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FEATURES 6 USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show 10 National Gymnastics Day 12 Busting the Top 9 Myths about Nutrition

DEPARTMENTS 4 USA Gymnastics Message 16 KAT / MELPD 18 Member Services 20 Business Tips 22 Athlete Focus 24 Event Schedule 46 Classifieds 48 Safety Certification Schedule ~. .~. . . . . PROGRAM UPDATE 28 Rhythmic Program Update 32 Selection Procedures

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THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS WHO RECENTLY ATTENDED THE VISA Championships and USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show. Education is one of the most important initiatives for our sport to continue to grow and remain popular. Continuing education serves the development of athletes at every level and we were pleased to see that many took advantage of the numerous educational opportunities in Saint Paul, including those that attended the 7th annual Business Conference. USA Gymnastics has further solidified our commitment to education by announcing the expansion of the Education Division within the Member Services Department. This division encompasses existing initiatives - safety certification, coaching certification and other educational programs - while further developing USA Gymnastics University, our education and certification platform. I am proud to announce that Carisa Laughon, who has directed the acrobatic gymnastics program for USA Gymnastics since 2002, was named the Director of Educational Services. Carisa will guide the growth and implementation of all aspects of USA Gymnastics University and the professional development programs. Among the top priorities are coordinating all educational efforts into one cohesive program, developing curricula and expanding the online offerings of USA Gymnastics University. Carisa will work closely with Kathy Feldmann and Tania Heath in the expansion of this area. The vision is for each discipline - men's and women's artistic, rhythmic, acrobatic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling - to become a "college" within USA Gymnastics University. There will be core consistency throughout the various levels and number of credits required. Additional courses for business and recreation/ preschool are also planned. Participants will receive credit for attending live courses, clinics and Congresses. The plan is to offer many of the classes and programs online. We will also work closely with the FIG (International Gymnastics Federation) as it expands its Academy program so that our objectives are interwoven. I am also pleased to announce a new partnership with St. Vincent Sports Performance Center for injury prevention and sports medicine support for USA Gymnastics' national teams and establish the Indianapolis-based hospital as the official health care provider of USA Gymnastics. The St. Vincent staff will be available for consultation and medical support for U.S. national team members and their coaches, as well as to help educate others at the grassroots level. Services available through the partnership include health screenings, evaluations, sports performance training and the best possible treatment of illnesses or injuries. St. Vincent physicians and sports medicine associates will have the opportunity to provide medical support during training and competitions at national and international events. St. Vincent will use a comprehensive team approach to help prevent and treat both complex and common gymnastics-related injuries. Gymnastics at any level requires superb conditioning, strength and fitness, and St. Vincent Sports Performance Center will provide a level of guidance and support that our athletes and coaches need. See you in the gym,

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More than 80 vendors displayed their products and services at the 2006 USA Gymnastics National Congress Exhibit Hall.

PHOTOS BY (lEfT & TOP)STEVE LANGf; (BOnOM) CASfY GIBSON

he 2006 USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show took place in St. Paul, Minn., at the St. Paul RiverCentre in conjunction with the Visa Championships. Both events proved to be a great success! With the Congress attendees, presenters, exhibitors, vendors and exhibit hall traffic, more than 2,000 individuals attended this year's annual National Congress and Trade Show. Numerous sessions took place throughout the day, covering all aspects of the sport from program to sports science to business to preschool to cheerleading. In the exhibit hall there were more than 80 vendors displaying their products and services in 197 booths-definitely something for everyone! Plus, the Visa Championships for rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics were held at the Ray Wilkins Auditorium and both com petitions were free to all Congress attendees. There was much to see and do at this year's National Congress, and all of the events were held under one roof. The St. Paul RiverCentre, the site of USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show, is attached to the Xcel Energy Center and the Roy Wilkins Auditorium where the artistic and rhythmic competitions were held. It was a convenient location and allowed Congress attendees to catch most of the action. The Hall of Fame induction took place on Friday and the Class of 2006 was honored. A special thanks to John Macready for serving as master of ceremonies for the Hall of Fame Awards luncheon. Also, thanks to the Hall of Fame Sponsors: Gold level, Sport Graphics; Silver level, A-1 Awards; and Bronze level, women's program Region 3, Region 5, Region 6, Region 8, Rhode Island and National Travel Systems. Also thanks to the women's programs from New Hampshire and Maine, Septima Green, Tom Koll and Bobbi Montanari for their donations. The USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show concluded with the Dance Party on Saturday night. What a spectacular weekend of Congress sessions; a business conference; visits to the Exhibit Hall; Mega Raffle; a Hall of Fame reception; Champions Club, Visa Championships Plaza, which hosted morning fitness workouts, afternoon demonstrations and post-event celebrations; and great performances at the Visa Championships where the national champions were crowned. Plan ahead for next year. The 2007 USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show will be held August 16-18 in San Jose, Calif., in conjunction with the Visa Championships. Watch for information in Technique magazine and online at www.usa-gymnastics.org. ~ SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2006 â&#x20AC;˘ TECHNIQUE

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Coach of the year ................... Valeri Liukin Athlete of the year................. Nastia Liukin and Chellsie Memmel Sportsperson of the year.. .... Alicia Sacramone Men's Program

Coach of the year .................... Mark Williams Athlete of the Year.. ...............Yewki Tomita Sportsperson of the Year. ... Jonathan Horton Rhythmic Program

Coach of the Year... ................ Natasha Klimouk Athlete of the year......... ...... Olga Karmansky Sportsperson of the Year .... Brenann Stacker

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Coach of the Year.. .................. Julian Amaro Athlete of the year ................. Michael Rodrigues and Clare Brunson Sportsperson of the year ..... Michael Rodrigues

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1• Top left: Valeri Uukin Top Right: Alida Sacramone. Nastla liukin and (hellsie Memmel Above: Mark Williams and Yoichi Tomita Right: Yoichi Tomita anI Jonathan Holton


Top Left: Yewki Tomita and Yoichi Tomita Top Right. Olga Kannansky and Jan Exner Left Middle: Vanessa Vander Pluyrn and Brenann Stacker Left: Natasha Klimouk Top Middle: Michael Rodrigues, Clare Brunson and (arisa Laughon Above: Michael Rodrigues and Andre Solodar Right: (arisa Laughon and Julian Amaro

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TJ..IOUSANDS OF GYMNASTS NATIONWIDE PARTICIPATED IN 2006 NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY .

A "CELEBRATION OF FITNESS" WAS THE THEME FOR National Gymnastics Day on Aug. 5, 2006. Thousands of gymnasts and supporters from around the country participated in National Gymnastics Day events and the Tyson Fitness Challenge. "National Gymnastics Day has become a wonderful way to build awareness of gymnastics and its many benefits, as well as to raise money for a worthwhile cause, the Children's Miracle Network," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "This year we have expanded our efforts to focus on how gymnastics provides a great way for today's youngsters of all ages and sizes to become more physically active and fit. " As part of National Gymnastics Day and to promote the 2006 Visa Championships, 932 people in Minnesota set the world record for the most cartwheels performed at one time. Gymnastics' legendary coach Bela Karolyi was on hand for the world record and all proceeds from setting the world record go to the Children's Miracle Network. National Gymnastics Day is a day of celebration of gymnastics and its many benefits. Clubs across the country held a variety of activities for National Gymnastics Day, ranging from gymnastics celebrations to open houses to the Tyson Fitness Challenge. National Gymnastics Day is recognized in all 50 states through a governor's proclamation.

Some of the other special activities • Central Coast Gymnastics Sports Center Inc., in San Luis Obispo, Calif., hosted a barbecue and a kids' overnight, in addition to fundraising for Children's Miracle Network. • JET in Littleton , Colo. , offered fitness and nutrition classes, which culminated with an open house and fitness challenge for coaches, kids and parents. • Gold Medal Gymnastics, Inc. , in Smyrna, Del. , hosted a fitness-a-thon , where the participants did as many different skills as possible within a specified time limit, as well as a live radio broadcast.

• World of Gymnastics in Woodstock, Ga. , held an open house featuring performances by Ashley Phillips from Nickelodeon's Romeo Show and Bad Boy recording artists B5, along with the Tyson Fitness Challenge to raise money for Children's Miracle Network and gymnastics performances. • Flipstar Gymnastics Academy in Ludington , Mich ., offered the Tyson Fitness Challenge and a summer beach meet at Lake Michigan Beach. • Arising Stars Gymnastics in St. Joseph, Mo ., held a 5K and 10K run in conjunction with its open house that included a Children's Mi racle Network Cartwheel-a-thon , class exhibitions, a cookout and radio remote. • Go For It USA in North Las Vegas hosted a mini-triathlon . (1/ 4-mile swim , 12-mile bike, 3-mile run). • Mpact Martial Arts & Gymnastics in Brentwood, Tenn. , held a Cartwheels & Kicks for Kids, with visits from Titans football players and a grand prize giveaway. National Gymnastics Day is the culmination of the Tyson Fitness Challenge, an eight-session program created by USA Gymnastics and Tyson Foods that incorporated exercises and activities in four fundamentals of fitness: cardiovascular exercise, strength training, flexibility and nutrition. During the summer, USA Gymnastics clubs across the country participated in the Tyson Fitness Challenge by tailoring the program to fit into their clubs' programs and schedules.

If you participated in NationaL Gymnastics Day and have coLlected money for the ChiLdren's Miracle Network and wouLd Like to be eligibLe for prize awards, pLease send your check by Oct. 1, 2006 to: ChiLdren's Miracle Network 4525 E. 2300 South SaLt Lake City, UT 84117 ~ Flip Fest Gymnastics Camp.


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dnnk six to eight glasses of wate, a day. In February 2004, after reviewing more than 400 studies, the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine concluded that men need about 15 cups of fluid a day and women about 11, but that includes fluids from all beverages, including the alcoholic and caffeinated kinds, and the water in food . The vast majority of Americans already get that much liquid in their everyday diets. Water Loss increases after exercise, but most people naturally feel thirsty and drink more fluids without being prompted. However, ~ people over the age of 65 or children should pay special attention to their fluid intake, since the sense of thirst isn't as sharp . Strong smelling, dark yellow urine indicates that you need to drink more. Finally, while any beverage counts toward your daily intake, plain tap water does offer several advantages: it's cheap, thirst quenching, and calorie-free.

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~ Lifting heavy weights adds bulk. Adults mayor may not become "bulky" when lifting heavy weights. Women are told to lift weights with high repetitions to avoid "bulk." These both are determi ned by our genetics, not our lifting routine. Women are less likely than men to add tremendous bulk when lifting weights. High levels of testosterone are necessary for muscles to add large amounts of bulk. The genetics of each individual determine who can add bulk and who cannot. This is perhaps the most common myth women fall for and it couldn't be farther from the truth. In fact, weight t raining is often the easiest and quickest way for women to look leaner, more sculpted and toned. You'd have to be taking steroids to achieve the bulked-up look most body builders have, so don't be afraid of weights. Incorporate strength training twice a week into your exercise program because it will help protect you from injury, tone your muscles, help prevent osteoporosis and burn excess body fat, even when you are resting .

庐rLjfJ You burn more fat when you exercise at a low intensity for a long amount of time.

The most efficient way to burn fat is to combine intense training in short spurts with a nutritious diet. For example, 30 minutes of cycling in intervals, where you continuously vary your speed, intensity and pace, burns more calories than a slow one-hour walk. And it keeps burning them when you stop because your metabolism stays elevated for a few hours after you exercise.

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You can lose weight by dieting.

More than 90% of all people who lose weight by dieting gain it back. Change your eating habits and choose to eat more fruits and vegetables and less fat. Dieting is temporary deprivation. Eating healthy means developing a new mindset. The real trick to losing weight is a lifelong pattern of moderate exercise, healthy diet, and 7-8 hours sleep per night.

~ The best time to exercise is early in the morning. Not true. There is no one best time to exercise. The best time is the time that appeals to you and fits into your schedule. Some folks love to jump-start their day with a morning workout, while others swear that exercising after the workday is a great way to energize for the eveni ng a nd eli mi nate stress.

Pasta and bread are fattening.

Anything is fattening! Lettuce can be stored as fat! Any food or drink which contains calories can be stored as body fat if it causes your blood sugar level to exceed what the body needs at that time. Bread and pasta are actually great sources of complex carbohydrates! The key is how much you eat and when you eat it.

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an exe",;se program your muscle w;1I tum to fat.

Muscle cannot turn into fat any more than a rock can turn into water. They are two different components. When you stop working out, you lose muscle tone and gain fat, but one doesn't turn into the other.

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Stretching before exercise boosts performance and prevents injury, and getting a massage afterward speeds recovery.

Two large reviews, published in 2004 and 2005, failed to support the notion that stretching your muscles before exercise prevents injury or post-exercise muscle soreness. Similarly, at least five clinical trials now show that getting a massage after exercise doesn't help restore muscle strength and does little to soothe aching muscles. The component that is most often left out of a fitness program is stretching. If you are like most people, you probably think that right after you have finished your last set, you should head for the showers. However, you should really finish off with some stretching, because it will increase the range of motion in your muscles and joints, which will thus allow you to perform your weightlifting exercises over a greater range of motion, as well as target more muscle fibers throughout lifting.

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lose fat from a speciflc part of your body by doing an exercise for that part of your body. For example, abdominal crunches will remove fat from your abdominal area.

You can't spot reduce! You cannot control where fat is removed from your body. The one thing everyone wants is a flat stomach. No matter how many sit-ups you do, it won't be flat if you have a layer of fat covering your muscles. Your time would be much better spent doing some quality cardio sessions and making sure you're eating well, which would help you lose body fat than doing more sit-ups. Many exercise devices are marketed to spot reduce or spot tone a specific body part. The idea is that by using their device you will be able to tone the inner thighs, for example. This is simply not true. Muscles utilize blood glucose, cellular energy stores and blood fat for energy. Fat is not pulled from the area it is stored in to serve as energy in its own "neighborhood." Once blood glucose levels are low, a hormonal reaction is triggered to metabolize stored fat for conversion to glucose for energy. Fat deposits are tapped in multiple places around the body, not adjacent to the body part requiring the need for energy. A properly structured strength and conditioning program will result in a leaner body appearance (when combined with proper eating habits.) This is in part due to fat loss and muscle hypertrophy (size increase) . The amount of toning is, unfortunately, based on one's genetic predisposition for muscle growth and fat storage. We cannot change how our body is programmed to add muscle and store fat. 1\


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USA Gymnastics 2006 KAT and MELPD Workshop An Educational Opportunity For Your Club A KAT works hop consists of seven productive hours of preschool teacher education. The workshop covers philosophy, understanding the preschool-age child, safety considerations, class management and much more! 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 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 wi ll receive one free registration. Member Clubs receive two free registrations, with 12 paid participants. Complimentary registratio ns are non-transferable and will only be valid at t he workshop you are hosting . The workshop must maintain the minimum attendance of 12 for compli mentary registrations. Courses that do not meet minimum participation levels are subject to reschedu ling or cancellation. X For more information on the KAT & MELPD courses call 1·800-345·4719 or visit www. usa·gymnastics.org/

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Make sure to keep aLL memberships current. Make sure to keep all memberships current. All athlete members expired on July 31, 2006. Make sure to renew your athletes for the 20062007 season today! Keep a copy of all athlete forms with proper signatures completed on file at your club. ProfessionaL members - make sure to keep your membership current so that you may participate at sanctioned events. You may print your athlete member card and your professional member card online. Reminder of Processing Fees and TimeLines - in house registration All membership forms and renewals are processed first come, first served. Normal processing time is three to four weeks from the date of receipt in our office. If you need your membership processed in less time, we can offer you our rush service for an additional fee. Rush fee applies to all membership types - $25 per person or any group of 5-20 athlete applications submitted at the same time is $100. There is a $25 Rush fee option (per person) when processing is required in less than our normal time. Rush processing guarantees membership number availability in our database and/or online membership search. If you choose Rush processing, your membership number will be available within three business days from the date

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of receipt in our office. Same day turnaround on Rush processing requests can not be guaranteed. Membership cards will be issued as quickly as possible. Please allow 6-8 weeks delivery time for your card. As long as a membership number can be verified by our online search, a member is legal to be on the floor at any USA Gymnastics sanctioned event. Remember you can print your athlete and professional member cards online. Or, you may take advantage of a $5 discount and receive easy processing by registering your athletes through your club online. Renewing an athLete online? .. Did their address change? Please remember to change the address of any athlete who may have recently moved when renewing through Online Member Services. You can change the address of any athlete by going to the link called Change Your Address or CLub AffiLiation in the Member Services Online Functions box. You want to make any address changes after completing the athlete renewal process. Please remember that you must log out after completing the athlete renewal process. Now you are ready to go to the link called Change Your Address or Club Affiliation. You must log in as the athlete using the athlete user id and password. After changing the address information, hit the submit button

and LOG OUT before going to the next athlete address change. Remember, if you neglect to change the address, your athlete will not receive his/ her membership card or magazines. Safety Certification course, test and certificate is availabLe onLine. Remember, professional members may renew their safety up to one year ahead of their expiration date. Recertification for professional members is free at a live course as long as the course takes place prior to the member's expiration date. Live courses are limited so you must plan in advance. Live courses will always take place at the national and regional congresses. If your safety has expired, then the charge for a professional member is $ 65.00. Instructor members pay $65 for safety courses and non-members pay $115.00. All members may take the safety course online. The fee is $ 65 .00. In order to take the safety course online, you must first have a member number. The choices of membership are Professional, Jr. Professional, Instructor or Introductory coach. If you had a previous member number as an athlete, please call member services at 1-800-345-4719 to change the membership category to one of the above. Once this is done, you can pay for the membership using the member number as the "user" and your 8 digit (MMDDYYYY) date of birth as the password. At this time your membership is in a "pending status." Once this is completed you can immediateLy go to the onLine safety course registration and use your member number and password to register and pay for the safety course. Please allow four hours to complete the course and test. You do not have to complete in one seating. You may take the course within a 30 day period. Remember your professional or introductory coach membership is not activated until the safety certification course has been completed and successfully passed. X


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which a club may operate. For example, in our earlier days, when we were smaller and primarily focused on "gymnastics as a sport" our retention was 10 percentage points higher than it is today now that we focus on "gymnastics as an activity." We used to intentionally make it difficult to "drop out" and now we make it easy to "drop out" (and easy to "drop in"). The paradoxical results of thi s model shift: our business is much more profitable. In fact, looking at Kids First's historic retention data superimposed over profit growth , one would conclude that seeki ng lower retention is the path to profit growth (''I'm not making up the rules, I'm just reporting the news") ! Enough about what doesn't work, let's look at what might work. Arguably, the most accurate measu rement of customer satisfaction is profit growth, measured over time. When I say "over time" I mean "over a few years" and unfortunately such a lengthy time span renders profit as not too useful a tool in many situations. Is there anything else? The customer sati sfaction measurement to which I am heading is a SIMPLE customer service survey. Envi sion a 3 x 5 index card with, say, four to five questions. The customers will complete this survey, say, three to five times per year and the answers will be assigned a one to five value: 1 (strongly di sagree) to 5 (strongly agree). Here are some questions you might consider. My

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The experience seemed to work fo r Wang as she went on to win her first national senior national all-around title. We asked what it was like to win the competition and Wang said, " It was amazing. I've been working so hard for the last few years, and it is just overwhelming to finally achieve the title of national champion. What was even better was being able to stand up on the podium with one of my close teammates, Ava Gehringer. Wang just started her senior year at Stevenson High School! She's looking forward to going to college in the future and continuing to train hard in the sport of rhythmic gymnastics. Her gymnastics goals include improving her international standing and helping the U.S. move to a higher level in the rankings. Wang said, "Now that the Visa Championships are over, I'm going to try and drill new, harder elements for the upcoming season .1(

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Level 5 $75 Level 6 $75 Level 7 $105 Level 8 $105 Level 9/10 $105 Motion: Jody Hurlburt 2nd: Joyce Chaplin Approved B. Meet Format Proposal: Revise the Competition format (Section 10, pg 3) to "A march in is required before competition and/ or awards for each session. Motion: Jody Hurlburt 2nd: Joyce Chaplin Approved Proposal: It is not required to flash scores at Level 3&4 competitions (Section 10, pg. 3,C). Motion: Jody Hurlburt 2nd: Joyce Chaplin Approved Proposal: The time calculation for competition schedules in the rules and policies to be changed to 1.5 minutes per routine in Level 3-Level 5, and 1.75 minutes per routine for Level 6-10 when utilizing a double panel of judges. Motion: Jody Hurlburt 2nd: Joyce Chaplin Approved C. Awards

Revised Achievement Awards Score Ranges 10.0-8.50 Blue Ribbon 8.40-7.00 Red Ribbon 6.90-5.50 White Ribbon 5.40-4.00 Yellow Ribbon 3.90 & Below Purple or Rainbow Ribbon Event and All Around Awards will be awarded as follows: Event Awards

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3. CURRENT JO COMPETITIVE PROGRAM Many proposals were presented from all regions. Proposal: Increase the value of the passe back arch in the additional skills to an "K value skill. Motion: Jody Hurlburt 2nd: Tyana Marlowe Approved Level 4 Proposals: 1. Level 4 Floor - Replace the front walkover with a cartwheel. If the gymnast performs a front walkover they will be given a bonus credit (to be determined by the RTC). Motion: Lucy Kerznerman 2nd: Ivanka Kirov Approved ~

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3. Discussion regarding optional choreograp hy for Level 4 and Level 5 Floor routines. - Not Approved 4. Discussion regarding adding another routine to level 4 program - Not Approved 5. Discussion to change events yearly - Not Approved Level 5 Proposals: 1. Level 5 Floor - Replace the back scale (B-FIG) with the Back Arch in Passe, recover to 5th position releve.( Description to be added to the JO Handbook). Motion: Tyana Marlowe 2nd: Lucy Kerznerman Approved

2. Level 5 Floor - Replace Penche (B-FIG) to a Penche starting preparation with hands on the floor (description to be added to the Junior Olympic Handbook). Motion: Jody Hurlburt 2nd: Beth Darling Approved

Level 7 & 8 Proposals: 1. Eliminate the Difficulty and Artistry form s for Level 7 & 8. Motion: Jody Hurlburt 2nd: Lucy Kerznerman

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Vote: 8 yes 0 no Approved

4. Increase the value of execution on all Junior Olympic Groups to 10.0 points. (RTC to revise the judging breakdown) Motion: lody HurLburt 2nd: Beth DarLing Approved

5. Junior Olympic Group Program Apparatus Schedule for 2007 Beginning - Floor, Ball Intermediate - Floor, Hoop Advanced - Floor, 3hoops/2balls

Motion: Lucy Kerznerman 2nd: Tyana MarLowe Approved

2. Tie Breaking Procedures for Regional Team selection for Junior Olympic Championships: a. 1st -8th place will be determined by the All Around Ranking (without age divisions) b. In the event of a tie, the tie will always be broken based on the highest individual event score. c. In the event of an 8th place tie that cannot be broken, both tied athletes will attend the Championships Vote: 8 yes 0 no Approved

3. The Regional Team for Junior Olympic Championships (Level 6, 7 & 8) will consist of 8 athletes in rank order (without age divisions) - no alternates. All scores will be considered for contribution to the Team score at Junior Olympic Championships.

6. Recommendation to USAG to reinstate an annual camp for the JO Vote: 7 yes 1 no program, which would include top ranking athletes from each level at Approved the JO Championships and athletes from the Level 4-5 Championships. 4. Petition process to Junior Olympic Championships - Only - - - Motion:-TJana-Madowe- - - - -- - - - -- -- - -- petitions-fodnjary-odllness-accompanied-by-[)octor's- certificate- - - - 2nd: Beth DarLing will be considered on a case by case basis. Approved

To be considered based on an evaluation of the budget impact and subject to economic feasibility. ITEMS voted on by email - June 10, 2006 1. Recommendation to the Future Stars Prog ram: To name the Top 3 Level 4 and Level 5 All Around athletes from the Level 4/5 Championships to the Future Stars Team.

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A. Provide the minimum eligibility requirements for an athlete to be considered for nomination to the Team: 1. Citizenship: Athletes must be U.S. Citizens and hold a current U.S. Passport at the start of the 2007 American Classic. Each preliminary qualifying event has its own citizenship eligibility rules which take precedence for that event. Eligibility rules may be found in the Women's Rules and Policies at http://www.usagymnastics.org/women/ rules-and-policies/. 2. Minimum Federation Internationale de Gymnastique standards for participation (if any): The minimum age requirement is 14. 3. Other requirements (if any): Must be an USA Gymnastics Athlete Member. B. Provide a brief summary outlining how an athlete is selected as a nominee to the Team. The Pan American Team is defined as the six (6) athletes who will be nominated to the USOc. A minimum of three (3) replacement athletes will also be nominated. These nine athletes will form the Pan American Team Training Squad. The process for qualification/ selection to the Pan American Team Training Squad is a combination of the American Classic results and discretionary selection criteria. 1. The senior All-Around Champion from the American Classic is nominated to the Pan American Team Training Squad. 2. Eight other athletes selected from among the competitors at the American Classic and petitioned athletes will be nominated to the Pan American Training Squad. 3. The Pan American Team will be named from among the members of the Pan American Training Squad at the conclusion of the Pan American Team Final Selection Camp. C. Tryout Events: 1. Provide the event names, dates and location of all trials, events and/ or camps to be used as part of the selection process. American Classic Site and Date TBD (and posted on the USA Gymnastics web site a minimum of 45 days prior to the event) Pan American Team Final Selection Camp July 1-4, 2007 Women's National Team Training Center, Houston Texas.

2. Provide event names, dates, locations and description of how athletes qualify for . events or are - toattenCf --- - any of the events listed above in Section I(C)(l) (if any). 2006 Visa Championships St Paul, Minnesota, August 16-19, 2006 2006 World Championship October 13-21, 2006 Denmark Qualification for the 2007 American Classic is: • By score from the regional or national qualifying meets (site, dates TBD and will be posted on the USA Gymnastics web site a minimum of 45 days prior to the event), or • By score from a verification training camp (Camps as determined by Women's Program Staff), or • By being one of the six (6) members of the 2006 World Championships Team and any alternates, or being a member of the 2006 National Team . • Accepted petitioned athletes. D. Provide a comprehensive, step-by-step description of the method that explains how athletes will go through the selection process to become team nominees. . 1. Selection of Athletes of the Pan American Training Squad. In addition to the All-Around American Classic Champion, eight (8) ageeligible, unranked Pan American Training Squad members will be selected from among the competitors at the American Classic and petitioning athletes. 2. There will be a mandatory Pan American Team Final Selection Camp for the Pan American Training Squad to be held July 1-4, 2007 in Houston, Texas. Two days of competition will be conducted at the Pan American Team Final Selection Camp. The Selection Committee will use the selection criteria as listed below in Section II(B) to select the nominated athletes. 3. USA Gymnastics recognizes that extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances may occur which would cause an athlete otherwise deserving of an opportunity to try out for the Pan American team because of her previous competitive results, to be unable to participate in one or more steps of the process. Please note that petitions are accepted only to compete in qualifying events and not directly onto the Pan American Team. a. Procedures for petitioning into the 2007 American Classic are listed in the 2006-2007 Women's Rules and Policies. ~


. SELECTION PROCEDURES • Routine execution b. Petitions into the Pan American Team Final the International Elite Committee will select another individual who is unaffiliated to serve on the Selection Camp will be considered by the • World Class presentation Selection Committee. Selection Committee, in consultation with • Competitive readiness that allows for maximum the Women's Program Director, for any performance SELECTION COMMITTEE member of the 2006 World Championship • Demonstrated professional attitude and ability Martha Karolyi, National Team Coordinator Team and from any athlete who has to positively contribute to the team dynamic. Steve Rybacki, Chairman, International Elite Committee competed at either the 2006 U.S. Classic, C. Discretionary Selection Committee Kim Zmeskal, Athlete Representative the 2006 Visa Championships, or on an international assignment in the fall of 2006 SELECTION COMMITTEE or in the year 2007. II. DISCRETIONARY SELEOION In the event any of the members of the Selection Committee is currently affiliated with an athlete, c. In order to be considered by the Selection A. Provide rationale for utilizing discretionary the International Elite Committee will select another Committee, petitions must be submitted selection: individual who is unaffiliated to serve on the in writing to the USA Gymnastics' national The sport of gymnastics is not a measured or Selection Committee. (committee listed E.) office as soon as practical after the timed event. In the selectio n of athletes who athlete becomes aware of her inability will compete together as a team , it is difficult to participate in the process described to make selection decisions based solely by the III. REMOVAL OF ATHLETES above but before the conclusion of the rank order to be competitive for both team and A. Prior to acceptance of nomination by the USOe, American Classic. individual event medals. The current rules do not USA Gymnastics has jurisdiction over potential d. The petition must state the specific injury, require athletes to compete on all events, which nominees. illness or unusual circumstance which necessitates evaluating relative event strength An athlete who is to be nominated to the Team prohibited the athlete from participating and contribution to total team or event scores. by USA Gymnastics may be removed from the in the competitive process. In the case of B. List the discretionary criteria and explain how it Nominations for any of the following reasons, as a petition based upon an injury or illness, will be used : determined by USA Gymnastics. The committee will consider the following areas 1. Voluntary withdrawal. Athlete must submit the petition must be accompanied by a -------physiGian's~statement .-lhe~nature~a ndl ___ _ _}'\wfjJh~e!!n~s~ell!'e~ctillil·ng the Pan American Team Training,_ ____ a~written~letteLto the~USA~Gym nastics~ __ _ __ Squad and nominating the Pan American Team President/CEO. extent of that injury or illness is su bject to verification by a doctor selected by and replacement athletes: 2. Injury or illness is certified by an USA USA Gymnastics. • Team needs and medal potential Gymnastics physician (or medical staff) which E. Provide the names of all committees/groups who • Results from international and national inhibits peak performance. If an athlete competitions refuses verification of their illness or injury oversee the selectio n process, including the name(s) and ti'tle(s) of thel'r members . by an USA Gymnastics physician (or medical • Difficulty Scores staff), their injury will be assumed to be • Routine performance "Hit" consistency disabling and they may be removed. SELECTION COMMInEE • Composite strength of all the Pan American 3. Violation of the USA Gymnastics Code of In the event any of the members of the Selection Committee is currently affiliated with an athlete, Team Members Conduct. (Attachment A)

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4. Violation of the Women's Team Responsibility Manua l. (Attachment B) An athlete removed from the Team pursuant to this provision has the right to a hearing per the USA Gym nastics Constitution and Bylaws (Article 10) or by USOC Bylaws, Article 9. B. After acceptance of nomination by the USOc, the USOC has jurisdiction over the Team under the USOC Code of Conduct and Grievance Procedures. This occurs no earlier than 45 days and no later than 30 days prior to the Opening Ceremonies of the Games (unless expressly waived by the USOC) . Under the USOC Code of Conduct and athlete may be removed because of injury or illness which prohibits peak performance as defined by the USOC Code of Conduct and reviewed by the USOC medical staff. A USOC approved tea m member is subject to the USOC Code of Conduct and Grievance Procedures. C. Anti-Doping Removal. An ath lete may be removed from Nomination or from the Team at any time for violation of PASO, WADA, FIG, USADA and/or USOC anti-doping protocol, policies and procedures. In such instances, the adjudication process wi ll be managed through the United Stated Anti-Doping Agency.

IV. REPLACEMENT OF ATHLETES A. Describe the process by which the replace ment pool of athletes will be identified: Sa me selection criteria and process as the nominated Pan American Team Members. B. Describe how the replacement athlete(s) will

ath letes the decision will be made by a vote of the non-affiliated personal coaches who are fully credentialed and the National Tea m Coordinator.

be selected to replace a previously nominated athlete, shou ld a vacancy occur. 1. Prior to acceptance of nominations by the USOC: See Section II(B). 2. After acceptance of nominations by the USOC: See Section II (B). C. Identify the group or com mi ttee that will be responsible for making ath lete replacement determinations: 1. Group or committee who determines the replacement pool:

V. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS USA Gymnastics will retain all supporting documents, including scouting or evaluation forms, etc., and data from the selection process for six months past the date of the Closi ng Ceremonies of the 2007 Pan American Games.

SELECTION COMMInEE Martha Karolyi, National Team Coordinator Steve Rybacki , Chairman, International Elite Committee Kim Zmeskal, Athlete Representative

VI. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

2. Group or committee who determines a replacement to the team: a. Prior to acceptance of nomination by the USOC: Selection Committee b. After acceptance of Nomination by the USOC: • Prior to departure for the Games-Selection Committee • After departure of the team and during the Games- The National Team Coordi nator, the Head Coach and the Assista nt Coach (if unaffiliated with the replacement athletes) will determine the replacement ath lete. If either of t he coaches is affiliated with any of the rep laceme nt

The following documents are required to be sig ned by an ath lete as a condition of participation in the Olympic or Pan American Games and are included as attachments: USA Gymnastics Code of Conduct (Attachment A) Women's Responsibility Manual (Attachment B) National Team Agreement (Attachment C)

VII. PUBLICITY/DISTRIBUTION OF PROCEDURES The USOC approved Selection Procedures (complete and unaltered) will be posted/published by USA Gymnastics in t he following locations: A. NGB Website: www.usa-gym nastics.org The website information wi ll be posted as soon as possible, but not more than 5 business days fo llowing notice of approval by the USOC and wi ll include the USOC approval date. B. USA Gymnastics Official Publication(s) (if any): Technique Magazine ~

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SELECTION PROCEDURES C. Other Will mail hard copy to all national team members and age eligible athletes qualified to the American Classic.

VIII. DATE OF NOMINATION Nomination of Athletes form, including replacements, will be submitted to the USOC on: Pan American Training Squad Names (g) on June 1, 2007 Pan American Team on July 3, 2007

Men's Program

IX. MANDATORY TRAINING AND/OR COMPETITION Specify the location, schedule and duration of mandatory training and/or competition: Pan American Team Final Selection Camp - July 1-4, 2007 Houston, Texas

X. ANTI-DOPING REQUIREMENTS Athlete must adhere to all PASO, WADA, FIG, USADA and USOC anti-doping protocols, policies and procedures. This includes participation in out of competition testing as required by the PASO, WADA, FIG, USADA and USOC Rules.

XI. DEVELOPMENT OF SELECTION PROCEDURES

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The followi ng committee/group (include names and titles) was responsible for creating these Selection Procedures: International Elite Committee Steve Rybacki, Chairman Al Fong, Coaches Rep. Valeri Liukin, Coaches Rep . Donna Strauss, Coaches Rep . Mary Lee Tracy, Coaches Rep . Kim Zmeskal, Athletes Rep.

XII. USA GYMNASTICS BYLAWS AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES The USA Gymnastics Bylaws and Grievance Procedures can be found at: http://www. usa-gymnastics.org/organization/usag02bylaws.pdf

XIII. INTERNATIONAL DISCLAIMER The procedures are based on PASO and/or the FIG rules and regulations are presently known and understood. Any changes in the selection procedures caused by a change in PASO and/or the FIG rules and regulations will be distributed to the affected athletes immediately. The selection criteria are based on the latest information available to USA Gymnastics. However, the selections are always subject to unforeseen, intervening circumstances, and realistically may not have accounted for every possible contingency.

XIV. ATHLETE OMBUDSMAN Athletes who have questions regarding their opportunity to compete that are not answered by USA Gymnastics may contact the USOC Athlete Ombudsman: John W. Ruger by: - Toll free telephone at (888) ATHLETE - E-Mail at john.ruger@usoc.org - www.888athlete.org

USA GYMNASTICS SELECTION PROCEDURES 2007 PAN AMERICAN GAMES RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL Men's Artistic

I. SELECTION SYSTEM A. Provide the minimum eligibility requirements for an athlete to be considered for nomi nation to the Team: 1. Citizenship: Athletes must be U.S. Citizens and hold a current U.S. Passport at the start of the 2007 Pan American Games Selection Event. Eligibility rules may be found in the Men's Rules and Policies at http://www.usa -gymnastics. org/men/rules-policies/. 2. Minimum Federation Internationale de Gymnastique standards for participation: The minimum age requirement wi ll follow PASO statutes which for artistic men's gymnastics are 15 years old in the calendar year. 3. Other requirements: Must be an USA Gymnastics Athlete member. B. Provide a brief summary outlining how an athlete is selected as a nominee to the Team. Athletes may qualify for the 2007 Pan American Games Team in one of two ways: 1. Be a gymnast chosen by the Pan American Games Team Selection Committee as one of the six athlete members of the 2007 Pan American Games Team. To be eligible, a Team Member must be a participant in the 2007 Pan American Games Selection Event as defined in Section I(D). 2. Petition to the 2007 Pan American Games Team through the petition process. C. Tryout Events: 1. Provide the event names, dates and location of all trials, events and/or camps to be used as part of the selection process. The 2007 Pan American Games Selection Event will be conducted on or about June 2, 2007, at a site to be determined (and posted on the USA Gymnastics web site a minimum of 45 days prior to the event). 2. Provide event names, dates, locations and description of how athletes qualify for any "preliminary or qualifying" events or procedures that are prerequisites to attend any of the events listed above in Section I(C)(l) (if any). Athletes may qualify to compete in the 2007 Pan American Games Selection Event through the following methods: ~


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Process for selection of the six team member gymnasts for the 2007 Pan American Games Team. 1. Athletes will be chosen from among the 2007 Pan American Games Selection Event competitors or from petitions to the 2007 Pan American Games Team. 2. The Pan American Games Team Selection Committee will also identify a minimum of one potential replacement to the 2007 Pan American Team who mayor may not travel to the 2007 Pan American Games. 3. The Pan American Games Team Selection Committee will consider the following factors when selecting the six Pan American Team members and potential replacement athlete(s): a. All results from the 2007 Pan American Games Selection Event. b. The percentage of hit routines by the gymnast in the selection competition. c. Start values (A Score) on each apparatus from the 2007 Pan American Games Selection Event. d. Execution (B Score) on each apparatus from the 2007 Pan American Games Selection Event. e. Points ranking system derived from the 2007 Pan American Games Selection Event competitive results. The points ranking system will be published no less than 30 days prior to the 2007 Pan American Games Selection Eve nt. f. Past domestic and international performance and experience including type, frequency

and level of domestic and international competitions and routine hit percentage in those events. g. Demonstrated professional attitude and ability to positively contribute to the team dynamic. h. Any physical, training or performance factor which might inhibit peak performance at the 2007 Pan American Games 4. The Pan American Games Team Selection Committee will consider the information noted in number 3 above in the following prioritized manner. a. The results from the 2007 Pan American Games Selection Event 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 competition. b. The start values of all potential team members will be factored into the process of selecting the final team. c. The execution (B Score) of all potential team members will be factored into the process of selecting the final team. d. The remaining factors, the points ranking system, past domestic and international experience and other factors as listed above 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.

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PETITIONS 1. Petition Rights: Accordingly, USA Gymnastics will allow athletes to petition USA Gymnastics for the right to: a. Enter the 2007 Pan American Games Selection Event as determined by the Men's Program Committee. b. To be selected to the 2007 Pan American Games Team, as determined by the Pan American Games Team Selection Committee. 2. Petition Procedures and Requirements a. A petition to enter the 2007 Pan American Games Selection Event or to be placed on the 2007 Pan American Games Team may be submitted by any athlete. b. Petitions to the 2007 Pan American Games Selection Event will be considered for approval by the Men's Program Committee and must be received by the Men's Program Director no later than May 25, 2007. c. Petitions directly to the 2007 Pan American Games Team will be considered for approval by the Pan American Games Selection Committee. In order to be considered by the Pan American Games Selection Committee, petitions onto the 2007 Pan American Games Team 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 2007 Pan American Games Selection Event.

d. A petition must state the specific injury, illness or unusual circumsta nce, 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 Gymnastics. Athletes must also be able to demonstrate through past competitive results from USA Gymnastics or FIG sanctioned events that they are competiti ve in the field with other athletes qualified for the 2007 Pan American Selection Event. E. Provide the names of all committees/groups who oversee the selectio n process, includin g the name(s) and title(s) of their members. Pan American Games Selection Committee: Yoichi Tomita, Chairman, Men's Program Committee Dennis McIntyre, USA Gymnastics Men's Program Director Ron Brant, Senior National Team Coordinator TBD, Athlete Representative TBD, Coach

II. DISCRETIONARY SELECTION A. Provide rationale for utilizing discretionary selection (if any) : The sport of gymnastics is not a measured or timed event. In the selection of athletes who will compete together as a team , it is difficult to make selection decisions based solely by the ra nk

order to be competitive for both team and individual event medals. The current rules do not require athletes to compete on all events, which necessitates evaluating relative event strength and contribution to total team or event scores. B. List the discretionary criteria and explain how it will be used: Refer to Section I(D) . C. Di scretionary Selection Committee: Pan American Games Selection Committee composition: 1. Chairman, Men's Program Committee Yoichi Tomita 2. USA Gymnastics Men's Program Director Dennis McIntyre 3. Senior National Team Coordinator - Ron Brant 4. Athlete Represe ntative - TBD 5. Coach - TBD The Men's Program Committee wi ll name a replacement committee member in the event that a Pan American Games Selection Committee member is currently affiliated with any athlete in consideration for the 2007 Pan American Team or is unable to fulfill the obligations of the Pan America n Games Selection Committee or continue for any reason .

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SELECTION PROCEDURES An athlete who is to be nominated to the Team by USA Gymnastics may be removed from the Nominations for any of the following reasons, as determined by USA Gymnastics. 1. Voluntary withdrawal. Athlete must submit a written letter to the USA Gymnastics President/CEO. 2. Injury or illness is certified by an USA Gymnastics physician (or medical staff). If an athlete refuses verificati on of their illness or injury by an USA Gymnastics physician (or medical staff), their injury will be assumed to be disabling and they may be removed. 3. Violation of the USA Gymnastics Code of Conduct, (Attachment A). 4. Lack of performance in training which inhibits peak performance at the Pan American Games. An athlete removed from the Team pursuant to this provision has the right to a hearing per the USA Gymnastics Constitution and Bylaws (Article 10) or by USOC Bylaws, Article 9. B. After acceptance of nomination by the USOc, the USOC has jurisdiction over the Team and an athlete may be removed for any of the following reasons. After acceptance of nomination by the USOc, the USOC has jurisdiction over the Team under the USOC Code of Conduct and Grievance Procedures. This occurs no earlier than 45 days and no later than 30 days prior to the Opening Ceremonies of the Games (unless expressly waived by the USOC). An athlete may be removed from the team because of an injury or illness which prohibits

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IV. REPLACEMENT OF ATHLETES A. Describe the process by which the replacement pool of athletes will be identified: The Pan American Games Team Selection Committee will also identify a minimum of one potential replacement to the 2007 Pan American Team who mayor may not travel to the 2007 Pan American Games using the criteria described in Section I. B. Describe how the replacement athlete(s) will be selected to replace a previously nominated athlete, should a vacancy occur. 1. Prior to acceptance of nominations by the USOC: The Pan American Games Team Selection Committee will identify which replacement athlete (if more than one replacement athlete is named)will be selected to replace

a previously nominated athlete using the Discretionary Selection criteria described in Section I(D). 2. After acceptance of nominations by the USOC: The Pan American Games Team Selection Committee will identify which replacement athlete (if more than one replacement athlete is named )will be selected to replace a previously nominated athlete using the Discretionary Selection criteria described in Section I(D) . C. Identify the group or committee that will be responsible for making athlete replacement determinations: 1. Group or committee who determines the replacement pool: See Section I(E). 2. Group or committee who determines a replacement to the team: See Section I(E) .

V. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS USA Gymnastics will retain all supporting documents, including scouting or evaluation forms, etc., and data from the selection process for six months past the date of the Closing Ceremonies of the 2007 Pan American Games.

VI. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS The following documents are required to be signed

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X. ANTI·DOPING REQUIREMENTS Athlete must adhere to all PASO, WADA, FIG, USADA and USOC anti-doping protocols, policies and procedures. Th is includes participation in out of competition testing as req ui red by the PASO, WADA, FIG, USADA and USOC Rules.

VII. PUBLICITY/DISTRIBUTION OF PROCEDURES The USOC approved Selection Procedures (complete and unaltered) will be posted/published by USA Gymnastics in the following locations: A. NGB Website: www. usa-gymnastics.org The website informatio n wi ll be posted as soo n as possible, but not more than 5 business days following notice of approval by the USOC and will include the USOC approva l date. B. USA Gymnastics Official Publication(s) (if any): Technique Magazine C. Other

VIII. DATE OF NOMINATION Nomination of Athletes form, including replacements, will be submitted to the USOC on: June 15, 2007

XI. DEVELOPMENT OF SELECTION PROCEDURES Th e following committee/group (include names and titles) was responsible for creating these Selection Procedures: Men's Program Committee: Yoichi Tomita, Chairman Miles Avery, Senior Representative Kurt Golder, Senior Representative Steve Butcher, Junior Representative Bill Foster, Junior Representative John Roethlisberger, Athlete Representative Jay Thornton, Athlete Representative

procedures caused by a change in PASO and/or the FIG rules and regulations will be distributed to the affected ath letes immediately. The se le ction criteria are based on the latest information available to USA Gymnastics. However, the selections are always subject to unforeseen, intervening circumstances, and realisti ca lly may not have accounted for every possible contingency.

XIV. ATHLETE OMBUDSMAN Athletes who have questions regarding their opportunity to compete that are not answered by USA Gymnastics may contact the USOC Athlete Ombudsman : John W. Ruger by: - Toll free telephone at (888) ATHLETE - E-Mail at john.ruger@usoc.org - www.888athlete.org X

XII. USA GYMNASTICS BYLAWS AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

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17 Ra-d-o Scm ~ CA 92688; 900 QJ1l1o 1:00 p1Il : California Elite Gymnastics, 22928 Avenida : 28 : Empresa Directions: Ida Howard 949-589-1512 x 17 Course code: JL09172006CA Instructor: Jeffrey Lulla 818-845-0700

Atlantic City, NJ; Time 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m_ Region 7 Congress, The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 6821 Biad< Hooe Pike, Atlantic GIy W~, NJ 08234 Directions: 609-272-0200 -local info only Course code: XX09282006NJ Instructor: Phil Frank 856-786-3977

17 Fishers !Indy), IN 46038; 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. : DeVeau's : Directions: Barry Dubuque 812-482-4800 ~ 30 Fargo, ND; 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. TNT Kid's Fitness, 2800 Main Ave. Course code: BD091720061N : Directions: Sith Hansana 701 -365-8868 Instructor: Barry Dubuque 812/482-4800 (ourse code: L009232006ND Instructor: Lynne Ostrem 701-776-5906 22 Roseburg, OR 97470; 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m_ :: Umpqua Valley Gymnastics-Flegel (enter : October Directions: Khumbulani Mayo 541 -430-3679 (ourse code: DA092220060R : 1 Indianapolis, IN 46260; 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Instructor: Debbie Anderson 541 -496-3692 Marten House, 1801 W86th SI. Directions: Deb (antrulla 317-872-4111 22 State College, PA 16801; 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. : Course code: SS100120061N 2300 (ommercial Blvd : Instructor: Steve Schoenbaechler 513-932-3133 Directions: Mike Rizzuto 814-238-8995 : Course code: MR09222006PA Starkville, MS 39759; 8:30 a_m. to 12:30 p.m. : 1 Instructor: Michael Rizzuto 814-238-8995 101 Miley Drive :

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