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EVENTS FEBRUARY AUGUST 4-6 5 5-12 10-13 16 16-19 17-19 22-27 24-26 25-27 25-27 31 -2 TBD

7-11 Region 6 Congress National Gymnastics Day Scholarship Camp (TI) Women's 10. National Team Training Camp Nationol Business Conference Visa Championships (M, W,R,AG) National Congress and Trade Show Junior Pan American Championships (M, W) World Cup (TT) Region 1 Congress Region 5 Congress World Cup (TI) Pan American Championships (TI)

Burlington, MO National Event Camp Wakeshma, MI Colorado Springs, CO SI. Paul, MN SI. Paul, MN SI. Paul, MN Gatineau, CAN Savognin, SUI Santa Clara, CA Cincinnati, OH GER MEX

PAGU Training Camp Exchange TOPs Notional Testing (W) Friendship Camp (TR) Future Stars Natl. Team Camp (M) Region 7 Congress

Training Center Houston, IX Kladno, UE lake Placid, NY Atlantic City, NJ

Region 2 Congress World Championships (M,W) DTBWorld Cup FIG Congress World Cup (TI)

Portland, OR Aarhus, DEN Stuttgart, GER Geneva, SUI CHN

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OCTOBER 12-14 14-22 27-29 27-31 TBD

FIG Academy (High Performan~e Coaching Seminar) David Word Hunt Camp (TT) Future Stars National Championships (M) National Coaches Workshop (M) USA Gymnastics Board Meeting World Cup (M/W) Pre Elite Training Camp World Cup Final (R) World Cup Final (TI) Olympic Test Event (M/W) Developmental Training Camp (W)

Training Center Gillingham, ENG Colorado Springs, CO ColoradoSprings, CO TBD Glasglow, GBR Training Center Mie,JPN Birmingham, ENG Beijing, CH N Training Center

National JumpStart Testing TOPs National Team Training Camp I-Day Business Builder Workshop withJeff Metzger TOPs National B(amp (W) I-Day Business Builder Workshop with Jeff Metzger World Cup Final (MiW)

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APRIL 21-22

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Various Sites

JO National Championships (M) level 9 East & West Championships (W) JO National Championships (W) JO National Championships (M)

Oklahoma City, OK TBD TBD TBD

Trampoline &Tumbling National Championships

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World Gymnaestrada (GG) Pan American Games (M,W,R,TR)

Dornbirn, AUI Rio de Janerio, BRA

National Business Conference Visa Championships (M/W/R) National Congress and Trade show

San Jose, CA San Jose, CA San Jose, CA

World Championships (M,W)

Stuttgart, GER

Future Stars National Championships (M) National Coaches Workshop (M) World Championships (TI) International Age-Group Competition (TT)

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Zemetria Barnes-Perry USA GYMNASTICS EXECUTIVE COMMlnll 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 Wood; FIG REPS: Bob Colorossi (Executive CommiHeel, Ron Froehlich (Auditor), Tonyo Case ISports Acro Technicol CommiHee) and John Roethlisberger (Athlete Rep.l. Al LARGE MEMBERS: Steve Butcher, David Holcomb; ATHLETE DIREaORS: ~m Zmeskol·BurdeHe, John Roethlisberger, Vanessa Vander Piuym, Karl Heger; USOC ATHLffi DlREaOR: Larissa fontaine. USA GYMNASTICS BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR: Ron froehlich; PRESIDENT: Steve Penny; PRESIDENT EMERITUS: Sondy Knopp, Mike Donohue; TREASURER: Bob Wood; SECRETARY: Gory Anderson; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KolI; VICE CHAIR MEN: Yoichi Tomita; VICECHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andrea Schmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOLINE: Paul Parillo; VICE CHAIR ACRO·GYMNASTICS: Tanya Case; PUBLIC SEaOR: Bill Hybl, Bob Wood; AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION: Ron ferris; AMERICAN SOKOL ORGANIZATION: Jerry Milan; AMERICAN TURNERS: BeHy Heppner; COLLEGE GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATlON·MEN: froncis Allen; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Of COLLEGIATE COACHES·WOMEN: Mork Cook; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION fOR GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORT: Marilyn Strawbridge; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Of WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS JUDGES: Carole Ide; NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION·MEN: Mark Williams; NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STAlE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIDNS: Becky Oakes; NATIONAL GYMNASTICS JUDGES ASSOCIATION·MEN: Butch Zunich; NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: Morgie Canfield; U.s. ASSOCIATIOtI OF INDEPENDENT GYMNASTICS (LUBS: Paul Spadaro; U.S. ELITE COACHES ASSOCIATlON·MEN: Tham Glielmi; U.S. ELITE COACHES ASSOCIATION· WOMEN: Steve Rybacki Tony Gehman; U.S. MEN'S GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: TIm Klempnouer; U.S. RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS' COACHES ASSOCIATION: Suzie DITullio; YOUNG MEWS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF THE USA: Cosey Koenig; NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION·WOMEN: Meg Slephenson; NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DIREaORS MEN: Mike Burns, Abie Grossfeld; RHYTHMIC: Ivo nko Kirov, Michelle Lorson; WOMEN: Kelli Hm, Tom Forsler; TRAMPOLINE: Shoun Kempton, Dr. George Drew; ACRO· GYMNASTICS: Undo Porter, Jay Binder; ATHLETES COUNCIL: Vanessa Vander Piuym, Caroline Hunt, Lorisso Fonloine, Shannon Miller, Kim Zmeskol· BurdeHe, Jamie Morshik, Karl Heger, Joy Tharnlon, Steve McCoin, Arthur Oovis, USOC Alhlele Rep.; Larissa fonloine, Executive Boord Member John R"lhlisherger. ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS, Lori Katz; SPECIAL OLYMPICS, Kale fober· Hickie; U.I. COMPETITIVE AEROBICS fEDERATlOII, Howard Schwartz CHANGEOf ADDRESS AND SUBSCRIPTION INQUIRIES: In order to ensure uninlerrupted delivery of TE(HNIQUE magazine, notice of change of address should be made eight weeks in advance. for fastest service, please endose your present moiling label. Direct all subscription moil to TECHNIQUE Subscriplions, USA Gymnastics, 201 S. Capitol Ave., Sle. 300, Indianapolis, IN 46225. TECHNIQUE is published month~ excepl bimonthly in Sept/Oct and Nov/ Dec by USA Gymnoslics, Pan Americon PIOlO, Suile 300, 201 South Copilol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46225 (phone: 317·237·5050) or visit on~ne @ www.usa·gymrul5tics.org Subscription prices: U.S.-125 per year; Canodo/Mexico-l4B per year; all olher foreign countries-160 per year. If available, bock issue single copies S4 plus postoge/handling. All reasonable core will be token, but no responsibility can be assumed for unsolicited material; endose return postage. Copyright 2006 by USA Gymnoslics and TE(HNIQUE. All rights reserved. Printed by Sport Graphics, Indianapolis, IN. Member Services I·BOO·345·4719

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DEPARTMENTS 2 Event Schedule 4 USA Gymnastics Message 10 Spotlight 12 Get Fit 18 Tyson Fitness Challenge 20 Business Tips 22 Athlete Focus 24 KAT/MELPD 28 Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination 30 Congress 32 What's New 36 Hall of Fame Nomination Form 38 Hall of Fame 2006 Inductees 46 Classifieds 48 Safety Certification Schedule

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THE VISA CHAMPIONSHIPS AND USA GYMNASTICS NATIONAL CONGRESS AND TRADE SHOW are right around the corner. As this editorial goes to print, the finishing touches are being put into place to make this years events in St. Paul spectacular. Here are just a few of the details that the city of St. Paul and USA Gymnastics are doing to make this years event special. Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings at 6:30 a.m. the day will begin with fitness activities at the Visa Championships Plaza at Rice Park, located across the street from the Congress and Visa Championships venues and hotels. So bring you r workout clothes, climb out of bed, and get the day started off right with fitness - USA Gymnastics style! Everyone is welcome and the city of St. Paul is sure to enjoy the opportunity to workout with all of you gymnastics professionals. Put on your best smiles because the local news is expected to be in attendance! Friday night is Roethlisberger night at the Visa Championships. USA Gymnastics looks forward to honoring Fred, Marie, John and Gus for their many contributions to the sport of gymnastics. This family could be called the first gymnastics family of Minnesota for the enormous contribution they've made to our sport. 1996 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Magnificent Seven and the U.s. Women's Gymnastics Team's winning the Olympic Gold Medal. The 2006 Visa Championships will celebrate the 1996 Team's success on Saturday night during the women's competition. After the competition on both Friday and Saturday nights there will be a Gymnastics Fan Celebiation at the Visa Championships Plaza at Rice Park, just outside the venue. Listen to live entertainment, get an autograph, eat, drink and celebrate the excitement of the event! USA Gymnastics has put together a special package for our gymnastics family members. Any Congress attendee who purchases an all-session strip ticket is automatically a member of the Champions Club and is welcome to attend pre-event hospitality at the venue. All other Congress attendees will have access to the Champions Club from Wednesday through Saturday for a small fee. We know how important it is for our gymnastics family to be in the best seats and to have special access, so we hope you enjoy the Champions Club while socializing with your peers. The Champions Club will open at 4:30 p.m. each day (Saturday at 3:30 p.m.) and will close 30 minutes after the start of the competition. USA Gymnastics has had many special activities in St. Paul to promote the Visa Championships. Carly Patterson, Todd Thornton and Bela Karolyi visited the city, some gym clubs and local media to help promote our upcoming event. Shannon Miller did a special promotion at the Mall of America as well as a fitness walk in St. Paul. Another special event that will take place soon is setting a Cartwheel World Record. USA Gymnastics and local promoters are asking the people of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to come downtown and do a cartwheel on August 3 from 11 to 1 to help set a World Record for most cartwheels performed at one time. All these events are expected to draw attention to the Visa Championships and make this years event a memorable one. It's always exciting to be involved with planning the Visa Championships and Congress because of the special details that go into play. Not only will you see great gymnastics in men's, women's, rhythmic and acrobatic disciplines, but you'll also learn about the latest trends and education in our sport at the National Congress and you'll see the newest products and services our industry has to offer at the trade show. You may also be one of the lucky winners during the Mega Raffle, presented by USGSA. Prizes will be awarded in the exhibit hall and you must be present to win. We look forward to seeing you in St. Paul at our country's most prestigious national event of the year, the Visa Championships and USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show.

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Gymastics has dubbed 2006 as the year of fitness, _ :-. and many of us are a~apting. our existi~g programs -_. to put more emphasls on fitness. Whlle we need to provide our students with a fun gymnastics experience, keeping them in perpetual motion is important for building their stamina in the areas of cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility. Our goal is to provide 80% of the gym class experience as fully active time, with 15% of the remaining time for formal instruction and the last five percent split between managing the children and waiting in line. To keep the children moving, open gym space is required and additional apparatus is helpful; however, budget constraints usually limit our search to inexpensive props to boost our abilities to keep the children active 80% of their gym time. Every decade the equipment manufacturers create an object that becomes indispensable to coaches and instructors. In the 1980s it was the trapezoid. The 19905 brought the introduction of the back handspring trainer, AKA Pac Man mat. In the new millennium , we've got vinyl strips! A myriad of activities can be performed with vinyl strips! With this document as a launching pad, be prepared to gather ideas from your fellow staffers and those precious, spontaneous students! For more ideas, a longer version of this article appears at usa-gymnastics.org/ publications/technique and scroll down to the August 2006 issue. This article has ideas in the following categories:

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jumping or squatting bunny jumps to slow down the activity. This activity increases aerobic fitness and agility.

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now are adding "joint compression" into the equation. With weight applied to the elbows and wrists (joint compression), the resulting effect is soothing. Research concludes that compressing the joints with weight bearing exercises calms hyperactive children. Bonus! • Use the same set-up but place the lines closer to one anotlie(. Similar to moving along low parallel bars, have the students attempt varying animal walks forward, backward or sideways. To help the students to remember the suggested locomotor skill, simply place a "Doggie Dash" or "Bear Walk" digitally printed on the Activity Strip across the opening of the pathway.

_Sa!!1ple Games ~ith yi~yl ~trips __ • Keep the vinyl strips rolled up. Set them on the floor. Arrange the students into partners. The object of the game on the "Go" command is for each person to pick up one vinyl strip and make a solid, connected line with their partner. This takes cooperative play skills. Next, encourage Ski Jumps and other explosive activities to be done with their partner along their line. To challenge an advanced group, see if all of the children can create one long uninterrupted line on the vault runway. • Do Line Touches. Arrange a starting line of one color of vinyl strips. · Set a second colored line 20 feet away. And a third colored line 35 feet away from the first line. Simply put, you start on the first line, run to the second line. Run quickly back to the first line. Continue running to touch the third line. Run back to the start. Dissuade the students from racing. Change the locomotor movement to backward

Vinyl Strips -Arranged Like JCFlo~er - Place the vinyl strips on a large open space in a petal formation. With older students use two strips end to end per petal. Begin the activity with the children running around the outside of the flower. Next, place one student on the far end of each petal. If the class is large, pair up the students. Perform locomotor movements along the petal to and from the center of the flower. The emphasis is on staying on the petal, not touching the carpet. Next, explain about working on higher balance beams. It is necessary to learn how to fall properly. Teach the children how to jump off of their petal and land in a Safety Stop pose. Remind them not to touch the floor or their "beam" as they fall to the ground. To end the activity, run in a circle leaping over the vinyl strips. Sidewalk Relays - Create a starting line for the students to stand upon side by side. Place numerous vinyl strips perpendicular to the starting line to create a bowling alley effect or parallel sidewalks. Establish one sidewalk per child. Place a marker (cone or hoop) at the end of each sidewalk so that the students do not run past the space and into another area of the gym. Line the students up at the starting point. Be specific about self space, "This is Billy's sidewalk. This is Amanda's sidewalk." Establish a "Go" command. Call out various locomotoi mOVements to perform down the sidewalk and back again. Once the kids have the hang of it, require a skill or movement at the marker, "When you get to your hoop, do three straddle jumps." It's a sure bet that you'll use vinyl strips for Tip-Ups, Tripods, Back Handspring Drills and more. Include these activities as part of classes, birthday parties and summer camps. (below) Get 'stuck' on the vinyl strip craze! This handy, inexpensive training aid will drastically increase students' activity time. The results will be improved fitness. Let's keep our kids moving! We are mentors to the young children in our charge. Inspire them to be active children in the hopes that they will continue a lifelong love of physical expression and the joy of movement! X Jeannie McCarthy is an award winning National KAT Instructor. Mrs. McCarthy works at Double '0' Gymnastics in Media, Pa., as a Curriculum Consultant and Program Designer. She enjoys raising the standard of preschool gymnastics instruction through consulting and training clinics. Her two day Gym Jam workshop attracts teachers nationwide. Contact Jeannie at gymtastics@comcast.net. Note: Vinyl strips con be found through Ben Edkins of Carolina Gym Supply, 877-496-7883, and Michelle Robinson of Artistic Coverings, 877-599-9343, to name two suppliers.

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SPOTLIGHT

25th Anniversary of Elite Sportswear GK THE WEll-RESPECTED GYMNASTICS apparel manufacturer, Elite Sportswear GK, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the business. Elite Sportswear GK started out 25 years ago. Elite Sportswear GK is the most recognized manufacturer of gymnastics apparel in the world. GK is recognized around the globe for superior quality, styling, and fit, and friendly,

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knowledgeable customer service. We're so pleased to be celebrating our 25th anniversary," said founder and president Sallie Weaver. When asked what changes have taken place over the last 25 years, Weaver said, "1 knew in order to grow I'd have to let go of some duties and delegate." She added, "I'm a hands-on owner and it's difficult to get my hands on everything." Thankfully, Weaver

employs capable and caring individuals who do a wonderful job of handling the day-to-day business details and has made the company such a success. Elite Sportswear GK held an open house on June 11 with Olympic Champions Carly Patterson and Paul Hamm to help celebrate the anniversary. Paul and Carly signed autographs for all of the GK employees and


their families. "We had more than 550 people come through," said Weaver. Elite Sportswear GK is doing something just a little special each month for employees to celebrate their anniversary such as having special dress days on the 25th of each month, having red, white and blue day, and favorite sport day to name only a few. Elite also had a very popular popcorn day, and monthly drawings giving the employees a chance to win prizes. And that's what Elite Sportswear GK is all about - being special. Since 2000, Elite Sportswear GK in affiliation with adidas America has been manufacturing the United States National, World, and Olympic Team Apparel. GK truly is the Choice of Champions. GK apparel has been seen on many top National and Olympic teams including, U.S., Australia, Ukraine, Germany, and Belarus. In addition to these National teams, GK is proud to be endorsed by Olympic all-around gold medalists, Patterson and Hamm, as well as World Champions Chellsie Memmel and Nastia Liukin. Elite Sportswear GK is also the official supplier to USA Gymnastics' Junior Olympic and Grassroots Development programs including TOP's, Future Stars and JumpStart. When Elite first tackled the Junior Olympic project in 1984, the company wanted to have a more polished look with each JO regional

team proudly sporting their individual set of colors at Championships. The process of outfitting hundreds of athletes and coaches in distinctive uniforms has taken a number of years to perfect but is truly a labor of love for Elite Sportswear GK. In an industry where many companies come and go, GK is proud to celebrate its 25th Anniversary.

Olympic Champions Carly Potterson with Sollie Weaver (Iar left) ond Poul Homm (below) help celebrote the Elite Sportswear GK 25th onniversary

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YOSHI NAKAYAMA, a coach in the Pacific Northwest, has 9 basic shape conditioning drills which he uses for his Level 3 & Level 4 gymnasts. These are basics of all other advanced conditioning and future gymnastics skills (Level 7 to Elite).

Chest Touches (or Advanced Pull-ups) Start from a dead hang on a high bar. Overgrip, straight elbows, extended shoulders, eyes forward, ribs in, hips flat, butt under, knees tight, toes pointed, and feet together. Pull up to touch chest on the bar. Body shape must remain PERFECT while performing the pull-ups. By pulling elbows behind back (touching chest on the bar), she is developing her strength for kips.

Start from a dead hang on a stall bar. Overgrip, straight elbows, extended shoulders, eyes forward, ribs in, hips flat, butt under, knees tight, toes pointed, and feet together. Lift legs together and touch feet on the bar. Arms and legs remain PERFECT while performing the lifts. By emphasizing locked knees, she develops kips with perfect legs.

Headstand Handstands (Inverted Military Press) Staft with a headstand with toes on a hip-height box. Fingers forward, elbows at right angle straight above wrists, head straight, torso vertical, ribs in, knees tight, feet FLEXED and together. Push the floor without moving hands all the way to achieve a piked handstand with forehead on the box. Knees MUST remain tight and off the box throughout the pushups. If feet come apart, do it again. By requiring knees/ legs off the box, this forces the gymnast to use deltoid muscles. She will develop strength to push through her shoulders (instead of chest) for her front and back handsprings, vaulting, and cast handstands. ~

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Start in a prone position on floor with face down placing hands on the floor by chest (Alligator Position). Have partner hold legs or put feet under some immovable object (advanced). Chin on floor, ribs in, tummy off the floor, hips pressed out, butt unde r, knees tight, HEELS TOGETHER, toes pointed. Thrust with the hands against the floor, lift upper body to arrive in a vertical kneestand. Once her hands are off the floor, immediately squeeze arms agai nst the sides of the body, with thumbs touching thighs. Body alignment MUST be maintained during the maneuver: RIBS IN, HIPS FLAT, and BUn UNDER! By requiring the shape to be maintained with very high demand, the gymnast will learn how to maintain alignment during any skills with large external forces and inertia coming from sudden change of movement direction or change of rotation. This enables the gymnast to hold body alignment in Layout TsukjYurchenko without arching (ribs out) or piking (hips gave in) .

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Body Curl 1) Start with bent-arms or straight-arms (advanced) holding a beam leg or a bar post in candlestick position. Toes pointed, feet together, knees tight, butt under, HIPS FLAT, ribs in with toes or feet touching the beam or the post. 2) Lower whole body as far as possible WITHOUT changing the body shape, 3) then pull it back up to the start position. Gymnasts may start by lowering only 10-20 degrees for the first year; however, by the second year, she should lower to more than 45 degrees with PERFECT shape. By requiring the gymnast to maintain hips flat, body awareness will be learned while being inverted, giving a great control of body shapes in Giant Swings, Layout Flyaways, Clear Hip Handstands, Overshoot Handstands, Straddle back Handstands, Pak Saltos, Back Layout Saltos on floor, and more in the future. ~


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Tulip Petals (Reverse Leg Lifts) Start in prone position with legs hanging off the end of the beam and holding the beam leg . For smaller gymnasts, hold the beam itself (little bit harder for them but they get used to it). Toes pointed, feet together, knees tight, hips at the beam end. Kick legs back and up to arrive in an inverted position. By requiring the gymnast to maintain tight knees and to SQUEEZE the heels TOGETHER at the completion of the lift, she will learn a straight leg kick and increase her body awareness in an arch position. Straight leg kicks lead to a straight round-off for tumbling, beam acro and Yurchenko vaulting. Once the gymnast can do this exercise fluently, requi re her to squeeze buttocks at the completion of the lift to flatten low back and elevate the inverted position higher.

Key Concepts: Each exercise must be followed by a 10-second shape hold at the most difficult position. For example, after a gymnast performs one set of Chest Touches (6 repetitions for age 6) , then she holds her chest touching on the rail for 10 seconds before she gets off of the bar. First year, do two to three sets of the drills in the exact order above. Do one set of all 9 types first, then start over from #I. Repetitions should be the number of the gymnast's age. If she is 5 years old, the

Giant Sit-ups Start in a hang with knees over a beam, a bar, a box, or a trampoline. Have a partner hold the feet or hook the feet under an immovable object. Hang straight down with arms behind the ears. Fingers stretched, elbows tight, shoulders extended, ribs in, hips flat, butt under, knees together, feet together. Toes may be flexed or pointed (advanced). Gymnast lifts herself up to touch her toes with her fingers. For beginner gymnasts, bring arms down in front of the ears. For an advanced gymnast, arms must remain behind ears all the way until chest touches legs. The holder may need some trai ni ng and experience to hold the gym nast safely and comfortably.

repetition is 5. If she is 11 years old, the repetition is II. Second year, after they master the shape correctly, then do one to two sets at the most, with repetition of 8 for any age. However, make it harder by adding weights around the hips or ankles for gymnasts who excel. My guideline is if a gymnast can perform 8 good reps in 60 seconds (except calf raises, it is 12 in 60 seconds), then add a chain weight around her waist for conditioning. The chains are two feet long and the heaviest ones you can find on the market weigh 2 to 5 pounds.

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And here's the rest of the strategy - The consumer will be willing to pay more for cartwheel A because it has more VALUE. Of course it costs more to produce better cartwheels (more skillful teachers cost more) but the revenue generated by the higher price will out pace the higher teaching cost, hence, increased profit. Note that sometimes products start out with many differences, but over time, due to patent loss, competition, etc., the product category gradually becomes 'commoditized; (For instance, unlike a decade ago, today few people care which brand of Term Life Insurance they purchase, because the internet has virtually commoditized it). To my way of thinking, our industry is quite lucky because gymnastics instruction, a "pure relationship" business, is not likely to become commoditized because the process of relationship-building will always have ample room for VALUE-ADDING. And the gymnastics club that figures how to add more value and charge higher prices for that value will win the marketing war. Points to consider I don't know of a gymnastics school that "sells low price" and has a truly healthy profit li ne. If you have never raised prices to the point where a measurable number of

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practices, fundamental skill development, and much more. This workshop is designed to help instructors meet the needs of the individual students and encourage adoption of lifelong physical activity. Attendance at a KAT certification course is highLy recommended, but not required to attend a MELPD course. If there has never been a KAT or MELPD workshop in your area, 2006 is a great time to host a workshop. Any club can host a workshop and it's free. The only things you'll need are an empty room and a TV & VCR. If your workshop has 12 paid participants, your

club will receive one free registration . Member CLubs receive two free registrations, with 12 paid participants. Complimentary registrations are non-transferable and will onLy be valid at the workshop you are hosting. The workshop must maintain the minimum attendance of 12 for complimentary registrations. Courses that do not meet minimum participation levels are subject to rescheduling or cancellation. For more information on the KAT & MELPO courses caUl-800345-4719 or visit www.usa-gymnastics.org/ membership/

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Review your injury pLan now, and prevent major headaches Later! When you apply for a USA Gymnastics sanction, there are several important pieces of information included with your certificate of sanction. One important part is the "Injury and Incident" form. • The Incident and Injury Report should be kept on hand at your event at all times. You should make copies for all coaches and trainers or anyone responsible for an injured gymnast. • It is the responsibility of the person attending to the injured person to complete the Incident Report and the Meet Director must sign in the designated space. • After the Meet Director has signed the form, the injured gymnast or the gymnast's parent/guardian should complete the form, detach it from the instruction page and fax or mail it to American Specialty Insurance Services.

NationaL Gymnastics Day Make sure to tell us how you celebrated National Gymnastics Day! Send your photos and a write up of your club's activities to publications@usa-gymnastics.org

Email Address We need your email address. Renewal notices and other forms of communication will be sent via email. Please go online and update your file or call Member Services at 1-800-345-4719. You may also fax us your email address at 317-6925212. When you send it in writing , please make sure you give us your name, member number and address information.

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ymnasts may be nominated as on individual or G a team. In order to be considered, the following eligibility criteria is used as a guideline:

n order to be considered, the following eligibility oaches may be nominated either as individuals or I• criteria is used as a guideline: as members of a coaching partnership. In order C Has a minimum of twenty years of service to be considered, the following eligibility criteria is used

• Aperiod of five years post competition • Has been on Olympic, Pan American, World University Gomes or World Championships team member • Has been a Notional Champion recognized by the National Governing Body (MU, USGF or USAG) • Has been a National 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 chranological order (with dates and titles). Please include the following items: • highlight the outstanding competitive accomplishments of individual • attach complete competitive records, if possible • include information such as notional championships won, listing specific events and/or all·around • list international competitive records, listing any events or all·around championships won • list any honors awarded to the athlete 5. Any additional information about this individual

as a gUideline: • Has fifteen years experience as a coach • Has been consistently successful in Notional Collegiate Championships • Has coached one or more athletes who have been members of notional teams (international, senior or junior) recognized by the NGB (MU, USGF or USAG) • Has coached Notional or Collegiate Champions • Has coached on NGB (MU, 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, national 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 (i.e., background as on athlete, honors, publications, contributions to the gymnastics field, records, etc.) 6. list of names, addresses and telephone numbers (with area code) of additional persons who might odd to the information you listed here on behalf of this nominee

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

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Hall Pamela BHeck-Flat Pamela Bileck's career includes winning the Team Silver Medal at the 1984 Olympic Games and competing on two World Championship Teams (1983 and 1985). As a gymnast, she trained at West Valley Gymnastics, Twisters and SCATS and was a two-time Junior National Team member and a three-time Senior National Team member from 1981-85. Pam graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1990 with a BS major in communications and business. In the late 1990s, she was a Brevet Judge at USA National Championships and World and Olympic Trials, as well as several international competitions. She has also contributed to the Elite and TOPs Training Camps, as well as serving on the Women's Technical Committee, Athletes' Council and Grievance Committee. Pam also worked for The Zanuck Company and Disney Studios in TV production. Pam currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., with her husband Ronen and their three sons, Jonathan (5), Ryan (4), and Alex (2).

Robert F. BoLLinger Bob Bollinger turned an interest in acrobatics that started in 1937 during the Sino-Japanese War into a life-long passion, becoming one of trampoline's innovators despite not jumping on a trampoline until 1947. The Central AAU Trampoline Champion during the 1950s, Bob performed a mini-tramp act on The Ed Sullivan Show; joined George Nissen's trampoline act; started the first outdoor trampoline jump center in Sycamore, Ill.; and founded Trampoline Town USA. He earned a Masters degree (Thesis in Physical Education) from Northern University and fully developed the Axial Rotation System for trampoline. He won the Nissen Research Award and C. H. McLoy Research Award for his preliminary work on Axial Rotation Systems, which was officially adopted by F.r. T. as an accepted system of scoring difficulty for trampoline routines in 1965. In 1970 Bob invented the double-mini tramp and designed rules for competition. Bob, along with Ted Blake and George Nissen, is credited with creating the World Age Group competition, which was first held in 1973. From 1972-74 he coached Alexandra Nissen to two women's World Trampoline Titles. He also conducted the first World Double-Mini Competition in South Africa. He is a member of the USTA Hall of Fame and has many Coach of the Year awards for trampoline. In 1996 he established a World Acrobatic Society in Las Vegas, Nev. In 2002 he was inducted into the World Acrobatic Society Gallery of Honor, of which he is currently chairman.

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Amanda Borden Amanda Borden was the captain of the Magnificent Seven, the U.S. Women's Olympic Team that won the team gold medal in Atlanta, Ga. , in 1996. She trained with Coach Mary Lee Tracy at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy. As well as being a World Championships Team member in 1993, Amanda was on the U.S. Team that earned the silver medal at the 1994 World Championships, where she was also an uneven bars event finalist. Amanda won many other international titles, including titles at the 1995 Pan American Games. At the 1991 World Championships, Amanda was selected to demonstrate the new 1996 women's compulsories. After retiring from competitive gymnastics, Amanda earned a BS summa cum laude in early childhood education from Arizona State University (ASU). In May 2004, Amanda opened Amanda Borden Gold Medal Gymnastics Academy in Tempe, Ariz.

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Candace Feinberg Candace Feinberg is one of the USA's true pioneers in rhythmic gymnastics. Candace has been an integral part of rhyth mic gymnastics in the United States, and her involvement includes competing, coaching, officiating and serving as an admi nistrator. She holds two national championship titles (1974-75) and was a member of the 1975 U.S. World Games Team. She has been a rhythmic coach since 1970, also coaching artistic gymnastics throughout the years. An International Brevet Judge's license since 1985, Candace also served as the rhythmic athletes' representative, Judge's Technical Director, chairperson of the International Program Committee and the vice chair of USA Gymnastics Board of Directors. She was the Rhythmic Technical Director for the 1996 Olympic Games. Candace and her husband live near Tucson, Ariz. They have two daughters, Ashley and Taelor. Today, Candace manages their rental properties and a nutritional supplement business, as well as continues to judge and plays golf.

Kristie PhiLlipsBannister Kristie Phillips, who started in gymnastics in 1976 in Baton Rouge, La., became gymnastics' media darling in 198687, appearing on the covers of Sports Illustrated, People, USA Gymnastics and International Gymnast. Her competitive accomplishments included: 1985-86 junior national champion; 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival and McDonald's American Cup gold medalist; 1987 McDonald's American Cup, McDonald's Challenge and U.S. champion; and. the second alternate for the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team. She attended Louisiana State University for cheerleading and Chancellor's scholarships, where she studied theatre and journalism. After moving to New York City in 1993, Kristie starred in the film Spitfire; performed with internationally renowned Dance Co. "Antigravity" for nine years; was a runway model for Fran~oise Gerbaud for the Fashion Show in the Park; and did stunt work for movies and television shows. After marrying Horatio Bannister in 1996, she competed at the 1996-98 Reese's Cup and the 1999-2000 Championships of the USA. Currently Kristie is a Brevet Judge, and owns her own facility in North Carolina, KPAC. ~

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Roe Kreutzer Roe Kreutzer has been involved in the sport of gymnastics for more than 50 years, with positions ranging from club owner to coach to administrator. She and her husband George opened their first gymnastics club, Minihops, in Minnesota, moving west in 1970 to start the Arizona Twisters. Roe was assistant national team coach from 1980-85, coaching the U.S. Team with Don Peters at many events, including the 1984 Olympic Games, ere t he U.S. Team earned the silver medal. For two years, was the assistant coac h at Arizona State University. In the 980s, Roe was elected to the Women's Program Committee as Elite National/I nternational Chairman, a position she held for years. She also represented the elite coaches on t he Board of rectors from 1980-2000. Fifteen of those years were spent on e Executive Committee as Vice President for Women, Member Large and Special Advisor to the President. She also served on e selection committee and attended all national team camps d competitions. She continues to work with both the TOPs and mentoring programs for USA Gymnastics. ~


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PauL Ziert Paul Ziert, publisher of International Gymnast (IG), has been involved in gymnastics for more than 30 years. His accomplishments range from coaching two-time Olympic champion Bart Conner and two NCAA championship teams from the University of Oklahoma to staging gymnastics events to working in television for three Olympic Games. Possibly best known as Conner's personal coach, Ziert also coached the University of Oklahoma Men's Gymnastics Team to two NCAA titles (197778), as well as served as the assistant coach for both the U.S. Men's Team at the 1978 World Championships and the U.S . Women's Olympic Team in 1980. He holds a BA degree in mathematics from Illinois State University and a MA in mathematics from Stanford University. In March 2005, Paul became the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Positive Coaching Alliance. -r.


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August 16 St. Paul, MN; 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. National Congress, Crown Plaza SI. Paul Riverfront Hotel Course code: XX08162006MN 24 Santo Clara, CA; 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Region One Congress Directions: Chere Tamura 510-410-7840 Course code: MT08242006CA Instructor: Michael Taylor 650-330-2255 24 Cincinnati, OH 45202; Time 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Region 5 Congress, Hotel Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 W.5th St. Directions: 513-421-4291 -local information only Course code: XX082420060H Instructor: Bobbi Montanari 614-777-9430

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8 Kirkland, WA 98034; 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. NW Aerials, 12440 128th lone NE Directions: Patty Goble 425·823-2665 Course code: DA09082006WA Instructor: Debra Anderson 541-496-3692

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23 Piscataway, NJ; 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. livingston Recreation Center, Rutgers Campus, Rd 3 Piscataway * 3 pm registration Directions: Cathy Finkel 973-335-1943*Dinner break provided Course code: CF09232006NJ Instructor: Cathy Finkel 973-335-1943 28 Atlantic City, NJ; Time 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Region 7 Congress, The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 6821 Black Horse Pike,

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October 1 Indianapolis, IN 46260; 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Marten House, 1801 W86th SI. Directions: Deb Cantrulla 317-872-4111 Course code: SS100120061N Instructor: Steve Schoenbaechler 513-932-3133 6 Kent, OH 44242-0001 ; 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Kent State University Directions: Carol Arnaut 330-534-1999 Course code: BM100620060H Instructor: Bobbi Montanari 614-777-9430 14 Baton Rouge, LA 70819; 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. c.G.'s Gymnastics Inc Directions: Caesar Garcia 225-275-5597 Course code: CG10142006LA Instructor: Caesar Garcia 225-275-5597

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