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C} Selection Procedures World Championships World University Games

2007 Congress Info Business Conference Hall of Fame Luncheon

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EVENTS 2007

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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

World Cup (M/W) JO National Championships (W) International H. Chmielewski Tournoment (AG) American Clossic (Pan Am Verification) (W) American Classic (Visa Champs. qualifier) (W)

Oklahoma City, OK Colorado Springs, CO Kissimmee, Fl & Spokone, WA Ghent, BEL Mason, OH Swidnica, Poland Houston, TX Houston, TX

American Challenge (W) National Team Training Camp (TR) JO Chompionships (R) Men's Qualifier (M) Jeff Metzger Business Builders Workshop Region 3 Congress Region 8 Congress Trampoline & Tumbling Nationol Championships (TT) Region 4 Congress Pan Am Games Selection Camp (W)

Houston, TX TBD TBD Colorado Springs, CO Atlanto, GA Plano, TX Atlanta, GA Memphis, TN Coralville, IA Houston, TX

Pan Am Games Training Comp (W) National Elite Qualifier (W) Eost Championships Rhythmic (R) World Gymnaestrada (GG) Pon American Games (M,W,R,TR) Freedom Cup (AG) West Championships Rhythmic (R) U.S. Classic/ Challenge (W) Junior Olympic National Championships (AG)

Houston, TX Houston, TX Deerfield, Il Dornbirn, AUT Rio de Janeiro, BRA Palm Springs, CA Newark, CA Battle Creek, MI Palm Springs, CA

Jeff Metzger Business Builders Workshop Region 6 Congress National Gymnastics Day J.O. Notional Team Training Camp (W) T& TScholorship Camp (TT) World University Games National Business Conference State & Reg. Chair Training (TT) Visa Championships (M/W/ R/ AG) National Congress and Trade Show World Championships Training Camp (W) World Cup - Russia (TT)

Newton, MA Newton, MA Colorado Springs, CO Three Rivers, MI KOR San Jose, CA San Jose, CA Son Jose, CA Son Jose, CA Houston, TX Sf. Petersburg, RUS

World Cup -Poland (TTl World Championships (M, W) Stars & Stripes Cup/ IAGC Team Trial (TTl World Championships (R) Region 5 Congress

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

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National TOPs Testing (W) World Champs. Team Training Camp (TT) National Team Training Camp (AG)

Houston, TX lake Placid, NY Houston, TX

World Championships (TT) International Age-Group Competition (TT) Future Stars Notional Championships (M) National Coaches Workshop (M) TBD Jr. Pan American Championships (M/W) OlympicTest Event

Quebec City, CAN Quebec City, CAN Colorado Springs, CO Colorado Springs, CO Guatemala Beijing, CHN

TOP's ACamp (W) TOP's BCamp (W) JumpStart National Testing (TT)

Houston, TX Houston, TX TBD

NOVEMBER 2-4 7-9 7-11 7-11 20-25 25-Dec 7

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29-30

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TBD Various sites

level 9/ 10 Regional Championships (W)

Various sites

level 9 East & West Championships (W) JO National Championships (W) U.S. Classic

TBA Kissimmee, Fl Virginia Beach, VA

U.s. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics

Philadelphia, PA

Olympic Games

Beijing, CHN

APRIL 18-20

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Yokohama, JPN King of Prussia, PA King of Prussia, PA

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MAY

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Jr. Japan Competition (W) Jeff Metzger Business Builders Workshop Region 7 Congress

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FEATURES 6 St. Vincent Performance Enhancement Program on DVD

Zemetria Barnes-Perry USA GYMNASTICS IXICUTIVI COMMlnll CHAIR: Ron Froehlich; PRESIDENT: Steve Penny; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KolI; VICE CHAIRMEN: Yoichi Tomno; VICE CHAIRRHYTHMIC: Andreo Sthmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOLINE: Poul Porillo; VICE CHAIR ACRO·GYMNASTlCS: Tonyo Cose; SECRETARY: Gory Anderson; TREASURER: Bob Wood; FIG REPS: Bob Colorossi (Executive Committee), Ron Froehlich (Audnor), Tonyo C058 (Acrobotic Gymnostics Technical Committee) ond John Roeth(~b"g.r (Athlete Rep.l. AT lARGE MEMBERS: Steve Butcher, Dovid Holcomb; ATHLm DIRECTORS: Kim Zmeskol·BurdeHe, John Roethl~berger, Caroline Hunt, Karl Heger; USOC ATHlfIE DlREGOR: lorissa Fontoine. USA GYMNASTICS BOARD OF DIRICTORS CHAIR: Ron Froehlich; PRESIDENT: Steve Penny; PRESIDENT EMERITUS: Sandy Knopp, Mike Donohue; TREASURER: Bob Wood; SECRETARY: Gory Anderson; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KolI; VICE CHAIR MEN: Yoichi Tomno; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andrea Sthmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOLINE: Paul Parillo; VICE CHAIR ACRD·GYMNASTICS: Tonyo Cose; PUBLIC SECTOR: Bill Hybl, Bob Wood; AMATEUR ATHlETIC UNION: Ron Ferr~; AMERICAN SOKOL ORGANIZATION: Jerry Milon; AMERICAN TURNERS: Beny Heppner; COLUGE GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATlON·MEN: Francis Allen; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COlUGIATE COACHES-WOMEN: Mark Cook; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GIRlS AND WOMEN IN SPORT: Mori~n Strawbridge; NATIDNALASSOCIATION OF WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS JUDGES: CorDie Ide; NATIONAL COllEGiAn ATHLmC ASSOCIATlON·MEN: Yoshi Hoyasoki; NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS: Becky Oakes; NATIONAL GYMNASTICS JUDGES ASSOCIATlON·MEN: Butch Zunich; NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: Margie Canfield; U.S. ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT GYMNASTICS CLUBS: Paul Ziert; U.S. ELITE COACHES ASSOCIATlON·MEN: Thom Glielmi; U.S. ElITE COACHES ASSDCIATlDNWOMEN: Steve 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 ATHLmC ASSOCIATION· WOMEN: Meg Stephenson; NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORS MEN: Mike Burns, Abie Grossfeld; RHYTHMIC: Ivonko Kirov, Michelle larson; WOMEN: Kelli Hill, Tom Forster, TRAMPOLINE: Shoun Kempton, Dr. George Drew; ACRO·GYMNASTICS: Undo Porter, Joy Binder; ATHlmS COUNCIl Mohini BhordwoL Kim Zmeskol-BurdeHe, Lorisso Fontoine, Karl Heger, Jessico Howard, Coraline Hunt, Jomie Morshik, Steve McCoin, Shannon Miller, Michael Rodrigues, Joy Thornton, USDC Athlete Rep.; lor~so Fontaine, Executive Boord Member John Roethlisberger. ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS, Lori Katz; SPECIAL OLYMPICS, Kate Fober·Hickie; U.S. COMPETmVE AEROBICSFEDERATION, Howord Schwortz

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DEPARTMENTS 2 Event Schedule 4 USA Gymnastics Message 14 Business Tips 16 Athlete Focus 18 Education 2 8 Member Services Update 30 Congress Information 33 Hall of Fame 34 Business Conference 35 What's New 46 Classifieds 48 Safety Certification Schedule PROGRAM UPDATE 36 Selection Procedures

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DURING THE PAST FEW WEEKS, USA GYMNASTICS has announced two exciting relationships designed to help USA elev te the overall awareness and increase the visibility GYMNASTICS for t he sport of gymnastics. The first is our joint partnership with AT&T to present "USA Gymnastics: Behind the Team." Behind the Team wi ll be a Web-based series that will give an up-close look at our country's top gymnasts as they strive to take on the world in international competition. Through August of 2008, USA Gymnastics and AT&T will co-produce no less than 25 Webisodes that will appear as part of AT&T's entertainment and sports platform (www.attblueroom.com/ teamusa) . This allows USA Gymnastics to provide our elite athletes and coaches a unique opportunity to tell their story and receive the full support of the distribution and promotional power offered by AT&T. We will keep you posted as new episodes become available, and we will be offering direct lin ks through the USA Gymnastics Web site. The first webisode should be online by the time you read this! Our second announcement concerns t he partnership with The Wasserman Media Group (WMG) , a dynamic and growing sports marketing and media company based in Los Angeles. USA Gymnastics has entered into a marketing and new media partnership with WMG, along with USA Swimming and USA Track and Field. The collaboration of our three sports will provide greater value for corporate America to better leverage marketing and promotional activities that We are working to improve the benefit all levels of our sports. Additionally, new resources will be invested into on-line technology services we provide all of our members, and we believe these designed to better promote the sport of gymnastics and provide increased visibility. WMG is uniquely initiatives will help drive increased positioned to provide a multi-faceted level of service to USA Gymnastics, and our efforts will begin interest and participation right away to increase our activities on-line. Most at the club leveL importantly, each sport maintains its individual identity and efforts, coming together to share best practices and joint ventures when it makes sense for all parties. Why is this important for USA Gymnastics? It means that we are doing more to leverage the ever-changing technology landscape and work with partners that improve our ability by investing in the sport of gymnastics. By doing so, we are serving an important part of our business objective to increase our visibility in a cost-effective manner. Along with these initiatives, in the very near future we will be launching a redesigned USA Gymnastics Web site, increasing the fan-friendliness of the site and improving the user-friendliness for all of our members. We are working to improve the services we provide our members, and we believe these initiatives will help drive increased interest and participation at the club level. We encourage all of our Member Clubs to join forces with our national efforts to demonstrate the strength that the gymnastics community delivers when we work as a team. Together, we can create a significant impact, and we look forward to keeping you informed about these initiatives, along with those concerning safety, education and fitness.

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on DVD he Junior Olympic season is over or just about over. Do you need to develop some new drills and exercises for your gym? Are you wondering if your gymnasts are doing exercises correctly? Are you hitting all the areas of importance for keeping your gymnasts' core fit and strong? Are there areas of weakness that you'd like to address over the summer? St. Vincent Hospital and St. Vincent Sports Performance Center in Indianapolis, Ind., are official service providers to USA Gymnastics. They've come on board to help the gymnastics community with education and information to keep our gymnasts healthy, strong and fit. In fact, the St. Vincent Sports Performance Center's mission is to create the link berween athletic performance and proper recovery from injury; as well as reducing the likelihood of injury. St. Vincent Sports Medicine is a comprehensive program of physicians and athletic trainers who specialize in sports fitness and performance. St. Vincent Sports Performance Center has created a Performance Enhancement Program DVD which will

give you a glimpse as to what the St. Vincent program is all about! The DVD contains demonstrations and instructions on several exercises for all athletes. From functional warm up to core stability and balance training, this DVD is designed for everyone who wants to improve their athletic performance. The DVD provides coaches with the foundation of a medically-based philosophy. The DVD covers an introduction, vertical, horizontal, trunk, cord, ball, balance and stretching exercises. You can pick and choose what you like and what you want to incorporate into your program. If you know your gymnast has a weakness - hamstrings, quads, abs, core strength, flexibility or whatever, address it now to avoid injury later! The DVD is $39.95 and perfect for all coaches from beginner to elites. X Purchasing details hnps:llwww.medco-amlerics.comlSupplyfProducr.asp?LeaCld=264231 1-800-556-3326 [Q order by phone, item #2642-31 , Performance Enhancement Program.

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..... AT&T AND USA GYMNASTICS TO CHRONICLE .... JOURNEYOF NATION'S ELITE GYMNASTS .... THROUGH .... BEHINDTHE TEAM ONLINE ..... SERIES Groundbreaking Program Will Give Behind-the-Scenes Access to Life of Gymnastics/Top Competitors as They Train for World Competition

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at&t introduced through August 2008, at www.attblueroom.com/teamusa. Webisodes w ill also be archived on the site. "Behind the Team" adds to the diverse and dynamic menu available on the AT&T blue room - a single online portal that houses AT&T's exclusive sports, music, gaming and entertainment content. The sports channel of the blue room has featured a broad menu of exclusive, original, and user-generated content featuring college and professional football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, and soccer athletes and teams, as wel l as content focusing on the spectator experience. Launched in October 2006, the blue room and its online channels have generated more than 60 million page views and fueled the sales of the company's core offerings - high speed Internet, w ireless, voice and video - while building affinity for the AT&T brand in the entertainment space. AT&T is an official partner of the U.s. Olympic Team and USA Gymnastics, providing significant financial support, products and services to America's athletes. AT&T will serve as the official telecommunications services partner of the u.s. Olympic Team for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.~

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TYSON FITNESS CHALLENGE NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY

Below is a sample proclamation . We're asking club owners in each state to help get a signed proclamation for National Gymnastics Day from their state. The state processes are not allowing USA Gymnastics to get the proclamations, so please download the proclamation from our Web site and send it to your governor. Once the proclamations has been signed and returned, please scan it and send it to USA Gymnastics and we'll post it on our Web site for other clubs in you r state to use. Please send to Loree Galimore at 19a1i@usa-gymnastics.org or mail to USA Gymnastics, Pan American Plaza, 201 S. Capitol Ave., Ste. 300, Indianapolis, IN 46225. ~ continue on p.12

USA GYMNASTICS HAS PARTNERED WITH TYSON FOODS to create the Tyson Fitness Challenge, a tailor-made fitness program that provides the fundamentals for a heaLthy lifestyle. Another great aspect of the Tyson Fitness Challenge is the fundrai sing component for Children's Miracle Network. Has your club signed up to host the Tyson Fitness Challenge in celebration of National Gymnastics Day? Is your gym raising money fo r your local Children's Miracle Network children's hospital? The Tyson Fitness Challenge can take place anytime between now and National Gymnastics Day, Aug. 4, 2007 . If you're a club owner, go to the link below to sign up for more information about hosting the Tyson Fitness Challenge in your gym club!

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of critically inspecting your personal "decision-making habits. " One of the numerous components of effective thinking is the ability to embrace paradox; a second is the habit of discriminating opinion from fact; another, and the topic of this article, is focus. Focus means to zero-in, to eliminate all but the most critica l thought or idea, to distill it to the essence. To focus is difficult because it is often counterintuitive. To focus means believing "less is more." At Kids First, one example of focus is the discipline to avoid splinter programs. Splinter programs are tiny profit centers that have no hope of becoming a fullblown program. Example: I am confident Kids First could pluck an hour out of the week and conduct an adult gymnastics class of eight students and be nicely profitable for that hour and space. However, because adult gymnastics is not likely to have enough "future" to develop into a fullblown program, Kids First has disciplined itself not to chase that profit. (At Kids First "full-blown" program means having

enough" oomph" to cost-justify its own dedicated Department Leader, PI T or FI T). But you might wonder why on earth we would turn away easy and obvious profit? Because Kids First's resources are limited and splinter programs consume a disproportionately large share of resources to keep them going (staffing, sc heduling , Web site maintenance, curriculum design and documentation , risk management, etc.). In short, at Kids First we have disciplined ourselves to devote our resources toward the biggest returns. Two clarifications: (1) Keep in mind that one club's splinter program may be another club's bread and butter; and (2) Kids First will engage in profit centers called pilot programs that are tiny profit centers that look like they have a chance to develop into a full-blown program. A few pilot programs "make it" but most evolve into splinter programs, when it becomes time to cut and run. Perhaps the most visible and dramatic example of focus at Kids First is our name choice, which describes our strategic

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Prix events, I'll train and watch the competition in Portugal, and I'll compete in another competition in Poland. The best part of competition for Gehringer? "I love traveling and experiencing different cultures and meeting new people." Always the adventurer, Gehringer told the story of how she began rhythmic gymnastics at age 5. "I was taking swimming lessons at the YMCA by my house and I had to walk by the gym where the girls were doing rhythmic gymnastics. I wanted to try it because it looked like so much fun , plus, I wasn't a very good swimmer. I did get to try it and I've been doi ng it ever si nce!" USA Gymnastics Rhythmic Program Director Caroline Hunt said, "Gehringer's achievement comes in a recent stream of successful performances by our top senior rhythmic athletes in international competitions. We're all very proud that Gehringer could represent the USA on the podium and look forward to more success in the future. " -r.

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USA GYMNASTICS UNIVERSITY NEW COURSE OFFERINGS USA GYMNASTICS IS MOVING forward with USA Gymnastics University which will provide greater educational opportunities for coaches, instructors, judges, and club administrators. The new opportunities will include a certification program, several new courses, both live and online, and greater educational offerings at the National and Regional Congresses. There is now a new division at USA Gymnastics, Educational Services, which is working full time on the USA Gymnastics University initiatives, new course curriculums, and coaching certifications. Along with the launch of the USA Gymnastics University and the certification program , the top priority is the development of new courses. Currently in the works are two courses that are set to debut by the beginning of May. The Preschool Fundamentals course will replace the current KAT and MELPD certification program . The new course will phase out the existing KAT and MELPD courses beginning June 30, 2007. However, KAT and MELPD courses can be taken now through June 30, 2007, and attendees will still maintain their certifications. The Preschool Fundamentals course is comprised of an online portion, which focuses on theory, and a live portion, which allows for hands-on training. This course has a fresh, new look and feel and among the numerous benefits are the following: updated course content and materials, the ease and convenience of an online portion, and a greater emphasis on hands on training. Part 1, the online portion, will take approximately four hours to complete, and the user will be able to log in and out of the course. Part 2, the Live portion, will be a four hour practical course. The second of the courses is First Aid Basics, an online course, teaches the basics of first aid with a focus on the sport of gymnastics. The course will take approximately two hours to complete, and the user will be able to log in and out of the course. 18

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Below are the course descriptions for these courses: Preschool Fundamentals Part 1: Theory (Online) This course is a must have for preschool instructors. Part 1 covers young child development theory including teaching philosophy, stages of child development, characteristics of a good teacher, class management, safety considerations, skill deconstruction , lesson planning, and program assessment. This course will help instructors better understand their students and better prepare, organize, and run safe and successful preschool classes. Part 2: Hands on Training (Live) This is a live, hands-on training course designed for preschool instructors. Part 2 course topics include fundamental movement for children, class safety overview, games, activities to avoid, manipulatives, lesson planning , inclusion of music, thematic teaching, parent/ child teaching, and the use of apparatus. This is a great hands-on follow-up to the theory course, with course instructors demonstrating practical examples

This course provides basic first aid information for all gymnastics professionals. It covers injury prevention, com mon types of gymnastics injuries and risks and the symptoms and treatment of those injuries. It also includes general information on other life threatening conditions . This course is essential for gymnastics coaches, instructors, and teachers as well as all gym employees. Part 1 of the Preschool FundamentaLs Course and the First Aid Basics course are scheduled to be available by the beginning of May. Part 2 of Preschool Fundamentals: Hands on Training (H .0. T.) course will debut at the Regional and National Congresses this year. Register for a Preschool Fundamentals: Hands on Training (H.O.T.) course today! X DATE

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USA GYMNASTICS UNIVERSITY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM USA Gymnastics is announcing its new certification program as part of USA Gymnastics University. Greater educational opportunities will be available for coaches, instructors, judges, and administrators in all of the disciplines and areas of gymnastics - both recreational and competitive. With the certification program, gymnastics professionals can earn credits through their course and experience work toward USA Gymnastics Certification. The Certification Program provides an excellent opportunity for professionals to increase their knowledge, raise the level of the sport, and acquire and highlight their professional credentials. This article provides an overview of the Certification Program. For detailed information and requirements, visit our Web site at www.usa-gymnastics.org/ education. The USA Gymnastics University Certification Program USA Gymnastics University is an educational resource that offers numerous educational courses and activities and five levels of certification for gymnastics coaches, recreational teachers and instructors, judges, and business owners/administrators. The University will be comprised of four colleges. • Program ColLege - For gymnastics coaches working with pre-team, compulsory, optional, and elite athletes. Includes majors in each gymnastics discipline: Women, Men, Rhythmic, Trampoline & Tumbling, Acrobatic Gymnastics, and General Gymnastics. • Judges College - For gymnastics judges at all levels and in each discipline. Intended as an additional level of training and education on top of judging

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certification requirements defined by each program. • RecreationaL CoLLege - For gymnastics instructors and teachers working with athletes in preschool, recreational, and school-aged programs in gymnastics clubs, community centers, schools, and other places. • Business CoLLege - For club owners and program administrators. The curriculum will have a greater focus on business issues, leadership, and program development versus technical gymnastics courses. Why is education important? For USA Gymnastics, education is important in order to provide the best conditions and training environments for gymnastics participants. Safety, proper child development, correct skill technique, injury prevention , conditioning and progressions, and overall athlete preparation are just some of the areas of education that will help coaches, instructors, judges, and administrators provide safe, fun environments for all. With the University, USA Gymnastics will provide standardized education throughout the country to advance the sport of gymnastics. Member Clubs and other member groups have continually ranked education as an area where they would like more assistance from USA Gym nastics. In response to these requests, USA Gymnastics is working diligently to meet this great need within our sport. For individuals, the benefits of continuing education and professional certification are numerous. Some of the benefits include: • Providing a safer, healthier environment for gymnastics participation and

advancement of our sport • Obtaining national-level professional recognition and acknowledgment of competency, which aids employers to evaluate current employees and future hires, helps the public evaluate and distinguish between gymnastics clubs, and allows professionals to stand out among peers • Helping to make the gymnastics professional's job more satisfying • Contributing to job advancement • Keeping gymnastics coaches and instructors at the top of their game • Showing commitment to professionalism and lifelong learning • Enhancing skills and training, expanding knowledge How does the certification program work? Within each college, there are five levels of certification (the Master of Sport Level applies only to the Program College). Individuals must complete designated requirements to obtain certification at each level with each level of certification serving as a stepping stone to the next. Levell provides a general foundation for all gymnastics professionals, with each level building from there. The levels of certification do not correspond with the competitive levels in the sport. You can think of USA Gymnastics University just like you would any college or university. Levell could be considered a prerequisite or college prep level; Level 2 similar to a freshman , Level 3, sophomore, Level 4, junior, and Level 5, the highest level of certification, senior. ~ PHOTOS · (MIDDLE) MARVIN SHARP (RIGH) MINKUSIMAGES


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Each level of certification requires a certain number of credits obtained from three requirement areas: core courses, practical experience, and elective courses. • Core courses are courses and content developed specifically for the college and certification level. These courses provide a knowledge base for the given level. At Levell, the core requirements are the same for all of the colleges. Three core courses are required for Levell certification, and they include Safety Certification, First Aid Basics, and Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction. At Level 2 and above, the requirements are specific to the college. • Practical experience is a requirement derived from experience-based learning versus course work or book study. Practical experience is defined per college and certification level. Examples of practical experience may include: • Coaching at a variety of program competitions, including Level 5, 6 and/ or 7 State Championship, Level 8,

9, and/ or 10 Regional Championships, National Qualifier and/ or U.S. Championships • Minimum three years work experience as a preschool gymnastics teacher • Instructor or presenter at a live course or Congress • Elective courses provide individuals with choices of course topics to supplement core education. Individuals may choose courses based on area of interest or their desire to broaden their knowledge base. Examples of elective courses may include: • National and regional Congresses • American Red Cross CPR certification and/ or First Aid certification • CORE Workshops • Business seminars • Other courses offered through USA Gymnastics, including courses in nutrition, biomechanics, sports medicine, and psychology • Core courses from other USA Gymnastics University colleges • Attendance at Visa Championships, Tyson

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American Cup, world-level international competitions or Olympic Games • Designated courses from accredited colleges and universities (i .e. Michigan State University, Boston College, etc.) Most of the existing USA Gymnastics education programs, courses, camps, and workshops are being incorporated into the University. Certification is valid for four years. Each level has specific renewal requi rements for individuals to maintain their certification . Continuing education through renewal provides a means for professionals to stay current with new rules, ever-changing techniques, new research and studies, updated medical information , and trends as well as refresh their existing knowledge. The renewal requirements can be completed at any time throughout the four-year period. Testing is incorporated into the course work and therefore, no comprehensive testing is required to complete a level. Generally, one hour of education will equal one University credit. Individuals will


complete an application for certification with USA Gymnastics once they have completed all of the requirements at a given level. All course work and practical experience that applies towards USA Gymnastics Certification must be earned through USA Gymnastics courses and/ or sanctioned events. This is the only way for USA Gymnastics to track and verify the completion of requirements. Additionally, this enables USA Gymnastics to provide standardized education and guarantee the level of training at its courses. All individuals who wish to obtain USA Gymnastics University certification will be required to begin with and complete Levell, regardless of prior certifications, experience, college degrees, etc. As mentioned earlier, Levell is a foundational level intended to provide a good basis for all gymnastics professionals. After completion of Levell, individuals may follow the process to apply for qualification to higher levels of certification. The process and associated requirements will be

defined for each college and each level. Qualification to higher levels is based on experience and accomplishments, not necessarily time in the sport. If an individual is approved for qualification to a higher level, he/ she may jump immediately to that level. As mentioned above, certification is valid for four years and the individual must meet the renewal requirements to maintain certification. New and inexperienced individuals must progress through each level of certification.

When will it be available? Gymnastics professionals may begin working toward certification immediately. USA Gymnastics is continuing to develop new courses that will round out the curriculum of the University. As mentioned, many of our current educational offerings, such as Congresses, conferences, workshops, online courses, training camps, etc. will be part of the University curriculum, but much more is needed.

First Aid Basics, one of the Levell core requirement courses, as well as Preschool Fundamentals, a core course for the Recreational College, are scheduled to be available this spring. The final Levell core course, Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction, is planned for completion by the end of the year. That means Levell certification will be possible by early 2008. Information on the new course offerings is available on the Web site. Once the Levell courses are complete, USA Gymnastics will begin work on Level 2 core courses and additional elective offerings. The University will continue to be a work in progress, with courses constantly being added and updated and new technologies developed to administer the program. The long-term vision for the University includes having multiple levels of courses, a wide variety of elective offerings, and many more online courses. X

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USA Gymnastics University Certification Requirements MISSION The mission of USA Gymn astics University is to provide a multi-level, sta nda rdized ed ucation program that is ava ilable th roug hout th e co untry w ith emphasis on t he pro per developm ent of gymnastics parti cipa nts in a fun, sa fe envi ro nment.

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LEVEL 1 Accredit ation at Level 1 is standard and can be applied to any USA Gymnast ics University College. PREREQUI SITES: • USA Gymnastics membersh ip* • Background check • Minimum age 16

PREREQUISITES : • USA Gymnastics membership* · Mini mum age 18 • Level 1 Certification CERTI FICATION REQUIREMENTS: 20 credits accumu lated from designated core courses and elective cou rses

PREREQU ISITES: • USA Gymnastics membership* • Level 2 Certification CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS : 25 credits accumu la ted from designated core courses, practical experience and elective courses RENEWAL REQUIREME NTS: 15 credits every 4 yea rs

RENEWAL REQ UIR EM ENTS: 10 credits every 4 years

CE RTIFI CATION REQ UI RE M ENTS : 10 credits accumulated from designated core courses only (Safety, First Aid, Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction) RENEWAL REQ UI RE M ENTS : 10 credits every 4 years

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PREREQUISITES : · USA Gymnasti cs membership * • Level 3 Certification CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 30 credits accumulated from designated core courses, practical experience and elective cou rses RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS : 20 credits every 4 years

PREREQUISITES: • USA Gymnastics membership * • Level 4 Certification CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS : 40 cred its accumulated f rom designated core courses, practical experience and elective courses RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS: 25 credits every 4 years

MASTER OF SPORT Honorary Title Lifetime member of USA Gymnastics DESIGNATION REQUIREMENTS : • Based On coach ing excellence, experience and ath lete performance at world-level competit ion or Olympic Games • FIG Coach ing Brevet / Level 5 Certif ication • Granted by Progra m Committee RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS : • lifet ime honor ·If actively coachi ng, must maintain Level 5 certif ication


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2007 National Congress and Trade Show, San Jose, California. Held in conjunction with the Visa Championships - Men and Women Artistic, Acrobatic, Rhythmic • Pre-congress seminars on Wednesday, August 15: Busi ness Conference, Safety Certification, Hands on Training (H.O.T.) preschool fundamentals course. • Register today for three days of Gymnastics Excellence through Education August 16-18, 2007. Advance registration rates end July 15, 2007. After that date registration must take place on site and the regular seminar fees will apply. • Online registration is available now at www.usa-gymnastics.org. click on the Education link, then National Congress. • Member Club discount group registrations are due by June 1! Form must be completed and mailed or faxed with payment (check or credit card). You may also register online. • Congress registration covers attendance at educational sessions for three days, tickets for the huge exhibit hall raffle, entrance into the exhibit hall, exhibit hall social, entrance to the Acrobatic Gymnastics and Rhythmic competitions, special Congress bag, Congress gift and Congress dance party. • Purchase your all-session tickets for the Visa Championships. Will be held at the HP Pavilion . • Contact National Travel Systems now for your Congress hotel. There are multiple hotels that will be used for Congress attendees. Rooms are available although a few of the hotels are sold out or are selling out. Make your reservations soon .

• Hall of Fame Class of 2007 Induction Ceremony and Luncheon will take place on Friday, August 17 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tickets are $40.00 . Ceremony and luncheon will take place at the San Jose Marriott Hotel.

Risk Management Reminders • Safety Certification must be renewed every four years. Live courses will be conducted at USA Gymnastics national and regional congresses. Courses are listed on the website. • You may renew your certification up to one year prior to your safety certification expiration date. • Pre-register for all live safety courses. This applies also to professional members who are eligible to take a free course. There is an additional $25 on-site registration fee for anyone who has not pre-registered, including professional members. • Please read and review your Risk Management/Safety Handbook annually. You will be held responsible to the standards that are set forth in our industry. • The Risk Management/ Safety Book and online course will be updated by January 2008. • Risk Management Book is available for purchase through the merchandise department. 1(


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2007 USA GYMNASTICS NATIONAL CONGRESS AND TRADE SHOW August 16-18, 2007 • San Jose, CA REGISTRATION FORM Held in Coniunction with Ihe Visa Chompionships

Complete one form per person-Photocopy for additional registration s. Your confirmation w ill be sent by email. Please provide a valid email address . Registration opens Augu st 15; Congress sessions and Ex hibit Hall August 1618. To become an In structor 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 $400 On-site Registration To become a Professional Member call: 1.800.345.4719 or go online to www.usa-gymnastics.org

x $99.00 each x $199.00 (Deadline July 15th)

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Videotaping: Videotaping of Congress sessions is

permitted FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY unless the session presenters announce that

his/her/thei r session may not be videotaped. Language: The oHiciallanguage of Congress is English. USA Gymnastics will make no special provisions for translation of sessions into other longuages.

Congress attendees with special needs must nOlify USA Gymnastics in writing in this regard prior 10 July 15. We suggest that this information be included with the Congress registration form.

CANCELlATION POUCY All registrotion cancellotions must be in writing_ Submit written request to USA Gymnastics, Attention Cathy Allen Before July 15 - Registrotlon lee len $30 service fee per person cancelling. After July 15 - 50% of reghlTotion lee pet per~on cancelling

SUBSTITUTION POUCY To tronsfer registration to onother person, the new Congress attendee must 0150 have 0 Professionol or Instructor membership. Before July 15 - $30 per substitution On-Site - $35 per substitution Submit request in writing to USA Gymnostin, Attention Cathy Allen

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UPDATE 43rd ANNUAL USA GYMNASTICS NATIONAL CONGRESS and TRADE SHOW Held in conjunction with the 2007 Visa Championships August 15-18, 2007, San Jose, California

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

WHAT IS OFFERED? Three days of education with more than 150 sessions offered . Lectures given by recognized top individuals in the field . Sessions on coaching, judging, business, preschool, recreational, sports science, fitness, Group Gymnastics and cheerleading. The leading experts in the areas of Women's, Men's, Rhythmic, Acrobatic Gymnastics and Trampoline and Tumbling programs will present. The Trade Show exhibit hall will feature 200 booths of products and information from over 90 different Industry Member vendors. Special events to take place in the exhibit hall daily. San Jose Convention Center

WHERE? HOTEL TRAVEL RESERVATIONS:

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National Travel Service 888-603-8747

Email atusagama@takeavacation.com Website: www.wdpltd.com CONGRESS DATES:

August 16-18, 2007

VISA CHAMPIONSHIPS DATES:

August 15-18, 2007

AUGUST 15, 2007

REGISTRATION FORM:

Special rate for all-session tickets for Congress attendees. Rhythmic and Acrobatic Gym nastics events included in Congress registration fee.

In Technique and on Website at www.usa-gymnastics.org

Special discounted group registration for Member Clubs. Special Early Bird Pricing 1(

Congress Registration 12:30-6:30 p.m . San Jose Convention Center Pre-Congress events • Annual Business Conference • Safety/ Risk Management course • Preschool Fundamentals: Hands on Training (H.D.T.) Course • Women's SC/RC Workshop

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Additional Congress Educational Opportunities Registration Form Mailed and faxed registrations must be recieved by August 1 After August 1 you must register on-site for an additional $25 fee per course per person

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Wed. August 15, 1-6 p.m. Pro-Member with Current Safety Certification wishing to recertify at live course .. ............. No charge o Pro-Member with Expired or New Safety Certification. ... .$65 o Instructor Member ............... .. ......... ... ... ...... $65 o Non-Member. ... ........... ....... ..$115 ' You must have your USA Gymnastics number or date applied for on the registration form in order to qualify for the discount.

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Language: The Official language of Congress is English. USA Gymnastics will make no special provisions for translation of sessions into other languages. Congress Attendees with special needs must notify USA Gymnastics in writing in this regard prior to the July 15 early bird registration deadline. We suggest that this information be included with the Congress Registration Form. Videotaping: Videotaping of Congress sessions is permitted FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY unless the Session Presenters announce that his/her session may not be videotaped.

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2007 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY AND LUNCHEON When: Friday, August 17, 2007 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Where: San Jose Marriott Hotel, San Jose, Calif. Cost: Individual $40; Table $400 (10 people)

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Individual Ti ckets $40.00 per person .

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TABLES: $400 .00 (10 people)

Full tables will be reserved. Individuals will be open sea ting. Ti ckets may be picked up at the National Congress Registration Desk at the San Jo se McEnery Convention Center or at the ceremony door location on Friday at 10 :3 0 a.m. at the San Jose Marriott Hotel.

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SELECTION PROCEDURES 2007 MEN'S ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS WORLD TEAM SELECTION PROCEDURES I. SELECTION SYSTEM Selection for the 2007 World Championships Team Athletes may qualify for the 2007 World Championships team in one of two ways: A. Be a gymnast chosen by the World Championships Team Selection Committee as one of the six athlete members of the World Championships Team. To be eligible, a Team Member must be a participant in both the 2007 National Qualifier and the 2007 Visa Championships as defined in Section II. B. Petition to the 2007 World Championships Team through the petition process identified in Section III.

II. SELECTION PROCESS Selection for the 2007 World Championships Team will be handled by the World Championships Selection Com mittee. A. World Championships Selection Committee composition: 1. Chairman, Men's Program Committee 2. USA Gymnastics Men's Program Director 3. Senior National Team Coordinator 4. Athlete Representative 5. Coach - This individual will be selected by the Men's Program Committee and may not have an athlete in contention for the 2007 World Championships Team. B. World Championships Team Selection Committee Roles and Responsibilities: 1. Selection of the six team members for the World Team. 2. Selection of a minimum of two replacement athletes for any World Team member that cannot compete due to injury, illness, or other circumstances that would necessitate replacement and designate which of the replacement athletes will travel and be credentialed. 3. Accept or reject petitions onto the 2007 World Team (see Section III). 4. The Men's Program Committee will name a replacement committee member in the event that a World Championships Selection Committee member is currently affiliated with any athlete in consideration for the 2007 World Championships Team or is unable to fulfill the obligations of the World Championships Team Selection Committee or continue for any reason. C. Process for selection of the six team member gj1f1 nasts for the 2007 World Championships Team. 1.Athletes will be chosen from among athletes who participate in both the 2007 National Qualifier and 2007 Visa Championship competitors or from petitions to the 2007 World Championships team (see Section III). An athlete who is unable to participate in the National Qualifier may petition to compete in the 2007 Visa Championships.

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2. The World Championships Team Selection Committee will also identify a minimum of two potential replacement(s) to the World Team who mayor may not travel to the World Championships as well as designate which replacement athlete would receive a credential if he travels with the team. 3. These selections are subject to the approval of the President of USA Gymnastics who will certify that the Selection Procedures were followed. 4. The World Championships Team Selection Committee will consider the following factors when selecting the six World Team members and potential replacement athlete(s): a. All results from the 2007 National Qualifier and the 2007 Visa Championships. The results will be weighted at 30% (15% for day one results and 15% for day two results) for the National Qualifier and 70% (35% for day one results and 35% for day two results) for the Visa Championships b. The percentage of hit routines by the gymnast in the selection competitions. c. Start va lues (A Score) on each apparatus from the National Qualifier and the Visa Championships d. Execution (B Score) on each apparatus from the National Qualifier and the Visa Championships e. Points ranking system derived from the National Qualifier and the Visa Championships competitive results. The points ranking system will be published no less than 60 days prior to the National Qualifier. f. Past domestic and international performance and experience including type, frequency and leve l of domestic and international competitions and routine hit percentage in those events. g. Demonstrated professional attitude and ability to positively contribute to the team dynamic. h. Any physical, training or performance factor which might inhibit peak performance at the 2007 World Championships. 5. The World Championships Team Selection Committee will consider the information noted in number 4 above in the following prioritized manner. a. The total competitive results (as defined in C.4.a above) from the 2007 National Qualifier and the 2007 Visa Championships will be used to identify the teams which would produce the highest team score for the six man team, five athletes compete, four scores count team preliminary competition and also for the six man team, three athletes compete and all three scores count team finals format. b. The start values of all potential team members will be factored into the process of selecting the final team. c. The execution (8 score) of all potential team members will be factored into the

process of selecting the final team . d. The remaining factors, the points ranking system, past domestic and international experience and other applicable factors as listed above will be considered by the committee only in the event that a final decision identifying the team members cannot be reached using the competition results, start values and execution factors. D. The announcement of the World Championships team members will take place within 48 hours from the conclusion of the 2007 Visa Championships.

III. PETITIONS A. Petition Rights: Accordingly, USA Gymnastics will allow athletes to petition USA Gymnastics for the right to: 1. Enter either the 2007 National Qualifier or the 2007 Visa Championships, as considered by the Men's Program Committee. 2. To be selected to the 2007 World Championships Team, as determined by the World Championships Team Selection Committee. B. Petition Procedures and Requirements 1. A petition to enter either the 2007 National Qualifier or the 2007 Visa Championships, or to be placed on the 2007 World Championships Team, may be submitted by any athlete. 2. Petitions to either the 2007 National Qualifier or the 2007 Visa Championships will be considered fo r approval by the Men's Program Committee. All petitions to the National Qualifier must be received by May 9, 2007 to be considered. All petitions to the Visa Championships must be received by June 9, 2007 to be considered. 3. Petitions directly to the 2007 World Championships Team will be considered for approval by the World Championships Selection Committee. In order to be considered by the World Team Selection Committee, petitions must be submitted in writing to USA Gymnastics' national office as soon as practical after the athlete becomes aware of his inability to participate in the applicable competition and no later than the conclusion of the 2007 Visa Championships. 4. A petition must state the specific injury, illness or unusual circumstance, which prohibited the athlete from participating in the competitive process. In the case of a petition based upon an injury or illness, the petition must be accompanied by a physician's statement detailing the injury as well as the prognosis for recovery, and the nature and extent of that injury or illness is subject to verification by one or more doctors selected by USA Gymnastics. Athletes must also be able to effectively demonstrate through past competitive results from USA Gymnastics or FIG sanctioned events that, for petitions to the Visa Championships, they are competitive in


the field with other athletes qualified for the 2007 Visa Championships and, for petitions to the World Championships Team , that the athlete would be highly competitive for a position on the World Team. 5. An athlete who is petitioning directly to the 2007 Visa Championships will be required to attend (at their own expense) the two Senior National Team Camp scheduled for July 24 - 28, 2007 . The purpose of this camp would be to evaluate whether or not the athlete will be sufficiently ready to be competitive with the field at the 2007 Visa Championships. The evaluation will be made by the Senior National Team Coordinator who will report his recommendation to the Men's Program Committee. The evaluation will be based on the performance level of routines demonstrated at the camp on all events the athlete intends to compete at the Visa Championships.

IV. REPLACEMENT/REMOVAL PROCEDURES An athlete or coach may be replaced or removed from the 2007 World Championships Team for the following reasons: • Violations of the USA Gymnastics Code of Ethics (attached) • InjUlY, illness, is certified by an USA Gymnastics physician (or medical staff). If an athlete refuses verification of their illness or injury by an USA Gymnastics physician (or medical staff), their injury will be assumed to be disabling and they may be removed. • Lack of performance in training which inhibits peak performance at the World Championships. A decision to remove an athlete is subject to approval by the President of USA Gymnastics and is also subject to the USA Gymnastics Bylaws, USA Gymnastics Grievance Procedures and to the United States Olympic Committee Constitution.

V. QUALIFICATION EVENTS • The 2007 U.s. Qualifier competition to the 2007 Visa Championships will be conducted June 7-9, 2007, at a site to be determined. • 2007 Visa Championships - August 15-18, 2007, in San Jose, CA

VI. PUBLICITY jDISTRIBUTION OF PROCEDURES Publication of USAG Executive Committee approved

procedures will take place via the following di stribution channels: • Website: http://www.usa-gymnastics.org/ • Publication: Technique magazine • Email: direct email to 2007 Junior and Senior National Team athletes

VII. COACHES SELECTION A. Head Coach The Men's Program Committee will select the head coach a minimum of four months prior to the start of the World Championships. The MPC requires that it must receive up to three recommendations for the head coach position from the Senior National Team Coaches and up to three recommendations for the head coach position from the Senior National Team Athletes, a minimum of one month prior to the coach's selection. The selection of the head coach will be based upon the following criteria and must be approved by the President of USA Gymnastics: • proven team leadership ability • international experience; and • ability to communicate to the athletes and follow the established World Championships training plan. B. Additional Coaches Additional Coaches attending the 2007 World Championships as officially credentialed members of the delegation will be selected by the Men's Program Committee and approved by the President of USA Gymnastics. The additional coaches must come from among the personal coaches of World Championships Team members. The number of additional coaches will be determined by the Men's Program Committee based on the number of available coaches' credentials at the 2007 World Championships and available funding for the event.

XI. INTERNATIONAL DISCLAIMER These procedures are based on roc and/ or FIG rules and regulations as presently known and understood. Any change in the selection procedures caused by a change in roc and/ or FIG rules and regulations will be distributed to the affected athletes immediately. The selection criteria are based on the latest information available to USAG. However, the selections are always subject to unforeseen,

intervening circumstances, and realistically have not accounted for every possible contingency.

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

Women's Program

2007 WOMEN'S ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS WORLD TEAM SELECTION PROCEDURES I. SELECTION SYSTEM A. Definitions The World Team is defined as the seven (7) athletes who will represent the USA at the 2007 World Championships. B. Competitive Athletes The Final determination of the competing athletes will be made prior to submission of the competition line-up. ~

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SELECTION PROCEDURES C. Qualification/Selection to the 2007 World Team

The process for qualification/selection to the World Team is a combination of the results from the 2007 Visa Championsh ips and discretionary selection criteria. 1. Qualification for the 2007 Visa Championships is: • By score from a national qualifying meet or international competition, or • By score from the either the American or U.S. Classic, or • By score of a current national team member from a verification training camp, or • By being one of the seven (7) members of the 2006 World Championships Team, or • Accepted petitioned athletes

II. SELECTION COMMITTEE The Selection Committee is comprised of the following individuals: • National Team Coordinator, Martha Karolyi • Chairman of the International Elite Committee, Steve Rybacki. • Athlete Representative, Kim Zmeskal, who meets the definition of active athlete. • In the event any of the members of the Selection Committee is currently affiliated, the International Elite Committee will select another individual who is unaffiliated to serve on the Selection Committee. In the case of affi liation of the Athlete Representative the determination of her replacement will be made by the USA Gymnastics Athlete's Council. Roles and Responsibilities The Selection Committee has two roles:

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• Selection of the ath letes for the World Team • Selection of the Coach(es) for the World Team

• Physical capability to fulfill training plan as li sted in the Women's Responsibility Manual

III. SELECTIONS

V. PETITION PROCEDURES

A. The top two (2) All Around athletes from the combined rank order at the 2007 Visa Championships wi ll automatically be named as one of the seven members of the World Team. B. The other (5) members of the World Team will be selected from among the qualifiers, accepted petitioned athletes and the competitors at the 2007 Visa Championships. C. There will be a mandatory World Team Preparation Camp for the World Team members to be held immediately after the Visa Championships in Houston, Texas. D. All documents used throughout the selection process will be retained by USA Gymnastics for a minimum of six months following the Closing Ceremony of the 2007 World Championships.

Because of the close proximity of the World Championships to the Visa Championships, there will be no petitions to the World Championships Team. Petitions will only be considered for the Classic Meets and the 2007 Visa Championship. A. Procedures for petitioning into the 2007 Classic and Visa Championships are listed in the 2006-2007 Women's Rules and Policies. B. Petitions will be considered by the Selection Committee, in consultation with the Women's Program Director and the Vice President of Program, for any member of the 2006 World Championship Team and from any athlete who has competed at either of the 2007 Classic meets, or an international assignment between August 2006 and August 2007 C. In order to be considered by the Selection Committee, petitions must be submitted in writing to the USA Gymnastics' national office as soon as practical after the athlete becomes aware of her inability to participate in the process described above. D. The petition must state the specific injury, illness or unusual circumstance which prohibited the athlete from participating in the competitive process. In the case of a petition based upon an injury or illness, the petition must be accompanied by a physician's statement. The nature and extent of that injUly or illness is subject to verification by a doctor selected by USA Gymnastics

IV. SELECTION CRITERIA The committee will consider the following areas when selecting the World Team • Team needs and medal potential • Results from international and national competitions • A - Scores • Hit consistency • Composite strength of all the World Team Members • B-Scores (Execution) • World Class presentation • Readiness to compete

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VII. REMOVAL An athlete or coach may be removed from the 2007 World Team or from any step of the process for selecting the team if he/she violates the USA Gymnastics Code of Ethics or the Women's Team Responsibility Manual. An athlete may also be removed from the 2007 World Team in the event of injury or illness which inhibits peak performance at the above said competitions. Athletes agree to submit to any medical diagnosis that is requested by USA Gymnastics to assure that the athlete is able to compete and is not at risk for further injury. Verification of injury or illness will be by a doctor selected by USA Gymnastics. Removal may only occur with the approval of the President of USA Gymnastics after consultation with the National Team Coordinator and the Head Coach and an interview with the athlete and her coach . Any decision to remove an athlete or coach is subject to review through USA Gymnastics Bylaws, Grievance Procedures and the USOC Constitution.

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

IX. INTERNATIONAL DISCLAIMER These procedures are based on FIG Rules and

Regulations as presently known and understood. Any change in the selection procedures caused by a change in the FIG Rules and Regulations will be distributed to the affected athletes immediately. The selection criteria are based on the latest information available to USA Gymnastics. However, the selections are always subject to unforeseen intervening circumstances and realistically have not accounted for every possible contingency.

Note: A full copy of the selection procedures including the USA Gymnastics Code of Ethics and Responsibilities Manual can be found at www.usa-gymnastics.org/organization/

X. ATHLETE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Each athlete and coach participating in the process for selecting the 2007 World Team as outlined in these Selection Procedures has carefully reviewed, understands and agrees to the terms of these Selection Procedures. That understa nding and agreement is reflected by the signature of the athlete and coach on a copy of these Selection Procedures.

SELECTION OF THE 2007 WORLD TEAM COACHES A. The Coaches for the 2007 World Team will be selected from among the personal coaches of the team members, after the final Team Selection by the Selection Committee based upon the following criteria: • Proven team leadership ability • International experience • Fulfilling the necessary criteria established by USA Gymnastics including: • Professional membership in good standing • Current USA Gymnastics Safety Certification • Attendance at required meetings B. Personal Coaches of the athletes selected as 2007 World Team Members will be selected (one coach per athlete) according to the number of credentials available to the team .

Rhythmic Program RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS 2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SELECTION PROCEDURES I. OVERVIEW The 2007 Rhythmic World Championships will be individual and group competition . The World Championships delegation will be comprised of

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SELECTION PROCEDURES three individual gymnasts, personal coaches and one team manager. A fourth athlete may be assigned to the team by the Selection Committee according to the composite strength of the team. A. The selection procedures for the team are as follows: 1. The two highest ranked all around athletes from the results of the 2007 Visa Championships will be named to the World Championships Team. 2. The World Championships Selection Committee will select the additional team member(s) from among the competitors at the 2007 Visa Championships and approved petitions immediately following the 2007 Visa Championships. Refer to Section ll.B for details.

II. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION A. Qualification to the 2007 Visa Championships: 1. Qualification to the Visa Championships is through two qualifying events, which are open to all Level 9 & 10 rhythmic gymnasts who are registered athlete members with USA Gymnastics. 2. The top five Senior National Team members as determined by the 2006 Visa Championships & the 2007 Rhythmic Challenge are automatically accepted into the 2007 Visa Championships. 3. The qualifying events are scheduled to take place in July 2007. 4. The Visa Championships will ta ke place in August 2007. B. Petitions to the 2007 Visa Championships 1. Petitions to enter the Visa Championships will be accepted for any 2006-2007 National Team members unable to compete at a qualifying event because of injury, illness, or unusual circumstances. 2. The petition must be submitted in writing to the Rhythmic Program Director at the National Office as soon as practical afte r the gymnast becomes aware of the situation that makes her unable to compete. In the case of a petition based on illness or injury, the written petition must be accompanied by a physician's report specifying the nature or extent of the injury or illness. Petitions will be accepted or denied

by the Rhythmic Program Committee, which includes an elected athlete representative. 3. An athlete accepted into the Visa Championships by petition will be in addition to other athletes who qualified into the U.S. Gymnastics Championships through the processes identified in Section ll. A. Above. C. Qualification to the 2007 World Championships 1. The All-around results from the 2007 Visa Championships will determine the top six (6) athletes to be considered for a placement on the team. The first and second place athlete will automatically qualify to the World Championship Team. 2. Subject to the petition process as identified below, the Selection Committee, with final approval from USA Gymnastics' President, will determine the World Team who will represent the USA at the 2007 World Championships from those six athletes. The Selection Committee will also determine if naming a fourth athlete will be beneficial to the team results. D. Petitions (due to injury or illness) to the 2007 World Championships Team 1. Petitions to be considered by the Selection Committee will be limited to the top four (4) athletes at 2007 Rhythmic Challenge and/or the 2006 Visa Championships. 2. In order to submit a petition to be placed on the Team, the gymnast must submit a written petition to the Rhythmic Program Director as soon as practical after learning of her inability to participate or continue to compete in the Visa Championships. Petitions based on illness or injury must be accompanied by a physician's report indicating the nature and extent of the injury and illness. Petitions will be accepted or denied by the Selection Committee which includes an elected athlete representative. E. If an athlete who has been named to the 2007 World Championships Team is injured or becomes ill prior to the Competition and this injury or illness requires the athlete to withdraw from the Team prior to departure for the World Championship, the Selection Committee will decide if a replacement is needed. If the Selection Committee decides an additional athlete

is needed on the Team, they will determine who that athlete will be with the approval of the President of USA Gymnastics. F. Removal: 1. An athlete may be removed from the 2007 World Championships Team or from any steps of the process for selecting the Team if that athlete violates the terms of the USA Gymnastics' National Team Agreement (including the Code of Conduct incorporated in that Agreement) . 2. An athlete may also be removed in the event of injury or illness which inhibits performance at the World Championships. Verification of injury or illness will be by two doctors selected by USA Gymnastics. 3. removal may only occur with the approval of the President of USA Gymnastics after consultation with the Rhythmic Program Director and the Head Coach and an interview with the athlete and her coach. Any decision to remove an athlete or coach is subject to review throug h USA Gymnastics Bylaws, Grievance Procedures and the USOC Constitution.

III. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM - GROUP COMPETITION A. The World Selection Committee may make a recommendation to the President of USA Gymnastics if they feel the 2006 Senior Group Champion has met the international standards to represent the USA at the 2007 World Championships. B. In the event a group is selected to represent the U.S. and participate in the 2007 World Championships, their participation will be self funded. The committee will consider the following areas prior to making the recommendation: 1. Results from the 2007 Rhythmic Challenge and the 2007 Visa Championships. 2. Results and consistency from any 2007 international events. 3. Achievement of a combined score (21.00) that is equivalent to the score achieved by the top 12 teams in 2006.

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IV. SELECTION COMMITTEE A. The Selection Committee is comprised of the following individuals: • Rhythmic Vice Chair, Andrea Schmid • Athlete Representative, Caroline Hunt • Rhythmic Program Director. B. The Selection Committee will consider the following areas when selecting members for the 2007 World Championship Team . 1. Results from the 2007 Visa Championships and the qualifyi ng events 2. Consistency and results from past national and international events. 3. Composition of strength among the team members.

for selecting the Team as outlined in these Selection Procedures has carefully reviewed and understands the terms of these Procedures. That understanding is reflected by the signature of the athlete and coach on a copy of these Selection Procedures.

V. COACH SELECTION A. The Coach for the 2007 World Team will be selected from among the personal coaches of the team members, after the final Team Selection by the Selection Committee based upon the following criteria: • Proven team leadership ability • International experience • Fulfilling the necessary criteria established by USA Gymnastics including : Professional Member in good standing Clearance of a background check Attendance at required meetings B. Personal Coaches of the athletes selected as 2007 World team members, who were not selected as Head Coach, will be invited based upon the number credentials available.

VI. PUBLICITY jDlSTRIBUTION OF PROCEDURES Publication of the approved procedures will take place via the following distribution channels: • Website: http://www.usa-gymnastics.org/ • Publication: Technique magazine • Email: direct email to 2006 Senior National Team and age eligible Junior National Team. These selection procedures have been reviewed and approved by USA Gymnastics.

VII. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Each athlete and coach participating in the process

Trampoline & Tumbling Program 2007 TRAMPOLINE & TUMBLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM SELECTION PROCEDURES I. OVERVIEW A. Per the FIG Technical Regulations, the Trampoline & Tumbling Delegation for the 2007 World Championships will be comprised of a maximum of four women , four men for individual trampoline, power tumbling and double-mini and two women's pairs and two men's pairs for synchronized trampoline. Four coaches will be named for each discipline, individual trampoline/ synchronized trampoline, power tumbling and double-mini trampoline. B. For all disciplines, the athletes selected to the 2007 World Championships Team must be 17 years of age or older in 2007 .

C. Individual Trampoline, Power Tumbling and Double Mini-Trampoline 1. The first two senior women and two senior men in rank order following the Stars & Stripes Cup will be directly qualified to the World Championships Team. 2. The Selection Committee, with the approval of the President of USA Gymnastics, may select additional Senior Elite athletes, including an alternate, to the individual trampoline, power tumbling and double -mini trampoline teams. The alternate will only compete if a team member is withdrawn from the competition. D. Synchronized Trampoline 1. Per FIG Regulations, three of the four members of the women's pairs and three of the four members of the men's pairs must be members of the men's and women's fivemember individual trampoline team, each consisting of 4 athletes and one alternate. E. Selection Committee 1. Sr. Program Director, Chair 2. National Coach 3. Elite Program Chair 4. Technical Program Chair 5. Athlete Representatives - one per discipline F. The trampoline team and official coaches will be fully funded to the World Championships. The tumbling and double mini teams and official coaches will be partially funded to the World Championships.

II. PETITIONS A. Individual Trampoline, Power Tumbling and Double-Mini Trampoline 1. Only Senior Elite athletes 17 years of age and older in 2007 may petition to the World Championships Team. 2. If the petition is accepted, the athlete will replace the third, fourth or fifth ranked athlete on the World Championships Team . B. Petitions will be decided by the Program Committee. Petitions must be submitted ~

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SELECTION PROCEDURES in writing to the USA Gymnastics' National Program Office as soon as practical after the athlete becomes aware of his/her inability to participate in the process described above. C. The petition must state the specific injury, illness or unusual circumstance, which prohibited the athlete from participating in the competitive process. In the case of a petition based upon an injury or illness, the petition must be accompanied by a physician's statement, and the nature and extent of that injury or illness is subject to verification by a doctor selected by USA Gymnastics.

III. SELECTION OF THE 2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM COACHES A. Trampoline: The National Coach will be the Head Coach. In addition, there will be three assistant coaches named. B. Tumbling: One Head Coach and three assistant coaches will be named. C. Double Mini-Trampoline: One Head Coach and three assistant coaches will be named. D. The Program Committee will select the coaches immediately following the Stars & Stripes Cup in September. E. Criteria: The committee will consider the following areas prior to making the recommendation: 1. International Experience 2. Technical knowledge 3. Rapport with athletes

4. Proven leadership ability 5. Professional member in compliance with the USA Gymnastics Code of Ethics.

IV. REMOVAL A. An athlete or coach may be removed from the 2007 World Championships Team or from any step of the process for selecting the 2007 World Championships Team if he/she violates the USA Gymnastics Code of Ethics. An athlete may also be removed from the 2007 World Championships Team in the event of injury or illness which inhibits peak performance at the 2007 World Championships. Verification of injury or illness will be by two doctors selected by USA Gymnastics. B. Removal may only occur with the approval of the President of USA Gymnastics after consultation with the National Team Coach and the Program Director and an interview with the athlete and her coach. Any decision to remove an athlete or coach is subject to review through USA Gymnastics Bylaws, Grievance Procedures and the USOC Constitution .

approved by USA Gymnastics. Each athlete and coach participating in the process for selecting the 2007 World Championships Team, as outlined in these Selection Procedures, has carefully reviewed, understands and agrees to the terms of these Selection Procedures. That understanding and agreement is reflected by the signature of the athlete and coach on a copy of these Selection Procedures.

USA GYMNASTICS TRAMPOLINE & TUMBLING PROGRAM COMMlnEE 1. Megan Gearhart, Chairman, Program Committee 7838 Weldon Woods Close Rockford, IL 61102 2. Shaun Kempton, Chairman, Elite Program Committee 6255 Commonwealth Dr. Loves Park. IL 61111 3. Jill Milroy, Chairman, Junior Olympic Committee 845 David Street Kewanee, IL 61443

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

4. Patti Conner, Chairman, Technical Committee 7401 Topeka Lubbock, TX 79424 5. Karl Heger, Athlete Representative 3429 Snowberry Ct. Rockford, IL 61114

VI. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT These Selection Procedures have been reviewed and

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2007 MEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES TEAM SELECTION PROCEDURES I. SELECTION SYSTEM The Men's Delegation for the 2007 World University Games will be comprised of five athletes. The format for the competition is a five-man team who will participate in team, all-around and individual event sessions. The dates of the 2007 World University Games are August 8 - 18, 2007. The games will be held in Bangkok, Thailand. The artistic gymnastics competition is scheduled to take place on August 9th - 12th according to the official 2007 Universiade website (http://www. bangkok2007 .com/en/main/index2.php).

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Selection for the 2007 World University Games Team A. The World University Games Team will be selected as follo ws: 1. Athletes must be a United States citizen and eligible to compete on the 2007 World University Games Team. Must meet World University Games eligibility requirements as established by FISU . Only the following athletes may participate as competitors in the World Uni versity Games: a) students who are officially registered fo r and pursuing a full time course of study at a university or si milar institute whose status as a university is recognized by t he appropriate national academic authority of their country; b) former students of the institutions mentioned in a) who have obtained their academic degree or diploma in the year preceding the event; c) must be at least 17 and less than 28 years of age on January 1, 2007. Anyone wishing to be considered for a World University Games team position, who is not currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a collegiate institution, must submit his intention to tryout for this team , along with proof of graduate student status or proof of registration for an undergraduate program at a collegiate institution to the Men's Program Director prior to the beginning of the 2007 U.S. National Qualifier. 2. Athletes must be among the five athletes who are selected by the World University Games Selection Committee

II. SELECTION PROCESS Selection for the 2007 World University Games Team will be handled by the World University Games Selection Committee. A. World Uni versity Games Selection Committee composition: 1. Member selected by the Men's Program Committee 2. USA Gymnastics Senior National Team Coordinator 3. Athlete Representative - se lected by USA Gymnastics Athlete Council 4. Coach - selected by the College Coaches Association. This individual may not have an athlete in contention for the 2007 World University Games Team. 5. Men's Program Director - voice, no vote except in case of a tie B. World University Games Selection Committee Roles and Responsibilities: 1. Selection of the five team members for the World University Games. 2. Selection of a minimum of one replacement athlete, who mayor may not travel to the World University Games, for any World University Games Team member that cannot compete due to injury, illness, or other circumstances that would necessitate replacement. 4. Accept or reject petitions onto the 2007 World University Games (see Section III) . 5. The Men's Program Committee will name a replacement committee member in the event that a Selection Committee member is currently affiliated with any athlete in consideration for the World University Games Team or is unable to fulfill the obligations of the Selection Committee or continue for any reason. C. Process for selection of the fi ve team member gymnasts for the 2007 World University Games Team . Athletes will be chosen from among the 2007 National Qualifier competitors or from petitions to the 2007 World University Games Team (see Section III). ~

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SELECTION PROCEDURES 1. The WorLd University Games Team SeLection

Committee wi LL also identify a minimum of one potentiaL repLacement to the WorLd University Games Team who mayor may not traveL to the WorLd University Games Team. 2. These seLections are subject to the approvaL of the President of USA Gymn astics who wiLL certify that the SeLection Procedures were foLLowed . 3. The WorLd University Games Team SeLection Committee wi LL consider the foLLowing factors when seLecting the fi ve WorLd University Games Team members and potentiaL repLacement athLete(s): a. ALL resuLts from the 2007 QuaLifying Competition b. The percentage of hit routines by the gymnast in the QuaLifying Competition . c. Start vaLues (A Score) on each apparatus from the QuaLifying Competition d. Execution (B Score) on each apparatus from the QuaLifying Competition e. Points ranking system derived from the QuaLifying Competition competitive resuLts. The points ranking system will be pubLished a minimum of 30 days prior to the QuaLifying Competition f. Past domestic and internationaL performance and experience including information such as type, frequency and LeveLof domestic and internationaL competitions and routine hit percentage in those events. g. Other appLicabLe factors 5. The WorLd University Games Team SeLection Committee will consider the information noted in number 4 above in the following prioritized manner. a. The resuLts from the 2007 QuaLifying Competition wiLL be used to identify the teams which wouLd produce the highest team score for the five man team, five athLetes compete, four scores count team preLiminary competition and any athLetes that may have individuaL event medaL potential. Priority wiLL be given to the team competition pLacement when seLecting the team members. b. The start vaLues of aLL potentiaL team members will be factored into the process of se Lecting the finaL team. c. The execution of aLL potentiaL team members wilL be factored into the process of seLecting the finaL team. d. The remaining factors, including the points ranking system, past domestic and internationaL experience and other appLicabLe factors, wiLL be considered by the committee onLy in the event that a finaL decision identifying the team members cannot be reached using the competition resuLts, start vaLues and execution factors. D. The announcement of the WorLd University Games team members wiLLtake pLace within 48 hours from the conclusion of the 2007 NationaL QuaLifier.

B. Petition Procedures and Requirements 1. A petition to enter the 2007 NationaL QuaLifier or to be pLaced on the 2007 WorLd University Games Team may be submitted by any athLete. Petitions to the 2007 NationaL QuaLifier wilL be considered for approvaL by the Men's Program Committee. ALL petitions to the NationaL QuaLifier must be received no Later than 48 hours prior to the start of competition to be considered. Petitions directLy to the 2007 WorLd University Games Team wi LL be considered for approvaL by the WorLd University Games SeLection Committee. 2. A petitioning athLete who is seLected as one of the five 2007 WorLd University Games Team members may be required to prove co mpetitive readiness. This dispLay of readiness may be executed at a Location and time to be determined by the 2007 WorLd Team SeLection Committee, but wiLL occur no Later than 35 days prior to the scheduLed team departure for the WorLd University Games. If the athLete is unabLe to demonstrate competitive readiness, one of the seLected aLternates wouLd be pLaced on the 2007 WorLd University Games Team. 3. In order to be considered by the WorLd University Games SeLection Committee, petitions must be submitted in writing to USA Gymnastics' nationaL office as soon as practicaL after the athLete becomes aware of his inability to participate in the appLicabLe competition and no Later than the conclusion of the 2007 QuaLifying Competition. The petition must state the specific injury, illness or unusuaL circumstance, which prohibited the athLete from participating in the competitive process. In the case of a petition based upon an injury or iLLness, the petition must be accompanied by a physician's state ment, and the nature and extent of that injury or ilLness is subject to ve rification by one or more doctors seLected by USA Gymnastics. 4. Ath Letes must be abLe to effectiveLy demonstrate through past competitive resuLts from USA Gymnastics or FIG sanctioned events that, for petitions to the NationaL QuaLifier, they are competitive in the fieLd with other athLetes quaLified for the NationaL QuaLifier and, for petitions to the WorLd University Games Team, that the athLete wouLd be highLy competitive for a position on the World University Games Team.

IV. REPLACEMENT jREMOVAL PROCEDURES

III. PETITIONS

An athLete or coach may be repLaced or removed from the 2007 WorLd University Games Team for the foLLowing reasons: • VioLations of the USA Gymnastics Code of Ethics (attached) • Injury, iLLness, Lack of performance in training or other factor which inhibits peak performance at the WorLd University Games. Verification of injury or iLLness wiLL be by one or more doctors seLected by USA Gymnastics. A decision to remove an athLete is subject to approvaL by the President of USA Gymnastics and is also subject to the USA Gymnastics ByLaws, USA Gymnastics Grievance Procedures and to the United States OLympic Committee Constitution.

A. Petition Rights: AccordingLy, USA Gymnastics wiLL aLLow athLetes to petition USA Gymnastics for the right to: 1. Enter the 2007 NationaL QuaLifier, as considered by the Men's Program Committee. 2. To be seLected to the 2007 WorLd University Games Team, as determined by the WorLd Unive rsity Games Team SeLection Committee.

AthLetes may quaLify to participate in the 2007 NationaL QuaLifier through a process deveLoped and approved by the Men's Program Committee. Thi s procedure wilL be pubLished no Later than March 1, 2007.

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VI. PUBLICITY jDISTRIBUTION OF PROCEDURES PubLication of USAG Executive Committee and United States OLympic Committee approved procedures wiLL take pLace via the foLLo wing distribution channeLs: • Website: http://www.usa-gymnastics.org/ • PubLication : Technique magazine

VII. COACHES SELECTION A. Head Coach The Men's Program Committee wiLL se Lect the head coach foLLowing the announcement of the five athLete members of the 2007 WorLd University Games Team . The head coach must come from among the personaL coaches of WorLd University Games Team members. The seLection of the head coach wi LL be based upon the foLLo wi ng cri teria and must be approved by the President of USA Gymnastics: this may take pLace after the team is seLected as weLL • Esta bLished guideLines set by the Unites States OLympic Committee for deLegation members to the WorLd University Games • proven team Leadership ability • internationaL experience; and • abiLity to communicate to the athLetes and foLLow the estabLished WorLd University Games training pLan . B. Assistant Coaches Any assistant coaches for the 2007 WorLd University Games Team wiLL be seLected by the Men's Program Committee and approved by the President of USA Gymnastics. The assi stant coaches must come from among the personaL coaches of WorLd University Games Team members. The number of assistant coaches wiLL be determined by the Men's Program Committee based on USOC criteria and/or the number of availabLe coaches' credentials at the 2007 WorLd University Games.

XI. FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Any member of the WorLd University Games Team, as weLL as any member of the WorLd University Games Team deLegation , must assume fuLL financiaL responsibility for any and aLL costs associated with their participation at the WorLd University Games.

XII. INTERNATIONAL DISCLAIMER These procedures are based on roc. FISU and/or FIG ruLes and reguLations as presently known and understood . Any change in the seLection procedures caused by a change in roc. FISU and/ or FIG ruLes and reguLations wiLL be distributed to the affected athLetes immediateLy. The seLection criteria are based on the Latest information avaiLabLe to USAG . However, the seLections are aLways subject to unforeseen , interve ning circumstances, and reaListically have not accounted for eve ry possibLe contingency.

ATHLETE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT The se SeLection Procedures have been reviewed and approved by USA Gymnastics. Each athLete and coach participating in the process for se Lecting the team as outlined in these SeLection Procedures has carefully reviewed and understands the terms of these Procedures. That understanding is re flected by the signature of th e athLete and coach on a copy of these SeLection Procedures. Note: A fuLL copy of the seLection procedures including the USA Gymnastics Code of Ethi cs can be found at www.usa-gymnastics.org/organization/ X


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TEAM COACHES/INSTRUCTORS - Full or port· lime.lmmediole openings. lobo Gymnastics in Houslon, Texas 77062 is looking for girls & boys compelilive leom coaching sloff and pre·school/recreotion inslructors. Posilive onilude, be responsible, safety orienled leom player and musl love working with children. Salary commensurole wilh experience. We wililroin. please <oil Tommy Ingersoll 281·480·5626 or email: lobogym@houslon.rr.com or slop by 2500 Falcon Pass Houslon, TX 77062 FULl·TIME HEAD COACH POSITION. Jody's Gymnastic Zone is currenlly inlerviewing persons inleresled in a Head Coach posilion. This full·lime posilion oilers good pay wilh bene fils, induding paid vocation and insurance. Enlhusiosm, motivolionol skills, and experience coaching levels 6·10 are required. This person will be responsible for coaching Oplionol gymnosls, TOPS, and supervision of oilleom coaches. Jody's is locoled in a new Iroining facility built in 2004 and recenlly expanded in 2006. Call Jody Tompkins 01 812·378·2650 for more information oboul Ihis greol iob opportunily! You may also email news@iodysgymzone.com or moil 10: 3880 N. long Rd. Columbus, IN 47201. If you are on Oplional Gymnaslics Coach end looking for a greol place 10 work, The Gymnoslics Academy 01 Elmwood Filness Cenler, a service of Ochsner Health Syslems is Ihe place 10 apply. Full·lime coaching posilion, requires level 9& 10 experience and expertise on bars, vault, and lumbling 10 complimenl our winning leom. Elile experience a plus. Offers excellenl benefils induding health, denial, and 401 K. Please log on 10 www.elmwoodfitness.com and apply online. Elmwood Filness Cenler is on Equal Employmenl Opportunity Employer. Move 10 beouliful Park City, Ulah! We're growing end need 10 fill Ihe following posllions

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May 19 Jessup PA 18434; 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. First Class Gymnastics, 1258 Midvalley Dr. Directions: Solomon Kahn 570-487-1422 Course code: SH05192007PA Instructor: Stephen Hass 814-880-3410

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20 Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054; 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 Will-Moor Gymnastics School, 10 Hartlor Rd. Directions: Wendy Musarave 856-234-5292 Course code: PF05202 07NJ Instructor: Phil Frank 856-786-3977

June 3 Roswell, GA 30306; 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Roswell Ret Directions: Gndy Furman 770-641-3987 Course code: CC06032007GA Instructor: Chris Calvert 404-687-9911 Petal, MS 39465; 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. #8 Professional Parkway Directions: Connie White 601-583-7384 Course code: EC06032007MS Instructor: Ellie Counseller 662-332-3776 Vincentown, NJ 08088; 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pinelands Gymnostics Academy: 1725 Route 70 Directions: Bridget 609-859-3004 Course code: PF06032007NJ Instructor: Phil Frank 856-786-3977 long Beach, CA 90815; 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. long Beach Morriott Directions: Glen Vaughan 619-925-1696

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14 Woodward, PA 16882; 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Woodward Cam~, 134 Sports Camp Dr. Directions: Step en Hass 814-349-5633 Course code: SH07142007PA Instructor: Stephen Hass 814-880-3410

14 Plano, TX; 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Region 3 Congress, Dallas/ Plano Marriott at legacy Town Center, 7120 Dallas Parkway Course code: XX0614200lTX

2 Newton, MA; 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Reg. 6 Congress, Boston Marriott Newton Course code: XX08052007MA

15 Broodview Heights, OH 44147; 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Gymnastics World Directions: Ron Ganim 440-526-2970 Course code: BM061520070H Instructor: Bobbi Montanari 614-777-9430

11 Woodward, PA 16882; 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Woodward Cam~, 134 Sports Camp Dr. Directions: Step en Hass 814-349-5633 Course code: SH08112007PA Instructor: Stephen Hass 814-880-3410

16 Stroudsburg, PA 16882; 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. International Gymnastics Camp, 9020 Bartonsville Woods Rd Directions: Bruno Klaus 570-629-0244 Course code: PF06162007PA Instructor: Phil Frank 856-786-3977

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