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JULY 2002 • VOLUME 22 • #7


W= Women

M= Men GG =Group Gymnastics ACRO = Sports Aero NOTE: Dates and events subiect to change or cancellation.




TR = Trampoline TU = Tumbling


11 15-19 16-18 23-25 24 30

J.O_ National Championships (TR/TU) U_S_Elite Challenge (TR/TU) Rhythmic Eastern (R) U.s. Classic / U.S. Challenge (W) Rhythmic World Championships - Group (R) Future Stars/Junior Development Team Camp (M) Sports Aero JO/ Elite National Championships (ACRO) Rhythmic Western (R)

Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis, IN New Orleans, lA Virginia 8each, VA New Orleans, lA Colo. Springs, CO New Orleans, lA Portland, OR

National Business Conference U.S. Gymnastics Chompionships (M/W/R/TR/TU) USA Gymnostics National Congress Sports Aerobatics Team Trials (ACRO) Broadenst- U.S. Gymnastics Championships (W) NBC Sports 8:00-9:00p EST Broadcast- U.S. Gymnastics Championships (W) NBC Sports 7:00-8:00p EST J.O. National Team Training Camp (W) FIG WorldCup (TR/TU) FIG World Cup (TR/TU) Notional Gymnastics Day 1 Day Boot Camp/Business Conference

Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH Cola. Springs, CO Edmonton, CAN Greensboro, NC Santa Clara, CA

SEPTEMBER 21 23-30 24-25 25-29 27-29 28

Reese's Gymnastics Cup USA!BRA!UKR Training Camp & Competition (W) World Age Group Games (ACRO) Junior Pan American Championships (M/W/R) World Championships (ACRO) Broadenst- U.S. Gymnastics Championships(M) NBC Sports 4:30-6:00p EST

Seattle, WA Curitiba, BRA Riesa, GER Santo Domingo, OOM Riesa, GER

Notional TOPs Testing (W) Senior Notional Team Training Camp (M) SuperClinic #1 (TR/TU) Regional JumpStart Testing (TR) SuperClinic #2 (TR/TU) Regional JumpStart Testing (TR) International French Open Tournament (M/W) Fall Executive Committee/ Boord of Directors Meeting Notional Compulsory 5/ 6 Team Invitational (W) SuperClinic #3 (TR/TU) Regional JumpStart Testing (TR) Notional Team Training Camp (W) Junior National Training Camp (TR/TU)

Indianapolis, IN Colo. Springs, CO Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, OH Greensboro, NC Greensboro, NC Paris, FRA TBD Joliet,IL San Diego, CA Son Diego, CA Houston, TX TBO

Cleveland, OH

OCTOBER 4-6 9-14 11 -13 11 -13 18-20 18-20 18-20 18-20 19-20 25-27 25-27 27-30 30 - Nov. 3

NOVEMBER 1-2 9 13-17 16 20-24 21 -25 23 28 - Dec. 1

FIG Congress Regional JumpStart Testing (TR) Future Stars Notional Camp/Coaches Workshop (M) Broadenst- Reese's Gymnastics Cup NBC Sports 4:00-6:00p EST Artistic World Championships (M/W) Jeff Metzger's 41/2 Doy Boot (omp World Cup Final (TR/TU) International DTB Pokal

Athens, GRE Pocatello, 10 Colo. Springs, CO Seattle, WA Debrecen, HUN Cincinnoti, OH Hannover, GER Stuttgart, GER

SuperClinic #4 (TR/TU) Regional JumpStart Testing (TR) World Cup Final (R) National TOPs Team Training Camp (W) Notional TOPs "B" Troining Camp (W)

Dallas, TX Dallas, TX Dusseldorf, GER Houston, TX Houston, TX

DECEMBER 6-8 6-8 7-8 7-11 11-15



Nationol Podium Meet (W) I-Day Boot Camp/ Business Conference

Fairfax, VA Fairfax, VA


AUGUST 7 7-10 8-10 9-10 10



JULY 10-16 10-16 12-13 12-14 12-14 14-21 14-18 20-21


1 Visa American Cup (M/W) 6-9 American Classic/Challenge (W) March or April TBO Amerienn Team Cup (M/W)

Fairfax, VA TBO TBD

APRIL 5-6 11-13

Level 9/10 Regionals (W) NCAA National Champianships (M)

12 12-13 24-26 25-27

NCAA Regionals (W) Level 10 Regionals (W) NCAA Notional Championships (W) Level 9 East/West Championships (W)

Various Sites Temple University Philadelphia, PA Various Sites Various Sites TBD TBD

J.O. Notional Championships (W) J.O. Notional Championships (M) U.S. Clossic/Challenge (W)

TBD Savannah, GA TBO

MAY 2-4 6-11 29-31

JUNE 18-21

U.S. Gymnastics Championships (M/W/R/TR/TU/ACRO) Milwaukee, WI

JULY 20-26

FIG World Gymnaestrada (GG)

Lisbon, POR

Pan Amerienn Gomes (M/W/R) Artistic World Championships (M/W) World University Gomes (M/W/R) Notional Congress World Business Conference

Santo Domingo, DOM Anaheim, CA Taegu, KOR Anaheim, CA Anaheim, CA

AUGUST 1-17 16-24 21-31 TBD TBD


Rhythmic World Championships-Individual & Group (R) Maastricht, NED

OCTOBER 17-19 20-26

World Championships (TR/TU) World Age Group Gomes (TR/TU)

Hannover, GER Hannover, GER


I-Day Boot Camp/Business Conference Colo. Springs, CO Reese's Gymnastics Cup Colo. Springs, CO PAGU Jr. Interclub Championships (M/W/ RGroup Jr/ Sr) USA PAGU Children's Interclub Championships (M/W/ R) GUA Four Continents Championships (R) VEN






I-Day Boot Camp/ Business Conference Visa Amerienn Cup (M/W)


MARCH March or April TSO American Team Cup (M/W)


APRIL 10 22-24 23-25

NCAA Regionals (W) NCAA Notional Championships (W) NCAA Notional Championships (M)

Various Sites TBD University of Illinois Champaign/Urbano

U.S. Gymnastics Championships (M/W/R/TR/TU) Notional Business Conference U.S. Olympic Team Trials (M/W/R/TR) Notional Congress

Nashville, TN Boston, MA Boston, MA Boston, MA

Olympic Gomes (M/W/R/TR)

Athens, GRE

JUNE 2-5 24 24-27 25-27

AUGUST 13-29


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F E AT UR ES Gedderts' Twistars Tops at JO. Championships . . . . . .. . ... . . ... .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Cheerleading "Gymnastics" .


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A Dear Members, ANAH EIM 03 - THE PLACE TO BE In just over a year, USA Gymnastics will serve as host to the worldwide gymnastics community in Anaheim, California, as the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships come to the United States. Together with our local partners, the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, and the Los Angeles Sports Council, plans are already well underway for a fantastic event.

Hosting the World Championships provides a very unique opportunity for the host country, and all of our Steve Penny members. This event holds a special meaning, as it represents the 100 th Anniversary of the FIG World USA Gymnastics Gymnastics Championships, a true landmark for an event of this magnitUde. Senior Vice President This will be the third time the U.S. has hosted the Worlds, providing an outstanding advantage for our athletes. It is interesting to analyze the U.S. team performances when the Worlds or Olympics have been held in the U.S., particularly in recent years. Many remember the emergence of Kurt Thomas, Peter Vidmar, and Bart Conner in 1979, when Fort Worth, Texas, served as the inaugural site of the Worlds in this country. In 1991, Kim Zmeskal became the first U.S. all-around world champion, leaping onto the world stage in Indianapolis, along with teammates Shannon Miller, Kerri Strug, and Betty Okino. These events, along with the success of U.S. athletes at the 1984 and 1996 Olympic Games, are evidence that 2003 might provide some shining moments for our current talented squad. In January of this year, USA Gymnastics began an exclusive ticket sales program to the gymnastics community. Continuing through August 24 of this year (National Gymnastics Day), the USA Gymnastics family has the opportunity to buy all-session strip tickets for the '03 Worlds prior to any being sold to the general public. Along with this exclusive timeframe, the price represents a significant savings from the retail price of the tickets. On August 24, the price of the strip tickets will increase by $150, and it will be offered and marketed to the general public in Southern California. As the second largest market in the country, and one of the strongest supporters of gymnastics for many years, we expect these tickets to sell quickly. We encourage you to think seriously about your plans for next year, and try to make your commitment early to insure you have the best seats available for the '03 Worlds. We have also established the Anaheim Marriott as the USA Gymnastics Congress hotel for next year. The Anaheim Marriott is very excited about the event and is anxious to demonstrate its exceptional levels of service to USA Gymnastics members. Our travel partner, National Travel Systems, has already received over 200 inquiries regarding housing for next year's Congress. The basic message is that now is the time to act to insu re the best possible package at the most affordable price. We look forward to a wonde rful event, highlighted by outstanding performances from our athletes. Go Team USA!


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Tops at JO Championships By Luan Peszek

Congratulations to Geddert's Twistars for its success at the recent Jr. Olympic National Championships for women. Out of 26 potential JO national qualifiers, the club sent 24 to either Level 9 Eastern Championships or JO Nationals. To break it down further, 10 out of 11 gymnasts qualified to Level 9 Easterns and 14 out of 15 qualified to Level 10 JO Nationals. Geddert's Twistars qualified more gymnasts to these two meets than any other club in the country. Not only did their gymnasts qualify to the championships, but they also were very successfu I.

L to R: John Geddert, Kathryn Geddert, Shannon M il es a nd Sam Buchalter

Q1" Can you give us some background

Geddert's Twistars gymnasts finished on the podium 18 times at the Level 9 Eastern National Championships and won eight titles including two in the all-around, three on bars, two on beam and one on floor. At JO Nationals, the gymnasts finished in the top 10 again 18 times and won eight titles including two in the all-around, three on bars, one on beam and two on floor.

Tw istars USA was formed in 199 6 and has si nce expanded to include two fac iliti es in the Lansing, Mi chigan area . Ou r 18, 000 squ are foot SUMMIT location houses th e majority of our competi tive team and is part of a multi -sports compl ex th at includes ice hockey, basketball, soccer, fi gure skating and more. Our 12,000 square foot OUTLET MALL location is home to recreational students up through level 5 co mpetiti ve team members. W e currently range between 1,000 and 1,2 00 students of w hich 13 0 are members of our boys and girls competitive teams.

In total, this one club earned 16 National Championships awards.

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you give us some background on you and your wife, Kathryn?

M y wife and I have been involved in gymnasti cs since our junior high school days in Alpena, Mi chigan, now go ing on 30 yea rs. We have been invo lved at every poss ibl e leve l including athl ete, judges, administrati on, parents, and now cI ub owners.

Geddert' Twisters is owned by John and Kathryn Geddert who are also the head coaches at the gym. John Geddert is the Region V JO Committee Chair and is very active in the sport. John was instrumental in develop i ng trainin g camps and cohesiveness in Region V. USA Gymnastics talked to John about his program and secret to success . ...-=-6-- -- - - - -- - - - - ----1(

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Kathry n and I met in High School. We were both members on the gymnastics tea m and were tea m ca ptai ns at one time or another. After hi gh schoo l we both rece ived scho larship ass ista nce at Centra l


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Michigan University. While at eMU, we stumbled across a high school coaching position, which basically ignited our passion for coaching.Hungry for a more advanced level of gymnastics, I was hired at the Marvateens in Rockville Md, under the direction of nationally respected Gary Anderson . From 1980-84, I basically learned the ropes, starting with 40 hours of recreational class teaching and advancing eventually to assisting Gary with the class I's and elites. Gary contributed greatly to shaping my coaching career.

What is your secret to success? I have put a lot of thought into what makes this program excel-mostly due to the fact that we want to keep doing whatever it is that is producing the current resu Its. I'd have to say the " secret" is that there really isn't any secret!





We have an outstanding staff from the bottom up. We try to spread the wealth so to speak, so that all staff members feel that they have a vested interest in contributing to the program . Staff "TEAM WORK" is key. We have a phenomenal facility in which to train (those that say the facility doesn't matter have never trained in a great gym) . We spare little expense to make sure our team members have the very best. We encourage our staff to work harder than others. The technical knowledge is out there, the training ideas are well known, it is the staff that uses that information in the most organized and most consistent manner that is going to eventually come out successful. Our goals and expectations are designed to compete with the very best programs in the country.

Tell me a little about your program and philosophy? The Twistars general philosophy is that we are in the child development business and not the business of teaching cartwheels. We truly believe that gymnastics is merely a vehicle with which to teach and deliver lifetime carryover skills such as work ethic, goal setting and achievement, learning the meaning of working to achieve, self esteem, time management, team work, etc. Our competitive team philosophy adds a no non-sense approach. Gymnastics is too time consuming and expensive to have training sessions be nothing other than a glorified baby sitting service. Basically our kids

work their tails off, BUT in as enjoyable an atmosphere as possible to attain the desired results. Bottom line .... If it is not enjoyable then they do not stay in your gym. The gym philosophy seems to be working as we now have over 150 competitive team members representing our boys and girls squads. A refreshing note is that we are keeping a large number of high school aged kids involved in the program, which says something for the idea of keeping the training challenging, productive and FUN while at the same time allowing flexibility for a "social life."

How do you manage such a large number of optional gymnasts? Do they train at different times or all at the same time? Could you give examples? One of the challenges has been retaining and motivating a large optional team while at the same time maintaining high expectations and standards. Sometimes larger numbers seem to backfire in that the gymnasts receive less individual instruction and attention and therefore progress suffers. We watch this carefully! I think our key, once again, centers around the fact that we have a very qualified and "deep" coaching staff. For the 50+ optional gymnasts we have a coaching staff of 7 or 8. We try to make sure that they feel important in the coaching process and not simply a warm body watching an event. This serves not only to motivate the staff but train them as well-there is no better way to learn optional level gymnastics than "hands on experience" working with optional gymnasts. Scheduling the gym time does get very complicated . We basically stagger start our groups with starting times at 2:30 (if possible) 3:00, 3:30, 4:30 and beginner level compulsories starting at 5:30 . Staggering the start times for the various groups allows greater exposure for the coaches to more athletes. (i.e. when one group finishes, coaches can move to a later starting group that will still have time left in the gym) . Another key to maintaining kids through those tough teen years is providing them with an identity as a (continued on page 8)


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TWISTAR GYMNAST. We organize social events (a team camping trip, sleepovers, baseball game demonstrations, a total gym team trip, etc.). This helps establish friendships, bonds, parent involvement and a sense of belonging to something special. When the time comes to choose between high school gymnastics, cheerleading or other activities-our kids choose us.

-4Qi What is your coach/gymnast ratio for level 9 and 10 gymnasts and how many hours do they train?

Our coach to gymnast ratio is normally around 7-8:1 on paper. In reality it is normally less than that because we double up available staff at times and there are always absences in a group. We have a couple of different plans for training hours. This may be another reason we are keeping kids longer. At level 9, we have a 4 day-18 hour or 5 day 23-hour option group. Both have high expectations but the 4-day plan obviously caters with other interests besides gymnastics. Our level 10 program however is 5 day 23 hour, cut and dry. We have played with fewer hours in the past but have found that it is really tough to develop consistency in being competitive. Our elites (3 currently) train approximately 30 hours per week.



I notice that you have all ages of champions from the youngest age groups to the oldest age groups. How do you keep this balance in your program?

I guess the key here would be having a program plan that allows for kids to pass through the levels fast enough to achieve a high level at a young age. This involves making sure your supplemental staff is on the same page that you are and teaching skills and progressions in a similar manner as the upper level coaches. This is efficiency at its best. Making proper skill selections and having a plan as far as where one skill will build to another, or how they will be incorporated into combinations etc. Much time is often wasted working in different directions. Skill selection should have a definite plan. Adjusting work loads for the maturing athlete. Older athletes need to be more efficient in training. Less repetitions leads to healthier, happier teens.

. . Qr Tell me a little about your staff? Well our entire staff was recently named " coaches of the year" for Region 5 by the Region 5 USAG board. This speaks volumes for what the gymnastics community recognizes as outstanding achievement for a staff. In fact, this is the first time our regional board has ever awarded a "STAFF" as coaches of the year. This is quite an honor. My wife Kathryn is the glue that holds the program together. Her mothering instincts playa major role in keeping kids happy here. Sam Buchalter is a rare breed. He is a lawyer who could be making a six-figure salary but arranges his " real job" so that he can be at the gym by 4:30 in time to coach. Sam is the "Dr. Feel Good" in our gym, a great friend to the kids, a great motivator as well as a fine coach. Shannon Miles is our most recent addition and has filled a void that has existed for a long time. She has lightened the load on Kathryn as she has taken on her share of the choreography and event coaching. Our compulsory staff is led by Mike Rowe and Heather Breasbois, a pair of detail driven, organized planners that have a track record of proven results. Assisting Mike and Heather are Daniel McCarty-"the hammer," Carrie Stout, Lexi Summers, Jennifer Sierminski and Duane Harring. (continued on page 72)

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you coach all the events or is there a different coach on each event?

Generally speaking our optional coaching staff is responsible for two events. My main assistant (Sam Buchalter) and I coach bars, tumble/vault. My wife Kathryn and her main assistant (Shannon Miles) do the beam and floor dance work. Our compulsory staff responsibilities are similar. ~1~8----------------------------~(~__r~E~C~H~N/~O~U~E_.~JU~LY~2~O~ 02~_)~------------------------------

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... What makes cheer gymnastics different? Written by Jim lord, edited by Chris Calvert


n an effort to increase class retention and thereby facility revenue, many gyms offer aLternative classes. One of the more popuLar choices is cheerLeading classes for individuaLs or even "aLL star" cheerLeading teams that perform or compete.

Anyone who has attempted to add a cheerLeading class with the idea that cheerLeading gymnastics is just Like fLoor exercise gymnastics has had an eye-opening experience. Cheer gymnastics is different. $0, what makes cheer gymnastics so different; what

concessions does gymnastics make to cheerLeading; and what can it add? LIMITED SKILL SETS! One trait of cheerleading gymnastics that should appeal to most coaches is the limited number of skills required by cheerleading. The basic components of cheer tumbling are the round-off, back handspring (standing and in series in or out of a round-off), back tuck (standing and/or in a tumbling series) and layouts. The "elite" skills, which can be added to this, include single and double twisting on layouts (dependent individual competition rules and requirements), front tucks and Arabians.

ARM POSITION In cheerleading, most tumbling skills will start and end with the arms at the performer's side. The "arms down" completion is a result of the group nature of the activity and the focus of having everyone in the performing group act in unison. It is easier to have everyone use the same arm level if the arms are at the side rather than in the air.

TIMING TO MUSIC Although a floor exercise is performed to music and the gymnasts takes their cue as to the skill being performed from the musical cues, cheer routines are set so that every movement is to a specific musical count. Again, the group nature of the activity requires that routine segments be choreographed to the exact musical count for effect and safety.

SYNCHRONIZATION OF MULTIPLE PERFORMERS Similar to General Gymnastics and Rhythmic Group Gymnastics, synchronizing the performers is an important score value for cheerleading competitions. As an example, three athletes performing a round-off, back handspring, back tuck would start with their arms in the same position, take the exact same number of steps during the approach, place their hands on the competition or performance area at the same time, pass through the air and land in unison. The further that the performers are from this ideal synchronization, the fewer points the group would receive.

TALLER ATHLETES Generally, cheerleading teams will consist of various body types and most athletes will be taller than the average gymnast. Combine this with the fact that the cheerleader is not performing on an enhanced floor, there will be a limit to the number of skills which can be performed on a 42' x 42' diagonal.

WHERE IS THE "SPRING"? The vast majority of cheerleading competitions are not performed on an enhanced floor. The performing surface consists of a 1 liz" carpet-bonded foam floor that, generally, is 42' x 42' in dimension. Some competitions for larger teams may expand the floor width by 6' or 12'. (Please take into consideration when practicing skills to be performed at a competition or venue, the floor size which will be used so that the performer will make the transition in both technique and power.)


Cheerleading classes can and will open up a new world in your gymnastics facility. Cheer can provide new sources of revenue as well as being TECHNIQUE路

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a retention tool for gymnasts who are looking for another outlet for their athletic energies. Make sure, however, that you know the subtle differences in cheer vs. gymnastics to give your athletes the best chance for success . • Jim Lord is the Executive Director of the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors . He's been involved in cheerleading since 1984 as a cheerleader, instructor, coach and administrator and has been a keynote speaker at state, national and international conferences. Jim was responsible for the development of , recognized as the top Internet cheerleading site in the country.

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;~~~~~~~~~I~il~.~~i~rl --Qr the Howsport? do you keep gymnasts in your program and in The toughest of all management objectives is keeping kids in vo lved in a very intense, complex, time consuming sport. There are so many factors to cons ider. If the kids are successfu I, they seem to stay around longer, but how do you define success for the wide range of talent in your gym. Then there is the balance of working hard enough to be successful BUT at the same time not over training to the point of frustration, stagnation and monotony. I have honestly found that flexibility without jeopard izing standards is what keeps our kids happy and enro ll ed. A llowing them to have a soc ial life, a school li fe, a family life but sti ll remaining productive in the gym gives o ur athletes the best of all wo rld s.

This staff comp il ed state championships efforts at levels 5/6/8/9 and 10 ... (We did not field a team at level 7) .

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How have you built a solid foundation of strong and flexible gymnasts?

I know you've been active in the women's program, particularly in Region V, with the development of gymnasts in the region through training camps, working together, etc. How has this helped with your success, and other Region V teams' success, at JO Nationals?

I am the biggest fan of the Region 5 philosophy! Th e basic premise is- If you share everything you know w ith another coach or program, they in turn become better. Now in order to compete you must seek additional knowledge or work harder in order to compete w ith those that you have now ass isted . Working together also serves to create a bond between the var ious clubs, coaches and gym nasts within our region, thus making gymnastics a more enl ightening and enjoyab le experience for all. The teamwork and car ing attitude is obvious w hen Region 5 takes the floor at JO Nationa ls. I ca nnot tell you how much this philosophy has helped our program grow. I have learned something from v irtu all y every coach in ou r region at our traini ng camps. It is a system that truly does work.

We are very fortunate to have the USAG 's Med ica l Coordinator on staff here at Twistars-Dr. Larry Nassar (a uthor of Conditioning for the JO Athlete). Larry has played a sign ifica nt role in developing, adju sting and maintaining a we ll-balanced condition ing program . All coaches know that stronger, more flexible ath letes make better gymnasts. We make condition ing a priority. Alo ng with event conditioning, our teams cyc le throu gh a seri es of conditioning phases throughout the year. Conditioning rotations are generall y 30 -45 minutes each day. We use the TOP program as a developmental base for a hand-se lected group of 5-8 year olds each year. They train the TOP program for 18 months - 2 yea rs and then enter the USAG system as very successful level 5's. Since t he TOP program emphasizes strength, flexibility and core gymnastics ski ll s, we find it to be a fantastic program outline to fo llow.



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I tend to believe that my change in v iewpoi nt is more a matter of progressing through a natura l maturation process than a shifting in occupational respo nsibiliti es . I sti ll operate w ith the philosophy that hard work wi ll pay off- whether it is related to coaching or running a business. The maturing process lets one see more clearly things that at one time may have been obscure such as the al ignment of li fe's priorities-what is more important, training a national champion or help ing to deve lop a happy child? I think both can be accomplished at once.

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Of course, to achieve any goal, is there not an obvious first step? Doesn't it make logical sense that before one starts out toward a goal, one must know exactly what that goal looks like so one knows exactly where to head and when one arrives? Certainly, but as obvious a statement as that is, unfortunately, it's more often overlooked than not. Specifically, when seeking responsibility, doesn't it make sense to define exactly what responsibility is; exactly what a responsible person looks like? Let me share with you a business model. It's a simple but effective way to help you (1) define the type of person your organization is seeking; (2) map out your leadership training ; (3) evaluate your employees' level of responsibility, individually; (4) evaluate your Company as a whole on its recent history of finding and developing responsible people.

Measured against this model, we see, not all Leaders feel comfortable with and seek the same depth of responsibility. My Company, Kids First Sports Center, relentlessly see ks L4's and nudges even its most Jr. employees to become L4's. Other Companies are threatened by L4's or L3's and, worse, some are threatened by L2's. Ironically, deep down , such Company's Leaders are th reatened by employees who like responsibility. My suggestion to all Leaders: (1) carefully and fully define the operational PRINCIPLES by which EVERYONE will adhere (you, too); (2) clearly define the PURPOSE and RESPONSIBILITIES of each job; (3) find the FORTITUDE to hire by, fire by, and govern by the principles and responsibilities; (4) Work diligently to GET OVER your fear. The sad alternative: adjust your business goals downward, to a modest level. Please think this through carefully; this is a very important topic. Perhaps the most important topic of all.

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NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY National Gymnastics Day takes place August 24, 2002. Good luck with your event, whatever your plans may be. Please remember to email, fa x or mail information on your event to USA Gymnastics. Let us know what you did, how it went, and show us photos so that we can print them in USA Gymnastics, Technique magazine or on USA Gymnastics online.

real-life champion and has fought and won their battles with diseases, injuries and birth defects of all kinds. These young Champions Across America are selected as ambassadors for their state and the 17 million kids treated annually at Child ren's Mi racle Network children's hospitals.

We hope that your plans include a Cartwheel-A-Thon to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. It's great to have healthy kids helping out less fortunate kids in your community. The money you raise will go towards helping kid s in your local Children's Hos pital. Many have asked why we have selected the Children's Miracle Network as a charity. We thought you'd find this story interesting and very touching! Margaret St amm

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Eleven-yea r-old Margaret Stamm was selected as the CMN Champion fo r Ohio . Margaret was an award-winning gymnast from Shaker Heights, Ohio, and had her sites set on an Olympic gold. One day her chance to fulfill that dream - or any other - nearly vanished in an instant. During diving practice at a local pool, a 30-pound light fi xture suddenly came loose and plummeted 40 feet onto Margaret's head, crushing her skull and driving bone fragments into her brain.

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Ma rgaret's pa rents were t old it would be a miracle if t heir daughter made it out of surgery alive. Three days later she was chatting happily wit h her gymnastics teammates in her hospital room . Even though her left side was paralyzed and she had to work long and hard in therapy to recover full use of her limbs, Margaret never gave up on her dream. Today she's as good as

gold! Just one touching sto ry of many. Have a great time on National Gymnastics Day and please share your stories with us after your event!

For more information on National Gymnastics Day or to see what others are doing to celebrate, go to and click on National Gymnastics Day '02. Send your information and photos on your National Gymnastics Day event to or mail to USA Gymnastics, National Gymnastics Day, Pan American Plaza, 201 S. Capitol Ave., Ste. 300, Indianapolis, IN 46225. Deadline is October 1, 2002.


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Children's Miracle Network Fundraisers This year we're offering a number of ways for clubs to raise money for Children's Miracle Network.

1 Raise funds by running a Cartwheel-A-Thon. You can host this event at a variety of locations including your gym, the local hospital or try one of CMN partners which include: Walmart/Sam's Club or the General Growth Properties Moll Network. Call Cindy Allen at CMN 801-278-8900 or to help set up your event with a hospital or CMN portner.

2 Sell Trophy Nuts. Have your students go out and sell a variety of nuts and the proceeds benefit your gym and the CMN. Call 937-667-8478 or 800-729-6887.

3 Balloon sales. Call your local children's hospital and get balloons with the hospital's names on them. Gymnasts sell the balloons at the gym and the money benefits the CMN.

4 Recyling. Cartridges for Kids is a program in which your gym families can participate. Have them bring in their used printer cartridges and cell phones to earn money for CMN. 970-224-2930 or 800-845-8851 .



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How do you balance the class program versus your successful team program? Another very tough managerial prob lem. Successfu l team programs have a tendency to overpower the recreatio nal programs. It's important to make the recreational students fee l that they are every bit as impo rtant as yo ur tea m students are. Q uali ty instructors that truly care about the progress of the recreationa l students are a must. I nstructors who merely put in the hours until they get to their TEAM ROTATIONS are doing the tota l program an inj ustice. A ll of ou r competit ive team staff M UST teac h recreationa l classes, and do so w ith enthusiasm. BES IDES, yo ur team kids come thro ugh yo ur rec programs! : As the Region V JO Commi ttee Chairman, w hat do yo u see as the future direction of th e JO program ? I'd li ke to thi nk we wi ll rema in on the current co urse of keep ing the JO program as user friend ly as possible. The JO program need not be the ELITE PROGRAM trai ning ground. It serves far more people; it's fun, affordab le and less demanding. I feel that elite gymnastics is for ELI TE athletes and they wi ll surface w ithout sacrific ing the masses to find the few. The JO program is a place w here kids do not have to give up everything in order to participate in th is wonderfu l sport. I'd li ke to see it stay that way. Joh n, th anks fo r yo ur time and best of luck fo r the future!

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unior Professional Membership Beginning August 1, 2002 all 16 and 17 year old assistant coaches and judges will be required to obtain both the new Junior Professional Member and Safety Certification. This membership category is replacing the young Instructor/ safety certified member. The Junior Professional membership forms will be mailed to all current 16 and 17 year old assistant coaches and judges. The new form will be available in the FORMS section of our homepage. The cost of the Junior Professional Membership is $65.00. Instructor Members are not allowed on the floor at a sanctioned event effective August 1, 2002. All coaches and judges on the floor at a sanctioned USA Gymnastics event beginning August 1, 2002 must hold a professional membership and valid number. National Con ress August 7-10, 2002, Cleveland, Ohio Educational Opportunities: Don't miss the exceptional educational opportunities that are taking place the day before National Congress opens. Sign up now - See the Add-on page for National Congress in this issue. • On Wednesday, August 7 the inaugural Safety Course in this new cycle of 2002-2006 will be debuted. This is a totally new course and new materials! The author of the Risk Management Textbook, Dr. William Sands will be giving both courses on August 7. Remember that you are allowed to take the safety course up to one year prior to you expiration date. Your safety expiration date is now aligned with your professional membership expiration date month. Don't miss this terrific opportunity. Morning course begins at 8:30 a.m. The afternoon course begins at 1:00 p.m. The course is four hours in length. • Othe r excellent choice are : Booster Club Seminar, KATpreschool certification course, MELPD-lesson plan development theory for preschool teachers, safety for cheerleading coaches course, Trampoline and Tumbling Level One coaches course.


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weeks and never complained." Chellsie said, "I missed home but it was a lot of fun and I gained a lot of experience." This soon-to-be ninth grade student at West Allis Central is looking forward to the U.S. Championships. "I have some new skills and routines to show at Championships," said Memmel. She had to miss the U.S. Championships last year due to a hamstring injury so is looking forward to the event this year. Chellsie is the oldest of three daughters to Andrew and Jeanelle Memmel. Both of her parents were All-American gymnasts and won full athletic college scholarships. Memmel has two sisters, Mara, who is an artistic gymnast and Skyler who is both an artistic and rhythmic gymnast. Chellsie would like to coach gymnastics in the future but for the time being she enjoys shopping, reading and bike riding and says math is her favorite subject in school. •





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USA Gymnastics National Congress is the premier learning opportunity in the U.S. Approximately 72 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 party, and over 2,000 of your closest gymnastics friends and you will find out why most National Congress attendees return year after year. TECHNIQUE· JULY 2002

USA Gymnastics National Congress Combined with affordability, . accessibility and award-winning service, Cleveland will make an excellent site for the 2002 USA Gymnastics National Congress. Cleveland has world-class attractions and museums, great restaurants and shopping, plus professional sports and golf courses. USA Gymnastics National Congress will again be presenting more than 12 different tracks offering lectures for all your staff to increase their knowledge. Wednesday, August 7 • Business Owners Conference • Add On's including KAT and MELPD Certification, Safety Course, AACCA/Cheer Certification, Trampoline & Tumbling Levell Coaches' Course, Booster Clubs



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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 sh are a wealth of knowledge. • Professional Members & Member Clubs receive special prices on almost all Congress functions.


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

NOTE: Children under the age of 5 will be admitted free when accompanied by their parent or guardian.

• 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. USA GYMNASTICS POSITION ON CHILDREN (GUESTS) ATTENDING CONGRESS SESSIONS Attendees should keep in mind thot the Congress sessions ore designed for odult gymnastics professionals who have paid to attend sessions in order to increase their professional skills and knowledge base. USA Gymnastics strongly discouroges attendance of children in ony Congress sessions. Congress Hosts and Hostesses will monitor entronce to Congress sessions to those displaying oppropriote credentials.


SCHEDULE 2002 National Congress and U.S. Championships Wednesday, August 7 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m ........... Business Conference ... ..... ... ... ........ .............. ..... ..... Cleveland Convention Ctr. 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m ..... .... Congress Registration Booths Open ....... ........... .. Cleveland Convention Ctr. See page 29 ....... .. ............. Safety, KAT, MELPD, Cheer Certification .... ..... .Cleveland Convention Ctr. Trampoline Coach Certification Levell, Booster Club Seminar 1:00-4:00 p.m ................... Jr. All-Around & Event Finals (Men) .. ............ .. .. Gund Arena 7:00-10:00 p.m ......... ....... .5r. All-Around Prelims & Event Finals (Men) .... Gund Arena

Thursday, August 8 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m ........... Congress Registration Booths Open ........ ............ Cleveland Convention Ctr. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m . .... ... ... Congress Sessions ............. ....... .............................. Cleveland Convention Ctr. 10:30-11:30 a.m .. ....... .... ..Exhibit Hall: Gym Club Owners Preview .. ....... .Cleveland Convention Ctr. 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p .m ......... Exhibit Hall: Open to All Congress Participants ...... Cleveland Convention Ctr. 9:30 a.m.-1 :30 p.m ... .... ....Jr. All-Around (Rhythmic) .......... ..... ...... ...... ....... ..CC - Public Auditorium 1:00-3:30 p.m ................... Jr. All-Around Prelims & Event Finals (Women) .... ..Gund Arena 2:30-7:30 p.m ........... ...... ..5r. All-Around (Rhythmic) ... ....... ... ... ... ..... ....... ..... CC - Public Auditorium 7:00-10:00 p.m ........ ......... Sr. All-Around Prelims & Event Finals (Women) ... .Gund Arena

Friday, August 9 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m . ........ Congress Registration Booths Open ........ ............ Cleveland Convention Ctr. 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p .m .. .........Jr. Competition/Sr. Prelims. (Sports Acro) .......... CC - Exhibit Hall 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p .m ... .... .. ..Exhibit Hall Open ..... ........... .................. .... .... .. ........ Cleveland Convention Ctr. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m ..... .. .... Congress Sessions ... ............................................. .... Clevel and Convention Ctr. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m ....... .... Jr. Elite Prelims (T&T) ...... ... .. ......... .......... ..... ....... ..CC - Public Auditorium 4:00-7:30 p.m ............. ...... Sr. Elite Prelims (T&T) ............... ........................ .. ... CC - Public Auditorium 4:15-5:15 p.m . ........... ....... Exhibit Hall Social/Happy Hour ........ ..... .... ... ... ...Cleveland Convention Ctr. , 7:00-10:30 p.m ................. All-Around Finals (Men) .......... .............................. Gund Arena


Saturday August 1n r

8:00 a.m.-3:30 p .m .. ......... Congress Registration Booths Open ......... ...... .....Cleveland Convention Ctr. 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m .... ....... Exhibit Hall Open ............. ......... ....................... ... .... Cleveland Convention Ctr. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m . ........ Congress Sessions ...... .... ... .... ....... ..... .... ................... Cleveland Convention Ctr. 10:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m ..... .... Jr. Event Finals (Rhythmic) .. ... .... .. ....... .................. CC - Public Auditorium 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m ..... .... Jr. Event Finals (T&T) .................. .............. .............. CC - Public Auditorium 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ..... .Jr. Competition/ Sr. Finals (Sports Acro) ......... ... ..CC - Exhibit Hall 1:00-3:30 p.m . .......... ........ Jr. All-Around finals (Women) ........... ................... Gund Arena 2:30-6:00 p .m ... ... .............5r. Event Finals (Rhythmic) ... ... .... ............. ......... ... .CC - Public Auditorium 2:30-6:00 p.m . .......... ....... .5r. Event Finals (T&T) .. .................... .... .... ............ ..CC - Public Auditorium 6:00-8:30 p.m .. .. ... .... ..... .. .5r. All-Around Finals (Women) ..... ........... .... ..... .. .Gund Arena 9:30 p.m . ... ... .. .... .......... ... .Dance Party (Congress Attendees) ..... ... ... ...... ..... Marriott Hotel's Key Center *Note: SUBJECT TO CHANGE TECHNIQUE · JULY 2002

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USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and luncheon Saturday, August 10, 2002

You are cordiaLly invited to attend the Annual USA Gymnastics HaLl of Fame Induction Ceremony. It is with great pleasure that the Class of 2002 is announced as foLlows: George Beckstead, Dickie Browning, Nard Cazzell (Posthumously), Bill Copp, Trent Dimas, Jair Lynch, Alexandra Nicholson, Betty Okino, Kerri Strug Please join us on Saturday, August 10, 2002 at 11 : 40 a.m. Sheraton Cleveland City Centre Hotel 777 St. Clair Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44114 11:40 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. (Directly across from the Cleveland Con vention Center) Donation - $ 25 .00 per person - $ 250.00 for a reserved table for ten persons

Recognition and Announcements for the USA Gymnastics Star Service Awards And Spirit of the Flame Award will take place during lunch prior to the Hall of Fame Induction Please join us for this very special event! Return t his form to USA Gymnasti cs by July 24, 2002 201 S. Capitol Ave, Suite 300, India napoli s, IN 4622 5 or Fax 317-692-521 2

Name: Member Number: _ _ __ _ _ __ __ __ _ _ Address: _ _ __ _ __ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ __ __ _ __ City: State: Zip: _ __ _ _ __ __ _ __ Email: Credit Card Number: Exp . Date: Name on card: _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Signature: Request Ticket(s): @ $ 25 ea. Table (s): _ _ __ _ _ @ $250 each for 10 people Amount charged: Check enclosed - amount: _ _ _ _ __ __ _ __

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Minimum age for Congress registration is 16.


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


(omplete one Form per person-Photocopy for additional Registrations. As aprofessional or instrudor member, you have two prices from which to choose. One price is for (ongress only. The other price is for (ongress and tickets to see all U.s. (hampionship events. Please see page 30 where additional tickets can be purchased for non· members, spouses, friends, etc. If you wish to be seated next to your co-workers, friends, spouses, etc., send all registration and ticket order forms together at one time with payment.

Your Pro or Instructor Acldress (listed in the USA Gymnastics member database) will be used for all correspondence. The tickets will be sent to the member database address 4 weeks prior to Championships.

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be in w ritting.

Submit request in writing to USA Gymnastics, Anention: Cathy Allen

• One ticket to the Congress Dance Party on Saturday evening, August 10

(additional Congress Dance Party tickets for spouse/guests are $35 each- available at on -site registration)

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fee per person

canceling. After July 13th - 50% of registration

fee per person canceling.

Videotoping: Videotaping of Congress sessions is permitted FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY unless the Session Presenters announce that his/her/their session may not be videotaped.

SUBSTITUTION POLICY To transfer registration to another person, the new congress attendee

Language: The official language of Congress is English. USA Gymnastics wi ll make no

must a lso have a professional or instructor membership.

special provisions for translation of sessions into other languages.

Sefore August 1 - $30 per substitution ON-SITE - $50 per substitution Submit request in writing to USA Gymnastics, Anention : Cathy Allen

Congress aHendees with special needs must notify USA Gymnastics in writing in this regard prior to the July 13 pre-registration deadline. We suggest that this information be included with the congress pre-registration form.







No Pre-Registration after July 1 3 After July 1 3 you must register on-site for a $25 additional late fee per course per person





NOTE: Due to limited space and materials, admission to Congress add-ons is not guaranteed unless pre·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 2002 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 Gymnastics member datobase) will be used for all correspondence • Name .... Birth date

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SAFETY CERTIFICATION COURSES Minimum age lor Salety Certification is 16

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Wed. August 7, 4 p.m.- 9 p.m. $85 $85 $1350 NOTE: Pre-registration guarantees a MELPD Workbook. Enrollment is limited. Minimum age is 16. Includes Boxed Supper


Wed., Aug. 7, 8:30-12:00 (osl: $50 This seminar is designed for those coaches/dub owners or Presidents of Booster Clubs who want to maximize the talent within their membership. Dove Holcomb, owner of Buckeye Gymnastics will be the featured speaker and will cover • supporting the traveling team . Fundraising • PR • Parties and Celebrations • Facility Enhancements, etc.

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 pre-registration deadline. We suggest that this information 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.






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MEN'S PROGRAM COMMITTEE Conference Call Minutes

May 29, 2002 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. CDT by Chair, Yoichi Tomita.

I. ROLL CALL Members Present: MPC Chair & Vice Chair for Men Yoichi Tomita MPC Secretary & Jr. Coaches Rep. G0ined call at 11:10am) Steve Butcher FIG Rep. George Beckstead Kurt Golder Sr. Coaches Rep. Sr. Coaches Rep. Miles Avery Jr. Coaches Rep. (absent) Bill Foster Athlete Rep. Mihai Bagiu Athlete Rep. John Roethlisberger Butch Zunich NGJA Rep. (voice, no vote) (absent) Sr. National Team Coordinator (voice, no vote) Ron Brant Jr. National Team Coordinator (voice, no vote) Dennis McIntyre Ron Galimore Senior Director, Men's Program (voice, no vote) Meeting called to order by Chair Yoichi Tomita at 11:10 a.m. He commended the men's team on their fine performance at the Pacific Alliance Championships, our marker meet for 2002.

II. COLLEGIATE PROGRAM FUNDRAISING In response to USA Gymnastics being asked to assist the Collegiate Gymnastics Association (CGA) in fund raising efforts to support men's collegiate gymnastics programs, Bob Colarossi had a donation check box placed on all USA Gymnastics Membership Application forms. These funds will be maintained by the USA Gymnastics National Gymnastics Foundation for distribution. The donation check box on application forms will allow individuals to donate to all disciplines as well as men's and women's collegiate gymnastics. The MPC will establish guidelines for men's funds distribution. The funds could go to a collegiate club or varsity program. Further suggestions included using these funds for programs and not individuals. The MPC will form a committee to distribute these funds. The MPC recommended that this committee have a finance committee member, National Gymnastics Foundation member, and two CGA members.

Motion: To form a distribution committee to oversee the funds collected for the men's collegiate program through the membership applications. This distribution committee should be comprised of a USAG Finance committee member, National Gymnastics Foundation committee member, at least two CGA members and another individual to be named later. Motion: Yoichi Tomita 2nd: Steve Butcher PASSED: Unanimously

III. USAG STANDARDIZATION TASK FORCE A task force has been created to review ways in which USA Gymnastics programs could take on a more standardized form. The Task Force is made up of the 5 Vice-Chairs and 5 Program Directors. Examples of some of the things to be discussed include having a common name for all the Junior Olympic diSciplines: levels or classes. Standardizing USA Gymnastics programs could be very beneficial when communicating to potential sponsors and explaining the organization structure of USA Gymnastics to the general public. This committee will meet for the first time tomorrow. This is viewed as a long-term process and compromise by each program will be necessary to reach solutions to all of the issues.

IV. FOREIGN ATHLETE PERMISSION TO ATTEND THE QUALIFIER & U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS Alexander Artemev is requesting permission to participate in the U.S. National Qualifier and U.S. Championships in an exhibition only status. His finish at Nationals would have qualified him to the U.S. Championships if he were a U.S. citizen, but his application for citizenship is still being processed.


Jason Shen from Region 6 has parents that are U.S. citizens. Jason was not granted u.s. citizenship because of a missing birth certificate. Relatives in China are attempting to expedite the process by locating a copy of his birth certificate. He is requesting permission to attend the Qualifier and to participate in the U.S. Championships in an exhibition status if qualified among the top u.s. citizens. No U.S. citizens would be displaced by either gymnast. Motion: To permit Alexander Artemev to participate in the 2002 Qualifier and U.S. Championships in an exhibition only status. Also, to permit Jason Shen to participate in the Qualifier with the possibility of participating in the 2002 U.S. Championships, exhibition only, if he qualifies among the top U.S. citizens. Motion: Kurt Golder Steve Butcher 2nd: PASSED: Unanimously



Aaron Rakes is attempting to petition to the 2002 U.s. Championships. He has been sidelined with an elbow injury. Aaron is a Jr. National Team member. This petition would not displace any other gymnasts if approved. Motion: To approve the injury petition of Aaron Rakes to the junior division of the 2002 U.S. Championships Motion: Kurt Golder 2nd: Steve Butcher PASSED: Unanimously

VI. U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS AA FINALS FORMAT If a junior gymnast qualifies within the scores of the top 36 senior AA gymnasts then he would be eligible to compete in the senior division

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(continued from page 31) AA Finals. Specialists in the top three from the first day will be advanced to the second day. Motion: To advance the top 36 AA gymnasts regardless of division, junior or senior, to the 2nd day of competition at the 2002 U.S. Championships, AA Finals. Motion: John Roethlisberger 2nd: Kurt Golder PASSED: Unanimously Motion: Any gymnast that ranks in the top three on an apparatus, regardless of division, will be invited to compete on that apparatus on the 2nd day in the AA Finals of the 2002 U.S. Championships. Motion: Yoichi Tomita 2nd: John Roethlisberger PASSED: Unanimously Athletes do not need to be age eligible to move on to the AA Finals. Also, foreign exhibition athletes will be permitted to move on to the AA Finals, in an exhibition status only, if they place among the qualifiers.

V. REPLACEMENT OF PRE-QUALIFIED AA GYMNASTS FOR THE U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS Motion: Pre-Qualified athletes can be replaced for the U.S. Championships up to one week prior to the competition Motion: Kurt Golder Steve Butcher 2nd: PASSED: Unanimously

VI. NEW BUSINESS Motion: Senior National Team positions 10th-14th will be selected by the MPC after the U.S. Championships and they will remain on the team through the 2003 Winter Cup Challenge. These positions could be awarded to an all-around gymnast, specialist, or injured athlete. Motion: John Roethlisberger 2nd: Mihai Bagiu PASSED: Unanimously

VII. ADJOURNMENT Motion: To adjourn Motion: Steve Butcher Yoichi Tomita 2nd: PASSED: Unanimously Call adjourned at 12:15 a.m. COT.

Respectfully submitted by Steve Butcher, MPC Secretanj (more men's minutes continued on page 43)

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SPORTS ACROBATICS PROGRAM COMMITTEE May 4-5, 2002 - Sacramento, Calif.

The meeting was called to order at 9:20 a.m.

I. ROLL CALL Program Committee Chair FIG Technical Committee Rep Vice Chair Board of Directors National Judges Coordinator Program Director

Jola Jones Tonya Case-Patterson Dr. A. Jay Binder Linda Ocmand Alexa Hukari

II. SENIOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR A list of the program committee's recommendations to Bob Colarossi for important qualities was developed.

III. JUDGES NATIONAL/NATIONAL SUPERIOR TESTING Testing has been mandated for all National and National Superior rated judges for July 12 at 6pm in New Orleans, LA. There will be a discussion/lecture prior to the test. Jones and Ocmand will develop the test. The general topics to be tested will be those areas an Arbiter of the panel will need to deal with. Practical film review: skill recognition, granting difficulty, breakdowns, special requirements, artistry and execution ranges Diagram error recognition Less importantly: mass and maturity, element choice in artistry International Testing was discussed. Judges who tested in August 2001 still do not have official recognition of their pass / fail status. The FIG will be contacted in order to push the process along. Local level testing opportunities - an outline will be developed by Ocmand for the local judges test. Local Leader Level Judges must be

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National rated and appointed by the program committee. A letter will be sent to these individuals to check their availability and willingness to teach the local judges test beginning in 2003. Western: Jola Jones, Tonya Case-Patterson, Alexa Hukari Eastern: Janet Von Bargen, Resi Buell-Size Mid East: Michelle Caviness, Darin Caviness South Central: Linda Ocmand, Diane Dougall Central: Jennifer Hess, Merry Crouch

IV. EVENTS International guests - policy position Nationals 2002: We will invite the South African trio who has expressed interest to attend and will give one additional set of Elite Trio All Around medals. The Russian National team may also be invited to participate. General policy: Schedule permitting we will allow international competitors at the USA Sports Acrobatics National Championships. This will allow progress towards the goals set out in our strategic plan including education for coaches, judges, and athletes; international experience provided at no additional cost to the sports acrobatics budget or our athletes; and promotion of international relations. Nationals 2002 issues - As a part of the growing pains associated with integration into USAG, there have been difficulties with the responsibilities related to event planning for Nationals.

TEAM TRIALS 2002 • Location: Cleveland, OH August 8-10. Training will be on the 8th. Competition will be on the 9th and 10th. • Alexa Hukari will be the event director. Jones and Ocmand will be the meet referees. Ocmand will develop judging assignments.

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Jeff Smith will do the scoring. • Athletes will compete in the following categories: Level 9, Level 10, International Age Group 11-16, and Elite. Level 9, Level 10, and Elite categories will follow the USAG Sports Acrobatics rules. The International Age Group 11-16 athletes will follow specific SAWAGG rules and restrictions set by the FIG. There are no skill or difficulty limitations at team trials for the athletes in the Elite category. If Elite athletes are chosen for the SAWAGG 12-18 team, coaches need to note the difficulty and skill restrictions that must be followed at SAWAGG. • Selection for SAWAGG: Age group 11-16 athletes will be chosen from the "International Age Group 11-16" category. Age group 12-18 athletes will be chosen from age eligible athletes in the Elite and possibly Level 10 category. • National Team and Senior World Championship Team will both be announced at the event.

V. COACHES' EDUCATION Discussion of the coaches' education proposal presented by Hukari. The proposal needs to be discussed further with more coaches input. The discussion was tabled until May 12 either by in person meeting or conference call with Hukari, Case-Patterson, Reiakvam and available coaches representatives.

VI. "HOW TO START A SPORTS ACROBATICS PROGRAM" UPDATE Marcia DeGuire has offered June 15 as a target date for a rough draft. A final draft should be ready by July 12. We hope to have the publication available at the USAG National Congress (Aug 8).

VII. VIDEO We will make "10 Basic Sports Acrobatics Skills" video available through USAG. This video was made by Junior Elite Gymnastics and has been kindly made available to us by Reiakvam. • Development of "LevelS and Level 6 Compulsory Routines" video will begin in New Orleans. • Hukari will investigate the possibility of making videos from the 2000 World Championships available. (Poland)

VIII. LETTER OF CONCERN A meet referee's report and formal letter to the program committee were reviewed regarding difficulties at a local meet. No action was

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IX. FIG CODE OF POINTS UPDATE The final version of the code has been officially requested from FIG and should be in the office upon the Sr. Director's return. We will follow up with who has already paid for the tables and who needs to receive them.

X. INTERNATIONAL UPDATE • Case-Patterson spoke on the current standing of sports acrobatics in the FIG. The FIG Executive Committee has made sweeping changes to the format of sports acrobatics competitions on the international level. These changes came against the proposals of the FIG Sports Acrobatics Technical Committee. • SAWAGG will only include two age groups this year (1116 and 12-18). After this year 11 year olds will not be allowed to compete at this competition. • World Championships now only include all around medals with a combined routine from a zero start. • The competition season has changed. World Championships are now to be held between March and June. • Competition age changes will go into effect in 2003. The minimum age for World Championships and World Cup competition will be 15 years. • FIG World Cup Proposal review • Final medals are based on a zero start combined routine. • The FIG has identified World Cup qualifying possibilities. These events are all in Europe and Asia. • The USA currently has no athletes who are ranked on the World Cup Ranking List. • Opportunities for our athletes: Our developmental pipeline has been set up to prepare athletes for events which are no longer going to take place. Due to age group and qualifying changes, many of our athletes are not eligible for the World Cup, World Championships, or SAWAGG competitions. Possibilities for opportunities for these athletes include participation in a Pacific Alliance Competition (proposal to be developed) and a major international competition that could be hosted in the US. A major international competition in 2003 National was (continued on page 42)

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Meeting was called to order by Chairman Cheryl Hamilton at 9:00 a.m.

I. ROLL CALL Present: Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 Region 6 Region 7 Region 8 NETCC NAWGJ WJOPM Absent: NACC NJOCC NECC SDWP NCAA

Sue Graff Linda Mulvihill Carole Bunge Linda Thorberg Char Christensen Pat Panichas Myra Elfenbein Marian Dykes Audrey Schweyer Carole Ide Connie Maloney

Jan Greenhawk Torn Koll Gary Anderson Kathy Kelly Sandy Thielz

II. LEVEL 7 VAULT Recommendation to accept the Jr. Olympic Committee's recommendation to eliminate the squat, stoop, and straddle vaults from the list of allowable Level 7 vaults, effective August 1, 2002. Motion: A. Schweyer Second: M. Elfenbein PASSED Deductions for these vaults will remain in the J. 0. Technical Handbook for those programs that still use these vaults, such as USAG PREP Optional or other organizations.


Supplement. Effective August 1, 2002. Motion: M. Dykes Second: C. Bunge PASSED Clarification: The two 3600 circling elements may be the same or different. One of these circles must achieve a minimum angle of 60 0 above horizontal; the other circling element has no angle requirement. Refer to page 32, e in the Jr. Olympic Technical Handbook regarding the technical specifications of clear support.

IV. LEVEL 8 DIFFICULTY RESTRICTIONS Recommendation to accept the Jr. Olympic Committee's recommendation to allow the performance of any "C" element at Level 8. "C" elements will receive "B" Value Part credit and will be eligible to fulfill Special Requirements. Effective August 1, 2002. Motion: L. Thorberg Second: M. Dykes PASSED 5 in favor (Regions NETC, 2, 4, 6 & 8) 4 opposed (Regions 1, 3, 5, & 7)

V. LEVEL 9 VAULTING Recommendation to accept the Jr. Olympic Committee's recommendation to allow the performance of the following Roundoff entry vaults for Level 9 athletes, effective August 1, 2002: From Group 4: vaults (Flic-£lac on) with twists only (no saltos) or RO, £lic-£lac on -salto off without twist #4.201 RO, FF on - Back tuck #4.304 RO, FF on - Back pike #4.305 RO, FF on - Back layout #4.312 RO, FF on - 1/1 twist off #4.313 RO, FF on - }1/2 twist off RO, FF on - 211 twist off #4.412 From Group 5: vaults (RO, £lic-£lac with '/2 turn on) with twists off (no saltos allowed) #5.201 RO, FF If, on - 1/1 twist off #5.202 RO, FF ' /2 on - }1/2 twist off #5.307 RO, FF 1/1 on - 111 twist off #S5.420 RO, FF '/2 on - 2/1 twist off Motion: M. Dykes Second: C. Christensen PASSED Reminder: There is no deduction for coach standing between board and vault table for Round-off entry vaults.

Recommendation to accept the Jr. Olympic Committee's recommendation to eliminate the Level 7 Bar requirement of a minimum of 8 elements, effective August 1, 2002. Motion: L. Mulvihill Second: M. Elfenbein PASSED Clarification: Effective August 1, 2002, there is no minimum number of elements required at Level 7.


Recommendation to accept the Jr. Olympic Committee's recommendation to add a new Level 7 Bar requirement of a second 360 0 circling element that finishes in or passes through a clear support, with no minimum angle required. One of the two required 3600 circling elements must be an element listed under Groups 3, 6 or 7 in the FIG Code of Points or the Jr. Olympic Element

Recommendation to accept the Jr. Olympic Committee's recommendation to eliminate the Low Bar "B" Special Requirement at Levels 8, 9 & 10, effective August 1, 2002. Motion: C. Bunge Second: C. Christensen PASSED 8 in favor, 1 opposed

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Recommendation to accept the Jr. Olympic Committee's recommendation to add the following special requirement for Level 8 Bars: a minimum of an "A" element from Groups 3, 6 or 7, effective August 1, 2002. Motion: C. Christensen Second: L. Thorberg PASSED Recommendation to accept the Jr. Olympic Committee's recommendation to add the following special requirement for Level 9 Bars: a minimum of a "B" element from Groups 3, 6 or 7, effective August 1, 2002. Motion: A. Schweyer Second: S. Graff PASSED Recommendation to the Jr. Olympic Committee to change the Level 9 Special Requirement of two Bar Changes to be only one Special Requirement valued at 0.20 (as in Level 10), effective August 1, 2002. Motion: M. Dykes Second: L. Mulvihill PASSED

* The Jr. Olympic Committee accepted this motion during the joint TCIJOC conference call on June 13, 2002. Recommendation that the FIG's recent clarification regarding the Glide straddle or stoop over the LB to catch HB, as listed in the revised FIG Code (Jan. 2002) be applied at the Jr. Olympic level, effective August 1, 2002:

#1.104 A value part Glide on LB, stoop (or straddle) back kip-up to brief rear support (touching LB with back of thighs) with grip change to hang on HB #1.204 B value part Glide on LB, stoop (or straddle) back kip-up through clear rear support with grip change to hang on HB Note: this element may be performed as a mount or within the exercise. Motion: P. Panichas Second: M. Elfenbein PASSED Rationale: Previously, the gymnast received deductions for touching the LB with the legs when attempting this element, which was listed only as a "B". Now, if the legs touch the bar, "A" value part is awarded, with no specific deduction for touching the bar with the legs.

* The Jr. Olympic Committee accepted this motion during the joint TCIJOC conference call on June 13, 2002. Recommendation to accept the Jr. Olympic Committee's recommendation regarding the performance of a release element: Value Part and Special Requirement credit will be awarded if the gymnast contacts the bar with the hand(s) prior to a fall, effective August 1, 2002. Motion: A. Schweyer Second: M. Elfenbein PASSED

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the joint conference call of the JOC/TC on June 13th, a final vote was taken with both committees and the motion was DEFEATED.

Recommendation to the Jr. Olympic Committee to maintain the "C" value of S4.307 (Laumann-LB back giant with release and 1/, tum in tuck position with flight to catch HB, finishing in a hang on HB). Motion: A. Schweyer Second: M. Elfenbein PASSED

* The Jr. Olympic Committee accepted this motion dllring the joint TC/JOC conference call on June 13, 2002 based on the fact that the values of the other release elements were not raised. * FINAL DECISION: NO CHANGE IN VALUE FOR #S4.307 (Laumann-LB back giant with release and 1/, tum in tuck position with flight to catch HB, finishing in a hang on HB).

* FINAL DECISION: ELEMENTS WITH HOP-GRIP CHANGE ARE CONSIDERED FLIGHT ELEMENTS. Clarification of elements with hop-grip change and turns: Add the following to the Jr. Olympic Technical Handbook, pg. 82 B. 3: Add f. For elements with a hop-grip change and a LA turn, the hop grip change to a different grip must be completed prior to the initiation of the turn in order to be considered flight. (Exceptionback giant hop full) Recommendation to the Jr. Olympic Committee to add the following compositional deduction for Level 10: "Choice of release elements not up to the competitive level - " up to 0.20", effective August 1, 2002. Motion: M. Elfenbein Second: C. Christensen PASSED

* The Jr. Olympic Committee accepted this motion during the joint TC/JOC conference call on June 13, 2002. * Recommendation from the Jr. Olympic Committee to the Technical Committee to establish general guidelines for the application of this compositional deduction regarding choice of release elements. Motion: J. Geddert Second: D. Houlton PASSED In response to the above request, the following examples are suggested: If the only release elements in the routine were: • Counterswing to straddle back with flight over LB (B) and Underswing or long swing on HB with 1/, turn and flight over LB to hang (B) - deduct 0.20 • Tkatchev (D) and long swing forward on HB with 1/, turn (bail 1/,) and flight to handstand on LB (D) - no deduction When applying this compOSitional deduction, consider not only the value part of the release element, but also the type of release element and the use of release elements in direct connection to other release elements. Recommendation to the Jr. Olympic Committee to maintain the current values of the specific release elements that were listed in the Jr. Olympic Committee's May 2002 minutes. Motion: A. Schweyer Second: C. Christensen PASSED

* After revisiting this issue on the joint JOC/TC conference call on June 13 and in light of the new compositional deduction, the Jr. Olympic Committee accepted this motion (5 in favor, 3 opposed). * FINAL DECISION: NO CHANGE IN VALUES FOR RELEASE ELEMENTS

NEW BAR ELEMENT: Add the following element variation to the Jr. Olympic Element Supplement: # S2.101 "A" cast, add "also with 1/2 tum"

MISCELLANEOUS UNEVEN BAR TECHNIQUE CLARIFICATIONS Evaluation of turns on one arm finishing in an L or mixed-L grip (Healy technique): The Jr. Olympic Committee expressed concern regarding the lenient evaluation of elements with full turn on one arm (Healy turn). The Technical Committee will encourage through continued education the application of not only the deduction for late completion of the turn but also deductions for body position faults. Clarification of required technique for element #4.101 (A-value): If a swing forward with 1/, turn is completed below 45 0 from vertical, it is considered an element with no value; therefore, would not receive the Special Requirement of LA turn for Level 9. If the forward swing were under horizontal, a specific execution deduction of 0.10 would also be applied. Clarification of required technique for circling elements to handstand, also with If:;, turn: • All circling elements must be completed to within 100 of vertical in order to receive value part credit as listed in FIG Code or Jr. Olympic Element Supplement. • If the circle never reaches the handstand phase and a turn occurs on the upswing more than 100 from vertical, award the value for the actual element performed. Example: The gymnast attempts a clear hip circle or piked sole circle but fails to attain the handstand phase (within 100 of vertical on the upswing), and then performs 1/, turn. This would be considered either a ''B''underswing with If, turn to clear support (#3.202) or an "A" underswing with 1/, turn to hang (#3.102) depending on actual element perfonned. Example: The gymnast attempts a giant circle backward but fails to attain handstand phase and then perfonns a 1/, turn between 45 0 to 11 0 from vertical. This would be considered an "A" element - #4.101 (swing forward with 1/, turn above HB height, circa 45 0 from vertical) Clarification of "C" element #3.304 - Uprise backward to clear hip circle to handstand on HB: This element is considered one "C" element. If, when performing this element, the clear hip circle does not attain the handstand phase (within 100 of vertical), the skill is evaluated as two "B" elements (back uprise to clear support and clear hip circle). Note: If this element is performed at Level 7, it is considered two "8's", regardless of whether or not the clear hip circle attained the handstand position.


VII. OPTIONAL BEAM & FLOOR CLARIFICATIONS Recommendation to accept the Jr. Olympic Committee's recommendation to eliminate the hold Special Requirement on Beam, effective August 1, 2002. Motion: C. Bunge Second: L. Mulvihill PASSED Recommendation to accept the Jr. Olympic Committee's recommendation that all turns on Beam and Floor Exercise that are presently described as requiring a leg position maintained at "above horizontal throughout the turn" be described as "at or above horizontal throughout the turn" to receive Value Part credit as listed in the FIG Code. Effective August 1, 2002 for Jr. Olympic competition only. Motion: A. Schweyer Second: S. Graff PASSED: 5 in favor, 3 opposed, 1 abstention Note: Refer to the Jr. Olympic Technical Handbook, pages 113 & 140 for additional technical requirements for these elements. Recommendation to accept the following FIG description of artistry for optional competition, as presented in the 2002 revision of the FIG

Code of Points: Artistry of presentation throughout the exercise, showing qualities of: • Elegance and expression of personal style • Entertainment value • Originality of choreography in elements and combinations. Motion: L. Mulvihill Second: L. Thorberg PASSED Discussion of the new FIG technical decisions: Tempo (rhythm) deduction for direct connection of two or more elements in a series on Beam: Discussion was held in regard to the FIG's elimination of the tempo deduction on Beam. The Technical Committee and the Jr. Olympic Committee agree that the elimination of this deduction is NOT to the benefit of the Jr. Olympic athletes. No change was recommended at this time. Reminder: The tempo deduction of "up to 0.10" is applied when the rhythm of the connection is continuous but slow. It is considered a separate rhythm deduction and is not applied to either the first or second element. FIG changes in element values or numbers in FIG Code: Beam: FIG has eliminated the tucked Chen £lic (#7.312). The Technical and Jr. Olympic committees have decided to retain this element for the Jr. OlympiC program with the following technical requirements: the gymnast must show a 90° angle in both the hips and the knees, then an opening/ stretching of the legs /body prior to the swing down. The tucked Chen Hic will be added to the Jr. Olympic Element Supplement as S7.312.

Beam: The FIG is now listing the tuck jumps and wolf jumps under the same number. The Technical Committee decided to keep the tuck and wolf jumps as different elements for the Jr. OlympiC program. In the Jr. Olympic Element Supplement, the wolf jumps will be listed w1der the following numbers: S2.111 Wolf hop (one foot take-off) S2.211 Wolf jump (two foot take-off) S2.311 Wolf hop or jump with ,/, or ,/, turn, also landing in front support or to hand support with swing down to cross straddle sit. S2.511 Wolf hop with 1/1 turn or wolf jump with 1/1 -1'/, turn Floor Exercise Special Requirements: The committee discussed the fact that the FIG has eliminated the Special Requirement of an acrobatic series. The Technical committee decided to maintain the six Special Requirements presently required on Floor Exercise for the Jr. Olympic program. Floor Exercise Salto clarification: Saito elements landing in a sitting, prone or split-sit position are not considered saltos. If the saito element lands on two feet, or lands on one foot and then lowers with control to one knee, it is considered a saito and will be eligible to fulfill Special Requirements and / or Connection Value.

VIII. NEW ELEMENTS FROM THE 2002 JR. OLYMPIC NATIONALS Add the following elements to the Jr. OlympiC Element Supplement: VAULT: Round-off, £lic-£lac on - 1/ 2turn off to saito forward tucked S4.607 with 1/2turn (Beckman) 10.0 Front handspring onto board - Front handspring on S2.305 Saito forward tucked (Ilg) 9.8 BARS: S2.406 (D) On HB- Counterswing to front saito stretched with 1/ 2turn to catch LB in hang (Cox) S4.402 (D) Back giant on HB- hop from regular grip to L-grip in handstand phase (Dochney) S8.506 (E) Dismount: Swing down between the bars, swing forward to salto backward tucked with 1/ 2twist into saito forward tucked with 1/ 2twist (Beckman) BEAM: S9.409 (D) Dismount: Gainer saito piked with 1/1 twist at the end of the beam - facing out (Rinaldo)

* All element values were accepted by the Jr. Olympic Committee during a joint TC/JOC conference call June 13, 2002.

IX. PROCEDURES FOR THE EVALUATION OF NEW ELEMENTS FOR THE JR. OLYMPIC PROGRAM The coach must send an evaluation form (available on the USAG web site at and a videotape of the new element to their RTCC. A videotape is now required prior to confirming an evaluation of a new element.

X. BASE SCORE VIDEOS Beam: The FIG has manged the Flic-£lac If, and If, (Omelianchik) to Group 5 - Holds (#5.308 and 5.408). The Technical and Jr. Olympic committees have decided to retain these two elements in Group 7 (Walkovers, Cartwheels, etc.), with no hold requirement. They will be added to the Jr. OlympiC Element Supplement as: #S7.310 Flic-flac with ,/, turn to side handstand and #S7.410 Flic-flac with 3/, turn to side handstand

The Base Score videos used in the judges' meetings prior to Sectional and above competitions are important for establishing guidelines and consistency for the states and regions. An evaluation form will be designed and sent to the State Committee Chairmen /State Judging Directors for State meets and RTCC for Regional meets in order to record the actual scores from each judges' meeting, as well as comments from the participating judges. Completed forms will be sent to the Chairman of the Women's Technical Committee.

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Recommendation to make the following change in the Women's

The committee discussed the deductions for Level 4 vault. It is recommended that when judging this vault, that each applicable deduction be utilized as listed when a dive roll is performed.

Rules and Policies for 2002-03:

XII. LEVEL 5/6 HANDSPRING VAULT Recommendation to the Jr. Olympic Committee to add the following deduction for LevelS and 6 vault, effective August I, 2002: Additional hand placements (taking steps/hops on hands) Up to 0.30 Motion: M. Dykes Second: M. Elfenbein PASSED

* The Jr. Olympic Committee accepted this motion during the joint TCIJOC conference call on June 13, 2002. Recommendation to the Jr. Olympic Committee to delete the 0.50 deduction for "coach standing between the board and vault apparatus" at Level 6, effective August I, 2002. Motion: L. Thorberg Second: A. Schweyer PASSED

* The Jr. Olympic Committee accepted this motion during the joint TCIJOC conference call on June 13, 2002. Recommendation to the Jr. Olympic Committee to apply a 2.00 penalty for "Failure to land on the feet first" for Level 5 or 6 for Handspring vaults, effective August I, 2002. Motion: L. Mulvihill Second: L. Thorberg PASSED

* The Jr. Olympic Committee accepted this motion during the joint TCIJOC conference call on June 13, 2002. Recommendation to the Jr. Olympic Committee to add a 2.00 penalty for assistance by the coach in any phase of the Level 5/6 handspring vault. Motion: L. Thorberg Second: M. Dykes PASSED Clarification: A maximum deduction of 2.00 would be taken for assistance in the 1st flight phase or 2nd flight phase, or in both flight phases.

* The Jr. Olympic Committee accepted this motion during the joint TCIJOC conference call on June 13, 2002. Clarification: If, in the attempt to perform a handspring vault, the Level 5/6 gymnast finishes in a sitting/ lying position on the vault apparatus, deduct 0.50 for the fall onto the apparatus plus 2.00 for failure to land on the feet first. If the gymnast makes contact with the vault apparatus during the 2nd flight phase, deduct "up to 0.20" for touch / brush or hit on the apparatus.

XIII. FLASHING OF START VALUES ReeslftlftefteatiSft ts reEJ:aire the jaeges ts either flash sr sa9lftit Start Valaes ift writiftg (Sft the gylftftast's fare) at aU Ortisftal bevel 8, 9 aftelll eSlftretitisfts. Motion: M. Dykes Second: L. Thorberg DEFEATED (7 opposed, 2 in favor) The Teclmical Committee encourages flashing of Start Values or writing of Start Values on competition cards at all optional competitions. Whenever possible, the Meet Director will advise the judges' assignor that this procedure will take place.

Page 69, c., 2., c. Delete the following bullet: "If the Meet Director elects to flash Start Values, this requirement must be included in the pre-meet information for coaches and indicated on the judges' contract." Motion: M. Dykes Second: L. Thorberg PASSED

XIV. JR. OLYMPIC TECHNICAL HANDBOOK & 2001 WTC QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Errata sheets reflecting the recent changes made by the Jr. Olympic and Technical Committees will be posted on the USAG web site and in the Technique magazine for the following: â&#x20AC;˘ Jr. Olympic Technical Handbook for Coaches and Judges (Revised March 2002) â&#x20AC;˘ Q & A from the 2001 Women's Technical Symposium, National Judges' Courses and the NAWGJ Symposium (currently posted on the USAG web site)

XIV. NAWGJ REPORT Carole Ide distributed a written report of NAWGJ activities. She asked the Teclmical Committee for any items of concern regarding the Judges' Compensation package, which will be reviewed and revised by July 31, 2002.

XV. APPAREL The committee discussed the wearing of an elastic waistband on the outside of the leotard. Recommendation that elastic waistbands, traditionally worn as training aids, are considered inappropriate attire (not to include medically necessary bandages), effective August I, 2002. Motion: M. Dykes Second: L. Thorberg PASSED The committee also discussed appropriate coaches' attire and asked the Women's Administrative Committee to address this issue for inclusion in the Rules and Policies.

XVI. MATTING Page 133, V. Coach on the Floor Exercise Mat/Spotting regulations: Add E. It is permissible for a coach to go onto the Floor Exercise mat during the exercise if an object (such as metal hair clips, eyeglasses, etc.) that may impede or endanger the athlete has fallen onto the mat. There will be no deduction.

XVII. WOMEN'S PROGRAM OPERATING CODE CHANGES The committee discussed the fact that the Elite Teclmical Committee Chairman's term currently does not coincide with the terms of the Chairmen of the International Elite Committee and Elite Committee. Recommendation to the Women's Program Committee that the Elite Technical Chairman's term be changed so that the elections would be held during the Olympic year to coincide with the elections of the Elite Committee Chairman and International Elite Committee Chairman. In order to transition to this time frame, the present term will be for two years. Beginning with the election in 2004, the term will be for four years. Motion: P. Panichas Second: C. Christensen PASSED (continued on page 46)

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I. ROLL CALL IECC Coach Representatives

National Team Coordinator Athlete Representative Sr. Director Women's Program International Consultant

Roe Kreutzer (phone trouble) Steve Rybacki Donna Strauss Kelli Hill Yvegeny Marchenko Martha Karolyi Larissa Fontaine (excused) Kathy Kelly Jackie Fie

The Chairman had sent a "revised" copy of the R&P to the committee for their review. All the strike throughs, the bold, underlined or highlighted areas will need discussion. The committee agreed to the following changes for the 2002-2003 Rules and Policies.

TEAM SIZE Senior 18 - Junior - 12

AGE DIVISIONS Senior 15 + up (AllIS year olds attempting to qualify for the 2003 World Championships or the Pan Am Games MUST compete in the Senior Division) Junior 15 and below

NATIONAL QUALIFIERS Committee agreed that in addition to the Team Cup on the podium at American Cup, 3 national qualifiers will be added to the 2003 season. All clubs of National Team Members will be allowed to submit bids for the qualifiers. The competitions must be conducted between January 10 and February 23. The Selection Committee will award the competition based upon geographic location, national team members in the club, stature of competition. A complete calendar will be announced at the U.S. Classic Meet. These national qualifiers must follow all the rules for elite competitions with the exception that 20cm mats are not required but 20cm of matting must be available. The National Office will send out the request for bids with a deadline for submission of July 1, 2002. The coaches, through Kathy, have submitted a list of elements to Jackie for her technical direction in the evaluation of these elements. This will be distributed to all the coaches, discussed at the Clinic at Classics and in the judges' meeting. A video will be developed to compliment the written directives. Other judging issues and the qualification rules were discussed and will be finalized at the next meeting. The committee will review the qualification scores, numbers to Championships and competition rules after the results of Classics.

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The committee discussed the petition by the Meet Director of the Hall of Fame Meet to conduct a national elite qualifying session with that competition. While the committee is in agreement with the concept, another national qualifier can not be added to the schedule at this late date. The decision is left to the Region III Elite Board as to whether a regional elite session will be added to the Hall of Fame Meet. The committee was asked to book their tickets out of the Classic Meet on Monday after 3:00 pm to allow for the joint meeting with the Elite Committee.

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The meeting adjourned for the day at 7:30 p.m. The meeting resumed at 7:40 a.m. on May 5, 2002.

XI. ADDITIONAL INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS A competition is scheduled in Switzerland for October 2002 and is being considered for an official delegation. This competition provides the opportunity for international experience for the coaches who are participating in the "Fast Track Coaches Series."

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Committees need to be systematically implemented over time. Dr. Jay Binder will develop a proposal for specific dates for progress. There is a strong need for the elite coaches of the country to have a voice and input on a variety of issues. The implementation of the National Elite Committee will begin through an elite coaches meeting at the Sports Acrobatics National Championships 2002.

XVI. PUBLICATIONS Rules and Policies, Operating Code, and Specifications will be reorganized. Competition specific information will be included in Specifications beginning September 1, 2002.

XVII. STANDARDIZATION TASK FORCE UPDATE Vice Chairs will meet with Program Committee Chairs on May 29th prior to the USAG Board of Directors meeting to look into ways in which the USA Gyrrmastics programs can have a standard structure in some areas.


MEN'S PROGRAM COMMITTEE Conference Call Minutes

June 10, 2002 Meeting called to order at 9:05 a.m. PDT by Chair, Yoichi Tomita.

Motion: To permit Freddie UmaH residency at the Colorado Springs NTC on a three month trial basis with specific performance standards that will need to be met. Motion: John Roethlisberger Kwt Golder 2nd: PASSED: Unanimously

I.ROLL CALL Members Present: MPC Chair & Vice Chair for Men Yoichi Tomita Steve Butcher MPC Secretary & Jr. Coaches Rep. George Beckstead FIG Rep. G0ined at 9:10am) Kurt Golder Sr. Coaches Rep. Miles Avery Sr. Coaches Rep. Bill Foster Jr. Coaches Rep. Mihai Bagiu Athlete Rep. G0ined at 9:10am) Athlete Rep. John Roethlisberger NGJA Rep. (voice, no vote) Butch Zunich Sr. National Team Coordinator (voice, no vote) Ron Brant Jr. National Team Coordinator (voice, no vote) Dennis McIntyre Ron Galimore Senior Director, Men's Program (voice, no vote)

There are a couple of current OTC athletes that will have their positions re-evaluated in the near future.


Ron Brant explained a new document that has been created. This supplement provides the philosophy behind the use of the Execution Document. It will provide concepts on how each skill should be evaluated. The Execution Document puts a lot of emphaSiS on the A panel evaluation, while better assisting the B panel judges. This supplement would help coaches, athletes and judges communicate better about how skills are evaluated. There is also the possibly of a video review with coaches, judges, and athletes at the conclusion of major competitions. It is recommended that these new skill evaluation parameters be explained at the National Qualifier. These new parameters would be adopted after that competition.

Yoichi Tomita addressed the committee about the latest Board of Directors meeting. He stated that the men's program is very well represented on the board. Highlights of the board meeting included: • A change in the election procedures of the Program Vice Chair positions: each program committee will now be able to elect their vice chair to the Executive Committee. • A new anti-drug policy was adopted. • The Board of Directors voted to support a resolution that states USA Gymnastics is extremely concerned about the loss of so many men and women's collegiate gymnastics programs across the country. • Donations will be accepted for each diScipline and NCAA gymnastics can benefit with the use of the new athlete and professional registration forms. • Presently, USA Gymnastics continues to solicit a title sponsor for the U.S. Championships, and are pursuing a number of leads. • The 2002 World Championships preparation is going very well. Ron Galirnore complimented Mr. Tomita on his work in getting the other vice-chairs to approve the motion related to the future selection of their positions. The task force of all program directors and vicechairs met for the first time prior to the Board meeting. Ron Galimore will send out an update regarding their meeting.

Mihai Bagiu & George Beckstead joined call at 9:10 a.m.

III. FREDDIE UMALI REQUEST FOR COLORADO SPRINGS OTC RESIDENCY There is bed space available at the USOTC in Colorado Springs. Freddie Umali is requesting to train at that site immediately. He would not initially be a part of the Team Chevron program if granted the opportunity to train. A three-month trial period is standard for all OTC applicants. All national team member requests to train at the OTC will have priority over non-national team members.

IV. 2004 SCHEDULE CONFLlCl There has been a change in the 2004 NCAA season. The season is scheduled to begin later in 2004. This change places the NCAA Championships and Men's National Qualifier to the u.s. Championships on the same day, April 24. The MPC will request that the NCAA move their date to one week earlier and the National Qualifier to one week later. Steve Butcher has offered a back-up plan of hosting the National Qualifier in conjunction with the J.O. Nationals if San Diego is the Host City in 2004.


VI. JUDGES SELECTION FOR 2003-04 The senior coaches suggested that we have more consistency going into the Olympic year. They want to see panels locked in for that twoyear period. Butch Zunich, Ron Brant, and Ron Galimore will discuss this suggestion and bring back more information for our next call. Mihai Bagiu left Call 10:05 a.m.

VII. NEW BUSINESS We must decide program service awards for Congress by July 1. Petition for Scott Vetere to the 2002 U.S. Championships Kurt Golder (coach of Scott Vetere) asked to leave conference call 10:12 a.m.



Motion: To approve the petition of Scottt Vetere to the senior division of the 2002 U.S. Championships Motion: John Roethlisberger Bill Foster 2nd: PASSED: Unanimously

VIII. ADJOURNMENT Motion: To adjourn Motion: Steve Butcher Yoichi Tomita 2nd: PASSED: Unanimously Call adjoll/'lled at l0:1 5alll PDT. ; Respectflilly sllbmitted by Steve Blitciler, MPC Seeretan;




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XVIII. ELITE TECHNICAL REPORT Audrey Schweyer reviewed the development of the Elite Compulsory testing program and the present procedures for evaluation. She informed the cornmittee that a joint meeting of lEC and EC is being held following the US Classic in July to discuss problem areas. Audrey requested that all RTCe's submit any concerns regarding the evaluation of the testing to her no later than July I , so she can bring those concerns to the meeting.


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Meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 9, 2002. Approved by Robert V Colarossi, USA Gymnastics President, June 17, 2002

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1001 SAFETY CERTIFICATION SCHEDULE The Safety Schedule is updated weekly on our website Please see the website for the most current schedule. LATE REGISTRATIONS ARE NOT GUARANTEED A BOOK OR ADMISSION TO THE COURSE. Safety certification is non-refundable but may be transferred to another course within six months with prior written notification. Lale fee will apply for non-notification.

JULY 19 Springfield, MO 65807; 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Ozark Mtn Gymnastics Directions: Jeff Maynard 417-882-5311 Course code: RW07192002MO Instructor: Robin Weidmaier, Phone: 816-232-3839 19 Austin, TX 78735; 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Notional Elite GymnastiCS, 7632 Hwy. 71 West Directions: lisa England 512-288-9722 Course code: CR07192002TX Instructor: Carol Robuck, Phone: 210/496-5348 or 889-4897 20 Stroudsburg, PA 18360; 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Internafional Gymnastics Camp, 9020 8artonsville Woods Rood Diredions: Bruno Kious 570-629-0244 Course code: PF07202002PA Instructor: Phil Frank, Phone: 856-786-3977 26 Sf. Petersburg, FL 33714; 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tampa Boy Turners Gymnastics, 3070 44th Ave. North. In conjundion with Region 8 Training Camp Diredions: Karl Bishop 727-447-2108 Course code: KB07262002FL Instrudor: Karl Bishop, Phone: 727-447-2108

28 Spartanburg, SC 29031; 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Koseev's World Gymnastics Center, 9084B Greenville Hwy Diredions: Chris Wilson 864-587-8255 Course code: KB07282002SC Instrudor: Kim Boyd, Phone: 803-749-2484 30 Brighton, MI48116; 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. High Flyer Gymnastics, 4860 Old US 23 Directions: Nancy Hones 810-229-7740 Course code: HF07302002MI Instrudor: Helen Fry, Phone: 989-754-7401

AUGUST 4 Anondale/Flemington, NJ 08822; 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Gymnastics Unlimited, 2 lilac Drive Directions: Kathy McCormick 908-782-8887 Course code: PF08042002NJ Instrudor: Phil Frank, Phone: 856-786-3977 Cleveland, OH 44114; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Notional Congress, Cleveland Convention Center, 500 Lakeside Ave. Course code: AM080720020H 7 Cleveland, OH 44114; 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Notionol Congress, Cleveland Convention Center, 500 Lakeside Ave. Course code: PM080720020H 30 Austin, TX; 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Renaissance Hotel (GAT) Diredions: Jon Eyman 254-694-2065 Course code: JE08302002TX Instructor: Jon Eyman, Phone: 254-694-2065 31 Santo Claro, CA 95054; 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Region 1 Congress, Great America Marrioft

Diredions: Chere Tamura 408-238-7245 Course code: MT08312002CA Instrudor: Michael Taylor, Phone: 650-325-5133

SEPTEMBER Austin, TX; 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Renaissance Hotel (GAT) Directions: Jon Eyman 254-694-2065 Course code: JE09022002TX Instrudor: Jon Eyman, Phone: 254-694-2065 Santo Clara, CA 95054; 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Region 1 Congress, Great America Marrioft Directions: Chere Tamura 408-238-7245 Course code: MT09022002CA Instructor: Michael Taylor, Phone: 650-325-5133 Hilliard, OH; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Universal Gymnasts, Inc. Directions: Bobbi Montanari-Fahrnbach 614-777-9430 Course code: BF090820020H Instructor: Bobbi Montanari-Fahrnbach, Phone: 614-777-9430 Denver, CO 80222; 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gymnastics Plus Directions: TIm Frye 303-512-0799 Course code: TF09082002CO Instructor: TIm Frye, Phone: 303-512-0799 28 Dyer, IN 46311 ; 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 1530 Joliet Street Directions: Pafti Komara 219-865-2274 Course code: EP092820021N Instructor: Edgar Pulido, Phone: 630-784-1460



(Minimum age for Safety Certification is

'6 years)

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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_ Mondoy*, (by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard lime) 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. * USA Gymnastics reserves the right to alter the course deadline. • All materials (including the Safety Handbook) for 4th Cycle courses are provided at the course and are port of the course fee_ • Certification is valid for four yeors_

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 ,. .. 201 S.Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 462? " or Fax to 317-692-5212

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