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EVENTS 2008-09 SEPTEMBER 4-9 9-13 13 26-27 26-28 29-0ct.6

Winobranie Tournament (TT) Friendship Cup (TR) National Gymnastics Day World Cup Portugal Region 5 Congress Acrobatic Gymnastics Inlt. Age Group Competition

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

16-19

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3-5 6-13 10-12 10-12 11-27 16-19 23-26

6-10

NOVEMBER Colorado Springs, CO Colorado Springs, CO Huntsville, TX TBD

Maio International Acro Cup (invitation only)

Maio, Portugal

JO Nationals (M)

Cincinnati, OH

International Sport & Cultural Festival (GG)

Fort Worth, TX

Acrobatic Gymnastics Freedom Cup Acrobatic Gymnastics Junior Olympic Notional Championships

SI. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota

JUNE 23-28

JULY 9-11 12-16

AUGUST 12-15

Visa Championship (M,W,R,TT,AG)

TBD

SEPTEMBER TBD

Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championship

Mie, Japan

oaOBER

DECEMBER 3-7 7-11

los Vegas, NV TBD

MARCH MAY

Future Stars Championships (M) Notional Coaches Workshop (M) High Performance Coaching Seminar (W) Junior Olympic & Notional Team Training Camp (AG)

Winter Cup (M) American Cup (M,W)

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National TOPs Testing Huntsville, TX Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Glasgow, Scotland Region 2 Congress Portland, OR Winterthur Cup (AG) Switzerland Indo-Pacific Championship (TT) Rotorua, NZl Glasgow Grand Prix (W) Glasgow, GBR DTB Pokal World Cup (W) Stuttgart, GER

TBD

FEBRUARY

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6-8 6-9 12-16 21-25

Acrobatic Gymnastics Super Clinic

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

Huntsville, TX HuntSVille, TX

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12-18

World Artistic Gymnastics Championship (M, W)

london, ENG

NOVEMBER 7-15

Trampoline Gymnastics World Championship

SI.Petersburg, RUS

JANUARY 16

Acrobatic Gymnastics International Selection Competition

W= Women R= Rhythmic AG = Acrobatic Gymnastics B= Business NOTE: Dates and events subiect to change or cancellation. 2

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GG =Group Gymnastics

TU = Tumbling


SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

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Steve Penny EDITOR

Luan Peszek GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Grant Glas USA GYMNASTICS EXECUTIVE COMMlnEE CHAIR: Ron Froehlich; PRESIDENT: Steve Penny; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KoII; VICE CHAIR MEN: YoichiTomito; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andrea Schmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOLINE: Shoun Kempton; VICE CHAIR ACRO-GYMNASTlCS: Tonyo Cose; SECRETARY: Gory Anderson; TREASURER: Bob Wood; FIG REPS: Bob ColorOSli IExecutive Commilleel. Ron Froehlich IAud~orl, Tonyo Cose (AG Technical Commillee) ond John Roethlisberger (Athlete Rep.l- AT LARGE MEMBERS: Steve Butcher, David Holcomb; ATHLETE DIREGORS: Kim Zmeskol-BurdeHe, John Roethlisberger, Jessi(O Howard, Karl Heger; USOC ATHLETE DIREGDR: Larissa Fontoine. USA GYMNASTICS BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR: Ron Froehlich; PRESIDENT: Steve Penny; PRESIDENT EMERITUS: Sondy Knopp, Mike Donohue; TREASURER: Bob Wood; SECRETARY: Gory Anderson; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KoII; VICE CHAIR MEN: Yoichi Tomito; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andrea Schmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOLINE: Shoun Kempton; VICE CHAIR ACRD-GYMNASTICS: Tonyo Cose; PUBLIC SEGDR: Fronk Morsholl, Bob Wood; AMATEUR ATHlETIC UNION: Ron Ferris; AMERICAN SOKOL ORGANIZATION: Jerry Milon; AMERICAN TURNERS: Michelle Lesperance; CO LUGE GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION-MEN: Fonds Allen; NATtONAL ASSOCIATION OF COlUGIATE COACHES-WOMEN: Mork Cook; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORT: Morilyn Strawbridge; 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: Butch Zunich; NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: open; U.s. ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT GYMNASTICS CLUBS: Paul Ziert; U.S. EUTE COACHES ASSOCIATION-MEN: Thom Glielmi; U.s. ELITE COACHES ASSOCIATION-WOMEN: Steve Rybocki ond Tony Gehmon; 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 COLUGIATE ATHLmC ASSOCIATION-WOMEN: Meg Stephenson; NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DIREGORS MEN: Mik. Burns, Abie Grossleld; RHYTHMIC: Ivonko Kirov, Michelle Lorson; WOMEN: Kelli Hill, Tom Forster; TRAMPOLINE: ScoH Uneberry, Dr. George Drew; ACRO-GYMNASTICS: lindo Porter, Joy Binder; ATHLETES COUNCIl Dominique Dowes, Don Gill, Mary Sanders, Shonnon Miller, Michoel Rodrigues, Joy Thornton, ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: JEWISH COMMUNITY CENlERS, Lori Kotz; SPECIAL OLYMPICS, Cindy Bickmon; u.s. COMPETITIVE AEROBICS FEDERATION, Howord Schwortz

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The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, will be remembered for many things and are being touted as the most watched Olympics in history. NBC provided extensive coverage of the U.S. team through its various broadcast and internet distribution channels. The decision to compete earlier in the day allowed NBC to deliver the broadcast live, and generate significant ratings which help everyone connected to the Olympic movement. I have been hearing from many that late night viewing became a mainstay for the first week of the Olympic Games. We are very proud of the accomplishments of the athletes, coaches, and administrators who played a role in the success of our entire team. Winning a total of 10 medals including two gold, six silver and two bronze as a significant achievement and a result of many years of hard work, commitment, and dedication. The results demonstrate that USA Gymnastics is maintaining consistency on the medal stand in the Olympic Games, which means a great deal to our sport and our country. In many respects we set the tone for the entire U.S. Olympic Team when we begin the Games with success. In total, the USA emerged as the #1 country in the world in total medals with 116. Along with the success comes the exposure of gymnastics on a world stage. The fact that both the men's and women's teams medaled in back-to-back Olympics and two back-to-back all-around champions with Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin is a reflection of our gymnastics community and the enormous cooperation of the athletes, coaches, judges and everyone involved. The bar is set and our athletes continue to reach for the top. We are hearing that these great results and the manner with which our athletes were portrayed are filtering down to the club level, and gymnastics clubs across the country are experiencing an increase in calls and a surge in their business. This combined with a strong outreach at the grassroots level can help generate a new momentum for the sport. USA Gymnastics has received great feedback from our advertising campaign focused around the 8-page insert in USA Today on August 15. We understand that our foundation is paramount to our success. Featuring endearing photos and snappy copy, the insert in USA Today communicated the essence of gymnastics and made it easy for parents to find a USA Gymnastics member club in their area. USA Gymnastics also launched a targeted Web site, www.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. The national exposure, coupled with the local efforts of member clubs, provided our sport strong public outreach. This campaign signaled the dawning of a new level of partnership with the gymnastics community, the National Gymnastics Foundation, and some of our biggest sponsors, AT&T, CoverGirl and Tyson. Initiatives such as this help build the base of our sport so that we can continue winning medals and breaking records at Olympic Games in years to come. Congratulations to the coaching staff and all of our USA Olympians including: Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Chellsie Memmel, Samantha Peszek, Alicia Sacramone, Bridget Sloan and alternates Jana Bieger, Ivana Hong, and Corrie Lothrop for the women; Alexander Artemev, Raj Bhavsar, Joey Hagerty, Jonathan Horton, Justin Spring, Kevin Tan and alternate David Durante for the men, plus Paul and Morgan Hamm, who withdrew from the team; and Erin Blanchard, Chris Estrada and alternates Alaina Hebert and Logan Dooley for Trampoline. September 13 is National Gymnastics Day. We hope you are making plans to celebrate this special day, and invite you to join us in surpassing our goal of $1,000,000 raised for the Children's Miracle Networks. Since 2001, USA Gymnastics and its gym clubs across the country have raised more than $816,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through a variety of activities. Good luck with all of your initiatives and we look forward to hearing about and seeing photos of your great events. Please send them to Loree Galimore at Lgali@usa-gymnastics.org See you in the gym,

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ere are five reasons customers will choose your gym and surprisingly price is last:

1. Need- Customers should feel they need what your gym offers. Do your marketing materials convey the BENEFITS of gymnastics such as fitness, selfconfidence building, and athletic development for all sports? Or, do you just mention that you have a 40 x40' super-duper spring floor and a 35 ' long Tumbl-Trak? In reality, do those two things matter to the average consumer? 2. Confidence- Do you have a great reputation for fairness and cleanliness? Do your marketing materials convey the pride you have in your gym?

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3. Is your gym known for the highest quality in the three main areas - staff, faCility, and curriculum? 4. Selection- Are you offering preschool classes in the evening or on the weekends? Do you offer a un ique combination class of gymnastics and dance? 5. Price- If you offer the lowest tuition in the area, your gym will not thrive . You need adequate capital to maintain the quality needed for long -term success. People will pay a premium price if they are getting a premium product or service . This is the very reason that stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue stay in business .

Problems or ob stacles can be turned into opportunities to build customer loyalty. For example, all gyms struggle with "make up classes " when a customer misses a class. At our gym, we allow the students to make up as many classes as they wish in the summer. We service about 400 make up classes in July alone. During the school year, our policy is to allow a student one make up class per 8-week session . This rule is on the registration form . It is written in the parent handbook. Additionally, parents are reminded of the policy when they call to schedule a make up cla ss. We even have the rule on signs posted in the gym lobby. However, Mrs . Smith never knew about this policy. Her daughter Rachel was sick last week. The week before last, Rachel had a band concert . Oh, there was also that soccer practice that she could not miss. Now, Mrs. Smith wants to know if Rachel can make up all of the clas ses she missed. You now have to choose whether to "stick to your guns" or use this scenario as an opportunity to create an honest, human relationship with Mrs. Smith. The office staff at my gym is empowered to make decisions like this every day. Anyone of my 12 secretaries would tell Mrs . Smith, "I understand . As you know, our policy is to allow only one makeup class per 8-week session . But, you are such a good customer-let's see what we can do. Three make-ups seem to be a lot, but I' ll set Rachel up for two make-up classes ." Now, Mrs. Smith is clearly aware of the policy but will most likely value your fle xibility. The secretary has developed a relationship with Mrs. Smith while "sticking to her guns. "

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Let's look at four customer needs that help create relationships : 1. To Feel Welcomed- A customer needs to feel welcomed in your gym from their initial telephone call. Every day, the office staff at my gym looks over our "new students list" to ensure that they warmly welcome the new students and their parents. Welcoming new students by name is very powerful! 2. To Feel Important- Everyone has a sign und er his or her shirt that shouts, " Make me feel important! " Everyone listens to the same radio station-WIIFM, What 's In It For Me? 3. To Feel Comfortab le- Supplying customers with a safe and child-friendly facility can make parents and st udents feel comfortable in your gym. At my gym, we offer a television in the lobby for parents and children to watch their favorite movies. We also give every new student a free " intro class." This i s a free 20-minute class with a teacher who goes through the names of the main skills they will learn and the different gymnastics positions such as straddle, pike, tuck, etc. 4. To Fee l Unde rstood - If a problem arises, gym owners and customer service representatives need to feel and express empathy. If a customer has a problem , bring him or her into your office or to a quiet location in your gym and listen to the customers concern. Repeat back what they said. Ask the customer what you can do it to fi x the problem . Then , try to do it. Stu Leonard 's Dairy Store is famous fo r their customer service . His customer service slogan consist of two rules : 1. The customer is always right. 2.lf you are not sure what to do, refer to rule numb er 1.

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We have customer service slogans at our gym . This is the first thing asked at every office staff celebration. Two of my favo rites are : " Please the customer." And "Give the customer what they expect and more ." What does a customer expect in a gymnastics school? • Correct information on the phone or website . • A clean colorful facility, to be greeted warmly and treated with respect, a workable schedule, small class size, kindness towards their children, excellent curriculum, pre and post-class association with the parents, and remembering their names. • Presc hool student s expect to have fun and to be treat ed kindly. • School-age students expect to learn skills and for the staff to take an interest in them . • Team members and their families expect to win! * Success is directly related to how often we meet and exceed these expectations. Customer service has to become second nature at your gym. It ha s to be a feeling that permeates throughout the staff. The customer is our boss and we have been hired to please them. Remembe r students do not quit for one reason . They quit when their expectations are not met over time . When you chip away at customer satisfaction time after time, the customers will leave you. Your success is entirely related to how often you meet the expectations of our customers. Remember the customer is your boss. 1{ Patti Komara has produced over 50 training OVOs and tapes in the area of business and teaching gymnastics for all ages. She also has lesson plan books for preschool, dance, school-age gymnastics, and nursery schools. View her online catalog at www.tumb leb ear.com or ca ll (219) 865-2274 for a catalog.


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Just watching Cassie can take your breath away. So can listening to this young teen describe her daily routine. Up at 5:30 am, Casssie's days don't end until around 9 pm, the hours almost evenly divided between gymnastics and school. You won't hear Cassie complain though; she loves both.

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A rising high school sophomore who attends school online using the award-winning K' 2 curriculum, Cassie appreciates both the quality of the lessons and the flexibility that learning online with K' 2allows her. A dedicated athlete, Cassie is ranked third in the Junior Division of the International Ladies Gymnastics, and is preparing to tryout for the 2012 Olympics. In addition to practicing 36-40 hours every week, Cassie also travels from her home in Ohio to Texas five days a month for extra training. Every two months, this talented 15 year old attends international competitions in far flung countries such as Belgium and EI Salvador.

In addition to allowing Cassie the freedom to develop her athletic talent, online learning with K' 2allows Cassie to pursue a lifestyle that broadens her horizons. Being able to take school with her when traveling has expanded Cassie's world to include interesting new people, places, and cultures. It's even introduced her to the ocean.

K12-Scheduling flexibility plus educational quality When Cassie was ready to start high school, her parents realized that, with this kind of schedule, traditional schooling would be virtually impossible. So they enrolled her in the Ohio Virtual Academy, an online, tuition-free public school that uses the exceptional, engaging K' 2 curriculum and learning program. K' 2 is the nation's leading online learning provider for the K12 market. The K' 2curriculum is available tuition-free to fulltime students in grades K-12 via online public schools in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Elsewhere, it is available both full- and part-time through the private K'2 International Academy, or by direct purchase of individual or bundled courses.

Trips to Florida and the West Coast have ignited a passion for the sea in this native of landlocked Ohio-a passion she'd like to pursue as a career. An excellent student, Cassie is hoping to get a college scholarship to study marine biology or oceanography. In the meantime, she continues to leap, fly, flip- and get ready for the 2012 Olympics.

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he core is an area of the body roughly defined as the region from the armpits to the knees. Most of our movements occur through the core after beginning somewhere else. For instance, in jumping the area of the core will move toward the ground as the arms reach back or up and the legs flex. Upon forceful extension of the arms and legs the body is propelled upward with the force moving through the core to the blocked arms. In sprinting approaches for the vault and floor routines the arms and legs are dynamically moved throughout the range of motion in order to develop the velocity of the body, moving the core forward. These ballistic arm and leg movements occur around a generally stationary strong core. If the core lacks proprioceptive strength, (strength with balance and stability) then energy leakage can occur upon force production or force absorption and the power generated by the limbs and transferred through the core can be lost, resulting in less speed or height generated for an event, routine or technique. During force reduction, the compensation pattern to accommodate these weaknesses can lead to injury. In training the core it is important that the many vectors of stress and planes of motion be addressed as the demands of

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gymnastics occur at high speeds and a variety of angles. Training the core in the variety of angles needed is similar to the angles of attack in martial arts.The attack vectors of martial arts are up and down; diagonally up and down; across the body; and straight in, which is unnecessary for core development. If we can train the core in these various angles with a variety of implements then the core will better be able to withstand as well as transfer the forces needed in preparation and competition. The labels for the various vectors are as follows: Straight Down Slams Straight Up Scoops Side to Side Twists Diagonal Up Lift Diagonal Down Chop The stances are relatively simple to master as there are four basic stances with three levels of difficulty. There is the lunge stance (kneeling or standing), the squat stance (kneeling or standing), diagonal variations off of each of these and the single leg stance. Begin wider than hip width in the squat stance for ease, move to hip width to increase the difficulty and less than hip width for the most difficult position . The narrower the base

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"THE STANCES ARE RELATIVELY SIMPLE TO MASTER AS THERE ARE FOUR BASIC STANCES WITH THREE LEVELS OF DIFFICULTV." the more difficult it is to maintain core stability. Needless to say 1-2 foot widths wider than, or away from the opposite knee.The next level of difficulty the foot/ knee is on one side of a line and the opposite foot/knee on the other side of the same line. The most difficult lunge stance is the one in which the foot/ knee and opposite foot/ knee are on the same line, as if on a balance beam . In the squat stance start out wider than hip width, move to hip width and the most difficult stance in order to maintain core stability during a strength movement is with the feet less than hip width. Needless to say, the single leg stance is the most difficult of all to maintain balance and execute pillar core training. As for modalities used to implement core training, the Keiser Functional Trainer is excellent for the constant variety of speeds and loads at any angle and it has a power output reading. Most of us are not so fortunate to be able to afford a Keiser, so substitute some light to medium resistance tubing in order to give resistance in the proper ranges of motion. Medicine balls are excellent in order to mimic the movements in the various vectors and stress the ability to maintain a tall pillar core without arching or collapsing with rotation.The medicine ball can also be thrown to the floor or off of a wall in the various vectors in order to increase the power developed and force transfer through the core. The most stressful implement to use in core vector training is the water ball. The water ball is simply a small stability ball with about a gallon or 8.8 pounds of water. Get a small piece of tubing and fill the sink with water. Inflate the smaller stability ball to about % full and insert the tubing into the sink and siphon the water into the tube to begin the flow of water. Insert the tube into the ball in order to siphon the water from the higher sink into the lower ball on the floor. Keep adding water until about a gallon of water is added into the ball . During the movements the added water will move about inside the stability ball and cause the core to react and proprioceptively stabilize in order to execute the movements. Another way to execute core vector training is by using dumbbells and ankle weights and moving the limbs through a variety of movement vectors while maintaining a long, strong pillar core on the floor for front side training or on a stability ball for back side core. A 2-5 pound dumbbell and 2-5 pound set of

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September 13 C('s Gymnastics, Inc. 14550 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, lA 70819 Course code: CG09132008lA 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 13 Embassy Suites Hotel - Marlborough 123 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752 Course code: PM09132008MA 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 13 Aspire Kids Sports Center 50 S. Hearthstone, Chandler, AZ 85226 Course Code: BR09132008AZ 3:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 13 Atlantic Gymnastics 150 Gosling Road, Portsmourih, NH 03801 Course Code: TR09132008NH 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 14 Northern Ughts Gymnastics 94 Olcott Pari<, White River Junction, VT 05001 Course code: GM09142008VT 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 20 Huntsville GymnasticsCenter 3062 Leeman Ferry Road, Huntsville, AL 35801 CourseCode: JL09202008AL 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 21 Jersey Jets Gymnastics 20A Roland Ave, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054 Course Code: PF09212008NJ 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 25 Region 5Congress - Sheraton Indianapolis 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240 Coursecode: XX092520081N 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 'Course dale5 and lime5 are 5ubjed 10 change and/or cancellalion.

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27 Henderson's Gymnastics 216 Tingley Lane, Edison, NJ 08820 Course code: CF09272008NJ 4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 28 Woodward Camp 134 Sports Camp Drive, Woodward, PA 16882 Course Code: SH09282008PA 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

October 12 Region 2Congress- Multnomah Arihletic Club 1849 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR 97205 Course code: XXlO1220080R 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 19 Mainline "Y" 100 St. George Road, Ardmore, PA 19003 Course Code: PF10192008PA 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

September 13 Appalachian Gymnastics 1777 Old Gray Station Road #3, Johnson City, TN 37615 Course Code: DN09132008TN 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 28 Region 5Congress -Sheraton Indianapolis 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240 Course code: XX092820081N 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

October 12 Region 2Congress- Multnomah Arihletic Club 1849 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR 97205 Course code: XX1 01220080R 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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• Any Professional member, whose background check results are pending due to payment, must resolve the issue with NCSI within 30 days of receiving payment pending notification. Failure to resolve payment issues with NCSI will put the member at risk of receiving a "red light" result on their background check. Anyone that receives a "red light" result will be denied Professional membership with USA Gymnastics. The member will remain in "red light" status until the payment issue has been resolved with NSCI.

Background Check Q &A Below are answers to several questions that you may have regarding the USA Gymnastics background check requirement. Please note: All information is subject to change. Please visit the USA Gymnastics website for the most up to date information Q: Who must complete the background check? A: All USA Gymnastics Professional Members must complete and pass a background check. Professional membership will carry a pending status until the background check and safety/ risk management certification have been successfully completed. Q: When must the background check be completed? A: New requirements for professional membership began December 1, 2007. Background checks are required for all new/ lapsed/ renewing/ expired professional members. Therefore, if your membership is new or already expired at the time of renewal, the membership will be pending until the background check is completed. All current professional members must complete the background check by their renewal month. Q: What is the cost of the background check? A: The minimum cost of the background check is $20.00 plus a $1.25 processing fee. This cost includes a Full Service Check-itTwice'" search package plus one single county search . The cost of the background check may increase depending on the state and/ or number of counties or names that are being searched. A full fee schedule is available upon logging into the background screening application.

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Q: How does NCSI go about researching information? A: NCSI searches the following database in order to obtain information. • 2 independent national databases • Sex offender registries of all available states • Social Security number and address verification • Federal terrorist database search • Non -database (county courthouse runner) searches of county criminal records of all jurisdictions of residence in the prior 7 years. Please Note: USA Gymnastics and/or NCSI are NOT running a credit check on ANYONE going through the background screening process.

Q: Can I mail or fax my background check? A: For security reasons, NCSI discourages the use of paper forms. Paper forms may be sent, but this will cause an increase in the processing time for the background check. Please e-mail NCSI Client Services at clientservices@ncsisafe.com if you will need a paper application. Q: Can I request a copy of my background check resuLts? A: Yes, by contacting NCSI at 866-833-7100 or email at clientservices@ncsisafe.com. USA Gymnastics cannot provide this information to you. Q: What information is required for the background check? A: The screening will need the following information: • social security number (required for verification purposes, background check will not be submitted or completed without this information) • first and last name • date of birth • city, state and zip • contact information • gender

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Q: What information is USA Gymnastics provided on my

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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. 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 on Saturday, Sept. 13,2008. Gymnastics clubs and their gymnasts celebrate National Gymnastics Day by holding open houses, exhibitions at local malls and parks, doing the Tyson Fitness Challenge and raising money for the Children's Miracle Network and other fun and entertaining events. Let us know what your club plans to do for National Gymnastics Day. Log onto www.usa-gymnastics.org Help us reach our goal of 1 million dollars to the Children's Miracle Network! Try your hand at the online giving at

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2. 2008 USA InternationaL Track ProposaL JO Program Chairman SeLena Peco discussed the current proposaL for the USA InternationaL Track for the USA Acrobatic Gymnastics Program. The proposaL wiLL be discussed further at the Acrobatic Gymnastics NationaL Championships in JuLy. An internationaL track is being deveLoped to eLiminate the need for muLtipLe routines for athLetes representing the United States on the internationaL stage.

a. LeveL B InternationaL (LB-I) ProposaL: i. Pair/Groups wiLL use 11-16 FIG ruLes for LocaL. State, RegionaL, and NationaL-LeveL events. 1. DifficuLty (up to .50) converts to a 10 point scaLe ii. LB-I athLetes wilL be considered for the 11-16 Junior NationaL Team 1. Pair/ Groups wiLL be required to meet a quaLification score at the State, RegionaL or Junior OLympic Acrobatic Gymnastics NationaL Championships to compete and vie for a spot on the 11-16 Jr. NationaL Team at Visa Championships. 1. A quaLifying score of 4B .00 must be met (two routines)

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7. World Championships/IAGC Officials Tec hnical Chairman Kari Duncan di scussed potential officials for the 2008 World Championships and International Age Group Games. Officials were di scussed and final decisions to be made after more information is kno wn. Program Committee recommends the following delegation officials: a. WC - HOD: Steve Penny *; Team Manager: Tom Housley b. IAGC - HOD: Tom Housley * If USA Gymnastics President, Steve Penny is unable to attend World Championships, the Program Committee defers decision to Steve Penny to select the HOD for the World Championships.

Motion: Linda Demand Second : Selena Peco Passed 8. World Games Test Event The program committee discussed the importance of supporting the World Games Test Event. World Games is the equivalent of the Olympic Games for Acrobatic Gymnastics. Athletes who attend t he test event will have an adva ntage over those who do not. However, due to budget constraints, no financial support is possible. X

5. USA Level 9 Age Group Change Proposal USA Level 9 will be reduced to two age groups due to pair/ group numbers decreasing. Age Groups are being considered based on previous numbers of athletes competing at National Championships. The decision is being considered to create more he ad to head competitio n at thi s level. USA Special Requirements will remain at the current levels. Small revi sions may be necessary at some levels. 6. USA Level 10 Rule Change Proposal USA Level 10 will req uire adding a combine routi ne for a total of three routines - balance, dynamic, and combined . The decision is being considered to better prepare athletes for the Junior Elite level. Difficulty will be capped at 110 Balance, 80 Dynamic, and 110 Combined . A 2.0 deduction will be implemented for going over diffi culty. Age groups would be co llapsed at L10 in preparation for Junior Elite. USA Special Requirements will remain at the current levels. Small revis ions may be necessary at some leve ls.

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