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FEATURES Vault Run Speeds: 1999 John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships .. .... .... .... .. .. .. ...... 5

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Does Gymnastics Enhance Reading? yes! .................................................... .. .. ... ... .. .. ..... . 8


Effective Teaching through High Expectation & Class Management .... .... ... ............. ..... ... 12

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National Gymnastics Day .. .. .. ...... .. .... ... ............ .. ... ... .......... ... ................. ... .. .. ..... .. ..... 18



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y now many of you have seen the proposed by-laws changes that will be • considered at the May Board of Directors meeting . Most leading national • organizations conduct a periodic review of their structure to ensure that it is structured to best support the goals and objectives of the corporation.

The by-laws committee initiated this process well over a year ago with a blank sheet of paper, asking the question, "If we were going to create USA Gymnastics todaywhat would it look like?" This group recognized that many USA Gymnastics constituencies were under represented or had no representation at all. As I write this letter the proposed structure has not been finalized. The bylaws committee has recently completed open forum sessions with the board of di rectors, listening to comments and questions. The current proposal is on the web-site and was printed in last months Technique magazine. We have also set up a special chat area on the EPI section of the web-site. I encourage everyone to take the time to read the proposal. This document will govern your representation to the board of directors in all probability for many years to come. Please feel free to contact me or any member of USA Gymnastics' staff, the bylaws committee, the executive committee or the board of directors with questions.

USA Gymnastics recently announced a new initiative to assist in achieving one of our core objectives: GROWTH . This initiati ve is an extension of the Aussie Haircare sponsorship. Aussie will conduct a national promotion for free trial gymnastics lessons at participating clubs. The Aussie Haircare Free Gymnastics Lesson Program begins July 1, and will continue through November 1, 2000. The promotion is timed around the re-enrollment period for gymnastics schools of summer and early fall. The primary marketing component of this program is a national FSI drop. FSI stands for free standing insert, which is what you see in your Sunday newspaper every week. On July 9th the FSI will reach 50 million homes. This is a great opportunity for all of the clubs to increase their enrollment, as well as the number of children participating in gymnastics. Aussie Haircare will arrange a visit from an Olympian for the club that gives away the most free -trial lessons.



The Olympic year presents countless opportunities for our sport. I wish each and everyone of you the very best as you prepare to maximize your experience this year. • Product display booth at World Team Trials presented by Aussie Haircare.

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he gymnastics vault run has been studied by several investigators (4, 9, 10). Sands and Cheetham (9) studied the velocity of the vault run using high speed film, and noted a high relationship between peak run speed and vault score in a variety of vaults. Sands and McNeal studied men's vault runs using infrared interval timers and noted a weaker relationship between maximum speed and score (10).

Mechanics of the vault indicate that a high speed run is advantageous to vaulting in that a gymnast needs sufficient momentum to direct into a high and long post flight. Takei, in particular, has done considerable analysis of vaulting for both men and women with extensive models of vault performance (11-16). In spite of training emphasis on maximizing run-up speed, gymnasts probably do not require an absolute -

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maximum running speed. More importantly, the gymnast should strive to attain the highest speed that the athlete can control (7). Maximum running speed is fu rther constrained by the short run-up distance allowed in competition. Henry and Trafton (1) showed, as early as the 1950s that a sprinter could reach only approximately 95% of maximum speed within

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approximately 20 meters. Observation of vault runs quickly show that gymnasts run poorly and do not appear to devote much attention to running technique (3, 5, 8). However, the basic question of how much one might improve vaulting by running faster remains largely unanswered. In order to study the maximum vault run speeds of top American female gymnasts, run-ups were recorded during the 1999 John Hancock U.s. Gymnastics Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Because of the constraints of a live event, spectators, television, and so forth, radar was chosen to study the vault run-ups during training and warm ups using a radar gun (Radar Sales, Inc.). The radar gun was capable of recording the movement of an object in 0.1 mile per hour (0.045 m/ s) increments with a sampling rate 20 Hz (20 samples/ s). The radar gun allowed data collection to occur while standing at the start of the vault run way and recording vault run-up speeds without interacting with the gymnast. Because the training and warm ups of the gymnasts were not under my control, I could not dictate the number of trials nor the type of vault performed by the gymnasts, although each was recorded. Multiple trials of the same vault were then averaged. Because of the nature of the competition rules, two different vaults were required for each athlete.

Table 2 shows the comparison of all vault run speeds between Juniors and Seniors. Note that the results showed Seniors were significantly faster than Juniors (t(105) = 5.9, P < .001). TABLE 2

Junior vs Senior (Speeds m/s) Variable Senior Vaults Junior Vaults




7.41 7.06

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The correlations between score and maximum vault run speed are shown in Table 3. Data are presented for Junior gymnasts only due to loss of Senior vault scores for each vault. Correlations were calculated on the subsets of first and second vaults with no correlation reaching statistical significance (all p>.05). First and second Junior vault scores were combined for the analysis shown in Table 3. TABLE 3

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All Vaults with Scores (n=51) Handspring-Type with Scores (n=23) Yurchenko-Type with Scores (n=24)

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The performances of the athletes could be divided into the following categories: (a) Junior (b) Senior (c) forward/handspring-type vault (d) Yurchenko-type vault (e) Tsukahara-type vault The descriptive statistics of these vaults are shown in Table 1.


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All AthletesLAIl Vaults Hondspring·Type Yurchenko·Type Tsukohoro-Type

7.28 7.21 7.36

0.39 0.40 0.34

6.48 5.99 6.48

7.91 7.75 7.87

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Senior Athletes Hondspring-Type Yurchenko-Type Tsukohoro-Type

7.64 7.36 7.51

0.22 0.35 0.51

7.33 5.99 6.48

7.91 7.75 7.87

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Junior Athletes Hondspring·Type Yurchenko-Type Tsukohoro-Type

7.18 6.93 7.19

0.36 0.34 0.23

6.48 6.30 7.05

7.73 7.47 7.53

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Discussion The present analysis indicates that maximum vault run speed is not significantly related to score. However, this conclusion should not be generalized to all vaulting performances. The small population used for this analysis consisted of only Junior gymnasts at the 1999 John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships-surely a very select and relatively homogeneous group. If a similar analysis was performed using these elite athletes and perhaps a number of Junior Olympic athletes, the resulting analysis would probably show a higher relationship between speed and score as younger, smaller, and slower athletes would likely score lower than their Junior Elite counterparts. Takei (13) found a Significant correlation (r=.74) in a study of the handspring compulsory vaults of female gymnasts at the Pan American Garnes between take off velocity and score. Note that the take off velocity from the board may differ significantly from the maximum run-up velocity. For example, analysis of two female gymnasts from the 1984 Olympic Games showed that horizontal component board touchdown velocity of the gymnasts following a round off entry was 5.1 to 5.5 m / s and the board take off horizontal velocity decreased further to 3.1 to 3.6 m / s (6). Clearly, the round off prior to board contact VIm result in considerable slowing of the gymnast's overall run·up speed. The reduction in horizontal component velocity during the hurdle and take off has been demonstrated (6). Nelson et. aI, found the average horizontal component velocity of gymnasts at the 1984 Olympics at board contact was 6.5 ml s. A study by Sands and Cheetham (9) found the average run-up velocity of female gymnasts was 7.25 m /s on a variety of vaults. Sands and

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Cheetham also showed a high correlation between vault run-up speed and score (r(9) = .953, P < .05). Krug et aI. (2), using a laser speed measurement system found that handspring-type vaults averaged 7.3 m / s, Yurchenko-type vaults averaged 6.98 m/ s, and Tsukahara-type vaults averaged 7.28 m/ s. The highest run-up speed recorded by Krug et al., for a female gymnast was 7.9 m / s. The results of this analysis show that promising areas for vault score improvement among these gymnasts are more likely to lie with aspects of vault performance other than the maximum run-up speed. Scores are not calculated from run-up speeds directly, rather from the result of the gymnast's entire effort. Moreover, aspects of form, landings, and so forth are not highly dependent on maximum speed, while the score is highly dependent on these performance characteristics. Future research should include observations of the magnitude of speed decline from the peak of the run to the board contact and take off. Individual gymnasts in particular may benefit from such analysis.â&#x20AC;˘

Sponsored by: U.S. Elite Coaches Association for Women's Gymnastics, and USA Gymnastics.

References 1.

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KRUG, J., K. KNOLL, T. KOTHE, AND HD. ZOCHER. Running approach velocity and energy transformation in difficult vaults in gymnastics. In: ISBS '98 XVI International symposium Oil biomechanics in sports, edited by H. J. Riehle, and Vieten, M. M. Konstanz, Germany: UVK - Universitatsverlag, Vol. I, 1998, p . 160-163.


MANN, R. Biomechanical analysis of the elite sprinter and hurdler. In: The elite athlete, edited by N. K. Butts, Gushiken, T. T., and Zarins, B. Jamaica, NY: Spectrum, 1985, p. 43-80.

4. MEEUWSEN, H., AND R. A. MAGILL. The role of vision in gait control during gymnastics vaulting. In: Diagnostics, treatment and analysis of SJ)11111astic talel1t, edited by T. B. Hoshizaki, Salmela, J. H., and Petiot, B. Montreal, Canada: Sport Psyche Editions, 1987, p. 137-155. 5.

MERO, A., P. V. KOMI, AND R. J. GREGOR. Biomechanics of sprint running. Sports Med. 13(6): 376-392, 1992.


NELSON, R. c., T. S. GROSS, AND G. M. STREET. Vaults performed by female Olympic gymnasts: a biomechanical profile. IIS.B. 1(2): 111-121, 1985.


SANDS, B. Coaching women's SJ)ml1astics. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 1984.


SANDS, B., AND J. R. MCNEAL. Body size and sprinting characteristics of 1998 National TOP's athletes. Technique 19(5): 34-35, 1999.


SANDS, W. A., AND P. J. CHEETHAM. Velocity of the vault run: Junior elite female gymnasts. Techl1ique 6: 10-14, 1986.

10. SANDS, W. A., AND J. R. MCNEAL. The relationship of vault run speeds and flight duration to score. Technique 15(5): 8-10, 1995. - - -- - - - - - - - - -- - - { (

11. TAKEI, Y. Techniques used in performing the handspring and salto forward tucked in gymnastic vaulting. IIS.B. 4(3): 260-281, 1988. 12. TAKEI, Y. Techniques used by elite male gymnasts performing a handspring vault at the 1987 Pan American Games. IIS.B. 5(1): 1-25, 1989. 13. TAKEI, Y. Techniques used by elite women gymnasts performing the handspring vault at the 1987 Pan American Games. IIS.B. 6(1): 29-55, 1990. 14. TAKEI, Y. A comparison of techniques used in performing the men's compulsory gymnastic vault at 1988 Olympics. I.].S.B. 7(1): 54-75, 1991. 15. TAKE!, Y., E. P. BLUCKER, J. H. DUNN, S. A. MYERS, AND V. L. FORTNEY. A three-dimensional analysis of the men's compulsory vault performed at the 1992 Olympic Games.]. Appl. Bioll1. 12(2): 237257, 1996. 16. TAKEr, Y., AND E. J. KIM. Techniques used in performing the handspring and saIto forward tucked vault at the 1988 Olympic games. IIS.B. 6(2): 111-138, 1990.

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s a gymnastics professional, you probably have taken for granted the exceptional achievements your students experience in school. More than likely, as most of us have done, you realized that your gymnasts

success in school is a result of their dedication, time management skills, organizational abilities, and other attributes which they have likely acquired through regular participation in your gymnastics program. No doubt, this is true. However, has it ever occurred to you that there is another factor, perhaps far greater in its influence, which predisposes your gymnasts to success in school, particularly in their ability to read effectively? As a professional educator with over 20 years experience in public schools, as well as the former owner of Brown's Gymnastics Osceola in Kissimmee, Florida, my recent research is continuing to validate the direct result that gymnastics-type instruction has in developing neurological pathways in students. This enables them to be more successful in school than pupils not involved in sensory motor developmental activities comparable to those you offer.


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Background Information Brain research over the past 50 years, particularly during the last 10 years, has demonstrated a direct mind-body connection. Of particular interest is the research by Dr. James Fadigan, who holds a dual doctorate in neuroscience and psychology. Especially noteworthy to those in the gymnastics community is the fact that Dr. Fadigan was a world class trampolinist in his day. During his numerous years of research, he has worked with stroke victims who have lost function of one of the hemispheres of their brain yet have reached 75-80% recovery in as little as one year's time. Fadigan has spent an immeasurable amount of time reviewing the research of such educational, neuroscience, and psychology gurus as Pia get, Gardner, Guilford, Gagne, and Bruner. In a nutshell, Fadigan's research revealed that the brain develops its ability to process information as such:


From conception to two years, various sensory motor skills are developed;


Thereafter, 26 identifiable cognitive skills (or multiple intelligences) are acquired; and,


After further enhancement of these two areas, content assimilation occurs.

The most interesting manifestation regarding this process is that most public and private schools teach exclusively at the third level. Furthermore, when students in schools exhibit problems with assimilating content, remediation is given in the form of additional content: generally either one-on-one tutoring or small group instruction. Thus, America's public education system does not adequately address the need to get to the root of the children's problems by providing sensory motor training. Albeit, millions of dollars are spent annually for occupation therapists, physical therapists, and other specialists who work sporadically with exceptional education students exhibiting underdeveloped sensory motor skills. Dr. Fadigan has developed and markets a highly successful program to address development of both sensory motor and cognitive skills. As a physical education instructor with limited funds, minimal facilities, and an exceedingly high student to teacher ratio, I utilized my vast gymnastics coaching experiences, as well as my public education teaching experiences, to develop a SMILE Lab (Sensory Motor Intensive Learning Environment) to enhance the sensory motor skills of the students at our school. The results have been excellent!

SMILE Lab Development and Implementation When you started your gymnastics business, very likely you ran into financial challenges. As a physical education teacher, -----------------1(

in order to develop new and innovative programs, monetary constraints are likewise a major obstacle. In order to purchase necessary materials to begin implementation of the SMILE Lab, I was fortunate enough to write two $500 grant proposals which were funded by the Osceola Education Foundation, as well as being granted an additional $1,000 from the Ross E. Jeffries Parent-Teacher Organization. Activity mats which help children develop such skills as cross laterality, visual acuity, and both dynamiC and static balance were purchased. Over the past two years, the lab has been tweaked so that presently we can facilitate anywhere from one to 36 students at any given time. The lab consists of a series of stations, each of which works on one or more motor skills. Students ranging in age from 3 to 18 have effectively used the lab. The concept is similar to many pre-school gymnastics programs across America, which emphasize movement, movement, movement. Safety is of utmost importance, as balance activities are done on either the floor or balance beams which are only a couple inches off the ground. Students receive training and guidance on the expected movement activity at each station. Nevertheless, as students master each station, they are encouraged to engage in "higher order activities." For example, in lieu of merely walking forward touching heel-to-toe on the balance beam, students walk backwards touching toe-to-heel with each step. Furthermore, with each step, students recite this simple poem as they perform the related movement: "Heel to toe, nice and slow; bend my knee and count to three; one, two, three." Even pre-schoolers can quickly master both this poem and its accompanying movements. For more specific information on the stations of the SMILE Lab, contact Ralph Barrett via Internet at

Validating Results In the two years the SMILE Lab has been operating, numerous positive results are revealing a direct correlation between gymnastics related movement activities and enhanced reading scores. The initial research involved kindergarten and first grade classes from Ross E. Jeffries Elementary and another elementary school in St. Cloud, Florida. Students from Jeffries visited the SMILE Lab twice weekly for 12 weeks, while the students from the other school were not involved in special sensory motor activities. The research served as the main component of a doctoral dissertation, with positive results being generated by the Jeffries students. The Gates-McGinite Reading-Readiness Test was given prior to the beginning of the research project and after the project concluded. The test generated "statistically significant" increases in the readingreadiness levels of the students who regularly visited the sensory motor lab. During the 1998/99 school year, we continued to monitor the progress of this particular group of students at Jeffries Elementary. When administered the SAT for reading and math, the group demonstrated higher average test scores than their classmates who did not regularly visit the SMILE Lab.

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Graph I displays these results, as the first two columns show the average Normal Curve Equivalency (NCI) scores for the kindergarten students who were now first graders. For both reading and math, this group scored nearly 10% higher than

comparable first graders from the school. Columns five and six reveal the average NCE for a selected group of "at-risk" students who regularly visited the SMILE Lab during the last semester of the 1998 / 99 school year, as opposed to columns seven and eight, which indicate the average NCE of comparable at-risk students who did not participate in special sensory motor activities. The last two columns on the right side of the graph disclose the test results of at-risk students who attended the school's annex in a rural setting, nearly 30 miles to the years closest town.

Barrett's research, as well as over SO of related studies, serves as the impetus to begin promoting gymnastics, especially at the pre-school level, as a proven means to enhance students reading scores.

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Graph 3 represents STAR reading test results from September until December, 1999. For the school, the best results were generated by second graders, and within the second grade the best results were generated by those students who had participated in the doctoral dissertation research one and one-half years previously.














Perhaps the most dramatic results were revealed by Graph 1. This represents second grade students from the school who participated in the school's federally funded Title I lab. The initial two columns on the left show the average increase in Grade Level Equivalency on both a control group (which did not attend the SMILE Lab anytime during the research period) and an experimental group (which attended the sensory motor lab during the last porPion of the research period). While the control group remained relatively static in their average GLE scores, the group attending both the Title lab and the SMILE Lab showed remarkable increases, jumping from the mid-twenties to an over 40 percent increase. This represents "accelerated" learning; i.e., improving at a rate of nearly two years during only a one year span.



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First grade students who regularly attended the SMILELab as kindergarten sludents. Combined averages reading and mathscores far all first grade students in the study. AI-risk first grade students who attended SMILELab. At-risk sludents not attending SMILE Lab. Students attending school's "annex." Located nearly 30 miles from the school, the annex serves predaminately low income studenls whase parents wark an ranches or are migrant workers. No SMILE Lab was available 10 these students.



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Barrett's research, as well as over 50 years of related studies, serves as the impetus to begin promoting gymnastics, especially at the preschool level, as a proven means to enhance students reading scores (Not to mention the increase in self-confidence, muscular development, listening skills, and all the other characteristics attributed to successful pre-school, recreational, and competitive gymnastics programs). Indeed, Barrett was recently presented with the prestigious "Special Judges Award" from the Walt Disney Teacherrific Awards judging committee. SMILE Labs are now being duplicated in school districts throughout Central Florida. The lab can easily be implemented into a pre-school gymnas tics program . )} - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


Column 1: Combined average reading and malh increases in Grade Level Equivalency (GLE) from Oclober 1, 1998 Ihrough January 1, 1999 of al路risk second graders, as delermined by campuler generaled resulls eslablished while allending Ihe school's federally funded Title I Lab. Column 2: Same as Column 1; resulls for students who would later allend the SMILE Lab in addition to the ntle I Lab. Column 3: Scores of students from Column 1 who allended only the ntle I Lab; calculated from January 1, 1999 to March 1, 1999. Column 4: Scores of students from Column 2 who allended both the TItle I Lab and the SMILE Lab; colculated from January 1, 1999 to March 1, 1999.







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What About Your Gymnastst If possible, please take a little time to survey your current and former students to see how well they perform in school. If you send the results to Barrett via the Internet at, you w ill receive a copy of the compiled results. In addition to the positive impact gymnastics has on the physical development of children, as we continue to document the direct impact gymnastics has on learning, every gym owner will have another formidable marketing tool to promote the great sport to which you are committed. And isn't it always nice to have more students in your gym?

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About The Author Ralph Barrett has spent over 20 years teaching in public schools. Additionally, Barrett has over 20 years gymnastics coaching experience. With a master's degree in educational leadership, Barrett has been recognized for his ability to toke educational theory and put it into practice. His SM ILE Lab (Sensory Motor Intensive Learning Environment) was recently awarded the Walt Disney Teacheriffic Special Judges Award. The Lab is generating positive results in the areas of increased reading levels and math test scores of participants. The SMILE Lab incorporates best practices of gymnastics instructors.




*1'12 YRS.AFTER REG. LAB ATTEN DANCE STAR Reading Test Resulls, measuring average percentile scores. The first five columns denoted reading levels during September, 1999, while the last five columns demonstrate these levels as of December, 1999. The highest average levels dearly were demonstrated by second graders, especially those who allended the SMILE Lab regularly as kindergarten students, whose averaged approached the top quartile.

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Effective through High Expectation e2 lass Management By Lisa M. Curry


n order to be an outstanding preschool/recreational coach, you need to see yourself as more than just a coach who simply teaches forward rolls, cartwheels, and handstands. You need to identify yourself as a professional

educator. A teacher of discovery, life skills, and excellence along with all the wonderful physical fitness concepts we refer to as movement education. Children in today's society need teachers; effective teachers who are committed to student growth in all areas. Two important aspects of effective teaching are having high expectations and excellent classroom management skills.

High Expectations

"Each child is living the only life he has - the only one he will ever

An effective teacher always has high expectations for students. High expectations can also be called positive expectations. High expectations are not the same thing as high standards. Standards are levels of achievement. Positive expectations means that a teacher believes in every student and that all students can learn on their own individual levels. Research shows that a teacher's expectations seem to be linked with a student's self-concept and achievement. Therefore, it is essential that teachers ensure successful student experiences and reach high standards by exhibiting, with words and actions, high expectations.

have. The least we can do is not

Classroom Management

diminish it."

An effective teacher is an excellent classroom manager. Classroom management is the methods we use to empower students as they develop responsibility, build character, and master skills. Why should you have a management system? For the safe ty of all students, to set limits, and

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encourage learning. Classroom management is not discipline, it is much more. Classroom management is having a well-organized environment, an instructor who is well prepared, a discipline plan with rules, reasonable consequences / rewards, and students who follow consistent class procedures. First, the teacher needs to post rules along with consequences and rewards so that the students know from day one what is expected of them. The instructor also needs to specifically explain RULES

to parents and students what each rule means and review them frequently to ensure understanding. This is especially important in a gymnastics facility where safety is an enormous concern! A rule should be clear and specific, stated positively, and related to a behavior. If you have more than five rules, that is too many. Please remember that good consequences are also clear, specific, and logical, not a punishment. The best rules are simple! CONSEQUENCES



Listen to your teacher and follow di rections


Fun class!


Stay with your class

Redo behavior correctly with teacher's help



Keep your hands. feet. all objects to yourself

Miss a turn

High five

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Sit beside teacher for a few minutes


5. Land on your feet or seat in the pit

Talk to parents (safety)

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Second, effective teachers make sure to follow through with the discipline plan. Be calm, be fair, and be consistent. Use proximity, make direct eye contact, do not embarrass the student, and give immediate attention to consequences when rules are broken. It is crucial that a child knows the teacher finds his / her behavior unacceptable, not him / her as a person. Positive feedback and rewards should be given continuously. Once the discipline plan is in place the most important part of the classroom management plan, class procedures, should be implemented. Consistent class procedures should be taught for every task. The ability to teach procedures determines a teacher's effectiveness. Children do not know class procedures; they must be taught and practiced until they become a habit. Procedures are the backbone of a smooth-running class. The students always know what to do at the beginning of every class, what the attention signal is, proper use of equipment, how to move about the gym, and what to do at the end of class. These behaviors must be modeled, rehearsed, and reinforced. This does take time, but it is time well spent. The instructor who uses class procedures has a class that is free of confusion and wasted time.

"Teacher - you are a gymnast, as you encourage the contortions and gyrations of thoughts and the flexing and strengthening of ideas.

Many children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD thrive in an environment of routines and procedures. When students know how the class is structured they actually feel more secure and comfortable because they always know what is going to happen.

For example, this procedure can be taught as the attention signal.

Hopefully these ideas about high expectations and classroom management will give you some useful knowledge and inspire you a little. The truth is, being a professional educator is not easy. It takes extra work and a lot of effort. Teaching is more than doing activities, covering lesson plans, and teaching skills. Teaching is an ART; an artform that is more rewarding than you can ever possibly imagine, not only to you, but also to the children whose lives you are certain to impact. •

GIVE ME FIVE The teacher holds up one hand and says, "Give Me Five!" As the teacher counts to 5 aloud the students go through each of the five steps. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Stop Look at the teacher Be still Listen


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References and Additional Reading Williamson, Bonnie (1998). Teacher's Guidebook, Second Edition. Sacramento, CA: Dynamic Teaching Company. Wong, Harry K. and Wong, Rosemary T. (1998).

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CD Reserve your place at the very special Hall of Fame Dinner now! Congress attendees may purchase tickets at the discounted price of $75.00. This event will be open to the public beginning in May. Tickets will go on sale for $125.00 per person. Tables may be purchased in the Platinum Preferred Package for $1,000.00. (table of 10)


Congress hotels are selling out fast. There are still rooms available at the Sheraton and the Copley Plaza. Make your room reservations today!

We have recently received changes in the FIG Statues and Regulations effective immediately.These FIG rules will have a great effect on our issuance of sanctions with foreign athletes and coaches in attendance. We are reviewing all procedures. Please note that there will be time line and sanction fee changes. There will also be additional fees that may have to be paid to FIG. Foreign Sanction requests for the new upcoming season will not be approved until we have all of the necessary information and legal approvals in order. We are working on this now, and will keep you posted.



Member Clubs: Send in your Congress registration today. Don't miss out on the group discount.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL Meet Sanction Approvals for 2000-2001 are on hold until May/June

We will also have updates in the near future regarding the FIG rules and regulations concerning foreign athletes competing in the USA as a permanent club member or as a one-time trip exchange athlete. All of this information will be most important. We are working on getting this information out to our members as soon as all decisions are finalized.


2000-2001 Forms are being redesigned now and we plan to have these in the mail to the clubs by the end of May. A maximum of a $5.00 increase will take place in some membership categories. An announcement of exact fees will be announced soon.


We can not issue sanctions for the 2000-01 season at this time. The forms, fees, time-lines and insurance coverage are being reviewed and revised. This is being worked on now and approval for changes should be finalized by May 30, if not sooner. We are implementing the ability to request a sanction on-line beginning with the new season in August. This is great news! However, blanket sanctions will no longer be available for the new 2000-01 season.



New software is being developed for USA Gymnastics. One of the terrific benefits of this program is that people will be able to register on-line for Professional and Athlete memberships, as well as apply for domestic sanctions and pre-register for safety courses. The fees for registering on-line will be at the discounted rate of the 1999-2000 season. Watch for news on this in all future publications. We are planning a demonstration of this at Congress . •

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GARYANDERSON Gary Anderson of the MarVaTeens in Rockville, Maryland, was honored at this year's Capital Cup after 24 years of coaching, 20 years of ownership of the club, and creating the Capital Cup format which is now used at competitions all across the country. "1 sold the MarVaTeens gym in September, 1998, and this year's Capital Cup was the conclusion of the 18-month consulting and transition agreement I had with the new owner, Mike DiLeo. This was the last meet that I officially "coached." The MarVaTeen Parents Association presented Anderson with a plaque at the Capital Cup event. The plaque was inscribed "In Appreciation to Gary Anderson, Mr. MVT, for the success of the Nation's Capital Cup over the past 23 years and setting the standard by which all gymnastics meets are measured." The Capital Cup started in 1976 with six teams and six gymnasts per team. The Capital Cup is historically known for its sensational competition and ability to move meets along

quickly. It has been a 'stepping stone' for some of the Nation's most heralded elite gymnasts including: Marcia Frederick, Leslie Russo, Amy Koopman, Christa Canary, Linda Kardos, Mary Lou Retton, Brandy Johnson, Betty Okino and Dominique Dawes, to name a few! (continued on page 31)

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By Luan Peszek

Bobbi Montanari-Fahrnback and Kelly Coursin of Universal Gymnast in Columbus, Ohio, did a great job organizing National Gymnastics Day in their community last summer. Coursin organized an exhibition at Worthington Mall. She contacted the Marketing Director at the mall, set up a meeting and put the plans into action. The Ohio State Men's and Women's Teams, along with former national team member Drew Durbin, performed during the day. With the help of Spieth Anderson, who loaned them equipment to use, they set up a spring floor strip, " competition beam and preschool equipment for the demonstration. "We have a close working relationship with a guy at Spieth so we called our contact and he agreed to let us use the equipment for such a great cause," said Coursin. The day included exhibitions from class gymnasts, martial arts, hot shots, compulsory and optional level team gymnasts, and Ohio State gymnasts, who set up a pommel horse and performed for the crowd. Exhibitions ran consecutively throughout the day from 10:00-2:00. Tables were set up for information and brochures on their gym, the announcer kept the audience informed as to who was performing, a video station ran team videos and USA Gymnastics videos, and stickers and coloring stations provided additional entertainment for the younger children. Coursin sent a press release to the media using the information provided in the Member Club marketing kit and tailored it to her specific function. Media coverage included two items in a local paper and footage on the ABC local news station. Co ursin said, "Looking back, I wish we would have spent more time marketing our event to the media. We were in a

rush for time and didn't spend a lot of time calling the media. This year we'll spend more time working with the media prior to the event." Overall, Coursin said it was a huge success and a lot of fun for the gymnasts! "It provided a great deal of exposure for our gym and we're fortunate that our ',/ enrollment has increased all year long!"





• Spend a lot of time notifying the media, The small amount of coverage we received was a huge hit with the parents of our club and I wish we would have had more media, • Having a spring floor strip was a great choice because we were able to do a lot more tumbling than we would have been able to do otherwise, • Make sure you have plenty of help , Get lots of people to move equipment and talk to potential customers, Get every level of your club involved; this makes the event bigger and more successful! • Make sure you set up barriers to the equipment and have a full schedule of activities so you won' t have to worry about the public getting on the equipment. We began the program as the mall opened and started tear down as soon as we were finished, • Be flexible and go with the flow, National Team member Erinn Dooley was scheduled to make an appearance and sign autographs, however she had flight trouble and wasn't able to come, We made do! It's important to be flexible,

PLANS FOR 2000? "We're getting ready to move to a new facility in mid to late May so we may do something in-house this year to promote our new facility," said Coursin, •


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Technique is for you, so teLL us what's on your mind. Mail letters to: USA Gymnastics Technique Pan American Plaza 201 S. Capitol Ave., Ste. 300, Indianapolis, IN 46225. Email us at: or send a fax to 317-237-5069. Letters may be edited for clarity and space.

Letter to the Editor: In the January issue of Technique we enjoyed the article concerni ng aLternative medicaL approaches to treating Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder by Larry Nassar. It was an exceLLent article with much vaLuabLe information, but we wou Ld Like to add additionaL materiaL with your permission . First, the traditionaL treatment techniques that have proven to be somewhat effective with ADD/ADHD have been counseLing and medication. A reLativeLy new technique which has demonstrated great promise is neurofeedback or neurotherapy which is a drug free aLternative. The primary modaLity of neurofeedback therapy is the quantitative EEG (QEEG) which is sometimes referred to as brain mapping. Second, even though these three approaches to the treatment of ADD/ADHD have been found to be heLpfuL, treatment outcomes wouLd probabLy be significantly enhanced when these individuaL approaches are combined. A few other bits of information couLd be beneficiaL and reLevant to the gymnastics community concerning ADD/ADHD: a. ADD is generaLLy considered to be a neuroLogicaL disorder that becomes increasingLy disruptive during Late chiLdhood/earLy adoLescence. b. Estimates vary, but ADD/ ADHD is beLieved to affect 5-7% of aLL children in the U.S. c. The majority of those afflicted (as high as 80-90%) are maLes. d. By adoLescence, 50-70% of hype ractive children have failed one or more grades in school. Dr. Keith Henschen Ms. Jennifer Kilgore University of Utah College of Health Dept. of Exercise & Sport Science

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USA Gymnastics National Congress is the premier learning opportunity in the U.S. Lectures will run all three days in four blocks, two in the morning and two in the afternoon . Approximately 10 different lectures will be running in each time slot. Topics will be varied and cover all aspects of the gymnastics industry. Beginners, as well as seasoned veterans, will find lectures designed to increase their wealth of knowledge. The Exhibit Hall will be open every day and is a great place to interact, find a bargain, ask questions and learn. Let's not forget the night life. Boston, on its own, is one of the premier cities in the U.S. Add to that the Olympic Team Trials, a huge dance party, and over 2,000 of your closest gymnastics friends and you will find out why most National Congress attendees return year after year.




"Gymnastics Excellence Through Education" ADD UP THE VALUE! • Over 120 available congress sessions to choose from. Bring your entire team of professionals and return with more information. Many professional seminars begin at $399. USA Gymnastics National Congress is a deal at just $200! • Congress Dance Party included: a $35 value. • Free Exhibit Hall admittance worth $5 and up per day just to get through the door. • Congress briefcase filled with coupons, ideas and information, including the Congress Information Guide valued at over $50. • Learn from, interact with, and watch the best the U.S. has to offer. • Admission to the President's Address. • Discount tickets to the 2000 Olympic Trials.


Marketing & Managerial Sessions Staff Retention & Improvement Lectures Gymnastics Lectures: beginner to elite, all disciplines Plan on attending the New Club Owners' Business Conference Add-On


Over 100 vendors in the Exhibit Hall Your one-stop gymnastics shopping showcase Congress specials, promotions & discounts Save $$$$$ on shipping

EXCITING LOCATION • Rich in history, one of America's oldest cities • Convenient walking distance from all co-host hotels • Plan your family vacation around Congress • Cape Cod, Red Sox Game, the Freedom Trail, Martha's Vineyard, Cheers • A great convention in a fun city

IT'S WHERE YOU & YOUR STAFF BELONG • Improve all areas of your business in one exciting weekend • Member Clubs-Register your non-member class teachers as Instructor Members and bring them to Congress for $215 (the discounted price of $175+$40 Instructor Member fee). Save $85 • New: Beginner coaching & office management lecture series • Reward and educate your staff • Spread out, attend a variety of lectures, and share a wealth of knowledge • Professional Members & Member Clubs receive special prices on almost all Congress functions

IF KNOWLEDGE IS POWER••• THEN NATIONAL CONGRESS IS ESSENTIAL • Learn the latest information concerning: Technique, Training, Rules, Policies, Marketing, Routines & Business • Listen to and interact with the leaders of our industry in all areas • Attend the President's Address and be a part of the USA Gymnastics mission • Raise the level of safety awareness in your gym and across the USA


USA GYMNASTICS NATIONAL CONGRESS 2000 & U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS·GYMNASTICS HOST CITY Boston, Massachusetts " The Wa I ki n g Cit y " Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (671) 536-4100

CONGRESS DATES • Congress Sessions at Hynes Convention Center Friday, August 18-Sunday, August 20 Lectures 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (tentative times)

• Registration at Hynes Convention Center Begins Thursday, August 17, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Continues through Sunday starting at 8:00 a.m.

• Pre-Congress Add-Ons at Hynes Convention Center Thursday, August 17 (Additional fees, see Registration) Safety Certification KAT Certification PDP level 1 Video Clinic Notional Safety Instructor Course Notional KAT Instructor Course Women's Judges Certification Exams Rhythmic Notional Judging Course Trampoline & Tumbling level 1 Coaches General Gymnastics Seminar Club Owners Business Conference Member Club Website Training

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:00-5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 1:30·5:00 p.m. 1:00-5:00 p.m. (By Invitotion) 1:00-10:00 p.m. (By Invitotion) T8D 4:00-6:00 p.m. 1:00-5:00 p.m. 1:00-5:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 12:30-4:30 p.m. (By Invitation)

Please Note: Congress sessions begin early Friday and end late Sunday. The Women's Finals for Olympic Trials are on Sunday night. Suggested travel days for Congress are: In Wednesday (for add-ons) or Thursday and Out Monday.

• U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Gymnastics at the Fleet Center Men-Thursday, August 17 Women-Friday, August 18 Men-Saturday, August 19 Women-Sunday, August 20

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• $200 Pre-registration (postmarked by July 21, 2000) • $225 For on-site registration Non-Member Congress Registration

• $300 for Pre-registration (postmarked by July 21, 2000) $325 on-site registration NOTE: Use the Individual Congress Registration Form.

No Individual pre-registration forms will be accepted after July 21, 2000. After this date, you must register on site.

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USA GYMNASTICS MEMBER CLUBS For USA Gymnastics Member Clubs that pre-register their staff as a group (who are USA Gymnastics professional or instructor members) by June I, 2000, the following group discount will apply:

• $200 for the first listed person on the Member Club Congress Registration Form. • $175 each for the next listed staff members (up to five additional names) on the Member Club Congress Registration Form. NOTE: Member Clubs will receive this special Member Club Congress Registration Form on the Member Club website. It must be returned postmarked no later than June I, 2000 to receive this special group rate. CONGRESS DANCE PARTY Included in Congress registration Hynes Convention Center Ballrooms Saturday, August 19 • 9:30 p.m. CONGRESS EXHIBITION HALL Hynes Convention Center, Hall B 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! The Exhibit Hall will be open to all Congress participants Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Day passes to the exhibit hall for the general public will be available at the Congress Registration desk for $5.

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


Westin Hotel • Saturday, August 19 • 7:30 p.m. 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 7:30 p .m. The banquet will honor outstanding coaches, athletes and contributors and will 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 the Registration form and add $75 to your Congress Registration fee. Bring your wristband and you' re welcome to join the dance party when the Hall of Fame Awards Banquet and Ceremony of Honors dinner has concluded.


Affendees should keep in mind thot the Congress sessions are designed for adult gymnostics professionals who have paid to affend sessions in order to increase their professional skills and knowledge base. USA Gymnastics strongly discourages affendance of children in any Congress sessions. Congress Hosts and Hostesses will monitor entrance to Congress sessions to those displaying appropriate credentials.








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be distributed on first come, first serve basis upon receipt of Congress Registration Form. Additional tickets are $75 each and may be pre-orderecl with Congress registration. Language: The Official Language of Congress is English . USA Gymnastics will make no special provisions for translation of sessions into other languages.

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Room rates are a special rate for Congress and based on a Wednesday or Thursday to Monday stay. Please inform them you are with USA Gymnastics National Congress 2000 and U.S. Olympic Team Trials·Gymnastics. Special rates available August 15-22. Make your hotel plans very soon. Hotels will go fast! Don't delay. Hotel parking $23-28 per day.



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GARY ANDERSON (continued from page 17) The 'Capital Cup' format is a warm-up / compete format, with the gymnasts in and out generally within three-and-a-half hours. Gary is in his 20th year as the Regional Elite Director for Region VII and is also the Elite Coaches Association representative to the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors. "1 would very much like to continue to do these jobs and actually think 1 will do them better now that 1 have more time," said Anderson. ''I'm also looking forward to spending time with my wife Bonnie, three children and recent grandson. They've all taken a back seat to my compulsion and obsession of gymnastics over the past 37 years. Plus, I'm training for my first marathon!" Thanks to Gary Anderson for all of his contributions to the sport of gymnastics! •









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A site for the Rhythmic Eastern has been determined. It will be held in Brooklyn, New York on July 8-9, 2000

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Sunday, FebruanJ 6, 2000 Colorado Springs, Colorado


April 28-30 - Corbeil, France Judge - Rosa Litva Coach - Efrossina Anguelova Athlete - Jessica Howard, Lindsay Powell

Members Present Andrea Schmid - FIG Rep. Maureen Broderick - Technical Committee Chair Wendy Hilliard - Vice-Chair, Rhythmic


Efrossina Anguelova - Coaches Representative Brooke Bushnell- Coaches Representative Suzie DiTullio - JOPC Chair Vanessa Vanderpluym - Athlete Representative (via telephone) Jan Exner - Rhythmic Program Director (non-voting)

Motion-Wendy Hilliard Second-Suzie Ditullio Passed-7-0

Cindy French - Rhythmic Program Manager (non-voting) Bob Colarossi - USAG President (ex-officio) The meeting began with a welcome to Bob Colarossi who attended an RPC meeting for the first time. Bob charged the committee with developing a strategy for the next four years leading to 2004. He also reported on the current strategy for all four USAG disciplines on a policy regarding non-citizen athletes residing in the US.


IV. INTERNATIONAL CLUB COMPETITIONS Any club that wants to attend a club competition outside of the United States must request permission from the Rhythmic Program Director and receive written permission from USAG. Anyone who violates this rule will be subjected to certain sanctions to be determined according to the USAG Board of Directors. Motion-Wendy Hilliard Second-Suzie DiTullio Passed-7-0

March 25, 26 - Thais, France Judge - Alla Svirsky Coach - Efrossina Anguelova Athlete - Jessica Howard


April 14-15 - Portimao, Portugal Judge - Diane Massad Coach - Natalya Klimouk, Brooke Bushnell Athlete - Kate Jeffress, Brenann Stacker, Jacquelyn Jampolsky


Funding will be given to the clubs with the top five seniors and top four juniors from the Rhythmic Challenge in nominal equal amounts. Additional funding will be given to the athletes and coaches that travel internationally.

25 juniors and 15 seniors will advance in rank order from Level 9 Championships to the East and West competitions. Motion-Wendy Hilliard Second-Suzie DiTullio Passed-7-0

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VII. NON CITIZEN ATHLETES All athletes regardless of citizenship will be allowed to compete up to regionals and / or zones. Athletes must be U.S. citizens to compete at JO Nationals, East/West qualifying meets and National Championships. Motion-Andrea Schmid Second-Maureen Broderick Passed-S in fa vor, 2 opposed. Amendment: Non-citizen athletes will be allowed to compete at Level 9 Championships under separate award categories. (Qualification to Level 9 Championships is by score, not rank, therefore non-citizens will not take the place of any other eligible athlete.)

Passed-4 in favor, 3 opposed Amendment: Former national team members (junior or senior) who are non-citizens will be invited to the national championships as guests.

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USA Gymnastics Kinder Accreditation for Teachers program (KAT) conducted 53 workshops a nd accred ited 769 preschool instructors in 1999. Workshops were scheduled throughout the country and the new Marketing Pla n for the year 2000 "Hosting a KAT Workshop is Free" has spurred great response from clubs in many new locati ons to host a KAT workshop. The National KAT Instructor Tra in ing Seminar, held at the 1999 Nationa l Congress, trained 42 KAT In stru ctors, which enabl es USA Gymnastics to encompass a larger area and continue t o educate numerous preschool teachers. The record att endance at KAT workshops in 1999 is extremely gratifying to the st aff at USA Gymnastics, as we ha ve worked very diligently to introduce th e most updat ed a nd curre nt preschool information possible. Eac h teacher who attended a KAT workshop and received their certification was recognized in the February Technique magazine!

education program. This pilot workshop wi ll be conducted at the 2000 National Co ngress in Boston. "KAT" continu ing education programs are essential for the training of our preschool teachers. USA Gymnastics has publi s hed a NEW KAT WORKBOOK! The 1999 KAT workbook has updates relative to bridges, head stands, stretching, Atlantoaxial instability, new lesson plan s and much more! The new KAT workbook is available for $16.00 (includes shipping and handling) to everyone who has received their KAT certif icatio n prior to December 1998. Please ca ll Pat Warren at 317-237-5050 ext. 337 if you are interested in att end ing a KAT Workshop, hosting a KAT workshop or ordering the NEW KAT Workbook . â&#x20AC;˘

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will be organized to review the needs of the men's program. The timing of when to host the U.S. Championships and trials before World Championships and the Olympic Games was discussed. This sub-committee will report back to the MPC as they gather information about these future meets.


I. ROLL CALL Members Present:

Peter Kormann announced that he wanted to select Barry Weiner and Yoichi Tomita as his assistant coaches at the 2000 Olympic Games. Peter did not feel that it was a requirement for the job to have an athlete on the team. Barry Weiner was asked to step off the call until the vote had been taken.

Marc Yancey

Chair MPC & Jr. Coaches Rep.

George Beckstead

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Greg Corsiglia

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Tim Daggett

Vice-Chair for Men

Mark Williams

Sr. Coaches Rep.

Barry Weiner

Sr. Coaches Rep.

Chris Waller

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Mihai Bagiu

Athlete's Rep.

Peter Kormann

National Team Coordinator

Ron Galimore

Men's Program Director (voice, no vote)

Dennis McIntyre

Men's Program Manager (voice, no vote)

Peter Kormann reviewed the athletes who would be competing at various international events. The Senior Pacific Alliance meet will consist of Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger, Yewki Tomita, Sean Townsend and Steve McCain. The China Cup will have Paul Hamm, Morgan Hamm, Brett McClure, Trent Wells, and Mike Dutka.

Motion-Chris Waller Accept Peter Kormann's assistant coaches Second-Mark Williams Passed 7-0

II. FORMAT FOR 2001 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS AND COMPETITIONS BEYOND Ron Galimore described the direction of future meets and formats to be used at these events. A committee consisting of Ron Galimore, Marc Yancey, Tim Daggett and Peter Kormann

Meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m. EST Submitted by Mark Wells Williams, Secretary, USA Gymnastics Men's Program Committee.

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VAULT E-ELEMENTS 2.501 NEW Handspring on - tucked double salta forward off (Produnova) 10.0 P.

4.204 VARIATION OF 1/2_1/2 TURN Handstand on HB - giant circle backward to hands tand with 1/2 turn (180°) or 1/2-1f2 turn (180°-180°) in handstand phase, also with hop-change during 1'1 and/or 2nd 1/2 turn (180°), also with legs straddled during the 2 nd liz turn (180°) to hang

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7.206 NEW Handstand on HB - stoop in to seat (pike) circle forward through clear rear support (with beat of lower legs on HB) salta forward to catch in reverse grip in hang on HB

2.510 NEW Handspring on - stretched salta forward with 1 / 1 turn (360°) off (McIntosh) 10.0 P.

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UNEVEN lARS (-ELEMENTS 2.310 SUPPLEMENT Hang on HB - Swing forward on HB circa 45° deviation from vertical - counter flight backward straddled or piked (Ray) to handstand on LB, also with 1/ 2 turn (180°) in handstand phase

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UNEVEN lARS I-ELEMENTS 6.205 NEW (Handstand on HB -) Clear straddle circle backward on HB with 1 /2 turn (180°) to hang on HB

6.307 NEW Outer front support on LB Stalder backward with release and counter movement forward in flight to hang on HB (Ray )




4.408 SUPPLEMENT Handstand on HB - giant circle backward, counter

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2.211 SUPPLEMENT Wolf jump in cross or side position - take-off from both legs

~ 7.313 NEW Pike sole circle backward to handstand, with 1 / 2 turn (180°) in handstand phase to L grip

UNEVEN BARS E-ELEMENT 6.401 NEW Stalder forward in L grip to handstand, also with 1/2 turn (180°) in handstand phase (White)

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UNEVEN BARS D-ELEMENTS 2.401 SUPPLEMENT Cast to handstand with 1 / 1 turn (360°) or 11/2 turn (540°) in handstand phase (Onodi)



5.508 SUPPLEMENT & TEXT CLARIFICATION Handstand on HB - giant circle swing forward in L grip (rearways) with stretched body to handstand and 1/ 1 turn (360°) in handstand phase from L grip, on one arm (with side flair of one arm) to end in double reverse grip (Bi), also with hop to regular grip on one ann during 1/2 turn (180°) to inside and continue with 1/2 turn (180°) outward to end in L grip in handstand phase (Ling)


7.408 NEW Clear rear pike support on HB, circle swing backward and 1/2 turn (180°) with flight to handstand on LB (Teza)

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7.413 SUPPLEMENT Pike sole circle backward to handstand with 1/1 turn (360°) after handstand phase to mix-L or L grip (Maloney) or 11/2 turn (540°) to L grip (Lucke)

v 2.206 SUPPLEMENT & TEXT CLARIFICATION Straddle pike jump in cross position - or with 1/4 turn (90°) (same element), also straddle jump to hand support with swing down to cross straddle sit, also with 1/2 _3/4turn (180°-270°) (same element) to hand support with swing down to cross straddle sit

7.415 NEW Handstand on HB - Pike sole circle backward counter straddle-reverse hecht over HB to hand (Ray) - - - - - - - - - --

2.305 SUPPLEMENT ... also from cross position with 1/2 turn (180°) (Sekerova)

2.306a) SUPPLEMENT & TEXT CLARIFICATION .. .also straddle jump in side position to front side support or with hip circle backward (Furnon) with or without 1/4 turn (90°) (same element)

2.204 NEW Stride leap forward with change of legs to wolf position

2.405 SUPPLEMENT Hang on HB - uprise backward to handstand on HB with 1 / 1 turn (360°) or 11/2 turn (540°) (Reeder) in handstand phase


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2.311 SUPPLEMENT & TEXT CLARIFICATION Wolf jump with 1 h turn (180°) in cross position or 3/4 turn (270°) in side position (same element), also with 1/2 turn (180°) in side position (White)

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BALANCE BEAM D·ELEMENTS 1.418 NEW Handspring forward approach at end of beam salto forward to tucked stand (Kewitz)

7.409 NEW Flic-flac with step-out in side position (Tousek)


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1.307 SUPPLEMENT & TEXT CLARIFICATION Split leap forward with leg change (180° separation angle after leg change) and

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1.420 NEW Round-off in front of beam (at end), flic-flac with 1/2 turn (180°) and walkover forward (Dunn)

(90°) to side split leap (180°) or straddle pike position Qohnson), also with 1/2 turn (180°) or 3/4 turn (270°) (same element)

8.504 NEW Arabian saIto tucked (jump backward, 1/2 twist [180°], saIto forward)

turn (90°) to straddle pike position with landing in front lying support

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phase (180° separation angle after leg change) (Frolova)

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INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE CONFERENCE CALL December 1, 1999 Call commenced at 11:00 a.m.

February 23, 2000 12:00 p.m.

I. ROLL CALL Chairman Coaches Representatives

Athlete Representative Vice President for Women FIG Technical Committee Pres. Senior Director Women's Program National Team Coordiantor

I. ROLL CALL Roe Kreutzer Kelli Hill Steve Rybacki Donna Strauss Mary Lee Tracy Chari Hunter Joan Moore Gnat Jackie Fie Kathy Kelly Bela Karolyi

Chairman Coaches Representatives

FIG WTC Athlete Representative Vice Chairman Senior Director Women's Program

Roe Kreutzer Kelli Hill Mary Lee Tracy Donna Strauss Steve Rybacki (absent) Jackie Fie (absent) Chari Hunter (absent) Joan Gnat Kathy Kelly



The committee discussed the position(s) on the Selection Committee. K. Kelly withdrew her name in nomination. Kathy also conveyed Tanya Chaplin's thanks to those who nominated her, but would only serve if there was no one else. The committee agreed that whoever is recommended for the position must be in attendance at Championships, Olympic Trials and throughout the training until the final selection is made or have voice, no vote.

The committee was convened to act on making the recommendation for the 2000 Olympic Judges. Joan Gnat requested that the committee only consider what was best for the USA Team.

Recommendation to table the discussion until after OlympiC Committee approval of Selection Procedures.

Recommendation that Muriel Grossfeld (1 st choice) and Marilyn Cross (2 nd position) for the 2000 Olympic Games. Motion-Kelli Hill Second-Mary Lee Tracy / Donna Strauss PASSED

Motion-Kelli Hill Second-Donna Strauss PASSED

Kelly will communicate this recommendation to Mr. Colorassi and the FIG.

Call Adjourned at 11:50 p.m.

Call completed at 12:20 p.m.


Recommendation that the decision for the nomination for Olympic Judge be made the International Program Committee.

February 22, 2000 The Conference Call commenced at 3:00 p.m.

Motion-Jan Greenhawk Second-Tom Koll PASSED

I. ROLL CALL VP for Women WABC WTCC EPCC JOPCC Athlete Rep FIG-WTC Senior Director Women's Program President


Joan Gnat Jan Greenhawk Cheryl Hamilton Roe Kreutzer Tom Koll Larrissa Fontaine Jackie Fie (absent) Kathy Kelly Bob Colarossi

The JO Committee wishes to remain with the system it presently uses until after the end of this competitive year. They will bring forth a recommendation after their May meeting. The Elite Program Committee has made a recommendation that foreign athletes be allowed to compete in the elite program up to and including Classics and Challenge Meets. Recommendation to consider the wishes of both programs.

II. OLYMPIC JUDGE NOMINATIONS Joan asked that the committee deal with the issue of the OlympiC Judge first. Joan suggested that perhaps this is not the correct committee to make this decision. According to the bylaws, this committee does have the authority to delegate duties to another sub-committee.

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Motion-Roe Kreutzer Second-Cheryl Hamilton PASSED

Call ended at 3:25 p.m.

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Sr. Pacific Alliance Championships (M/W/ R) Level 9 Eastern Championships (W)


Level 9 Western Championships (W)

Christchurch, NZL Broadview Heights (Cleveland), OH Bartlesville, OK

MAY J.O. National Championships (M) J.O. National Championships (W) USOC Olympic Media Summit (M/W/ R) J.O. National Championships, Individual & Group (R) USA Gymnastics Executive Committee/ Board Meetings International Friendship Training Camp (W) J.O. National Team Training Camp (W) Mall Tour (M/W/ R)

Austin, TX Lansing, MI Houston, Texas Seattle, WA Indianapolis, IN Houston, TX Colo. Springs, CO TBD

1·4 3·4 6·8 11·18 23·25 23·25

Women's High Performance Coaches Seminar (W) Level 9 Championships (R) Region 8 Congress Men's Jr. National Team Camp U.S. Challenge (W) TeamGymn Judges Symposium (GG)


USA Gymnastics National GymFest & National TeamGymn Championships (GG) Rhythmic Western (R) GYM·2000 GymFest (GG) World Cup Competition·2 sites (TU) J.O. National Championships (TR/TU)

Chicago, IL Houston, TX Palm Harbor, FL Colorado Springs, CO Montville, NJ Emory University Atlanta, GA Emory University Atlanta, GA W. Bloomfield, MI Kristiansand, NOR Canada & U.S. Cincinnati, OH


JULY 7·9 8·9 26·29

U.S. Classic/ National Gymnastics Festival (W) Rhythmic Eastern (R) John Hancock u.S. Gymnastics Championships (M/W/R/TR/TU) Youth and Instructor Camp (GG) Region 4 Congress (W)

Tulsa, OK Brooklyn, NY Sf. Louis, MO

13·19 15 22·2B

16·17 31·Apr. l


J.O. National Championships (M) Level 9 East/West Championships (W) J.O. National Championships (W)

Minneapolis, MN TBD Eugene, OR

Elite Regionals (W) Natonal Gym Fest (GG) tentative American Sokol National Slet (GG)

TBD Nashville, TN Detroit, MI

U.S. Challenge (W) U.S. Classic/ National Gymnastics Festival (W) Elite Regionals (international Only) (W) Rhythmic Eastern (R) Rhythmic Western (R) U.S. classic/National Gymnastics Festival (W) World Championships & Age Group Games (TR/TU)


John Ho ncock U.S. Gymnostics Championships (M/W/R/TR/TU) USA Gymnastics National Congress World Games (R/TR/TU ) World University Games CongressFest (GG)


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1·4 16·0ctober 1 22·24 29·0ctober 1

TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD 20·22 26·Aug. 4

Indionopolis, IN Phoenix, AZ New Orleans, LA Rome, ITA TBD

NOVEMBER Pontiac International Team Championships (M/W Srs.) FIG Congress Jr. Pon American Championships Future Stars Notionol Championships (M) Coaches Workshop (M) Fall TeamGymn Classic (GG) PAGU Children's Interclub Championships

Richmond, VA Marrakech, MAR Buenos Aires, ARG TBD TBD TBD Mexico

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Various Sites Various Sites

Level 9/ 10 Regional Championships (W) Level 10 Regional Championships (W) NCAA Regionals (W) NCAA Regionals (M) USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships (M/W) USA Gymnastics National Invitational Tournament (W) NCAA National Championships (W) NCAA National Championships (M) J.O. National Championships, Individual & Group (R) Level 9 Championships (R)


National TOPs Testing·East (W) National TOPs Testing·West (W) Reese's Gymnastics Cup (M/W) FIG Intercontinental Judges Course (R) Post·Olympic Tour (M/W/ R/TR/TU)

Pontiac International Teom Championships (M/W Srs/Jrs) TBD Level 10 State Meets (W) Vorious Sites

21·22 28·29 TBD TSD TBD TBD 19·21 TBD TBD TBD

Boston, MA Boston, MA


TBD Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis, IN TBD TBD TBD Orlando, FL

NCAA Regionols (W) Level 10 Stote Meets (W)

12 15·20 18·20

Santa Clara, CA Sydney, AUS Portland, OR Virginia Beach, VA

Visa Gymnastics Series Qualifier 11 (M/W) FIG Continentol Brevet Course (W) USAG Continental Brevet Course (W) USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge (M) RhythmiC Challenge (R) American Classic& American Challenge (W) Visa American Cup Championships (M/W)

7 7·8


Region 1 Congress (M/W/ R/ GG) Olympic Games (M/W/ R/TR) Region 2 Congress (W) Region 7 Congress (W)

Arnhem, NED TBD Bratislava, SVK

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NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY U.S. Olympic Trials (M/W/ R) USA Gymnastics National Congress

FIG Intercontinental Judges Course (W) Visa Gymnastics Series Qualifier 1(M/W) FIG Intercontinental Judges Course (TR/TU)



11 ·12 13·15 21·27 TBD TBD TBD TBD



Sf. Louis, MO St. Louis, MO

13·15 20·22 20 30·Nov. 5 TBD·TBD 2001


FEBRUARY 3 6·10 11 ·15 TBD TBD TBD 24

3·6 11 ·13 18·20

26·29 27·30


Tulsa, OK Indianapolis, IN Prague, CZE Dessau, GER


20·25 28·30

24·25 TBD TBD 27-July 3

National TOPs Training Camp (W) USA Gymnastics Executive Committee/ Board Meetings FIG Intercontinental Judges Course (M) Trampoline World Cup Finals (TR)



4·7 5·7 11·15 12·14 19·21 23·28 26·30 May·Sept.

DECEMBER 6·10 8·1 0 13·20 16

AUGUST 8·11 9·11 16·26 22·Sepf. 1 TBD

TBD Akita, JPN Beijing, CHN TBD


World Team Trials (M/W)


Rhythmic World Championships·lndividuals (R)

Vienna. AUT


TEe H N IOU E • APRI L 2000

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10 Stroudsburg, PA; 1-5:30 p.m.; course pf061 OOOpa; International Gym Camp, 9020 Bartonsville Woods Rd; Local contact: Bruno Klaus 570-625-0244; Instructor: Phil Fronk 856-786-3977 11 Tampa, FL; 9 a.m. -1 p.m.; course m10611 0011; Lightning City Gymnostics; Region VIII Mini Congress; Local contact: Lightning City Gym 813-558-0035; Instructor: Marci Levine 305-861-8753 11 Bristol. CT; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; course 1c0611 OOct; 100 Fair St; Instructor: Liz Cornish 860-585-9524 23 Mandeville, LA; 6-10 p.m.; course cg0623001a; North Shore; Locol contact Susan Summers 504-624-8310; Instructor: Caesar Garcia 225-275-4210

JULY 15 Hilliard, OH; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; course bf0715000h; Universal Gymnasts, Inc. 2881 Scioto Darby Executive Court; Instructor: Bobbi Fahrnbach 614-457-1279; 614-876-2930 23 Middletown, RI; 1-5 p.m.; course mf072300ri; Newpport County YMCA; Instructor: Mike Franco 401-789-8096

AUGUST 4 Worthington, OH; 1-5 p.m.; course bf0804000h;Thomas Worthington H.S.; Instructor: Bobbi Farhnbach 614-7779430, 614-876-2930

SEPTEMBER 17 Bethlehem, PA; 9 a.m.-l :30 p.m.; course pf091700pa; Girls & Boys CoOp, 635 East Brood Sf.; Locol contact: Sandy Greiner 610-861-9151 ; Instructor: Phil Frank 856-786-3977

OCTOBER 21 Hilliard, OH; 4-8 p.m.; course bfl 021990h; Universal Gymnasts, Inc.; 2881 Scioto Darby Executive Court; Instructor: Bobbi Farhnbach 614-457-1279; 614-876-2930


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