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Luan Peszek

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USA GYMNASTICS Message Dear Members, Every four years, the wo rld experiences the excitement of the Olympic Games. Everyone's interest is heightened as our athletes once again take center stage. The past three years building to this point have given all of us memories to cherish. The USA Women's Team is the strongest of all time. This is my fifth cycle, and surely the most promising, as the athletes are poised to represent our country and especially the gymnastics community at the highest level.

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This quadrennium has produced some amazing competitive results by a plethora of talented athletes. Celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the event, the U.S. took the top award podium for the first time in history at the 2003 World Championships. The coaches have promised not to let another 100 years go by without a repeat performance. The future of USA Gymnastics looks very bright! We now boast the highest number of registered athletes, have begun our USA Gymnastics University, look forward to our new Junior Olympic Compulsories in 2005 and will be certifying our judges next year. Our national program is established and has proven itself. It is a unique system and is as American as apple pie. The junior ranks are rema rkable! The TOPS program which provides the base continues to enrich the gymnastics experience for the athletes and coaches who participate. It is important to say thanks at this time to all of the exceptionally fine athletes, and to wish

them all health and the best of luck in the competitions ahead. The athletes have fo rmed true friendship with each other and are always supportive of one another. The team spirit is alive with them at camps and competitions. I would also like to extend appreciation to all the elite coaches who have made many sacrifices throughout this quad. They are to be commended for forming the cohesive group that gives heart and soul to our team. Thanks to the judges who continually support our athletes and their goals. Marta Karolyi, our National Team Coordinator, has provided us with strong leadership. She has generously shared her wisdom and experience while working sideby-side with the national team coaches and athletes. Her passion only increases and her work ethic sets the pace for all of us. The upcoming selection meets will be very exciting with unpredictable finishes. I encourage all of you to see as many as you can , and to tune into NBC if you cannot be there in person. The athletes who are selected as the Olympic Team will be fined tuned and well prepared. They will walk proudly and represent their teammates and all Americans.

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hile much attention is focused on the "sport" of gymnastics, it is the "activity" of gymnastics that sustains our industry. Without those children who enroll in recreational gymnastics classes just to have fun and improve their skills, our industry would be reduced to non-profit programs struggling for donations to keep their doors open. With that in mind, knowing how to make it fun becomes an important job skill for gymnastics instructors.


Is it fun to fail? Of course not. But in our competitive culture, where it is the nature of competition to produce more losers than winners, most kids will lose most of the time. And, since young children are not able to distinguish losing from being a loser, we must become very good at creating success for every kid in our classes. The more success they experience, the more fun they have.



Making Preschool and Recreational gymnastics successful for all kids requires removing all contests from the environment and never comparing one student to another. This includes eliminating statements like "Who can be the first to line up?" or, "Who can do the best cartwheel?" Instead, teachers need to learn to use non-competitive language like, "Line up as fast as you can," or, "Everyone show me your best cartwheel." PERSONAL BEST should become what is celebrated instead of better than others. A learning environment that defines success as "personal best" doesn't guarantee that everyone "will" win. But it does guarantee that everyone "can" win.

REDEFINING WINNING SO THAT EVERYONE CAN WIN Imagine your child is in a race, a 100 yard dash, with 12 other children. He trains for weeks prior to the race and improves his time. On the day of the race he finishes in last place but runs the distance faster than he ever had before. Did he win or did he lose? Your answer to this question is important because it will help define values to your child. If you say he won because he performed his personal best, regardless of how fast the other kids in the race ran, you are defining winning as his current performance compared to his own previous performance. This is not the typical definition of winning. This definition places value on effort, self-improvement and skill mastery, which are all within the control of each individual. Now imagine your child is in another race the very next week, a 100 yard dash, with 12 other children. But this time he comes in first place faster than everyone else. You look at the stopwatch, however, and see

that he ran much slower than his personal best. For him, it was a poor performance. The only reason he was in first place was that everyone else in the race that day was much slower and less skilled than he was. Did he win or did he lose? Should he place value on the gold medal being placed around his neck or should he value his performance above the medal? If you

tell him "Congratulations on winning" what will he think of what you told him last week when he ran so much better yet came in last? Consistently placing importance on personal performance and effort is not always easy in the competitive culture we live in. We have to choose what we really want our kids to value. And we must be clear and consistent when teaching values. So, instead of praise, a question like, "How did it go? " can open the door for honest discussion of the child's perceptions of the performance. If the response is, "Look! I won the gold medal!" you can respond with, "Yes, I see that, but how did you perform?" again reinforcing your attention to the performance instead of the contest. Once the child recognizes the mistakes that caused his performance to be less than he is capable of, you can reward and praise that recognition, "Congratulations on learning from your mistakes - that is what helps you grow so you can do your best performance more consistently and when it's important to you. Let's go celebrate what you have learned!" Very often, the outcome of a contest does little to reward effort, improvement, fairness and other values we hold dear. It should be noted that having control over the outcome of your efforts is a key component to building self-esteem (Dr. Nathaniel Brandon, "The Six Pillars Of Self-Esteem"). Research makes two things very clear: â&#x20AC;˘ The main reason kids play sports is to have fun â&#x20AC;˘ The main reason kids quit their favorite sport is an over emphasis on winning. By redefining winning to allow every student the opportunity to achieve a victory, self-esteem is raised, the environment is much more positive, and kids stay in sports longer deriving greater benefits and skill from the activity.

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competitive sport is critical. Since the word "coach" differs from the word "teacher" (whereby coach is usually linked to the idea of competitive activity), it is important that instructors recognize that recreational gymnastics classes are focused on teaching.

Confidence can be defined as an expectation of future success based on a history of past successes. As adults, we have our past experiences to help us to believe we are capable of a certain level of achievement. If we fall below that level, we can experience it as a failure and reflect on it as a lesson to learn by. Some young children lack the experience and maturity to make the distinction between failing and being a failure. In essence, their self-concept is conditional on the outcome of their efforts. In our programs, challenges and skills must be adjusted to the ability of the individual so that success is assured. The learning environment must be structured to provide challenges that are achievable, while defining win ning in the context of task mastery and self-improvement.



The importance of teaching with progressions is well recognized in the gymnastics industry. The most common ly understood reasons are for safety and proper technical learning. But when dealing with the young child, additional considerations become imperative, those being their developing sense of self (self-esteem) and the concept of fun or play in the program. Why are these considerations important? So that young children remain in the sport long enough to receive: • The benefits of training • The experience of success • A sense of relationship with their instructor, classmates, facility and the sport.

Very young children, (approximately ages two to four years) , are also unable to distinguish the difference between their ability level and the difficulty of the tasks they are exposed to. They tend to judge themselves as failures even if a task is inappropriate for their level of development. The words we use when challenging them are very important because they communicate the expectations we have of them.. For example: "Joey, can you lift your feet to the bar?" vs. "Joey, how high can you lift your feet towards the bar?" If Joey has the ability to lift his legs only half way up towards the bar, the first request to put his feet on the bar will be perceived by him as a failure. He will know he didn't do what you asked him to do. With the second request asking how high he can lift his feet towards the-bar his experience would be that he could go half way. The same skill, the same action, but two completely different experiences for Joey.

YOUR TEACHING PHILOSOPHY In general, a teaching philosophy can be described as "a set of personal beliefs and principles that guide the actions you take with your students. It also involves the goals of teaching and the manner in which a teacher plans to reach those goals." Your success and effectiveness as an instructor will depend more on your teaching philosophy than any other factor. It provides you with a framework for all the decisions you make as a teacher of children. And it gives you, your co-workers, your students and their parents a base of values to work from. In most gym clubs, former ath letes are hired as preschool and recreational gymnastics teachers, and in many cases they ha ve little experience with young chi ldren . Understanding the contrasting philosophies of recreational vs.




Everyone learning a new skill must experience some level of success within a certain period of time or they will quit. TIME is the key ingredient to creating success. And it is this TIME factor that must be considered when developing a progressive curriculum. Whether it be tennis, golf, or gymnastics ... once you begin attempting the skill, there is a limited amount of time you're willing to try unsuccessfully before giving it up. If, for example, you are swinging at tennis balls and continually missing, after so many attempts, you will put the racquet down and probably never try tennis again. The important thing is for you to make contact with the ball soon after you start swinging. The length of time one is willing to continue swinging and missing varies with age. Younger children must experience success within a much shorter period of time than older children or adults. Breaking ski lls down into ACHIEVABLE steps is the fo cus of a progressive teaching system. Each step should be easily passed or learned within a short enough period of time to maintain motivation, excitement and a feeling of success.

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CHILDREN MUST BE IN CLASSES WITH ABILITY PEERS Placing children in peer group classes by age, developmental level and skill level is necessary if we are to provide an appropriate teaching environment that creates success opportunities often and fosters a positive sense of self. Parents, however, not understanding the importance of this concept, usually consider "convenience" in enrolling their children in classes with friends or siblings first, with little consideration of proper group placement. As professional educators we need to teach parents to appreciate the importance of ability peer classes for their children . Once they understand how their child's experience can be completely different based on the group he or she is in, the value of the class placement decision can be better appreciated.

UNDERSTANDING LEARNING READINESS Prior to advancing students to the next level of skill, a teacher must determi ne the students learning readiness. The student must show "task mastery" of the prerequisite skill or movement pattern , meaning the prerequisite skill can be performed both proficiently and consistently. There are four aspects of learning readiness we must consider and address in teaching progressions. They are Physical, Mental, Emotional and Social readiness. • Physically, the students must have the strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and power to perform the skills properly to develop a sense of competence. • Mentally, children need to be able to concentrate and focus their minds long and deeply enough to successfully and safely perform the skill. • Emotionally, children need to be capable of controlling their emotions

to perform and behave properly. Young children , while in your preschool age classes, are learning how to manage their feelings including fear, excitement, anger and joy. We need to make sure they are expressed in safe and appropriate ways. • Socially, children need to be able to work together, keep their hands to themselves and cooperate as a group. Taking turns and showing respect for others is important in any class situation.

DEVELOPING YOUR OWN TEACHING PHILOSOPHY AND PROGRESSION The impact your behavior has on the young lives you touch is so profound it represents one of the greatest responsibilities that you can ever accept. We as adult leaders play an important role in helping kids develop their opinions of themselves in the world. We must remember that every effort should be made toward developing programs that cultivate each individual's sense of self-competence. As we grow to understand that children have different needs, learning styles and abilities based on their age, we are challenged with having to adjust our teaching style to accommodate them. Accordingly, we must create a positive experience for youngsters where they have fun, feel confident and in control of their personal successes. Jeff Lulla is a member of the USAG Preschool Advisory Board and co-author of the Kinder Accreditation for Teachers (KAT) program. He is also a USAG National Safety Instructor, and serves on the USAG Safety Review Board. Jeff is an industry consultant and owns two Fun & Fit Gyms in California and both contract with private schools and local city Park and Rec. Departments, teaching recreational gymnastics both on and off site. Jeff licenses a self-esteem building curriculum developed at Fun & Fit to other gymnastics schools and fitness clubs.

Defining SUCCESS As Personal Best In our culture most children asking to "play" are enrolled in "sports" that turn almost everything into a contest. "Who can be the first to line up", and "who can show me the best cartwheel" are examples of how restrictive recognition and success can become in recreational sports. Understand that RECREATIONAL doesn't necessarily mean NON-COMPETITIVE. It depends on how the instructor teaches. If our objective in every class is to create success for each child, they will stay enrolled longer and develop the fitness, strength, fleXibility and skill to advance. When coaches remove the limits to success contests create, and instead ask for and reward each child's PERSONAL BEST, we nurture an environment where all children have the opportunity to be successful and feel like winners. But to do this we need to provide tools that track and reward each child's advancement and reinforce this "personal best" philosophy. Since 1991 the Fun & Fit Gymnastics Program has provided these tools to hundreds of gyms and thousands of children.

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Sixteen-year-old Tia Orlando of Parkettes in Allentown, Pa. , is known for her amazing power. On floor she tumbles as if she had springs in her legs. She holds the floor title from the 2003 Pan American Games and is the 2001 and 2002 Junior National Champion on floor as well. The tumbling passes she used at the U.S. Classic included a double layout where she splits her legs on the first flip, which adds flare. Her second pass is a long one-front handspring, double twisting front into a tuck front full into a pike front into a double stag, sissone jump. For her third pass, she does a piked full twisting double back. She finishes the routine with an incredibly high punch double front! These great skills on floor and vault (double twisting Yurchenko), as well as her routines on bars and beam, helped Tia to win the U.S. Classic this May in Rochester, N.Y. She said, "It was outstanding to win. Going into the meet I felt very well prepared. My practices at the competition were great. I knew I just had to hit." Tia added, "This event is really important because I've been injured (stress fracture in foot from overuse). I felt behind everyone a little bit. So, to go in and win was great for me." Coach Robin Netwall said, "Tia is just a great kid to work with. Tia's strength to the U.S. team is floor and vault, plus her bars and beam are coming along nicely, too." Tia is coached by Bill and Donna Strauss and Joe Stallone Tia had to stay off her foot about four weeks prior to the U.S. Classic but was able to do a lot of bars! "My bars are a lot better now," said Tia. "At first I couldn't believe it (the injury) was happening to me, but then I realized everything happens for a reason. Bars was always the event in which I had to work a little harder. Now I feel my bars are right with my other events." Tia and her family moved to the Parkettes five years ago from New Jersey when she was a Level 7 gym nast. Her mom is a dance teacher and her dad is a cameraman for the NFL so he

travels a lot and was able to live in Pennsylvania. "My family loves it here and supports me 100%," said Tia. "My sister and brother didn't mind so that was a lot easier." Coach Netwall was quick to point out that Tia is very supportive of her younger siblings as well. "She goes to their baseball games, cheerleading practice and is very supportive of her brother and sister." Tia home schools so ' she's able to train from around 8:30-4 each day, then does her schoolwork in the evening. She's a sophomore and would like to go to college after graduation. "I want to go to a college with warm weather," said Tia. For her 16th birthday on Feb. 18 she received her driving permit and a car, an Audi A4. "I'm able to get my license August 20, which is right in the middle of the Olympics so hopefully I'll have to delay my license: Of course her goal includes making the Olympic Team but the first goal is to be in the top three all-around at the U.S. Championships. "I know I have to be consistent and stay positive." _

Tia Orlando 2001 & 2002 Floor Exercise Junior National Champion Hometown: . ...... ... Souderton, Pa. Residence: . . . . ..... . Macungie, Pa. Date/Place of Birth: ... February 18, 1988 Philadelphia, Pa. Club: .............. Parkettes Coach: Bill and Donna Strauss, Robin Netwali, Joe StaUone School: . .. ... . .. .. . Home Schooled Year in School: ...... 10th (Fall '03) Began Gymnastics: ... 1990 Favorite Event: ... . .. Floor Exercise Years on National Team: 3 (2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04) TOPS National Team: ... 1999

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usan S. True is from Kansas City, Mo., and has been a member of the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors for the last 22 years--from 1982-2004. Susan represented the National Federation of State High School Associations, where she worked as the Assistant Director and went on to serve as a gymnastics consultant and liaison. Susan also served on a number of other sports' Board of Directors i ncludi ng Field Hockey, Volleyball, Tennis and the Women's Sports Foundation, and brought an interesting perspective to USA Gymnastics on how other sports organizations deal with similar issues.


"She was always a voice of reason during finance committee meetings," said USA Gymnastics Controller, John Hewett. He added with a chuckle, "Susan always wore purple in support of her Kansas State Wildcats." Susan has elected to retire from the Board of Directors this July and USA Gymnastics would like to thank her for the many years of service! Susan has served in a number of areas during her 22 years on the Board of Directors for USA Gymnastics including an At Large member of the, Executive Committee, chaired the Education Committee, Bylaws Committee, Vision 2000 Task Force, Search Committee for the Director of Rhythmic Gymnastics and served on the .Nominating Committee and... Finance Committee. With her strong background in education and affiliations with numerous sporting organizations, Susan was invaluable in her assistance on numerous projects and brought great insight into important issues. USA Gymnastics will miss her contributions and dedication to the organization and we wish her well in all she conquers next!


By Claudia Kretschner, USA Gymnastics PDCP Instructor was a gymnast, so that must mean that I can teach gymnastics!! I thought so, and my employer agreed. My first job coaching was for the local Recreation Department. One strip mat, one hour and 30 hyperactive children later I was a full-fledged coach and needless to say learning lessons in spontaneous creativity. One realizes rather quickly that standing in one line and doing forward rolls simply wouldn't work! A few years later, my husband and I opened our own gym. I expanded from a strip mat to "luxury." We had a whole floor, 1 set of bars, 1 vault and 2 beams! My husband and I taught every class and started a team. We were hungry for knowledge. We quickly signed up for National Congress and loved it but we needed more hands on experience. We needed to see quality coaching in action. We spent a lot of time going to visit other gyms, and we watched top level coaches and gymnasts. We would then go back to our gym and try the same methods these coaches used with their elites on our beginner recreational kids. That didn't work so well, but we were motivated to have a "good" program . Luckily for us there was not a lot of competition because we learned everything the HARD way.


What is the PDCP Course? The program focuses on the beginning levels of the Junior Olympic Program. This is the most important stage in the full development of an athlete. Solid basics are vital to the physical longevity and skill proficiency of the athlete. It is so much easier to learn it right at the start rather than trying to fix it up later. This program is designed for your recreational through Level 4 staff. However, I found it extremely beneficial for all levels in my program. This is a fantastic way for you to not only improve the level of gymnastics in your program, but the professionalism of your entire club. Each participant attending this course becomes certified by USA Gymnastics.

What is covered in the PDCP course? The Professional Development Certification Program is divided into eight parts: • Vault • Bars • Beam • Tumbling • Spotting • Dance • Coaching 101 • Sports science • Psychology

Event training (VauLt, Bars, Beam & TumbLing) wi ll take you beyond the skills of the Level 1-4 program. Instructors will learn a variety of drills, stations and conditioning for each of the Level 1-4 skills. It will give you a basic philosophy for each event and help you with the practicalities of teaching. The explosion of the popularity of gymnastics has brought competition. There are new gyms popping up every day. Competition has driven our sport to a whole new level, and now club owners and coaches must have knowledge and professionalism in order to be successful. USA Gymnastics has met this need by developing a great course fo r beginning coaches. The new PDCP (Professional Development Certification Program) was written by the National Staff. Now club owners have the opportunity to train and nationally certify their staff right in their own state. One of the determining factors for success in this sport is a continued desire for learning and expertise. The PDCP is a large part of this equation.

The Spotting Clinic covers basic spotting on all events. It is tailored to meet the needs of the participants, with real "hands on" spotting. Dance - Don't get intimidated! This class is a blast! This class wi ll heLp anyone to teach dance. Coaching 101 will provide you with invaluable information that every instructor, coach or club owner requires. Coaching 101 teaches you how to create lesson plans, and basic problem solving solutions. This portion is crucial for learning how to improve relations between employee and employer, parents, gymnasts and co-workers. Most of all, it helps you to become a professional at your profession!


Sports Science - developed by Bill Sands, this part of the course teaches coaching theory and basic sports science. e.g. "Train smarter, not harder." Psychology - developed by Allison Arnold . "Training the mind is like training the body." This course will teach you fun drills to tighten the mind just like we teach drills to tighten the body.

Who should take this course? Plain and simply, anyone and everyone who teaches gymnastics! In my course I've taught a full range of people, from pre-school instructors, cheer instructors, rec instructors, pre-team coaches, to team coaches and elite coaches. Everyone has greatly enjoyed and benefited from this course.

you trust. Do you professionals in their field? Of course! Parents will feel more comfortable leaving their children in the care of professionals. The two days of training are worth it! An added bonus for club owners: you can't beat bei ng able to advertise - " Nationally Certified Staff."

How do I find out about a course near me? Why is this course different from other courses?

Go to the USA Gymnastics website There is a list of state instructors and courses offered. If you do not see a course offered in your state, contact your state instructor. It's even possible to arrange a course in your very own gym!

This course is up close and personal. It is typically held in a gym setting with live demonstrators. The course participants are able to see first hand how set up stations and drills, while the instructor is better able to tailor the course to the needs and levels of the participants. After completing this course you will have a full background for teaching , lesson planning, and have a better understanding of all areas of gymnastics.

The next course scheduled is Oct. 2-3 in North Tonawanda, New York, and given by Pete LaChance. Call (845}534-9793 to register. If you'd Like to host a PDCP course in your area, check out the PDCP instructor list on the website at http:// safety-and-education / w-pdcpinstructorli st.html

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and simply contact an instructor to host a course in your gym!

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What is YOUR Pricing Strategy? Before reading this article, get yourself a cup of coffee, shut the door and put your feet up. If you take the time to truly contemplate your pricing strategy it could mean ten s, perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars to your bottom line over this Olympic cycle. Our industry is TERRIBLE at pricing its product and fully 90% of the nation's clubs are underpricing their product-not an exaggeration and based on my assessment after conducting BOOT CAMP for 13 years. In our industry, I have identified four basic pricing 'strategies'. #1-no pricing strategy: Too common in our industry, the best business

results one might expect using this strategy is mediocrity and the worst, outright failure. The cure is usually about a 30% price hike which is probably not palatable to the buying public because the business has been too poor to operate 'professionally' and has therefore banked little goodwill. Not a good situation to be in . #2-low price strategy: As opposed to above, these GymClub Owners have truly thought through their strategy and can va lidate it with logical argument. There however is a problem, this strategy does not work in our industry! I have never (I don't use that word lightly) see n a truly financially vital GymClub which operates using a 'low price strategy'. A low price strategy works only in an industry where the product has been commoditized-such as selling appliances, electro nics, gasoline, etc. In our industry a 'low price' strategy necessarily leads to low wages which necessarily leads to second tier teachers and we all know the long term results of that.

Management to determine its Team tuition, as it helps the decision-maker (me) as well as the person writi ng the check (the parents) to see things as they are, rather than as we wou ld like them to be. Clearly, one must have proper financial data with which to make accurate projections or this approach falls apart. #4-maximize profit: When one seeks to maximize profit, in effect, one is attempting to charge an ever higher price stopping at the exact moment just before profit begins to decline. Alo ng the way, one is not concerned with the loss of students, only the loss of profit (long term). This approach is too strong for some personalities because the thought of pricing a client out of the market pushes their guilt button. To those folks, I recommend daily recitation of this reality: when you charge the first 25¢ for your product you price someone out of the market (you just don't know their name or face)! Logically, if you feel guilty about raising prices and causing some clients to no longer be able to afford their product then this person should feel guilty about charging anything at all! The more profit a business makes, the better it can help its clients, its employees, its community, its owners: no profit is good for no one. This strategy also requires accurate and timely financial information (see a theme, here?) . My recommendation: over the long run , there is probably little financial difference between #2 and #1. However, if you gravitate toward #4 or #3 you are either currently experiencing business difficulties or likely to. My bias now revealed, what is your pricing strategy? Think about it.

Make it a great month! Jeff Metzger, Founder, BOOT CAMP #3-target margin strategy: This strategy can work in our industry and it can

work well. Basically, one carefully constructs projections for expenses as well as enrollment, decides on x% profit margin and then uses simple math to determine what price must be charged to maintain the target margin . Kids First/ Queen City uses exactly this method combined with Open Book

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


After June 1, 2004 you must register on-site.


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• Credential for entrance to Congress sessions and clinics June 24-26, 2004 Anaheim,CA. • Entrance to the Exhibit Hall featu ring the industry's finest products and services. • One ticket to the Congress Dance Party o n Saturday, June 26 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel 9:30 p.m . - 1 :30 a .m. (adcliHanal Congress Donee Parl;' Hcke~ for spouse/gues~ are $35 eoch-availoble at on-site registroHon)

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Videotaping: Videotaping of Cong ress sessions is permitted FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY unless the session presenters announce that his/her/their session may not be videotaped. Language: The official language of Congress is English . USA Gymnastics wi ll make no special provisions for tra nslation of sessio ns into other languages. Congress aHendees with special needs must notify USA Gymnastics in wri ting in this regard prior to the June 1, Ea rly Bird deadline. We suggest that this information be included with the Congress reg istra tion form .

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On-line registration is also available No Pre-Registration after June 2 After June 2 you must register on-site for a $25 additional on-site 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 2004 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.

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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 June 1 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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S CH E D U L E 2004 NATIONAL CONGRESS AND OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS - GYMNASTICS 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. - 7:00 p.m .... TBD .... .. .... . ....

Congress Registration Opens . . . . . . . .... Hall B Anaheim Convention Center Annual Business Conference ..... . . . .. . Anaheim Marriott Hotel Safety/ Risk Management Course .. ...... Anaheim Marriott Hotel KAT Course ...................... Anaheim Marriott Hotel Women's State/ Regional Chair Workshop .. Anaheim Marriott Hotel

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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Friday, June 25, 2004 7:30 a.m. ..... ...... 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m .. ... 8:00 a.m .-5 :00 p.m .. ... TBD .... .. . .. .. . . .. 7:00 p.m....... . .. ..


Congress Registration Opens ..... . ... .. Hall B Anaheim Convention Center Congress Sessions ...... .. . . .. . . . . . . Anaheim Convention Center Exhibit Hall Opens .. . .. . .... ... .. . . Hall B Anaheim Convention Center Sports Acro Team Trials . .. ... .. . . . . . . Hall B Anaheim Convention Center Olympic Team Trials - Women .. .. ..... . Arrowhead Pond

Saturday, June 26, 2004 7:30 a.m .. . .. ..... . . Congress Registration Opens . . .. . . . . . .. 8:00 a.m.-1 :00 p.m .. ... Congress Sessions .. . ............... 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m . . .. . Exhibit Hall Opens .. ..... . ......... 3:00 p.m ............ Olympic Team Trials - Men ............ 6:30-9:00 p.m .... . . . . Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony ... ... . 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m .... Cong ress Dance Party "Greece - ... ... .. Grease is the Word"


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Sunday, June 27, 2004 3:00 p.m ... . ..... . .. Olympic Team Trials - Women ...... . . . . Arrowhead Pond

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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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Please note: You will be able to pick up your pre-registered tickets at the Congress registratio n booth or will ca ll at Anaheim Hilton Hall of Fame reception area . REGISTRATION FORM: Individual Tickets $35.00 per person Tables: $350.00

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Dates & Place: Venue:

August 6-9, 2004, Huntsville (Houston), Texas Karolyi's Gymnastics Camp, 454 FS. 200, Huntsville, TX 77340

Presented by:

The FIG / GG Committee in English & Spanish



Seminar Topics:

• The World Gymnaestrada, philosophy, objectives and program. • The 13th World Gymnaestrada - Dornbirn 2007 • We are going to the World Gymnaestrada - checklist for the organization, for the formation of groups, and for financing

Practical Units:

• Group performances - further education for group leaders and instructors in the field of gymnastics and dance. • Group performances - further education of group leaders and instructors in the field of apparatus gymnastics. • Large group performances - further education of group leaders and instructors. • Video recordings and analyses.


• Flemming Knudsen - FIG - Denmark (course management) • Carmen Flores - PAGU - Mexico • Assistants - Lecturers from participating federations

Dornbirn 2007:

Members of the Organizing Committee for the 2007 World Gymnaestrada Dornbirn, Austria will conduct presentations, information sessions, and answer questions.

Arrivals! Departures:

Arrival: Thursday, August 5th in the afternoon Departure: Monday, August 9th from 3:00 p.m. Transfers provided from Houston - camp - airport


Registration: Intent to Participate Form - Please return by June 1st or earlier! $200 per person Includes: Course fee, meals at the camp, and accommodations at the camp.


See: gg/2004/ camp-registrationform.pdf Fee payment and travel information - Late registration may be accepted after June 10th - Please notify Steve Whitlock ASAP at sw hitlock@usa· or call him at 317-829-5636.

USA Participants: For USA Leaders, this continuing education course represents a truly unique opportunity to network, interact with international GG experts, learn about the 2007 World Gymnaestrada, gain inspiration and have fun! In addition, the USA Gymnastics GG Committee will take advantage of this opportunity to conduct preliminary plaru1ing meets for the Official USA Delegation to the 2007 World Gymnaestrada.

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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 category 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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ymnasts may be nominated as on individual or a team. In order to be considered, the follOWing eligibility criteria is used as aguideline: • Aperiod of five years post competition • Has been on Olympic, Pan American, World University Gomes or World Championships team member • Has been a National Champion recognized by the Notional Governing Body (AAU, USGF ar USAG) • Has been a Notional Collegiate Champion Please continue the application with the following information: 1. Dote 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 dotes 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

C oaches 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 acoach • Has been consistently successful in National Collegiate Championships • Has coached one or more athletes who have been members of notional teams (international, senior or junior) recognized by the NGB (AAU, USGF or USAG) • Has coached Notional or Collegiate Champions • Has coached an NGB (AAU, USGF or USAG) recognized international team Please continue the application with the follOWing 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. Notional Team coaching positions held by nominee (please include dotes) 5. Additional information about the nominee's career in coaching (Le., background as on athlete, honors, publications, contributions to the gymnastics field, records, etc.) 6. list of names, addresses ond 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 1, 2004, to both of the individuals listed at right. Nominations received after that date will not be considered.

Carolyn Bowers, Chairman Hall of Fame Selection Committee 235 Willowood Bowling Green, OH 43402


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• All Preschool teachers and beginner class instructors have attended the Movement Education and Lesson Plan Development (MELPD) course • All instructors and coaches are safety certified. Safety/Risk Management course is now available online. USA Gymnastics University at offers safety online. More courses to be added in 2004/05. • Attend educational seminar - National Congress in Anaheim. Tracks for your coaches, instructors and preschool teachers. Business sessions for owners, directors, mangers. • Attend your state and regional clinics.

2. Update information • Update or correct personal membership information and club information. Make sure all information is up to date. Go to website and make changes or call member services at 1-800-345-4719 • Discard all old forms. You must use the new, most current forms for Athlete Member registration for 2004-2005. Forms will be available online by June 18. The online registration will open by July 1, 2004. • Old forms are invalid. For proper insurance/risk management coverage the proper and current year date forms must be used and on file. • Make sure you have the correct name spelling and correct updated address on all athlete and other membership forms. Make sure you make these changes when you are registering online. Please make sure all name and addresses are updated and correct on forms which are sent to the office for processing.

3. New Season 2004 - 2005 • Club packets with new forms and updated registration information will go in the mail at the end of June. We apologize for the delay however; we must finalize the risk management contract with our insurance carriers. As most of you are aware the climate in the insurance world is forever changing. Membership fees will be determined in June. There will be a minimum of $ 1.00 increase per membership. Watch the website for up to date announcements

• Introductory Membership - this membership is for Level 2 and 3, women prep opt, TOPS and Group Gymnastics. This membership allows the athlete to participate in USA Gymnastics sanctioned events. As long as an athlete is at this level they may choose to remain in this member category. This membership is available by online registration only. The forms are on the Internet. The fee will remain $ 15. Member cards are to be printed from the internet only. This membership offers the member benefit of secondary accident insurance with a deductible during sanctioned events. No other benefits such as the magazine are part of this membership. These members may subscribe to USA Gymnastics magazine for $ 19.95. They may choose to register as a full athlete member to receive all benefits, if desired. These athletes may remain in the Introductory Level membership as long as they wish to remain at those levels. • Register your athletes upon receipt of form and fees . Do not hold onto funds for months. The athletes and parents want to receive the full year of membership benefits and that includes the magazine. • Completed, signed forms: It is most important that every club has a completed, signed form with the correct year date from every athlete who competes in their club files. You must maintain these hard copies in your records. Please check with your legal council to determine the proper length of time to maintain your records. Please review the Safety/ Risk Management book for suggestions and reminders in this area or record keepi ng . • Plan your program to celebrate National Gymnastics Day August 7, 2004. Tell us how you celebrated, • Make sure all Professional and Instructor memberships for your coaches and teachers remain current. You can register memberships and sanctions online. • Watch U.S. Championships, U.S. Olympic Trials-Gymnastics and the Olympics on TV if you can not attend in person. • Maintain a current Member Club membership. If you do not have this membership, sign up today! $ 155.00 for a year of benefits. Go Team USA!

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A form will be sent to the RTCCs and the RACCs for the alternates to East / West and JO Nationals for use next year. Connie will finalize regional expenses for the athlete's jackets and report to the RAAC's.

The meeting was called to order at 12:30 p .m . by Chairman Jan Greenhawk.

I. Roll Call Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 Region 6 Region 7 Region 8 ECC JOCC JOPM SDWP Guest

Robbie Sumpter Ruth Sandoz Cori Rizzo Jim Schlott Kathy Shufflin Kathy Ostberg Lynn Perrott Deb Kornegay Gary Anderson Tom Koll Connie Maloney Kathy Kelly Kathy Feldmann, VP Membership - USAG

II. Welcome Jan welcomed the committee and thanked them for the work they do on a daily basis.

III. ELITE COMMITTEE REPORT Gary Anderson thanked the Administrative Committee for the support and work which ultimately has helped to support the Elite development program. Gary explained that his committee now deals with the "Pre-Elite program."

Goals: Communications: Developed an Elite newsletter to help with the communication. Simplify things. Fewer changes with the compulsories and only one change with the PhYSical Abilities test. Cooperation: between committees and among the coaches and judges. International level is having tremendous success. Depth of the team is unparalleled. Coaches are better educated. TOPs program has made a great contribution to the development of the coaches and athletes. Little / mild growth in this program. Testing about 2300 kids regionally. The standards have risen and coaches are being more selective as to who participates, so although the numbers are not increasing much, the quality of those involved has increased tremendously. TOPS position is an appointed position because it is still ultimately the responsibWy of the Regional Elite Committee Chair. Gary commended the work of Tom Koll as the Vice-Chair for Women on the Board of Directors.


Recommendation that if an athlete who is qualified to Level 9 East/West and JO Nationals is unable to compete due to an injury/illness and is replaced by the alternate, the Meet Director will refund the injured athlete's entry fee. If no replacement is made, there will be no refund. Motion: J. Schlott Second: R. Sandoz PASSED

V. FINANCIAL REPORTING State Chairmen are reminded that timely financial reporting is very critical and one of the most important responsibilities of the State Chairman. Repeated failure to meet the reporting deadlines can result in negative consequences for the State (including holding of rebates and / or removal of State Chairman).

VI. ELECTION GUIDELINES Jan distributed a rough draft for election procedures for National, Regional, State officers and State Administrative Committee members in order to make recommendations to the Women's Program Committee for changes / additions to the Operating Code. The officialprocedures for all elections will be updated in the Women's Operating Code. Ballots go to the head of the election committee. Recommendation to add the word ''WOMEN' to Professional Members to the Operating Code in the election procedures section. Motion: C. Rizzo Second: R. Sumpter PASSED Recommendation to the Women's Program Committee to extend the terms of office of the Regional Administrative Committee Chairmen and Regional Pre-Elite Committee Chairmen by two years until 2007 to ensure continuity of the committee structure. Motion: K. Shufflin Second: R. Sumpter PASSED Kathy Kelly announced that there is only one candidate for the Administrative Committee Chairman and therefore Jan Greenhawk is elected by acclamation to a four year term.

VII. BOARD OF DIRECTORS The committee presented the names of the regional nominations for the Women's Program Representatives to the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors. The office will verify the nominations and collect resumes for submission to the Women's Program Committee.


Tom Koll reported to the committee that the development of the Connie discussed the procedures for Regional meets in terms of new compulsories (music, film, text) is ahead of schedule. The results / scoring and procedures for entry forms and fees . The JO Committee will meet with the Technical Committee to clarify committee discussed the problem of clubs not being prepared to the expectations and deductions for the elements. (continued on page 29) ~1~2~6--------------------------~(~__r_E_C_HN_'~O_ U_ E _._J_U_NE_2_O_04__~)r------------------------------

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Tom Koll reported to the committee of the directive that all programs have been given to address the issue of building our athlete base at the lower levels. The committee will address the issue including cost reduction (entry fees, judging costs) at the State Chairman Workshops.

The workshops are scheduled as follows: June 2-5,2005 Louisville, Kentucky June 9-12, 2005 Reno, Nevada

X. PETITION PROCEDURES Recommendation to the Jr. Olympic Committee that the following clarification be added to the Rules and Policies: if a gymnast completes all four events in a qualifying meet she is not eligible to petition and advance to the next competition. Motion: L. Perrott Second: D. Kornegay PASSED

XI. REGIONAL CONGRESS The committee discussed Regional Congresses and coordination of those events with the national office and the advantages that would be available. Regions who are using outside sources to conduct their regional congress will submit a contract and budget to the national office.

XII. STATE CHAIRMEN'S WORKSHOP The committee drafted the Agenda for the Workshop that will be conducted prior to he National Congress in Anaheim on Wednesday, June 25. The agenda and the timelines will be sent along with the invitations to the Women's Program Summit.

Regional Compulsory Workshops national office and the RC's Region II June 17 -18 June 17-1 8 Region III Region VI & VII July 9-10 Region VIII June 24-26

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XIV. CALENDAR The committee discussed the calendar and made the following recommendation: Recommendation to the JO Committee to adjust the calendar for JO regional meets to avoid conflicts with the Collegiate Meets. Motion: C. Rizzo Second: K. Shufflin PASSED Calendar as approved by the JO Committee:

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2006 State Meets Regional Regional East / West Nat'ls JO Nationals

Level 9 & 10 Level 9 & 10 Level 10 Level 9 Level 10

March 11 & 12 March 31 -April 2 April 8 & 9 April 21 - 23 April 28 -29

XV. RULES AND POLICIES Jan will assign sections of the R&P to the RACe's for proofing the document. Connie will update the document from the actions of the various committees this year and send the section to the appropriate RACe's by May 15th. Return proofed copies by June 1. Region IV & VIII Region II & VII Region VI & I Region III & V Jan

Page 33 - 46 Page 17 - 32 Page 47 - 51 Page 53 - 60 Forms on the internet.

XVI. EDUCATION Kathy Feldmann distributed information on various upcoming USA Gymnastics events and the many educational activities and opportunities that are available through the Membership Department for the states and regions. Recommendation to the JO Committee that for the safety concern of the athlete during competitions, cells phones be put on "silent mode" for all meet personnel, meet participants and the spectators. Motion: R. Sandoz Second: K. Ostberg PASSED Recommendation to adjourn at 3:20 p.m. Motion: J. Schlott Second: D. Kornegay PASSED

Joint Jr. OlympicITechnical Committee Meeting Kissimmee, FL May 3-4, 2004 I. Roll Call Chairman Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 Region 6 Region 7 Region 8 NETCC NECC WJOPM Absent: NACC

Ir. OI~mI2ic Tom Koll Dan Witenstein Laurie Reid Cheryl Jarrett Don Houlton John Geddert Larry Goldsmith Mike Milchanowski Paul Padron Gary Anderson Connie Maloney

Technical Cheryl Hamilton Sue Graff Linda Mulvihill Carole Bunge Linda Thorberg Char Christensen Pat Panichas Myra Elfenbein Marian Dykes Audrey Schweyer

II. Sponsor Recognition Tom Koll welcomed Sallie Weaver, President of Elite Sportswear GK. Sally requested that the committee members communicate any concerns regarding the procedures for sizing athletes at the Regional meets. Sallie takes pride in the fact that Elite Sportswear has been the national sponsor of the Jr. Olympic program for seventeen years and considers this to be a long term commitment. The committee thanked Sally for her commitment and quality apparel.

III. ELITE PROGRAM REPORT Gary Anderson informed the committees of the activities of the Elite Committee. He also thanked the JO Committee for its support of allowing athletes to "test the waters" in Pre-Elite without jeopardizing their status in the JO Program.

IV. WOMEN'S ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE REPORT Tom informed the committees that the Administrative Committee recommended to the Women's Program Committee to extend the terms of the Chairmen of both the Regional Administrative Committee and the Regional Elite Corrunittee for two years so that elections for Regional officers will be staggered. The Administrative Committee also discussed that the structuring of open gym time for Level 9/10 Regionals is at the discretion of the Regional Administrative Committee.

IV. GENERAL CONCERNS USE OF CELL PHONES Effective August I, 2004, Recommendation that all individuals involved in the competition "field of play" be required to either turn off their cell phone or set it at vibrate mode during competition times. If a call must be made, it should be done outside the field of play. Motion: C. Jarrett Second: L. Thorberg PASSED WARM-UP PROCEDURES Effective August I, 2004, recommendation that for meet formats that provide only one floor exercise mat for competition (or one floor and a tumbling strip), any of the following timed/touch warm-up procedures may be used at the discretion of the Meet Director: 1. With squads of 8 or fewer gymnasts - warm-up all 8 (1_ min/each for traditional; 2 min. each for non-traditional formats); then compete. 2. With squads of 9 or more - warm-up half the squad, then compete; then warm-up the second half of the squad and then compete. 3. With any size squad - warm up athletes between competitive routines. If the Meet Director chooses to use the third (alternating) warm-up procedure, it must be monitored by meet personnel, not by the judges. Examples of this option will be added to the 2004-05 Rules and Policies. Motion: C. Christensen Second: D. Houlton PASSED unanimously

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V. MAnING/MOUNT CLARIFICATION FOR BARS AND BEAM Clarification: - Compulsory level gynmasts are allowed to use any manufactured mat, spotting block or board for mOWlting purposes. - Effective August I, 2004, recommendation that, in addition to what is currently allowed for Optional competitions for mounting the apparatus (as found in the Rules and Policies), to also allow the gymnast to stand on an 8" skill cushion for uneven bars or balance beam mounts. Motion: M. Dykes Second: L. Goldsmith PASSED

VI. VAULT The committee discussed expanding the use of ROWld-off entry vaults. They also discussed the values of the Level 8 vaults, especially in regards to the twisting vs. the Tsukahara vaults. This discussion was tabled until the October meeting EFFECTIVE AUGUST I, 2005 (THE START OF NEXT QUADRENNIUM), recommendation to allow Level 8 gymnasts to perform Round-off entry vaults with twists only (no saltos), as well as tuck and pike Yurchenko vaults with no twists. Motion: D. Houlton Second: M. Dykes PASSED (12 in favor, 6 opposed) EFFECTIVE AUGUST I, 2005 (THE START OF NEXT QUADRENNIUM), recommendation to allow Level 9 gymnasts to perform all vaults, with no restrictions. Motion: J. Geddert Second: D. Witenstein PASSED unanimously For the 2004-2005 season, a separate vault chart will be developed for Level 9's to avoid any confusion as to which Group 4 and 5 vaults are allowed at this level. The vault charts will be posted on the USA Gymnastics web site and in Technique magazine. Discussion was held regarding the requirement to flash the vault number or to announce to the judges what vault is to be performed. There will be no change in the current procedures. Effective August I, 2004, recommendation to increase the maximum height of the vault table to 135 cm. This applies to all levels and age groups in the Jr. Olympic Program. Motion: L. Mulvihill Second: M. Elfenbein PASSED unanimously Level 4 Vault: The committees reinforced the philosophy of Level 4 vaulting in that the main emphasis is on developing good TWlning speed and maintaining straight body position, not on repulsion. No additional deductions were considered at this time.

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Effective August 1, 2004, recommendation that all ' I> on-iI, off, front salto vaults in Group 3 may also be performed with a ,/, on -'I. off prior to the front salto, under the same number and start value. No deduction for incomplete '/2 turn will be applied. Motion: M. Milchanowski Second: C. Jarrett PASSED Effective August 1, 2004, recommendation that if a gymnast attempts a ,/, on - '/4 off (or II, on- II, off) front salto vault but performs a ,/, on - '/' off (twisting in opposite directions) to a front saito vauIt, it will be considered the same as a handspring front salto vault and appropriate deductions will be taken. Motion: L. Reid Second: D. Witenstein PASSED


VII. UNEVEN BARS Clarifica tion: #6.204 Stalder circle backward to clear support (B) - There must be an opening of the shoulder angle on the upward part of the circle. #6.104 Clear straddle circle backward to clear support (A) appears as a straddle seat circle to a straddle "L" position, with no opening of the shoulder angle. Clarification: Resuming judging after a fall: Compulsory exercises: judging resumes from the point of interruption. Optionals: the judging begins again with the performance of an element that is listed in the FIG Code of Points or the fO Element

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Counterswing to front salta straddled to catch same bar (Bullock) Weiler kip with 1/1 pirouette (Healy) after handstand (McCallister) Circle swing forward in L-grip with '/2 turn and straddle flight over the HB to hang on HB (Khorkina from L-grip) (Perret) 2 / 1 twist or more on LB or HB (Bounceback / Tanac 2 / 1) (Bronson)

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VIII. BALANCE BEAM Clarification: Simple mounts, such as jump to front support (or anything comparable) will be valued at "A" for the counting of value parts, effective August 1, 2004. Clarification for completion of turns (also applies to Floor Exercise): Once the heel drops onto the beam (or floor) during a turn, it is considered complete. Appropriate value part credit is awarded for the degree of turn completed prior to heel drop.








Effective August 1, 2004, Recommendation to increase the Balance Beam Connection Value (CV) for Principle 10.4.2 Connections of at least three acrobatic flight elements (applies to mount, dismount, and connections within the exercise) B+C+C (in any order of VP) from +0.10 to +0.20 Motion: L. Thorberg Second: P. Padron PASSED

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CHANGES IN BEAM CONNECTION VALUE: Effective August 1, 2004, Recommendation for JO Levels 9 and 10 to increase the Balance Beam Connection Value (CV) for Principle 10.4.1 - Connections of two (2) Acrobatic flight elements (excluding dismounts) C + C from +0.10 to +0.20 Motion: C. Jarrett Second: C. Bunge PASSED


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X. NATIONAL OFFICE REPORT A. Kathy Kelly reported the status of the TC conference call. Mr. Colarossi asked that the JO Committee members have input as to Level 10 recertification program. The TC members voiced confidence in the excellent educational experience over the past two quadrenniums. The JO Committee made no recommendations to change this certification procedure.

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I. ROLL CALL Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 Region 6 Region 7 Region 8 JOPM Absent: ACC ECC TCC SDWP

Dan Witenstein Laurie Reid Cheryl Jarrett Don Houlton John Geddert Larry Goldsmith Mike Milchanowski Paul Padron Connie Maloney Jan Greenhawk Gary Anderson Cheryl Hamilton Kathy Kelly

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II. CALENDAR The following Level 9 / 10 competition schedule was established for the next quadrennium: 2007 200S 2006 2008 March 11-12 March 24-25 Lev. 9/10 State Meets March 19-20 March 29-30 April 15-17 March 31-April2 *April 20-22 April 18-20 Lev. 9/10 Regionals *April14-15 April 8-9 April 26-27 Lev. 10 only Regionals April 23-24 *May 18-20 May 6-8 April 21-23 May 9-11 Lev. 9 East / West April 28-30 *Mav 11-13 Lev. 10 TO Nationals May 13-15 May 16-18 * Note that in 2007 the order of the Level 9 and 10 National meets are reversed.

III. LEVEL 5 ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Recommendation that the distribution of achievement awards for levelS competitors be at the discretion of the State Administrative Committee. Motion: M. Mi1chanowski Second: D. Witenstein PASSED

IV. SURVEY RESULTS The committee reviewed and discussed the results of the survey in regards to the new minimum ages allowed for Level 1-3 competitors. This was tabled pending further research and investigation.

V. LEVEL 9 AGE GROUPS Recommendation to increase the number of age groups at Level 9 to eight (Junior A-D and Senior A-D), which will in turn increase the number of athletes qualifying to Easterns and Westerns from 288 each to 384 each. The schedule for the East/West meets will be as follows: Thurs. evening Coaches' meeting Friday: Two sessions: Jr. A & Jr. B, followed by a banquet/welcome activity (No training will be available) Saturday: Three sessions - Jr. C, Jr. D and Sr. A Sunday: Three sessions - Sr. B, Sr. C and Sr. D Motion: P. Padron Second: C. Jarrett PASSED

VI. PETITION PROCEDURES Clarification to the Rules and Policies, Part 2, Section V, I. B. Add a bullet: If a gymnast completes all four events in a qualifying meet, she is not eligible to petition and advance to the next competition.

VII. ALTERNATES AT EAST/WEST AND JO NATIONALS: Recommendation for replacing an injured/ill athlete within 48 hours of the start of competition at Level 9 East/West or Level 10 Nationals: The first alternate from the same region will be contacted. If she is not present at the meet site and is unable to participate, the second alternate, if in attendance, may be called upon to replace the injured/ill athlete. Motion: J. Geddert Second: C. Jarrett PASSED The meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

Technical Committee Meeting Kissimmee, FL May 4, 2004 I. Roll Call Chairman Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 Region 6 Region 7 Region 8 NETCC WJOPM Absent: NACC NECC SDWP NJOCC

Cheryl Hamilton Sue Graff Linda Mulvihill Carole Bunge Linda Thorberg Char Christensen Pat Panichas Myra Elfenbein Marian Dykes Audrey Schweyer Connie Maloney Jan Greenhawk Gary Anderson Kathy Kelly TomKoll

II. GENERAL CONCERNS Sanction procedures for reporting violations: Reminder that the Meet Referee should indicate on the sanction form any violations so that both the National office and the Regional Chairman are aware of such violations and may take appropriate action.

III. MEET RESULTS Reminder that according to the Rules and Policies, the official result score sheets do not have to be signed by the judges.

IV. RATINGS REQUIRED FOR EACH LEVEL Judging assignors are reminded that all judges assigned to a USA Gymnastics sanctioned meet must have the correct rating for the Level of the gymnasts competing. Meet Directors must work with the assignors to insure that the properly rated officials are judging each LeveL Sometimes this involves being creative with the meet format so that the higher rated judges rotate with the higher level gymnasts.

If the format of a particular local or sectional meet cannot be adjusted to allow the gymnasts to be judged by properly rated officials, and in the event that all local judges with the proper rating have been asked and none are available to judge, then a judge certified at the next lower level may be assigned (preferably to Vault), provided that the RTCC has been notified and has given approval.

V. EMERGENCY CANCELLATION BY A JUDGE As a professional courtesy; a judge with a non-refundable airline ticket

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VI. VAULT - NEW CHIEF JUDGE DEDUCTION Recomendation that the Chief Judge be responsible for taking the 1.00 deduction for performance of a one-arm vault from the average if at least half of the vault panel saw that only one hand touched the vault table. Motion: M. Dykes Second: A. Schweyer PASSED

VII. UNEVEN BAR ELEMENT CLARIFICATION For all levels that are allowed to perform "C" elements (Levels 8-10): #3.304 Uprise backward to immediate clear hip to handstand is listed in the FIG Code as one "C" element (provided it finishes within 10掳 of vertical).

If the clear hip circle does not attain the handstand phase, the skill will be evaluated as two "B" elements (back uprise and clear hip circle) Since Level 7 is not allowed to perform "C" elements, if this element is performed, it will still be considered two "B" elements, regardless of whether or not the clear hip circle attained the handstand phase.

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VIII. SURVEY RESULTS The committee members requested that their respective JOCC share the information of the survey results with them in order for them to be prepared to decide the new Optional rules at the Fall meeting.

IX. FLOOR EXERCISE路 SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Clarification: There are only three Special Requirements relating to Acrobatic (tumbling) elements: 1. Must have a series (consisting of a minimum of three flight elements directly connected-one of which is a saIto) 2. Must have a second series that includes two saltos 3. Must have three different saltos within the exercise Example: If a gymnast performs: 1. RO, FF, Double back 2. Front Layout, Front Layout 3. RO, 1 / 1 twist She has fulfilled two Special Requirements: three different saltos and an acro series. She is missing a series with two saltos.

X. ELITE JUDGING CONCERNS Discussion was held in regards to the previous recommendation of having 50% of the judges assigned to the Regional/National qualifiers consist of judges who were also assigned to Classics. It is still a recommendation to insure some consistency, but it is not a hard-fast rule. National Qualifiers: Meet Directors hosting a National Qualifier with an invitational should present Audrey Schweyer and Kathy Kelly with a list of their proposed judges for approval. Elite Active status: The committee discussed problems with judges being unable to fulfill these requirements due to lack of opportunities. Audrey requested that the RTCCs keep a list of all Brevet judges who attend any Elite clinics or practice judge and/ or assist at a Regional/National qualifier. The dates of 2005 Brevet Courses: Intercontinental Brevet Course: January 15-22 Osaka, Japan Continental Brevet Course: February 2-5 Indianapolis, IN USAG Brevet Course: February 6-9 Indianapolis, IN The meeting adjourned at 5:00 PM.

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1004 SAFETY CERTIFICATION SCHEDULE The Safety Schedule is updated weekly on our website Please see the website for the most aJrrent schedule.


Downers Grove, Il60515; 9:30 o.m. to I:30 p.m. Double Tree Guest Suites, 2111 BUllerlield Rd Directions: Edgor Pulido 630-784-1460 (ourse code: EP071120041l Instructor: Edgor Pulido 630-784-1460


Fairfield, OH 45014; 10:00 o.m. to 2:00 p.m. (incinnati Gymnastics Academy Directions: Sharon litchey 513-860-3082 (ourse code: BM082520040H Instructor: Bobbi Montanari 614-777-9430


Baton Rouge, LA 70819; 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CG.'s Gymnastics Inc., 14550 Florida Blvd Directions: (oesar Garcia 225-275-5597 (ourse code: (G07242004LA Instructor: (aesar Gorcia 225-275-5597


Santa (lara, CA 95054; 9:00 a.m. to I :00 p.m. Region One (ongress Directions: (here Tamura 408-515-0277 (ourse code: MT08272004CA Instructor: Michael Taylor 650-330-2274

' Time and date subject to chonge_ See lor updates.

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Beaufort, S( 29902; 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sports Academy, 2812 Depot Road Directions: Dave Kirkwood 843-987-8046 (ourse code: KB07062004S( Instructor: Kimberly Boyd 803-749-2484

August Va Beach, VA 23458; 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Romado Plaza Ocean Front Resort Directions: Steve Kass 800-344-1574 (ourse code: JP07062004VA Instructor: John Perna Jr 410-857-8316


Downers Grove, Il60515; 9:30 a.m. to I :30 p.m. Double Tree Guest Suites, 2111 BUl1erfield Rd Directions: Edgar Pulido 630-784-1460 (ourse code: EP070920041l Instructor: Edgar Pulido 630-784-1460 10

Woodword, PA 16882; 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Woodward (omp ' lunch available Directions: Steve Hoss 814-349-5633 (ourse code: SH07102004PA Instructor: Stephen Hass 814-349-5633

September (incinnati, OH 45249; 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Region V(ongress, Kids First Sports (enter, Queen (ity Gymnastics Directions: Pamela Groskopf 513-489-7575 (ourse code: BM080620040H Instructor: Bobbi Montanari 614-777-9430 Woodward, PA 16882; 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Woodward (amp ' lunch available Directions: Steve Hass 814-349-5633 (ourse code: SH08072004PA Instructor: Stephen Hass 814-349-5633


SI. louis, MO I :00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel Directions: RobinSmith 636-537-0022 (ourse code: RW08152004MO Instructor: Robin Weidmoier 816-232-7502


Austin, TX 78759; 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Renaissance Hotel, 9721 Arbaretum Blvd. Directions: (ourse code: JE09032004TX Instructor: Jan Eyman 254-694-2065 Hilliard, OH 43026; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Universal Gymnasts Directions: Bobbi Montanari 614-777-9430 (ourse code: BM090520040H Instructor: Bobbi Montanari 614-777-9430 Austin, TX 78759; 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Renaissance Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd. Directions; (ourse code: JE09052004TX Instructor: Jan Eyman 254-694-2065

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Technique Magazine – June 2004  

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