membership.

XII. USA GYMNASTICS NATIONAL OFFICE REPORT Kathy Kelly explained the marker system used by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Each NGB submits fi ve markers, or goals, fo r the year, and the funding by USOC is determined according to the achievement of these markers.

Feldmann thanked the Regions and States for their support and assistance with the Safety Certification, KAT and PDP programs. Because the Safety Certification program is our risk management program, the support and cooperation of the membership is crucial in keeping the cost of insurance down. Recommendation that no changes are made in the format of the athlete or professional membership cards for 1999-2000.

The first successful USA Gymnastics marker for 1999 was the Mentoring Program summit held in January. The next ma rker is a Women's High Performance Coaching Seminar, which will be conducted May 27-30.

Motion-R. Sandoz Second-G. Grainger PASSED

Ka thy also announced that Shannon Miller is the new Women's Program Athlete Representative, replacing Tanya Service Chaplin, whose term has expired.

Recommendation that the total charge for any sanction that is received by Member Services less than seven (7) days prior to the date of the event be $100.00.

K. Kelly requested that the RCs send her the names of any presenters/speakers from their regional congresses that would be possible candidates to speak at the National Congress. She also informed the Board that bids are being solicited for the USA Gymnastics Awards contract. Recommendation to commend A-I Awards for their outstanding service to the Women's Program. Motion-D. Kornegay Second-L. Perrott PASSED

Motion-R. Sandoz Second-D. Kornegay PASSED

XIV. USA GYMNASTICS PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS Bob Colarossi thanked the board members for their continued service and dedication to USA Gymnastics. He encouraged the RCs to assist USA Gymnastics by their support of our national sponsors. Since Women's program is 85% of USA Gymnastics, he assured the RCs that the marketing and/or events personnel would be interfacing with the SCs and RCs directly whenever a National event will be conducted in (continued on page 44) their local area.

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xv. NATIONAL CONGRESS A reception for the Women's Program volunteer officers will be held Wednesday, Aug. 2sth . Regional Board and Open meeting room needs were discussed. Also, the State Chair Workshop will be conducted on Friday, August 27th from 4:00-6:00 with dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. Service and Silver Quill awards will be presented. The committee determined the format and topics for the workshop.

XVI. NAWGJ REPORT

XIX. HIGH SCHOOL TASK FORCE Denise Porrazzo reported on the meeting of the High School Task Force held May 20 th An effort is being made to develop a connection between the school system and USA Gymnastics and clubs to promote the sport of gymnastics. A survey is being designed to send to the SC's for distribution and processing. The mission of this committee is to try to get gymnastics back into the school system. The short-term goal is to maintain the base. The long-term goal is to reintroduce gymnastics into the elementary and secondary school levels. Another goal is to address the coaching shortage and to attempt to reintroduce in the University curriculum.

Yvonne Hodge reported on the activities of NAWGJ during their 25 th anniversary year. The Judges' Compensation Package will change as per contract on August 1, 1999, and will be printed in the July

It was recommended that either Porrazzo or Ostberg attend the GAT convention (Gymnastics Assoc. of Texas) in September.

Technique.

Meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.l11. Sunday, May 23.

Clarification: Meet Directors are responsible to provide breakfast (or pay per diem for breakfast) for overnight meets only.

Next meeting is scheduled for August 27th frol11 7:00-8:00 p.l11. follo wing the USA Gymnastics Women's Committee officers' summit.

XVII. OPERATING CODE AND RULES & POLICIES

Approved by Bob Co/arossi, President June 10, 1999

The board reviewed and made changes/corrections to the Operating Code and the Rules and Policies to be included in the 1999-2000 Rules and Policies book. Recommendation to add the State Board guidelines as found in the State Chair notebook to the Operating Code. Motion-D. Porrazzo Second-D. Kornegay PASSED The International Program Committee has been added as a standing sub-committee and therefore will be added to the Operating Code. Recommendation that the International Program Committee Chair designated must have been a Head or Assistant Coach at a World Championships or Olympic Games and has also previously served on the International Program Committee. (Personal coaches at World Championships or Olympic Games are not eligible.) Motion-C. Rizzo Second-D. Porrazzo PASSED Recommendation that the International Program Committee Chair is elected in the year opposite of the National Elite Program Chairman. (Clarification: Chair of the IPC will be elected during the elections for the National Jr. Olympic and National Technical Chairs.) Motion-D. Kornegay Second-L. Perrott PASSED Clarification: The committee clarified that if a State Chair is unable to attend a Regional Board meeting, the Regional Chair shall approve a replacement for that meeting from members of that State's Board, or a suitable replacement.

USA GYMNASTICS NATIONAL ELITE PROGRAM COMMITTEE Salt Lake City, UT May 31, 1999

I. ROLL CALL Meeting called to order at 1:00 p.m. Chairman Region I Region II Region III Region IV Region V Region VI Region VII Region VIII WPD EPM

Roe Kreutzer David McCreary (until 1:30 p.m.) Brad Loan Russ Ward James Chudy Mary Lee Tracy Tony Retrossi Gary Anderson Ray Gnat Kathy Kelly Gary Warren

Recommendation: To approve the changes in the National Elite Testing Program as published in the revised 2000 National Elite Testing Text to be effective as of the beginning of the 2000 Elite season. Motion-David McCreary Second-Ray Gnat PASSED Recommendation: To approve the proposed deductions for the National Elite Testing Program that are published in the revised 2000 National Elite Testing Text to be effective as of the beginning of the 2000 Elite season and that the revised National Elite Testing Text be available through the Member Services Department, August 1, 1999.

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Second- Russ Ward PASSED

Recommendation: That a Judge's training video on the changes in the National Elite Testing Text and Deductions, for educational purposes, be produced by USA Gymnastics and distributed to the Regional Technical and Regional Elite Chairs. This video will be made available for purchase through Member Services. Motion-Gary Anderson Second-Ray Gnat PASSED Recommendation: That the three bounding jumps be eliminated from the Talent Opportunity Program (TOPs) Testing Program effective immediately. Motion-Tony Retrossi Second-Brad Loan PASSED Recommendation: Due to the increase in participation and quality of the TOPs program, it is recommended that Women's Program request additional financial support for this program. Motion-Gary Anderson Second-Tony Retrossi PASSED Recommendation: That 45 degrees be the maximum height to receive a 10.0 for the shoulder flexibility test in the TOPs program. It is strongly suggested that the coaches not train their athletes to go beyond 45 degrees when practicing this test in their gym. Motion-Gary Anderson

Recommendation: That an elastic band be used around the head with the arms through the band for the Hollow Hold test for TOPs. This would replace the test being performed with a stick behind the head. This would be effective at the National Testing. Motion-Russ Ward Second-Brad Loan PASSED Recommendation: That the current or the revised National Elite Testing Text be allowed to be performed at the 1999 National TOP Testing. Motion-Gary Anderson Second-James Chudy PASSED Kathy Kelly explained to the committee that "National Gymnastics Day" will be celebrated on July 31. She explained the facts of the program to the committee, the impact to the clubs and the schedule of events. Kathy also announced the appointment of Bela Karolyi as Chairman of "National Gymnastics Day" and his schedule of interviews and press conferences. Kathy Kelly also presented Bob Cola rossi's Board of Director's presentation and gave the committee some of the thoughts of USA Gymnastics concerning the Grand Prix qualifications into the American Cup, along with possible dates for these competitions.

Meeting adjourned 4:30 p.m. Approved by Bob Colarossi, President of USA Gymnastics

III. TEAMGYMN AT NATIONAL CONGRESS IN SACRAMENTO May 30, 1999 In conjunction with the FIG/PAGU General Gymnastics Information Course in Miami.

I. ROLL CALL David Moskovitz Lori Laznovsky Steve Whitlock Dean Capelotti

GGAP Leader GGAPMember USA Gymnastics General Gymnastics Director GGAP Member (absent due to illness)

The GGAP received several emails asking for clarifications regarding the 1999 TeamGymn Exhibition competition in Sacramento. • As per previous discussions, it was confirmed that the awards at this competition will be achievement awards rather than placement awards. -The first time that placement awards will be utilized is at the 1999 TeamGymn Nationals in conjunction with the 1999 GymFest in Arizona (December). • For the Jump event, the minimum number in a competition squad is eight gymnasts. If less than eight perform in any of the components (tumbling, vaulting, mini-trampoline), there will be a 0.5 deduction for each occurrence.

II. GG CAMPS

• It was agreed that the minimum age for participation in the Austin, Texas and Columbia, Maryland camps be eight years.

• For the Group Floor event, teams are encouraged to use ALL of their registered participating athletes, however, for the TeamGymn event at CongressFest, there will be no deduction for this unless the minimum number of eight performers is not achieved. In this case, the deduction would be 0.5.

• It was agreed that individual campers may register to attend without the attendance of their coach/leader.

Respectfully submitted, David Moskovitz, Leader May 30, 1999

The minimum age for participation in the first two 1999 GG Camps was discussed.

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Montville, NJ Winnipeg, CAN Winnipeg, CAN Knoxville, TN

u.s. Classic/ Notional Gymnostics Festivol (W) J.O. National Team Training Camp (W) John Hancock u.s. Gymnastics Championships (M/W) USA Gymnostics Notionol Congress USA Gymnostics Congress Fest (GG) 3rd Sr. Team Trials (TR/TU)

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

AUGUST 6·8 19·23 25·28 26·29 26·28 27·28

SEPTEMBER 3·5 3· 5 15·18 20·0cl. 3 24·26 28·0cl. 3 30·0cl. 3

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

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

OCTOBER Artistic World Championships (M/W) FIG Extraordinary Congress 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)

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Jr. Notionol Team Training Camp (M)

Tianjin, CHN Tionjin, CHN New York City, NY Tianjin, CHN Baltimore, MD Colo. Springs, CO Phoenix, AZ Hunt Valley (Boltimore), MD Colo. Springs, CO

NOVEMBER Notional TOPs Testing·Eost (W) Future Stars National Championships (M) Cooches Workshops (M) USA Gymnostics Executive Committee/ Board Meetings

Rochester, NY Colo. Springs, CO Colo. Springs, CO Indianapolis, IN

Sf. National Teom Training Comp (M) USA National GymFest (GG) PAGU Jr. Interclub Championships (M/W) National TOPs Camp (W)

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New Orleons, LA

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

Colo. Springs, CO las Vegas, NV Sydney, AUS TBD

Visa Americon Cup (M/W) Internotional Competition (R) Internotional3 on 3 Gymnastics Championships (M/W/ R) Americon Chollenge (W)

Orlando, Fl TBD Orlando, Fl TBD

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TBD TBD Houston, Texas TBD Indianapolis, IN TBD TBD

u.s. Chollenge (W) USA Gymnostics National Gym Fest (GG)

TBD TBD

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

Tulsa, OK SI. louis, MO

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

Boston, MA Boston, MA TBD

JULY 7·9 26·29 TBD TBD

SI. louis, MO TBD

AUGUST 15·20 18·21 TBD

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Sydney, AUS

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Post· Olympic Tour (M/W/ R/TR/TU)

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

Richmond, VA Indianapolis, IN Marrokech, MAR TBD TBD TBD

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USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge (M) Rhythmic Challenge (R) American Classic/ Americon Challenge (W) Visa American Cup (M/W) International 3 on 3 Gymnastics Chompionships (M/W/ R)

TBD TBD TBD Orlando, Fl Orlando, Fl

Internotional Team Championships (M/W Srs/Jrs) level I 0 Stote Meets (W)

TBD Various Sites

NCAA Regionals (W) NCAA Regionals (M) USA Gymnostics Collegiote Chompionships (M/W) USA Gymnastics Nationallnvitationol Tournoment (W) NCAA National Championships (W) NCAA National Championships (M) level I 0 Regionol Championships (W) J.O. National Championships, Individual & Group (R) level 9 Championships (R)

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J.O. Notional Championships, Individual & Group (R) Sr. Pocific Alliance Championships (M/W/ R) level 9 East/West Chompionships (W) USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships (M/W) USA Gymnastics Notionallnvitationol Tournament (W)

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1999 Safety Certification Schedule June 10, 1999

17 8aton Rouge, LA; 9 a.m.·l p.m.; course cg071799la e.G. Gymnastics; Instructor: Caesar Garcia 225·275·5597

LATE REGISTRATIONS ARE NOT GUARANTEED A BOOK OR ADMISSION TO THE COURSE. 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 alter that time or on site will be charged an additional $25. Minimum age for Safety Certm,ation is 17'12 years

25 Greenville, SC; 1·5 p.m.; course rw072599sc Greenville Gym lC., 1311C Miller Rood Instructor: Robert White 864·268·7740

JULY 15 Warrenville, Il; 6:30·1 0:30 p.m.; course ep071599il Midwest Academy of Gymnastics Instructor: Edgar Pulido 630·393·6693, 630·971 ·8468

26 Beaverton, OR; 6·10 p.m.; course rs0726990r Oregon Gymnastics Academy; local contact: Sheila lehner Brewer 503-531·3409 Instructor: Ruth Sandoz 503·246·0818 31 Orlando, Fl; 9:00 a.m.·1:00 p.m.; course kb073199f1 Florida Men's Team Camp Instructor: Karl Bishop 727·447·2108 31 Wall, NJ; TIme: TBD; course d073199nj Devlin Gymnastics; 2351 Hwy 34 Instructor: Cathy Finkel 973·586·1800 before July 1; 973·697·5994 alter July 1

16 Anaheim, CA; 11 a.m.·3 p.m.; caurse gv071699ca Anaheim Marriott, Dance Masters, Solon 4·5 Instructor: Glen Vaughan 619·286·9437

31 logon, UT; 12 noon·4 p.m.; course qs073199ut Utah State University Instructor: Quin Shannon 435·770·2000

17 Penfield, NY; 9:00 a.m.·2:00 p.m.; course sc071799ny The Gymnastics Training Center Instructor: Sarah Jane Clifford 716·388·8686

West Babylon, NY; 9:00 a.m.· 1:00 p.m.; course ek080699ny; BK Gymnastics; local conact: Sue Rapp 516·422·0116 Instructor: Ed Konopa 516·422·0116 Palm Harbar, Fl; 9:00 a.m.·1:00 p.m.; course kb080?99f1 Florida State Clinic; Instructor: Karl Bishop 727·447·2108 Joliet, Il; 9:00 a.m.· 1:00 p.m.; course rb080899i1 Joliet Park District local contact: Jennifer Stempien 815·741 ·7275 ext 162 Instructor: Robert Brown 630·801·9978 14 Amherst, MA; 1:30·5:30 p.m.; course Ic081499ma Amherst College; Instructor: liz Cornish 860·585·9524 15 Menlo Pork, CA; 9:00 a.m.·1:00 p.m.; course mt081599ca Menlo Pork Gymnastics Instructor: Michael Taylor 650·858·3480, 650·325·2883

AUGUST Fairfield, OH; 12:00 noan·4:00 p.m.; course bf0801990h Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy local contact: Sharon MacDonald 513-860·3082 Instructor: Babbi Montanari·Fahrnbach 61 4·457·1279

17 Springfield, MO; 1·5 p.m.; course jm071799mo Ozark Mtn Gymnastics Instructor: Julie Maynard 41 7·882·5311

West Seneca, NY; 6:00·1 0:00 p.m.; course jj080399ny Rines Gymnastics Center; 120 South Avenue local contact: Kathy Rines 716·668·6049 Instructor: Jeannette Jay 412·920·1806 (until July 6)

15 St louis, MO; 12:00 noon·4:00 p.m.; course code es081 599mo; SI. louis Gymnastic Centre; With Missouri USA Gymn. State Coaches & Judges Clinic Instructor: Eddie Smith 314·909·0070

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COST: 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.

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• All materials (including the Safety Handbookl 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 full, to USA Gymnastics Safety Certification Mail registration form and payment to: Nome onCord: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ USA Gymnastics Member Services Pan American Plaza, Suite 300 GYMNASTICS Number: 201 South Capitol Avenue . / S· t . Indianopolis, IN 46225 PREFERS VISA' ~ L E______________________________________________ xp. Date. ___ ___ Igna ure. or Fax to 317-692-5212 Payment Amount: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __

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