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Zemetria Barnes-Perry USA GYMNASTICS EXECUTIVE COMMlnEE CHAIR: Ron Froehlich; PRESIDENT: Steve Penny; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KolI; VICE CHAIR MEN: Yoichi Tomita; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andrea Schmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOLINE: Paul Parillo; VICE CHAIR ACRO-GYMNASTICS: Tanya Case; SECRETARY: Gory Anderson; TREASURER: Bob Wao~ FIG REPS: Bob Colarossi IExecutive Committee I, Ron Froehlich IAuditorl, Tanya Case ISports Acro Technical Committee I and John Roethlisberger IAthlete Rep_). AT LARGE MEMBERS: Steve Butcher, Oavid Holcomb; ATHLETE DIREGORS: Shannon Miller, John Roethlisberger, VoneslO Vander Muym, Karl Heger. USOC ATHlETE DIREGOR: llIrisso fontaine. USA GYMNASTICS BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR: Ron Froehlich; PRESIDENT: Steve Penny; PRESIDENT EMERITUS: Sondy Knapp, Mike Donahue; TREASURER: Bob Wood; SECRETARY: Gary Anderson; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KolI; VICE CHAIR MEN: Yoichi Tomita; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andrea Schmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOLINE: Paul Parillo; VICE CHAIR ACRO·GYMNASTlCS: Tanya Case; PUBLIC SEGOR: Bill Hybl, Bob Wood; AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION: Ron Ferris; AMERICAN SOKOL ORGANIZATION: Jerry Milan; AMERICAN TURNERS: Betty Heppner; COLLEGE GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION-MEN: Fancis Allen; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGIATE COACHES-WOMEN: Mark Cook; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION fOR GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORT: Marilyn Strawbridge; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS JUDGES: Carole Ide; NATIDNAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION·MEN: Mark Williams; NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIDNS: Becky Oakes; NATIONAL GYMNASTICS JUDGES ASSOCIATlON·MEN: Butch Zunich; NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: Margie Canfield; U.S. ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT GYMNASTICS CLUBS: Paul Spadaro; U.S. ELITE COACHES ASSOCIATION-MEN: Thom Glielmi; U.S. ElITE COACHES ASSOCIATION· WOMEN: Steve Rybacki; u.s. MEN'S GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: TIm Klempnouer; U.s. RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: Suzie DiTullio; YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF THE USA: Casey Koenig; NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION-WOMEN: Meg Stephenson; NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DIREGORS MEN: Mike Burns, Abie Grollfeld; RHYTHMIC: Ivanka Kirov, Michelle Lorson; WOMEN: Kelli Hill, Tom Forster; TRAMPOLINE: Shoun Kempton, Or. George Drew; ACRO· GYMNASTICS: Undo Porter, Joy Binder; ATHlETES COUNCIl Vanessa Vander Pluym, Caroline Hunt, Larilla Fontaine, Shannon Miller, Kim ZmeskalBurdette, Jamie Ma"hik, Karl Heger, Joy Thornton, Steve McCoin, Arthur Davis, USOC Athlete Rep.; Larilla Fontaine, Executive Board Member John Roethlisberger. ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: JEWISH COMMUNITY CEIITERS, Lori Katz; SPECIAL OLYMPICS, Kate Faber-Hickie; U.S. COMPETITIVE AEROBICS FEDERATION, Howard Schwartz

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USA Gymnastics is fortunate to have some of America's strongest corporations as partners in supporting our athletes and helping promote our sport. As we head into the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, we are working closely with our sponsors to identify mutually rewarding initiatives that serve common goals. The recent addition of AT&T and Tyson to the USA Gymnastics family is yet another indication of the strength of our organization and confidence in the di rection of our programs. Our sponsors play an important role throughout our organization. They not only provide an important source of revenue, but they also play an important role in creating awareness for gymnastics and our top athletes. Committed and involved corporate partners are a win-win for all of us, and it is important that we remain focused on helping them achieve their business and marketing objectives. Here's a quick overview of some of our on-going collaborations with our corporate partners. Visa. Visa is title sponsor of our nation's premier gymnastics event, the Visa Championships, which annually determines the U.S. all-around and individual event champions. A long-standing supporter of the Olympic movement, Visa is our longest running corporate partner, dating back to 1993. In 2005, Visa supported Tumbling Pass and the 2004 Olympic Team Celebration, bringing a heightened level of awareness to the Visa Championships. adidas. A USA Gymnastics sponsor since 1999, adidas supplies the competitive and team apparel for the athletes and coaches on the U.S. National Teams. Beijing will be the third Olympic Games where the USA's top gymnasts will compete in adidas gear. Look for a new line of USA Gymnastics authentic apparel that will soon be available from adidas. Tyson Foods. In addition to title sponsorship of the Tyson American Cup, Tyson Foods and USA Gymnastics are partnering on a grassroots fitness and nutrition initiative that encourages our youth to maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity and a well-balanced protein-oriented diet. Additionally, Tyson will be powering gymnasts by providing high-quality chicken, beef and pork to the USA Gymnastics Women's National Team Training Center in Huntsville, Texas. Chevron. A seven-year sponsor of the men's gymnastics program, Chevron provides direct support to Team Chevron's elite male athletes and coaches throughout their year-round training regimen. In addition to its support of Team Chevron and the men's program, Chevron's sponsorship includes support for the USA Gymnastics Women's National Team Training Center, the 2006 and 2008 Pacific Alliance Championships and the annual Winter Cup Challenge. GK/Elite Sportswear. A sponsor since 1998, GK/ Elite provides competition and training apparel for the Junior Olympic National Teams (men, women and acrobatic), Junior Olympic Championships (men, women, rhythmic and trampoline), Women's level 9 competitions and age group development programs (men, women, rhythmic and trampoline). - - ... "lUI.

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HOW LUCKY WE ARE!! Of all the things kids love to do, jumping, swinging, climbing and tumbling are among their favorites. And if they are doing these activities for a sustained length of ti me, it ca n lead to improved fitness, strength and endurance. But often we get so distracted trying to make sure they are doing skills correctly that we lose sight of the more important issue - that they are having fun and getting fit enough to learn the skills we want to teach them . .-::16, - -- - - - - - - - - ÂŤ

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We must all remember that kids will only learn skills that they are physically ready to learn (as well as mentally and emotionally ready to learn, but those are topics for another article). And in recreational gymnastics, if we focus on developing their physical readiness in a fun and exciting way, they will stay enrolled long enough to experience the benefits of their training. It all comes down to designing your lessons so that when the class is over, the kids are exhausted and dripping with sweat, hate to leave, and can't wait for the next class. The challenge for many instructors is avoiding having them wait in line, listen to long lectures or hear about why they are not being successful in their performance of skills. Because most of us tend to teach the way we were taught and because most recreational gymnastics teachers were once competitive gymnasts (training many hours a week with a focus on winning), their coaching often resembles that model. One has to remember that, in recreational gymnastics where the kids come one or two hours a week, waiting in line and listening to long explanations is not the style of "coaching" they enjoy or signed up for. Nor is it effective in achieving our goal of teaching them skills they need to practice many times to eventually learn. It should be every teacher's goal to keep his/ her students active and

THE WARM-UP AND STRETCHING SETTING THE PACE FOR THE LESSON From the moment the class begi ns, the kids should be actively directed with the goal of raising their heart rate and keeping it high for several minutes. Games involving running, skipping, jumping, etc., are great ways to achieve this goal. And, if the games are fun (non-competitive games are best so that no kids have to lose) , the kids and parents will do their best to arrive on time so they don't miss a minute of the action. Look for the kids to be breathing hard and check their pulse for feedback. Is it working? Are they waiting for their next turn or are they in constant motion? Are any of them asking for a drink? If so, give yourself a pat on the back. STRETCHING: This is a chance for the kids to catch their breath. It's important that during the stretching phase of your "warmup" the kids are closely supervised so they feel your constant attention and direction. For example: tell them to straighten legs during straddle stretching, extend shoulders in their bridges, etc. This sets the tone of your class and reflects on your teaching style; they experience you in control at all times.

heart rate high for the entire class. To do so requires planning and organizational skills you may not have learned from being a gymnast. There are many teachers who do a great job with kids one at a time, but when you give them a group of six or eight kids to teach, they struggle and experience behavior problems that haunt them through their entire class. When this happens I think it's common to blame the kids for not listening or for being distracted. I believe a true professional should accept responsibility for the outcome of each lesson, for capturing and keeping the attention of his/her students. And if kids are waiting in line when they want to be moving, you can hardly blame them for acting out.

I suggest you set up your stations before class, but understand that this is not always possible. When moving mats during class, I always like to ask the kids to help me instead of telling them to sit and wait while I move mats. They love being involved and appreciate being asked to help. You can teach them how to cooperate and "work like a team" when moving mats.

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Always set up stations to keep kids in motion. By that I mean when a child completes a skill, there is always something to do with no waiting on the way back to where the station began. Below are a few suggestions: • TumbLing - try having kids tumble across mats instead of down them so that every child can go simultaneously and there is no waiting. This works well for single skills (handstands, rolls, cartwheels, etc.) but will not work if running is involved. When running and tumbling down the mats, set up another line of mats for them to use on the way back to the starting point. If they arrive at the starting point and have to wait in line, create another station for them to use (handstand at the wall, weight lifting, etc.) that will keep them active until it's their turn again at the starting point. • Bars - always have several bars close enough together for the teacher to supervise them all or make stations near the bars to keep kids active. Make sure the challenges asked of the kids are within their ability to perform safely without the need for a spot. This allows the instructor to move freely from one bar to another while the kids are kept moving. I suggest no more than two kids taking turns at each station so there is little or no waiting. By deconstructing skills into basic movements the kids can do correctly and safely, spotting shouldn't be necessary. You can always step in to assist/ spot those having trouble or learning something new, but if you find you need to be spotting all the kids for them to do the skill correctly, the skill may be too difficult and should be broken down into something more basic. • VauLting - always provide a second station for the kids on the way back after they vault. A box to roll over or jump onto works great for recreational classes. Make sure that the wait for their next turn is short enough to keep their heart rate high . • TrampoLine - it is difficult to keep heart rates high when waiting for a turn on the trampoline. Since only one child at a time should bounce, you have to be creative. Depending on how the gym is laid out, you may have the ability to give kids something to do near the tramp while they are waiting for their turn like handstands at the wall, etc.

water fountain to keep the heart rate high or provide a water cooler with a dispenser (like an ice chest with a water tap) close to the activity area so you don't have to waste time going to get a drink. It's important that the kids have adequate water when thirsty.

END WITH SOMETHING FUN & FIT The last five minutes of class is what kids remember most and what parents notice. So make it a fun and fit experience that gets them tired and laughing. This is a great time for conditioning games with an emphasis on fun. Here are a few ideas; • Pass the foam (or baLL) - with a partner you lay on your back head to head and holding hands. You pass a pit foam (or soft ball) using your feet to your partner (leg lift action) who grabs it with her feet over your head. She then touches it to the floor and passes it back. • Partner Log rolls - lay on your back holding hands as above. Log roll keeping legs and arms off the floor but eyes on your partner. • Rope swinging - (Titanic) - in my gyms we have a climbing rope suspended over our foam pit. We tell the kids to "abandon ship" by swinging over the pit and landing on a mat on the other side. As soon as they let go of the rope, it swings back and the next person must catch it and swing immediately. The person landing on the mat must exit the pit quickly and run back to the line because the line moves quickly and their turn is coming up again . About conditioning - remember that the key to keeping kids excited about coming back (long term) is to make it FUN. So get away from just doing push-ups, pull ups, etc., and design games that use the same muscles. If you must do traditional exercise like pushups, do so during classes in your stations and keep the end of class for fun. X

While running your class with the focus on fitness and keeping your kids active for extended periods of time, you will need to plan for several water breaks. If you are in a large facility and the drinking fountain is a long way across the gym , have the class jog to the

Jeff Lulla earned a B.A. degree in Physical Education and has over 30 years of coaching experience. Lulla owns and operates two Fun & Fit Gymnastics Centers in Calif. , and also contracts with private schools and their local dty Park and Recreation Departments teaching gymnastics. Lulla also licenses a self-esteem building curriculum called the Fun & Fit Gymnastics Program. As a member of the National Preschool Committee, Jeff co-authored the KAT course, is a member of the National Safety Review Board and is a National Safety Instrudor for USA Gymnastics.

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Why is it that some people choose to exercise and others do not? Incorporating a "daily dose" of exercise and physical activity sounds easy enough , but yet millions of us in this country still fail to exercise on a regu lar basis. One way of examining the exercise dilemma is from the transtheoretical model perspective, which suggests that any behavior change (such as adopting an exercise program) does not occur quickly but rather it is a gradual process (Prochaska & DiClemente, 1983; Prochaska et al., 1992; Prochaska & Velicer, 1997). That is, we move through various stages on our road to becoming physically active.

Stage 1: Precontemplation Individuals who are "pre-contemplators" have no desire to begin an exercise program; in fact incorporating exercise into their life is not even a thought. If anything, indi viduals in this stage probably see exercise as having more negatives associated with it than positivesthat is, the cons outweigh the pros. This stage seems to be relatively stable thus suggesting that without additional information or some type of intervention, these individuals will remain sedentary.

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Stage 2: Contemplation Individuals who are "contemplators" are thinking about and at least considering starting some type of exercise regimen within the next six months. They have intentions to exercise, but they have not yet walked through (or out) the door yet to begin. For the most part, these individuals realize they should exercise but yet still see those cons or barriers as potentially too much to overcome.

Stage 3: Preparation Individuals in the preparation stage have actually begun the process of preparing to exercise: bought a gym membership, purchased new workout shoes and apparel, and Illaybe seen their physician about exercise. These individuals may also actually start working out and exercising, however they tend to be very inconsistent and sporadic about their exercise. This stage is considered to be fairly unstable, that is once individuals begin taking these tiny steps toward incorporating exe rcise into their life they usually will progress to the next stage.

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Stage 4: Action During the action stage, individuals are exercising! In fact, these people tend to be highly motivated early on and eagerly incorporate a regular, consistent exercise program into their daily life. An individual is said to be in the "action stage" when they have adopted regular exercise (30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days of the week) for less than six months. Of the five stages, the action stage seems to be the most unstable because people find it difficult to maintain this new exercise routine. That is, we are fighting not to fall back into our sedentary lifestyle.

Stage 5: Maintenance To achieve maintenance, individuals must have been exerclsmg consistently at optimal levels for at least six months. By this point, individuals do not find it difficult to maintain their exercise routine, and for the most part this regimen has become "habit." One of the best things about viewing exercise from this "stage" perspective is that how we motivate people to think about, incorporate and maintain exercise varies depending on which

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Strategies to help pre-contemplators to become contemplators â&#x20AC;˘ Education , education, education! We need to educate these individuals about the potential harmful effects of a sedentary lifestyle for themselves and their children. Once a month, gym owners could send home information flyers or handouts providing facts about how physical activity (e.g., gymnastics) can help offset obesity, depression, heart disease and other health-related problems. Additionally, regular exercise can help with mood state, self-esteem and general mental health. Another way to provide education to yo ur clientele would be to create posters with interesting facts about the benefits of physical activity in both the lobby and throughout the gym. â&#x20AC;˘ One issue that might keep pre-contemplators from thinking about exercise could be that they had a bad experience in the

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each machine and teach them what buttons to push, how to figure out the correct weight, how to maneuver through some of the equipment. When you show the individuaLs how to do this, allow them to push the buttons and try everything out. This will onLy increase their seLf-confidence that they couLd get going without your being around. Or you couLd just designate an empLoyee that takes each "newbie" around during their first workout to teach them. This might increase the chances that when the new person has a probLem or question they wiLL come and ask for heLp rather than get frustrated and quit.

Strategies to help preparers to get to action • Now that we have them going, we need to keep them going! One of our biggest obstacles to overcome is boredom. Individuals can onLy spend so much time on a treadmill or stairmaster without going insane. During this time, it is very important that we offer aLternatives or variations in the exercise regimen. This is more than just changing the order of exercises. Maybe you introduce a new skiLL, encourage individuaLs to sign up for an aerobics, piLates or strength training class. You couLd offer muLtipLe "open gyms" during the course of the week-an hour at the end of the evening three nights a week. This wiLL provide an extra opportunity for individuaLs to not onLy practice what they have Learned, but aLso an opportunity to be even more active and try new thi ngs.

past-either they faiLed to adopt a reguLar exercise program, they did not feeL that they were very good at exercise or sport, or those invoLved in the program had a negative influence on the individual. To overcome this issue, we need to provide these individuaLs with a positive experience-hopefuLLy one where they have some fun, find it enjoyabLe, and feeL good about themseLves. One way we couLd accompLish this in the gym couLd be to Let current participants bring a friend or famiLy member to class with them. SeLect one week out of the term/session in which these friends and famiLy may participate. The focus of that week's session wouLd be to expose the individuals to the fun, chaLLenging aspects of our sport and exercise. If we can provide these individuals with an enjoyabLe experience, they may begin to consider exercise or gymnastics in the future.

Strategies to help contemplators to become preparers • These individuaLs are now considering starting but we need to give them that LittLe push to get them going. A great strategy is to provide "deaLs" or "discounts" on memberships and fees. For exampLe, "pay for the first session; get the second session haLf price." Or providing a discount for the second member of the famiLy, or waive initiation fees, etc. These individuaLs have decided they shouLd begin to exercise; now we just need to heLp them waLking through the door. • One reason some peopLe never begi n an exercise program is due to a Lack of knowLedge about what to do, how to do it and how the heck do you work this machine! For exampLe, how many of you "just knew" how to work the treadmiLL or stairmaster? There is some LeveL of knowLedge required to begin , thus we need to heLp them by removing this barrier. You couLd provide an "intro night" or class where you take anyone considering joining or beginning through

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Strategies to get them from action to maintenance • An issue that prevents individuaLs from continuing exercise or activity is that once they miss a class or a week due to hectic scheduLes or iLLness, they feeL that they have faiLed. Thus, they quit coming aLtogether. Some ideas that might heLp get these individuaLs going again couLd be to send Little postcards telling them you missed them this week and hope to see them on Monday or provide make-up classes at no extra charge a coupLe of times a month. Another strategy couLd be to heLp them re-evaLuate their goaLs, maybe aLter target dates for achieving their goaLs to ease the anxiety associated with "missing a deadLine." • SociaL support is a huge factor when it comes to continuing an exercise regimen. Ways to increase sociaL support is organizing workout groups, not Like a class where there is an instructor but rather formuLating groups to come in at the same time to exercise. Sometimes it just takes someone who works at the faciLity to organize it, but then the group takes care of what they do whiLe they exercise. Maybe on some days they aLL do the same thing and on other days, they exercise on their own . This creates a sense of accountabiLity, if they are expecting me to be there, I'm more LikeLy to be there. • Another great strategy to heLp peopLe continue to exercise is to ask them if they are interested in becoming a personaL trainer, teacher or instructor. This may heLp rejuvenate their motivation to continue as weLL as eLiminate that boredom issue. Some of our best teachers and instructors were once pre-contempLators. They understand the obstacles and barriers their clients are working through .1(

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is more excitement in the arena. It was so much fun to compete in that atmosphere. It was awesome competing in the Tyson American Cup. It was a great way to start my senior years." Worley, who trains approximately 40 hours per week, already has several international competitions under her belt. She was second on bars at the 2005 Massilia Cup, first all-around at the 2005 USA/Canada dual competition, fourth all-around at the 2004 Pacific Alliance Championships, and first on bars and beam at the 2004 USA/Japan dual competition, to name a few. This ninth grade student says the best part of being on the national team is getting international assignments and going overseas and competing. "I like experiencing the new environments," said Worley. So what's next for this rising star? Worley is training for the 2006 Pacific Alliance and hopes to do well at the Visa Championships in August in St. Paul, Minn. She said, "Of course my goal is to make the 2006 World Championships team this fall." Shayla is full of personality and talent and has all of the makings to become a gymnastics champion. Good luck Shayla! 1("

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the same things you have always done, you will always get what you have always got." To state it another way, "If you are banging your head against the wall and it hurts, stop." That gift helped me realize that my (lack of) leadership skills were contributing to my employees' general poor performance such as: irresponsibility; lack of reliability; lack of concern for the financial health of the company; and the attitude of "it ain't my job." You get the idea. I began to identify certain patterns of pain, and one of them was that every time I needed to implement change, I got resistance from employees and/or clients (can you believe that?). I truly used to think there was some unique "rebelliousness gene" in my employees when in fact their behavior was nothing more than human nature - a fact of life. With that new mindset, I decided to "quit banging my head against the wall of human nature" and identify a model to help me sell change. This model has five steps, the same five steps I use today and teach to Kids First department leaders. Admittedly, implementing the model takes time, but the time you invest on the front end saves time and stress on the back end, in multiples.

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FITN ESS

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This drill is used for firing the quads upon contact on the board and stresses correct body shape.

How To: Have the gymnast stand on the board, arms over head, shoulders pushing towards ears, hips flat, high releve' and begin punching the board with tight knees. Do 2 sets of 20.

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Ab ut The Gymnasts Jacquelyn Johnson (shown in photo far left) is 16 years old and from West Chester, Ohio. She's a first-year member of the USA Women's Senior National Team. Bianca Flohr (shown on p. 22) is 15 years old from Creston, Ohio She's the 2005 Junior National Uneven Bar Champion .

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HurdLe Drill -rhe hurdle drill is for vertical extension when lifting the knee into the hurdle. Arms should be in full extension, shoulders up to ears, chest in and hips flat. Gymnast should push through her bottom ankle to complete the extension in the air.

How To: Replace those clumsy flip displays and runners!

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Technique will highlight conditioning exercises in future issues. If you have a favorite conditioning exercise you'd like to share, please send it to us. Explain how to do the move and take photos of your gymnast doing the move. Send to: Technique, USA Gymnastics, Pan American Plaza, 201 S. Capitol Ave., Ste. 300, Indianapolis, IN 46225 or email it to publications@usa-gymnastics.org

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A Movement Education and Lesson Plan Development Workshop (MELPD) consists of five enlightening hours of preschool teacher education, This workshop is continuing education of the KAT Program , The overall emphasis of this workshop is to provide instructors with the necessary knowledge to develop preschool gymnastics lesson plans, emphasize developmentally appropriate practices, fundamental skill development, and much more, This workshop is designed to help

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42nd ANNUAL USA GYMNASTICS NATIONAL CONGRESS and TRADE SHOW Held in conjunction with 2006 Visa Championships August 16-19, 2006 St. Paul, Minnesota

Who should aHend?

All USA Gymnastics Professional and Instructor members. Coaches, judges and instructors of all levels. Recreational and preschool teachers, business managers, administrators, club owners, high school and college coaches.

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Three days of education with over 135 sessions offered. Lectures given by recognized top people in the field. Sessions on coaching, judging, business, preschool, recreational, sports science, fitness, Group Gymnastics and cheerleading. The leading experts in the areas of Women's, Men's, Rhythmic, Acrobatics and Trampoline and Tumbling programs will present. The Trade Show exhibit hall will feature 200 booths of products and information from over 85 different Industry Member vendors. Special events ta king place in the exhibit hall daily.

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Saint Paul RiverCentre - Congress & Trade Show Xcel Energy Center - Visa Championships-Artistic Roy Wilkins Auditorium- Visa Championships-Rhythmic and Acrobatics Gymnastics

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Special rate for All-Session ticket package at $99.00 for Congress attendees. Rhythmic and Acrobatic Gymnastics events included in Congress registration fee. Special "Champions Club" for Congress attendees. Details coming soon .

Registration form:

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Cost Early Bird Member $ 235 .00 Early bird non-member $335.00. Special discount rates for groups from Member Clubs .

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CANCEllATION POUCY All reg istration cancellations must be in writing . Submit request in writing to USA Gymnastics, Attention Cothy Allen Before July 15 - Registration fee less $30 service fee per person canceling. After Jufy 15 - 50% of registrotion fee per person canceling

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Women's Program

UPDATE WOMEN'S ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE CONFERENCE CALL FEBRUARY 14, 2006

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 p.m. by Kathy Kelly

I. ROll CALL Chairman Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 Region 6 Region 7 Region 8 JOPM VP-Program

Jan Greenhawk Jennifer Shipman Ruth Sandoz Cori Rizzo Jim Schlott Bobbi Montanari for Kathy Shufflin Kathy Ostberg Lynn Perrott Deb Kornegay Connie Maloney Kathy Kelly

II. STATE ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN ELECTION PROCEDURES Kathy Kelly explained that the purpose of the call was to approve

the new procedures for online elections for State Administrative Committee Chairmen . The following procedures were unanimously approved: State Administrative Committee Chairmen Election Procedures: Call for Nominations published and/ or posted online for a minimum of one month prior to the submission deadline or no later than March 1. Each RACC must verify that the nominee meets the criteria for nomination, has agreed to run , understands the job requirements and has submitted a brief resume (no more than 300 words). Each RACC electronically sends to the Women's Prog ram Assistant (RBrazo@usa-gymnastics.org) the name, city and state and the resume of each candidate (No photos) in a Microsoft Word document NO LATER than March 15. If a state does not need to conduct an election because there is only one candidate, that information is also to be sent to the Women's Program Assistant. The official Slate of Nominees for each State will be posted on the USA Gymnastics web-site to begin voting by April 1. The voting will be concluded on April 15.

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will work with the individual RACC on the procedures. After all elections are concluded, a complete list of the State Chairmen will be published at www.usa-gymnastics.org. NOTICE TO PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS OF CHANGE IN VOTING PROCEDURES: The following language will be placed on the USA Gymnastics website and sent directly bye-mail from the National Office to all Professional Members that have an email in the data base. Each Region and State should post it on their web-sites ASAP so that the Professional members are aware of the change in voting procedures and their responsibilities to ensure that their vote will be counted. State Administrative Committee Chairman Elections will be conducted on-line at www.usa-gymnastics.org from April 1, 2006 through April 15, 2006. In order to ensure that your vote can be counted, each Professional Member should make sure of each of the following: 1. That their address is current (specifically the STATE) 2. That they know their personal User ID (which is their

Administrative Committee meeting during Congress. The following regions have requested room space for a RAC meeting on Friday, August 18 at 4:30 p.m.: Regions 2, 3 and 7. Region 4 indicated the need for a meeting but would inform the office of the time later. Region 5 will also advise the National Office if a meeting is necessary. Tentative plans were for a State Chair workshop on Sunday morning, August 20 and a Women's Program Appreciation luncheon at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday also.

IV. AGE GROUPS FOR LEVEL 9/10 Connie confirmed with the RACCs the person responsible in each region for compiling the state qualifier names and athlete numbers that they receive from the respective states' Admi nistrative Committee Chairman. Once the region has received the information from all of their states, it is to be forwarded to Connie so that the age group for Regional, East/West and Nationals can be established. The call was concluded at 9:00 p.m.

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2. JUNIOR AND SENIOR INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATION SCORES TO CLASSICS. Recommendation of the following quaLification scores to CLassics • 52.00 AA - Junior InternationaL • 56.00 AA - Senior InternationaL o Scores can be attained at either the "officiaL" RegionaL QuaLifier, the NationaL QuaLifiers, NationaL Training Camps (when routines are preformed on competition surfaces) and/or from InternationaL Assignments retro active from January, 2006. o The IEC recommends to the NationaL ELite Program Committee that the Pre Elite quaLification scores (Junior and Senior) be two (2) points Lower than the InternationaL QuaLification scores. Motion: AL Fong Second: Mary Lee Tracy PASSED 3. JUNIOR AND SENIOR INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATION SCORES TO CHAMPIONSHIPS. Recommendation of the following quaLification scores to Championships • 53.00 AA - Junior InternationaL • 57.50 AA - Senior InternationaL o Scores MUST be attained at either the NationaL Training Camps (when routines are preformed on competition surfaces) and/or from InternationaL Assignments retro active from January 2006. Motion: Donna Strauss Second: Mary Lee Tracy PASSED

4. SENIOR INTERNATIONAL THREE (3) EVENTS QUALIFICATION SCORES TO CLASSICS AND/OR CHAMPIONSHIPS. Recommendation of the following three (3) event qualification score to CLassics and/or Championships for SENIORS ONLY • 45.00, three (3) event totaL for Senior InternationaLs onLy o Score attained at either the "officiaL" RegionaL QuaLifier or the NationaL Qualifiers will quaLify the athLete to the CLASSIC onLy. o Score attained at either the NationaL Training Camps (when routines are preformed on competition surfaces) and/or from InternationaL Assignments will quaLify the athLete to Classics and Championships. Motion: VaLeri Liukin Second: Donna Strauss PASSED 5. JUNIOR AND SENIOR INTERNATIONAL NATIONAL TEAM SIZE FROM CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR 2006 Recommendation to accept the following NationaL Team sizes for Junior and Senior InternationaL for 2006. o 12 Juniors o 12 Seniors o 4 Open sLots (Junior or Senior) to be determined by the AthLete SeLection Committee Motion: Mary Lee Tracy Second: AL Fong PASSED Meeting adjourned 2:00 pm. Motion: VaLeri Liukin Second: AL Fong X

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Men's Program

UPDATE VI. DATE AND SITE OF 2006 VISA CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIER

MEN'S PROGRAM COMMITTEE CONFERENCE CALL MINUTES

The qualifier will be on July 15, 2006 at the USOTC

FEBRUARY 03, 2006

The meeting was called to order at 2:11 p.m . PST by Chairman Yoichi Tomita.

I. ROLL CALL

Members Present: MPC Chairman & Vice Chairman for Men . . ............. . . . . . . .. . . . Yoichi Tomita MPC Secretary & Jr. Coaches' Representative............ ..Bill Foster Junior Coaches' Representative...... . .............. . . . . . . . . .............. Steve Butcher Senior Coaches' Representative. . . . . .. ......... . . . ............... ... . ................ Kurt Golder Senior Coaches' Representative.. ... ...................... Miles Avery Athletes' Representative.. . ........................... . . ... . . . . . . . .... . . . Jay Thornton Athletes'Representative . .. .. Steve McCain for John Roethlisberger Present, Not Voting: Butch Zunich National Gymnastics Judges Association Senior Program CoordinatoL.. . . . ............................... . . . ........... . . . Ron Brant Men's Program Director ................ .... . . . . ............. . . . . . . . .... Dennis McIntyre Guest: USAG Vice President ..... . ...... Ron Galimore

Motion: Motion: Second: PASSED:

To approve revised procedures. Jay Thornton Kurt Golder Unanimously

VII. NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION Preliminary discussion was held on the format for the 2006 VISA Championships. Discussion of National Team selection at 2006 VISA Championships is tabled until the February 8 Conference Call

VII. 2006 INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULE IX. ATHLETES AND COACHES FUNDING THROUGH 2006 Motion: To approve the Athlete and Coaches Funding Draft Document for 2006 Motion: Yoichi Tomita Second: Steve Butcher PASSED: Unanimously

II. PETITION TO WINTER CUP FINALS FOR TIM GENTRY

X. ATHLETES AND COACHES FUNDING THROUGH 2007

Motion to deny: Yoichi Tomita Second: Steve Butcher PASSED: Unanimously

XI. ADJOURNMENT

III. REVISION OF TEAM PROCEDURES DOCUMENT There was discussion of the procedures manual and changes made to further improve the functioning of our international teams. Motion: Accept the revised International Team Meet Procedures Manual Motion: Bill Foster Second: Yoichi Tomita PASSED: 6 for, 0 against, 1 abstain

IV. SELECTION PROCEDURES FOR THE 2006 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS The MPC discussed the rough drafts and finalized the 2006 World Championships procedures Motion: Motion: Second: PASSED:

To approve revised procedures. Jay Thornton Yoichi Tomita Unanimously

The MPC discussed the rough drafts and finalized the 2007 Pan American Games procedures To approve revised procedures. Miles Avery Steve Butcher Unanimously

To Adjourn at 12:18 pm CDT Yoichi Tomita Bill Foster 2-0

Respectfully submitted by Bill Foster, Junior Coaches Representative

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The meeting was called to order at 10:05 a.m. CST by Chairman Yoichi Tomita.

I. ROLL CALL

V. SELECTION PROCEDURES FOR THE 2007 PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Motion: Motion: Second: PASSED:

Motion: Motion: Second: PASSED:

Members Present: MPC Chairman & Vice Chairman for Men .................... . . . . . . . . . .Yoichi Tomita MPC Secretary & Jr. Coaches' Representative . Bill Foster Junior Coaches' Representative ............................... . . ............... . . . .......... Steve Butcher Senior Coaches' Representative . . . .................. . . . . . .. . . .... . . . ................. Kurt Golder Senior Coaches' Representative . . . . . . . .......... . . . . . . ............... ............. . . Miles Avery Athletes' Representative . . ... Jay Thornton Athletes' Representative.... . ............ . Steve McCain for John Roethlisberger Present, Not Voting: National Gymnastics Judges Association . . . ..............Butch Zunich Senior Program Coordinator ................................. .................. . ............. . . . ... .Ron Brant

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II. ANALYSIS OF WINTER CUP RESULTS

Motion: The 2007 Winter Cup will be held the weekend of February 8-9, 2007 pending confirmation by Dusty Ritter of the site availability. Motion: Yoichi Tomita Second: Bill Foster PASSED: Unanimously

Ron Brant reviewed a detailed analysis of the 2006 Winter Cup results. There was considerable discussion of the results of the point system and of the straight FIG scores. In addition, all petitions were discussed and the need to add members to the team who will be able to help us during the next six months.

Motion: Select Jason Gatson and Justin Spring to the Senior National Team as the two MPC selected athletes. Motion: Yoichi Tomita Second: Kurt Golder OPPOSED: Miles Avery PASSED: 6-1 Motion: National Motion: Second: PASSED:

Add Todd Thornton to an un-funded position on the Team. Yoichi Tomita Kurt Golder Unanimously

III. SELECTION Selection of team members for International Events will be done at a noon Conference Call on Friday, February 8, 2006.

IV. WINTER CUP VAULT SCORING Dennis McIntyre discussed the difficulties we had at Winter Cup with Vault score recording due to the complexity of the different options a vaulter has in competition. Those problems have been resolved with ProScore for the future.

Motion: The 2008 Winter Cup will be held the weekend of February 9-10, 2008 pending confirmation of site availability. Motion: Yoichi Tomita Second: Bill Foster PASSED: Unanimously

VI. WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES: Dennis McIntyre received a set of proposed selection procedures for the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok (August 12-20, 2007). There was discussion of our participation status due to schedule conflicts between W.U.G. and 2007 USA Championships (August 8-10, 2007). The MPC supports participation in this event, but will further explore the selection procedures, potential financial support, etc. before making a complete and final resolution.

VII. ADJOURNMENT Motion: Motion: Second: PASSED:

To Adjourn at 12:18 pm COT Yoichi Tomita Steve Butcher Unanimously

V. DATES FOR WINTER CUP 2007 Yoichi reviewed the options for future dates for Winter Cup, due to

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Motion: Miles Avery Second: Kurt GoLder PASSED: UnanimousLy

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Motion: Approve Jimmy Wickham & Justin Spring to WorLd Cup Event-Ghent, BeLgium Motion: Jay Thornton Second: Kurt GoLder Abstain: Miles Avery PASSED: UnanimousLy

FEBRUARY 10, 2006 The meeting was called to order at 11:05 a.m. CST by Chairman Yoichi Tomita .

I. ROLL CALL Members Present: MPC Chairman & Vice Chairman for Men .................................Yoichi Tomita MPC Secretary & Jr. Coaches' Rep resentative - joined the call at 11:09 am ..................................................... Bill Foster Junior Coaches' Representative .................................................................5teve Butcher Senior Coaches' Representativejoined the call at. ...... ..................................................................... Kurt Golder Senior Coaches' Representative ................................................................. Miles Avery Athletes' Representative . ....................................................................................... Jay Thornton Members Absent: Athletes' Representative .............................................................................. John Roethlisberger Present, Not Voting: National Gymnastics Judges Association ............................. Butch Zunich Senior Program CoordinatoL............................................... Ron Brant Men's Program Director ............................................................................................ Dennis McIntyre

Yoichi Tomita rejoined the call 11:1 7 am, CST

IV. NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION Developing the process for National Team Selection at 2006 Visa Championships

V. 2007 WINTER CUP FORMAT At this time the MPC favors the following for the 2007 Winter Cup: 1. Continue the 2006 format 2. Continue one day off between competition sessions 3. World Championships team members and alternates retain their positions on the team. Remaining positions to be open .

VI. DISCUSSION OF SELECTION PROCEDURES Steve Penny's feedback and minor suggestions for the Men's Program Selection Procedures for the 2007 World Championships and the Pan Am Games.

II. INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS Yoichi Tomita temporarily excused himself from the call citing the fact that he had a conflict of interest since his son was being considered for selection and the meeting was then conducted by Dennis McIntyre.

X. WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES Dennis will work on the selection procedures and present that with the original Selection Procedures to the MPC for their consideration. Justification of USAG funding may be questionable.

Motion: Approve Yewki Tomita & Kevin Tan to WorLd Cup Event - Lyon, France Motion: Jay Thornton Second: Kurt GoLder PASSED: UnanimousLy

XI. ADJOURNMENT Motion: To Adjourn at 11:37 am CDT Motion: Bill Foster Second: Yoichi Tomita PASSED

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Motion: Approve Sean GoLden & ALex Artemev to WorLd Cup Event-Cottbus, Germany

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II. SELECTION PROCESS Selection for the 2006 World Championships Team will be handled by the World Championships Selection Committee. A. World Championships Selection Committee co mpositio n: 1. Chairman, Men's Program Committee 2. USA Gymnastics Men's Program Director 3. Senior National Team Coordinator 4. Athlete Representative 5. Coach - This individual will be selected by the Men's Program Committee and may not have an athlete in contention for the 2006 World Championships Team. B. World Championships Team Selection Committee Roles and Responsibilities: 1. Selection of the six team members for the World Team. 2. Selection of a minimum of two replacement athletes for any World Team member that cannot compete due to injury, illness, or other circumstances that would necessitate replacement. 4. Accept or reject petitions onto the 2006 World Team (see Section III) . 5. The Men's Program Committee will name a replacement committee member in the event that a Selection Committee member is currently affiliated with an athlete in contention for the 2006 World Championships Team or is unable to fulfill the obligations of the Selection Committee for any reason. C. Process for selection of the six team member gymnasts for the 2006 World Championships Team. 1. Athletes will be chosen from among the 2006 Visa Championship competitors or from petitions to the 2006 World Championships team (see Section III). 2. The World Championships Team Selection Committee will also identify a minimum of

two potential replacement(s) to the World Team who mayor may not travel to the World Championships. 3. These selections are subject to the approval of the President of USA Gymnastics who will certify that the Selection Procedures were followed. 4. The World Championships Team Selection Committee will consider the following factors when selecting the six World Team members and potential replacement athlete(s): a. All results from the 2006 Visa Championships b. The percentage of hit routines by the gymnast in the selection competition . c. Start values (A Score) on each apparatus from the Visa Championships d. Execution (B Score) on each apparatus from the Visa Championships e. Points ranking system derived from the 2006 Visa Championships competitive results. The points ranking system will be published a minimum of 30 days prior to the Visa Championships f. Past domestic and international performance and experience including information such as type, frequency and level of domestic and international competitions and routine hit percentage in those events. g. Other applicable factors 5. The World Championships Team Selection Committee will consider the information noted in number 4 above in the following prioritized manner. a. The results from the 2006 Visa Championships will be used to identify the teams which would produce the highest team score for the six man team, five athletes compete, four scores count team preliminary competition and also for the six man team, three athletes compete and all three scores compete team finals format. Priority will be given to the 6:3:3 competition format. b. The start va lues of all potential team members will be factored into the process of selecting the final team. c. The execution of all potential team members will be factored into the process of selecting the final team . d. The remaining factors, including the points ranking system, past domestic and international experience and other applicable factors, will be considered by the committee only in the event that a final decision identifying the team members cannot be reached using the competition results, start values and execution factors. D. The announcement of the World Championships team members will take place within 48

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III. PETITIONS A. Petition Rights: Accordingly, USA Gymnastics will allow athletes to petition USA Gymnastics for the right to: 1. Enter the 2006 Visa Championships, as considered by the Men's Program Committee. 2. To be selected to the 2006 World Championships Team, as determined by the World Championships Team Selection Committee. B. Petition Procedures and Requirements 1. A petition to enter the 2006 Visa Championships or to be placed on the 2006 World Championships Team may be submitted by any athlete. Petitions to the 2006 Visa Championships will be considered for approval by the Men's Program Committee. All petitions to the Visa Championships must be received by August 1, 2006 to be considered. Petitions directly to the 2006 World Championships Team will be considered for approval by the World Championships Selection Committee. 2. A petitioning athlete who is selected as one of the six 2006 World Championships Team members will be required to prove competitive readiness . This display of readiness may be executed at a location and time to be determined by the 2006 World Team Selection Committee, but will occur no later than September 24, 2006. If the athlete is unable to demonstrate competitive readiness, one of the selected alternates would be placed on the 2006 World Championships Team. 3. In order to be considered by the World Team Selection Committee, petitions must be submitted in writing to USA Gymnastics' national office as soon as practical after the athlete becomes aware of his inability to participate in the applicable competition and no later than the conclusion of the 2006 Visa Championships. The petition must state the specific injury, illness or unusual circumstance, which prohibited the athlete from participating in the competitive process. In the case of a petition based upon an injury or illness, the petition must be accompanied by a physician's statement, and the nature and extent of that injury or illness is subject to verification by one or more doctors selected by USA Gym nastics.

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V. QUALIFICATION EVENTS 2006 Visa Championships National Qualifiers • The 2006 U.S. Qualifier competition to the 2006 Visa Championships will be conducted July 15, 2006, at a site to be determined. • 2006 Visa Championships - August 16 - 19, 2006, in St. Paul, Minnesota

VI. PUBLICITY jDISTRIBUTION OF PROCEDURES Publication of USAG Executive Committee approved procedures will take place via the following distribution channels: • Website: http://www. usa-gymnastics.org/ • Publication : Technique magazine • Email: direct email to 2006 Junior and Senior National Team athletes

VII. COACHES SELECTION A. Head Coach The Men's Program Committee will select the head coach following the announcement of the six athlete members of the 2006 World Championships Team. The head coach must come from among the personal coaches of World Championships Team members. The selection of the head coach will be based upon the following criteria and must be ap proved by the President of USA Gymnastics: this may take place after the team is selected as well • proven team leadership ability • international experience; and • ability to communicate to the ath letes and follow the established World Championships training plan . B. Assistant Coaches The 2006 World Championships Assistant Coaches will be selected by the Men's Program Committee and approved by the President of USA Gymnastics. The assistant coaches must come from amo ng the

personal coaches of World Championships Team members. The number of assistant coaches will be determined by the Men's Program Committee based on the number of available coaches' credentials at the 2006 World Championships and available funding for the event.

XI. INTERNATIONAL DISCLAIMER These procedures are based on roc and/or FIG rules and regulations as presently known and understood. Any change in the selection procedures caused by a change in roc and/or FIG rules and regulations will be distributed to the affected athletes immediately. The selection criteria are based on the latest information available to USAG. However, the selections are always subject to unforeseen, intervening circumstances, and realistically have not accounted for every possible conti ngency.

ATHLETE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT These Selection Procedures have been reviewed and approved by USA Gymnastics. Each athlete and coach participating in the process for selecting the team as outlined in these Selection Procedures has carefully reviewed and understands the terms of these Procedures. That understanding is reflected by the signature of the athlete and coach on a copy of these Selection Procedures.

USA GYMNASTICS CODE OF ETHICS I. INTRODUCTION The mission of USA Gymnastics is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of gymnastics. USA Gymnastics grants the privilege of membership to individuals and organizations committed to that mission. The privilege of membership may, therefore, be with-drawn by USA Gymnastics at any time where USA Gymnastics determines that a member's conduct is inconsistent with the mission of the organization or the best interest of the sport and those who participate in it. In order to assist all members to better serve the interests of those who participate in gymnastics, USA Gymnastics has adopted the Ethical Code which follows. This Code is not intended to establish a set of rules that wi ll, by inclusion or exclusion, prescribe the appropriate behavior for USA Gymnastics'

members in every aspect of their participation in the sport. Rather, the Code offers general principles to guide the conduct and the judicious appraisal of conduct of all USA Gymnastics' members (including employees and agents of USA Gymnastics) in situations that have ethical implications. This Code cannot further ethical conduct in the sport of gymnastics; that can only come from the personal commitment of the participants in the sport to beh ave ethically. This Code is offered instead to guide and to affirm the will of all of USA Gymnastics' members to safeguard the best interests of the sport by acting ethically at all times.

II. ELEMENTS OF THE CODE A. Participant Relationships. Members of USA Gymnastics are charged with the responsibility for contributing to an environment, which makes participation in the sport a positive and rewarding experience. In order to achieve that result, each professional member has a special obligation to make decisions based on the best interest of the athlete. It is in consistent with this obligation for any member to: 1. Fail to follow the safety guidelines established by USA Gymnastics or otherwise knowingly subject a participant to unreasonable physica l or emotional risk. 2. Engage in conduct, which is unfair including, in particular, attempting to injure, disable or intentionally interfere with the preparation of a competitor. 3. Engage in conduct toward another participant in the sport, which is abusive. USA Gymnastics recognizes that the process for training and motivating athletes will vary with each coach and each athlete, but it is nevertheless incumbent on everyone involved in the spo rt to support the development and use of motivational and training methods which avoid conduct which is, or is likely to be perceived as being, abusive. 4. Discriminate in the provision of resources or opportunities to any member or prospective member on the basis of race, sex, creed, sexual orientation, age, national origin or mental or physical disability. 5. Attempt to intimidate, embarrass or improperly influence any individual responsible for judging or administering a competition.

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SELECTION PROCEDURES 6. Engage in business practices directed toward another member, which are determined by a co urt or other similar adjudicatory body to be unethical, illegal or a breach of contract. B. Participation. Any USA Gymnastics' activity or event should be open to any member properly qualified under the rules of that activity or event, and every member participating in a USA Gymnastics' activity or event has an obligation to participate to the best of their abilities. It is inconsistent with this obligation for any member to: 1. Restrict the ability of a member to qualify for or participate in competition because of the member's association with a particular organization or individual or because of that member's race, sex, creed, sexual orientation, age, national origin or mental or physical disability. 2. Participate as a judge, coach, athlete or administrator in any activity where that judge, coach or athlete is inadequately prepared, unable to participate or fails to participate to the best of his or her ability. 3. Engage in behavior, which is so disorderly or inappropriate as to interfere with the orderly conduct of the activity or other members' participation in, or enjoyment of, the activity. C. Responsibility. A member of USA Gymnastics has a responsibility to the sport of gymnastics and the rules and regulations, which govern it. It is inconsistent with this obligation for any member to: 1. Knowingly misrepresent the policies or actions of USA Gymnastics or it's authorized representatives. 2. Fail to resort in the first instance to the established procedures for challenging a competitive result, contesting a team selection decision, complaining about the conduct of another member, or attempting to reverse a policy adopted by USA Gymnastics. 3. Breach the duty to maintain appropriately established confidences of USA Gymnastics or its members. D. Communication. Members of USA Gymnastics have a duty to communicate honestly and openly with the organization and its members. It is inconsistent with this obligation for any member to: 1. Misrepresent competitive achievements, professional qualifications, education, experience, eligibility, criminal record or affiliations. 2. Knowingly disse minate false or misleading information about another member. 3. Withhold from athlete members information or resources likely to enhance the athletes' enjoyment of the sport or reduce their risk of injury or illness. 4. Fail to consult with or inform fully the athlete or the ath lete's parents about opportunities made available to the athlete involving competitions, commercial activities or recognition . 5. Misrepresent the nature or extent of an injury in order to decline an invitation to participate in or withdraw from a competition assignment. training camp or other similar activity. 6. Misrepresent the nature or extent of an injury in order to participate in (or cause an athlete to participate in) a competition, training camp or other similar activity when such participation is inconsistent with the appropriate medical response to the inju ry. E. Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Members of USA Gymnastics must ensure that

the sport is conducted in an environment free of drug or alcohol abuse. It is inconsistent with this obligation for any member to: 1. Use or provide to a third party any drug proscribed by applicable federal, state or municipal law. 2. Assist or condone any co mpeting ath lete's use of a drug banned by the International Olympic Committee, United States Olympic Committee, Federation Internationale de Gymnastique, USA Gymnastics, or National Collegiate Athletic Association, or, in the case of athlete members, to use such drugs or refuse to submi t to properly conducted drug tests administered by one of those organizations. 3. Provide alcohol to, or condone the use of alcohol by, minors, abuse alcohol in the prese nce of athlete members or at USA Gymnastics' activities or, in the case of athlete members, consume alcoholic beverages while a minor. F. Criminal Conduct. Members of USA Gymnastics are expected to comply with all applicable criminal codes. This obligation is violated by any member who has been convicted of or has entered a plea of guilty or no contest to a criminal charge or indictment involving sexual misconduct, chi ld abuse, or conduct that is a vio lation of a law specifically designed to protect minors, and, depending on the nature of the crime, may be vio lated by any member who has been convicted of or has entered a plea of guilty or no contest to any felony charge or indictment invo lving conduct other than that specifically described above. G. Sexual Misconduct. Professional Members of USA Gymnastics must protect the integrity of the sport and the interests of the athletes they serve by avoiding sexua l relationships with athletes except where the capacity and quality of the athlete's consent to enter that relationship is beyond question. It is inconsistent with this obligation for any member to: 1. Solicit or engage in sexual relations with any minor. 2. Engage in any behavior that utilizes the influence of a professional member's position as coach, judge or administrator to encourage sexual relations with an athlete. 3. Engage in sexua l harassment by making unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where such conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. H. Professional and Athletic Development. Members of USA Gymnastics should strive to increase their leve l of proficiency and skill. To fulfill this obligation professional members should: 1. Participate in continuing education programs like the safety certification and professional development programs made available by USA Gymnastics. 2. Remain current on safety, health and training developments relevant to the sport and seek advice and counsel of colleagues and experts whenever such consultation is in the best interests of the athlete. 1. Conflict of Interest. Members of USA Gymnastics are responsible for avoiding both actual and perceived conflicts of interest in the conduct of business on behalf of the organization. It is inco nsistent with this obligation for any member to: 1. Use, or be perceived as using, USA Gymnastics' properties, services, opportunities, authority or influence to gain private benefit. 2. Fail, as an employee, director, officer or committee member of USA Gymnastics, to

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complete an annual conflict of interest of form , or fail to complete that form accurately. 3. Incur expenses in furtherance of USA Gymnastics' business, which are unreasonable, unnecessary, or unsubstantiated. 4. Participate in the deliberation or decision making process about any issue for which the member has a direct financial interest.

III. ENFORCEMENT OF CODE Compliance with this Code depends primari ly upon understanding and vo luntary compliance, secondarily upon reinforcement by peers, and, when necessary, upon enforcement through disciplinary action . Any individual who believes that a member of USA Gymnastics has failed to meet his or her obligations under this Code is, under all but the most egregious circumstances, encouraged to first address that concern directly to that member. If that action does not result in a satisfactory resolution, the individual may file a written co mplaint with the President, program director or other appropriate staff member of USA Gymnastics. That complaint must be signed and must state specifically the nature of the alleged misconduct. Upon review of the complaint and, where appropriate, additional discussions with the complainant and/o r member who is the subject of the complaint, the President may: 1. Determine that the complaint does not merit further action, 2. Counsel the member who is the subject of the complaint and record both the complaint and the nature of the counseling in the member's permanent record, 3. Refer the complaint, as appropriate, to the state or regional chairs/committees or affiliated organization, or 4. Process the complaint under the member misconduct or grievance procedures of USA Gymnastics' Bylaws.

Women's Program

2006 WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHPS TEAM SELECTION PROCEDURES Aarhus, Denmark I. OVERVIEW The Women's Delegation for the 2006 World Championships will be per the FIG Technical Regulations co mpri sed of six female athletes. Only

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those athletes who will be 16 yea rs of age in the calendar year 2006 are eligible for Selection to the World Team . A. The National Champion from the combined All Around combined rank order from Visa Championships results will be directly qualified to the Final Selection Camp and must parti cipate in the Verification Camp. B. If there is a tie for the National Champion, the tie will not be broken and all tied athletes will also be directly qualified to the Final Selection Camp and must participate in the Verification Camp. C. In addition to the National Champion at Visa Championships, the Selection Committee will select a minimum of eight additional athletes from among those athletes who competed in Visa Championships or petitioned athletes to attend the Verification Camp. D. These athletes will form the 2006 World Championships Training Squad. E. The Selection Committee will select a minimum of eight athletes from the Verification Camp to be held September 13-17,2006 to the Final Selection Camp. F. The Selection Committee, with final approval from USA Gymnastics' President, will determine the World Team who wi ll represent the USA at the 2006 World Championships from those athletes in attenda nce at the Final Selection Camp conducted October 2-7, 2006 at the Women's National Team Training Center.

II. SELECTION CAMP A. The Verification Camp will serve as the final opportunity for athletes to be invited to attend the Final Selection Camp. B. Two competitions will be conducted at the Final Selection Camp. C. The competitions at the Final Selection Camp will be judged by the World Championships Judge(s) and if necessary, another Brevet Judge selected by the Judges' Selection Committee.

III. SCORING The Competition Rules for the qualifying competitions are as follows:

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IV. 2006 VISA CHAMPIONSHIPS A. Qualification to participate in the 2006 Visa Championships: 1. An athlete may qualify to participate in the 2006 Visa Championships through the USA Elite Regional/National Qualifiers and then the U.S. Classic or from attaining the qualifying score at any International Meet or National Team Training camp from January 2006 to July 2006 when she performed full routines on competition equipment. The U.S. Classic is scheduled to be conducted July 27-30, 2006. The site TBD. 2. The 2005 World Championships Team Members are directly qualified to the 2006 Visa Championships.

B. Time and Place: The 2006 Visa Championships will be conducted August 14-20, 2006 in St. Paul, MN.

V. SELECTION COMMITTEE A. The Selection Committee will consist of the National Team Coordinator, the Chairman of the International Elite Committee, and the Athlete Representative. In the event any of the members of the Selection Committee is currently affiliated, the International Elite Committee will select another individual who is unaffiliated to serve on the Selection Committee. B. The Selection Committee will consider the following areas when selecting members for the 2006 World Championships Team 1. Results from the Selection Camp and the qualifying events. 2. "A" Panel Scores 3. Hit co nsistency and results from past national and international competitions 4. The combined composite strength of all World Team Members based upon each athlete's total four (4) event score, total three (3) event score, total two (2) event score for each athlete as well as team needs and medal potential on a single event. 5. Execution 6. Medal potential 7. World Class Presentation 8. Readiness to compete C. If the FIG allows credentialing for an alternate athlete, an alternate athlete will be selected from among those competitors at the Final Selection Camp based upon the needs of the team.

VI. PETITIONS A. Petitioning procedures into the 2006 Visa Championships are listed in the 2005-2006 Women's Rules and Policies, Part 7, Section I. B. Petitions into the Verification Camp will be considered by the Selection Committee for any member of the 2005 World Championship Team and from any athlete who either: 1. Was injured or ill and unable to participate because of unforeseen circumstances at the 2006 Visa Championships and provided that she has competed at either the 2006 U.S. Classic, or on an international assignment in the fall of 2005 or in the year 2006. C. In order to be considered by the Selection Committee, petitions must be submitted in writing to the USA Gymnastics' national office as soon as practical after the athlete becomes awa re of her inability to participate in the process described above but no later than the completion of the 2006 Visa Championships. D. The petition must state the specific injury, illness or unusual circumstance, which prohibited the athlete from participating in the competitive process. In the case of a petition based upon an injury or illness, the petition must be accompanied by a physician's statement, and the nature and extent of that injury or illness is subject to verification by a doctor selected by USA Gymnastics.

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VII. REPLACEMENT PROCEDURES A. Any member of the 2006 World Championships Team may be replaced due to injury or illness which inhibits peak performance at the 2006 World Championships. Verification of injury of illness will be by one or more doctors selected by USA Gymnastics. B. A team member who withdraws or is removed from the team prior to the first competition at the World Championships will be replaced by the alternate athlete.

VIII. REMOVAL An athlete or coach may be removed from the 2006 World Championships Team or from any step of the process for selecting the team if he/ she violates the USA Gymnastics Code of Ethics (see p. 41)or the Women's Team Responsibility Manual. An athlete may also be removed from the 2006 World Championships Team in the event of injury or illness which inhibits peak performance at the above said competitions. Athletes agree to submit to any medical diagnosis that is requested by USA Gymnastics to assure that the athlete is able to compete and is not at risk for further injury. Verification of injury or illness will be one or more doctors selected by USA Gymnastics. Removal may only occur by action of the President of USA Gymnastics after consultation with the National Team Coordinator and the Head and Assistant World Team Coach and an interview with the athlete and her coach. Any decision to remove an athlete or coach is subject to review through USA Gymnastics Grievance Procedures.

IX. SELECTION OF THE 2006 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM COACHES A. The Head Coach and the Assistant Coach for the 2006 World Championships Team (one of whom must be a woma n) will be selected from among the personal coaches of the team members, immediately after the final Team Selection by the Selection Committee based upon the following criteria: • proven team leadership ability • international experience • fulfilling the necessary criteria established by USA Gymnastics, including: • professional member in good standing • current USA Gymnastics Safety Certification • attendance at required meetings B. According the FIG regulations, all Personal Coaches of the athletes selected as 2006 World Team Members will be assigned to the 2006 World Championships (one coach per athlete).

X. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT These Selection Procedures have been reviewed and approved by the International Elite Committee and the USA Gymnastics Executive Committee. Each athlete and coac h participating in the process for se lecting the 2006 World Championships Team as outlined in these Selection Procedures has carefully reviewed, understands and agrees to the terms of these Selection Procedures. That understanding and agreement is reflected by the signature of the ath lete and coach on a copy of these Selection Procedures.

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3. Successfully petition directly onto the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Team by the process set forth in Section V below. E. The Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee is under no obligation to select a pair/ group from each of the five disciplines or fill all available positions on the team . F. The Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee may identify alternate pair/ groups to the 2006 World Championships Team . Alternates are not part of the team, but in the case of injury or removal of team members, alternates may be moved onto the team. G. Only athletes who are United States citizens may be named to the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Team. USA Gymnastics will verify citizenship before naming the team.

II. 2006 ACROBATIC GYMNASTICS WORLD TEAM TRIALS

2006 ACROBATIC GYMNASTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHPS June II" 18, 2006; Coimbra, Portugal I. OVERVIEW A. Per the FIG Technical Regulations, the delegation for the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships will be comprised of a maximum of two pair/ groups per discipline. B. For all disciplines, the athletes se lected to the 2006 World Championships Team must be 15 years of age or older by December 31, 2006. C. The Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee, with final approval from the USA Gymnastics President, will select the athletes who will represent the USA at the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championsh ips. The Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee composition is defined below. Should a member of the Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee have a current affiliation with a potential team member, a replacement member will be appointed for the selection process. 1. Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee Chairman 2. National Elite Committee Chairman 3. National Junior Olympic Committee Chairman 4. National Technical Committee Chairman 5. Athlete Representative 6. USAG International Technical Consultant (non voting) 7. Acrobatic Gymnastics Vice-Chair (non-voting) 8. Senior Program Director of Acrobatic Gymnastics (non voting ) D. Athletes may qualify for the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Team in one of three ways: 1. Be chosen from the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Team Trials competition to represent the USA at the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships, as described in Section III below; 2. If requirements are met, request for the Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee to consider results from the 2006 Flanders Acro World Cup in Puurs, Belgium in place of competition at World Team Trials, as described in Section IV below;

A. Qualification to participate in the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Team Trials 1. A pair/ group who meets the requirements to participate in elite competition and meets the competition entry requirements may participate at the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Team Trials. Two local competitions must be completed prior to the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Team Trials. 2. Time and Place: The 2006 World Team Trials will be conducted May 4-9 at the Texas Sports Ranch in Crosby, TX. B. The selection meeting will take place immediately following the completion of the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Team Trials competition and will serve as the final selection for the 2006 World Championships Team.

III. THE 2006 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM WILL BE SELECTED AS FOLLOWS: The Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee will review the following areas when selecting members for the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championship Team: A. Overall performance during the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Team Trials training sessions and competition. Pair/ groups must perform a balance, dynamic, and combined routine according to the FIG Code of Points and published FIG Acro Newsletters. B. Scores and placement at the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Team Trials competition 1. Final scores and placement from the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Team Trials competition will be considered. 2. Target Scores - The target score for the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Team selection will be calculated using the sum of the execution average plus the artistry average less performance related CJP deductions. The target score for three exercises is 53 .25. C. Difficulty of elements performed in competition. The target difficu lty for each exercise is the maximum difficulty value as defined in the FIG Code of Points - V180 for the balance exercise, V160 for the dynamic exercise, V230 for the combined exercise. D. Artistry and presentation in exercises performed during competition

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bers for the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Team Trials will be considered. 2. Presentation ranking criteria will include but are not limited to the artistic judging criteria.

IV. REQUESTS TO CONSIDER 2006 FLANDERS ACRO WORLD CUP RESULTS A. A pair/ group may request for the Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee to consider results from the 2006 Flanders Acro World Cup for placement onto the 2006 World Championships Team if all of the following conditions are met: 1. Attend the Belgium Selection Competition, be selected as a member of the USA Delegation attending the Flanders Acro World Cup, and compete a full program at the 2006 Flanders Acro World Cup. 2. Be the top USA finisher and win a medal (place first, second or third) in an event with 10 or more competitors. 3. Declare request prior to the World Team Trials event. Requests must be submitted in writing to the Acrobatic Gymnastics Senior Program Director by the deadline of April 24, 2006. B. Pair/ groups submitting requests for the Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee to consider 2006 Flanders Acro World Cup results must still attend the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Team Trials competition and one-day training camp. It is not a requirement to compete for score during the competition, however, pair/groups will be asked to run exhibition routines during the competition, attend team meeting s, and participate in the training camp. C. Pair/ groups making this request will be given equal consideration as those competing at the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Team Trials for selection to the 2006 World Championships Team.

V. PETITIONS A. Petitions to enter the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Team Trials will be considered by the Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee. The final deadline for submission of a petition is the registration deadline for the 2006 World Team Trials. B. Petitions to be placed directly onto the 2006 World Championships Team, other than through the competitive processes described above, will be considered by the Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee. However, first consideration will be given to those pair/ groups competing at the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Team Trials or requesting consideration of 2006 Flanders Acro World Cup results. The final deadline for submission of a petition is the conclusion of the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Team Trials competition. C. In order to be considered by the Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee, petitions must be submitted in writing to the Acrobatic Gymnastics Senior Program Director as soon as practical after the pair/ group becomes aware of the inability to participate in the applicable competition . The petition must state the specific injury, illness, or unusual circumstance which prohibits the pair/ group from participating in the competitive process.

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VI. TEAM OBLIGATIONS A. Athletes and coaches must read and sign the USA Gymnastics Selection Procedures before participating in the World Team Trials event. B. Athletes and coaches who do not attend specified World Championships Team Meeting(s) will not be placed on the 2006 World Championships Team. C. Athletes must attend the one-day training camp following the World Team Trials competition.

VII. SELECTION OF THE 2006 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM COACHES A. Head Coach - The Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Com mittee will select one head coach for the 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Team. The selection of the head coach must be approved by the USA Gymnastics President and will be based upon the following criteria: 1. Proven team leadership ability; 2. International experience; 3. Ability to communicate with all members of the delegation; and 4. Technical knowledge. B. Assistant Coaches - A maximum of two assistant coaches will be selected by the Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee following consultation with the head coach and approved by the USA Gymnastics President. The assistant coaches must come from among the personal coaches of World Championships Team members.

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