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EVENTS 2007 JANUARY 13-15 18-21

Acro Super Clinic{AG) Pre-Elite Training Squod Camp (TTl

Riverside, CA Houston, TX

USA/JPN/Others Training and Verification Camp (W) 2007 Winter Cup Challenge (M) Nationa) Team Training Camp (TIl Rhythmic Invitationa) & Coaches Symposium (R) Rhythmic Challenge (R) Tyson American Cup Selection Camp (W) Winter Classic (TTl Tyson American Cup Training Camp (W)

Houston, TX los Vegas, NV Houston, TX Colorado Springs, CO Colorado Springs, CO Houston, TX lubbock, TX Houston, TX

FEBRUARY 5-11 7-11 7-11 15-17 18 21-24 22-24 24-27

6-8 7-8 8-14 13-29 21 -22 27-29 T8D TBD

National Elite Qualifier (W) East/West Championships Rhythmic (R) World Gymnaestrada (GG) Pan Americon Games (M,W,R,TR) East/West Championships Rhythmic (R) U.S. Classic/ Challenge (W) Freedom Cup (AG) Junior Olympic National Championships (AG)

Houston, TX T8D Dornbirn, AUT Rio de Janeiro, BRA TBD TBD USA TBD

National Gymnastics Day National Business Conference State & Reg. Chair Training (TI) Visa Championships (M/W/ R/ AG) National Congress and Trade Show World Cup - Russia (TIl

San Jose, CA Son Jose, CA Son Jose, CA San Jose, CA St. Petersburg, RUS

World Cup - Poland (TI) World Championships (M,W) Stars & Stripes Cup/ IAGC Team Trial (TIl World Championships (R)

Zelona-Gura Stuttgart, GER Birmingham, Al Patras, GRE

National Team Training Camp (AG)

Houston, Texas

World Championships (TIl International Age-Group Competition (TIl Olympic Test Event JumpStart National Testing Future Stars Notional Championships (M) Notional Coaches Workshop (M)

Quebec City, CAN Quebec City, CAN Beijing, CHN TBD TBD TBD

AUGUST 4 15 15 15-18 16-18 25-26

SEPTEMBER MARCH 3 5-10 13-20 16-18 22-25

Tyson American Cup (M,W) USA vs. World Training Camp & Competition (W) Great Britain Tour (W) Gymnix International (W) USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships (M)

Jacksonville, Fla. Houston, TX GBR Montreal, CAN Williamsburg, VA

World Cup - USA (TTl World Cup - Canada (TI) NCAA Championships (M) National Team Training Camp (W) USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships (W) level 9/ 10 Regionals (W) NCAA Championships(W) World Cup (AG)

lake Placid, NY Quebec City State College, PA Houston, TX Seattle, WA Various Sites Salt lake City, UT Puurs, BEL

4-6 9-13 10-12 11-13

National Elite Qualifier (W), JO National Championships (M) U.S. Elite Challenge/IAGC Team Trial (TT) level 9 East & West Championships (W)

11-13 18-20 24-27 27-31 31-June 1 TBD

American Classic (W) JO National Championships (W) International H. Chmielewski Tournament (AG) American Classic (Pan Am Verification) (W) American Classic (W) Machuga Cup (AG)

Houston, TX Oklahoma City, OK TBD Kissimmee, Fl & Spokane, WA Houston, TX Mason,OH Swidnica, Poland Houston, TX Houston, TX Krasnodar, RUS

American Challenge (W) Notional Team Training Camp (TR) JO Championships (R) Men's Qualifier (M) Trampoline & Tumbling National Championships (TI) Pan Am Gomes Selection Camp (W)

Houston, TX TBD TBD Colorado Springs, CO Memphis, TN Houston, TX

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JUNE June 1-3 5-12 8-10 9 20-28 3~-July 4

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TBD

2008 MAY 9-11 16-1 B

level 9 East & West Championships (W) JO Notional Championships (W)

TBA Kissimmee, Fl

U.s. Olympic TeamTrials - Gymnastics

Philadelphia, PA

Olympic Games

Beijing, CHN

JUNE 19-22

AUGUST 8-24

W= Women M=Men

AG = Acroba~c

R= Rhythmic GG = Group Gymnastics B= Business

Gymnastics

JULY 4-6

OCTOBER TBD

APRIL 1-2 7-8 12-15 14-18 17-21 20-22 26-28 TBD

1-2 1-9 13-16 19-23

Pan Am Games Training Camp (W) TECHNIQUE. JANUARY 2007

Houston, TX

NOTE: OtItes and ev",ts sullied to cIHmge or cancellation.

TR =Trampoline TU = Tumbling IT = Trampoline/ Tumbling


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Zemetria Barnes-Perry USA GYMNASTICS IXICUTIVI COMMlnl1 CHAIR: Ron Froehlich; PRESIDENT: Slev. Penny; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KolI; VICE CHAIR MEN: Yoichi Tom~o; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andreo Schmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOUNE: Paul Parillo; VICE CHAIR ACRO·GYMNASTICS: Tanya Case; SECRfTARY: Gory Anderlon; TREASURER: Bob Wood; FIG REPS: Bob Colorolli {Execulive CommiHeel, Ron Fro.hlich (Audilor), Tonyo Case (Acrobolic Gymnastics Technicol CommiHee) and John Roelhlisberger (Alhlel. Rep.). AT lARGE MEMBERS: Sieve Bulcher, David Holcomb; ATHLETE DIREGORS: Kim Zmeskol·BurdeHe, John Roelhlisberger, C..oIin. Hun!, Korl Heger; USOC ATHlETE DlREGOR: lorissa Fonloine. USA GYMNASTICS BOARD OF DIRICTORS CHAIR: Ron Froehlich; PRESIDENT: Sieve Penny; PRESIDENT EMERITUS: Sandy Knopp, Mike Donohue; TREASURER: Bob Wood; SECRfTARY: Gory Anderson; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KolI; VICE CHAIR MEN: Yoichi Tomilo; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andrea Schmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOUNE: Paul Parillo; VICE CHAIR ACRO·GYMNASTICS: Tonyo Case; PUBUC SEGOR: Bill Hybl, Bob Wood; AMATEUR ATHlETIC UNION: Ron Ferris; AMERICAN SOKOL ORGANIZATION: Jerry Milan; AMERICAN TURNERS: Beny Heppner; COLLEGE GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION·MEN: Froncis Allen; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGIATE COACHES·WOMEN: Mork Cook; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORT: Marilyn Sirawbridge; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS JUDGES: Carole Ide; NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHlETIC ASSOCIATlON·MEN: Yoshi Hoyasoki; NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS: Becky Oakes; NATIONAL GYMNASTICS JUDGES ASSOCIATION·MEN: Bulch Zunich; NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: Margie Conlield; U.S. ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENOENT GYMNASTICS ClUBS: Paul Ziert; U.S. ElITE COACHES ASSOCIATlON·MEN: Thom Glielmi; U.S. EUTE COACHES ASSOCIATION· WOMEN: Sieve Rybacki Tony Gehman; U.S. MEN'S GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: TIm Klempnouer; U.s. RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: Suzie DiTullio; YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF THE USA: Cosey Koenig; NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION· WOMEN: Meg Slephenson; NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DIREGORS MEN: Mike Burns, Abie Grossleld; RHYTHMIC: Ivonko Kirov, Michelle Lorson; WOMEN: Kelli Hill, Tom Forster; TRAMPOUNE: Shoun Kemplon, Dr. George Drew; ACRO·GYMNASTICS: Lindo Porter, Joy Binder; ATHlETES COUNCIl: Mohini Bhardwaj, Kim Zmeskol·BurdeHe, Larissa Fonloine, Karl Heger, Jessico Howard, Caroline Hunl, Jamie Morshik, Sieve McCoin, Shannon Miller, Michael Rodrigues, Joy Thornlon, USOC Alhlele Rep.; Larissa Fonloine, Execulive Boord Member John Roelhlisberger. ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS, Lori Katz; SPECIAL OLYMPICS, Kale fober·Hickie; U.S. COMPETITIVE AEROBICS fEDERATION, Howard Schwartz

Transforming your gym into a personal development center.

lO A Case Study of Trampoline Throw-in Mats & Peak Accelerations 12 Mental Recipe How much of gymnastics is really "mental"?

16 Philadelphia to Host 2008 U.S. Olympic Team TrialsGymnastics 18 Member Club Invitational Listing

DEPARTMENTS 4 USA Gymnastics Message 26 Business Tips 30 Athlete Focus 32 KAT/MELPD Schedule 34 Member Services Update 39 What's New 46 Classifieds 48 Safety Certification Schedule

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GYMNASTICS MESSAGE

Happy New Year:

I HAVE ALWAYS FELT THAT THE BEGINNING OF A NEW YEAR IS EXCITING. There is a certain sense of momentum that is generated by th e countdown from December 31 to January 1. For USA Gymnastics, it is a time to focus on new objecti ves, with special emphasis on preparing our elite athletes for the 2007 World Championships and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing . Several key topics were addressed at the fall USA Gymnastics Board of Director's meeting with special emphasis on safety, education, and technology. USA Gymnastics is embarking on several new frontiers to address these important areas. Safety must be kept at the forefront of every gym nastics professional's efforts. Safety is fundamental to the success and ongoing popularity of the sport. Every gymnastics professional has an obligation to keep their safety and that of their athletes as the number one priority. Emphasis should be placed on safe conduct in the gym at all times. Coaches should not demonstrate tricks or elements that are beyond their reach. And, coaches must ensure that athletes are capable of the skills they are attempting. USA Gymnastics will be working closely with the gymnastics industry to better identify issues of concern for safety within the sport. Safety continues to be a core message in all of our educational courses. Remember - safety is an every day priority for all of us. Last August we announced the promotion of Carisa Laughon to the Director of Educational Services. Carisa has been working closely with Kathy Feldmann and others to develop a plan for the USA Gymnastics University certification program, which will be launched in 2007. One of our early priorities was to conduct an FIG Academy in Houston for some of the elite women's coaches, accompanied by a High Performance Clinic. USA Gymnastics will be working closely with the FIG, which has done a great deal of work in developing its Academy materials, featuring various levels of development. We will continue to add on -line courses and build a curriculum for each gymnastics discipline. Technology is a prevalent theme in all of our lives. USA Gymnastics is beginning a complete redesign of our web-site, which will become more fan-oriented and user friendly. We are also working closely with our technology providers to explore a more efficient membership data processing system, which is a vital component in serving the clubs and professional members. Among our other key business priorities is the expansion of the Fitness message. The results of our Member Club survey indicate that this directive is well-received and USA Gymnastics' leadership in this category can have an impact. We are developing the new materials for the 2007 Tyson Fitness Challenge and will be delivering the program earlier to the clubs. This year's program will be updated and enhanced with games, levels (beginner-advanced), and preschool components. The Tyson Fitness Challenge will once again be the driving force for our fund-raising effort for the Children's Miracle Network, and the lead-in to National Gymnastics Day. Lastly, I would like to welcome the St. Vincent Sports Performance Center as a new partner for USA Gymnastics. Based in Indianapolis, the St. Vincent Sports Performance Center and St. Vincent Hospital is providing valuable health resources for some of our elite athletes. Their impact will be felt throughout the sport as their staff will be contributing articles to both Technique and USA Gymnastics about conditioning , fitness, preventative care, injury rehab and sports psychology. We look forward to their involvement in the sport to provide new information on keeping our athletes healthy. Once again, Happy New Year!! See you in the gym.

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I don't want you to worry. Transforming into a Personal Development Center will in no way take away from your stellar gymnastics curriculum . And as the hundreds of schools that we currently consult with have already found out, this new philosophy will add that extra special something that will keep new people coming in, prevent regulars from dropping out, and create a public buzz that brands your school as a community resource. Many schools will say that they would like to teach personal development at their gyms. Leading instructors know that not everyone is looking for their child to become an Olympian in gymnastics but rather, an Olympian of life. But up until now, it has been difficult to find a character curriculum that takes into account the time constraints of a busy gymnastics academy. We know that parents desire two programs in one. They want all the value of a program that addresses the major concerns of self confidence, respect, perseverance and self discipline as well as one that provides a fun and exciting gymnastics curriculum that will challenge and motivate. One stop shopping is imperative and skimping is not an option. That is, unless you

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want to shorten the shelf life of every student that walks through the door. Clearly, you want to be the best. The opportunity to transform your club into a personal development center is available for the taking; you just need to know where to start. Fortunately, it's as easy as ABCD.

Assess Your Environment An effective, positive environment provides a pleasant atmosphere for all the senses. Anyone can have four walls and a training floor and call it a gymnastics club. It takes quite a bit more to make it a Personal Development Center. A positive environment evolves when you take great care with how your school appears to others, what you choose to display, and what information goes up on the walls. People wonder as soon as they walk through your doors, "Is this the place for us?" Look around your academy and ask your senses to go to work. Take a walk in your buyers' shoes! What do prospective and current students see? What do they hear? What do they smell? If you want your gym to be perceived as a Personal Development Center, do not dress it up in old, stinky, dusty, ~


.ffective positive environment provides informational centers where busy parents can see all the ways you are assisting their children and teens

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drab clothes! After all, when you don't keep up your club's interior, it sends the message that you don't take care of other parts of your business as well. An effective positive environment also provides informational centers where busy parents can see all the ways you are assisting their children and teens at a glance. These areas serve as your Powerful Extra Value Indicators (PEVI). PEVI help parents assess what their children are going to be learning this month over and above gymnastics, as well as what kinds of community events, presentations and parenting seminars will be provided at or in conjunction with your Personal Development Center. Finally, make sure to check how the pictures hung on your walls and the photos you select for your Web site read to others. During my doctoral career, I did an entire study on the pictures presented on the Web sites by hundreds of U.S.-based martial arts academies, gymnastics schools, and swimming clubs. Gymnastics academies continually featured pictures of more females, as well as more females in active motion when compared to males. While these schools might have desired an equal attendance of boys and girls, their choice of pictures said differently. Put simply, make sure that your school represents who you wish to attract. If you are looking to attract more boys, be sure to include pictures of boys up on your walls. If you are looking to attract more preschoolers, be sure to include some of the 3-6 year-old character projects on your walls. When the group you are trying to attract can "see" themselves at your academy, they will find themselves at home and will want to stay.

Build Staff Image We all likely remember the old expression, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." This adage certainly holds true in industries that deal with parents and children. While we already discussed how this pertains to the physical environment, it also relates to staff image. In fact, staff image can be portrayed even when potential or current clients are not in site. If staff rush people off the phone to get back to their class, or worse yet, ask an untrained teenager to answer the phone with a less than appealing, "Ahhhh, yeah?," this is NOT a good first impression. Ideally, a Personal Development Center would employ a fabulous front-end staff member with a sunny demeanor and a

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bubbly voice. If this is currently not an option, training a reliable student and providing a detailed phone script is useful. Otherwise, as I have recorded for several of our Powerful Words clients, have someone who speaks with a smile in her voice record a phone message for you. A great phone greeting can make the difference between someone leaving a message or hanging up the phone. As for the way people are greeted when they first step into the school, the same rules apply. Greet someone as you would your favorite family member or old friend. Otherwise, ask someone on your staff to do this for you. Have a system in place so that your staff knows exactly what to do and say. Everyone should be greeted equally. Just because a child is 4 years old does not mean that she/he should be ignored.

Higb fives, iron-on patches, and even private "praise chats" urge children to stretch their character even when nobody is lookirtg. Connect with the Community Although it sometimes feels that way, your club is not an island. There is a whole big community out there and they would love to know about your programs! As a Personal Development Center, your school becomes a resource. Community outreach and events are ways to provide your programs, often free of cost, to your community. Community outreach allows schools, and other kid-friendly places to benefit from your creativity, charisma, and knowledge. Many of you might be wondering why you would go through the trouble of offering programs to your community free of charge. On the one hand, community outreach programs provide others with a sampling of what you offer in your own academy. It allows them to participate in some introductory lessons in public buildings that they know and trust such as schools, churches, and libraries. On the other hand, it is a good service and great karma to give of your heart and time willingly.


While it is wonderful to do activities outside of your gym, perhaps my favorite community outreach programs take place right at the Personal Development Centers. Teacher Appreciation Weeks, a carthwheel-a-thon for charity, or a National Gymnastics Day celebration can help you connect with the community and provide services of gratitude. When you show that you value your community, you become of value to the community. Incidentally, when community events are planned, it is vital that you let people know about it! Besides putting out balloons and signs about the event. alerting the press of your outreach program is a must. You are a resource to the community-let them know it! The more people who know about you, the more good you can do.

Develop and Teach Character A comprehensive, we ll-thought out character program is the hallmark of a great Personal Development Center. Gymnastics can be a wonderful vehicle for helping students to exercise perseverance, respect, kindness, and goal-setting-but if you are looking to be among the most effective, there is more to teaching character than what chi ldren learn from osmosis. If you are not an expert in child development and character, either enlist the assistance of someone who is or use a program that is designed by a professional whom you trust. We are here to help you . You do not need to do it all on your own! In fact. coming up with something off the top of your head each day does not lay the groundwork for consistency or systemization-something we all strive to achieve. The best business men and women use qualified experts to make their programs the most successful. A great character program considers several different groups; students, parents, and instructors. With regard to the students, takehome projects and in-class discussions about character should be easy to understand as well as appropriately challenging for each age group. Further, building proper praise and reward systems into your character program can help to encourage students to make good choices. High fives, iron-on patches, and even private "praise chats" urge children to stretch their character even when nobody is looking.

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Parents also need your wisdom. The reason that we teach our character education program at the end of class is so parents can hear the powerful messages concerning the word of the month as well! Perhaps it goes without saying, but parents can use this information as much (if not more) than the students in your class. Your powerful messages can be used as springboards for discussion in the car, at home, out in public, and just about anywhere else. Wouldn't it be great to know that your lessons were being discussed outside of class? Finally, the character development program should serve the instructors. Many of you have hopes of getting off the floor one day to take a breather between classes, don't you? We designed the program six years ago so that the main instructors could get off the floor for a few minutes to say hello to parents, eat. or go to the bathroom between classes. With some quick training, anyone from a program director to a responsible advanced level teen can open up the floor for a developmentally-appropriate discussion about the word of the month. Can you see it now? ~ continue on p.44

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OF TRAMPOLINE THROW-IN MATS & PEAK ACCELERATIONS By Wm

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NE OF THE MAJOR SAFETY INNOVATIONS FOR TRAMPOLINE IS the "throw-in" mat. This mat is used by a coach or spotter to reduce the severity of impact of the gymnast on the trampoline bed and to effectively "kill" the athlete's bounce or reduce bounce forces sufficiently that the athlete can regain control. A PubMed™, Google Scholar™, and Sport Discus™ literature search using the keywords "trampoline," "throw-in mat" and "spotting mat" revealed no existing literature citations on this topic. However, the use of the throw-in mat is described on at least one website: "There will be a tendency to overturn the skill as they are completing the twist and will need a spot at this time. A throw-in mat also works good [sic] for this" and "As they begin to complete the rudi, they may need a spot or a "throw-in" mat during the landing" (http:www.tu-darmstadt.de/hg/ webtramp/ en/ rep/ teach. html). Other websites mention throw-in mats, but do not go into detail on their use or efficacy (http://www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/ psusportcamps/ gymnastics/default_Coaches.htm and http://www.antigravitysports.com/ trampoline_tumbling_classes.htm ). Consulting all of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation and later USA Gymnastics safety manuals produced no listings involving throw-in mats for trampoline. Even a book


with the title Trampoline Safety Manual (Harris, 1978) makes no mention of a throw-in mat. This paucity of information is not uncommon in many aspects of gymnastics training and performance.

In this case study, Dr. George Drew, DO served as the subject and performed several trials of 3/4 front somersaults on an in-ground full-size string bed trampoline. The somersaults were performed at the Men's Gymnastics training facility at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Dr. Drew is on the USA Gymnastics Trampoline and Tumbling National Coaching Staff and an experienced and previously competitive trampolinist. He attempted to bounce to roughly the same height each time and perform the three-quarters somersaults as consistently as possible. Three relatively consistent trials of five attempts were selected for analysis. The trial conditions included three trials performed onto the trampoline bed without a throw-mat, three trials with a 120 x 182 x 10 cm 9.3 kg throw-mat (four inch), and a 90 x 150 x 20 cm 8.7 kg skill cushion (eight inch). The order of conditions was: no mat, skill cushion, and throw-mat. Dr. Drew was instrumented with a 3-dimensional accelerometer (PASCO Scientific, Roseville, Calif.). By "3-dimensional" we refer to the idea that the sensor has three single axis accelerometers oriented at right angles to each other (forming axes in X, Y, and Z directions). The three directions of the accelerometer allow collection of accelerations in three directions completely characterizing accelerations in three-dimensional space. The three acceleration directions were used to calculate resultant accelerations. The accelerometer was connected to an AirlinkTM transmitter (PASCO Scientific, Roseville, Calif.) that provided telemetry of the data at 100 Hz (100 samples per second) via Bluetooth ™ technology. The accelerometer and transmitter were taped to Dr. Drew at approximately the level of the mid-sternum . Data was captured, stored, and displayed using DataStudio™ (PASCO Scientific, Roseville, Calif.). All three directions of acceleration data were collected. A resultant acceleration was calculated and used for further data analyses. Accelerations were collected in "Gs." A "G" is a unit used to describe acceleration relative to earth's gravity. A G is approximately 9.81 meters per second per second or otherwise expressed as 9.81 m.s-z. Acceleration refers to the change in velocity. In other words, you accelerate a certain number of meters per second - each second. As you stand, sit or lie on the surface of the earth you experience l-G acceleration due to gravity. When an airplane accelerates during take off or when you ride an amusement park rollercoaster you commonly experience the effects of accelerations greater than 1 G (feeling pressed into the seat) or less than 1 G when you feel lighter or rise off the seat.

The results of the trials and conditions are shown in Figures 1, 2 and 3. Note that the 4" throw mat showed the greatest reduction in impact accelerations with the 8" skill cushion close behind. The no mat condition, as expected, resulted in the highest peak accelerations. The use of throw-in mats appears to be effective in reducing peak accelerations and thus forces of impact. The reduction of force is verified by the common equation F = m.a (force = mass times acceleration). In this case, mass does not change so any reduction in acceleration will result in reduced force. Note that the measured peak accelerations in Figures 1 through 3 have some variability. However, the overall ranges of these accelerations indicate that the use of a throw-in mat appears to reduce peak accelerations on impact. The slight advantage showed by the four inch mat may be due to its increased mass (i.e., heavier) than the eight inch mat. This idea may serve as an impetus to throw-in mat design to direct attention to the mass or weight of the mat. A heavier mat will possess more inertia on impact and may thus cause the trampoline bed rebound to be attenuated (i.e., reduced) and this may help reduce the subsequent bounce of the athlete following his/her impact with the mat. Of course, the mat also has to be light enough to be thrown easily. Therefore, future research should be directed at determining the optimum weight and size of the throw-in mat in order to maximize its ability to reduce impact forces while also being easily thrown or maneuvered under the falling trampolinist. X

Wm A.Sands. Ph.D. Performance Services Sport Biomechanics and Engineering U.S. Olympic Committee George Drew. D.O.. FACEP USA Gymnastics Trampoline and Tumbling National Coaching Staff National Team Physician. USA Gymnastics T&T Associate Professor. Michigan State University. College of Human Medicine Butterworth Hospital. Department of Emergency Medicine. Grand Rapids. MI

Reference List Hams. R. (1978). Trampoline safety manual. Cedar Rapids.lA: Wagners Printers.

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How much of gymnastics is really "lIfen(a/"? BY CHRIS CARR, PH.D. SPORT AND PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGIST, PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM, COORD INATOR, IN DIANA NEUROSCIENCE INSTITUTE - INDIANAPOLIS, IN, USA DIVING NATIONAL TEAM SPORT PSYCHOLOGIST

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ASKING THE QUESTION AND MAKING A DECISION ABOUT MENTAL SKILLS TRAINING Whenever I begin a meeting with a team for the first time, I ask the athletes the following questions: "What percent of your sport is mental?" .... then I ask, "Of all the mistakes you make in your sport performance, what percentage of them are "mental" mistakes?" ...then finally, I ask, "Of all your training and preparation time for your sport, what percent do you spend doing "mental" training?" At this point, most of the athletes understand where I'm going. They indicate anywhere from 70-95% of their sport is mental, and most gymnasts will say that "at least 90-95% of their mistakes are "mental" (meaning that they can do the ski ll, like a back handspring on beam , but they didn't do it when they needed to, like in a meet). They all report that they spend very little time, if any, doing "mental skills" training . As a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry, I have many conversations with other sport psychologists that work with elite athletes. In my 10 years (19922002) as the Sport Psychologist for the United States Men's Alpine Team, and in my current role as the Sport Psychologist for the USA National Diving Team, I have observed and worked with a number of elite athletes. In the five years I was the athletic department sport psychologist at The Ohio State University, I worked with both the men's and women's gymnastics teams. In all of these experiences, I can clearly state that the actual TIME an athlete needs to commit to a mental skills "plan" is about 25-35 minutes a day on average. So when I ask athletes "Is it worth it to you to try something different (mental skills training) for 25-35 minutes a day, if you make ONE less mental mistake the next time you compete?" If you are reading this and are saying to yourself, "Yes, it is worth it," then let me describe briefly some of the skills that help athletes develop a mental skills plan .

THE "INGREDIENTS" FOR A MENTAL SKILLS RECIPE It may be easy to think of a good mental skills plan as a "recipe." You need certain "ingredients"

to make a great final product. The basic ingredients of a good mental skills plan are: a) goal setting strategies; b) energy management skills; c) focus and concentration skills; and, d) a mental skills individualized routine. Goal setting strategies are often quite simple. I have athletes take a stack of 3 x 5 cards and put them in their backpack or locker. Then before every practice, write the date on top and put down one to three goals they want to accomplish for that practice. For example, "I want to stick 90% of my landings on vault" is a good goal for practice. How do I know it's a good goal? An effective goal can meet the following rules: it is specific, challenging, realistic, adjustable, and measurable ... . known as SCRAM. Research in goal setting shows that setting controllable (in gymnastics, you can't control the scores, the judges do) and realistic goals, on a daily basis, help to guide you to your ultimate goal (e.g. getting a personal best score). You do need to know where you are going (your outcome ...a score or place), but it is the "process" of getting there (daily practice) where it is most important to work on your goals. The second ingredient, energy management, is really a process where you can "get the butterflies to fly in formation." Gymnasts need to understand that the nerves you feel before an event or meet are normal. But when those nerves hurt your performance, they can be overwhelming. One of the best techniques to practice, three to five times a week, is relaxation training. You can get a relaxation CD at many places where they sell music CDs; in my practice, I make individualized relaxation CDs for my clients. The goal is to practice relaxation on a regular basis so that right before you begin your beam routine, you can take a deep breath, think of your focused "cue" word, and then begin your routine. But just like any tumbling skill, you can't expect to be good at relaxation if you don't practice it! And relaxation training can help you with other "performances," like before a math test, a speech in class, or just before you get ready for your second vault. Focus and concentration techniques, the third ingredient, are most commonly called imagery and visualization. These techniques are not so much about visualizing yourself getting a medal at the Olympic Games, but visualizing your next tumbling pass when you are choreographing a new floor routine. It is important that you visualize what to DO, rather than NOT DO. For example, on a beam dismount, you want to visualize the cues of "do ... , then do .... " versus "don't go

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slow ... " or "don't land short." One technique I have gymnasts do is write down each of their routines/events based on their "best" performance ("When you have a perfect floor exercise ... what do you think, how do you feel, what do you do?"). Then you can read and review each of these exercises at night before you go to bed ... then close your eyes, do some relaxed breathing, and visualize yourself doing that same routine. Just like relaxation, the more you practice, the better you get with your concentration and focus skills. Finally, you put all your techniques together by having a consistent and regular mental training routine. I have all of my clients keep a mental training JOURNAL/DIARY when they begin to do sport psychology work with me. This journal can be a great tool to write in when you had a great practice and want to remember what skills and thoughts you had that day, or even when you had a bad practice you can write down the negative thoughts, then write down how you will do better the next practice. Also, individual mental training techniques such as pre-meet mental routines, pre-event mental routines (e.g. doing a similar set of focus skills before each beam routine), and re-focus strategies (e.g. a consistent routine you do when you are struggling in practice, like taking five deep breaths, telling yourself "Slow down ... keep it simple," and then a positive "cue" before you go again) are all very individualized techniques. They get better and better with practice and taking the time to look at what you do every day.

PUTTING THE INGRED IE NTS TOGETHER My daughter Rachel is a Level 7 gymnast and she loves her sport. As an inquisitive 11- year-old she'll ask me "What do you say to athletes before the Olympics?", as if she is asking for the "magic" answer to the "mental" game. I tell her, "Well, before the Olympics you have to TRUST your training .... and that includes your mental training." Understand that the "mental game" is not a magical event, but the result of the time and effort that you put into practicing those skills on a regular basis, over and over again .. . .for 25-35 minutes a day. So, is it worth it to you? If so, good luck with helping your athletes put together their "mental" recipe! 1\ 51. Villcelll Hospilal alld 51. Villcelll Spol1s Petjo11lJallce ill Illdiallapolis, Jlld. , are official service provide," 10 USA GJ'"",oslics. Call 317-415-5747 or visil hllp:/ / porlspetjo11llallce.slvillcelll.org

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USA Gymnastics has awarded the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Gymnastics to Philadelphia, which will hold the event at the Wachovia Center, June 19-22. The USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show will be staged at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the u.s. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics. "The 2008 U.s. Olympic Team Trials for gymnastics is going to be a tremendous showcase for the Olympic movement prior to the Beijing Olympic Games," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "We are proud to partner with Philadelphia and the Wachovia Center to bring this prestigious event to the City of Brotherly Love. We know the enthusiasm of the people, the renewed vibrancy of the city, and the deep spirit of patriotism will be a perfect backdrop for the selection of our u.s. team. Philadelphia has proven to be a strong supporter of gymnastics events in the past, and we are confident this will be a successful event." The U.s. Olympic Team Trials for all sports is a collaborative, three-way partnership between the u.s. Olympic Committee, the National Governing Bodies and the Local Organizing Committees. "The USOC is committed to working in partnership with USA Gymnastics and the city of Philadelphia to provide a world-class Olympic Trials event that will be the next step towards our common goal of competitive excellence in Beijing," said Steve Roush,

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the USOC's Chief of Sport Performance. Premier gymnastics is not new to Philadelphia. Most recently, the city has hosted the 2001 U.s. Gymnastics Championships and the 2006 Tyson American Cup, as well as stops on the 2003-04 TJ . Maxx Tour of Gymnastics Champions. The Wachovia Center, one of the nation's most premier facilities, has already hosted the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals, the 1998 U.s. Figure Skating Championships, 1999 American Hockey League All -Star Game, the 2000 NCAA Women's Final Four, the 2000 Republican National Convention, the 2001 NBA Finals, the 2001 NCAA Men's East Regionals, the 2002 X Games, the 2002 NBA All-Star Game and the 2006 NCAA Men's First and Second Round Games, as well as will host the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Past venues for the u.s. Olympic Team Left to Trials for gymnastics are: 2004, Anaheim, Right: Calif.; 1996 and 2000, Boston; and 1992, Ca rly Patterson, Paul Hamm Baltimore, Md. 1\


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Shooting Stars Invitational Start Date - 2/3/2007 Club Name - Sta~ GYM And Dance, Inc. Phone - 937/252-8787 levels -W4-9

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Flower Power Invitational Start Date - 4114/2007 Club Name - Chantilly Academy Phone - 703/3 78-4966 levels -W4-10 Excalibur Cup Start Date - 2116/2007 Club Name - Excalibur Gymnastics Phone - 757/499-8258 levels - W4-Elite, Open Teddy Bears Picnic Start Date - 211012007 Club Name - Gymnastics, Inc. Phone - 7S7/723-4966 levels - W3-10

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Rodeo Round Up Start Date - 311012007 Club Name - Gymnastics, Inc. Phone - 7S7/723-4966 levels - W3-10

Invitational Meet Start Date - 3/31/2007 Club Name - Northshore Gymnastics Center Phone - 425/402-6602 levels -W4-6

VA Beach Classic Start Date - 21212007 Club Name - Gymstrada Gymnastic School Phone - 757/499-8591 levels - W4-10

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as I walk through the doors of my business? My answer to this question is, "No, in five yea rs, I will NOT feel stimulated if things remain the same. " Is feeling stimulated important? Yes, it is essenti al if one hopes to keep complacen cy out of you r business' culture. It was exactly thi s same question which drove my 1983 decision to move from our 5,800 square-foot facility into our current 22,000 square-foot facility. Today, as in 1983, the thought of my job being the same five years in the future is not at all appealing . In fact, I simply CANNOT let that happen. It would not be fair to me as a creative human being . I can't become my best self unless I change, and changing my bu siness and my job is one way to become a happier me. That's the GREAT thing about being in busi ness for yourself-you can create the job you want and change it when you feel the need. I don't know about you but it's depressing fo r me to think about having t he same programs, the same literature, the same organizational structure, the same everything five years from now. Stimulation or variety is a basic human craving exceeded in importance only by the needs of survival, love and sense of importance. When we are stimulated, our

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Important Notices: Please make note. 1. Certificate of Insurance: Sanctioned events in outside facilities. • You must have a sanction approval and sanction number prior to requesting a certificate from the insurance company. • The certificate of insurance application form is included in your sanction approval package. A certificate of insurance may be requested from the building's owners when you host an event at an outside venue. • The request for certificate of insurance must be sent to the insurance company directly. It does not come to USA Gymnastics. The insurance company must receive this request a minimum of 30 days in advance. The form must be filled in completely and properly. You must have the sanction number prior to the request of the certificate of insurance. • If you are in need of a certificate of insurance, we urge you to request your sanction a minimum of 60 days in advance. • You must show the sanction number on the request form . You can not receive a certificate from the insurance company until the sanction is recorded and approved in the USA Gymnastics database system .

2. Accident Report Form: Must be filled out at the sanctioned event • The form is included in your sanction approval packet. Please read it and familiarize yourself with the form and the procedures. • Have copies of the form at the meet/event. • The form must be filled out by the trainer/doctor (if onsite), meet director

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and the parent or guardian . • The form is sent di rectly to the insurance company. It does not come to USA Gymnastics. The address of the insurance company is on the form • For the benefit of the athlete and the parents, this form must be on file with the insurance company when/if a claim is made. • Reminder: there is a $500 deductible on this secondary insurance coverage. This policy is in effect until July 31, 2007. Changes may occur in the insurance policy for the 2007-2008 season. • The sanctioned meet must be in compliance of all rules and policies in order for the insurance coverage to be valid. The injured athlete must be a current athlete member or the insurance coverage is null and void. 3. Individual Memberships - Athlete, Professional, Jr. Professional, Instructor, Introductory, Team USA Gymnastics • It's individual all the way .... that means the membership belongs to the person who receives the membership number. Memberships are not transferable. • Memberships are not refundable. Benefits and services are applied and paid out upon receipt and entry into the database system. • When a club owner pays for the professional and instructor memberships for the coaches working at their gym, they have given their employee a "gift," or a work benefit. The membership belongs to the coach. If the coach leaves your employment, his/her membership

goes with him/her. Please develop your business rules and employee benefit package with this in mind . • When an athlete leaves your club, the USA Gymnastics athlete member number goes with him or her. The membership belongs to the individual. 4. Do not hold athlete membership monies at your club for any extended time. • The Member Services department continues to receive complaints from parents who are upset because their child did not receive USA Gymnastics magazine in September/October or November/ December or even later. They tell us they gave the form and the money to the club director in July or August. • Unfortunately, when the club holds onto these funds and does not apply for the memberships until two or more months after receipt, the parent does not understand why they did not receive the member card and the magazine. Sadly this places USA Gymnastics and the named club in a very awkward position since we can not explain nor defend the position of the club who did not send us the membership funds. Please set up a system so that on a weekly or biweekly basis, you apply for your memberships. Please let your parents know what your business policies and time lines are. 5. Follow "Best Practices" in all of your business dealings and decisions. • Please have full disclosure to your clients regarding the various fees that may be ~


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charged due to a person being on team . • Please do not state various charges are from USA Gymnastics, if they are not. Such as: booster club fees, parents' club fees, team travel fees, apparel fees , competition fees, etc. Please do not state a fee is due to insurance costs, when it is not. When parents contact us, we tell them exactly what the membership fee covers. We explain it is a one time charge for the year. Please conduct your business with full disclosure regarding the various fees and charges that result due to belonging to the USA Gymnastics organization. • USA Gymnastics Member Services mission is to support our clubs and members; however we will explain to our callers exactly what the membership fees and charges are for that current season. • Help us - help you. 6. Information - changes and corrections. Please keep current • Address changes: You may make changes and corrections directly online using your professional ID and password . CLubs are to use t heir club ID number and password. You may also mail or fax the corrected information into the national office. Please note USA Gymnastics and Technique magazines are not forwarded . You must have the address correction made with the USA Gymnastics national office-

member services. It must be correct in ou r database system . • Email address - please keep your email address current. USA Gymnastics is relying more and more on technology to relay many of our notices and information . It is important for you to receive this information on a regular and timely basis. You can change this online or contact Member Services. • Name changes or corrections: you must contact the national office in writing to make these changes in your record . You may Fax: 317 -6925212. Please make sure the correct spelling of your name is in our system . Check your card and any mailings you receive from us. 7. Renewal notices: Membership renewals - Please check your mail • Membership renewal notices are sent out quarterly. 90 days in advance. • Second renewal notices are sent out 3045 days prior to date expiration. • The third notice is sent to those who have expired in that month . • Safety renewals are not sent out. The information is on your member card or you may call member services. 8. Sanction report forms - Please follow all directions in order for sanction to be official and closed out.

• All coaches are to sign the sign-in form by printing name and Professional or Jr. Professional member number. This form is sent with the sanction report form to USA Gymnastics National Office - Member Services. • All judges are to sign the sanction report form with printed name, rating and Professional or Jr. Professional number. • Fill in the number of competitors section. Send additional payment with report form if competition hosted more than 72 competitors and only $50 was sent with the original sanction request. • Sanction report form and coaches sign in are to be sent to the National Office within 48 hours of the competition. Forms will be checked and the sanction will be closed out in the system once all is in order. • Competition fees are sent to the respective state and or regions, depending on the policies as outlined for that specific area . • Score sheets are to be sent to the state and/ or region as determined by that area . Score sheets are not sent to the national office. • Men's and Trampoline & Tumbling programs - Make sure to send the check for the designated scholarship program to the National office with the sanction report form. Additional competition fees are sent to the regions and/ or the states as determined by program. 1\

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2007 USA GYMNASTICS NATIONAL CONGRESS AND TRADE SHOW August 16-18, 2007 • San Jose, CA

REGISTRATION FORM Held in Coni unction with the Viso Chompionships DATE RECV'D

Early Bird Ends April 1st.

Complete one form per person-Photocopy for additional registrations. Your confirmation will be sent by email. Please provide a valid email address. Registration opens August 15; Congress sessions and Exhibit Hall August 16-18. To become an Instructor Member to receive the - _ . member discount, simply check " Please sign me up" and include an extra $50 ($70 Foreign Instructor Member) in your total amount enclosed.

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o $300 Early Bird Congress Registration o $199 Early Bird Congress Registration (Ends April 1st) o $298 Early Bird Congress ond Visa Championships all session ticket package at seating Level P2 o $335 Congress Registration o $374 Early Bird Congress and Visa Championships all session ticket package at seating Level P1 (Ends July 15th) o $400 On-site Registrotion REGULAR PRICING (April - July J5th) o $235 Congress Registration To become a Professional o $334 Congress and Visa Championships all session ticket package at seating level P2 Member call: 1.800.345.4719 o $434 Congress and Visa Championships all session ticket package at seating level P1 or go online to EARLY BIRD PRICING (Ends April Jst)

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THE INDIVIDUAL CONGRESS FEE INCLUDES: • Credential for entrance to Congress sessions Aug. 16-1 8.

• Admission 10 Rhythmic & Acrobatic Gymnastics Competitions.

• One lickello the Congress Dance Party on Saturda y, August 1 8 ladditional Congress Dance Party lickets for spouse/guests are $35 each-available 01 on-site registrationj FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY unless the session presenters announce that

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Prestigious Honor Two Members of the USA Gymnastics Family Honored by the South African Gymnastics Federation at the FIG Gala By Steve Butcher Ron Froehlich and Brian Le Roux were honored by the South African Gymnastics Federation on November 30 at the prestigious FIG Gala in Cape Town , South Africa. Both individuals made substantial contributions to the SAGF while living in South Africa . The impact of their contributions can be felt today even though both have been living in the u .S. for many years . Froehlich was honored as an honorary lifetime vice president of the SAGF and

Le Roux as an honorary lifetime member of the SAGF. Froehlich is the Chairman of the Board for USA Gymnastics and an auditor for the International Gymnastics Federation and lives in Birmingham, Ala . Le Roux is the owner of In-Flight Gymnastics Center and Comets Cheerleading Top: Ron Froehlich program of North Bottom: Brian Le Raux Haven, Conn .

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1. ROLL CALL Chairman .................................. ...... Gary Anderson Region I ................................................... Jack Carter Region II ....................... Brad Loan Region III ........................... Chris Burdette Regio n IV ................................. Bart Roskowski (proxy for Greg Lafleur) Region V ................................................... Enrique Trabanino (proxy for Mary Lee Tracy) Region VI ................ ... Barb Tiess Region VII ........... ..... . .. Jen Bundy Region VIII . . ...................... Toni Rand WPD. ................. ..... Gary Warren

2. REGIONAL REPORTS Gary Anderson asked all committee members to present reports from their regions concerning clinics and competitions. All regions reported on competitions and clinics in their regions withi n the last year. They also presented new initiatives that were implemented in their region at clinics and competitions. Gary Warren also presented the calendar for the 2007 Elite season. Each regiona l chairman presented their 2007 Regional Elite calendar.

3. SENIOR PRE ELITE DIVISION Recommendation to eliminate the Senior Pre Elite division Motion: Barb Tiess Second: Toni Rand Passed 7-1 (Jack Carter opposed)

4. JUNIOR PRE ELITE AGES Recommendation to extend the following ages for the Junior Pre Elite Division Junior Pre Elite 11-15 Motion: Jen Bundy Second: Jack Carter Passed

5. HOPES MODIFICAilONS Recommendation of the following EGR modifications to the Hopes division for the 2007 season. All events will follow FIG ERG requirements with the following modifications: Vault - No modifications Ba rs - B Dismount, 1/ 2 turn,"g element and only two of the three releases required (Judges should not deduct the Hopes athletes for the lack of a 1/ 1 turn in composition) Beam - B Dismount Floor - B Dismount Motion: Jen Bundy Second: Jack Carter Passed

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7. PRE ELITE COMPULSORY SCORES Recommendation the following compulsory qualification scores for Hopes and Junior Pre Elite for the 2007 season. Hopes: 32.00 (no change) Junior Pre Elite: 33.50 Motion: Bart Roskowski Second: Jack Carter Passed

8. PRE ELITE OPTIONAL SCORES Recommendation the following optional qualification scores to the Challenge competitions for Hopes and Junior Pre Elite for the 2007 season . Hopes: 46.50. Junior Pre Elite: 48.50 Motion: Barb Tiess Second: Brad Loan Passed

9. VAULT WARM¡UP FOR 30 SECOND TOUCH Recommendation that there be only two vaults permitted for the 30 second touch warm-up in the National Qualifiers and the Challenge competitions. Motion: Jen Bundy Second: Chris Burdette Passed

10. PRE ELITE/HOPE TRAINING CAMP QUALIFIERS Recommendation the following numbers to qualify to the Pre Elite/ Hopes Training Camp from the US Challenge Competitions with all expenses paid (along with one coach per club). Hopes 10 year olds - Top 1 All Around Hopes 11-12 year olds - Top 2 All Around Junior Pre Elite 11-13 year olds - Top 4 All Around Junior Pre Elite 14-15 year olds - Top 1 All Around An additional 8 athletes (Hopes or Juniors) may be selected from the American or US Challenge to be added to the Pre Elite Training Camp with their room and board paid for by USA Gymnastics Motion: Jen Bundy Second: Enrique Trabanino Passed

11. TOPS PROGRAM Gary Warren reported that a TOPs Task Force will meet in January of 2007 to review the current TOPs program and make recommendations to the National Elite Program on any changes to the TOPs program. Gary Anderson asked the committee to work closely with the TOP State Managers in conducting clinics for the TOPs athletes in their respective regions. Gary Warren also reported that the TOP State Managers for the 2007 season will be decided in January in consultation with the National Elite Program Committee.

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POSITION AVAILABLE CAMP WAYNE FOR GIRLS- Children's summer camp in Northeosl Pennsylvania (2 _ hrs from New York City) wilh a slrong gymnoslics program. If you love children as well as gymnoslics, we are seeking a Director, Assislonl Director ond female counselor/ inslructors 10 live 01 Ihe camp and leach children (616yrs). We also need on experienced Aerobic inslructor and (heerleading sloff. We offer a coring, fun·loving environmenl, rm/bd and salary and on awesome summer experience! Families welcome. Doles are 6/ 16·8/ 12/ 2007. (0111 ·800·279·3019 or apply on· line at: www.campwoynegirls.com. OPTIONAL COACH NEEDED. Junior Gym - Home of Lyons Gymnoslics Academy, on 8,000 sq. fool gym in Soulhern (olifornio is in need of a posilive, coring, hardworking individual wilh slrong spoiling skills and underslonding and use of progressions. (ompensolion commensurole wilh experience, as well os health benefils for qualified employees. The coach we are looking for hos hod 01 leasl one year of Oplionol coaching experience, wilh slrenglh in lumbling, bars, and vault. please call AlaI 818·785·2177 or email iuniorgym@sbcglobol.nel You musl have Ihe legal righllo work in Ihe U.S. We are on EOE. ASSISTANT MANAGER/TEAM COACH. Lorge multi·location gymnoslics school seeking ossislonl facility manager. Excellenl opportunity for career orienled gymnoslics professional in a well·esloblished business of over 33 years, wilh a greal sloff and support syslems already in place. (enlrolly localed near moior Big 10 university. Slorting solory commensurole wilh experience and in dudes medical, reliremenl, paid vocalion, paid holidays, sick days and professional fees. Greal inlerpersonol skills, ability 10 leach, and supervise iunior sloff members are a musl. Desire 10 ossisl wilh boys and, or, girls compelilive learns is preferable. Send resume 10 j.schloll@mchsi.com or conlacl Jill Schloll 01 3193311810 INSTRUCTORS/COACHES. Paragon Gymnoslics of Norwood (Bergen (ounty), NJ is looking for Inslruclors ond (ooches, PIT·FIT Weekdays/ weekends/evenings. Requiremenls: Posilive oHilude, responsible, reliable, love of children. Posilions available for pre·school Ihrough inlermediole level inslruction. (ompelilive Team (ooch Levels 5·10. (om pony sponsored cerlificalions (Safety, (PR, Firsl Aid) Full benefils/poid vocalion & sick days, company molched reliremenl plan. Will Iroin. Solory commensurole wilh experience. NEW facility, slole·of·lhe·ort, opprox. 11,000 sq. N. Locoled in Ihe NY/ NJ Melropolilon area, easily accessible from all moior highways. (onlacl Dot: 201 ·767·6921 or fox resume 10 201·767·6693 or e·moil:dol@porogongym. com. 49 Wolnul Slreet, Suile 4, Norwood, NJ 07648. WWW.porogongym.com.

FOR SALE Highly su«essful, lolally equipped Gym wilh mosl recenl equipmenl updoles. Exlros indude lumble Irack, fiber gloss lumble slrip, air lumble slrips, and greal Pre·school supplies. Fully enrolled Progroms·18 monlh 10 Team levels. All Slor (heer Progrom. And MU(H MORE. Greal family community. Greal hunling, fishing, woler and snowskiing dose 01 hand. Localed in Ihe greal slole of Woshinglon. Reliring owner will ossisl wilh financing or buy oul. (all for more deloils Don 907·317·4208. GK RISK FREE PROGRAM: Gel wilh Ihe program! It's beller Ihon ever, with a lerrific ossortmenl of NEW slyles and fabrics and incomparable sales polenliol. Plus, iI's easier Ihon ever 10 order, sell and relurn your RISK FREE gormenls. We offer cuslomized packages for

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CONSIGNMENT LEOTARDS ON CONSIGNMENT: Would you like 10 expand your leolord sales? This is a good lime of Ihe year 10 inlroduce a new ossorlmenl of leolords. Rebecca's Mom popular leolord consignmenl program is Ihe solulion. Our consignmenl seleclion fealures our newesl slyles and fabrics, induding Ihe Framed Hologram style. Rebecca's Mom specializes in workoul leolords and learn worm·up leolords fealuring Holograms, Foils, Gliller, Rhineslones and Nail Heads and our rainbow of soN Velvel fobrics. We also include a sensolionol seleclion of nylon Iycro designs feoluring Hawaiian prinls. Our leolords are designed wilh your Team Gymnosls in mind and are available in all sizes, 5/6 Ihrough adult large. We are currenlly accepting new opplicalions from Club Pro Shops, Porenl Boosler Groups, Reloil Slores and Summer (amps. Please call our loll free lelephone number, 1·888·289·2536 or fox Rebecca's Mom 01 1·818·980·0119 for credil opplicolion, lerms, and prices. We also supply Slole and Regional Meel Packages os well os leolords for special evenls, so please call TODAY.

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