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EVENTS APRil 3-5 8-11

American Classic/ Challenge (W) FIG Brevet Judge's Course (T&T)

Son Diego, Calif. TBD 9-11 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships (W) New Hoven, CT 16-18 NCAA Championships (M) Minneapolis, Minn. 16-18 NCAA Championships (W) lincoln, NE 27-May3 Germany International Exchange (W) Germany

MAY 4-8 8-10


Notional Qualifier (R)

Indianapolis, IN

24-26 31-Aug2

U.S. Classic/ Challenge (W) Region 6 Congress

TBA Newton, MA

AUGUST 12 12-15 13-15 21-23 21-23

France International Exchange (W)

France Ft. Smith, AR Cincinnati, OH

6-10 8-10 8-10

U.S. Elite Challenge (TIl JO Nationals (M) JO level 9 East Championships (W) JO level 9 West Championships (W)


JO Nationals (W)

Tupelo, MS Bartlesville, OK Auburn, WA

17 19 29-31

JO Notional Invitational Tournament Texas State Championships (AG) JO Compulsory Championships (R)

Auburn, WA Boerne, TX Virginia Beach, VA

18-23 19-21 19-23 23-29 23-28 26-28

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Region 3 Championships (AG) Region 8 Congress JO Optional Championships &11 0 Cup (R)

Frisco, TX Jacksonville, FL Chicago, Il Chicago, Il Colorado Springs, CO

Chicago Cup (International R) Women's JO Notional Team Camp

JO Championships (TI) Son Jose, CA International Sport &Cultural Festival (GG,AG) Fort Worth, TX Region 4 Congress

12 18-20

Houston, TX SI. Paul, MN

Notional Qualifier (M) USA Brevet Judges Course (W)

Colorado Springs, CO Indianapolis, IN

Acrobatic Gymnastics Junior Olympic Notional Championships

SI. Paul, MN

USAG Brevet Judges' Course (W)

Indianapolis, IN

Notional Judges' Course #1 (W) Notional Judges' Course #2 (W)

Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis, IN

World Gomes (TIl (AG)


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1st World Championships Selection Camp (W) Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships Notional Gymnastics Day Region 5 Congress Final Selection Event (TI) Notional TOPs Testing (W)

25-27 25-27 30-0cl. 4 Final World Championships Selection Camp (W)

7-12 9-11 9-13

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World Championships Training in Great Britain Region 2 Congress Notional Team Training Camp (AG) British Open Selection Event (AG) World Artistic Gymnastics Championships (M,W) Region 7 Congress

Great Britain Seattle, WA Houston, Texas Houston, Texas London, ENG Virginia Beach, VA


CoralVille, IA

Notional Elite Qualifier (W) Acrobatic Gymnastics Freedom (up & World (up

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Region 1 Congress CORE Workshop

Dallas, TX Dallas, TX


JULY 2-5

Visa Championships (M,W,R,TI,AG) Notional Congress and Trade Show

SEPTEMBER 8-12 9-13

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Annual Business Conference


Future Stars (M)

Colorado Springs, CO

5-9 7-15

Notional Coaches Workshop (M)

Colorado Springs, CO SI.Petersburg, RUS

14-22 27-29

Trampoline &Tumbling World Championships World Age-Group Competition (TIl British Open Tournament 路 Stoke路on-Trent (AG)

SI. Petersburg, RUS Great Britain

DECEMBER 2-6 6-10

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Gymnastics loses a pioneer The U.S. gymnastics family has lost one of its pioneers -- Glenn Marlin Sundby of Carlsbad , Calif. , a founder of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation (now known as USA Gymnastics), died March 18 at th e age of 87. He was an original, and his lifelong love and passion for gymnastics helped transform the sport into what it is today. The many tributes to Sundby are a testament to the man and his contributions to the sport he loved , and our thoughts and prayers are with hi s family and friend s at thi s time. Glenn was among those who brought attention to Santa Monica's famed Muscle Beach. From his earliest days as a high school gym nast and acrobat to publi shing gymna sti cs magazines for over 50 years, Glenn touched almost every area of gymnastics, helping start both USA Gymnastics and the U.S . Sports Acrobatics Federation .

name was changed to "International Gymnast, " which continues today in its current form. In 1962, Glenn was present at the organizational meeting where the U.S. Gymnastics Federation (USGF) wa s born and served as the vice president. He also co -founded the u.S. Sports Acrobatics Federation (which became a part of USA Gymnastics in 2002) in the 1970s with George Nissen. Glenn also established the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in Oceanside, Calif., in 1986, which moved to Oklahoma City, Okla. , in 1996. His many honors and accolades include: member of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame (1968); "Spirit of the Flame" honoree of USA Gymnastics' Athlete's Council; Master of Sport from the U.S. Gymnastics Federation (1982); World Acrobatic Society Gallery of Honor (2000); and the Charles Pond Service Award (2005).

Glenn created a hand-balancing In addition to his sister Delores, act with George Wayne Long, Glenn also had a twin sister, a former ex-wrestler and body Gladys, and an adopted son , Scott. builder he met at Muscle Beach, GLENN SUNDBY and their act "Rhapsody in 1921 路2009 We appreciate the many members Balance" appeared at carnivals, of the gymnastics community who theaters and small nightclubs . In 1945, his sister Dolores joined t he act, forming have shared what Glenn Sundby meant to them the Wayne-Marlin Trio. Their stunts included a and to our sport. The wonderful tributes to photograph of the trio on top of a 25-story hotel Sundby provide a glimpse into the man who in Miami Beach, Fla. , and in 1949 in Washington touched so many individuals in the gymnastics D.C. , Glenn walked down the 898 steps of the community. To read what others have said about Washington Monument on his hands, gaining him, go to home/ pages/ sundby-tribute.php. Donations in Sundby's national recognition. name may be forwarded to the Santa Monica After the act was retired, Glenn started "The Historical Society, P.O. Box 3059 , Santa Monica, Modern Gymnast" with a complimentary issue CA 90403 . Please join with us in remembering and in December 1956 and the first issue in May recognizing Glenn Sundby. 1957. He was a one-man show, doing everything from writing to photography to producing the Regards, magazine and getting it mailed. His other ventures included creating the Santa Monica Gymfest, a fun competition, in 1963 and launching "Mademoiselle Gymnast," which was eventually combined with "The Modern Gymnast" into "Gymnast" that Steve Penny covered both men's and women 's gymnastics. President/ CEO After the 1976 Olympic Games, the magazine's

"Glenn's enthusiasm for everything gyntrulstics was most important. He was always determined to preserve the sport's history, giving credit to the great ones that developed the sport. Glenn will be missed, but his contributions will be felt for generations." - Peter Vidmar Chairman of USA Gymnastics



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By: Peter Pidcoe 1 and Donald McPherson 2

h is artic le is the f i rst of a series of artic les review ing gymnast ic twisting t echniques on each apparatus. The emphasis in this one is on f loor exercise. Of course, to be comp lete, the phys ics under ly ing basic f lipp ing and tw ist ing is also included. Fl ipping and twisting skill basics are usual ly learned on floor first. These techniques can then be appl ied to any piece of eq uipment. In the continued evolution of gymnast ics, one prob lem we face is the separation of biomechanists and coaches. Most biomechanists are unfamiliar with the small adjustments a gymnast makes d u ring the performance of a skill so it is difficult to apply the laws of physics appropriately. Coaches (and gymnasts) are often not fami liar with these laws and continue to teach and perform intuitively. This article is an effort to close that gap. Skills that include flipping and twisting require more energy to perform than f lipping ski l ls alone. We describe the energy of movement as kinetic and split it into translational and rotational components . The translationa l component comes from the runn ing speed of the ath let e. The rotational component is more a function of technique and body shape as the gymnast becomes airborne. These energies are two of four that are traded during the performance of the sk i ll. The others inc lude potentia l and elastic potential energy and will be ignored for now. If translational energy is converted to rotational energy efficiently, it al lows the gymnast to successfu ll y perform more comp lex tasks. One of the base ski l ls in tumb ling is the f lip (or saito). Flipping is defined as rotation around an axis that is oriented in a left-right direction (Figure 1). The ax is goes through the center-of-mass (COM) of th e gymnast (roughly at t he leve l of the mid lumbar region in a stand ing ind iv idual). The sa ito can be performed in the tuck, pike, or layout pos it ion. As the body pos it ion is lengt hened, more energy is req uired to comp lete t he f li p. The shape of the body affects its rotational inert ia (or moment of inertia - MOl) . Thus there is a natura l training progression from tuck to layout. Additiona l progress ion of t he f lip can be accomp lished by add ing a twisting element . Twisting is defined as rotation around t he long axis of the body (Fig u re 2). This ax is can be visua li zed by d rawi ng a li ne from the top of t he head down throug h t he bottom of t he feet. Twist initiation can occur at different t imes during the f lip and impacts the rotational energy of the sk ill.


EARLY PHASE TWISTING Ear ly phase twist ing is defined as long axis twisting that starts pr ior to the feet leaving the ground. Often, in an effort to generate angu lar momentum around the long axis of the body, an exaggerated turning of the head,

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shoulders, and arms may be observed in the direction of the twist prior to leaving the floor. A paper in the 80 's described the majority of twisting at that time to be accomplished by early initiation (George, 1980). Multiple twisting techniques were executed with up to 90 0 of rotation prior to leaving the floor. Current gymnastic techniques favor late phase initiation, improving technical execution and efficiency in energy transfer (Yeadon, 1997; Sands et. al. 2008) .

LATE PHASE TWISTING Late phase twisting is defined as long axis twisting that is initiated in the absence of external forces . In other words, the gymnast is no longer on the floor when the twist is started. This can be accomplished by creating asymmetry between the left and right sides of the body during the flip or by using a pikearch technique. Both result in a transfer of angular momentum from the flipping axis to the twisting axis. This energy transfer doesn't need to be large. The MOl around the twisting axis is much smaller than the flipping axis. This results in large twisting accelerations from small energy transfers.

TRAINING BACKWARD TWISTING In order to teach a twist, the gymnast must first be able to perform a layout or open-tuck saito. Late phase twisting can be taught a number of ways . One way to promote asymmetry is to have the gymnast perform a back saito and anteriorly rai se one arm straight overhead just prior to landing the skill. This promotes offaxis rotation (twist) in the direction opposite the raised arm and will teach the gymnast that they can control the rate of twist through the speed of their arm raise . The other important lesson is that "tw ist take s away from flip ': The flipping energy (and therefore speed) will decrease as they raise their arm . They will have to supply more energy to the skill to be successful and land on their feet . The next step in the progression is to start to initiate the twist sooner. Since a gymnast performing a layout saito drop s both arms just after take-off to facilitate the flip, it is usually a simple step to have them drop just one arm to initiate the twist. It is important that the gymnast understand that the arm is not dropped until they are inverted and that they will twist in the direction of the dropping arm. The final step is what to do with the remaining arm



(the one that is still overhead) . One approach is to have the gymnast land in the one-arm-up and one-down position and then drop the second arm . This one-two method seems to work with most and eventually results in earlier initiation with smooth arm movement, but still within the confines of late phase twisting . Progression to multiple twisting back saltos requires additional off-axis asymmetry by having the gymnast bias their take-off with one arm reaching higher than the other (the higher arm is opposite the direction of twist) . This offaxis take-off promotes a gyro effect (or nutation) and transfers energy efficiently from one axis to another. It also decreases the MOl along the flipping axis and decreases the energy required to complete the skill. An unusual example: I had the challenge of teaching a double twisting back layout saito to a girl who had a lot of trouble progressing past 1V2 twists. Part of it was her body proportion ; longer bodies tend to twist better since they can typically leave the floor with more rotational energy. She was not very tall , but was very strong . She found that she could complete the final V2 of the twist by raising her arms (essentially leaving mass behind during the last phase of the flip). This allowed her to use her hips (arch-to-pike) to complete the final twi st while still having enough energy to concurrently complete the flip. I have no doubt that over time she will successfully perform the skill with what most of us consider normal mechanics. But, in the short term, she is practicing the skill and gaining more and more kinesthetic awareness every day.

TRAINING FORWARD TWISTING The direction of front twisting is often confusing to th e gymnast and so me coaches when it is learned as an extension of the round -off. A round-off that leads with the left hand is actually a right twist . This is determined by the backward direction of right shoulder as the round-off progresses. If the gymnast learns to twist in a forward direction utilizing a "contact " twist (or early phase twisting), they typically try to follow the "perceive d" twist direction of the round-off and go the wrong direction . There are differences of opinion regarding whether the twist direction of the round-off should match the airborne twist, but all agree that the direction of the front twist

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should match that of the back twist. If this direction is opposite to the back twist, the coach is faced with two options; (1) change the direction of the round-off or (2) change the direction of the backward twist. Both are viable options, but neither will be successful with all gymnasts. There are advantages to twisting airborne skills in a direction opposite the rou nd-off. One is that it requires the gymnast square the take-off a nd use the more efficient late phase twist initiation technique described earlier. This can be seen in the Kazamatsu vault and more recently on a roundoff full beam mount performed by Natsumi Sasada of Japan. The second advantage is again squaring the gymnast when tumbling out of backward 112 ,1 1/ 2, or 2 112 twisting skills. This opposite direction technique may only be beneficial to more advanced gymnasts, but is probably worth any additional training time and effort. (McCharles, 1996) To avoid confusion, many coaches promote training the front twist as a late phase twist and use a pike-open approach. The benefits should be obvious . First, the direction of the round -off no longer impacts the performance of the skill and second, efficiency is improved in the transfer of energy from the flipping axis to the twisting axis . Many good full twisting front layouts begin with a slightly closed hip angle to promote late phase twisting. Those that are taught to leave the floor in an open hip position need to use an asymmetric arm technique to initiate the twist. Flip speed is easily compromised and often results in incomplete rotation . When using this technique, the "overhead" take-off arm is in the direction of the twist.

SOME USEFUL DRILLS The following drills may be useful in promoting the transfer of energy from the flipping axis to the twisting axis during late phase twisting . • Forward ro ll pike-up to handstand d rill s w it h initi at ion of a pirouette just prior to comp lete hip extension. • Front head -s pring (pike) V2 turns to a prone push-up position to facilitate and reinforce twist timing and direction. This can be done downhill on a wedge mat. • Front pike sa ito pike -open drills to in iti ate front twisting and effic ient energy transfer. Reca ll t hose w ho teach arched layout take-offs are often faced with ear ly phase



t w istin g t hat has red uce d flippin g power. • Back extension roll - blind change drills with a focus on initiating the reverse pirouette just prior to full shoulder opening. This actually produces a frontal plane asymmetry that promotes energy transfer to long axis twisting.

SUMMARY There are many ways to teach a twisting skill. The concepts described in this article are meant to provide guidelines rooted in physics . Every gymnast is a little different. Body size and composition impact the application of these techniques. Larger bodies have larger inertial moments and therefore require more energy to flip . Once started, however, that energy can be transferred from one axis to another easily. Unless we strive to teach a single body type, then an understanding of the basic principles of movement are required to be successful coaches and teachers. 1 Peter Pidcoe, PT, OPT, PhD - Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Virginia Co mmonwealth University, Richmond, VA - Optional Coach, Gym Quest Gymnastics, Richmond, VA 2 Donald McPherson - Owner and Director, Aerial Gymnastics, Downers Grove, IL

REFERENCES George, G. S. Biomechanics of women's gymnastics. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, 1980. Sands WA, Smith SL, Piacentini T, Stone MH, McNeal JR. The Triple- and Quadruple-Twist: A Case Study. www.

coaches, 2008 Stroup F, Bushnell DL. Rotation, translation , and trajectory in diving . Res Q. 1969 Dec; 40(4) :812-7. McCharles R. Preventing " Barani confussion': www.i-needtoknow. com / gymnastics/ technique/ barani_confusion .html 1996 Ng NK, Biomechanics of late twist initiation . ISBS Conference Proceedings Archive, International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sport. 1985. Yeadon MR . The biomechanics of twisting somersaults. Part I: Rigid body motions. J Sports Sci. 1993 Jun;1 1(3):1 87-98. Yeadon MR. The biomechanics of twisting somersaults. Part II : Contact twist. J Sports Sci. 1993 Jun;ll (3):199-208 . Yeadon MR. The biomechanics of twisting somersaults. Part III : Aerial twist . J Sports Sci. 1993 Jun;1 1(3):209-18. Yeadon MR . The biomechanics of twisting somersaults. Part IV: Partitioning performances using the tilt angle. J Sports Sci. 1993 Jun;1 1 (3) :21 9-25. Yeadon MR. The biomechanics of the human in flight. Am J Sports Med. 1997 Jul-Aug ; 25(4):575-80.





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n the back page of Oprah magazine "0'; she has a monthly column entitled, "What I Know For Sure." I got to thinking ... wouldn't it be great to ask the top gym owners in the industry what five things they know for sure about owning a successful gymnastics school. Read, absorb, enjoy, get inspired, and go out and do it yourself. Make 2009 your best year yet!



What I Know For Sure by Lynn Ledford Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 1.Truly know and understand your customers and what they want - so that you can continually develop and deliver the best programs and products at the best time and in the best manner. There is some truth to the adage that if it's not broken don't fix it. My lime green polyester pantsuit is not broken nor is my 1992 V8 Suburban, which has primer on the rear panel and gets 9 miles to the gallon. Most of my customers might see it a little differently. The Tupperware Bowl Registration system might not be broken, but that plastic bowl is not going to tell you that your competitor in zip code B is drawing away an average of 12 customers a month nor will it be able to tell you that teacher Lucy has successfully converted 92 0/0 of her leads over the last 6 months and that teacher John does well with initial conversions but has the weakest retention rate in the gym when it comes to students enrolled for more than two sessions . If you are offering the same programs, same curriculum, same b illing system, same schedules, same themes, same staff wear, same music, same a-n -y-t-h-i-n-g. you were offering 5,3 or even 2 years ago, you are probably not truly in touch with the ever growing needs and ever changing expectations of your customers . .. >,,-,

2. Do not simply try to mimic or follow the success of others. You must know what worked and why it worked



and how it worked. Definitely study and observe, but then take the best of the best and make it your own . 3. You must be able to anticipate all the multiple factors (economic, social, parental, trendy, ancillary, local, etc.) that affect your business and you have to be able to develop and maintain a calculated, careful vision for your company that leads the industry, and the community of child/family based businesses . Don 't just talk about staying ahead of the game. Read, study, think, go see, ask, figure it out, anticipate, then resolve, act and evolve. 4. Keep it simple. At Cal Elite, we often employ relatively complex systems to assess and drive our business. But the end results should be revered for their simplicity. 5. Be willing and able to lead. In good times and bad, a common denominator to sound leadership is the ability to foster respect by doing what needs to be done in an honest, timely and forthright manner. When an employee is succeeding, be honest and generous about that success . When an employee is not succeeding, be honest and forthright about the resolution. One of the greatest strengths you can provide as leaders is the ability to make the tough calls and act on them without wasting time, resources or the good efforts of others. 6. Keep taking the next step. One of the best things we did (and continue to do) was to layout a 1 year, 3 year, 5 year and 10 year Business Plan . We listed goals which at the time seemed aggressive, even lofty. Step by step those goals ste adfastly becam e realistic, and are now our reality. Keep taking the ne xt step . When others fail to plan , Plan . When others do not follow t hrough with the small, seemingly insignificant tasks, follow through . When others back away from the riskier or more challenging step ... step into it. Success is not built on any staggering single decision or huge risky








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transaction . Success comes from methodically outlining your goals and the many steps it takes to achieve those goals and then, most importantly, developing the discipline and desire to keep taking the next step. What I Know For Sure by David Klein Tigard, OR 1. Love of Children - I assume that we all like children, but what I am talking about here is having a genuine interest in the care and well being of every child that walks in your door. You can't teach this to your staff like you can class management, spotting or progressions . When you hire staff either they love children or they don't. I believe that Metro would be successful at anything that involved children because we hire staff that has a "Love of Children ." Gymnastics just happens to be the vehicle we use to get into the hearts of children and really make a difference in their lives. This culture of the "Love of Children" has to seep out of everyone from the front office manager to the cleaning crew. Remember that children are very good at reading body language and they can tell if you are faking your interest in them or if you truly care . So, if you think that children are obnoxious and should be seen and not heard, then you are headed for failure .

2. Location - I know we have all heard this one before, but it is so true. "Can someone run a successful gymnastics school without having a great location?" Certainly the answer is "yes," but undoubtedly it makes things easier with a great location. It is no accident that Metro Gymnastics Center was established at its current location over 18 years ago. Location is not only important in regards to the physical location of your building, but also where your building is located demographically. Having great demographics can take the edge off during today's economic uncertainty. Educated, professional families that have discretionary income understand the importance of investing in their childs' development. Having a facility that is tucked back in the corner of some industrial park and is hard to find is at a disadvantage from one that has lots of driveby exposure . 3. Professional approach - This goes for all aspects of your business . If you indeed have a great location and have professional customers, they will expect a professional approach to the way you run your business. This not only goes for how you interact with your customers but also the professional appearance of your facility. A fresh coat of paint every year, new carpet when needed, investing in updated equipment will all show your level of commitment to your business and it will certainly be noticed by your customers . How would you feel if you walked into a doctor's office and the carpet had stains everywhere, the paint was yellowing and the furniture had tears in it? Would you think that business was successful or would you wonder


if they were going to be around in the near future? It is hard at times, but you must commit to investing a percentage of your revenue back into your business for improvements. Having a professional approach to the way you train and interact with your staff is equally as important. Remember that even your beginning level teachers will need to be able to interact with customers with a certain level of professionalism. Having a professional set of business systems instead of"flying by the seat of your pants" is also crucial for having a successful business. 4. Honesty and Integrity - I can say with confidence that Metro has never charged a customer for a service that was not rendered . This is not to say that there have never been disagreements with customers, but the outcome of these disagreements were never with the intent of trying to take advantage of a customer. Being an honest business owner with a high level of integrity can create a solid foundation for which to build your business. By doing this you can also expect the same in return from your staff and yes, your customers. I once learned that people only treat you the way that you let them treat you. You will find that having honesty and integrity will also let your staff and customers know that you can be relied upon .

5. Diversity - The more diverse you are in what you offer your customers, the more difficult it becomes for a competitor to move in on your turf. Solidifying your business into the community will not only help to ward off competitors, but will also provide your customers with a sense of security. Diversity also provides the business owner with the confidence and fle xibility to add new programs that are trends and get rid of programs that turn out to be fads .

A Funny Retort Randy Sikora Boca Raton, FL I love the newsletter and insightful input from the best in our industry. Thanks a bunch . I do feel that a few things were missed. Here are some unsolicited additions : 1. Be a plumbing expert - Kids (and mommies) put everything and anything in the toilet, thus clogging it up. If you don't know how to rectify this situation , then you will be up to your ankles in problems. 2. Copy Machine Repair - Your copier will only jam / break when you need to use it in a hurry. You must know how to disassemble/ reassemble a copier in less than 60 seconds without burning yourself or getting black toner everywhere. 3. Listen to me and shut up - This is for the guys. Sometimes the best thing you can do is listen to someone and just shut up. Don't try to "fix " everything (e xcept of course items 1 or 2 above) .



4. Talk about it less and just do it - Often it is best to just rip off the Band-Aid and move forward. The more time invested analyzing a problem reduces your potential for return. There is usually a quick, simple solution and your only regret will be not doing what you know needs to be done sooner. 5. Go bowling with your staff - Most staff issues will be resolved during bowling. It is critical that the boss pays the tab and provides fun prizes. What I Know For Sure Jeff Lulla Burbank, CA 1. Location - The best staff in the perfect facility loaded with great equipment and a terrific curriculum will struggle or fail if located in a small community with no kids. I suggest you check the demographics research easily available from most local school districts (many are required to update their census data annually) to determine if your desired location has enough families with sufficient income, education, and young children to make your business viable. 2. Well Trained and Enthusiastic Staff - High energy, enthusiastic and entertaining staff are a must. Experienced and knowledgeable instructors are fine, but if they are boring and lack patience, they will lose st udents. I have found that patient, fun and exciting in st ructors (even if they have less experience or gymnastics knowledge than former gymnasts) will have an easier time keeping students enrolled. Hi re people with enthusiastic personalities and train them well. 3. Success-Focused Philosophy - Creating success for kids keeps them enrolled. Competition can limit success to the most talented few. Defining success as 'personal best' instead of better than others and removing contests that compare one student to another will help keep more students enrolled and feeling successful (even your team kids) . 4. Progressive Teaching System - Setting and achieving goals helps keep motivation high and everyone happy. When you provide your clients with lists of skills they will learn, and then show them that they have learned, you fulfill expectations. 5. Quality Everywhere - Customer service, cleanliness, printing, uniforms, fresh paint and equipment - it all creates an impression and image of quality. People will always prefer greater quality for the same or often even higher price. Of specific concern - make sure the person answering the phone is well trained . Remember, the first impression a caller who has never visited your gym gets is over the phone and you have got to come across as professional, skilled and caring .


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What I Know For Sure Patti Komara Dyer, IN 1. Surround yourself with good people who share your passion. Every staff member needs to understand his/ her importance of the bottom line and how what they do daily contributes to that all - important numbe r. Trust your employees, pay them well , and always expect and demand their best! 2. Clean your bright, colorful facility daily and make sure it smells good. Your business also has to be in a prime location . 3. Run classes with exciting, progressive, and up-to-date curriculum by teachers who care their students learn. 4. Continue to learn something new every day by educating yourself with information from those who have been successful. Read business books, listen to bu siness CDs, go to seminars, buy others' curriculum and build your business on what you know to be true in your heart, gut, and what is right for your demographics. 5. Keep an attention to detail and a laser beam on what your unique selling proposition is. This is what really makes a business different than others. 6.1 have to agree completely with the others -location. I celebrate my 40th anniversary in this business this year. I've been in 12 d ifferent locations during that time . I have always been behind a lumber yard, behind a grocery store, behind a restaurant - you get the picture . You should sacr ifice space and not go into an industrial park if you can get on a main street. Yo u can save a lot of money on advertising if your building is in view of the public. That amount of savings could easily over the years payoff in bigger enrollment and higher profits and offset the bigger rent or mortgage payment. What I do know for su re in a recession or not, is that parents will do anything for a child if that child wants it badly enough . In 1982 the county we live in had 14% unemployment. I didn't have kids of my own at the time and when a Mom came in who was late paying tuition and said to me, "Oh, please don't drop Michelle from class. I will pay you as soo n as I get my unemployment check." It just struck me and I've remembered that incident to this day. I remember thinking how important those gymnastics lessons must be to her daughter. Wow! Our industry may not be recession -proof, but we are recession-resistant! I hope you print out this list from our indu stry leaders. Study and learn from the best. Review it often . Certain advice may not apply today but can make the world of difference in a few month s. That's why going to USA Gymnastics Regional and National Congress time and again makes sense. We need to keep learning and growing. Good luck! 1\

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Open Book Management: Team Pricing, Part 1 o partially fulfill my promise to write more on Open Book Management, in the ne xt two articles I would li ke to share Kids Fir st Sports Center's Open Boo k approa ch to pri ci ng team tuition. Part 1 will make the argument in favor of; Part 2 will supply the method. I am keenly aware that many gym club owners are fearful of sharing information as openly as we do. I want you to know, what I am about to tell you ha s offered only positive re sults for our company. If there is any downside, it is that conceiving and se tting up the docum ent template took a lot of hours ' . But, oh , the ben efit s: (a) we do not lose money on team; (b) in 15 years I have not had to explain or defend the high cost of team participation to anyone . This is yet another example of the validity of the axiom that grounds our open book philosophy, "reasonable peQple , given the same information, will come to the same conclusion."


Pricing team undoubtedly has unique dynamics , far different than pricing classes . Allow me to weave the logic that dri ves the method. The following is a vertical argument, so please take time to ass imilate each point before moving on. I treat the following as facts of life

and you should too: 1. The expenses of operating a tea m are greater than what parents rea lize, therefore, sticker shock is ine vi table and prices are likely perceived as unrea so nable. 2. Any succ es sf ul pricing strategy requires that the public view prices as rea so nable (your product provides va lue for the dollars requested). 3. Point #1 and #2 are in di rect conf lict with each other and will re main so unle ss new thinking intervenes. 4. New thinking require s new in for mation. 5. You are the only party in a position to supply the new information . 6. The new information you need to supply is: (a) objectively make the costs of operating team known to your parents while at the same time (b) unobjectively raise the perceived value of team participation by marketing the wonderful benefits of team participation. 7. Fail to share this new information and you will continue to have whatever conflicts you have always had . 8. Get smart and share the information! A second argument coming to the same conclusion: 1. When a gym club truly break s even on its team', the profit from a

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reasonably stro ng class base should offer a healthy overall co mpan y profit. (Not always true for top hea vy, team oriented programs but generally tr ue for most models i nclu di ng Kids First.) 2. When presented objectively, mo st parent s will easily agree to the following state me nt : "Moms , Dad s, we do not st rive to make money on your child but we ca nnot stay in bu siness when we lo se mon ey ." 3. No w simply, objectively, offer up the data and (fig urati vely) allow them to calculate what t ea m tuition need s to be for you to stay in bu sine ss . The parent s may no t like the numbe r they see but they will understand it . Now, mix in skillful ma rketing and you ha ve a good chance of them accepting it! , Caution: it is easy to miscalculate your true break-even . I have heard countles s gym club owners claim to break-even on team yet after further que stioning I find they are breaking even on coaches' wages but failing to fully capture overhead, a potentially huge mista ke. To make my point, at Kids First, coaches' wages and overhead per athlete per hour are near equal; you can see how far under budget we would be if we failed to fully capture overhead . Part 2 will give you detail on the method . Until then, make it great month! Jeff Metzger X

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ymnasts train and perform in multiple planes of movement . Flexion, extension, side bending and rotation are all forms of the complex movement patterns that you will see take place during gymnastics training sessions and competitions . Since gymnastics is also a sport characterized by explosive movements requiring high amounts of strength and excessive amounts of flexibility, it is vital that gymnasts train their core, the area around which the majority of these movements take place, in order to prevent injury. What we consider the athlete's "core" is basically the musculoskeletal segment of the body comprising the trunk and mid-thigh. This includes all of the muscles on the front, sides, and back of the body in this region . Again, this area of the body is the epicenter or the origin upon which many gymnastics movements occur. Therefore, this is one of the main areas of the body that has been susceptible to injury. Coaches and instructors have attempted to offset injuries to the abdominal region, and particularly the low back and hips by adding core and abdominal exercises to their training sessions . Exercises that strengthen the fle xors of the trunk and hips (rectus abdominis and iliopsoas, respectively) are often utilized in training sessions through variations of sit-ups, crunches, planks, and knee raises. However, there has been a noted lack of strength and stability in the rotational core muscles of many gymnasts, suggesting that exercises that strengthen the internal and external obliques are often forgotten or ineffective. Part One of the Rotation, Rotat ion , Rotation article series will address why rotational stability is especially important to the gymnast, and which exercises your gymnasts can perform in order to enhance this strength attribute .


Rotat ional Stability Stability involves the ability of various musculoskeletal tissues to provide resistance to detrimental and excessive ranges of motion that may occur at a joint or segment of the body. Before an athlete can get stronger in any general area of the body, it is best to be able to control that body segment first. Trying to gain strength without first establishing a quality base of stability is similar to building a brick house on a plot of quick sand or balancing a bowling ball on a broken finger. Optimal core stability strength in every athlete is vital, as the limbs (arms and legs) tend to respond better to what they are attached to--a strong and stable core . As an example, can your athlete maintain core stability (maintain

muscular control of a neutral torso) while performing an "Arabian, " (an exercise involving powerful hip extension with rotation)? A weakness in rotational stability and strength, due to a lack of planned training specifically for the internal and external obliques, is one of the culprits linked to the source of low back pain, in addition to less than optimal performance. Here are a few exercises to challenge the development of your athlete's rotary stability. These exercises are good for males and females . 1. Rolling. Have your athlete lay on her back, stretch her left arm out to the side, and place her right hand on the side of her head. Next, have her bring her right elbow and left knee together (keep the left leg straight) . Now have her roll to the left, all the way down towards her right arm, and roll right back up to the starting position . She must try to perform this rolling up and down movement without letting her elbow and knee come apart. Stability is challenged in this exercise due to the athlete trying to maintain a flexed position while changing the orientation of her body.

Exercise Description: Athlete holds opposite elbow and knee together while rolling down towards outstretched arm, and back to facing up. The goal is to not let the elbow and knee separate until the exercise set is completed. 1-3 sets of 10-15 rolls. 2. Lateral Plank and Lateral Plank with rotation. The athlete should lay on her side in a straight line with her elbow positioned directly under her shoulder and feet aligned straight ahead. Next, the athlete should lift her body off the ground-focusing on guiding the hips directly up_ If the athlete is wearing shoes, instruct her to use the outside edge of the shoe as a platform; if she is not wearing shoes she should focus on using the side edge of her foot as a platform. The athlete's ankle should not be touching the ground. Have the athlete hold this "bridged" position for time.

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Another variation involves adding rotation to the lateral

turning the ball. The goal for the working athlete is to not

plank by having the athlete reach under her body and back

let the ball get taken away.

up with her free hand. Instruct the athlete to keep her eyes on the moving hand, and execute the rotation without dropping her hips .

Exercise Description: Athlete has to keep the ball locked in-between his elbows and thighs, and not let it get pulled away. Perform 1-3 sets of 20·30 second holds. Exercise Description: Athlete position himself on his side with elbow lined up underneath his shoulder. Lift hips up towards the ceiling. Perform 1-3 sets of 20-40 seconds

5. Half kneeling arm-lock. The athlete will get in a kneeling stance with one leg down and the other flexed at approximately gO-degrees. With an upright, tall posture,

3. Rocking Chairs. Have the athlete sit on the floor with

have the athlete hold both arms completely extended

knees bent. Place hands on the side of the head and place

out in front of the chest . Have a coach or another athlete

elbows on the knees . The goal is to keep the elbows and

gently push inward on either hand, attempting to make

knees connected as the gymnast is rocked back and forth

the athlete's arms or body move. The goal of the athlete

from the ankles by a coach or another athlete. A more

performing this exercise is to remain completely still while

difficult variation would include having the athlete keep

his is being pushed inward from each direction. A more

one elbow and the opposite knee together while being

challenging variation would be to alternate pressing in

rocked back and forth . Yet a more difficult version would be

different directions mUltiple times .

to have the athlete perform either variation of the rocking chair exercise while sitting on top of a Bosu ball.

Exercise Description: Athlete has to contract abdominal wall in order to not get pushed over or let arms bend. Pressure should be applied from both sides of his body. Perform 1-3 sets of 10·30 second holds on each bent leg Conclusion : The artistic movements of the gymnast necessitates a strong core . Not only are the core muscles used to initiate these movements but they must transfer force from the ground and up through the body; they must slow down excessive ranges of motion that will compromise the integrity of ligaments and joints; and they must serve as a stable platform upon which the limbs of the body can Exercise Description: Athlete has to keep elbows and knees touching while being rocked back and forth. Perform 1-3 sets of 10-20 rocks. Alternate rocking chair with Bosu ball »

support and successfully execute all of the dynamic acts of a gymnast. A lack of core stability places the athlete in jeopardy of not being able to successfully disperse the compressive and shearing forces of the powerful and complex movements the gymnasts' body is exposed to on a

4. Vice grips. The athlete will lay on his back with his knees

routine basis-thus it could be an injury waiting to happen.

bent at about a gO-degree angle, and hands on the sides

Special attention to strengthening the gymnast from the

of his head. Place a physioball in-between his elbows and

core out should be an area of focus for all coaches and

on top of his thighs. The athlete will then flex to squeeze


and hold the ball between his elbows and thighs. Have a coach or another athlete attempt to get the ball away from the athlete performing the exercise by pulling, twisting, and

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for Levels 7-9. It is a great way to show the gymnastics community that Chicago is the perfect city to host the 2016 Games. The Chicago Cup will be held at the Broadway Armory Park in Chicago. The JO Levels 7-8 competition will be held at Trinity University. For a full schedule of events, times, and tickets, go to www. / rhythmic.

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April 19 California KIDS Sports Center B32 Malone Rd. San Jose, CA 95125 Course code: MT04192009CA 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. May 3 Mel Korum YMCA 302 43rd Ave SE Puyallup, WA 9B370 Course code: TB05032009WA 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. June 14 Tulsa World of Gymnastics 7020 E. 3Bth SI. Tulsa, OK 74145 Course code: BG061420090K 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. June 14 Region BCongress Omni Jacksonville Hotel 245 Water SI. Jacksonville, FL 32202 Course code: XX06142009FL June 28 Region 4Congress Marriott Coralville Hotel &Conference Center 300 E. 9th Coralville, IA 52241 Course code: XX062B20091A 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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»> They are your partners that you've know for 20 years; your life-long friends (even a Godchild) who become employees; your accountant; and/or your program director or office manager. They are trusted but end up not being trustworthy. They are the enemy within and they are robbing us blind. After recent conversations with two gyms about their theft problems, USA Gymnastics decided to ask other gym owners, "Have you ever been a victim of fraud or embezzlement?" Twelve gyms responded and that's likely just the tip of the iceberg. Here's what we discovered after hearing their stories and some suggested steps to take. Common Denominators (at the time of the thefts) Gym Size = 700-1,500 students (exception - one gym had about 300)

Gross Income = $500K - $3M - only one had $250K - $500K How many involved = The larger thefts involved at least 2 people working together Red Flag/s = Those involved had financial problems on a personal and/or professional level, i.e. they never seemed to have any money and/ or they owned other businesses in financial trouble. In one instance, they seemed to live above their income, i.e. lots of private lessons for their kids in the gym, expensive vacations, etc. Gym Expansion = Several of the instances occurred after a gym expanded to a larger size or a second location.

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Variables How they did it Cash received: some pocketed, some turned in so it wouldn't be too obvious

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personal accounts and/or multiple payroll checks issued for the Guilty Party (GP) Credit card refunds issued to the GP's personal account, but reported as refunds to clients ("Oh! I accidentally charged their card twice, so I refunded them.") Bills paid for the company owned by the GP's husband to vendors that they both used, so it wasn't obvious Personal bills paid with gym checks/credit card Checks taken and deposited into personal accounts instead of the gym account, but logged into gym's Accounts Receivable showing the client account paid Payroll records changed to increase salary by 50% and/ or changed from hourly to salary Checks taken in for the gym, but deposited in the booster account (very similar names) to which the GP had full access and check writing privileges.

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'*' Took a sheet of three checks from deeper in the checkbook,

'*' Unnecessarily tempting honest people with weak internal

so the numbers would be more advanced. Wrote them as payroll checks to the GP.

controls. You owe it to them as well as to yourself to have very tight controls, particularly over cash.

'*' Checks written for legitimate bills, but never mailed Steps to Take •••

'*' Keep check-signing authority to yourself if possible. If not,

How Much ,*,Less than $1,000 to almost $500,000 or the gym client database How Long Lasted

have different people in charge of check signing and check


'*' Ranging from several months to 2 years

writing. If you allow someone else to write checks, make sure the bank statement comes to your home address.

Holes to Plug Avoid •••

'*' Password protect your database and/or whatever you use to

'*' Naming your Booster Club a similar name to your Gym Club

'*' Run background checks on anyone who will handle money.

track accounts receivable and payables.

"Have you ever been a victim. of fraud or etllbezzletllent?" '*' Giving too much power to one person '*' Giving money access to employees who are obviously

'*' Trust your instincts!

If your gym seems as busy as (or busier than) normal but you are being told money is short for bills

having personal financial crises (calls from creditors at work)

'*' Keeping someone on the staff just because they"came" '*'

or payroll, don't just wonder why, start checking why.

'*' If you get a letter from the IRS and when asking stuff about

with it, i.e. buying a gym business and assuming the office manager or accountant that "come with it" is trustworthy Giving company credit cards to employees - have them get it from you and return it with receipts

'*' Getting sentimental about keeping someone on staff

it, you get told "It's been taken care of," don't just believe it.


Call the IRS personally. Build in checks and balances by requiring bills to be shown for every check written; review payroll for extra checks; use a logging system for checks and cash received and then have a separate person compare them to the daily deposits AND the database of receivables.

when you start to question what he/ she is doing. This is the hardest. "She had kids in the gym." "Their kids work in the gym." "She has kids." As gym owners we know it

'*' Question refunds through credit cards. Don't hesitate to

always comes down to the kids. But it can be used against us, too. Know when to just let go.

'*' If you notice that you have very little/few cash deposits,

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question it! LOTS of people pay in cash, even hundreds of doliars.The statementthat "people have been only paying with checks or credit cards" just isn't true. Be tenacious about your working culture. Don't let someone else start dictating a different way of working that goes against your grain or your instincts. It's YOUR gym. They work forYOU. Just because someone is the son or daughter of a gym


'*' Cross train your employees so you don't have to stress or worry if you find it necessary to let someone go.

'*' Compare checks written (i.e., the bank statement) to your '*'



accounting system records. Question questionable payees and payments. Be unpredictable in checking your gym's finances, i.e. decide "out of the blue" that you want to compare logs or pastpaid bills to checks written, etc. When they think you aren't

gytll owners we have a LOT on our plates"

owner, doesn't mean they are trustworthy. Just because you have known someone for 10 or 20 years doesn't mean they will make great partners or will be trustworthy. Just because someone worked for the previous owners doesn't mean they are trustworthy. Ask questions; check references; run background checks, and if you want to enter into a partnership, insist on a credit check, which must include their other businesses.

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paying attention is when they start to figure out how to deceive you. If they don't know when or why you may ask for a certain report or when you may share front desk duty, they may decide it would be too hard to deceive you. You should always be on the lookout for a hole in your system of checks and balances. Try to figure out what "you" would have to do to steal money and PLUG THE HOLE. Seriously consider hiring an outside accountant or auditor to



check your books and/or do your taxes. It's liable to cost a lot less than what you could be losing and not know about. Many small accounting firms could do this well. Stay involved with your gym. You may only want to coach team and leave the paperwork to others, but that leaves you open to deception.

associated with team competitions! No wonder our brains are so fractured that our guards are down when it comes to money. We want to trust just like we have one less thing to worry about. Plus, it's human nature to trust the people we rely on just like we want parents to trust us with their children. Unfortunately, it looks like we can't. USA Gymnastics produced a great booklet titled "Best Practices for the Gymnastics Business." There is SO much good

"GYDl owners want to trust just so we have one less thing to worry about." Conclusion As gym owners we have a LOT on our plates - constantly dealing with hiring and losing good staff; trying to retain good people; being good leaders/roll models; being good coaches ourselves; hiring properly (both legally and to find/attract the best instructors); and avoiding the unpleasantness of eliminating bad coaches or staff. And that doesn't even touch on how to attract and keep kids in the gym and the details

information about going into the business with your eyes open, how to staff, how to arrange equipment, hire and keep staff, and even Risk Management. This article supplements the booklet and could be a future chapter entitled "How Not to be Robbed Blind." X

Post Script: We owe a debt to the gyms who shared their stories. They've taken the arrows in the back for us. Thanks "guys!"

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he 12-19 year-old mixed pair of Eirian Smith and Jake Kanavel of San Jose, Calif., and Aerial Tumbling and AcroGymnastics finished second in the Junior Division at the 2009 Maia International Acro Cup in Maia, Portugal, this March. The gymnasts are coached by Linda Meier. Eirian, nicknamed Ani is 10 (competitive 11) years old and Jake is 16 (competitive 17). The pair competes in the 12-19 year-old division.The age categories were expanded to increase participation and provide experience opportunities for up and coming athletes. Jake and Ani continue to be the brightest hope for a junior mixed pair World Age Group medal in 2010.


The Maia Cup featured more than 200 acrobatic gymnasts from Belgium, Great Britain, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland and the USA.The event included three days of competition. Qualification competition included one balance and one dynamic exercise for each group. The finals competition allowed age group participants to choose between a balance or dynamic exercise, while junior and senior athletes performed a combined routine. All scores start from zero in finals. In 2008, Smith and Kanavel earned the bronze medal in the 11-16 year-old mixed pair category, as well as winning the U.S. Level 9 mixed pair title. They are members of the Junior Olympic Team and this was their first international competition in the 12-19 mixed pair category. 1(

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lOO p.m. - Jr. Men's Co mpeti t ion 7:00 p.m. - Sr. Men's Compet iti on - Day 1 Thursday, August 13

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T & T Elite Program Committee Conference Call - December 22, 2008 Meeting called to order at 9:00 a.m. CST 1. Roll Call Members Present: Shaun Kempton, Elite Program Committee Chair Beverly Lloyd , JumpStart Committee Chair George Drew. Scholarship Camp & Financial Support Committee Chair Jared Olsen, Athlete Representative Others present: Ann Sims, Sr. Program Director II. Motion to name the 2009 Junior and Senior National Team. Savannah Vinsant 2009 SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM Shaylee Dunavin SR. TRAMPOLINE TEAM Brittany Caddell WOMEN MEN Alaina Hebert Jeffrey Gluckstei n Alaina Williams Adam Bragg Brittany Dircks Hunter Brewster Amanda Bailey Tanner Page Na ni Vercruyssen K. J. Heger MEN Logan Dooley JR. TUMBLING TEAM Michael Devine WOMEN Chris Estrada Kiara Nowlin Steven Gluckstein Shaylee Dunavin Anna Tortorich SR. TUMBLING TEAM Karly Judkins WOMEN Elizabeth Flint Susannah Johnson Kayla Whaley Kaitlin Tortorich MEN Lean ne Seitzinger Maurice Dunker Amy McDonald Aaron Cook MEN Kalon Ludvigson SR. DOUBLE MINI TEAM Brandon Sloan WOMEN Lisa Van Orden SR. DOUBLE MINI TEAM Kiara Nowlin WOMEN Shaylee Dunavin Aubree Balkan Tristan Van Natta Sa ra h Prose n MEN Sarah Gandy Aaron Cook MEN K. J. Heger Austin White Adam Bragg Kalon Ludvigson Tanner Page Tony Doles Derek Stangel 2009 JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM

JR. TRAMPOLINE TEAM WOMEN Dakota Earnest Jane Truster Motion: 2nd: APPROVED:

George Drew Beverly Lloyd Unanimously

III. Motion to name the 2009 National Coaching Staff. 2009 NATIONAL COACHING STAFF

Tatiana Kovaleva, Shaun Kempton, Sergio Galvez, Jon Beck George Drew, Doug Boger, Joy Umenhofer, Robert Null Megan Gearhart, Jaroslav Novak



Motion: 2nd: APPROVED:

Beverly Lloyd Jared Olsen Unanimously

IV. Motion to name one member of the National Coaching Staff as a coordinator for every camp and international competition. The Program Director will name the coordinator at least 4 weeks prior to the event. Motion: George Drew 2nd: Beverly Lloyd APPROVED: Unanimously Motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:30 a.m., December 22, 2008. Motion: George Drew Beverly Lloyd 2nd: APPROVED: Unanimously

T & T Elite Program Committee E-mail vote - February 4, 2009 1. Roll Call

E-mail sent to the following: Shaun Kempton, Elite Program Committee Chair Beverly Lloyd, JumpStart Committee Chair George Drew, Scholarship Camp & Financial Support Committee Chair Jared Olsen, Athlete Representative II. Motion - Athlete Funding The committee discussed athlete funding and agreed that the USA Gymnastics funding programs were to off set the cost of training for our top athletes. If an athlete is not training, then the funding is not ne cessary and wi ll not be paid and/ or might be redirected to another athlete. Should an athlete eligible for funding stop training and lose their funding, the funding will be reconsidered once the athlete resumes training and that progress reports from the coach confirm commitment. Motion: Beverly Lloyd 2nd: George Drew APPROVED: Unanimously bye-mail

BOARD OF DIRECTORS UPDATE USA Gymnastics is please to welcome Dr. Jay Binder back to the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors. Nominations were recently conducted for the Acrobatics Gymnastics National Membership Director position on the Board. Dr. Binder received the sole nomination and was therefore elected by acclamation. He previously served on the Board from 2002-07, and served on a variety of committees including the Nominating Committee, Safety Advisory Group, and the Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee. Dr, Binder has served as the National Team physician for Acrobatic Gymnastics since 1989 and also currently serves on the FIG Medical Commission. Dr. Binder replaces Tonya Case, who has been a member of the USA Gymnastics Board and Executive Committee since 2002, and is stepping down from the Board due to her commitment as President of the Acrobatic Gymnastics FIG Technical Committee. USA Gymnastics thanks Tonya for her many years of dedications and hard work for the promotion and growth of Acrobatic Gymnastics in both the USA and around the world. We look forward to her continued representation of the Acro program internationally. 1\

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