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Now that we are close to the end of this quadrennium, it is very easy to focus only on the upcoming Olympic Games in anticipation of what the final outcome will be. After all, the Olympic Games are the culmination of a four year cycle where goals and dreams can be realized. However, as I look around at the bigger picture I see a lot more. Of course, I recognize the opportunity for our men's team to break the 20 year absence of standing on the podium at the Olympic Games, creating a frenzy of excitement for men's gymnastics in the U.S. and setting the pace for a long sustained run at success on the international playing field like Japan, Russia and China have enjoyed in past years. Though, there is a lot more to be considered. First, I see the outstanding work done by many of our committee members and volunteers on programs and projects that will lead us into the future. I see outstanding leadership within the Men's Program and Junior Olympic Program Committee members that have continued to reach out and listen to our membership prior to making good decisions. These decisions will continue to prepare us for success on many levels. I see the work done by our Age Group Competition Committee members to produce the new Junior Olympic Program set to launch in May. The new competition program will continue to provide a positive introduction of young boys into our sport as well as provide a solid foundation that will allow them to advance to the highest level possible. I see a Junior National Coaching Staff who continue to look 3, 4, and 5 years ahead as they make decisions to improve our programs and provide opportunities at the junior level. I see our elite clinicians continue to sacrifice their weekends to go into the gyms across the country to do whatever they can to help our athletes. And of course, I see many motivated coaches and gymnasts who eat, sleep and dream gymnastics and hunger for anything that we can provide them so they can be the best the sport has to offer. And finally, I see a men's staff that is dedicated and hard working . Their goal of providing everything that they can for our program to succeed on all levels is accomplished by working an unimaginable number of hours without any complaints. All of these aspects of the men's program equal a winning team that is looking into the future and working for long term success. It is difficult to look past the fast coming Olympic Games and to be honest, I don't want to. What happens in August in Athens will be the result of the hard work and dedication of many individuals, especially from the six men that will set foot on the podium . I hope the final results are reflective of how far we have come and how good we truly are. But regardless of the final placement, I can say with assurance that it will not be the end. It will only be the beginning.

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TO GYMNASTICS This article discusses the LumbopeLvic hip area and wiLL review the anatomy and the functionaL reLationships of the muscuLature. The article aLso describes stretches and exerdses to address the probLems described in the LumbopeLvic hip area. he lumbopelvic hip area consists of the lumbar spine, peLvis, and hip joints. The major muscles include the Low back, abdominaLs, gLuteaLs, and hip flexors. OptimaL strength and flexibiLity are required for aLL parts to function efficiently and harmoniousLy in an effort to compLete a task . Compensation patterns and fauLty movement occur as a resuLt of flexibiLity deficits and muscle imbaLances. This in turn Leads to decreased performance and increased risk of injury. The hip flexors, caLves, hamstrings and chest muscles are most prone to tightness si mply due to the patterns of daily Living . For exampLe: sLeeping in the fetal position 6-8 hours per night, sitting in schooL all day, driving, sitting to read, eat, study, etc. Not to mention fatigue and over t raining. The human body is very adaptabLe and efficient. When flexibility deficits or muscle imbalances are present, the system cannot operate efficiently. But the body wiLL find a way (compensate) to get the job done. For exampLe; when the hip flexors are tight, the gymnast wiLL not be able to fully extend the hip and wiLL compe nsate by increasing extensio n through the low back. Over time this can lead to low back pain and stress fractures.


Many femaLe gymnasts are observed to have an increased curvature of the low back, a peLvis that tiLts forward and a lengthened abdominaL area. Let's Look at the functional relationships of this posture and discuss how this can lead to a myriad of movement/ performance probLems. An anteriorLy tiLted pelvis is usuaLly associated with tight hip flexors, weak abdominaLs, tight low back muscles, tight hamstrings and weak gluteaLs. Tight hip flexors wiLL puLL the pelvis forward. As a result, the curve in the Low

back increases which puts increased stress on the joints. This stress coupLed with the repetitive back bending and twisting can Lead to pain and stress fractures. Also, any time you need to extend through the hip (move the hip forward or the leg backward), the tightness in the hip flexor wiLL not allow it and guess where you wiLL get the extension ...that is right, through the Low back. When the peLvis tilts forward it increases tension in the hamstrings by causing them to Lengthen. This creates a higher risk of hamstring strains and contributes to weakness/ decreased contro L of the abdominals . ULtimateLy Leading to poor trunk control. An interesting neuroLogicaL phenomenon occurs as a resuLt of muscle tightness. It is called reciprocaL inhibition. Simply stated, it means that if a major muscle is tight it will inhibit the muscle that opposes it. In our exampLe, when the hip flexor is tight it wiLL Limit the gLuteus maximus muscles function. That wouLd mean the gluteaLs abiLity to powerfulLy extend the hip (take off, jumping), absorb shock upon Landing, and control motion of the entire lower extremity, especiaLLy rotation would be diminished. You can imagine the performance and injury risks this poses to the athLete. Tightness in the Low back wilL inhibit the deep abdominaL muscles that are important for trunk and lumbar stabiLity. So, not onLy does tightness Lead to compensation but also interferes with strength. For example, when doing a spLit Leap, the front Leg is at risk for a hamstring strain because it is tight from the anteriorly tiLted peLvis and it wilL be very difficult to get the fuLLy extended position of the back leg/ hip due to tightness of the hip flexor.

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What we will present here are a few examples of how to stretch muscles dynamically in all three planes of motion to better prepare a muscle to move in those planes and complete a skill such a back hand spring without unwanted compensations that could lead to injury. The benefits of dynamic stretching include increased neurophysiologic input to the system which enhances its ability to perform a task or series of tasks and maintain flexibility. This is because the muscle and the joint are getting stimulated similarly to the activity taking into account momentum, gravity and ground reaction forces in three planes. These are the things that turn on and drive the muscles.

Calf Stretch Figure A Lean forwa rd onto wall keeping back heel on ground until stretch is felt. Arms should be shoulder height or higher. Bring front knee/hip high into flexed position. Rotate body from side to side in controlled manner 20-30 times. Repeat 3-5 sets.

Additionally, the gymnasts will have decreased strength to push off the ground to get airborne and the gluteus maximus will not have the strength (reciprocal inhibition from the tight hip flexor) to extend the hip by pulling the leg back. The gymnast will most likeLy compensate by extending through the low back, not to mention hurry to get her feet back on the ground due to lack of height off the ground from a diminished push off. One more thing, while we are on the subject; tightness in the hip flexor will limit maximum extension of the hip while jumping in which the body will compensate, often by hyper extending the knees thereby leading to patellar tendonitis and knee pain. Keep in mind there are just a fe w examples relating to the hip/ pelvis that can lead to compensation, injury and poor performance. With proper stretching and strengthening many of the above mentioned problems can be avoided and proper muscle activation and control can be achieved. With gymnastics requiring a combination of flexibility, strength, power and balance/control; it is important to recognize the functional relationships and devise exercise strategies that are effective in optimizing performance and minimizing injury.

Hip Flexor Stretch Figure B Place front foot on block. Back leg should be straight and turned in. Reach arms high overhead and back. Once stretch is felt in upper thigh / hip, gently side bend (towards forward leg side) and return 2030 times. Repeat 3-5 sets.

Hopefully, thi s article shows how one tight muscle can lead to a series of compensations and altered muscle firing patterns that effect strength and control around the hip/pelvis area. Now we will focus on a fe w flexibility and muscle activation exercises to address the problems identified above. Initially, once a muscle tightness is identified it should be stretched utilizing the "traditional" static stretches. Paying close attention to posture and form to ensure the appropriate area is being stretched. Unfortunately this is the only way many continue to stretch . The next step sho uld be to incorporate dynamic multi plane flexibility exercises. Knowing th at gymnastics requires dynamic movement in all three planes of motion simultaneously, a question to ask is why do we only do static stretching that is isolated to one plane of motion? Yes, it can increase flexibi lity, but is it the best way to improve, maintain and carry over flexibility to performance? Maybe not.


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Rectus Femoris Stretch Figure C Place back leg behind on block or chair and position front leg under the body in stable position . Bend front leg to get desired stretch on anterior thigh / hip of back leg. Place arms behind head with body upright or reach up overhead. Gently rotate body from side to side in controlled manner 20-30 times. Repeat 3-5 sets.

Allowing opposite knee to be lifted can decrease stress in low back. Keep in comfortable/controllable range. When mastered can add sma ll weights in hands. 12-15 reps for 3-5 sets.

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Again, these are just a few examples but hopefully provide an introduction to the concept of dynamic stretching and peak your interest to investigate further.

Transverse Abdominal Activation Exercise Figure D Lay on back with knees bent. Pull belly button in towards spine (drawing in) and hold 30 seconds. Do 3-5 sets. Use Styrofoam cup over belly button for visual feedback . Should see cup move downward if done correctly. Can add ball squeeze between knees to increase pelvic floor strength/ activity. Progress to all fours and tall kneel.


Janda V. Muscle strength in relation to muscle length, pain and muscle imbalance. In Harms-Rindahl K. editor. Muscle Strength, New York: Churchill Livingston; 1993. Janda V. On the concept of postural muscles and posture in man . Aust J Physiother 1983; 29(3):83-4. Janda V. Muscle function testing. London: Butterworths; 1983. Clark MA. Optimum Performance Training. Thousand Oaks, CA. The National Academy of Sports Medicine; 2001. Clark MA. Integrated Flexibi lity Training. Thousand Oaks, CA. the National Academy of Sports Medicine; 2001.

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Single Leg Balance with Overhead Posterior Reach Figure E Great for balance, functional abdominal and hip training. Stand on one leg with arms overhead. Push hips forward and try to reach backwards as far as able and return without loss of balance. Can toe touch opposite foot if unable to maintain balance. Watch for excessive arch in low back or pain possibly due to tight hip flexo r.


Chris Kolbo MHS PT CSCS Masters Degree in Health Science in Physical Therapy Certified Strength/Conditioning Specialist Full time physical therapist in sports medicine clinic located in Columbus, OH with 14 years experience Strength and conditioning consultant for Buckeye Gymnastics in Columbus, OH National speaker and lecturer on topics of strength, conditioning and rehabilitation

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by Jewel Graham

an Gill, the 21-year-old member of the U.S. National Team, native of Fairfax, Va., first became interested in gymnastics when his parents took him to the gym to release extra energy as a child. Competing since the age of 7, the average of five and a half hours in the gym, six days a week, is beginning to payoff for Gill who left the World Cup in Lyon, France, with a bronze medal hanging around his neck. He earned his bronze medal on the high bar. "Gymnastics was a good fit for me, " he said.


Indeed, it was, Gill received a scholarship to compete at Stanford University where he now pursues a degree in biology and will most likely be heading off to medical school within a couple years of graduation to pursue orthopedic surgery. "It is a good way to keep a connection with sports, specifically gymnastics, while making a career for myself outside ofthe gym," he said. Gill competed recently in the Men's NCAA Championships where he finished seco nd all-around and tied for second on pommel horse and high bar.

He also wo n the Nissen-Emery Awa rd as 2004's outsta nding senior gymnast! In addition to competing at the collegiate and international level, Gill has his hands full trying to find time to be a college student, watch movies, and spend time with friends. "The schedule's been pretty hectic. It keeps me competing almost every weekend ... it's tough but you have to make the best out of what you have. " Gill continues to flourish under the tutelage of Thom Glielmi whose practice strategy focuses on repetition. Glielmi believes in repeating skills and routines on a daily basis until they are perfect, but in preparation for a big meet, the focus switches from quantity to quality. "I have definitely developed a friend ship with Thom. I have so much respect for his success and the athletes he has created. There is a good balance, when it is ti me to get serious we get down to work."

It appears that Gill does get down to work, based on his finish at the 2004 Winter Cup, eighth in the all-around and seco nd on floor, where the Men's Program committee named Gill to the U.S. National Team. He also placed sixth-all-around at the 2003 Pan-Am Games. Gill has made the most of the many hours in the gym, countless repetitions demanded by coaches and the unquestionable support of his family by accomplishing every goa l he has set out for himself thus far. "I feel like the only goal that is left is to compete at a World Championships and an Olympic Games. That is what I think about when I go into the gym every day. To feel that is a realistic goal after 15 years of competition makes practice so much easier, so rewarding." •

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Wm A. Sands, Ph .D. Head - Sport Biomechanics and Engineering U.S. Olympic Committee Chair - USECA plit flexibility, or the ability to achieve a fore and rear leg position of 180 degrees or more, is a highly prized skill. Below I would like to describe two methods of stretching and strengthening that may help athletes achieve and maintain their splits more rapidly and with greater time efficiency. It has been noted in the past that athletes often perform "stretching" activities for relatively long periods and that stretching consumes a significant amount of training and conditioning time (Sands & McNeal, 2000) . In spite of the relatively large amount of conditioning time devoted to stretching, it appears that many athletes reach a point of diminishing- or no- returns on their stretching time investment in terms of increasing their range of motion in the splits. I believe the stagnation in increasing range of motion is due to two reasons: (1) lack of variety in stretching activities and (2) failure to enhance strength in the extreme ranges of motion.


Below, in Figures 1, 2, and 3, I would like to propose two stretching methods that have been shown to enhance split flexibility. The first is based on U.S.A. Gymnastics National Staff efforts to enhance the "squareness" of split flexibility among National Team Gymnasts. The second is based on research on the use of Therband in achieving enhanced performance of the split leap. Figure 1 shows the use of two mats or blocks to support the athlete while he/ she lowers to a split position. The blocks or mats allow the athlete to ensure a "square" pelvis position as he/ she lowers toward the split. The athlete should begin with his/ her weight on the heel of the forward leg and the knee of the backward leg.The pelvis should be maintained in a position perpendicular to the forward/backward line of the legs in the split. The athlete then lowers slowly, supporting some weight with his/ her hands, to the lowest position he/ she can attain with a properly aligned pelvis. Lower to split while maintaining square hips and shoulders.

Figure 2 shows a modification of the exercise in Figure 1 and emphasizes the hip extension of the rear leg. The athlete may want to perform this variation with the shin of the rear leg against a wall so that the athlete can readily determine if her rear leg has shifted out of alignment.

Figure 2. Split Position using Blocks and Shin Alignment. Figure 3 shows the application of Theraband elastic strips to flexibility exercises designed to enhance split flexibility. The Theraband strips should be black in color or they should be among the stiffest of the elastic material you can obtain. Surgical tubing also works, but again the tubing needs to be quite stiff. The strips are cut in sections approximately 5'6" in length (approximately 170cm). The ends are then tied in loops so that the strips can be slipped over the feet and ankles of the athlete. The loops need to be small so that the strips do not slide toward the knee of during kicks. As the athlete progresses, the strips can be shortened slightly in order to increase the training demand. Theraband Flexibility Exercises Forward Kick

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Split Jump Use mats or blocks for support.

Figure 1. Split Position using Blocks. Note that the athlete lowers only after aligning pelvis.


Figure 3. Theraband Exercises.

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All of these exercises should be performed using 3 sets of 5 repetitions at the start. The number of sets can be increased to 4, 5, and 6 with each increase occurring after 1 to 2 weeks of training. In the splits using blocks above (Figures 1 and 2). The athlete begins in the split position and lowers to his/ her best/lowest position and holds this position for 30 seconds. Then the athlete rises and rests for 10 to 30 seconds and lowers and repeats. The athlete should do one set on each leg and then switch legs. Athletes can and should perform these exercises several times each day. In the Theraband exercises, the athlete should begin with 3 sets of 5 kicks per positionfjump. The number of kicks is increased progressively to a maximum of 15 kicks per set, and a maximum of 4 to 6 sets. The athlete should be very careful to ensure that all kicks are performed with correct upper body and pelvi s posture. The athlete should emphasize this posture over and above his/ her ability to kick high. Most athletes are unaccustomed to this type of load/ resistance in their extreme positions. The exercises are surprisingLy stressful for the uninitiated, therefore one should use caution and progress slowly. Previous research demonstrated marked improvement using this exercise method daily, once per day. Reference List 1. Sands, W. A., & McNeaL J. R. (2000). Enhancing flexibility in gymnastics. Technique, 20(May) , 6-9.


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Olympic Tune Up? Address The Most Common Deadly Sins (part 2) ast month I discussed five deadly si ns in your business. This month we'll explore a few more deadly sins so-that you can take stock of your club. Do these things sound familiar?


Consider these Deadly Sins essential business basics for ALL clubs. Fail in these and you fail big. Make this Olympic year the time in which you make things right in your business. ..... Confusing relegation for delegation. Short version: relegation means handing off tasks; delegation means giving responsibility and the authority and accountability that goes with it. This is a huge difference that many small business people never grasp and it stops business growth in its tracks and tends to create cynicism, then bitterness, then burnout. A business must get this right. ..... Not easy and fun to do business with. I'll bet you have had your own personal experience with a business that is not easy to do business with and I bet you have voiced your experience to friends and family. Enough said? Do yo u get your phone answered so the client can conduct business on their time and terms? Do you have multiple payment methods (credit cards); Do you have friendly employees that know how to jest and laugh with your clients? Do you offer flexibility to clients whe n situations allow? Reality: the public will choose a business that is easy and fun to do business with over one that is not. ..... Having a hub and spoke organizational structure. By this, I mean, the 'wheel' revolves around one person: one thinker, one decison-maker, one doer. The reason this organizational approach is so deadly is because, darn it, it is effective (but only for a while)! Once a GymClub reaches 500/3-500 students and three se parate programs-hub and spoke ceases to wo rk. What once

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worked, no longer does and this really throws most small business people for a loop and they never figure out what changed, why it changed and what to do about it. Then there are also so me who figure it out but don't have the courage to do 'it:' to reorganize. Hello burn out. ..... Lack of professional presentation. If you appear unprofessional, yo ur clients will treat you as such. Is you facility neat, clean, organized? Does yo ur literature call people in? Do you have clear, organized procedures in place and follo w them (no better way to teach the clients that they can ignore your procedures than to ignore one yourself). Do you have credit cards? Do your people look and act with a warm, professional demeanor? ..... Failing to have a defined Leadership Strategy. If there is one thing worse than having a 'dictator strategy' it is having a wis hy washy, poorly defined strategy. If you don't know what you believe in, you fall for anything . A business which cannot fully articulate its beliefs about what motivatio n is and where it comes from is going to suffer repeatedly. I firmly believe, a lousy but clearly articulated strategy is better than no strategy at all. ..... Focusing on policies rather than procedures. Policies demand of the client, "do it this way because we say so." Procedures inform the client, "we have chosen to do it this way because it makes sense for everyone." Black and white, inflexible, policy-oriented people look at the latter way and cannot for the life of them see that this approach could be anything but a recipe for being wa lked on. Not so in the real world : a soft-firm , loose-tight approach will outdo a hard-nosed approach any day.

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SA Gymnastics encourages clubs to utilize Group Gymnastics activities in its recreational classes to increase the "fun-factor," assist in developing social skills, and broaden the base of the class participation. In addition clubs can start a performing team and or competitive TeamGymn programs that will attract new participants, build enrollment, and bring recognition to the club and community.


• Many gymnastics clubs offer competitive TeamGymn programs for their recreational and compulsory and/ or optional artistic gymnasts. Club owners report that boys love TeamGymn and it helps to keep them involved in their gymnastics programs after they "graduate" from preschool classes.

How do you market the program? Steve Whitlock the Director of Group Gymnastics, and Dean Capelotti, USA Gymnastics General Gymnastics committee member, answered a few questions about General Gymnastics that may help club owners understand it a little better.

Tell us about Group Gymnastics Intemationally At the International Level, Group Gymnastics is coordinated by Federation Internationale de Gymnastique's (FIG) Group Gymnastics Committee (GGC), where it is considered the basis of all other gymnastics disciplines as well as being a discipline itself. Group Gymnastics offers movement opportunities for people of all ages. Currently the FIG has over 125 National Federations affiliated and carrying out gymnastics activities, across the world, for well over thirty million active participants of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds.

• GG should be part of all your marketing advertisements and flyers to promote your gym. • Many GG events (GymFests and TeamGymn competitions) are offered in destination locations such as Disneyland, Disney World, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Sea World, Las Vegas, and even in Europe. The "home-town" media love to run articles, photos and news clips about the participation of your club members in these events. • A terrific way to market with your club and community is to conduct regular Gym Fest-type performances and displays .... such as an annual Club Spring Show. You want to include preschool and class students, but be sure to feature the members of your Show Team and TeamGymn squads, too.

Why should your club consider offering Group Gymnastics classes? • It's FUN! - Activities designed for group participation are fun. Not just for your class students, but even for the competitive levels. • A GG program keeps students active in your club offerings. You spend a ton of money marketing your gym to the public; keep those new students interested with GG. Dean's club has a family who took gymnastics from a regular artistic gym and their children dropped out because they became bored with the program. They heard about the Fallbrook gym and tried it out. They have now been with the program for about two years and are excited about all the trips their recreational level kids have made with the gym and all the fun events they have been involved with. • DEAN: Since we started a competitive TeamGymn program for our recreational classes, it has become a boom for our Competitive Artistic Program. The TeamGymn program has been an excellent cross training tool to develop highly skilled and confident artistic competitors. • GG helps grow the bottom line - In this age of making every dollar count it is a program that brings in revenue in many ways. It provides an additional class that students take ... they are in the gym another day buying things in our pro shop. • GG assists in staff development. - Because the GG experience is such a positive for the students, many of them stay with the program for many years and develop into great coaches. GG provides a tremendous boost to your recreational class curriculum and a broadened training experience for your developing coaches.

What programs can you offer that get people signed up for classes? • DEAN: We have a family performance class where the whole family can

be on the team. We have adults that have been on performance team for 5 years! The families that go into the family team are fiercely loyal to the club. They have a great time and they are doing an activity with their family.

Tell us about TeamGymn? • TeamGymn is the competitive form of Group Gymnastics. Squads of gymnasts perform in two different events - Group Jump and Group Floor. The combi ned score from these two events is added together to determine the squad's ran kings. • Group Jump includes three different gymnastics activities: each squad performs two tumbling passes, two vaults over a vaulting table, and two jumps from a mini-trampoline. The squad receives a score based upon level of difficulty, choreography/ synchronization, and execution. • For the Group Floor routine, each squad performs a routine choreographed to music (between 1:30-2:30 minutes long). This routine must include turns and pivots, leaps or jumps, dance combinations, partner skills, balances, and acrobatic/ tumbling elements. Once again, the scoring is based upon level of difficulty, choreography/ synchronization, and execution. • The squads may be a) all female, b) all male, or c) mixed

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• This year, four levels of competition are recognized: Level A - This is a developmental competitive level with basic skill requirements such as rolls, walkovers, etc. Level B -This is a competitive level where intermediate skills are introduced such as back-handsprings and other springing skills Level ( - This is an intermediate competitive level that include skills such as RO, FF, back tuck or l / l. Level D - This is an advanced level. • Level A is a terrific way to get class kids involved in a beginner competitive gymnastics program. Class students can be successful and have fun after only a couple months of training! Many GG Clubs invite prospective students from their classes to join the TeamGymn or Performance Team squads. Generally, the students maintain enrollment in their gymnastics class and "add-on" their GG squad rehearsal as a second day.

Tell us about the Gym Fest coming up this year. The 2004 Group Gymnastics Nationals will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18-20 on the UNLV campus. Our local host is Don Spencer from Go For It Gymnastics. This year, we are combining the TeamGymn Nationals with the Gym Fest Gala Showcase. • All information is available on the USA Gymnastics web site at: or call Steve at the USA Gymnastics office: 317 -829-5636 • Late registrations may be accepted until June 1, 2004. 1st 2007 WorLd Gymnaestrada USA Leader's Meeting - This meeting will he held in Houston, Texas, August 6-9, 2004 in conjunction with the FIG/GGC Official World Gymnaestrada Information meeting. For additional information or questions, you can call Steve at the USA Gymnastics office.

At the 2004 National Congress, demonstrations, performances and handson training sessions will be conducted for group gymnastics. Two sessions will be devoted to the presentation of sample TeamGymn floor routines for Level A and B. Participants attending these sessions will be provided a CD with all of the choreography and music needed for these routines. Participants can go home and begin their Group Gymnastics classes immediately following Congress.

What is the World Gymnaestrada? • The World Gymnaestrada is the name of the FIG's official world event for their Group Gymnastics discipline. The World Gymnaestrada is held every four years in a country of one of the National Federations affiliated to the FIG and usually attracts over 20,000 participants of all ages! • The next World Gymnaestrada will be in Dornbirn, Austria in July, 2007. The only way to participate in this incredible event is as a member of the USA Gymnastics Official Delegation. • The World Gym naestrada is held over seven days. • USA Gymnastics has participated in many World Gymnaestradas and have sent full official delegations to Gymnaestradas conducted in Berlin, Germnay (1995), Goteborg, Sweden (1999), and Lisbon, Portugal (2003). The first USA Gymnastics Information Meeting for the 2007 World Gymnaestrada will be held in conjunction with the 2004 Group Gymnastics Nationals in Las Vegas.

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Shannon Miller ~ Bela Karolyi to Chair National Gymnastics Day

ymnastics enthusiasts nationwide are invited to kick-off their Olympic celebration while raising money for the Children's Miracle Network during USA Gymnastics' sixth annual National Gymnastics Day on August 7. Legendary Olympic coach Bela Karolyi and America's most decorated gymnast, Shannon Miller, will co-chair the annual event which serves to promote the idea ls of physical fitness and community service to youth nationwide.


Left, Bela Karalyi , world renowned coach and above, Shannon Miller, Olympic and World Champion .

A great success in 2003, USA Gymnastics is excited about celebrating its fourth year of partnership with the Children's Miracle Network (CMN). Club-sponsored "Cartwheel-a-thons" raised more than $134,333 in 2003, more than doubling 2002's total of $65,774 and bringing the four-year total donation to more than $249,000. "National Gymnastics Day has become a true celebration of the many benefits our sport has to offer," said USA Gymnastics President Bob Colarossi. "Four years of continuous success and growth in supporting the Children's Miracle Network is an example of the power of the gymnastics industry and community working together." National Gymnastics Day annually attracts participation from more than 1,000 gymnastics clubs nationwide, along with celebrity support and testimonials. Recognized by Governor's Proclamations in all 50 states in 2003, National Gymnastics Day also has the endorsement of the United States Olympic Committee. Legendary Olympic Coach, Bela Karolyi, and America's most decorated gymnast, Shannon Miller, will co-chair National Gymnastics Day. Miller has accumulated 58 international and 49 national medals over the course of her career in addition to being the only American to have won the World Championships allaround title two years in a row. Recognized as one of the great coaches in gymnastics history, Karolyi, serving in his sixth year as Honorary Chairman, has guided 27 different athletes to the Olympics, including Mary Lou Retton, Nadia Comaneci, Kim Zmeskal and Kerri Strug. Gymnastics clubs nationwide are encouraged to participate in the annual Cartwheel-a-thon as a way to give back to the community. Participating

USA Gymnastics would like to publicize your event by posting it on the USA Gymnastics website. Simply 1. Log onto USA Gymnastics web site 2. Click on the Event link 3. Scroll down to the National Gymnastics Day Link 4. Click on "Tell Us Form" and type in your information. It will be posted right away.

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gymnasts secure pledges within their community for the number of cartwheels the gymnast can perform on National Gymnastics Day. Many clubs also use National Gymnastics Day as a means to further the sport's awareness in the community, and help communicate the ideals of physical fitness and commu nity service among children nationwide. In addition to receiving an all-expense paid day visit from a National Clinician, the club and individual gymnast raising the most money for CMN will be featured on the 2005 National Gymnastics Day poster and in USA Gymnastics publications. Gymnast Amy Al-Ashari of Grand Ledge, Mich., a 9-year-old gymnast at Geddert's Twistars, was the single largest fundraiser in 2003, having co llected $2,867 for CMN. Gymnastics World of Broadview Heights, Ohio, raised the most among the clubs with a total donation of $16,194.24.

"National Gymnastics Day co ntinues to be one of our annual cornerstones," said Colarossi. "It has helped us stay in touch with an important member of USA Gymnastics - the clubs. This group of businesses is a vital li nk to the millions of kids that participate in the sport year-round." Pledge sheets, a complete listing of participating clubs and a detailed schedule of activities associated with National Gymnastics Day wi ll be availabLe at For more information on the Children's Miracle Network, visit www.cmn .org.

This year USA Gymnastics is offering clubs the ability to raise funds in a variety of ways to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. All monies earned by your club will benefit your local Children's Hospital.


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Raise funds by holding a Cartwheel-A-Thon. You can host this event at a variety of locations including your gym, the local CMN hospital, at a department store or your local mall.


Balloon Sales. Call your local CMN Children's Hospital to receive balloons with the your gym or have your kids sell them to family and friends.


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3. Recycling.

Cartridges for Kids is a program in which your gym families can participate. Have them bring in their printer cartridges and cell phones to earn money for CMN. Visit or call 970-224-2930 or 800-845-8851 Remember the club and individual that raise the most money in 2004 will be featured on the 2005 National Gymnastics Day poster, on our web site and in the magazines.

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Congress - June 23-26, 2004 in Anaheim, CA


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(omplete one form per person - Photocopy for additional registrations. Become an Instructor Member to receive the member discount. Simply check "Please sign me up" and include an extra 548.00 (565.00 Foreign Instructor Member) in your total amount enclosed. Your confirmation will be sent by email. Please provide a valid email address.







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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.

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SC, HEDUtE: 2004 NAJIONA1. CONGRESS AND OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS ~. GJ'fMNASTICS Anaheim Convention Center and Arrowhead Pond June 23-27, 2004 Anaheim, California

Wednesday, June 23, 2004 12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m ... 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m .... 8:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m ... 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m .... TBD . ........ . .....

Congress Registration Opens ......... .. Annual Business Conference ......... . . Safety/Risk Management Course ........ KAT Course . . . . .. . . . ............. Women's State/Regional Chair Workshop . .

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Thursday, June 24,2004 7:30 a.m ........ . .. . Congress Registration Opens ........... 8:30-9:45 a.m ........ . Club Owners Welcome Breakfast ........ 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m ... .. Congress Sessions ...... . ........... 9:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m . .. .. Exhibit Hall Opens .. . . .. ........... TBD .. . . ......... .. Sports Acro Team Trials .. . . .... ...... 7:00 p.m.......... . . Olympic Team Trials - Men . . ... . . .....

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Congress Registration Opens ... . . .. . . . . Congress Sessions ................. . Exhibit Hall Opens ................ . Sports Acro Team Trials ...... . ...... . Olympic Team Trials - Women .. . ..... ..

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USA GYMNASTICS NATIONAL CONGR(;SS Anaheim. California · June 23-26. 2004

The following individuals have been invited to present at USA Gymnastics National Congress 2004. This is not an all-inclusive list - additional topics and presenters are being added daily. Don't miss this year's Congress; there is truly something for everyone! Char Christensen ... Women . . Meet Referee Responsibility & Professional Hints Connie Maloney .. . Women .. Looking at Execution - Bars with Akopyan · ..................... A Meeting of the Minds - Level 7 with Resnick · ... .. .. .............. Junior Olympic Update w/Ko ll Arthur Akopyan .. .. Women .. Looking at Execution - Bars with Maloney Neil Resnick . ... .. Women .. A Meeting of the Minds - Level 7 with Maloney · ....... .. ... . ........ Vaulti ng - Tricks of the trade · . . ...... .. ... . .. . .... A Meeting of the Minds - Level 4 with Bunge Audrey Schweyer ... Women .. Elite Testing Program Myra Elfenbein .... Women .. Artistry - Floor Combinations Cheryl Hamilton .. . . Women . . Balance Beam - Looking at Connections Cheryl Jarrett ..... Women .. Securing a College Scholarship Tom Forster .... .. . Women .. Uneven Bars - Let's Take a Close Look · ..... .. .............. Meeting of the Minds - Level 6 with Graff Carole Bunge ..... . Women .. A Meeting of the Minds - Level 4 with Resnick Tom Koll. ... .... . Women .. Beam - A plan to Help Conquer Fear · ............ ......... Junior Olympic Update with Maloney Patricia Panichas ... Women .. Practice Judging - High Level Routines · . ................ .... Vault - The BIG Picture Marian Dykes ...... Women .. Balance Beam Acro Combinations Kelli Hill ......... Women .. Strength - What's the Big Deal? Jan Greenhawk .... Women .. 10 Things I Hate about You - Coach/ Judge · ................ . .... Working with Volunteers- Guide for Meet Dir. & LOC Don Peters .. .. ... Women .. Add a Recreational Team Program to your Club Brad Harris ....... Women .. Bar Skills for Beginning Great Optional Bars Kathy Kelly ....... Women .. Meet the Mentors Marta Karolyi. .. .. . Women .. Women's Program - Annual Report- Video Linda Chencinski ... Women .. Elite Classic Clinic/Updates Gary Anderson .. . .. Women .. Pre-Elite Program - Get started · .. . .. .. .. ... ......... TOPS Program - Information & updates Sue Graff ....... Women .. Meeting of the Minds - Level 6 with Forster Antonia Markova ... Women . . Feel the Music Gina Pongetti ... .. Women .. It's all about Balance Nick Chaimson ..... Women .. How to Keep your Athletes after age 13 Steve Greeley .... . Business. Employee Training and Evaluations-part 1 · . ............ ....... . Employee Training and Evaluations-part 2 · .............. .. . ... . Business Panel Open Forum Jeff Metzger ...... Business . Managing the Complexities of a MVP · .......... ........... Profit Potential in Owning your Club Real Estate with Sean Dever · ... ............... ... Business Panel Open Forum Sean Dever . .. ... Business . Profit Potential in Owning your Club Real Estate with Jeff Metzger · . ....... . ........... . Giving your Business Finances a Check Up · ............. ........ Business Panel Open Forum Frank Sahlein .. .. . Business. Building an Owner Exit Strategy David Holcomb .... Business. Legal Issues and your Business · ................ . .... Business Panel Open Forum Tom Lenzini ...... Business. Using your Marketing Dollars Wisely Beau Biron ...... . Business . Make Summer Months Most Profitable .. .. Laura Mikszan ..... Business . The Coaching Side of Leadership · ... ..... .. ..... .. .. . . Business Panel Open Forum Tom Forster . ..... Business . Using your Computer to Help your Bottom Line Gary Anderson ..... Business . How to have both a Team and a Profitable Business · ..........•.•.••.•... Business Panel Open Forum

Brant Lutska .... .. Preschool Maximizing Your Class Time Beth Gardner Preschool Mom & Me: Guide to Building Positive Relationships · ... ...... . .. . ...... .. Warmups: Set the Pace for the Preschool Program with Linda Thorburg Linda Thorburg ... Preschool Making your Own Preschool Props with Gardner Michael Taylor ... .. Preschool Setting up your Preschool Gym SAFELY Lisa Burns ......... . ..... Preschool Who's In Charge Anyway? Creative Approach Jeff Lulla ......... . ... . .. Preschool Warmups and Games: Group Participation Workshop Nicki Geigert . . ... . Preschool Music and Movement: Ideas/ Activities for Preschoolers · .. ............. ..•... Baby Gym : Teaching Developmenta lly Appropriate ... Under 2's Dennis McIntyre .. . Men .... A slig htly Non-Traditional Approach to Development · ..................... Using the 2005-2008 Age Group Program for Success Bill Foster ........ Men .... In-Bar Skill Deve lopment Joy Umenhofer .... Men .... Workout Strategies for Long-Term Success · ..................... Using Trampoline to Teach FX Twisting & Flipping Jason Selk ... . ... Men .... Sports Psychology Mike Burns ... . ... Men .... Collegiate Programs - Future and Plan Chuck Ford . ...... Education 10 Billion Dollars Worth of Free Ad vertising Julia Thompson ... Education Building Positive Employee Relations June Kutz ........ Education How to Make More Profit out of your Pro Shop Patti Komara .... . . Education Camps - One Day Money Makers Michael Swain .. ... Education The Other Side of Safety-Controlling Liability Exposures Rachel Heath Brazo . Education User Friendly Advice on Navigating Member Services Website Lynn Perrott .. .. .. Education Alignment for Technique Rhonda Monte . .... Education The Best Birthday Party Ever! Gina Pongetti .. ... Education Injury Prevention , Health Promotion Pete LaChance ..... Education Plyometric Exercises Jim Lord and ...... Education Cheerleading Partner Stunt Fundamentals Chris Calvert .............. Advanced cheerleading Partner Stunts and Transitions · ....... . .... . ........ Cheerleadi ng Choreography · .... ... . . ............ Tumbling Skills for Cheerleaders Jeff Lulla ..... . .. Education Recreational Gymnastics: Programming, Philosophy and Development Michael Taylor .... . Education Effective Use of the INTERNET for gymnastics Jackie Latino & ... Sports Aero Level 4 Selena Peco .............. Level 5 · .... ............... .. Level 6 Bob & Pam Meier .. Sports Aero Running a Successful Gym with Sports Acro Linda Ocmand ... . Sports AeroJu dging Sports Acro Sheri Reiakvam . . . Sports Aero Basics, Body Positions & Conditioning Also invited to present: Dr. Bill Sands, Dr Alison Arnold, Tammy Biggs, Wayne Kerr, Jon Culbertson, Gil Elsass, Don Rackey, Kathy Feldmann, Loree Galimore, Pat O'Connor, Kathy Ostberg, Cole Stott, Brooke Bushnell, Nadine Davies, Efrossina Anguelova, Lynn Burgess, Steve Whitlock. The list will continue to grow.

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2005 Nomination Form he former Helms Hall of Fame and USA Gymnastics have combined efforts into one National Hall of Fame for gymnastics. Individuals may be nominated for the consideration of the selection committee in any of three categories: athlete, coach, or contributor. The person submitting the name of the nominee for consideration should read the accompanying criteria and seek to obtain all pertinent information from the individual or the individual's family to accompany the nomination. Please submit a typed set of information for each person nominated, including the appropriate cotegory for the nominee. Please use the format below for information as requested and include any additional information, articles, and pictures at the end of the requested information.


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Gymnasts may be nominated as on individual or a team. In order to be considered, the follOwing eligibility criteria is used as a guideline: • Aperiod of five years post competition • Has been an Olympic, Pan American, World University Games or World Championships team member • Has been a National Champion recognized by the National Governing Body (MU, USGF or USAG) • Has been a National Collegiate Champion Please continue the application with the foJ/owing information: 1. Date of birth 2. If deceased, dote of death and copy of obituary (if possible). Also, please list family name(s) and address(es). 3. Gymnastics club(s) or school(s) where athlete trained. Please include the number of years trained and the coach( es) with whom the athlete trained in each program. 4. Athlete's competitive history in chronological order (with dates and titles). Please include the following items: • highlight the outstanding competitive accomplishments of individual • attach complete competitive records, if possible • include information such as notional championships won, listing specific events and/or all-around • list international competitive records, listing any events or all-around championships won • list any honors awarded to the athlete 5. Any additional information about this individual

Coaches may be nominated either as individuals or as members of a coaching partnership. In order to be considered, the following eligibility criteria is used as a guideline: • Has fifteen years experience as a coach • Has been consistently successful in Notional Collegiate Championships • Has coached one or more athletes who have been members of national teams (international, senior or junior) recognized by the NGB (MU, USGF or USAG) • Has coached National or Collegiate Champions • Has coached an NGB (MU, USGF or USAG) recognized international team Please continue the application with the foJ/owing information: 1. Number of years in coaching 2. Coaching positions held (i.e., club(s), collegiate, organization, or school) and what years coached at these locations 3. Gymnasts and coaches (i.e., Olympians, notional champions, conference champions, elites, outstanding coaches, etc.) developed by nominee 4. National Team coaching positions held by nominee (please include dotes) 5. Additional information about the nominee's career in coaching (i.e., background as an athlete, honors, publications, contributions to the gymnastics field, records, etc.) 6. List of names, addresses and telephone numbers (with area code) of additional persons who might odd to the information you listed here on behalf of this nominee

Nominations for the Class of 2005 Hall of Fame must be completed and copies sent by August I, 2004, to both of the individuals listed at right. Nominations received after that date will not be considered. ~12=8~----------~(

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I criteria n order to be considered, the follOWing eligibility is used as a gUideline: • Has a minimum of twenty years of service Has served significantly on national committees • Holds national and "brevet" credentials as a judge frequently judging at notional and international meets • Invented devises that advance the technical performance of gymnastics elements or promoted a safe gymnastics enviranment • Has written or contributed to significant gymnastics books, monograms, and articles • Has produced research advancing the sport Please continue the application with the foJ/owing information: 1. list Significant ways in which this nominee has contributed to the gymnastics field: • National committees (years and offices held) • Regional and state service (years and offices held) • Books or articles published • Development of significont ideas which have benefited the gymnastics community • Judging service and major assignments (Olympic, World Championships, international &/ or national competitions) • Service to the gymnastics community (volunteer contributions not covered above) 2. Was this nominee a competitor in gymnastics? If so, list background, years and results. 3. Was this nominee a gymnastics coach? If so, list years and achievements. 4. list additional information (i.e., honors received, gymnastics recognition, etc.). 5. list names, addresses and telephone numbers (with area code) of additional persons who might odd to the information listed here on behalf of the nominee.

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Recommendation to award $2,000.00 to those athletes that are eligible to receive support funds. Any remaining funds will be distributed to eligible athletes after the 2004 Olympic Games. Motion Kelli Hill Second Evgeny Marchenko PASSED

II. Olympic Credentials


Roe Kreutzer Kelli Hill Evgeny Marchenko Steve Rybacki DOlma Strauss Martha Karolyi Larissa Fontaine - Excused Kath y Kelly

National Team Coordinator Athlete Representative Senior Director Women's Prog

Bob Colarossi m et informa lly with members of the IEC at the last training camp and told them that the full credentials fo r the Olympic Games would be VERY limited. The committee requests that a letter be written to the Olympic Committee s ta ting that the women have a MINIMUM o f 4 AO (full) credentials and that a credential allowing access to training/warm -up and the competition arenas for one coach per athlete. On behalf of all National Team Coaches, the committee feels that our team's performance is contingent upon the cred entialing issue. We have a system that has served us well over the last quadrennium and has proven its value. It is unfair to the athletes not to allow credentials for their personal coaches and not to provide them with the support staff at the most important competition of their careers. The Committee urges Mr. Colarossi to continue to seek a resolve with this issue with further pleas to the FIG and the Organizing Committee.

I. Athlete Support Funds

Committee requested that Kelli Hill and Evgeny who have some resources in Athens research hOUSing and training sites for the alternates and report back by the nex t training camp.

The committee was updated on th e fund s that have been received by the office from the national qualifiers. USECA has also pledged $5,000.00 toward this effort. The committee instructed Kathy to get the total amount to them with a list of the eligible athletes for the final decision.

Ca ll for nominations for National Officers was published in Teclmique magazine. The call for nomination for the NECC should not have been made and the call for the NETCC should h ave been placed in the

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USA GYMNASTICS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY and RECEPTION Anaheim Hilton California Pavilion Ballroom Saturday, June 26, 2004 6:30- 9:00 p.m. All attendees are invited to attend dance party immediately following

Congratulations to the Class of 2004 Sue Ammerman, MiChelle BerUbe, Mihai Bagiu, Dan Hayden Mike Jacki, Sabrina Mar, Diane Simpson


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2004 Business Opporlunilies 2004 is the year of the Olympics. This means our sport will receive much exposure to the public, on television, radio, in magazines and newspapers. In 1996 and 2000 U.S. gymnasts appeared in Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, Teen, People and numerous other magazines, just to name a few. Gymnasts also appeared on the Letterman Show, the Jay Leno show, the Rosie O'Donnell show, Good Moming America and a number of other television shows. Gymnastics is typically the most watched summer Olympic sport. In 2004 the U.S. athletes are sitting in a very nice position. The U.S. Women just won the gold medal at the 2003 World Championships and the men wo n the silver. Paul Hamm is the World Champion. Carly Patterson is the all-around silver medalist. The 2004 Olympic Games could be the most successful ever for the U.S. Club owners and coaches need to be prepared for the success to come! You need to ca pitalize on this moment.

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Important Reminders: Getting Ready for the 2004 - 2005 Season

Don't Miss Olympic Trials and Congress 2004

• Club packets with forms will be delayed this year. We must wait for June 23 - 27, 2004 - Anaheim, California completion of the insurance coverage contract for the 2004-2005 Register today. See this issue for registration forms for National Congress, season. This is expected to be done by May 31, 2004. We are sorry Business Conference, Safety Risk Management course, pre-school for the inconvenience however the membership fees may be affected if certification KAT course. Deadline is June 1, 2004. Register today! Don't there is a significant increase with the insurance. Packets will be pay on-site fees. Make your hotel reservation . The hotels are filling up mailed to clubs at the end of June. fast. Our block is almost soLd out! • Membership fees will increase a minimum of $ 1.00 per person for Professional Members, Athlete Members and Instructor Members. Any other increase will be driven by the insurance policy. • The on-line registration for the athlete 2004-2005 season will open July 1, 2004. Forms will be available to download online by mid June. • All membership increases will be effective August 1, 2004. Athletes are JuLie Hoekwater, Arrowhead Pond increased for the 2004-2005 season begin with the new year Brian Eaton, USA Gymnastics registration July 1, 2004. • Remember you are to have a signed, completed athlete form on file at Anaheim , CA (March 30, 2004) - The nation's best gymnasts are on their your club from anyone who registers online. This is one of the most way to Anaheim, Calif., June 24-27, for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials important elements of your proper Risk Management program. You - Gymnastics, and tickets for the four-day competition are selling fast. must have this form available for any and all insurance or legal applications. You also must keep a copy of the form in your fiLes for "We have had an overwhelming response to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials," any athLete form you send to the nationaL office for processing. It is said Tim Ryan, president and CEO of the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim . YOUR responsibility to produce the form when requested. "The success of the women's and men's teams at the World Championships • Keep all athlete forms for a very, very, very Long time. Please consult your insurance person and/or attorney for the best guidance on time lines. generated a great deal of excitement. This is reflected in the sheer • Spring Cleaning Time - Club Owners/directors - this is a good time to number of tickets already purchased and we are hopeful for capacity crowds in June." check your records online. Make sure to update the information for your coaches and athletes. Make sure addresses, emails, names are More than 50 percent of the seats in the lower level of the arena are sold correct. Read the "How to ... "page for assistance with the procedures. and ticket sales are expected to increase as the Olympic fever builds in This is also a good time to caLL Member Services for assistance in this Southern CaLifornia. In addition to both the recent and the much area at 1-800-345-4719. • Very important reminder: ALL memberships beLong to the individual. If anticipated future successes of the U.S. gymnasts, 2004 is the 20th the person moves to another club, the membership goes with them. If anniversary of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In 1984, the U.S. Men's team took the Gold; the U.S. Women's team took the Silver; Mary Lou you pay for your coaches and instructors you are giving them a work benefit, a gift. Athlete memberships remain valid from time of receipt Retton won the Women's All-Around competition and Peter Vidmar until July 31 of the following year. An athlete also takes their number finished with the Silver in the Men's All-Around. with them. All-session tickets for the 2004 Trials range from $65 -$360 and include alL • Please do not hold onto money collected from the parents for the men's and women's events. athLete's membership. It is important to register your athletes in a timely manner. The parents expect the benefits such as the magazine _Based on current demand, officials do not expect to sell tickets to the and the apparel discounts. We can not send back copies of magazines individ ual sessions. All-session tickets are available at, the Arrowhead Pond box office, by phone at 714-740-2000, at all when the athlete is not registered. Ticketmaster outlets and through participating gymnastics clubs listed at • Please be communicative with regards to the additional fees you charge for team participation. Please do not tell the parents the fees are from USA Gymnastics, when they are not. When a parent calls us, and they do, we can not support or justify the fees . We tell them what The 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics will showcase top the membership fees are and that they must discuss this with the club. Olympic hopefuLs vying for automatic Olympic berths in an all-around format. The event will be broadcast by NBC Sports with the wome n's Please set and follow best business practices in your club. prelims from 8-10 p.m. on June 26, the women's finals from 7-9 p.m. June • When registering your athletes online in a group, remember to go from 27, and the men's finals scheduled to air from 1-3 p.m. on July 3, 2004. step 2 to step 4 and check the renew box. This applies to all athletes, new and renewed. This step must be completed for the registration to For more information on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, log on to be valid. • Online listing of your athletes will only show 5 names per page. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click next to go to the next page. Continue until yo u view all of your athletes.

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(continued from page 30) magazine. The terms of office for these two positions were changed and that change was not reflected in the Operating Code and thus the mistake was made. The elections will take place for the IECe, the NACC and the WPCC w ill take place as sta ted. The NECC term of office is valid until 2006. The committee mad e the fo llowing recommendation regarding the NETCe. Recommendation to the WPC to extend the term of office of the NETCC until after the FIG elections in October 2004. Pending the outcome of the election the committee will make further recommendations on the position. Motion Kelli Hill Second Rybacki PASSED

IV. Team Cup Competition The qualification to the Team Cup Competition held at the Classic Meets on the second day was discussed at the meet. Recommendation that for the U.S. Classic Meet in May that qualification for the Team Cup come from combining the rank orders of the Juniors and Seniors and taking the top twenty four athletes from the combined rank order. A minimum of 4 Junior athletes will be guaranteed a spot. Motion Hill Second Strauss PASSED

V. National Team Martha is very pleased with the perform ances of our national team thus far. Most of the athletes are in good physical shape and becoming m ore consistent with their routines. Martha praised the coaches for their efforts on behalf of their athletes and the country. Martha expressed concern about the low number of junior athletes w ho w ill be fully up for the April selection camp and requested that Jana Beiger, Am erican Twisters, be invited to the Pacific Alliance selection camp and should she be named to that team, she be added to the national team. The IEC approved of this proposal.

WOMEN'S TECHNICAL COMMITTEE CONFERENCE CALL March 9, 2004 I.Roll Call Meeting commenced at 8:15 p.m. Eastern time. Present: Cheryl Hamilton Chairman: NETC: Audrey Schweyer Sue Graff Region 1: Region 2: Linda Mulvihill Region 3: Carole Bunge Linda Thorberg Region 4: Char Christensen Region 5: Region 6: Pat Panichas Region 7: Myra Elfenbein Region 8: Marian Dykes WOPM: Connie Maloney SDWP: Kathy Kelly Absent: TomKoll NJOCC: NECC: Gary Anderson NACC: Jan Greenhawk

II. Purpose of the Call The Teclmical Committee is charged with the organization and format for the Na tional Judges' courses to be conducted in the summer of 2005. The call was to determine the expected number of participants, the length of the course and w hether exams would be administered at both courses (one for current Nationally rated officials and the other for firsttime National course attendees).

III. Recommendation that all iudges invited to take their first National Judges' Course are required to take a graded "Written and Practical" exam. Motion: e. Bunge Second: M. Dykes PASSED Recommendation that current National-rated judges attending the 2005 National Judges' Course will NOT be required to take a graded "Practical" exam.

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(continued from page 40) Motion: M. Dykes Second: C. Bunge PASSED (8 in favor, 1 opposed) Recommendation that current National-rated judges attending the 2005 National Judges' Course be required to take a written exam. Motion: C. Bunge Second: 1. Thorberg PASSED (6 in favor, 3 opposed) Recommendation that the Written exam for the National Judges' Course consist of one-concept questions and some visual (via video) skill and connection identification, emphasizing new changes in rules and element values. Motion: A. Schweyer Second: M. Elfenbein PASSED unanimously Recommendation that one retest opportunity be provided within the time frame of the National Course. Motion: A. Schweyer Second: S. Graff DEFEATED Recommendation that all National Course participants be allowed one re-test opportunity (per part-written and/or practical) to be administered by a member of the Technical Committee at a Regional or National USA Gymnastics event. Each region will offer are-test opportunity if necessary. All re-tests must be completed by December 31,2005. Motion: C. Bunge Second: C. Christensen PASSED Recommendation that the current National-rated judges be required to score a minimum of 80% on the written exam to retain their National rating (with one re-test by a WTC member allowed). Motion: C. Christensen Second: C. Bunge PASSED Recommendation that the first-time participants at the National Judges' Course be required to score a minimum of 80% on both the

written and practical exams to achieve a National rating. One re-test opportunity by a WTC member will be allowed. Motion: C. Bunge Second: C. Christensen PASSED Since the Level 10 Re-certification Courses will once again be offered (with self-testing only), any individual who fails to meet the minimum standard to pass the National Course will automatically receive a Level 10 rating.

President asks for clarification and input from /.0. Committee 011 the LeuelIO Re-certijication.

IV. COURSE ELIGIBILITY AND DATES A. Eligibility First National Course: All current Na tional or Brevet-rated judges are eligible. Second National Course: Individuals who have h eld a Level 10 rating for two 4-yr cycles (since at least Dec. 31, 1997). Level 10 Re-certification Courses: Any individual w ho h as passed the Level 10 exam two times (once in the current 2001 - 2005 cycle and once in the previous cycle). B. Da tes The proposed dates of the two National Courses are: July 27-30, 2005 or Aug. 14 - 17 1st course - for current National-rated judges: July 31-Aug. 3, 2005 or Aug. 18-21 2nd course- for individuals invited for the first time to a National Course The site is to be determined, but it tentatively will be conducted in Indianapolis. The Level 10 Re-certification Courses will be offered at the WTC Symposiu ms held in conjunction with the Master Compulsory Workshops (first two weekends in June, 2005), the NAWGJ National Symposium July 14-17 and the USA Gymnastics National Congress Aug. 11-13,2005. Meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

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Pro-Member with Current Safety Certification wishing to recertify at live course _. __ ... _. __ ._ ............... _._ ....... no charge Pro-Member with Expired or New Safely Certification .... _....... $ 65_00 Instructor Member ... _. __ .___ ... _.. _. __ ......... _.................... __ ._..... _. __ $ 65_00 Non-Member or Associate Member _____________________ .____ .. _. ____ __ .___ $ 115_00 * You must have your USA Gymnastics number or date applied for on the registration form in order to qualify for the discount. All registrations must be received at USA Gymnastics two(2) weeks prior to the course dote' _ late registrations, incomplete registrations, or registrations without proper payment will not be processed_ late registrations are not guaranteed a book or admission to the course. On-site and late registrations will be charged a $25 on-site/late fee_All materials, including the course book, are provided at the course and are port of the course fee. Certification is valid for four(4) years_Safety Certification is non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another individual. Safety Certification registration, however, may be transferred to another course within six(6) months with prior written notification_ late fee will apply if notification is received after course deadline_ 'Usa Gymnastics reserves the right to alter course deadline

Mail registration form and payment to: \1",/SA' â&#x20AC;˘ USA Gymnastics Member Services /\ Pan American Plaza, Suite 300 P",dS,,,,,, GV"~~~TlCS 201 S.Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225 or Fax to 317-692-5212



Profile for USA Gymnastics

Technique Magazine – May 2004  

Technique Magazine – May 2004