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NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY National Gymnastics Day is set for August 25 and this year, in conjunction with the event, USA Gymnastics will conduct our first nationwide Cartwheel-A-Thon. I hope you've begun planning for this special celebration of our sport. I am pleased to inform you that gymnastics legends Bela Karolyi and Mary Lou Retton will be the chairs of National Gymnastics Day. Furthermore, USA Gymnastics and the Children's Miracle Network recently formed a partnership to support the Cartwheel-A-Thon. This partnership is unique in that the money raised for the Cartwheel-A-Thon will go directly toward saving lives of children in your own community. Participating in the Cartwheel-A-Thon also provides a great opportunity to earn media attention and attract potential students to your club. Read page 24 or log on to to find out how to get your gym involved in the National Gymnastics Day Cartwheel-A-Thon. Let's work together to make National Gymnastics Day a success once again.

CONGRESS Congress is fast approaching and plans are we ll underway. The Philadelphia Marriott will be an excellent setting for Congress. Once again we have compiled an impressive list of over 130 speakers to present the most up -to-date information in our sport from business to safety to skills. Congress will also be the first time that the brand new safety certification program will be introduced. Please remember that you need to pre-register for any add-ons, especially the Business Owner's Conference which sold out last yea r. Be sure to book your room at the Marriott now as it could sell out, and also order your tickets to the U.S. Championships to take advantage of the special Congress participant rate. I am excited to report that the Congress exhibit hall has completely sold out its 165 booths, so you can expect many excellent sales and discounts. On that note, the USA Gymnastics merchandise booth in the exhibit hall will offer the latest in all technical materials such as the new Code of Points and technical handbooks. You can save the cost of shipping by buying them in Philadelphia.

HE GOODWILL GAMES The Goodwill Games are August 29-September 9 in Brisbane, Australia . In the spirit of the competition, USA Gymnastics and the Goodwill Games have teamed up to develop the Athlete Ambassador Scholarship Program . It is an essay writing opportunity for kids 13-17 years of age to express how gymnastics has positively impacted their life. The grand prize winner will earn a $2,000 educational grant and a trip to Brisba ne to be honored as the youth ambassador for USA Gymnastics. 20 more finalists wi ll also be chosen. This is a great opportunity for all kids, so please encourage your gym students to get involved. Check our website,, for complete details and an entry form .

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his paper was written in an effort to describe some of the basic biomechanical issues surrounding the training and performance of uneven parallel bar back salto flyaway dismounts. The dismount is common in gymnastics and is seen first in Level 6 compulsory competition. This dismount involves fundamentals for many higherlevel dismounts and release moves.


BIOMECHANICS To begin evaluating the performance of the salto, a basic understanding of the underlying biomechanics is necessary. This understanding includes vocabulary and concepts described in the following paragraphs. When performing a swinging activity on the uneven bars, the axis of rotation is at the bar. This does not imply that the body is not rotating, but simply states that the point around which the body is rotating is where the hands meet the bar. The speed of the rotation is termed angular velocity and contributes to the gymnast's angular momentum. Angular momentum is analogous to the quantity of energy the gymnast has and is a function of body shape and mass. The shape and mass of the body also determine how difficult it will be to start and stop rotation. This is termed the moment of inertia (MOl) and is formally defined as a body's tendency to resist acceleration (Newton's 1st Law). An object with a large MOl requires more energy to rotate than one with a smaller MOL Every rotating gymnastics skill requires a certain amount of energy to be completed successfully. For the uneven parallel bar back salto dismount, this angular momentum is obtained from the swing that precedes it, energy stored in the rail and muscle tension. Body mechanics affect both the angular velocity and MOl and therefore impact the angular momentum (or energy) available at the point-of-release. After release, this ------------------------------~(~__r_E_c_H_N_'O~U_E__ ._J_UN_E_2_0_01__~)~----------------------------~s~1

energy is then used to complete the salto. Therefore, the amount of available energy affects the performance of the skill. The swing and release point are extremely important. The final biomechanical concept related to this discussion is center-of-mass (COM) . This is the theoretical balance point that every object has. Its location is a function of body shape (mass distribution) and is not always located within the volume of the body. It has a different location in the positions of tuck, pike, or layout. In a gymnast, it is linked to the concept of MOl in that a body in freeflight will rotate around its COM.

body mechanics and point-of-release. If the point-of-release occurs when the gymnasts COM is going straight up, then maximum height would be achieved with little distance from the bar (C). The extreme case would be a late release that results in a flight path that would bring the gymnast closer to the bar (D). This is probably the most dangerous point-of-release since there is the potential for the gymnast to contact the bar during the salto. Finding the balance between height and distance is where coaching comes in.

Figure 1 illustrates the relationship of the point-of-release to direction-of-flight for a simple weight on a string. When the weight leaves the drcular path, its initial direction will be tangent to the path at the point-of-release (A). Gravity then acts on the object to slow its ascent and reaccelerate it as it descends resulting in a parabolic flight path. For the gymnast, release at a 45· angle from horizontal (8) would maximize both height above the bar and the distance from the bar at which the height is reached during the flight phase. These can be proportionally increased with an increase in angular momentum prior to the point-of-release (swinging faster) . Applying this concept to the salto dismount can create a problem. Gymnasts typically begin learning this skill from a swing. Asking the gymnast to swing faster (e.g., start the salto from a handstand or giant swing) often results in timing changes that encourages th~ gymnast to modify his/her

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During the performance of a salto flyaway dismount, the gymnast must release the bar. The direction of flight is controlled by the direction of the COM at the point-of-release. The quantity of angular momentum is also defined at this point and does not change until the gymnast lands. During flight, the gymnast may manipulate hisjher MOl resulting in changes in their angular velodty. As an example, tucking after release decreases the gymnast's MOl and results in a compensatory increase in angular velocity (because angular momentum must remain constant, i.e., be conserved). A layout position would do the opposite. The total angular momentum in the system remains constant in the absence of external torque (as might be supplied by a spotter).

Figure 1 - The re lationship between point-of-release and direction-of-flight for a weight on a string model.

THE SALTO Figure 2 illustrates the components of what will be called the "optimal" salto dismount from release to landing. As mentioned

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before, the goal of the swing that precedes the salto is to gain sufficient angular momentum (or energy) to complete the airborne rotation phase of the skill (Figure 2-A). If two objects have the same angular velocity but different moments of inertia, the object with the larger MOl will have the most energy. Agymnast in an extended body position has a larger MOl than when he/she is tucked. Therefore, the gymnast should have more energy to deliver to the salto if he/she is able to swing as fast in the extended position as in the tucked position prior to release. Additional energy can be gained through the independent rotation of body segments. The tap-swing is an example of the total body COM having one rotational velocity around the bar and the gymnast's legs having a different rotational velocity around their hip. These energies sum to create the total angular momentum of the system. A gymnast can significantly increase the amount of energy available for the dismount by using a tap-swing technique. This technique should only be taught to higher-level gymnasts.

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The extended body position also affects the direction of the COM at the point-of-release (Figure 2-8). If the gymnast is tucking as he/she releases, the direction of the COM may be more vertical than if the body was extended at the same release point. This often contributes to a salto that stays close to the bar. Height may also be compromised due to the decrease in angular momentum that results from the decreased MOL After release, the axis of rotation transfers from the bar to the gymnast's COM (Figure 2-C). If no additional energy is added to the system, then the angular momentum will be constant until the landing phase of the skill. This again illustrates Newton's Laws of Motion and introduces the concept of conservation of angular momentum. The gymnast can control the amount of rotational velocity by increasing or decreasing the MOL In coaching terms, they tuck to flip faster and extend to slow down (Figure 2-D&E). The obvious goal is to control the release point and rotational energy to first commit the skill to the perfect trajectory and then to control the rotational velocity of the salto by tucking or extending to allow a successful landing. The following section will discuss what happens when the gymnast executes the skill with poor technique. see Salto, page 28 ~ --------------------------------~(


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The purpose of the program is not to train future gymnasts, but to introduce each child to the sport, promote each chiLd's physical, mentaL, sociaL and emotionaL growth, and become a feeder program to your gym. The far-reaching benefits of this program cannot be overestimated. The concept of mobile gymnastics evoLved from a need, dictated by our changing society. If you take the program to the peopLe, you'll increase your numbers. A number of years ago, some gyms began providing transportation of children to their Location. WhiLe this service offered the advantage of convenience, it created a new set of concerns for the business owner and for parents; the insurance costs invoLved in transporting chiLdren; concerns about safety; and time wasted in travel. Another concept is the mobiLe satellite gymnastic program, in which instructors transport their equipment to daycare centers-but this, too, has its disadvantages; the extra work and potentiaL "burn-out" invoLved in carrying equipment back and forth, and the time required for set-up and break-down before and after each session.

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Buildin...-_Bone Density Osteoporosis, known as the silent epidemic, is a metabolic disease characterized by an excessive loss of bone mineral mass. Osteoporosis most commonly effects elderly women. It is estimated that 1.5 million fractures occur each year resulting in over $10 billion in medical costs. Why is this important? There is no cure for osteoporosis; prevention is crucial. Bone mineral mass is continually formed from infancy to young adulthood. Peak bone mass, the hi ghest level of bone mineral density accumulated, is achieved by the age of 30. However, most bone density accumulation occurs duri ng the ado lescent growth spurt. Optimizing bone mass accretion will help lessen the risk of frac.tures as women age. There are a number of factors that influence the attainment of peak bone mass. Heredity accounts for 60 to 80 percent of bone mineral accretion . Nutrition and exercise habits can be modified to enhance bone mineral density. The Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Science released new Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) for calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D in August of 1997. All of these nutrients are important in bone health . Ninety-nine percent of body calcium is found in the skeleton. Phosp horus is an equally important mineral in bone density. Vitamin D is a precursor to calcitriol, a hormone that stimulates calcium absorption and bone remodeling. These new recommendations reflect the latest research in relation to optimizing bone density. Calcium is of particular concern because of the diminished intake seen in adolescents. Recent studies have revealed that teens are only consuming ~800 mg calcium/day compared to the new recommendation of 1300 mg/day. Teens, especially fema les, start to shy away from dairy products at this time as they tend to choose more empty calorie beverages.

Another modifiable factor that enhances bone density is weight bearing exercise. Weight bearing exercise provides mechanical loads to the skeleton that helps stimulate bone minerali zation. Gymnastics is an example of a weight bearing exercise that can improve bone mineral density.

There are a number of published studies that demonstrate this effect. Investigators from Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, examined bone minera l density (BMD) in females 7-9 years of age. The investigators compared BMD of 14 gymnasts, 14 swimmers and 17 control subjects. The gymnasts were either level 5 or 6 competitors and the swimmers were either synchroni zed or speed swimmers. The control subjects were not involved in sports on a year around basis. Total body BMD was significantly greater in the gymnasts than t he other two groups. Investigators from t he Department of Kinesiology and the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences from Texas Woman's Uni versity examined BMD in college-aged females. Bone mineral density was measured in 11 gymnasts and 11 control subjects. Bone mineral density (lumbar and femoral neck regions) was found to be significa ntly higher in the gymnasts than the controls. These are only two examples of a number of studies that show the positive effects of gymnastics. The mechanical loads of gymnastics, result in higher BMD in females at a va riety of ages.

adolescent females can affect their ability to achieve peak bone mass. Gymnasts are involved in a sport that enh ances BMD. Emphasizing the importance of a diet adequate in calcium, along with other nutrients, will help optimize the accretion of bone mineral density. The following page is provided as a handout for your gymnasts to assess their calcium intake. If you do not cover nutrition on a regu lar basi s at your gym, consult the USA Gymnastics Referral Network (list can be found on www . /wellnes s / ) fur a Registered Dietitian in your area or co ntact the American Dietetic Association for an appropriate referral. References: •

Nutrition & the M.D., Vol. 22, No.7, July 1996.

Nichols, et al., The effects of gymnasts training on bone mineral density. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Vo l. 26, No. 10, pp. 12201225, 1994. Cassell, et al., Bone mineral density in elite 7- to 9-yr-old female gymnasts and swimmers. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Vol. 28, No. 10 pp. 1243-1246, 1996. Food and Nutrition board, Institute of Medicine, (1997). Dietary reference

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calcium. (Vegetables also have substances called oxalates and phytates which bind calcium, so it isn't absorbed as well.) * Calcium is better absorbed with vitamin C, which is found in citrus

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GYMNASTICS hiladelphia • August 8-1 1, 2001 WHO SHOU LD ArrEND? • Gymnastics Coaches & Teachers: All Levels, Boys, Girls, Artistic, Rhythmic, General Gymnastics, Trampoline & Tumbling • Gymnastics Coaches For Y's, Recreation Programs, High Schools • Physical Education Teachers • • • •

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• Cheerleading Coaches • Aspiring Coaches and Judges

USA Gymnastics National Congress is the premier learning opportunity in the U.S. Approximately 70 different lectures will be running in any 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. Add to that the U.S. Championships, a huge dance parfYt and over 2,000 of your closest gymnastics friends and you will find out why most National Congress attendees return year after year.

WHAT A DEAL! • More than 120 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 $205! • Congress Dance Party included: a $35 value. • Free Exhibit Hall admittance worth $5 per day. • Congress backpack 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. • Discount tickets for the 2001 U.s. National Championships.

UNDERSTANDING THE UNIQUE & SPECIALIZED NEEDS OF YOUR BUSINESS • Marketing & Managerial Sessions. • Staff Retention & Improvement Lectures. • Gymnastics Lectures: beginner to elite, all disciplines. • Plan on attending the Club Owners' Business Conference Add-On.


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

IT'S WHERE YOU & YOUR STAFF BELONG • Improve all areas of your business in one exciting weekend.

• Beginner coaching & office management lecture series. • Member Clubs-Register your non-member class teachers as Instructor Members and bring them to Congress for a discounted price. Contact Loree Galimore. • 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.

EXCITING LOCATION • Rich in history, one of America's oldest cities. • Plan your family vacation around Congress.

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. • Raise the level of safety awareness in your gym and across the USA.


HOT E L Congress Location: Philadelphia Marriott 1201 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 625-2900 • Special rate of $149 single/ double, $169 triple/ quad - Book your rooms early and mention USA Gymnastics for this special rate. • Convenient location with excellent train, bus and airline services connected to the Gallery Mall in downtown Philadelphia.

• The Marriott Hotel is both the host hotel and Congress site. • Eight miles from Philadelphia International Airport with easy train ride from airport to hotel. • Within walking distance to numerous historic and cultural sites. For complete travel arrangements and Congress discounted prices call 1-888-603-8747, fax 1-806-798-9233, or e-mail

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U.S. CLaIDpionships *Subjecllo changes

Wednesday - s/ s Add-,On Courses and Se ... inars 8 a.m .-5 p.m .......... 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m . ... .. . 9:30 a.m. -5 p. m. . . . . . . 1-4 p.m......... .....

Business Owners Conference Certification Courses and Seminars Congress Registration Booths Open U.S. Championships Jr. Men's AA & Event Finals

7 p.m .............. . U.S. Championships Sr. Men AA Prelims & Event Finals

Thursday - S/9, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m .. . . .. .. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m ... ..... 10:30- 11 :30 a.m .... ... 11 :30 a.m.-4 p.m ... .... 1-3: 30 p.m . .. .... . ...

Congress Registration Booths Open Congress Sessions Exhibit Hall : Gym Club Owners Preview Exhibit Hall : Open To Al l Congress Participants U.S. Championships Jr. Women AA Prelims & Event Finals

7 p.m ......... ... . .. U.S. Championships Sr. Women's AA Prelims & Event Finals

Friday - S/10 7:30 a.m.-3: 30 p.m ..... 8 a.m .-4 p.m . . . ..... 8 :30 a.m.-4 p. m....... . 10 a.m.-1 :30 p.m .......

Congress Registration Booths Open Exhibit Hall Open Congress Sessions U.S. Championships Rhythmic Jr. AA Competition 2:45-6: 15 p.m ... . . .. .. U.S. Championships Rhythmic Sr. AA Competition 7 p.m............... U.S. Championships Men's AA Finals

Salurday- 8/11 8 a.m.-3 p.m .. ........ Congress Registration Booth Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m ..... . .... Exhibit Hall Open 8 a.m.-4: 15 p.m ..... . . . Congress Sessions 1-3:30 p.m . . . . ..... .. U.S. Championships Jr. Women AA Finals 2-4 p.m ... . .. . '.. . .. .. U.S. Championships Rhythmic Jr. & Sr. Event Finals 6 p.m . . ..... ..... ... U.S. Championships Sr. Women's AA Finals 9:30 p.m .. .. . . ....... Dance Party





• Registration at Marriott Begins Wednesday, August 8, 9:30 a.m.

• Pre-Congress Add-Ons at Marriott Wednesday, August 8 (TImes subject to change)

(Additional fees, see Registration) Safety Certification KAT Certification MELPD Certification 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.-4:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 1:00-5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 12:30-4:30 p.m. (By Invitation)

Date and Time TBD

(Additional fees, see Registration) National Safety Instructor Course Nationol KAT Instructor Course Women's Judges Certification Exams Rhythmic National Judging Course


(By Invitation) (By Invitation)

CONGRESS DANCE PARTY Included in Congress registration Marriott Hotel Saturday, August 11 • 9:30 p.m.

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



RATES AND REGISTRATION DATES Individual USA Gymnastics Professional & Instructor Members

• $205 Pre-registration (postmarked by July 13, 2000) • $230 For on-site registration Non-Member Congress Registration

• $305 for Pre-registration (postmarked by July 13, 2000) $330 on-site registration NOTE: Use the Individual Congress Registration Form. No Individual pre-registration forms will be accepted after July 13, 2000. After this date, you must register on site.

Congress Attendees with special needs must notifij USA Gymnastics in writing in this regard prior to the July 13 preregistration deadline. We suggest that this information be included with their Congress Pre-registration Form.

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 Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 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. USA GYMNASTICS POSITION ON CHILDREN (GUESTS) ATTENDING CONGRESS SESSIONS Attendees should keep in mind that the Congress sessions are designed for adult gymnastics professionals who have paid to attend sessions in order to increase their professional skills and knowledge base. USA Gymnastics strongly discourages attendance of children in any Congress sessions. Congress Hosts and Hostesses will monitor entronce to Congress sessions to those displaying appropriate credentials.





at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA

* Convenient location to Congress * August 8-11, 2001

* Watch

the crowning of prestigious National Championship titles along with qualification to the u.s. Team for the upcoming World Championships in Belgium for the men and women.

AnENTION ALL GYMNASTICS CLUBS! Want to participate in discounted ticket sales program ($75 all session ticket) to the U.S. Championships for your clients? Plus, you can earn a rebate for your club, VIP tickets and credentials, entry into the spirit competition, and a club listing on our web page and program. Visit our web site and simply download the information and sign up to participate. General public tickets are available at the Liacouras Center Ticket Office, all Ticketrnaster outlets, charge by phone at 215-336-2000, or

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All Session Ticket for only $65. That's a $135 ticket value. USA Gymnastics has discounted individual sessions and packaged Free Tickets to all Junior and Rhythmic events. What a deal! Available only to National Congress registrants. USA Gymnastics wants you, our valued members, to attend the most important U.S. gymnastics competition of the year and support your USA National Team. Sign up for National Congress and you will receive the information on this program. Limited tickets available, register early.




Minimum age for Congress registration is 16.




No Pre-Registration after July 13 After July 13 you must register on-site


Complete one Form per person-Photocopy for additional Registrations.

Your Pro or Instructor Address (listed in the USA Gymnastics member database) will be used for all correspondence. CONGRESS COSTS PRO & INSTRUCTOR MEMBERS NON-MEMBERS $305 Pre-registration (postmarked by July $205 Pre-registration (postmarked by July 13) $330 for on-site registration $230 for on-site registration Name .. Birth date .


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Must check club owner box for admittance to Exhibition Hall Preview Check all that apply: 0 Member Club Owner 0 club Owner

0 Coach 0 Judge 0 Regional Chair 0 National Chair Men's Artistic 0 Women's Artistic 0 Rhythmic 0 Trampoline and Tumbling 0 Group Gymnastics

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please return this registration form to: USA Gymnastics Congress, Pan American Plaza, Suite 300, FAX: 317-237-5069 ATTENTION: MEMBER SERVICES

201 S. Capitol, Indianapolis, IN 46225


• Credential for entrance to Congress sessions and clinics August 9-1 1, 200 1. • Entrance to the Exhibit Hall featuring the industry's finest products and services. • One ticket to the Congress Dance Party on Saturday evening, August 11 . (Additional Congress Dance Party tickets for spouse/guests are $35 each-available at on'site registration).

Language: The Official Language of Congress is English. USA Gymnastics will make no special provisions for translation of sessions into other languages. Congress Attendees with special needs must notify USA Gymnastics in writing in this regard prior to the July 13 preregistration deadline. We suggest that this information be included with the Congress Pre·registration Form.

CANCELLATION POLICY All cancellations must be in writing. Before July 13th - registration fee less $30 service charge per person canceled After July 13th - 50% of registration fee per person canceled Submit request in writing to USA Gymnastics, Attention: Cathy Allen Videotaping: Videotaping of Congress sessions is permitted FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY unless the Session Presenters announce that his/her session may not be videotaped. NO REFUNDS after AUGUST 15, 200l. SUBSTITUTION FEE:

Congress Attendee Substitution Fee: $25 if received in writing BY August 3. $50 after August 3.

2001 CONGRESS ADD-ONS REGISTRATION FORM No Pre-Registration after July '3 After July , 3 you must reg ister on-site for a $25 additional late fee per course per person










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


Use this form to register for the 2001 Congress tests, examinations, certifications, etc. One form per person. Photocopy for additional add-on registrations. NOTE: Your Pro or Instructor Address (listed in the USA Gymnostics member dalobasel will be used for all correspondence• Name .... Birth date


.............................. ... .............. .......................... ........ Social Security No. ! ! ................ USA Gymnastics Pro/lnst. #

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General Gymnastics Seminar a Wed. August 8, l-S p.m.

Minimum age for Safety Certification is 16

Wed. August 8, 8:30·12:30 p.m.



For recerts. MUST be currently safety certified AN Da pro-member. For those not already safety certified.


$0 $50



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Women's Judges Certification Exams a TBD

Wed. August 8, 1·5 p.m.



For recerts. MUST be currently safety certified AND a pro-member. For those not already safety certified.

$0 $50



$100 0

Minimum age is 16.

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Wed. August 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $140 $140 $165 0 NOTE: Pre-registration guarantees a KAT Workbook. Enrollment is limited.

Minimum age is 16.




Club Owners Business Conference

Congress Attendees with spedal needs musl notify USA Gymnastics in writing in this regard prior to the July 13 pre-registralion deadline. We suggest that this informalion be included with the Congress Pre·registration Form. Videotaping: Videotaping of Congress sessions is permitted FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY unless the Session Presenters announce that his/her session may not be videotaped.


Charge to:


0 Discover 0 Mastercard

Card No . .. Exp. Date ...


Limited enrollment.

Member Club Website Training Session Wed. August 8, 9-11 a.m. (Subject to change)


no special provisions for translation of sessions into other languages.




Call JCI to register. Contact Rene Niecollai 561-395-4104

Amount Enclosed ..


Wed. August 8, 8 a.m.-S p.m.


N/AO Language: The Official language of Congress is English. USA Gymnastics will make

MOVEMENT EDUCATION AND LESSON PLAN DEVELOPMENT (MELPD) a Wed. August 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $100 $100 $1250 NOTE: Pre-registration guarantees a MELPD Workbook. Enrollment is limited.



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By Invitation to Member Clubs only.

Questions contact Steve Whitlock 317-237-5050 ext. 236 or email

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USA GYDl.nasliÂŤ:s Business Owners' Conferenc::e VVednesday,AugustS, 2001 Philadelphia, PA Who: Club Owners and Directors What: Business Conference Where: Philadelphia Marriott Hotel-Room-Liberty C When: Wednesday, August 8, 2001 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Why: To bring USA Gymnastics and its clubs owners together to facilitate the sharing of ideas and concepts relevant to the success of the gymnastics business. With our ongoing commitment to your success, we want to create a network of gymnastics business owners and professionals. Cost: $100.00 for Member Clubs and $200.00 non-member clubs (per person) Included in this fee: continental breakfast, coffee, soda, lunch, cocktail party, and a business gift. Speakers include: Bob Colarossi, Kathy Feldmann, Steve Penny and Loree Galimore from USA Gymnastics. Club Owners from across the country include: Frank Sahlein-WINGS, ID, Jeff Metzger, Queen City, OH, Tom Lenzini, Broadway Gymnastics, FL, Tom Forster, Aerials, CO, Rita Brown, Brown's, FL, TX and NV, David Holcomb-Buckeye, OH, Lynne Ledford-California. Elite, CA

Topics that will be covered:

o Ways to determine what your business is worth o Strategic Planning o Business Law o Industry Norms and Statistics o Budgeting techniques and cash flow o Are you in control of your business? o Employee Contracts and agreements o 501 3C booster status and regulations o Business Ethics o Legal Hiring and Firing

You will receive invaluable advice on how to run a successful gymnastics club at this conference. The conference was a sell-out in 2000, so please register early!

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Attn. Loree Galimore 201 S. Capitol Ave. Suite 300 Indianapolis, IN 46225


National Gymnastics Day Update ational Gymnastics Day is scheduled for August 25, 2001. The theme for this year's National Gymnastics Day is "Gymnastics - A Great Foundation!" Here's an update on what's happening with the annual celebration .


STATE PROCLAMATIONS USA Gymnastics has requested that the Governors from all 50 states prepare an Official State Proclamation for National Gymnastics Day on Saturday, August 25, 2001. Upon receipt of the State Proclamations, we will make these availabLe on the website so that you can print out and post your state's proclamation in your gym. We suggest contacting your Mayor for a locaL Proclamation too! We have received Official Proclamations from Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. Check online at events/ 2001 / NGD/ to see the proclamations. If there's no proclamation fo r your state yet, download a sample proclamation and press release. Customize your own press release and send it to your Mayor. Hopefully your city will issue a Proclamation . Send this information to your local media and get you r NGD celebration published!







PROMOTE YOUR ACTIVITIES To add the activities your club is planning for National Gymnastics Day 2001 please email the following information to Loree Galimore at Here's the information we need: your city, you r state, contact name, club name, member club status (Yes/No), mailing address, zip code, day phone, night phone, e-mail address, website, date of your event, name of your event (if ap pro priate), BRIEF description of your activities. Plan an d pro mote your NGD activity. We'll post your event on our website and publish some events in USA Gymnastics and Technique magazi nes. Don't forget to send photos after the big celebration!

MEMBER CLUB MARKETING KIT The annual Member Club Marketing Kits will be sent out in June to all current Member Clubs. Included in th e kit wi ll be four posters - two National Gymnastics Day posters, Want your Child to Excel poster and Gymnastics - a Great Foundation poster; a video tape of commercial samples; public service announcement and highlights of gymnastics; advertising samples; advertising and marketing broc hure; Guide to Gymnastics; and National Gymnastics Day materials including a coordinator's guide!

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Annual "Cartwheel-A-Thon The steps to get your gym

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involved in a Cartwheel-A-Thon USA Gymnastics is organizing a : Cartwheel-A-Than in national conjunction with the 2001 National Gymnastics Day, August 25, 2001. What better way to celebrate the sport than to have all of your class students and team gymnasts cartwheeling! It will be a great way to attract media attention and raise funds for your gym, the USA National Team and / or the Children's Miracle Network. To add extra incentive, the club or group that raises the most money for the B~ Children's Miracle Ne twork II \ 11 will win a grand prize from USA Gymnastics, which. \I~~\ includes an all expenses: paid visit from a USA: Gynmastics National Clinician : to your gym! Other prizes will be awarded such as: two free passes to 2002 Congress, two free passes to the 2002 Business Conference, and / or two VIP passes to the 2002 U.S. Championships.

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The gymnast that brings in the most money to our national charity, will be featured in the USA Gymnastics magazine and be in the PSA commercial for next years Cartwheel-A-Thon.

Here's how the Cartwheel-A-Thon works:

STEP #1 If you' re ralSlng money for the Children's Miracle Network you must use the form on page 25. If you're planning on donating your profits to your gym or the National Team or any combination of the two, then you'll need to use the form found at lWIW.usa· ngd/(W""pledge.html.


Once you have your form, hand it out to all of your students and begin marketing and planning the specifics for your Cartwheel-A-Thon such as when, where, what time, etc. Also, fill out the faxback form to let USA Gynmastics know of your plans. Go to

STEP #3 The gynmasts will go out and collect their pledges prior to the event or just collect flat donations at that time. After the event, the gynmasts can go back and collect their donations. The club coordinator will need to collect all gynmasts' pledge sheets and checks and mail it into the Children's Miracle Network.

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Children's Miracle Network USA Gymnastics Cartwheel-A-Thon 4525 South 2300 East, Suite 202 Salt lake City, Utah 84117 To qualify for prizes for the Children's Miracle Network you must have all the money in prior to September 1, 2001. We encourage everyone to plan the Cartwheel-A-Thon on or before National Gynmastics Day, August 25.



The Cartwheel-A-Thon will also be a great news item-showing how healthy gymnasts are donating their time and talent to local hospital. It's a win-win situation for all. Last, you could be in the running to win the grand prize by donating the most money to the Children's Mirade Network. Q: What is the Children's Mirade Network?



A: All money raised will go to the Children's Hospital in your area and you will be giving back to the (ommunity. Once USA Gymnastics learns that you're planning a Cartwheel-A-Thon tl will (ontact the Children's Mirade Network. The hospital public relations staff member will (ontact your gym to help you promote your event. To find alocol Children's Mirade Network Hosptlal near you, visit the CMN webstle at From there, dick to find your 10(01 hosptlal and enter your zip (ode. Once you have locoted the hospital dosest to you, call them and ask to speak wtlh the CMN Coordinator for that hospital. This is the pe~on you should contact to set up events for the Cartwheel-A-Thon. If you do not have access to the Internet, please call the Children's Mirade Network at 801.278.8900 and they will assist you in finding your locol hospital.


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A: Children's Mirade Network is an international non-profit organization dedicoted to helping children by raising funds and awareness for 170 children's hospitals throughout North Americo. Each year these non-profit hospitals treat more that 14 million children afflicted with diseases, injuries and birth defects of every kind. One-hundred percent of every dollar raised in the community stays there to help children served by participating hospitals in the local area. Founded in 1983, Children's Miracle Network has raised nearly $1.8 billion for children's hospitals! Also, Mary lou ReHon is the Children's Miracle Network Champions Host and Kerri Strug and Shannon Miller are the Children's Miracle Network Champions. Q: What's the benefit of participating in the Cartwheel·A·Thon?

A: The whole purpose of National Gymnastics Day is to gain exposure for the sport and get more kids in the gym! By holding a Cartwheel-A-Thonyou will aHract a lot of aHention plus you'll be involved with agreat fundraising event. Q: What if our dub wants to participate in National Gymnastics

Day but we don't want to do a Cartwheel·A·Thon? A: That's fine. We want every club in the country to participate in National Gymnastics Day in some way. We'd love you to have you join us in the Cartwheel-A-Thon but that's fine if you have something else planned. Use the fax bock form on page 26 to let us publish your activities on our web site.





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Your donation is 100% tax deductible and the money will stay in our community and go to a children's hospital. You may make a flat donation at this time, or after the event, I can come back and let you know how many Cartwheels I have done.

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Fax: ________________________________________ E-mail: _____________________________________ Please tell us how you plan to be involved in National Gymnastics Day: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _

USA Gymnastics has posted information and past event ideas on our website at to assist you in your planning. Please return by June 30, 2001 to:

USA Gymnastics Fax: 317/237-5069 or 317/ 237-5065 or e-mail

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POOR TECHNIQUE There are three common erro rs to which gymnasts succumb when first learni ng the sa lto dismount. These can all be explained fro m a mechanical standpoint as an effort by the gymnast to increase rotational velocity. Remember however, that increasing the rotationa l velocity at the expense of MOl does not always increase the total rotation energy present during the flight phase of the ski ll. It is important to provide training progressions that focus first on appropriate upswing technique to insure that these techniques are carried- into the release and su bseque nt somersa ult. Some training techniques will be discussed in the closing portion of this paper. The three common errors identified in t his paper are not an allinclusive list and are presented in no particular order. • The first common mistake occurs when the gymnast tucks too soon prior to bar release (Figure 3). Remember that the intent of the salto is to direct the COM outward and upward, and utilize as much of the stored energy from the extended swing as possible. Tucking early does two things; first it moves the COM closer to the bar at the point-of-release, changing its trajectory, and second, it decreases the amount of stored energy available to complete the salto. Figure 3 illustrates these changes and compares the early tuck release flight path to the optimal release flight path. Note that the early tuck flight path does not go as far or as high as the optimal release flight path.

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it. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the gymnast may be trying to gain additional rotational velocity by pulling down on the bar (i.e. pulling the bar towards their feet or lifting their feet towards the bar prior to release). The results can be catastrophic. Figure 4 compares the flight path for the delayed release with that of the optimal release flight path. The delayed release may make the gymnast go higher, but also keeps them very close to the bar.

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• The third common mistake occurs when the gymnast throws the head back (cervical extension) before and/or after the bar is released (Figure 5). This may provide the gymnast with an earlier look at the landing surface, but severely hinders the mechanics (and aesthetics) ofthe skill. With the head back, the trunk typically extends, increasing the MOl of the body and making it difficult to assume a tucked, piked, or layout (candlestick) position. The release point is often too early, reducing the flight time of the skill. If the intent is a layout ~

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position, the extended head again may cause the trunk to extend making it difficult to initiate twist (future progression). Figure 5 compares the flight path of the head-back release with that of the optimal release flight path.

spotting belt. The gymnast is instructed to swing or cast into the backdrop while wearing a spotting belt. The gymnast is instructed to hold the candlestick position when they release. Using the spotting belt, the gymnast can be suspended in mid-air to experience the rotation that results from simply releasing the bar. Recall that the axis of rotation is transferred from the bar to their COM at the point-ofrelease. They will rotate without any additional effort.

TRAINING THE SKILL Below are some simple suggestions for training uneven bar back salto flyaways. They involve a series of progressions that first introduce the gymnast to the effect that body shape has on rotation (COM location and MOI) and second, demonstrate the importance of COM direction at the point-of-release.

• Practice 2 or 3 tucked swing saltos with arms over-head. This can be broken down into components where the gymnast swings to a spotter-supported position prior to releasing the bar. The gymnast is instructed to let go of the bar while being balanced on the spotter's shoulder. The gymnast is then instructed to tuck her legs while keeping arms stretched overhead. Raising the arms shifts the body toward the head and initiates the backward rotation. The spotter simply lets the gymnast roll off backwards onto his/her feet. It is important to focus on the affect that body shape has on rotation. The fact that rotation can be initiated first by simply releasing the bar and then controlled by the amount of tuck takes time for some gymnasts to understand. Progress the drill to larger swings and less manipulation from the spotter.

• Have the gymnast practice lying on the floor on their back (supine) in a candlestick position (i.e. arms overhead and legs extended and slightly above the floor). Instruct the gymnast to quickly pull their knees into a tucked position making sure that their hips leave the floor as they complete the motion. This movement shifts the COM in the gymnast up their torso and should provide the feeling of backward rotation. The same "shape" is used to execute a tucked salto from the bar. The location of the point-of-release in the swing is even similar to the supine floor position.

• Practice 2 or 3 swing backdrops onto a matted pit or floor surface. The landing position should be the same candlestick described above. It is important that the arms stay overhead and the legs stay extended to increase MOI and minimize the rotational component of the drill. The gymnast should land away from the bar (not under it). This drill can also be done or progressed by using a

The complexities of training tap-swi ngs and techniques that include shoulder and hip angle changes in the higher-level athlete follow the same basic principles, break down the skill into elements and then train the elements prior to "assembling" the final product. In backward salto flyaway dismounts, the intent is

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April 20, 2001 Meeting called to order at 9:05 a.m. Pacific btJ e!wir. Yoichi Tomita.


Motion: To strike the words "no benefit of the doubt" in the Execution Document. Add the words "Continue to emphasize perfect final strength hold positions." Motion: G. Beckstead 2nd: B. Foster Passed-Unanimous


Members Present: Yoichi Tomita Tim Daggett Steve Butcher George Beckstead Kurt Golder Bill Foster Mihai Bagiu John Roethlisberger Butch Zunich Ron Brant Dennis McIntyre Ron Galimore

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


IV. RESIDENT ATHLETE PROGRAM REQUESTS Geoff Corrigan is requesting off-romplex resident status for the men's gymnastics program at the USOTC in Colorado Springs. He does not need housing. He would like facility use and a meal card. Geoff missed the Gass 1Jr. National Team at the 2<XXJ USA's by just .2. He is now 18 years old and will be attending the University of Michigan at the end of the summer. This request has the endorsement of Vitaly Marinitch & Ron Brant. Ron Galimore would like a letter of support from his parent or legal guardian acknowledging Geoff's request.

Chair. Yoichi Tomita congratulated our team on good results at the Visa American Cup, Pontiac American Team Cup and Paris-Bercy meets.

Motion: To grant Geoff Corrigan off-complex residency until he goes to the University of Michigan at the end of the SUTI1IDer. II. 2002 WINTER CUP CHALLENGE Motion: M. Bagiu Dusty Ritter has shown interest in hosting the 2002 event. He explained that : 2nd: S. Butcher it is very difficult to secure a facility and make all of the arrangements less : Passed-Unanimous than one year from the event and needs an inunediate response. There was : Coach Jim Hisey has requested USOTC resident athlete status for Sanjuan Jones. Ron conversation between the corrunittee regarding this issue. Brant mentioned that we have not seen very much from Sanjuan in the past year, Ron Brant suggested that we do not lock in a format for the competition until especially in the new quadrennium. Brant suggested that Sanjuan send a tape of his the MPC agrees on one. Kurt Golder brought up the fact that the eastern current skills to Vitaly Marinitch. The MPC will review Sanjuan's request after Ron gymnasts compete very late with respect to Eastern Time. He would like to and Vitaly have reviewed his video and made a recommendation. see us make an improvement in this area. Vitaly Marinitch requests that Tony Pilyavsky be able to continue training at the Motion: To hold the 2002 Wmter Cup d1allenge in Las Vegas on the weekend aTC through the U.s. Championships. Tony's evaluation period is up on May 1. of February 8-9. The format will be announced by the MPC at a later date. The request is to grant Tony full resident athlete status in the aTC program until Motion: S. Butcher the US Championships when his position would again be reviewed. K. Golder 2nd: Motion: To approve Tony Pilyavsky remaining at aTC with full residency Passed-Unanimous status through the 2001 USA Championships. Dennis McIntyre suggested having the bids for the 2003 event delivered Motion: J. Roethlisberger prior to Congress this year. S. Butcher 2nd: Passed-Unanimous Motion: To have all bids to host the 2003 Winter Cup Challenge submitted prior to the 2001 National Congress. Motion: B. Foster V. FUNDING DOCUMENT 2nd: K. Golder John Roethlisberger communicated that the athletes approved the Passed-Unanimous recommended percentage system for future Athlete Funding.


Motion: To approve the current sections of the Funding Document. Motion: J. Roethlisberger 2nd: M. Bagiu Passed-Unanimous

III. BONUS & EXECUTION DOCUMENT Both have been reviewed and revised by the MPc. There is an instructional video being developed with the Execution Document. The coaches and judges will be able to work closely together in a more combined effort.


The Bonus Document is already approved. The Execution Document needs approval. Kurt Golder wants the words "no benefit of the doubt" removed from the still rings section of the Execution Document. He feels that the judges may evaluate so firmly that they limit growth, resulting in stock routines nationally. Conversation regarding this was prolonged. Motion: Motion: 2nd:

To approve the Execution Document Beckstead None given

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John also wants to see the entire athlete funding money distributed back to the athletes. He is mainly referring to unused funds due to NCAA athletes who are not eligible for full funding. Ron Galimore reviewed the Special Needs Grant Program where athletes have been receiving unused funds from Athlete Support since 1998. There was conversation regarding the continuance of special needs grants for athletes in hardship cases. The corrunittee wants to continue to offer these. Ron Galimore said he would send John information about the program, but he needs to review the use of these funds with Bob Colarossi for approval. John stated that the athletes




would love to have an accowlting at the end of each year as to what was given out in special needs grants.

Beckstead left the call at 10:00 a.m.

VII. QUALIFICATION TO THE U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS Ron Galirnore presented clarification with respect to the 3, 4, & 5 event qualifiers to the 2001 U.S. Championships. Qualifiers include: The present Senior National Team Top 13 all-around gymnasts from the June 30 qualifier The top two 3-event qualifiers, top two 4-event qualifiers and the top two 5-event qualifiers who whose 3, 4 and 5 event totals finish among the three-event, four-event, or five event totals of the top 13 qualified all-around athletes. These gymnasts are in addition to the top 13 all-around gymnasts as long as they fulfill the requirements as listed above. Ron Brant sparked conversation regarding the admittance of alternates to the 2001 U.s. Championships. McIntyre suggested a date to permit any alternate to replace a pre-qualified gymnast who is unable to compete. The committee agreed that 7 days prior to the event would be the cut off date for allowing alternates into the competition.

Mihai Bagiu left the call at 10:05 a.m. Motion: To permit alternates to be placed in the 2001 U.s. Championships up to 7 days prior to the event. Motion: B. Foster 2nd: K. Golder Passed-Unanimous

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VIII. UPDATES The grants written to the USOC to support Senior National Team Elite clinician visitations and the 2001 World Championships Team final preparation training camp in Europe were approved. The FIG Men's Technical Committee will be in attendance at the World University Games, not the Goodwill Games. The Goodwill Games is not a team event and invitations will be based on the results of Competition ill in Sydney for the most part. Blaine Wilson, Paul Han1ill and Morgan Han1ill have been invited to participate in the 2001 Goodwill Games. The remaining positions will be filled at the conclusion of the U.S. Championships in August.

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USOC Forms for the World University Games will go out to the gymnasts as soon as possible. Athletes who are attempting to qualify onto the WUG's Team need to complete and return the forms to the National office in1rnediately. The FIG has changed several things in the World Championships competition format. Ron reviewed the highlights. The most significant change is in the team finals at the 2001 World Championships using a 6-3-3 competition format.

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Upcoming competitions Athens Invitational - It is unlikely that we will participate in this competition due to budgetary concerns. Pan Am Championships - Our participation in this competition will be discussed on a later call. All Senior National Team Members have been invited to participate in an international assignment this year except new team member Todd Thornton. Natalie has requested no assignments this spring due to school. Clayton Strother is going to Romania next week, while Raj Bhavsar and Steve McCain are scheduled to participate in the World Stars meet in Moscow. Recommendation from Ron Brant: To invite the Head Coach of the World Championships Team on all calls pertinent to the team in a voice / no vote capacity. The committee agreed. Yoichi will review the agenda for upcoming calIs and determine if the World Championships Team coach will participate.

Call adjourned at 10:25 a.m. Pacific. Respectfully submitted by: Steve Butcher, MPC Secretary





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SCHEDULE W= Women M= Men

TR =Trampoline TU = Tumbling

R= Rhythmic GG = General Gymnastics

NOTE: Dates and events subject to change or concellation.






American Challenge (W) Level 9 Championships (R) Nationol GymFest & PAGU Invitotional GymFest (GG) Notional Judges Course (W) American Sokol National Slet (GG) U.S. National Chompionships Qualifier (M) Elite Regionals (W)

Virginio Beach, VA Chicago, IL Orlando, FL Indianapolis, IN Detroit, MI Santa Barbara, CA Vorious Sites

Women's High Perform once Coaches Seminar (W) U.S. Challenge (W) Rhythmic Western (R) u.s. Classic/Notional Gymnastics Festival (W) Rhythmic Eastern (R) Future Stars Camp (M) World Championships (lR/TU) Elite Regionols (International Only) (W)

Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis, IN Son Rafoel, CA Pomona, CA New Britain, a Colo. Springs, CO Odense, DEN Various sites

AUGUST 1·4 8·11 8·11 16·19 16·26 22·Sepl. 1 25 29·Sepl. 9

World Age·Group Gomes (lR/TU) U.S. Gymnastics Chompionships (M/W/R) USA Gymnastics National Congress J.O. National Teom Troining Camp (W) World Games (R/TR/TU) World University Games Notional Gymnostics Doy Goodwill Gomes (M/W/R/TR)

Odense, DEN Philodelphio, PA Philadelphia, PA Colo. Springs, CO Akita, JPN Beijing, CHN

Various Sites TBD TBD Tuscaloosa, AL TBD TBD TBD Lisbon, POR

J.O. Nationol Championships (M) J.O. Nationol Championships (W)

San Diego, CA TBD

Pontiac American Team Cup (M/W) National Gym Fest & PAGU Invitational Gym Fest (GG) U.S. Challenge (W) J.O. National Championships, Individual & Group (R) Level 9 Championships (R)


u.s. Classic/National Gymnastics Festival (W) Rhythmic Eastern/Western I (R) Rhythmic Eastern/Western II (R)


U.S. Gymnastics Championships (M/W/R/TR/TU) USA Gymnastics National Congress



JUNE 8-9 21-23 TBD TBD TBD


AUGUST 7-10 8-10


Sr. Pan American Championships (M/W/R)


11-13 Rhythmic World Championships - Group (R) TBD Artistic World Championships (M/W) TBD or Nov. TBD Reese's Gymnastics Cup

TOPs Notionol Testing (W) Rhythmic World Championships - Individuals (R) Artistic World Championships (M/W) Sr. National Teom Training Camp (lR/TU)

Indianapolis, IN Vienna. AUT Ghent, BEL TBD

Paris, FRA Budapest, HUN TBD


OCTOBER 5-7 17·21 28- Nov. 4 TBD

Various Sites Various Sites TBD

NCAA Regionals (W) Level 9/10 Regional Championships (W) Level 10 Regional Championships (W) NCAA National Championships (W) Level 9 East/West Championships (W) USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships (M/W) USA Gymnastics National Invitational Tournament (W) 2nd Information Meeting, 2003 World GymnoeSlrada (GG)

Brisbane, AUS


6 6-7 13-14 18-20 27-28 TBD TBD TBD

1·5 3·5

JULY 5·B 7·B 7·B 20·22 21 ·22 23·29 26·28 TBD

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(#1 of 2) Levell 0 State Meets (W) of 2) Level 10 State Meets (W) Rhythmic Chollenge (R)




JUNE 15·17 16·17 22·24 24·30 27 -July 1 30 TBD

16-17 23-24 TBD



Future Stors Nationol Chompionships (M)






Future Stars National Championships (M) Fall Executive CommiHee/Board of Directors Meeting Reese's Gymnastics Cup (M/W) Jr. National Team Training Camp (lR/TU)

Colo. Springs, CO TBD TBD TBD

DECEMBER 5-8 8-12 6·11 12-16

TOPs National Training Camp (W) 2nd Level TOPs Training Camp (W) Senior National Teom Comp (M) Four Continents Championships (R)



TBD TBD Colo. Springs, CO Curitiba, BRA


USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge (M) Americon Classic & Challenge (W)


APRIL 5·6 12 12-13 24-26 25-27

Level 9/1 0 Regionals (W) NCAA Regionals (W) Level 10 Regionals (W) NCAA National Championships (W) Level 9 East/West Championships (W)

Vorious Sites Various Sites Various Sites TBD TBD

J.O. Notional Chompionships (W)


FIG World Gymnaestroda (GG) World University Games (M/W/R)

Lisbon, POR Taegu, KOR

Pan American Games (M/W/R) U.S. Gymnastics Championships (M/W/R/TR/TU)

Santo Domingo, DOM TBD

MAY 2-4




TBD Visa American Cup (M/W) TBD or April TBD Pontiac American Team Cup (M/W)


20-26 21 -31


MARCH Visa American Cup (M/W)


1-16 6-9



2001 SAFETY CERTIFICATION S(,HEPULE The Safety Schedule is updated weekly on our website



North Las Vegas, NV; 2·6 p.m.; Go For It USA; 4310 Losee Rd #2; me: 0508192001 NV; Instructor: Don Spencer 702-658·9003


Ladson, SC; 5·9 p.m.; Davita's Funtastic Gym; me: KB07172001SC; Directions: Trish 843-824-8373; Instructor: Kim Boyd 803-749-2484

Santa Clara, CA; 9 a.m. -1 p.m.; Region I Congresslimited to first 100; me: MT08242001 CA; Directions: Chere Tamura 408-238-7245; Instructor: Michael Taylor 650-858-7245


Downers Grove, IL; 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Doubletree Guest Suites, 2111 Butterfield Rd; me: EP07272001IL; Directions: Wendy McGrath 630·393-6693; Instructor: Edgar Pulido 630-784·9867

Santa Clara, CA; 9 o.m.-1 p.m.; Region I Congresslimited to first 100; me: MT08262001 CA; Directions: Chere Tomura 408-238-7245; Instructor: Michoel Taylor 650-858-7245


Waukesha, WI; 6-10 p.m.; Waukesha YMCA, 320 E 8roadway; me: J006292001 WI; Directions: Debbie Skurulsky 262-542-2557; Instructor: Jason Orkowski 608·848-3547

LATE REGISTRATIONS ARE NOT GUARANTEED A BOOK OR ADMISSION TO THE COURSE. Monday, (by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard TIme) is the lost day registrations will be accepted for courses being conducted the following weekend. Registrations received alter that time or on site will be charged on additional $25. Minimum age for Safety Certification is 16 years. 1B is minimum age for Professional Membership.





Novato, CA; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Novato Gymnastics Center, 950 Seventh Street; me: PS06152001 CA; Instructor: Perry Siu 415-209-9595


Tampa, FL; 6-10 p.m.; lightening City Gymnastics In conjunction with Florida USAG State Clinic; me: ML061 62001Fl; Instructor: Marti Levine 305-861-8753


Stroudsburg, PA; 1-5 p.m.; International Gymnastics Camp; me: PF06162001 PA; Directions: 8runo Klaus 570-629-0244; Instructor: Phil Frank 856-786-3977







AUGUST Philadelphia, PA; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; National Congress; use: WW08082001 PA; USA Gymnastics 1·800-345-4719

W. Babylon, NY; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; BK Gym Ctr, 25 S. Jerome Ave; Arrive at 9:45; me: EK06232001 NY; Instructor: Edward Konopa 631 ·422-0116

Philadelphia, PA; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; National Congress; use: XX08082001 PA; USA Gymnastics 1·800-345-4719

Hilliard, OH; 12 noon - 4 p.m.; Universal Gymnasts, Inc; me: BF06232001 OH; Instructor: Bobbi Montanari· Fahrnboch 614-777-9430 Huguenot, NY; 5-9 p.m.; YMCA Camping Services; me: TR06282001 NY; Directions: Roger Abramson 845·858· 2200; Instructor: Tony Retrosi 603-433-0404

Baton Rouge, LA; 2-6 p.m.; c.G.'s Gymnastics, Inc.-limited to 55; me: CG09082001 LA; Instructor: Coesar Garcia 225-275-5597

Downers Grove, IL; 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Doubletree Inn, 2111 Butterfield Rd; me: BI07292001IL; Instructor: Bob Ito 312-747 -6695

Philadelphia, PA; 1-5 p.m.; National Congress; me: YV08082001 PA; USA Gymnastics 1-800-345-4719 Philadelphia, PA; 1-5 p.m.; National Congress; me: 1108082001 PA; USA Gymnastics 1-800·345-471 9

Lexington, SC; 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Columbia Gymnastics; me: KB09282001 SC; Instructor: Kim Boyd 803-749-2484


GA-To Be Announced -call Chris Colvert 404·687·9911; 6-10 p.m.; Region VIII Congress; me: CC1 0102001 GA; Instructor: Christine Calvert 404-687-9911


Hilliard, OH; 1-5 p.m.; Universal Gymnasts, Inc; me: BF102120010H; Bobbi Montonari-Farhnbach 614-777-9430

For safety certification courses Usted by state, visit the Member Services sedion of

r-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------SAFETY CERTIFICATION IS REQUIRED FOR PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP*


(Minimum age for Safety Certification is J6 years)

Pro-Member with Current Safety Certification

Name: Soc. Sec. # ------------------------- Birth Dale ----------------Address: ________________________________________________ Cily: ___________________ State: ____________ Zip: ____________ Telephone: (H) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (W) Course Code: Course Cily/State: ________________________ Date: Professional or Inslructor #: Form of Poymenl:


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Payment Amounl: _____________________________________________ Name on Card: _____________________________________________ Number: __________ Exp. Date: _____ / _ _ Signature: ___________________________

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.. . SO Instructor Member ................................................................ S 50.00 Non-Member or Associate Member ........................................ S 100.00 * You must have your USA Gymnastics number or date applied for on the registration form in order to qualify for the discount. Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Monday, (by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) is the last day registrations will be accepted for courses being conducted the following weekend. Registrations received after that time or on site will be charged an additional $25.

• All materials (including the Safety Handbook) for 4th Cycle courses are provided at the course and are part of the course fee. • Certification is valid for four years.

Please make checks payable, in full, to USA Gymnastics Safety Certification Mail registration form and payment to: USA Gymnastics Member Services Pan American Plaza, Suite 300 USA 201 S.Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225 GYMNASTICS PREFERS 151 or Fax to 317-692-5212

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Technique Magazine - June 2001  

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