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EVENTS 2007

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NOVEMBER 7-9 7-11 7-11 9-13 10-11 19-25 25-Dec 7 27-Dec. 2

International Age-Group Competition, (TT), Future Stars National Championships (M) National Coaches Workshop (M) National Team Training Camp (AG) Great Britain Selection Event (AG) Jr. Pan American Championships (MAY) Olympic Test Event Future Stars Camp (R)

Quebec City, CAN Colorado Springs, CO Colorado Springs, CO Houston, TX Houston, TX Guatemala Beijing, CHN Lake Placid, NY

British Open Tournament (AG) TOPs ACamp (W) TOPs BCamp (W) JumpStart National Testing (TT) Group Champianships (R) Toyota Cup (M)

Stoke-on-Trent, ENG Houston, TX Houston, TX TBD Wyeth ville, VA Japan

DECEMBER 1-2 1-5 5-9 ]-8 8 8-9

6-11 8-11 16-18 22-24 23 23-24 23-26

JO Natianal Champianships (M) Level 9 East & West Champianships (W) JO Nationol Championships (W) Visa Championships (M,R,T) u.S. Classic (W) World Cup Series of the Leman (AG) Festival Rhythmic Nationals & Gymfest (GG)

Battlecreek, MI Dayton, OH & SI. Louis, MO Kissimmee, FL Houston, TX Houston, TX Publier -Amphion, FRA Crossville, TN

Visa Champianships (W) TeamGym Natianals Natianal GymFest (GG) USA Gymnastics Natianal Congress U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics

Boston, MA Las Vegas, NV Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia, PA

National Championships (AG)

Des Moines, IA

Olympic Games

Beijing, CHN

JUNE 5-7 13-15 19-21 19-22

JULY 25-31

AUGUST 8-24

2008 JANUARY 5-6 6 18-21 25-27

Region 5 Athlete Clinic & Acro Basics Course (AG) TeomGym Clinic (GG) Super Clinic (AG) JumpStort Notionol Testing (TT)

Centerville, OH Chino, CA O'Fallon, MO TBD

Winter Cup Challenge (M) Rhythmic Invitational (R) Rhythmic Challenge (R)

Las Vegas, NV Colorado Springs, CO Colorado Springs, CO

Tyson American Cup Maio International Acro Cup (AG) Pacific Alliance Gymnastics Championships (M, W,R, T) Level 9/ 10 State Championships (W),

New York, NY TBD San Jose, CA Various sites

W= Women R= Rhythmic GG = Group Gymnastics M= Men AG =Acrobatic B= Business Gymnastics NOTE: Dates and events subject to change or cancellation.

TR =Trampoline TU = Tumbling TT =Trampoline! Tumbling

FEBRUARY 7-9 14-16 17

MARCH 1 6-9 28-30 29-30

USA GYMNASTICS MEMBER CLUB INVITATIONAL LISTING • •• Looking for a great invitational to attend? Go to:

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San Jose, CA Various sites Puurs, Belgium TBD

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Zemetria Barnes-Perry USA GYMNASTICS EXECUTIVE COMMlnEE CHAIR: Ron Froehlich; PRESIDENT: Steve Penny; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KolI; VICE CHAIR MEN: YoichiTomito; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andrea Schmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOLINE: Paul Porillo; VICE CHAIR ACRO-GYMNASTlCS: Tanya Case; SECRETARY: Gory Andmon; TREASURER: Bob Wood; FIG REPS: Bob ColorOlli IExewtive Commitlee), Ron Froehlich IAuditor!. Tanya COle IAnobotic Gymno~ics Techni(Ol Commitlee) and John Roethlilberger IAthlete Rep-l- AT lARGE MEMBERS: Steve Butcher, David Hol(Omb; ATHLm DIRECTORS: Kim Zmelkol-Burdetle, John Roethlilberger, Coroline Hunt, Karl Heger; USOC ATHlffE DIRECTOR: Lorissa Fontaine. USA GYMNASTICS BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR: Ron Froehlich; PRESIDENT: Steve Penny; PRESIDENT EMERITUS: Sondy Knopp, Mike Oonohue; TREASURER: Bob Wood; SECRETARY: Gory Anderson; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KolI; VICE CHAIR MEN: Yoichi Tom"o; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andrea Schmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOLINE: Paul Porillo; VICE CHAIR ACRO-GYMNASTICS: Tonyo COle; PUBLIC SECTOR: Bill Hybl, Bob Wood; AMATEUR ATHLET1C UNION: Ron Ferr~; AMERICAN SOKOL ORGANIZATION: Jerry Milan; AMERICAN TURNERS: Betty Heppner; COLLEGE GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION-MEN: Froncil Allen; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGIATE COACHES-WOMEN: Mark Cook; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORT: Marilyn Strawbridge; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN'S GYMNASTlCS JUDGES: Carole Ide; NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLET1C ASSOCIATION-MEN: YOlhi Hoyoloki; NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS: Becky Oakes; NATIONAL GYMNASTICS JUDGES ASSOCIATION-MEN: Butch Zunich; NATIOIIAL HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTlCS COACHES ASSOCIATION: Margie Canfield; U.I. ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT GYMNASTICS CLUBS: Paul Ziert; U.S. EUTE COACHES ASSOCIATION-MEN: Thom Glielmi; U.S_ Elm COACHES ASSOCIATIONWOMEN: Steve Rybocki Tony Gehman; U.S. MEN'S GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: Tim Klempnouer; U.S. RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: Suzie OiTullio; YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF THE USA: COley Koenig; NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATlONWOMEN: Meg Stephenson; NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORS MEN: Mike Burns, Abie Grollfeld; RHYTHMIC: Ivonko Kirov, Michelle Lorlon; WOMEN: Kelli Hill, Tom For~er; TRAMPOLINE: Shoun Kempton, Dr. George Drew; ACRO-GYMNASTICS: linda Porter, Joy Binder; ATHLETES COUNCil Mohini BhordwoL Kim Zmeskol-Burdetle, Lorillo Fontaine, Karl Heger, Jelli(O Howard, Coraline Hunt, Jamie Morshik, Steve McCoin, Shannon Miller, Michael Rodrigues, Joy Thornton, USOC Athlete Rep.; Lor~\O Fontaine, Exewtive Boord Member John Roethlilberger. ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS, Lori Katz; SPECIAL OLYMPICS, Kate Fober-Hickie; U.S. COMPETITIVE AEROBICS FEDERATION, Howard Schwartz

FEATURES 6 Conceive, Believe, Achieve! The What, Why, and How of Goal Setting 10 2007 Tyson Fitness Challenge and National Gymnastics Day

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••• USA GYMNASTICS MESSAGE

! There is no question that professionals within thi s sport play a special role in the development of young people. In many ways, gymnastics fosters an environment of growth; and the coaches, club owners, judges, and other instructors who take part in that process must do so with care and sensitivity. For gymnastics to continue to grow and thrive, we must focus on providing a safe, clean, and fun environment for young people. Pa rents must have the highest degree of confidence that their children are not only receiving good care and proper instruction, but also are safe from negative and improper conduct. These basic tenets are paramount to maintaining a positive image in the community and a good reputation, both in local communities and as an activity nationwide. Confidence builds as the word spreads that gymnastics clubs are a good place for children . Being a professional member of USA Gymnastics should be the gold standard in our industry, an indicator that the person or organization has committed the time, inte rest and hard work into being the best they can be. This membership should be a distinction that parents look for and depend upon to know that they are placing their children into well-trained and professional hands. What that standard requires has changed over the years to include most recently safety certification and ongoing education. We are now raising the bar to include mandatory background screening. USA Gymnastics USA Gymnastics will begin requiring mandatory background checks Background for all professional members within the next month . The USA Gymnastics Board of Di rectors and staff already have co mpleted background checks as a pilot program with our partner, the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI). Through NCSI, all professional members will have the endorsement of completing a successful background check for previous criminal behavior Don't delay... which may be inappropriate for contact with children. Ba ckground checks Get your background are becoming commonplace with many youth organizations and institutions check today! USA and is endorsed by the U.S. Olympic Committee. GYMNASTICS Within the near future, you will receive more information about the background check process, which will be a seamless aspect of initiating or renewing your professional membership . USA Gymnastics is also working with NCSI to develop a cost-effective protocol for clubs to provide background checks on all of their employees, which should be available soon. Many of you go the extra mile every day for the kids that walk into your gyms. You attend educational seminars to improve your knowledge, read materials that will make you a better coach, judge or club owner, and take your professional membership very seriously. We look forward to continuing to work together to foster a positive environment for young people. Doing so will benefit everyone involved in gymnastics.

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ithout having some idea of where you want to go, it is very difficult to get there. Goal setting has been shown to be an excellent tool for focusing attention and energy in a desired direction by defining and clarifying the steps necessary to achieve a desired outcome. This article will first describe some of the benefits of goal setting, then identify factors to consider when choosing a goal, and finally, outline a specific process demonstrated to maximize the benefits of goal setting in academic, business, and sport settings. Potential benefits of goal setting include increased levels of effort, intensity, persistence, motivation, and performance and decreased levels of performance anxiety (Burton, Holiday, & Naylor, 2001). By instilling a sense of purpose, feelings of intensity, and a sense of autonomy (i.e. control over one's environment), the goal setting process can enhance athletes' levels of motivation and reduce performance anxiety (Gagne, Ryan, & Bargmann, 2003). Also, by focusing attention and energy in a desired direction; lowering levels of performance anxiety; promoting the development of problem solving strategies; and increasing levels of effort, intensity, persistence, and motivation, goals can substantially improve athletes' levels of performance (Weinberg & Butt, 2005).

Goal Characteristics In order to choose goals that will be most effective, coaches and athletes must consider several goal characteristics that can affect the efficacy of the goal setting process.

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First, a type of goal must be chosen. Three types of goals are process goals, performance goals, and outcome goals. Process goals focus on personal improvement with regard to a skill or routine. These goals typically target technical (e.g. bent elbows), psychological (e.g. maintaining focus), and emotional (e.g. managing fear) factors throughout a performance. Whereas process goals focus on the aspects of a skill or routine related to good performance, performance goals focus on the end result of the skill or routine and may be used to measure improvement in relation to oneself. For example, better event or all-around scores than have previously been achieved would be a type of performance goal. Finally, outcome goals focus on the overall result of the performance in relation to other athletes. Winning a medal and qualifying for an event are examples of outcome goals. While each ofthese goal types has been shown to be beneficial (Steinburg, et aI., 2000), research has generally demonstrated process goals to be the most effective (Weinberg & Butt, 2005). One reason for this is the greater control, an important factor in both confidence and motivation (Deci & Ryan, 1985; Gagne, et aI., 2003), afforded the athlete by process goals. That is, the athlete has control over the aspects of his/her performance likely to

result in high scores and/or a medal (e.g. stuck landings, pointed toes); however, he/she has no control over the deductions judges choose to enforce, the scores judges choose to award, or the performances of the other athletes in the meet. Therefore, though each type of goal can be beneficial and has its place, recommending process goals more often than performance or outcome goals is likely to produce more of the potential benefits listed above.

Goal Specificity Second, athletes and coaches should consider the specificity of the goals chosen. In order to determine whether or not a goal has been reached it must be specific and measurable. Goals such as, "I want to do better on floor" are great, but how is the athlete going to know whether or not he/she actually accomplished the goal? Instead, goals such as, "I want to stick my double-back three out of three times" and "I want to hit four-for-four at this meet" define exactly what the athlete wants to accomplish and allows him/her to know for sure whether or not the goal was achieved.

Goal Difficulty Third, the level of difficulty of the goal must be considered. Though research has not resulted in a clear understanding of the impact of goal difficulty on performance as of yet, it does seem to be clear that confidence levels playa key role in whether or not difficult goals will be effective (Burton, et aI., 2001; Weinberg & Butt, 2005). That is, athletes with high levels of confidence tend to attribute success to internal factors such as ability and effort, while athletes with low levels of confidence tend to attribute success to external factors such as luck. As a result, difficult goals often motivate confident athletes regardless of whether or not the goal is achieved. For example, if a confident athlete achieves a difficult goal, he/she is obviously satisfied and motivated to set even higher goals; if the athlete fails to achieve the goal, he/she generally attributes this to internal, controllable factors and is motivated to work that much harder to achieve the goal in the future. Athletes with low self-confidence, however, often do not believe that they can achieve the goal in the first place and may engage in self-handicapping behaviors (Ryska, 2002). Moreover, if they do manage to achieve the goal, they may attribute their success to luck and not experience the same motivational boost experienced by confident athletes. In any case, research in the area of sport and exercise tends to support the use of moderately difficult to difficult goals as long as individual differences (e.g. confidence) are taken into consideration (Weinberg & Butt, 2005).

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achieve rather than what he/she is trying to avoid. For example, "I will not fall on my series" is a negatively worded goal, while "I will stick my series three out of three times" is a positively worded goal. Both phrases target the same skill and outcome; however, the first focuses attention on avoiding failure and the second on achieving success.

Goal Proximity Finally, whether the goal will be long or short term must be determined. Benefits of short-term goals include more frequent feedback and greater flexibility (Getz & Rainey, 2001); while benefits of long-term goals include a detailed path to where the athlete would ultimately like to be and reduced possibility of excessive goal re-evaluation (Weinberg & Butt, 2005). According to Bandura (1996), however, a long-term goal combined with short-term goals designed to help achieve the long-term goal is likely to be more effective than long or short-term goals alone.

Goal Setting Process Step 1: Set a Goal Thefirst step in the goal setting process is to choose an appropriate goal. This step should begin with a thorough assessment of the athlete's strengths and weaknesses and take into consideration whether the goal is for practice or competition.

Step 2: Commit to the Goal The next step is to develop goal commitment.This can be done by including the athlete in the goal setting process (e.g. allowing the athlete to choose his/ her goals); emphasizing benefits associated with goal achievement (e.g. feelings of accomplishment;compete at a higher level); and bolstering social support (e.g. make goals public; encourage team support) (Weinberg & Butt, 2005).

Step 3: Identify Obstacles Once a goal has been chosen and the athlete has committed to the goal, potential obstacles that may hinder goal achievement should be identified. Some typical obstacles include internal obstacles such as a lack of confidence and inadequate physical and/ or psychological skills and external obstacles such as insufficient training time/equipment, work/family/personal

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Step 4: Create a Plan Then, after potential obstacles have been identified, a plan for goal achievement must be created. This plan should consist of measures the athlete can take to reach his/her goal that address the obstacles identified in Step 3 (e.g. more upper body conditioning; more time spent on flexibility). Step 5: Get Feedback Feedback has been demonstrated to be an important component of successful goal setting (Burton, et aI., 2001). That is, in order to maximize the effectiveness of goals, athletes should be provided meaningful, positive, non-controlling (Le. autonomy-supportive) feedback on their progress toward their chosen goals (Chen, 2001).

Step 6:Evaluate Goal Attainment The next step is to determine whether or not the athlete has achieved his/her goal. If the athlete created a specific goal, this step is very easy; however, if a vague, subjective goal was chosen (e.g. improve my vault), this step will be more difficult.

Step 7: Reinforce Goal Achievement Finally, if after evaluating the athlete's performance it was determined that the athlete achieved his/her goal, Celebrate! Praise the athlete for his/ her persistence, effort, and improvement. Let him/her know that you are proud of and excited about his/her accomplishment. Also, depending on the athlete and the situation, material rewards may be appropriate; however, these should be used sparingly and with caution. Rather than enhancing motivation, research has consistently shown that material incentives can actually decrease effort, persistence, and motivation by limiting behaviors to those specifically requ ired for task completion, send ing the message that the task is not of value in and of itself, and by focusing energy on reward attainment rather than goal achievement (Mageau & Vallerand, 2003). When the characteristics of goals are considered and the steps ofthe goal-setting process are followed, goals can enhance effort, persistence, intensity, motivation, and ultimately, performance. 1\

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References Bandura, A. (1996). Failures in self路regulation: Energy depletion or selective disengagement? Psychological Inquiry, 7(1), 20路24. Retrieved May 25, 2007, from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/ PM.qst?a=o&d=77025245 Burton, D., Naylor, S., & Holliday, B. (2001). Goal setting in sport: Investigating the goal effectiveness paradox. In R Singer, H. Hausenblas, & Janelle (Eds.). Handbook of Sport Psychology (2nd ed., pp. 497-528). New York, NY: Wiley & Sons. Chen, D. D. (2001). Trends in augmented feedback research and tips for the practitioner. JOPERD-The Journa l of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 72(1), 32. Retrieved May 25, 2007, from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5002383980 Deci, E.L., & Ryan, RM. (1985). Intrinsic motivation and self-det ermination in human behavior. New York: Plenum. Getz, G. E., & Rainey, D. W. (2001). Flexible short-term goals and basketball shooting performance. Journal of Sport Behavior, 24(1),31. Retrieved May 24, 2007, from Questia database: httpJ/www.questia.com/ PM.qst?a=0&d=5002388270 Mageau, G. A., & Va llerand, RJ. (2003). The coach-athlete relationsh ip : A motivational modeUournal of Sport Sciences, 21 (11 ). Steinberg, G. M., Singer, R N., & Murphey, M. (2000). The benefits to sport achievement when a multiple goal orientation is emphasized. Journal of Sport Behavior, 23(4), p. 407. Retrieved October 7, 2005, from the Capella University Library, ProQuest database. Weinberg, R, & Butt.J. (2005). Goal setting in sport and exercise domains: The theory and practice of effective goal setting. In D. Hackfort,J. Duda, & R Lidor (Eds.). Handbook of Research in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology: International Perspectives (pp. 129-146). Morgantown, WV: West Virginia Universi ty.

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FITNESS CHALLENGE

2007 Tyson Fitness Challenge

k you to all of the clubs that participated in the 2007 son Fitness Challenge and celebrated National Gymnastics ay on Aug. 4. USA Gymnastics partnered with Children's Miracle Network in 2001 and announced in February its goal to raise a total of $1 million by the end of 2008. USA Gymnastics appreciates every donation, large or small, because one hundred percent of the money raised helps children in need.

Congress finished third overall in the amount earned for CMN but was not eligible for a prize since they are not a club. Congrats to Region 6 Kathy Ostberg, Women's National Administrative Chair, Jen Scannell, Region 6 Chair, Kathy Feldmann, Vice President -Member Services and auctioneer for raising more than $8,000 which went directly to Boston Children's Hospital.

CLUB WINNERS

INDIVIDUAL WINNERS

Gymnastics World in Broadview Heights, Ohio, raised $25,505, the most of any club this year, for its local Children's Miracle Network hospital, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland. For its efforts, Gymnastics World and its owners, Ron and Joan Ganim, will receive the grand prize of an AAI vault table, valued at $3,332.This is the third time this club has been the top fund raiser! In second place was John Macready and John Roethlisberger's Flip Fest, a summer gymnastics camp in Crossville, Tenn ., that raised $10,000. Flip Fest will receive an AAI vault board, valued at $730. Placing third by raising $7,342.75 was Gedderts'rwistars USA in Dimondale, Mich. The club and its owners, John and Kathryn Geddert, will receive an AAI folding mat, valued at $214. The top-three clubs also will receive Tyson coupons and a one-year USA Gymnastics club membership. The Region 6 Auction held in conjunction with Regional

Andrew Wise from Sonshine Academy in Conway, Ark., raised the most money by an individual for the second straight year. He raised $3,707 this year, $1,000 more than the $2,578 he collected in 2006. Andrew's money will benefit his local Children's Miracle Network hospital, Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, Ark. Wise will be featured on a USA Gymnastics promotional poster in 2008. The second-place finisher is Michelle Moock of Gymnastics World of Broadview Heights, Ohio. Her $3,403 will help Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland. Lauren Briskey from the Flip Zone in Plainfield, Ind., was third and raised $1,550 for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Ind. The top-three individuals who raise the most money for Children's Miracle Network will receive a trip for two to the 2008 Tyson American Cup in ' New York City, competition tickets, pre-event VIP hospitality passes and a one-night stay in the USA Gymnastics host hotel. X

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Second p lace winners: John Macready and John Roethlisberger, Flip Fest Camp.

First place winners: Joan and Ron Ganim, Gymnastics World, Inc.

Third place winners: Kathryn and John Geddert, Gedderts' Twistars.

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Gymnastics World, Inc. FlipFest Camp Region6 Auction Gedderts'Twistars Sonshine Academy Texas Dreams Gymnastics Jump.StartGymnastics California SportsCenter TNTGymnastics Trick's Gymnastics Legacy Gymnastics .... Grand Blanc Gymnastics Cincinnati Gymnastics Eagles GYmnastic? and Dance~entre The Flip Zon~ EagleGymnastics Academy ~i mHigh Academy Mpact Martial Arts &~ymnastics Champion Gymnastics Rockville Gymnastics Rec &Dance Windsor Gymnastics Discover Gymnastics DynamiteAcademyof Gymnastics AspireKidsSportsCeQler Lake Murray Gymnastics . Perfect Balance World of Gymnastics Lee County Gymnastics Team Gymnastics Plus Greater Jacksonville Gymnastics Booster Club All American The Masters FundamentalsGymnastics Butler Gymnastics Club Gymnastics ETC North Raleigh Gymnastics West Valley Gymnastics School Wichita Gymnastics Al l That Athletics 1st Class Gymnastics North Florida Gymnastics

OH $25,470.10 TN $10,000.00 MA $8,245.00 MI .. $6,750.62 AR .. $6,150.00 TX $4,590.00

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DeVeau's School of Gymnastics IN Juergen's Gymnastics Academy TX Gym South GA Ohio.Gymnastics Institute OH YMCA &....... JCC of....... Greater Toledo OH .... Nastics NY Infinity Gymnastics Club TX USA Gymnastics Guiness Record Event MN Eagle'sWings Athletics TX planet Gymnastics CA AthensClarkeGymnastics Academy GA Giant Gymnastics NJ Gymnastics Beat CA TX Houston~ymnasti~s Academy ...... MillsGymnastics(entral Booster Club MI Kauai Gymnastics Academy HI DanceMoves &Gymnastics IN Sasso'sDance&Gymnastics NV Monmouth ~ymnasticsAcademy NJ EmpireGymnastics Academy TX The Little Gym of Port Orange FL Phantom Gymnastics NH Fun and Fit Gymnastics CA Gym Magic NM Bardstown GYmnastics KY Parkettes National GymnasticsTraining Center PA Central Coast Gymnastics Sports Center CA Planet Gymnastics MA Prairie Fire Gymnastics& Athletic Center IA Inspire Athletics, Inc. IN USA Gymnastics Friends and Employees IN Cand ZGymnastics and Cheer Academy, Inc. PA Hill Country Gymnastics TX North Florida Gymnastics &Cheerleading FL Wendy's Gymnastics & Fitness for Children OH Boerne Gymnastics Center TX HartlandGymnastics MI The Peak UT Connections Gymnastics School NJ Santa Cruz Gymnastics School CA Universal Gymnastics, Inc. OH _----

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being "fixed," to lo wer prices would require withholding raises for our employees. At first blush, that may sound like a fine idea but doing so would ultimately lead to a decline in the quality of our employees, the very thing that makes us what we are. Company profit, a modest 8.5%: One way we possibly could reduce prices would be to forgo company profit, which is a

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~~ U PDATE JOPC MEETING - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2007 I. ROLL CALL Members Present:

Reg 1 - Roger Baldwin Reg 2 - David Klei n Reg 3 - Gil Elsass, Chairman JOPC Reg 4 - Dan Coon Reg 5 - Bob Witmer Reg 6.. ::: DeWayne.DaYenIlQrt..S.m etary Reg 7 - Rick Tucker Reg 8 - Kevi n White Reg 9 - Dean Schott NGJA Rep. - Jon Culbertson Jr. Rep. MP.C..:::.J.imKLe.mpnaue.râ&#x20AC;˘ .PIQXY for Steve Butcher Jr. Rep. MPC - Bill Foster Jr. Coaches Rep - Kelly Crumley Men's Program Director - Dennis McIntyre Junior Olympic Program Coordinator - Jeff Robinson, voice, no vote Members not present

Athlete Rep - Jay Thornton

II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM SEPTEMBER 8 2006 SEPTEMBER 10, 2006, CONFERENCE CALL MAR~H 6, 2007 Tabled

III. REPORTS A. 2007 JO Nationals Organizing Committee No report was presented B. National Office Report - Dennis McIntyre The addition of Jeff Robinson has been great for the junior program. He has hit the ground running. He is focusing on the whole junior program, and trying to get the junior athletes ready to handle the complex changes that have occurred as a result of the FIG. Lisa Cooper is now the Men's Program Manager USA Gymnastics is now focusing on World Championships in Stuttgart in 2008, to ensure our qualification to the Olympic Games. The USA Gymnastics' Website is being reorganized. C. Junior Program Report - Jeff Robinson The junior program is very complex, because it needs to be. The state of gymnastics in the world is changing radically and therefore the junior program must change to prepare the athletes for success of our country at the world championship level and at the same time have a program that every athlete can successfully participate within. D. MPC Report - Steve Butcher/Bill Foster (written report) E. NGJA Report - Jon Culbertson (written report) F. 2005-08 Age Group Competition Committee Report (no report)

IV. BID PRESENTATION(S) FOR 2009 JO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Cincinnati Men's Gymnastics Junior Olympic committee, inc. has placed a bid for the 2009 JO National Championships. MOTION: The JOPC recommends that the national office consider awarding the 2009 JO National championships to Cincinnati Men's Gymnastics Junior Olympic Committee, Inc. Motion: Kelly Crumley Second: Bill Foster Vote: Passes unanimously

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V. NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2008 FRANK CUMISKEY AWARD Nominate Ken Achiron Motion: DeWayne Davenport Second: Bill Foster Note: Nominations will continue to be accepted until the September JOPC meeting.

VI. 2009 - 2012 JUNIOR OLYMPIC PROGRAM - JEFF ROBINSON Jeff Robinson's first initiatives as Men's junior program director are to develop junior programs which are not overly reactive to the FIG changes and yet can meet the needs of the grassroots and elite gymnasts. Therefore he is reorganizing the Age Group Competition Committee and renaming it to the Junior Program Format Coordinating Committee. The structure is as follows. The Junior Program Format Coordinating Committee (JPFCC) will coordinate the work of separate writing committees who will be tasked to writing the draft programs for: a. The compulsory level routines b. Optional level rules c. Competition format d. Future Stars Program (Junior Coaching Staff) There were some concerns that the JPFCC does not report to the JOPc. Dennis McIntyre and Jeff Robinson assured the JOPC that the junior program format coordinating committee does report to the JOPe, even though it was created by the Men's Program Committee. In this regard this committee's work will be reviewed by both the MPC and the JOPc. The Junior Format Coordinating Committee will respond and be responsible to the JOPC exactly as the former AGCC was. Jeff is also looking to find a better delivery method for the junior program material and their updates.

VII. REGIONAL CONGRESSES - JEFF ROBINSON We are looking at providing a men's program structure to be used at Regional Congresses around the country

VIII. QUALIFICATION/REGISTRATION PROCESS TO JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONALS Tabled

IX. FORMAT FOR 2008 JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONALS PROPOSAL FOR JR QUALIFYING PROCEDURE TO 2008 VISA CHAMPIONSHIPS Straw vote: The JOPC endorses the use of FIG scoring (with MPC approved exceptions) for the All Around Finals competition at JO Nationals. Passes: unanimous Note: The final formatting and adoption of this proposal will take place at the JOPC September meeting.

X. USE OF JR PH FOR LEVEL 4 & 5 COMPETITION Discussion: The committee does not feel the need to introduce a new piece of equipment to the J.O. program.

XI. MEN'S SCHOLARSHIPS (NGF AND SIMMS) Tabled

XII. ELECTION OF JOPC CHAIRMAN Gil Elsass nominated for chairman Motion: Roger Baldwin Second: Bob Witmer Vote: passes unanimous

XIII. NEW BUSINESS A. Setting qualifying scores - Fall JOPC meeting B. Possible separation of the 12 year old and 13 year old age groups at Level 9 at the JO Nationals.


Discussion no action C. Question of equal regional representation of judges at JO Nationals. Discussion no action

Motion: Voichi Tomita Second: Bill Foster PASSED: 5 - 0

XIV. ADJOURNMENT

The Additional Staff credential positions will be nominated from among the perso nal coaches of the Olympic Team Members or USA Gymnastics Men's Program Staff by the Men's Program Committee. Motion: Voichi Tomita Second: Bill Foster PASSED: 5 - 0

Motion to adjourn. Motion: Bob Witmer Second: Dean Scott 11:50est Approved by: Dennis McIntyre, Men's Program Director Approved by: Steve Penny, USAG President

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IV. ADJOURNMENT Motion : To Adjourn at 11:50 am COT Motion: Bill Foster Second: Voichi Tomita PASSED: 5 -- 0

CONFERENCE CALL MINUTES

Respectfully submitted by Bill Foster, Junior Coaches Representative

THURSDAY, JULY 05, 2007

Approve d by: Dennis McIntyre, Men's Progra m Director Approved by: Steve Penny, USAG President

Chairman Yoichi Tomita called the meeting to order at 11:08 a.m. COT.

I. ROLL CALL Members Present: Yoichi Tomita, MPC Chairman & Vice Chairman for Men Bill Foster, MPC Secretary & Junior Coaches' Representative Steve Butcher, Junior Coaches' Representative Kurt Golder, Senior Coaches' Representative joined the call at 11:30 am Russ Fystrom, Senior Coaches' Representative Jay Thornton , Athletes' Representative Absent John Roethlisberger, Athletes' Representative Absent Present, Not Voting: Butch Zunich, National Gymnastics Judges Association Absent Ron Brant, Senior Program Coordinator Absent Dennis McIntyre, Men's Program Director Jeff Robinson , Men's Junior Olympic Program Coordinator Ron Galimore, USAG Vice President Events/ Men Steve Penny, USAG President

II. OLYMPIC SELECTION PROCEDURES Steve Penny began the meeting by reviewing the development of current procedures and a problem with regard to the format and viability of an Olympic Trials given selection procedures which provide for 100% discretionary selection. Dennis reviewed extensive statistical analysis of different methods of balancing the needs for selection with the needs for a competition with viable results for the spectators and the television audience. Ron Galimore explained that NBC is doing live television for the Olympic Trials, so the issue of not having an automatic result at the end of the competition is exacerbated. Revise athlete selection to read: Athletes may qualify to the Olympic Games Team in one of three ways: 1. Place first or second in the all around at the conclusion of the 2007 Olympic Team Trials using the final results (combined/weighted results from both the Visa Championships and Olympic Trials). To be eligible for automatic selection, the first or second place all around athlete must have placed in the top three on three of the six events using the final results. Athletes who place first or second in the all around but do not place in the top three on three different events may be selected to the team as provided for in number 2. 2. Be chosen by the Olympic Games Team Selection Committee as one of the remaining, up to six, athlete members for the 2008 Olympic Games Team . To be eligible, a Team Member must be a participant in both the 2008 Visa Championships and 2008 Olympic Team Trials. 3. Petition to the 2008 Olympic Games Team through the petition process. Motion: Russ Fystrom Second: Steve Butcher PASSED: 5 - 0

III. SELECTION OF THE OLYMPIC COACH The Head Coach will be nominated by the MPC no less than 6 months prior to the start of the Olympic Games. Motion: Russ Fystrom Second: Yoichi Tomita PASSED: 5 - 0 The Assistant Coach will be nominated, from among the personal coaches of the Olympic Team Members, by the Selection Committee plus the Head Olympic Coach.

••• MEN'S J. O. PROGRAM COMMITTEE PHONE CONFERENCE CALL JULY 10, 2007 The meeting called to order at 12:05 PM EST by Chair, Gil Elsas

1. ROLL CALL Members Present: Reg 1 - Roger Baldwin, Tim Klempnauer Reg 2 - David Klein Reg 3 - Gilbert Elsass, Chairman JOPC Reg 4 - Dan Coon Reg 5 - Bob Witmer Reg 6 - DeWayne Davenport Reg 7 - Rick Tucker Reg 9 - Dean Schott NGJA Rep. - Jon Culbertso n Jr. Rep. MPC - Bill Foster Jr. Coaches Rep - Kelly Crumley Athlete Rep. - Jay Thornton Junior Olympic Program Coordinator-Jeff Robinson voice, no vote Members not present: Reg 8 - Kevin White Men's Program Dir - Dennis McIntyre Jr. Rep. MPC -Steve Butcher

II. PROPOSAL FOR THE ADOPTION OF FIG SCORING IN THE JO PROGRAM. JEFF ROBINSON The idea of going to an FIG scoring program within the JO Program is understood by the gymnastics' community as inevitable. There was a great deal of discussion concerning the pros and cons of the proposal. However at this time there are some primary concerns as listed below • There have been so many changes within the last year that we should avoid voting on a program that contains areas where there are still questions so as to avoid numerous updates. • Judging inconsistencies between the compulsory and optional levels

,<,ote. fails unanimously Jeff Robinson would like written ideas and feedback within two weeks. Email suggestions about the summit Meeting adjourned Approved by: Dennis McIntyre, Men's Program Director Approved by: Steve Penny, USAG President

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VII. 2008 VISA CHAMPIONSHIPS Any changes to the competition format must be completed and in print 45 days prior to the first qualifying competition scheduled for April 19, 2008. It is anticipated that this will be a Thursday-Saturday competition.

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The course will be held November 4-8 at the USOTC. Information will be sent out as soon as it is available.

X. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS UPDATE

Dennis reported on the status of the plans and procedures for the World Championships.

XI. PETITIONS Tabled until the National Team Selection meeting

XII. NEW BUSINESS Discussion of the procedure of placing petitioned athletes on the National Team, unranked and "unfunded." (In actuality, unranked and limited funding .)

XIII. ADJOURNMENT Motion: To Adjourn at 12:18 pm CDT Motion: Steve Butcher Second: Jay Thornton PASSED: Unanimously

Members Present: Yoichi Tomita, MPC Chairman & Vice Chairman for Men - excused himself from meeting due to potential conflict of interest Jay Thornton , Athletes' Representative Bill Foster, MPC Secretary & Junior Coaches' Representative Steve Butcher, Junior Coaches' Representative Kurt Golder, Senior Coaches' Representative joined the call at Russ Fystrom, Senior Coaches' Representative John Roethlisberger, Athletes' Representative Present, Not Voting: Butch Zunich , National Gymnastics Judges Association ABSENT Ron Brant, Senior Program Coordinator Dennis McIntyre, Men's Program Director Jeff Robinson, Junior Olympic Program Coordinator

II. SELECTION OF THE 2007·08 NATIONAL TEAM

Respectfully submitted by Bill Foster, Junior Coaches Representative Approved by: Dennis McIntyre, Men's Program Di rector Approved by: Steve Penny, USAG President

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Chairman Jay Thornton called the meeting to order at 11:15 p.m. PDT.

Review of National Team Points System which was used to select 8 team members. Those team members are : David Durante, Guillermo Alvarez, Jonathan Horton , Sho Nakamori , David Sender, Sean Golden, Alexander Artemev, Justin Spring . Discussion of all gymnasts who participated in the 2007 USA Championships. Petitions for Sean Townsend and Tim McNeil were also considered .

III. MOTION FOR PLACEMENT ON THE SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM Add: Kevin Tan, Joey Haggerty, Clay Strother, Paul Hamm, and Yewki Tomita Motion: Jay Thornton Second: Kurt Golder PASSED: 5-0-1 ~ continue on p.30

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UPDATE IV. PETITION FOR SEAN TOWNSEND Motion: Approve the petition and place Townsend in the 14th position on the National Team Motion: Jay Thornton Second: Steve Butcher PASSED: 6-0

V. PETITION FOR TIM MCNEIL Motion: Approve the petition and place in an unranked, limited funded position on the National Team Motion: Kurt Golder Died for lack of a second

XIII. ADJOURNMENT Motion: To Adjourn at 11:40 pm PDT Motion: Kurt Golder Second: Steve Butcher PASSED: Unanimously RespectfulLy sub mitted by BiLL Foster, Junior Coaches Representative Approved by: Denni s McIntyre, Men's Program Director Approved by: Steve Penny, USAG President

••• MEN'S PROGRAM COMMITTEE MINUTES SEPTEMBER 25, 2007 Chairman Yoichi Tomita caLLed the meeting to order at 11:05.m. CST.

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II. DISCUSSION OF INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2007. DISCUSSION CENTERED AROUND AVAILABILITY OF ATHLETES BASED ON INJURIES, AND INTEREST IN ASSIGNMENTS Motion: 1.) Send David Durante to the Author Gander- Swiss Cup competition 2.) Designate Sho Nakamori, David Sender, Guillermo ALvarez, Kevin Tan, Sean GoLden, CLay Strother, Sean Townsend, Yewki Tomita as potentiaL competitors for the Beijing OLympic Test Event and to determine the 6 co mp etitors, 1 non-traveLing aLternate after the October 24-28, 2007 Senior NationaL Team Camp. 3.) Designate Kevin Mazeika, head coach, and Thorn GLieLmi assistant coach for the Beijing Test Event . Motion: Yoichi Tomita Second: Jay Thornton PASSED: 5-0-1

III. REVIEWED JOPC QUALIFICATION PROCEDURES TO THE JUNIOR DIVISION OF THE 2008 VISA CHAMPIONSHIPS RECOMMENDATION Motion: To accept quaLification procedures to the Junior Division of the 2008 Visa Championships as recom mended in the proposaL from Jeff Robinson, Men's Junior Olympic Program Coordinator. Motion: Jon Valdez


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IV. THE PUERTO RICAN FEDERATION HAS REQUESTED PERMISSION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2008 WINTER CUP CHALLENGE AS PART OF THEIR OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION PROCESS. Motion: Approve up to 4 athletes from the Puerto Rican Federation to participate in the 2008 Winter Cup Challenge Motion: Russ Fystrom Second: Jay Thornton PASSED: 6-0 V. Motion: To Adjourn at 12:05 CST Motion: Jon Valdez Second: Yoichi Tomita PASSED: Unanimously Respectfully submitted by: Jon Valdez, Senior Coaches Representative Approved by: Dennis McIntyre, Men's Program Director Approved by: Steve Penny, USAG President

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APRIL 28-29, 2007; INDIANAPOLIS, IN I. ROLL CALL Linda Ocmand - NPCC

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II. 4 YEAR PLAN Program Committee met at the USA Gymnastics National Office in Indianapolis, IN to discuss goals and objectives for the Acrobatic Gymnastics Program in the United States over the next 4 years. PC felt it was essential to set clear-cut goals with quantitative measures in order to efficiently and effectively achieve the overall program goal of Program Development.

III. PROGRAM COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT GOALS BY DECEMBER 2009: Judges - 25 total new judges (Region 1, 3, 4, 7 - 20 judges) (Region 2, 5 - 5 judges) Introductory Athlete Memberships - 200 additional Clubs - 5 additional Coaches - 25 additional Athletes - 300 additional Total Membership = 1650 (30% growth) Motion: LO Second: SP PASSED

IV. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE A new Program Development initiative, individuals within each region will be invited by the Program Committee to help promote the sport of Acro. The PDTF helps to educate new coaches and clubs within their regions with educational materials created by the Acrobatic Gymnastics program by proactively approaching pre-existing dance and gymnastics clubs. PC recommends ~ continue on p.32

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UPDATE the following individuals based on past and current success within their own regions to be invited as members of the Program Development Task Force. Proactively approach potential clubs i. Region 1 - Pam Meier / Nancy Davis ii. Region 2 - Lee Hatfield iii. Region 3 - Brandi Lewis / Selena Peco / Lorna Spellman iv. Region 4 - Ronda Francis / Dawn Mortiz v. Region 5 - Angela Layne / Illya Demyanyuk vi. Region 7 - Sharise Beavers / Leeann Leenhart vii. Region 8 - Jennifer Hess Linda Ocmand, National Program Committee Chair will provide leadership and direction to this grou p. A meeting wi ll be scheduled for the PDC to meet at the 2007 J.O. National Champions hips. Motion: LO Second: MR PASSED

V. ACRO PRE路TEAM PROGRAM The Acro Pre-team Progra m, a new Program Development initiative, will help new Acro clubs start-u p more easily while curre nt Acro clubs can use the program to potentially create a feeder program for their competitive Acro teams. The Pre-Team package will include pictograms, educational pictures, week-to-week lesson plans, program guidelines, marketing initiatives, and a DVD Companion video. The project is tentatively scheduled to roll-out Fall 2007. With the vision, enthusias m, and current success of Aerial Tumbling and Acrobatics, ATA is leading the design of the Pre-team Program. The pre-team program will be implemented to increase total number of introd uctory ath lete mem berships within t he Acro program and help achieve Program Developme nt goa l of 200 new introductory athletes by Dece mber 2009. PC recommends focus of high priority to be placed on the construction of a PreTeam Program over the month of May and June 2007. Motion: LO Second: SP PASSED

VI. FREEDOM CUP a. Recommendations for Freedom Cup Delegation Officials: i. Head Of Delegation - Ronda Francis ii. Head Coach - Ivaylo Katsov iii. Head Coach - Selena Peco iv. Assistant Coach (Junior/Senior) - Resi Buell-Size v. Assistant Coach (Age Group) - Nancy Davis vi. Team Manager (Junior/Senior) - Sharise Beavers vii. Team Manager (Age Group) - Linda Meier Motion: LO Second: MR PASSED

SP, IK abstained on decisions related to personal assignments b. All USA athletes and coaches attending Freedom Cup will function within the delegation structure and work together as a team. All are required to stay at the host hotel and USA Gymnastics wi ll make room assignments for the delegation . This is the case regardless if the ath lete is competing for t he USA or their club team. This is a unique opportunity to bring together coaches and athletes from across the country and provide them with t he experience of participating in international competition as well as being part of an official delegation. c. Awards i. Seniors - All-around award based on final combined exercise. ii. Juniors - All-around award based on final combined exercise. iii. AGC - all-around award based on final exercise (pair/ groups have choice of competing balance or dynamic exercise). iv. Maximum 12 pair/ groups per age group per event can qualify for finals. No restrictions per club team or country.

VII. 2007 REGIONAL CONGRESSES Presentations are being created to present at each Regional Congress. The decision was made to begin to increase awareness in each region and to sta nd ardize the information being co mmun icated across the country.

VIII. 2007 NATIONAL TEAM/JONT TRAINING CAMP A training camp is tentatively scheduled for October or November. This wi ll be a joint camp for the Senior National Team, Junior National Team and JO National Team.

IX. 2008 ACRO EVENT SCHEDULE PC discussed the 2008 Acro Event Schedule. 2008 year is an Olympic Yea r and will also include t he Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships. Two (2) tentative plans we re discussed in order to best prepare U.S. athletes for the upcoming competition season based on the dates of the Acro World Championships. The fina l plan is dependant on the timing of the 2008 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships.

X. 2008 SUPER CLINIC A motion was called fo r the 2008 Super Clinic to increase focus on ed ucati ng coaches and judges on a national-level. Emphasis of the Super Clinic is for the education of judges and coaches. Much va lue gai ned when judges from aro und the country meet together to discuss the issues and learn together. The Super Clinic is sched uled to move in the direction of conducting education at a high level for Regional and National judges. Education of local level judges will be handled within regio ns. In order to better educate all Acro judges and increase the time spent together on a national leve l, the focus of the Super Clinic will be for experienced judges, 2nd year local and above. The increased focus on education is to continue efforts towards Prog ra m Development and to achieve membership goals by Decem ber 2009. (Pending budget approval). Motion: LO Second: JH Passed ~ continue on p.34

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XIV. 2009 SUPER CLINIC (INTERNATIONAL JUDGES COURSE)

Discussions were held on the potential hosting of an International Judges' Course in conjunction with the 2009 Super Clinic. Details are yet to be confirmed and are dependant on the Brevet Judges' Course.

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Tom briefly shared ideas on a Junior Olympic Nationa l Team Coordinator whose partial role would be to serve as lead clinician for the Regional Athlete Clinics. The JONTC wi ll help to standardize training amongst athletes and coaches to help ensure the most success during international competitions as well as increase coaches' education on training styles, conditioning, and peaking .

PC revised the May Technical Update. A motion was called to post the revised May Technical Update, on the Acro we bsite, upon completion. Motion: LO Second: JH PASSED

In conjunction with the Regional Athlete Clinics, an opportunity to host an AcroBasics course may also be available to aid new clubs and coaches starting up an Acro program. The implementation of Regional Athlete Clinic and Acrobasic courses held in conjunction wou ld help to make strides to achieving Program Development goals and continue the development of the athlete pipeline.

XVI. COMPULSORY MUSIC

Recommendation - A meeting is to be scheduled at the 2007 J.O. National Championships to discuss options and to further develop these clinics with the Regional Administrative Chairs. (Pending budget approval). Motion: IK Second: LO Passed

XII. 2008 REGIONAL JUDGES CLINICS

To achieve the goal of increasing the total number of judges within the Acro program, PC recommends Regional Judges' Clinics to be held within each region before the start of each competition season. The focus will be placed on education for new and/or local Acro judges. (Pending budget approval). Motion: LO Second: JH Passed

XIII. 2008 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS In 2008, the Acrobatic Gymnastics National Championships wi ll crown the national champions for both Junior Olympic athletes (Levels 5 - 10) and the Junior and Senior Elite athletes. Additionally, depending on the date and location of the 2008 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships and also due to the separation of Visa Championships due to the Olympic Trials in 2008, PC encourages all elite coaches to potentially prepare for the 2008 National Team Trials to be held earlier in the 2008 season. National Tea m Trials serves as the qualifying meet for all elite nationals to compete at the 2008 National Championships. As the dates for the 2008 World Championships are announced, additional details will be provided to all elite coaches. Recommendation for 2008 Acrobatic Gymnastics National Championships to crown both Junior Olympic and Elite National Champions. Motion: IK Second: SP Passed

PC di scussed the possibility of offering compulsory music for Level 4. Music would be created solely for USA Gymnastics and the Acrobatic Gymnastics program and used for all Level 4 events. Music wo uld be event specific. Plans are being made to include comp ulsory music in the near future.

XVII. LEVEL MOBILITY - ELIGIBILITY REPORT FORM

Linda Ocmand made a motion to require all coaches to fill out the Ski lls Testing Eligibility Report and submit to the National Office for approval prior to Skills Testing, The motion called to verify athlete eligibility prior to the start of Skills Testing and to ensure all athletes are meeting eligibility status per the Acrobatic Gymnastics Rules and Policies. The Eligibility Form must be in-hand to the Program Director ten (10) days prior to the Skills Testing and must be approved before ski ll testing is facilitated. Motion: LO Second: SP Passed

XVIII. LEVEL MOBILITY - COMPETITION EXPERIENCE

A motion was called for all Tariff Sheets and Mobility Report Forms to be sent to the Meet Referee before Tariff Sheet deadlines prior to the start of any competition. Motion: SP Second: LO Passed

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PC re-visited the "How to Start an Acrobatic Gymnastics Prog ram" book and made red-pen revisio ns. The "How-to-Book" is tentatively scheduled to be published July 2007 in time for distribution at t he 2007 National Congress.

xx. JANET VON BARGEN AWARD In honor of long-ti me Acrobatic Gymnastics International rated judge, Janet Von Bargen, a motion was called to create an award on behalf of all Acro judges. The Janet Von Barge n award will be presented each year at the National Championships to a judge who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Motion: LO Second: JH Passed ~continue on p.36

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XXI. PROGRAM COMMITTEE INFRASTRUCTURE a. Recommendation - Michael Rodrigues opens the lines of communication with elite athletes, including JONT athletes, provide international reminders, receive feedback on training, etc. .. b. Recommendation - Jennifer Hess opens lines of communication with U.S. judges, help organize and facilitate Super Clinic and Regional Judges' Clinics, and continues educating all judges in the United States in order to achieve Program Development goal of 25 new judges. c. Recommendation - Selena Peco is to continue focusing on JO program, JONT ath letes, and develop new program deve lopment initiatives to achieve Program Development goal of 25 new coaches. Selena will help (in conjunction with Linda Ocmand and the PDC) to market Regional Athlete Clinics, market AcroBasics courses held in conj unction with Regional Athlete Clinics, and reach out to the RAC for Level 6 and 7 video footage for new coaching videos. d. Recommendation - Ivaylo Katsov opens lines of com munication with elite coaches to aid in the development of elite athletes. PC is recommending Ivaylo to take more of a leadership position with National Team/ JONT training ca mp, lead coaches and athletes at Regional camps, and help to continue to develop Team USA. e. Recommendation - Linda Ocmand is to chair the Progra m Development Committee (PDC) meeting held at the 2007 J .O. National Championships. The PDC meeting is to help deve lop and direct key people within eac h region to actively get clubs involved with the sport of Acrobatic Gymnastics. Approved by Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics President 09/ 18/ 2007

Selena welcomed the JO Committee members to the JO Committee Meeting. A reminder was made that no major changes will be made to the Specifications this year. Nancy Davis proposed making a change to Level 7 in terms of how it is scored. The proposal was made to standardize Level 7 with the rest of the developmental program (Level 5 - 8). This proposal has two parts. The first part deals with inconsistency in calculating difficulty and ultimately how that affects scoring. Part 2 describes changes to the different pai r/group skills to better alig n this level with advancement from level 6 and onward to level 8. Part 2 is a secondary step that could be implemented when changes to the Specifications are scheduled to be made. Nancy is happy to work with a coach who has numerous years of experience in terms of developing the men's pair and men's group considering their experience with these two events. A motion was made to eliminate bonus in Level 7 to standardize this level with the other developmental levels. The change will be made January 2008. Motion: NO Second: SP Passed

3. COACHING VIDEO A recommendation was made to develop Level 6 & 7 coaching videos to aid coaches with skills in Level 6 and the expectation of how skills should be performed. Selena Peco will assist Tom Housley with this project using video from the 2007 J.O. National Championships.

4. FIG SKILL EVALUATIONS The deadline for the FIG Skill Evaluations has passed for 2007 (June 1). No new skill evaluations from the US program will be accepted by the FIG .

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5. 2007 - 08 EVENT CALENDAR Tom reviewed the 2007 - 08 Event Calendar with the committee. The committee was pleased to see a tentative calendar, including dates and site locations for the upcoming season.

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6. NEW PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES

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Tom reviewed new programs and initiatives being created by USA Gymnastics and Aerial Tumbling and Acrobatics including the Aero - Pre-Team program, How-toBook, and Program Development Committee.

Selena Peco - NJOCC Nancy Davis - Region 1 RJOCC Ronda Francis - Region 4 RJOCC Michael Rodrigues - NAR Tom Housley - PD Lee Hatfield - Region 2 RJOCC Jennifer Hess - NTCC Linda Ocmand - NPCC Illya Demanyak - Region 5 RJOCC

7. JONT TRAINING CAMP FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS An email will be sent to Selena Peco regarding feedback and suggestions from the committee.

8. CLARIFICATIONS FOR THE 2008 A motion was made to keep the back bird position as illustrated in the Acrobatic Gymnastics Specifications. By definition, the ~ continue on p.38

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UPDATE correct positio n for the back bird is in an arch position . Motion: SP Second: LH Passed A motion was made to clarify all slide to split individual element skills. The correct technique for this skill is to land on one foot with continuous motion through to the final position. The athlete may not "pause" to receive credit. Motion:SP Second: NO Passed A motion was made to clarify cartwheel to knee in Level 5 and Level 6. The correct technique for this skill is to land on one foot with continuous motion through to the final position. The ath lete may not "pause" to receive credit. Motion: ID Second: SP Passed A recommendation was made to clarify Level 7 Women's Pairs, Men's Pairs, and Mixed Pair - 4A. A motion was called to allow up to a 180 degree turn to sit. Motion: SP Second: MR Passed The com mittee di scussed wrap to backbird and whe re release is expected to take place. The committee agreed that this is a judgment call by the judges based on individual circumstance.

9. ADDITIONAL BUSINESS

A recommendation to re-visit the boundaries for each region in the Acrobatic Gymnastics program was made to promote, serve, and administer the official Acrobatic Gymnastics program for athletes of all levels of ability throughout the United States. The Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee will discuss at co mmittee meetings at the 2007 Visa Championships. Motion: RF Second: NO Passed Meeting Adjourned - 11:36am

Approved by Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics President

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NATIONAL TECHNICAL COMMlnEE MINUTES

JULY 27, 2007 1. ROLL CALL

Jen nifer Hess - NTCC Kari Duncan - Region 1 RTCC Selena Peco - NJOC( Sharon Giamanco - Region 4 RTCC Sharise Beavers - Region 7 RTCC Michael Rodrigues - NAR Linda Ocmand - NPCC Tom Housley - PO

2. JUDGING PROGRESSIONS

"If the judge needs or chooses to re-test after taking a break from judging for whatever reason and for whatever duration of time, then the ro lling two year period wou ld start over once they recertify. Requirements wo uld need to be met and that judge could upg ra de two yea rs from then." Motion: JH Second: SG Passed

A motion was made to change the requirements for maintaining judging certification in terms of international competition for Regional and high er judges. A petition may be sub mitted if a judge is attending an international competition and is unable to meet requirements per the Rules and Policies maintaining judging certification. The petition must be sent to the National Technical Chair. The petition will be voted on by the National Technical Committee for the internati onal competition to be used in place of the National-level competition. Motion: S8 Second: SG Passed If a judge has a FIG Brevet level rating for Acrobatic Gymnastics, the judge

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take an d pass the certification exam . Moving forward, the judge would need to follow the J udgi ng Progressio ns per the Rules and Policies. Motion:JH Second: SP Passed

3. JUDGES' COMPENSATION

A motion was made to increase the clinician fees for judges due to the amount of time and persona l expenses to organizing clinics. Clinician of judges' Course will receive $150 per clinic day plus rei mburse ment of travel and business expenses. Motion: SP Second: SG Passed

4. SUPER CLINIC AND REGIONAL CLINICS

At the Face-to-Face meeting in Indianapolis, IN, Program Committee recommended to increase focus at the 2008 Super Clinic on educating coaches and judges on a national-level. The increased focus on education is to conti nue efforts towards Program Development and to achieve membership goals by December 2009. Pf(lgra m Committee reeommended to tne Nationa l leennieal Chair tnat all 5tate rated or nigher to attend the 200B Stlper Clinie. The reeommendation \.a5 ealled to better edtlcate tne program'5 top rated jtldge5 a5 .. ell a5 prepare the5e jtldge5 for international jtldging. 1 Yes 5 No Did Not Pass A motion was made to require the Regional Technical Chai r and/or Regional Technical Coordinator from each region to attend the 2008 Super Clinic. Motion: SG Second: JH Passed: 1 Abstaining

5. JANET VONBARGEN AWARD

A motion was called for the National Tech nical Committee to vote on the judge who is most deserving of the Janet VonBargen Award. The award is given on a year-to-year basis, but does not have to be given out every year. It is up to the discretion of th e NTC. The award recipient must be a USA Gymnastics professional member and current U.S. judge who exhibits outstanding service and dedication to the Acrobatic Gymnastics program. Motion: SP Second: KD Passed

6. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

A motion was called for the National Tec hni cal Chair to serve as the Chair of the Superior Jury. The National Technical Committee Chair will make recom me ndations for the Meet Referees and Assista nt Meet Referees fo r National Championships with final approval from Program Committee. Motion: SG Second: S8 Passed

7. REGIONAL ISSUES & CONCERNS

Linda Ocmand add ressed the National Technical Committee regarding complaints, issues, and/or concerns within each region an d the policies and procedures to properly handle issues. Linda encouraged the regional committees to empower the regional committee individuals to address issues with judges within their respective regions. Motion: SP Second: KD Passed

8. RTCC AND RJC

Jennifer Hess reiterated the expectations, roles and responsibilities of th e Regional Technical Committee Chair and Regional Judges' Coordinator per the Acrobatic Gymnastics Operating Code.

9. RTCC PROGRAM AND GREEN CARDS

Jennifer Hess addressed the on li ne Judge's Database error. The error will be corrected following the 2007 Visa Championships. Green cards need to be mailed to each of the Regional Technical Chairs by August 31, 2007

10. CLARIFICATION - INCORRECT OR ILLEGIBLE TARIFF SHEETS

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The fo llowing motion was made in regards to Clarification - Incorrect or illegible Tariff Sheets: "Every two mi stakes, regardles s of the type of mistake on the tariff sheet, will receive a .1 ded uction per exercise." Motion: JH Second: LO Passed

ACROBATIC GYMNASTICS PROGRAM COMMITTEE MINUTES SAN JOSE, CA AUGUST 17-19,2007 1. ROLL CALL

11. REVISED TARIFF SHEETS A motion was made to allow only 1 Revised Tariff Sheet to be submitted by t he Revised Tariff Sheet Dead line. When submitting a revised tariff sheet form, a copy of the tariff sheet is not required to be submitted . Motion : S8 Second: KD Passed A motion was made to allow only 1 Minor Tariff Sheet revision to submit any minor changes 1 hour before the start of the pair/ group's session of competition . Motion: S8 Second: KD Passed A motion to clarify page 80 to state, "it is the coach's responsibility to notify the Meet Referee, CJP and Difficulty Judge of any minor changes by submitting the Minor Change Form directly to the MR, CJP, DJ. Moti on: S8 Second: KD Passed

12. APPEAL PROCEDURES A motion was made to revise the Re solution of an Appea l - Number 2 & 3. The following ch anges will be made: 2 - If the appea l is not resolved by the CJP to the satisfaction of the coach concerned, he/s he may ask for action by the Jury of Appeals. This request must take place within 15 minutes of the return of the appea l to the Appeals Tab le and an additional $20 fee is due at t he time of the request. Motion: SG Second: KD Passed

13. J.O. COMMITTEE AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE UPDATE

Linda Ocmand - NPCC Jen nifer Hess - NTCC Selena Peco - NJOCC - absent Ivaylo Katsov - NECC Michael Rodrig ues - NA R Tonya Case - Vice Chai r - via confe rence call Tom Housley - PD

2. REVIEW OF NATIONAL TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MINUTES The Program Committee recommends the approval of the policy proposals submitted by the Natio nal Tech nical Co mmittee with the following amendments: a. Any judge who is National Superior or Nationa l rated or would like to test from Regional to Natio nal rating or National to National Superior, must attend t he Super Clinic to take the appropriate judge's certification test. b. In addition to the Regional Technical Chair and/ or Regional Technical Coordinator being required to attend t he 2008 Super Clinic (per NTC Minutes 7/ 27/ 07), all current National and Nationa l Superior judges must attend the 2008 Super Clinic. c. If a judge is unable to atte nd the 2008 Super Clinic, a petition may be submitted to the Natio nal Technical Chair for review by the Natio nal Tech nical Committee. A decision wi ll be given within 2 weeks of t he submitted petition. d. In regards to Clarification - incorrect or illegible tariff sheets: • Every two mistakes, regardless of the type of mistake on the tariff sheet, will receive a .1 deduction per exercise. e. In regards to Minor Tariff Sheet form : • . An exception may be made if an ath lete is injured. The injury must be verified by the medica l personnel before the Minor Tariff Sheet is accepted. Motion: JH Second: LO Passed

3. REVISED TARIFF SHEET FORM

Selena Peco up dated the Nationa l Tec hnica l Comm ittee on reco mm endations , up dates, and motions fro m th e J un ior Olympi c Com mittee meeti ng. Li nda Oc mand update d t he co mmittee on t he Program Development Comm ittee. Meeting Adjourned : 4:22pm Approved by Steve Pen ny, USA Gymnastics President 09/ 18/2007

An update has been made to t he Revised Tariff Sheet Form. The new for m wi ll be used starting in the 2007 - 08 competitive seaso n.

4. MINOR CHANGE FORM A Minor Change Form has been created for coaches to use when submitting Minor Changes at a competition . The Mi nor Change Form ca n be submitted up to 1 hour before the start of the at hlete's competition session. The Mi nor Change Form must be given directly to the Meet Referee, (JP, and DJ

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5. REVIEW OF NATIONAL JO COMMITTEE MINUTES The Program Committee recommends the approval of the policy proposals submitted by the National JO Committee.

6. NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING CAMP

Program Committee discussed plans for the National Team Training Camp that will take place at Karolyi's Training Camp November 9 - 13, 2007.

7. INTERNATIONAL JUDGES The Program Committee recommends the following judges to participate and attend the FIG International Judges Course in Acrobatic Gymnastics: Mindi Blankenship Michelle Caviness Selena Peco Nancy Davis Lisa Kidd Courtney LeJeune Jurek Pol Motion:JH Second: LO Passed

8. SELECTION OF NATIONAL TEAM

The Program Committee received a petition for Junior Mixed Pair Ryan Ward and Kelianne Stankus (REALIS) . The petition met the requirements and the pair was eligible for consideration for the Junior National Team . The Program Committee recommends the following pair/groups for selection to the Senior National Team: Women's Pair: Mallory Henthron, Savannah Shields (A E) Men's Pair: Tyler Spray, Julian Amaro (WCA) Mixed Pair: Xiau-Ling Wee, Andre Solodar (PTAG) Kristin Allen, Brian Kincher (WCA) Women's Group: Mariah Henninger, Tisa Penny, Allysha Kidd (WCA) The Program Committee recommends the following pair/groups for selection to the Junior National Team : Mixed Pair: Madeline Bones, Kyle Bloom (ATA) Ryan Ward, Kelianne Stankus (REALIS)

9. LEVEL 10 EXHIBITION ROUTINES The following correction will be made to the Rules and Policies, page 30, letter E: a. Level 10 athletes who wish to exhibit a combined exercise will perform no more than three exercises. They will not participate in competitions for placement. The combined exercise will be scored and the scores will not be flashed. No awards will be given for the combined exercise nor will the combined exercise score be included in the all-around total. Rules & Policies, page 30. Scores will be given to the Program Director for documentation at the National Office.

Motion: LO Second: IK Passed

10. FACE·TO·FACE MEETING The Program Committee discussed the importance of having time to discuss future plans for the acrobatic gymnastics program. The program committee plans to meet at least one weekend in 2008 to continue strategic program planning and development over the next four years.

11 . RULES AND POLICIES The Program Committee recommends the following changes to be made to the Acrobatic Gymnastics Rules and Policies: a. Music must be submitted before a meet on a CD. A cassette tape is not acceptable and therefore will not be allowed to be used for competition. The CD must be clearly marked with the competitors names; club. b. For the safety of the athlete, an air conditioned unit must be used for State and Regional Championships. This is effective starting January 2008. c. National Championships - Multiple Events i. Level 8 and above athletes are ineligible to compete at National Championships in multiple events. This is effective starting January 2009 . • In a situation where an athlete becomes injured, the coach may petition an athlete to compete in multiple events. The petition may be considered so the uninjured athlete is able finish the competition season by substituting a new partner. Documentation must be provided by a physician when submitting the petition. The petition must be submitted prior to State Championships and be sent to Program Director for approval by the Program Committee. Motion: JH Second: MR Passed

12. OPERATING CODE The Program Committee reviewed and recommends the following changes to the Operating Code for the Acrobatic Gymnastics Program: a. Page 6, letter j: attend at least 2 regional clinics, when appropriate, to continue the development of new judges and increase education and proficiency of current judges within each region.

13. SPECIFICATIONS The following clarifications and changes, in addition to Technical Updates, will be made to the Acrobatic Gymnastics Specifications. The changes and clarifications are effective immediately: a. "Free leg" - holding anywhere on the leg is considered a 2:2 position and therefore would receive 2:2 value, regardless of hand placement on the leg. The leg must be "free" (no support on the leg) to receive 2:1 value. b. Pike position (leg crossed) - leg position is optional ~ continue on p.42

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VII. NEW BUSINESS

The Program Committee revisited the 2008 Calendar. In preparation for the 2008 World Championships, the Acro program will send an official delegation to the 2007 Britiah Open Tournament in Stoke-on-Trent from December 1 - 2, 2007. A selection event will be held in conjunction with the National Team Training Camp, November 9- 13. Motion: LO Second: IK Passed

The committee recommended that a proposal be taken to the Women's Program Committee for the addition of the following to the Women's Operating Code, Responsibilities of the State Administrative Committee Chairmen: The State Administrative Committee Chairman MUST submit all committee meeting agendas and subsequent minutes to their respective Regional Administrative Committee Chairman prior to distribution.

15. NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING CAMP Ivaylo Katsov will serve as the lead clinician for the National Team Training Camp in November 2007. Ivaylo will reach out to all Junior Olympic and elite coaches, with athletes on the national teams, prior to the camp date to aid in the development of the camp schedule and coaching sessions. Ivaylo will continue to work in the capacity of National Elite Committee Chairman by opening up the lines of communication amongst all coaches and provide opportunities during the camp for coaches to share ideas on coaching philosophies and training plans. Motion: JH Second: MR Passed Meeting Adjourned - 1:23pm

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VIII. REGIONAL CONGRESS Rachel reported the dates of 2008 Regional Congresses to the RACe's. These dates are confirmed: Region 1 August 21-24 Santa Clara, CA Region 2 TBD (Tentative October 11-13 in Seattle or Spokane) Region 3 TBD Region 4 July 10-13 Coralville, IA Region 5 TBD (Tentative October 23-26 - IL-Chicago area) Region 6 August 14-17 Burlington, MA Region 7 Not held due to National Congress in Philadelphia June 19-21 Region 8 July 17-20 Jacksonville, FL (tentative)

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WOMEN'S ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AUGUST 15, 2007 SAN JOSE, CA 1. ROLL CALL

Meeting was called to order at 8:30 am by National Administrative Chair - Kathy Ostberg Region 1 - Jen Shipman Krause Region 2 - Meg Doxtator Region 3 - Cori Rizzo ( excused absence from 1st part) Region 4 - Jim Schlott (excused absence from 2nd part) Region 5 - Bobbi Montanari Region 6 - Jen Scannell Region 7 - Lynn Perrott Region 8 - Deb Kornegay VPP - Kathy Kelly JOPM - Connie Maloney WPM - Rachel Brazo

II. REVIEW OF STATE ADMINISTRATIVE COMMlnEE CHAIRS WORKSHOP AGENDA. No questions

III. FINANCIAL REPORTING A. All State and Regional reports will be sent to John Hewett B. All State Reports will be copied to Regional Chairs C. All Regional Reports will be copied to National Chair D. All Regional Accounts are to remain under the jurisdiction of the Regional Chair

IV. SILVER QUILL AWARDED TO MIKE MCCABE, flORIDA. V. SILVER MOUSE AWARDED TO KIM FUCHS. MISSOURI. VI. STATE'S RULES AND POLICIES (STATE'S RIGHTS) A. The Regional Administrative Committee Chairmen were charged with reviewing the State Policies of their respective states. States' Rules and Policies must be consistent with the National Policies set forth by the Women's Program. Inconsistencies were noted and will be address at the State Chairmen's Workshop. Kathy Kelly developed a PowerPoint presentation highlighting these various issues. B. Next RACC meeting is scheduled for May 19, 2008 from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. following JO Nationals.

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I. ROLL CALL:

Chairman Cheryl Hamilton called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM . Region 1 Neela Nelson Region 2 Linda Mulvihill Region 3 Carole Bunge Region 4 Linda Thorberg Region 5 Char Christensen Region 6 Pat Panic has - Excused Absence Region 7 Myra Elfenbein Region 8 Marian Dykes Asst. Tech. Comm. Chair Audrey Schweyer JO Program Manager Connie Maloney

II. REGIONAL CONGRESSES 2007 The Technical Committee expressed thanks to the National office for organizing the highly successful Regional Congresses in Regions 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, as well as the National congress in Region 1. The committee also commends Kathy Ostberg for her excellent organization and communication with the RTCCs in regards to the judging sessions/ speakers. The committee looks forward to creating specific core jUdging sessions to be offered at each congress in 2008.

III. RANGE OF SCORES Due to the increase in the penalty for a missing Special Requirement: Recommendation to change the range of scores, effective August 1, 2008, to the following: 9.5 - 10 0.20 9.0 - 9.475 0.50 0.70 8.0 - 8.975 Below 8.0 1.00 Motion: L. Thorberg Second: M. Elfenbein PASSED

IV. JUDGES' MEETINGS PRIOR TO COMPETITION (ALL LEVELS) The committee would like to remind judges/ meet referees that the following procedures should be considered for inclusion during the meeting prior to competition: 1. logistics of the meet/scoring system, meet mechanics, etc. 2. rule changes 3. equipment issues 4. info from Meet Director 5. professional protocol reminders


V. OFFICIAL SCORE SHEETS R&P page 64. B.4. Change the wording to: the Chief Judge checks that the scores of both (all) judges, the average score, as well as time and line violations are properly recorded during the competition.

of the meet director to insure that Start Value flashers are provided for each judge, unless the Start Values are to be written on the gymnast's competitor card. Meeting commenced on Sat. Oct. 13 at 9:00 AM

Clarification for Petitions: Regarding petitions to State or Regional competitions, scores presented to the SACC or RTCC must be documented by an official score sheet issued by the Meet Director. (Refer to 2007-08 Rule s and Policies, page 49-50. Part Two, Section V, Injury or illness petitions).

X. LEVEL 2-3 VAULT PENALTIES

VI. DETERMINATION OF FINAL EVENT SCORE

XI. LEVEL 4-6 BEAM DISMOUNT

Page 10, R & P D. Clarification: The procedure of using the score of the Chief Judge or Meet Referee to average with the original average score of the two judges (Base score) is NO LONGER USED. Add to # 3: It is the professional responsibility of the judges to come to an agreement if their scores are initially out of range. Add #4. If the judges are unable to compromise, the Chief Judge may mandate that the scores be brought into the allowable range.

VII. INQUIRIES Reminder to judges that if a coach has a question regarding an exercise during the competition, the judges should advise the coach to submit an Inquiry Form to officially receive information. There should be no casual conversation between a coach and a judge during the competition regarding the evaluation of an exercise.

VIII. AFFILIATION Add the following to the R & P, Page 63: II. A. Affiliation of an official at a specific meet refers to: Add bullet: An immediate family member is defined as a parent/stepparent, grandparent, sibling or any member of the household. II.A. Add second bullet A judge who is an immediate family member of a competing gymnast, or of a coach or club owner of a competing team , is considered affiliated with that specific club team and may not be assigned as a Chief Judge at meets in which that club is competing. Refer to Rules and Policies, page 63, II.B : In non-qualifying Open Invitationals with two or four judge panels, affiliated judges may be assigned as Chief or Panel Judges, provided that the Meet Director lists the judges and their affiliation on the pre-meet information .

IX. START VALUE Since the flashing of Start Values is now required, it is the responsibility

The committee discussed the need to add deductions for th ese vaults. Some suggestions will be sent to both the JO and TC members and decisions will be made at the joint meeting of JOC and TC in May 2008 . Clarification: Example : The gymnast attempts the di smount, comes down without performing the 1/4 turn, and remounts to attempt it again. A 0.5 deduction is taken for the fall. If, on the 2nd attempt, she does not complete the dismount again, anoth er 0.50 deduction for the second fall will be applied . Use the best attempt to determine the additional deductions for incomplete element. Refer to compulsory book (penalty pages and grey boxes) .

XII. JUDGES' ACCREDITATION Clarifications regarding procedures: A. Former judges who have no current rating may start testing again at the level they previously held. B. Judges who hold a current foreign Brevet and are now living in the U.S. will be requi red to submit documentation of thei r Brevet and attend a Level 10 Optional judging/ rules clinic prior to being assigned to a Jr. Olympic meet. A person who held a foreign Brevet in the past, but does not hold a current Brevet rating, may begin testing at Level 10. C. All Optional-rated officials must test at Level 5/ 6 in order to judge at the Compulsory levels. D. CPE deficient: If there is a need to assign a judge who has not completed their CPE requirements, the assignor must inform the meet referee, so that the specific judge's fee will be reduced by $5.00 per hour as per the Rules and Policies, page 66, A. 9. c. 2) . E. When hosting a clini c, it is the clinic organizer's responsibility to have staff available, in addition to the clinician, to sign the CPE forms . Reminder that for multi-track clinics (like Regional Congress) , only sessions that pertain to coaching and/ or judging of competitive gymnastics can be used for CPE hours. It was suggested to designate the CPE-eligible sessions by an asteri sk and to title the judging/ coaching tracks as Women's Artistic, rather than judges/coaches. The committee made recommendations in the procedures for signing CPE records at clinics/ congresses. It was requested that Connie revise the Annual CPE ~contin ue on p.44

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UPDATE Report form to include the Judge's Rating as of the past Aug. 1, carry-over hours from previous year; and any hours to be carried over for the next year. Connie reported that the 2005-06 CPE audit procedures were carried out and all persons audited submitted their receipts satisfactorily.

XVIII. JUDGES' ACCREDITATION WEB PAGE

XIII. SElECTION OF JUDGES FOR REGIONAL MEETS

In accordance with the recent FIG decision, it is now permissible for femaLe gymnasts to wear a unitard (with long Legs and sLeeves or no sleeves) for competition.

The committee members shared the various ways each Regional Administrative Committee selects the judges for Level 8, 9 and 10 Regionals.

XIV. COURSES FOR 2009 A. Level 10 Re-certification was discussed and a decision was made to discontinue this level of certification. All individuals attempting to attain the Level 10 rating must successfully pass the Level 10 Theoretical and Practical exams at 80% on each part. B. National Course (multiple dates) Eligibility: 1. Current Brevet or National rating 2. Held a Level 10 rating a minimum of two complete cycles (8 years) 3. Must have attended a minimum of two USAG Regional or National Congresses or National NAWGJ Symposium in the current cycle (June 2005 - Dec. 31, 2008). 4. Must hold a current USAG Professional membership and current safety certification 5. Must be current with CPE requirements Format: Written Exam (10 questions on general and each event) Practical exam (5 routines per event) Criteria for attaining a National rating: 85% average with a minimum of 80% on each part (Written/Practical) If a judge sco res a minimum of 80% on each part, but does not achieve an 85% total', he/s he will receive a Level 10 rating. Anyone scoring below 80% on either part must either take the National Course re-test or take the Level 10 exam. , A one time National Course re-test will be offered at the National Congress C. USAG BREVET COURSE Eligibility: 1. Current FIG or USAG Brevet 2. Previous Senior National (Elite) team member (minimum of 21 yrs. of age) 3. Current USAG Professional membership and safety certification 4. Current with CPE requirements Course format/criteria for passing will be determined at a later date. D. National or USAG Brevet Course exemptions: Since the members of the Women's Technical and JO Committees are responsible for the development/creation of the rules and deductions for Level 10, those committee members who currently hold a USAG Brevet or National rating will retain their current rating . It is highly recommended that they audit the course for their respective level. Since the FIG Brevet rules are now very different from the JO rules, it is highly recommended that all FIG Brevet judges attend a JO rules clinic prior to being assigned to a JO Optional competition.

xv. CHERYL REMINDED THE RTCC'S THAT THE

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR JO NATIONALS AND LEVEl 9 EAST/ WEST JUDGES ARE DUE BY DEC. 1ST. She requested that they include any specific affiliations.

XVI. CORE JUDGING TOPICS FOR 2008 CONGRESSES The committee selected five core topics, in addition to a JO Update, for the 2008 congresses. Each member was assigned to a specific event to prepare for the theme of "Good, Better, Best". A timeline was determined to insure that the five DVD projects would be ready for evaluation at the May 2008 meeting. Meeting continued on Sun . Oct. 14 at 9:15 AM

XVII. BASE SCORES The committee reviewed the scri pts for the State, Regional and East/West base score DVDs in order to update with any rule/value changes from the May 2007 meeting. The committee also evaluated Level 7 routines for a new State Meet Base score DVD .

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The committee developed information to be posted on the web page to give examinees information about the exams and how to prepare.

XIX. GYMNASTICS APPAREl

XX. JO CODE REVISIONS The committee approved the following revised Appendix items : va ult value charts, "cheat" sheet, optional requirement chart, symbols charts, and event score sheets. These will be posted on the web site on the Women's Program , JO Program and Just for Judges web pages. Meeting was adjourned at 12:00 pm. Next meeting is scheduled on may 19-20, 2008 following J.O. Nationals in Kissimmee, FL. 1\

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17 Williston, vr 05495; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Green MI. Gymnastics, 240 Pioneer Dr. Directions: Robin Bourdeau B02-652-2454 (ourse code: GMIII72007VT Instructor: Gail McGann 802-273-3627

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