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EVENTS 2008-09 AUGUST

JUNE

8-24 Olympic Games 15-17 Region 6 Congress 22-24 Region 1 Congress

Beijing, CH N Burlington, MA Santa Clara, CA

Winobranie Tournament (TT) Friendship Cup (TR) National Gymnastics Day World Cup Portugal Region 5 Congress

Zielona Gora, POL Kladno, CZE All Over louie, POR Indianapolis, IN

National TOPs Testing Region 2 Congress Winterthur Cup (AG) Indo-Pacific Championship (TT) Glasgow Grand Prix (W) OTB Pokal World Cup (W)

Huntsville, TX Portland, OR Switzerland Rotorua, NZl Glasgow, G8R Stul1gart, GER

NOVEMBER

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Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championship

Mie, Japan

oaOBER 12-18

World Artistic Gymnastics Championship (M, W)

london, ENG

7-15

Tramoline Gymnastics World Championship

St. Petersburg, RUS

NBC Olympic Broadcast Schedule (limes are ET - Check your local listings for times in your area) » August

9 - Men's Gymnastics, Team competition 8:00 p .m .-midnight

» August

10 - Women's Gymnastics, Team competition 7:00 p.m.-midnight

» August 11 - Men' s Gymnastics , Team gold medal final

8:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

6-8 Future Stars Championships (M) 6-9 National Coaches Workshop (M) 12-16 High Performance Coaching Seminar (W) 21-25 Junior Olympic & National Team Training Camp (AG)

Colorado Springs, CO Colorado Springs, CO Huntsville, TX TBO

» August 12 - Women's Gymnastics, Team gold medal final

8:00 p.m.-midnight » August

13 - Men's Gymnastics, individual all-around 8:00 p.m.-l:OO a.m.

» August

14 - Women's Gymnastics, Individual all-around 8:00 p.m .-1:00 a.m.

DECEMBER

» August 15 - Women's Gymnastics, trampoline

3-7 7-11

» August 16 - Men' s Gymnastics, trampoline'

12:35 a.m .-2:00 a.m.

TOP's National Team Training Camp (W) TOP's National BTeam Training Camp (W)

Huntsville, TX Huntsville, TX

las Vegas, NV TBO

MAY Cincinnati, OH

R=Rhythmic B= Business

NOTE: Dates and events subjed to change or cancellation.

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TR = Trampoline TT = Trompoline/Tumbling

18 - Gymnastics, event finals M&W Women's Trampoline gold medal final 8:00 p.m.-midnight

» August 19 - Gymnastics, event finals M&W

8:00 p.m.-midnight Men' s Gymnastics, Trampoline gold medal 12:35 a.m.-2:00 a.m. » August

6-10 JO Nationals (M)

W=Women AG = Acrobatic Gymnastics

» August 17 - Gymnastics, event finals M&W » August

FEBRUARY 5-7 Winter Cup (M) 21 American Cup (M,W)

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p .m. 7:00 p.m.-midnight

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oaOBER 3-5 10-12 10-12 11-27 16-19 23-26

Fort Worth, TX

12-15 Visa Championship (M,W,R,TT,AG)

SEPTEMBER 4-9 9-13 13 26-27 26-28

23-28 International Sport &Cultural Festival (GG)

20 - Gymnastics Gala 8:00 p .m .-midnight

Note: Gymnastics will also be televised on Oxygen and Telemundo. Check local listings for the NBC broadcasts as well as the Oxygen and Telemundo schedules.

M= Men

GG = Group Gymnastics

TU = Tumbling


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2008 • VOLUME

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Grant Glas USA GYMNASTICS EXECUTIVE COMMlnEE CHAIR: Ron Froehlich; PRESIDEKT: Sieve Penny; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KolI; VICE CHAIR MEN: Yoichi Tomilo; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andrea Schmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOllN[ Shoun Kemplon; VICE CHAIR ACRO·GYMNASTICS: Tonyo Cose; SECRETARY: Gory Anderson; TREASURER: Bob Wood; FIG REPS: Bob Colorossi IExe<ulive Commi"eel. Ron Froehlich IAud~orl. Tonyo Case lAG Technicol Commi"eel and John Roelhlisberger (Alhlele Rep.!. AT LARGE MEMBERS: Sieve Butcher, David Holcomb; ATHLETE DIREGORS: Kim Zmeskol.Burde"e, John Roelhlisberger, Jessico Howord, Karl Heger; USOC ATHLETE DIREGOR: Lorisso Fonloine. USA GYMNASTICS BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR: Ron Froehlich; PRESIDENT: Sieve Penny; PRESIDENT EMERITUS: Sondy Knopp, Mike Donohue; TREASURER: Bob Wood; SECRETARY: Gory Anderson; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KolI; VICE CHAIR MEN: Yoichi Tomilo; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andreo Sthmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOLINE: Shoun Kemplon; VICE CHAIR ACRO·GYMNASTICS: Tonyo Case; PUBLIC SEGOR: Fronk Morsholl, Bob Wood; AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION: Ron Ferris; AMERICAN SOKOL ORGANIZATION: Jerry Milon; AMERICAN TURNERS: Michelle Lesperance; COLLEGE GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATlON·MEN: Foncis Allen; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGIATE COACHES·WOMEN: Mork Cook; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORT: Mori~n Sirowbridge; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS JUDGES: Corole Ide; NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION·MEN: Yoshi Hoyosoki; NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS: Becky Ookes; NATIONAL GYMNASTICS JUDGES ASSOCIATION·MEN: Bulch Zunich; NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: open; U.S. ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT GYMNASTICS ClUBS: Paul Zie~; U.s. ElITE COACHES ASSOCIATlON·MEN: Thom Glielmi; U.S. ElITE COACHES ASSOCIATlON·WOMEN: Sieve Rybacki and Tony Gehmon; U.s. MEN'S GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: TIm Klempnauer; U.S. RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: Suzie DiTullio; YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF THE USA: Cosey Koenig; NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION·WOMEN: Meg Slephenson; NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORS MEN: Mike Burns, Abie Grossfeld; RHYTHMIC: Ivanko Kirov, Michelle Lorson; WOMEN: Kelli Hill, Tom Forsler; TRAMPOllN[ Sco" Uneberry, Dr. George Drew; ACRO·GYMNASTICS: linda Po~er, Joy Binder; ATHLETES COUNCil Dominique Dowes, Don Gill, Mory Sonders, Shannon Miller, Michael Rodrigues, Joy Thornlon, ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS, Lori Kolz; SPECIAL OLYMPICS, Cindy Bickman; U.S. COMPETITIVE AEROBICS FEDERATION, Howord Schwartz

FEATURES 6 2008 USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show 20 Learning New Skills through Coaching Techniques: A Sport Neuropsychology Perspective

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Event Schedule USA Gymnastics Message Business Tips Tyson Fitness Challenge Member Services Educui'ion Athlete Focus Rhythmic Program

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On Aug. 15, 2008, 3.6 million people will see USA Gymnastics' first-ever national advertising print campaign in USA Today that targets growing our grassroots base. Featuring endearing photos and snappy copy, the USA Gymnastics eight-page ad insert in USA Today communicates the essence of gymnastics and makes it easy for parents to find a USA Gymnastics member club in their area. This national marketing effort goes far beyond the impactful advertising insert, which will be supported by teaser ads in USA Today on Aug. 5 and 12. To support this, USA Gymnastics on Aug . 1 is launching a targeted Web site, beginheregoanywhere.com, where parents can learn about the benefits of gymnastics, find answers to common questions and easily locate a USA Gymnastics member club in their community. In addition, member clubs wi ll receive two posters (with additional copies available for a nominal sum), as we ll as access to a special Web site where member clubs can download a PSA radio spot and ads that can be customized for use in local newspapers. The national exposure, coupled with the local efforts of member clubs, will provide our sport with its broadest public outreach effort in our hi story. Thi s unprecedented campaign is funded partially through the National Gymnastics Foundation , and the insert is supported by some of our biggest sponsors, AT&T, CoverGirl and Tyson. This nationwide outreach effort is a cooperative effort based on a recommendation from the Club Task Force and a parallel marketing initiative. The 360 Group, which created our logo and the tagline "Begin here. Go Anywhere. ", created the campaign. Using the state ments "Life needs balance" and "Life needs strength," the campaign visually demonstrates that kids are naturally inclined toward gymnastics as part of our human nature through striking images on the posters and in the insert. A third image in the insert gives a fun illustration of a gym and the benefits of gym nastics. Aug. 15 was se lected because it is the women's all-around finals, the peak day of gymnastics coverage on NBC Sports during the Olympic Games, and our team's performances during the team and men's all-around competition are expected to have heightened the interest in our great sport. "Be prepared" is the motto of the Boy Scouts, but it applies to our membership in relation to this national initiative. This is the time for you to have your plans in place to capitalize on the national attention on gymnastics through coverage during the Olympics and the national advertising insert and parlay it into increased opportunity for your gym in you r community. USA Gymnastics is proud to partner with the National Gymnastics Foundation to ma ke thi s incredible opportunity available to you. Working together we can continue to build gymnastics to even greater levels. August is also going to be a great month for our country and our sport. Please make sure your entire gymnastics community is familiar with the many hours of NBC coverage of gymnastics and how to find it on NBC's network, Oxygen and nbcolympics.co m. Other great ways to follow our athletes during the Games include visiting usa-gymnastics.org and gymnast.com. Go USA!

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he 2008 National Congress and Trade Show took place in historic Philadelphia, Pa ., at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The Congress was held in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Gymnastics, which took place at the Wachovia Center. The attendance for both events this year was one of the highest in the history of the event. With the Congress attendees, presenters, exhibitors, vendors and exhibit hall traffic, more than 2,700 individuals attended this year's annual Congress and Trade Show. More than 190 sessions took place over the three-day period covering all aspects of the sport from all five programs to sports science to business to preschool to cheerleading . ln the exhibit hall, there were more than 70 vendors displaying their products and services in 18S booths- definitely something for everyone! The Mega Raffle was also a huge success, awarding more than $68,000 in products and services to lucky winners . A huge thank you goes out to the United States Suppliers Association for the contributions for the raffle as well as their sponsor support of the trade show. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the Class of 2008 took place on Sunday, June 22, at a luncheon with 435 attendees . Congratulations to the Class of 2008 which included the 2003 Gold Medal Women's Team of Annia Hatch, Terin Humphrey, Courtney Kupets, Chellsie Memmel, Carly Patterson, Ashley Postell, Tasha Schwikert and Hollie Vise. Also inducted were Jessica Davis, Wendy

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Trampoline and Tumbling Sportsman of the Year: Kalon Ludvigson Sportswoman of the Year: Yuliya Hall (not at Championships) Athlete of the Year: Women's World Championships Gold Medal Tumbling Team - Kaitlin Tortorich, Susannah Johnson, Leanne Seitzinger, Amy McDonald (not pictured, Yuliya Hall) Milton B. Davis Trampoline Coach of the Year: Dmitri Poliaroush James A. Rozanas Tumbling Coach of the Year: Sergio Galvez Double Mini Coach of the Year: Doug Boger Scholarship Recipients: Jeff Hennessey (presenter), Leanne Seitzinger ($1000), Amy McDonald ($1000), Neil Gulati ($2000), Mike Devine ($5000 Jeff Henessey Scholarship), Kalon Ludvigson ($5000 Tyson Smith Memorial Scholarship), Sarah Prosen and Aubree Balkan (co-receipients of $2500 each for the Jordan Bonne Memorial Scholarship), Dr. Gearge Drew (presenter).

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n order for a gymnast (or any athlete) to learn new skills, information must be brought into the brain through various channels. The brain is a complex structure with various lobes and neural circuitries which function differentially for each person. The catch is some of these channels work better than others. Every athlete has a learning preference or unique style which allows them to learn the most optimal manner. Some gymnasts may be visual learners and respond best to learning by seeing. Others prefer to hear and use language as the primary channel to learn and get information into their brain . Finally, some individuals respond best to kinesthetic or tactile learning, where they can feel or sense the movements required for a task. Most young athletes learn best through a combination of these approaches which pair teaching techniques together. An effective coach creates an environment and the opportunity for all of their athletes to learn through their

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Verbal/language-based learners: Verbal learners can make sense and process information best through explanation and language-based presentation . An ideal approach to learning would involve verbal explanation of desired task then have the athlete communicate back to the Visual coach the sequence of learners encode steps in their own words. Presentation shou ld be done information best one-on-one and coaches through pure visual should always check for presentation. understanding by having athlete repeat or verbally rehearse the message. Kinesthetic or Tactile learners: Kinesthetic learners learn best when they can feel through their body what movements are desired. For these individuals, having them perform or walk through the desired series of movements is ideal. If learning a new skill, a coach could break the skill down into multiple smaller body movements and have the gymnast slowly progress through each movement to understand how it shou ld be put together. Corrections should be done"hands on" and while the athlete is performing the skill.

Verbal learners can make sense and process information best through explanation and language-based presentation.

Paired Modality Coaching To maximize the process of learning most people respond best to a combination of these approaches to learning.

Paired Modality Coaching: To maximize the process of learning most people respond best to a combination of these approaches to learning. Information presented and processed by three different channels is more efficient and has a higher learning potential than a single channel can allow. Coaching through various techniques and combining these techniques would maximize learning.

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An example of how to teach a new skill to your group: verbally explain the sequence of movements required to perform a new skill (verbal learning). Show the gymnast someone else perform the movement or a videotape of the movement (visua l learning). Have the gymnast slowly and sequentially perform the series of body movements in the desired order so they can feel the body positions for the new skill. Finally, an example of coaching a correction might include having them explain the movements while performing the task or have them activate the kinesthetic movements wh ile watching a video of someone else perform the movement in slow motion. It is important to understand that a coach cannot have only one coaching style for only one group of gymnasts. A combination of teaching "methods" can enhance multiple learning styles for a wide developmental range of athletes. Remembering that any "competition Kinesthetic anxiety" can disrupt an individuals' learn ing process learners learn best shou ld be a reminder for the when they can feel use of mental training skil ls through their body (e.g. relaxation and imagery what movements are training).This article will help desired. you to understand that the cognitive components of learning are essential to the learning of new gymnastics skills. Sport psychology and neuropsychology can offer wonderful knowledge to help any gymnastics coach to improve his or her coaching style .. ..Good luck! X


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2008 SAFETYfRISK MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION SCHEDULE The Safety Schedule is updated weekly on our website www.usa-gymnastics.org. Please see the website for the most current schedule. *lime and date subject to change.

August 14 Burlington, MA 01803; 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Region 6 Congress, Marriott Boston Burlington, One Mall Road (Rt 128 & 3A) Course code: XX08142008MA Instructor: Patricia McDiarmid 413-596-2313

September 13 Baton Rouge, LA 70819; 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CC's Gymnastics Inc., 14550 Florida Blvd Directions: Course code: CG09132008LA Instructor: Caesar Garcia 225-266-4580 ~

16 Woodward, PA; 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. *Lunch ~ available Woodward Camp, 134 Sports Camp Dr : ~ Directions: Steve Hass 814·349·5633 ~ Course code: SH08162008PA Instructor: Steve Hass 814·349·5633 16 Newtown, PA 18940; 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Rock Starz, 207 Penns Trail Rd Directions Chris Lanctot 215-595-4397 Course code: PF08162008PA Instructor: Phil Frank 856·786·3977

25 Indianapolis, IN 46240; 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Region 5 Congress, Sheraton Indianapolis, 8787 Keystone Crossing Course code: XX092520081N Instructor: Bobbi Montanari 614-777-9430

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What: National Gymnastics Day has two goals: to increase excitement and raise awareness for the sport of gymnastics and to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network through the Tyson Fitness Challenge. Established in 1999, National Gymnastics Day is a platform to showcase the many benefits of gymnastics, as well as promotes the ideals of physical fitness and community service nationwide. Clubs and their gymnasts have the opportunity to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network through participation in the Tyson Fitness Challenge, a program designed to improve the fitness level of the nation's youth and the platform for raising money for the Children's Miracle Network. Who: National Gymnastics Day is celebrated by thousands of gymnasts and gymnastics clubs across the country. Legendary gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi is chairman of National Gymnastics Day. When: Where:

Saturday, September 13, 2008 Gym clubs in communities throughout the United

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legal council to determine the proper length of time to save and store these membership forms. » You must have athlete and introductory athlete forms on file in your club for those who are registered on the internet as well as for those members who register directly with USA Gymnastics national office. A few friendly reminders: • All participants on the competition floor at a sanctioned USA Gymnastics event must have a current USA Gymnastics membership. That is all coaches, assistant coaches, judges, and meet directors must be members. • Athletes Level 4 and above must hold a Regular Athlete membership • Introductory memberships are for Levell, 2, 3 and women's Prep Opt. and Group Gymnastics Level A & B. • Professional membership must be held by all coaches and judges age 18 and older. Membership must be current and active. Memberships that are pending are not valid

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for being on the floor at a sanctioned event. All professional members must have a current safety certification and have passed a background check. If this is missing the member will be placed in a pending status. Junior Professional membership must be held for all coaches and judges ages 16 and 17 years of age. They must also have current safety certification. Introductory coaches are those who only coach Level 1,2,3, Prep Opt and Group Gymnastics with stated limitations. These coaches must also have safety certification. They are not allowed and are not covered to coach any other level at a sanctioned event. Safety certification may be renewed up to one year prior to the expiration date. No time will be lost from the current certification time. Live safety certification courses are limited. You need to plan ahead. Safety courses will be held at all regional and national congresses. They will be held at the CORE workshops. Courses will be set up in regions and states by

the instructors and the national office. Courses must be scheduled a minimum of 30 days in advance. Please look at the website fo r course information. One must pre-register for the safety course. On site registration is an additional $25.00 plus any registration fee that may be due. • The online safety course is available 365/ 24/ 7. The fee is $65 .00 for all members. One may go in and out of the course. The course and exam must be completed within 30 days of registering for the course. • Sanctions: Request sanctions for competitions a minimum of 30 days prior to the event. You should apply even earlier if you wish to have your meet listed on the website as a member Club benefit. Remember foreign sanctions applications should be into the office a minimum of 120 days prior to the competition. • Sign up today for your Member Club membership. If you are a Member Club, make sure to renew so that your benefits will not be interrupted. Your invitational competition will be listed on the website as long as you keep your Member Club

status cu rrent. • Please note affective August 1, 2008 all in house processing will require an additional $5.00 processing/ handling fee. Many of our procedures already maintained this business rule. This will be new to educational courses. • USA Gymnastics University. Certification courses, clinics and seminars. Send your staff to the regional and/ or national congress. Receive credits towards certification levels. New online courses available now are: First Aid practices and Preschool Fundamentals. Our new Preschool fundaments H.O.T. course - Hands on Training is being given at regional and national congresses. Information on the website and in Technique. • CORE workshops - business, teacher/ instructor levels, preschool, HOT and safety will take place in December and possibly November. • Watch for more updates in the monthly E-Newsletter as well as postings on the website. 1<"

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Elective Courses: Various courses offered through approved educational providers such as the (comi ng soon) First Aid for Coaches and Respect in Sport online courses provided by the American Red Cross, as well as others to come. Take the time to explore our offerings and get started today. Earn USA Gymnastics University credits towards certification with all courses. Detailed course information and registration are available on our website at www.usa-gymnastics.org (click 'education'). Highlight: Regional Congresses Regional Congresses are three-day educational workshops held in each of the eight gymnastics regions (in 2008 National Congress takes the place of the Regional Congress in Region 7). Over the three days, more than 75 sessions are presented on various gymnastics subjects including: popular topics covering

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women's and men's developmental through elite level training; preschool and recreational gymnastics topics, activities, safety, and more; compulsory, optional, and elite judging criteria and technique; fitness; sports science; business and leadership and more. The Regional Congresses also include an exhibit hall featuring suppliers to the gymnastics industry. Other activities may i ndude socials, banquets, live auctions, committee meetings, as well as add-on educational courses. This a great opportunity to refresh and update your skills for the new season, broaden your knowledge base, and network and socialize among peers in a setti ng that is customized for your region and close to home! Find the regional congress in your area - visit www.usa-gymnastics.org. X


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ollowing a directive from the United States Olympic Committee for National Governing Bodies to review thei r governance models, this past November the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors voted to reduce its Board size to 20 members. The structure of the new Board is as follows: Chair (1) National Membership Directors (7) Advisory Council Directors (3) Athlete Directors (5) Public Sector Directors (4)

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National Membership Directors National Membership Directors will represent each of the five disciplines. Program Committees developed criteria for their respective discipline's National Membership Directors and conducted a call for nominations via both the USA Gymnastics web site and by directed

mail to elected committee members. USA Gymnastics only received one nomination for the following director positions. Accordingly, the following are therefore elected by acclimation: National Membership Tom Koll National Membership Steve Rybacki National Membership Yoichi Tomita National Membership Russ Fystrom National Membership & TumblingDr. George Drew National Membership

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Two candidates have been nominated for the Rhythmic National Membership Director; Jessica Howard, and Brooke Toohey. A brief statement of interest from each is contained on pages 40 & 42. Rhythmic professional members will have the opportunity to vote for these candidates on-line on the USA Gymnastics web site from September 1-15.

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Public Sector Directors/ Chairman of the Board The USA Gymnastics Bylaws & Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for Public Sector Directors.

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he u.s. women's Olympic Team was finalized in Houston, Texas, on July 19. The team includes: Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Chellsie Memmel, Samantha Peszek, Alicia Sacramone, and Bridget Sloan. The replacement athletes include Jana Bieger, Ivana Hong, and Corrie Lothrop. The Head Coach is Liang Qiao, of Chow's Gymnastics in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Trampoline and Tumbling Olympic Team was also finalized July 1 in Kansas City and includes Chris Estrada and Erin Blanchard. The replacement athletes are Logan Dooley and Alaina Hebert. The head coach is National Team Coordinator Dmitri Poliaroush. The men's Olympic Team includes Raj Bhavsar, Joey Hagerty, Morgan Hamm, Jonathan Horton, Justin Spring and Kevin Tan. The replacement athletes are Alexander Artemev and David Durante. Kevin Mazeika of Houston Gymnastics Academy was named head coach of the Olympic Team. Miles Avery, the head coach for Ohio State University, was selected as the assistant coach. Tan, who competes for Team Chevron and trains at Pennsylvania

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State University, was chosen by his teammates as the team captain. Paul Hamm, who was a member of the men's Olympic Team, officially notified USA Gymnastics and the u.s. Olympic Committee that he resigned from the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for men's gymnastics. "I have put my heart and soul into my comeback and done everything I could to get ready in time to compete in Beijing," said Hamm. "After returning home from the preparation camp, I had a few physical setbacks, and it became clear to me that my physical preparations would not be sufficient to properly represent the USA and contribute to the team's efforts to win a medal. I recently strained my rotator cuff and have been unable to perform all of my skills. I am very grateful to have been

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CONTINUED FROM PG.35 Those positions shall be elected to four (4) year terms by vote of the members of the Board of Directors. Specific qualifications, including applicable independence criteria, can be found in Article 4.02(c) of the USA Gymnastics Bylaws, which can be accessed online at: http: // www.usa-gymnastics.org / Portals/ O/ PD Fs/ About%20USA %20 Gymnastics/ Governance/ usag-bylaws. pdf. The Bylaws and Nominating Committee is also accepting nominations for the Chair position . Inquiries regarding criteria for the Chair position as well as Public Sector should be directed to Paul Parilla, Chair of the Bylaws and Nominating Committee at pparilla@ parillalaw.com. All nominations must be received prior to September 15th.

Jessica Howard Candidate for National Membership Director - Rhythmic For the better part of my life, my desire has been to know Rhythmic Gymnastics, to truly know, inside and out, the intricacies and connections that create the sport that has been the great love of my life. In my story with the sport so far, I have been a National Team Member, Three-Time National Champion, International Medalist, Brevet Judge, Athlete Representative and Member of the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors. I would be remiss if I did not give rhythmic credit for the early success I've enjoyed in the professional world, and believe that the last five years, which have included college, Broadway, Broadcasting, and a current full time job as a Producer in media, I have gained the real world professional experience needed to become a rhetorically persuasive voice for Rhythmic inside the wider gymnastics community. I have lived the life of an athlete, an advo cate, and

representative for this sport, and my vision and understanding of where we are, where we need to be, and what we need to do to get there is not only complete, but singula r. I am absolutely committed to the promotion, cultivation, and success of Rhythmic in the United States, and I would be honored to accept the position of Rhythmic Program Representative on the USAG Board of Directors should you decide to vote for me. The passion that drives our athletes needs to be replicated program wide with the addition of a professional demeanor, depth of understanding, and the analytical ability to connect what we are, who we are working with, and who we want to be. I'm here; ready to begin should you ask me to.

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Brooke Bushnell Toohey Candidate for National Membership Director - Rhythmic

is what kept me going to reach my goals and compete in two World University Games & two World Championships. After this I retired and immediately began coaching. In just 6 short years I was able to grow my team to be the largest one in Northern California and become a National Team coach. Also during this time I sat on the Board of Directors as an Athlete Representative and on the Rhythmic Program Committee as a Coaches Representative.

My name is Brooke Bushnell Toohey and I am one of the candidates running for The National Membership Director position on the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors. I am honored that some of my peers have nominated me for this position and if elected I will serve and represent to the best of my abilities.

I have again switched gears in the sport and am now a Rhythmic Brevet III judge. I have represented the country internationally for the last 8 years and hope to continue to do so in the future. I am also involved in growing the rhythmic program by helping develop the Future Star Program & our Junior Olympic Program.

I started out competing in Artist Gymnastics 27 years ago. At the age of 13 I switched and became a Rhythmic Gymnast. My deep passion for the sport

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UPDATE RPC Meeting Houston: May 23, 2008 Andrea Schmid Natasha Kl imollk Suzi DiTullio Nadi ne Da vies Jessica Howard Caroline Hunt Kathy Kelly

Vice Chair lEC Chair JOPC Chair Judges' Rep Athlete Rep Rhythmic Program Director Vice President-Program

Andrea opened the meeting by announcing that she wiLL not be. running for the RG Board position and that this wouLd be her Last meetlOg. The committee expressed its deep respect and admiration for her 40+ years of service to the sport in the USA. Caroline indicated that the program wouLd host a ceLebratory event honoring Andrea's career in 2009. Andrea indicated she wouLd continue to be availabLe for advice and support. NationaL Team monthLy AthLete Funding was discussed and determined for June-December: Srs 1-4: $375 Jrs 1-3: $200 Support of the Group program reviewed : Funding issues discu.ssed ~ith the direction that the office and committee members wouLd lOvestlgate city/ state grant possibiLities IEC eLections-the committee wiLL continue to be eLected every year, by the NationaL Team coaches, but the committee may invite any coach as a guest to a meeting for input without vote. Discussion of candidates for IntercontinentaL Course; wiLL review recommendations from IEC in Late August. Discussion about the restructuring of the JOPC/ RTC into one new committee : RAC (Rhythmic Administrative Committee) . Recommended structure of RAC: Duties wiLL include but not be Limited to: • Set JO competition scheduLe • Recommend quaLification procedures and competition. form~t for JO quaLifying competitions (State, RegionaL a~d JO ,Cha':l1~lOnsh.lp ~ ) . • Recommend poLicies and procedures for Judges tralOlOg WIthIn regIOn • Recommend fee structures for judges and judges' code of conduct • EstabLish competition and awards formats for state and regionaL meets • Recommends regionaL Meet Referee nomination to Judges' SeLection Committee • Recommend judges from regions for JO CompuLsory and OptionaL Championships to Judges' SeLection Committee • SeLect instructors for educationaL instruction for each region • Approve the governance procedures for state and regionaL business. Members: 7 positions 1 technicaL representative and 1 administrative Regions 1 & 2 combined 1 technicaL representative and 1 administrative Regions 3 & 4 combined 1 technicaL representative and 1 administrative Regions 5 & 6 combined 1 DeveLopment Coordinator- Future Stars, Youth

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The 6 positions representing the 3 zones and wiLL be eLected by aLL promembers in good standing within each zone to s~rve a 4-year term . ~he current JOPC Chair wiLL serve as the new RAC chaIr for a two year perIOd. The Chair wiLL then be eLected from within the committee every four years. Discussion about structure of RPC in Light of the Board of Directors changes: Recommendation that the RPC Chair be elected from within the committee and that the current JOPC (new RAC Chair) and RTC chair serve on the RPC and the RAC for the first two-year period to help with structural transition. The new composition of the RPC: IEC Chair AthLete Rep JOPC Chair (new RAC Chair) RTC Chair (for 2-year period) Board Repre sentative

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Motion: Jessica Second : Andrea Approved Recommendation to review and update the Operating Code to reflect the updates in the Rhythmic Program over a two-year period, during which time nomination and election criteria, terms of office, and electoral process will established. Motion: Jessica Second: Andrea Approve Recommendation to move to Consent Agenda for RPC meetings Motion: Jessica Second: Suzi Approve Recommendation that no cell phones allowed on the competition floor Motion: Suzi Second: Jessica Approved Recommendation that talking between coaches and judges during competition breaks be prohibited and monitored as part of Judge/ Coach discipline. Recommendation that the new structures to the Rhythmic program be presented and clarified by Caroline and other committee members through a symposium/presentation at the Colorado event in 2009. Meeting adjourned 5:15pm

JOPC Meeting 2008 June 5, 2008 Marriot Hotel, Columbus, OH RoLL CaLL: Joyce ChapLin - Regi~n 2 . Lauren Gravey- RegIOn 3 Suzi DiTuLLio-Region 4, Chair JuLie Harvey- Region 5 Vita Bachman- Region 6 Tyana Marlowe-Judges Rep . CaroLine Hunt- Program DHector (non-votlOg) Excused Absence: Lucy Kerznerman - Coaches rep Ivanka Kirov - Coaches rep Jody HurLburt,- Region 1 Nino MgaLobeLy- Region 1 Guests: Brooke Toohey- DeveLopment Coo rdinator Nadine Davies- RTC Chair WeLcome to CoLumbus, OH1. AcknowLedgements of Retirement and RepLacement RegionaL Chairs: • Jody Hurlburt: Region 1 and Nan~y Martin : R~gion 5. . • Interim Chairs- JuLie Harvey: RegIOn 5 and N100 MgaLobeLy: RegIOn 1. 2. Events 2009 CaLendar of Events : • Visa Championships - August 09 • NationaL QuaLifier - JuLy 09 • InternationaL! National Cup 9,10 - June 22 -23 '09 . • JO OptionaL Championships 7,8,9 - June 18-21 '09* tentatlVe • JO CompuLsory Championships- May 14-17 '09 • Region 2/ 5 : ApriL 24-26 • Region 1/ 4 : ApriL 17-19 • Region 3/ 6 : ApriL 3-5 • ChaLLenge/ Group Championships/ InvitationaL: Feb 5-8 • Brevet Course: Jan 31- Feb 2 • Sun Sports FestivaL: Jan 23-25 • LA Lights : Jan 23-25


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UPDATE • J udgi ng Coordi nato r 6. Regional Admini strative Committee (RAC)- Elected members Thi s committee is a merger of the JOPC and the RTC consisting of 3 Regio nal representatives, 3 Techni ca l representatives and 2 Coaches representatives . • Adm inistrative Rep : must have served as a Regional Chair and or has served on the JOPC within the past quad. Be a pro-member in good standing. Have a good working know ledge of the JO program . • The national office sha ll conduct an election for the three positions every fo ur years. • Representati ves will be elected from a combined regional zone: Zone A = Rl & R2 Zone B = R4 & R5 Zone C = R3 & R6

3. JO Program - in an effort to move the sport forward , simplify rules, improve the scoring system, st an dardize the educa tion and exa m process, many ideas and suggestions for the new program we re di scussed and the committee continues to receive suggestions for impro ve ment. The Comm ittee considered suggestions regarding: • Difficulties, Artistry(technical groups) , Cap/ Comp and Executio n • FIG scori ng vs a Final score (10.0), weighing th e components equally. • Proposed: Fx, with apparatus events and possib ly a sync hronize d group eve nt. • Scoring by : Small group (1-2) , medi um group (2-4) and large group (5- 8) 4. JO Handboo k revisions • Equipment: Measurement requi red at Regional and J .O. Championship eve nts. • Attire: Level 3,4,5 allo we d only one leotard of choice. • Attire: Leve l 6 allowed a maximum of two optional leotards. • Music: Maximum Time allowed Level 3- 1:00 min. • Music: Maximum Time allowe d Level 4, 5, 6 - 1:00-1:30min.

7. State of the Region• Scores cannot easily be co mp ared to artistic gymnastics sco res/cheer trophies etc. .. causing pare ntal distress. • In need of Posi ti ve Parenting se minars at re gional meets. • Faci lity costs rising/ maki ng small events impractical • Music problems- CD vs mp3 in the futu re

5. R& PRevisions • Levell, 2, 3: are not allowed to compete at th e State level. • Meet Directo rs may in vite Leve l 3 athletes to a State meet as guests. • Athletes will be required to compete in two sancti oned events before qualifying to their State Championships. • JO Awards structure- Level 4-8 • Event awards: 1-12 for each age group. • AA : 1-12 for each age gro up . • Meet Referees for all Regional meets are to be assigned by the RPC. • JO Championships-Qualifying procedures/ clarifications • L9-Child co mpetito rs -will co mpete in th e Junior Di vision at the Leve l 9 Championship. • When an athlete named to the optional/comp ulso ry teams is unable to attend JO's the region may drop down to the next athlete/ s to fill their empty slots. • Level 9- the team score tallied using the top two junior and top two se ni or scores per event. • Reg ional Board s will be req uired to co nvene a meeting pre-season and at the reg ional championships. The make up of the Regional Board should be: • Regional Director • All State Directors for that reg ion .

8. Future Stars camps 2008 • 175 athletes tested this year, 100 more than 2007. • USAG will provi de two camps, ba ck to back weeke nds for 2008. 9. State an d Regional elections sho uld be completed by August 1st, for all Chairs. 10. Reports: all sanctioned event reports and yea r- end financial reports due July 1. mm / Joyce Chaplin sec/ Lauren Garvey Adjourned at 3:10pm Addendum: 11. The Apparatus schedule for 2009 will follow the most updated current versio n in the JO Hand boo k on line. 12. JO Group Rules: The Group rules will remain unchanged except for the follo wi ng two additions: • Beginner Group may also use B difficulties • Intermediate Group may also use D difficulties

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