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EVENTS 2010 MARCH 5 5·9 6 25·27 26·27

Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup (W) JO and National Team Training Camp (AG) Tyson American Cup (M/W) .\ T&TPan American Championships (TT) USA Gym. Collegiate Champs (M)

AUGUST Worcester, MA Huntsville, TX Worcester, MA Daytona Beach, Fl Colorado Springs, CO

APRIL Women's NCAA Regionals Men's NCAA Championships 15-17 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships (W) 15·17 Women's NCAA Championships 22·24 28·May 2 XIV Inti. H. Chmielewski Tournament (AG) 29-Nat2 Pacific Rim Champs. :m'af2 level 9 East/West (W) 10

various sites West Point, NY Denton, TX Gainesville, Fl Swidnica, Poland Melbourne, AUS Oxuleston,'IN/ Des MOOles, IA

MAY 4·9 6·9 7-9 9 22·24

Men's JO Notional Championships Women's JO National Championships Volkov Cup (AG) National Invitational Tournament World Championship Training Camp (AG)

Knoxville, TN Dallas, TX SI. Petersburg, Russia Dallas, TX Huntsville, TX

10·14 11 12·14 14·26


Acrobatic Gymnastics World Team Trials National Elite QualHer (AG) U.S. Elite Challenge (TT) Chicago Cup/Rhythmic JO Nationals Trampoline and Tumbling JO Nationals

1·5 18 19·26 TBD

Acro Gymnastics World Age Group Competition U.S. Men's Qualifier (M) Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Rhythmic National Qualifier National Elite Qualifer (AG) CoverGiri Classic (W) Acro JO Notional Championships

Huntsville, TX Kissimmee, Fl Virginia Beoch, VA Chicago, Il Virginia Beach, VA

Wrodaw, Poland Colorado Springs, CO Wrodaw, Poland TBD Kissimmee, Fl Chicago, Il Kissimmee, Fl

NOTE: Dates and events subject to change or cancellation.


Guadalajara, Mexico Everywhere Moscow, Russia Guadalajara, Mexico


World Artistic Championships (M/W)

RoHerdam, NED

4-7 11 ·13 17-19

Future Stars Championships/Coaches Workshop (M) Colorado Springs, CO Trampoline World Championships (TT) Metz, France International Age Group Championships (TT) Metz, France


201 1 4 5

Nastia liukin Cup (W) Tyson American Cup (M/W)


JULY 10·16

World Gymnaestrada (GG)

lausanne, SUI


W= Women R= Rhythmic AG =Acrobatic Gymnastics B=Business


Senior Pan Am Championships (M/W) National Gymnastics Day Rhythmic World Championships Senior Pan Am Championships (R)


JULY 9·11 10 16·18 17 23·25 23·25 25·28

Hartford, a Hartford, a Hartford, a Singapore


JUNE J.6 23-25 24·27 23-27

Visa Championships Annual Business Conference National Congress and Trade Show Youth Olympic Games (M,W,R,TR)


Visa Championships



Rhythmic World Championships

Lille, France

OaOBER 8·16 14·30

World Artistic Championships (M/W) Pan American Games (M/W/R/TR)

TR =Trampoline M=Men IT =TrampolinelTumbling

GG = Group Gymnastics

Tokyo, Japan Guadalajara, Mexico

TU = Tumbling


Steve Penny EDITOR

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2 0 1 0 . VOLUME 30. #3


U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) Resident Gymnastics Program


Exercises to Improve Balance


Grant Glos

USA GYMNASTICS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair: Peler Vidmar Vice-Chair: Paul Parilla Secretary: Gary Anderson Treosurer: Morris Jim National Membership -Women: Tom Koll National Membership -Women: Steve Rybacki Notional Membership -Men: Yoichi Tom~a National Membership -Men: Russ Fystrom Notional Membership -Rhythmic Brooke Bushnell-Toohey Notional Membership -Trampoline &Tumbling: George Drew National Membership -Acrooolic Gymnosti!S: Dr. Jay Binder Advisory Coundl: Mike Burns Advisory Coundl: Ron Ferris Advisory Coundl: Mike Lorenzen Athlete Director -Women: Kim Zmeskal Athlete Director · Men: John Roelhl~berger Athlele Director · Rhythmic Jessica Howard Athlete Director -Trampoline & Tumbling: Karl Heger Athlete Director · Acrobatic Gymonstics: Michael Rodrigues Public Sector: Fronk Marshall Public Sector: Bilsy Kelley Public Sector: Jim Morris Public Sector: Mary Lou ReHon

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Event Schedule


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22 Tyson Fitness Challenge 24 Bi:z: Tips 26 Member Services 28 Congress 32 Athlete Focus 34 Club Corner 39 USA Gymnastics University 43 Women's Program Update 46 Classifieds

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The Joy of Achievement Ever since joining USA Gymnastics 11 years ago, I have had the pleasure of watching athletes train. It is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a part of USA Gymnastics - to watch these young men and women work tirelessly at a sport they love. I intentionally italicize these last few words because I believe this is the essence of what makes Olympic sport so very special. People will often ask about the nature of the athlete and the "difficulty" of the sport. Certainly the sport has evolved over time, and yes, it has become more technically challenging. But the simple fact is that these athletes achieve and succeed because they want to. The tag line, Begin Here ... Go Anywhere, is an honest assessment of the type of foundation that gymnastics provides for young people. As coaches, trainers, gym club owners and administrators, we have one very important job - to help these athletes achieve their ultimate dreams and keep them safe while doing so. At the basic level, it will be the pure joy of successfully completing their first cartwheel. For some it will mean helping them get to college on a scholarship. For others it might mean helping them prepare to become an aerial skier. And for a very few, it will mean supporting their dreams to one day represent their country on the international field of play. Nothing can replace the wonderful feeling of an athlete who achieves his/her dream. Having followed the recent Olympic Winter Games, I have been struck by the ultimate sense of reward that the athletes express when they have performed their very best. No matter what the sport, and no matter where they finished, it was great to see the athletes' excitement and enthusiasm after a job well done. Even those who medaled seemed more satisfied at their own personal accomplishment, with the medal truly being the icing on the cake. Every sport is demanding. Every sport challenges the athlete for perfection. This is essentially what drives and motivates the athlete. The goal of achievement lies in the sense of having accomplished something that previously may have been thought of as unattainable. Perfection can be defined as "execution without flaw" no matter the level of performance. As the athlete progresses, so do his or her expectations of himself/herself. There are countless stories of athletes who perform their best, some who make the podium and some who don't. Yes, winning medals is important but equally important is the sense of achievement when the athlete performs to his or her utmost potential, regardless of whether it is the recreational, J.O. or Elite level. This should be our ultimate goal. This is our responsibility as professionals in our sport - to help our athletes achieve their very best!

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he U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs is the headquarters for the U.S. Olympic Committee administ ration and U.S. Olympic Training Center programs. It most cl osely resembles an international sports institute, because it is a base for education, resea rch and training opportunities, as well as a residence for top athletes in severa l sports . . The center has 11 indoor gym nasiums; an indoor swimming pool and outdoor recreational pool; comprehensive services in performance recovery and sports medicine; athlete dorms; dining center; athlete center; and visitor's center. The USOTC is able to provide housing, dining, training faci lities and other services fo r up to 557 coaches and athletes at one time. Nine na tional governing bod ies have their national headq uarters on complex. Athletes at the USOTC share one goal: to be the best in the world. The USOTC promotes a culture of exce llence that nu rtures athletes' talents and an elite trai ning environment that allows them to thrive. Gymnasts who have participated in t,he Gymnastics Resident Training Program include 2008 Olympic team bronze-medalist Joey f-jagerty; 2004 Olympic team silver-medalists Brett McClure and Jason Gatson; 2007 U.S. all-around champion and 2008 Olympic alternate David Durante; 2000 Olympian Steve McCain; and 1996 Olympic Team member John Macready I:ducational Benefits The USOTC is located 15 minutes south of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and 10 minutes from Pikes Peak Community College. Resident athletes are eligible

to recei ve the Stupak Scholarship, which covers up to $20,000 in a calendar year for tuition at any accredited school. !=or information about the education programs, contact Stacy Miller at 719-866-2041 or via emai l at stacy. mi Career Services The U.S. Ol ympic Comm ittee Career Services Center is the primary point of contact for athletes seeking career advice and assistance. Services to resident athletes include: resume building, career counseling, interview coaching, netwo rking coaching, job placement, career seminars and more. Sports Science Sports science provides training program design (for coaches), physiological ana lysis (identifies performance strengths/weakness), tra ining and recovery application (insures effective training), and performance analysis. A critical. yet often underutilized, component of an athlete's preparation is the efficient use of technology to facilitate performance measu rement, proper feedback, and scouting. Performa nce technology delivers sport-specific technology to improve athlete, team, and coaching performance. USA Gymnastics USA Gymnastics, the U.S. nationa l governing body for gymnastics, is a full partner with the USOC in providing an outstanding training opportunity through the resident athlete program. The USOTC also serves as the primary training site for the men's gymnastics. All senior and junior national team camps, as well as the men's development team and education programs, are conducted on the USOTC complex.



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USOTC facilities Th e USOTC facilit ies include: gymnastics tra ining fac ility; several gyms, including a strength and conditi oning gym; th e dining hall with all-day access for ath letes; Sport s Medicine Cl in ic, including athletic trainers and Recovery Center; and t he Athlete Services Center. Men's Gymnastics Training Facility The gymnastics tra ining gym features top-notch gymnastics equ ipment and a state-of-the-art video analysis system, "The t:ye on Performance." The system allows coaches and athletes to view train ing footage to analyze ski ll performance and execution. Video is captured from 16 fixed cameras and is instantly avai lable for review on one of the seven 65-inch and one 42- inch plasma screen monitors or may be saved for analys is at a later time. Th e $300,000 system provides the most advanced technological coaching tool in the USA. Athlete Services Center Thi s center support s t he personal needs of re sident ath letes outside of their competition and training comm itments: education, recreation and community activities; computer workstati ons; commun ica ti on resou rces; job opportunities; a place to rela x and p lay games. The dining hall offers food for every type of athlete and the adjacent resident halls provi de each resident athlete with his/her own bedroom and a private bathroom. Sports Medicine Clinic All resident athletes enjoy the benefit of onsite sports medicine support. The sports medicine cl ini c is full y equipped for identifying and treating injuries, as we ll as supporting the recovery process to allow the athlete a fu ll return to training and competition as quickly as

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possible. Recovery Center The Recovery Center is a state-of-the-art fa cility with the latest technology, massage, and nutrition ava ilable for athletes. The Recovery Center helps cut down on fatigue wh ich can lead to lowe r performance and even inju ry. Athletes have access to cold and hot tubs, massage therapy, a selection of nutrition bars and replenishment Ruid s, and specialized compression pants, arm sleeves and other equipment to facilitate the ath lete's recovery.

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TO IMPROVE BALANCE By Darrell Barnes, LAT, ATe cscs

alance is a fundamental skill needed in gymnastics. It is defined as the ability to control the body's center of gravity over its base of support. There are many physiological contributions to balance including: visuat vestibular, and proprioceptive input. Sensory information is processed by the brain and sent back to the muscles. Neuromuscular control is the ability of the muscles to use that information and control the body in all planes of movement.


Balance training begins with teaching the athlete to form a stable base with the foot. I use a tripod as an example where the ball of the foot, 5th metatarsal and the heel are my points of contact on the floor (see figure 1). To train the foot to be a stable tripod we begin with an arch raise exercise (Fig. 2). Start with the foot in a relaxed, flat foot position and have the athlete slightly raise the arch by pressing down with the big toe (not toe gripping). The athlete should feel all three points of the tripod pressing into the ground. This will put the arch in a more neutral position and increase neural information to the brain and improve muscular control.

Once they have a stable tripod, the next step is to teach correct knee, hip, and trunk alignment. Most gymnasts lock the knee out when balancing. Locking the knee is easier, but is not as functional as maintaining a slight bend at the knee and at the hip. The knee should be in line with the second toe and trunk should be neutral, not flat or too rounded. This position increases neuromuscular control and is much more functional (fig 3). The athlete should practice holding this position until they lose balance or become fatigued and unstable. After correct static balance is mastered, then balance training becomes much more fun. Balance progressions can involve many variations but should include dynamic balance in all planes and then

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progress to unstable surfaces such as a Dynadisc or Bosu baiL I like to begin with a simple balance squat and reach, squat and lateral leg reach, and then a diagonal leg reach. This allows the athlete to train in all 3 planes of motion (fig 4,5,6)

Adding external resistance such as elastic cords, dumbbells and body blades to balance exercises significantly increases the level of difficulty and allows you to make it a total body exercise (Fig 7). Utilizing stability pads or Bosu balls to provide an unstable surface increases neuromuscular control and is more functional to the gymnasts that must have the ability to stick landings on an unstable exercise mat.

In conclusion, balance training is an essential part of gymnastics skill development. By focusing on a good tripod stance and proper body alignment, balance training becomes a total body exercise. It increases body awareness, increases neuromuscular control, and even helps to decrease injuries. X







1. APPROACH - Close enough to intervene if necessary - You've signaled your awareness and availability At this point we hope the children will be able to resolve the situation to their mutual satisfaction. If there is no further conflict, if the children are able to resolve the issue themselves, no further action is necessary. If the children are not able to reach a mutually acceptable solution, it may be necessary to help them understand their feelings. Give them the tools to articulate what they are going through ...

2. DEFINE THE PROBLEM - Describe the scene - Reflect what the children have said - NO JUDGMENTS, NO VALUES, NO SOLUTIONS "It


hoop." "1 see you are yelling at each other and are angry." If the children are still not able to reach a mutually acceptable solution, it may be necessary to ask more questions in order to help them get to the root of the problem and to understand their emotions ...

3. GATHER DATA - Not directed toward pinpointing blame or fault - Drawing out details, defining problems - Help children communicate vs. slugging it out "How did this happen 7" "What do you want to tell her?"



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"How could you use it without fighting?" If the children are still involved in conflict, it may be necessary to provide a little direction without solving the problem for them ...

4. GENERATE ALTERNATIVES - Give children the job of thinking and figuring out what they are going to do to solve their problem - Be there to facilitate "Howare we going to solve this problem?"

- Agree on a solution - For example, they might say: "We could take turns. "That's OK, she was there first, - I will use a red hoop. "We could both use it together." "We could both do something else." "No one could use it." II


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Pivotal Mistakes You Do NOT Want to Make! Part 1 Over the years, thro ugh my Boot Camp experience as we ll as through personal observation, I have identified a few gym club mistakes that I consider pivotal. By pivotal I mean, mistakes that will "make you" or "break you ." In other words, each of the following mistakes can literally defin e your business. Failure to have your phone answered by a friendly, caring person 9 a.m .9 p .m. Lately, I have had occasion to research loca l clubs. Please read and ponder what I observe in Cincinnati - the small, struggling clubs don't have their phone answered during the daytime and sometimes not in the evening when classes are in sessio n; the medium clubs do a marginally better job, and you can almost always talk to a human being in the evening and on occasion during the daytime hours; the big clubs have their phone answered ALL day, EVERY day. One might concoct a chicken or egg argument that the reason the big clubs can do this is because they are big ... and one would be wrong. Small club, medium club or big club, it makes no sense for a business to spend good money advertising yet fail to have a provision to serve perspective clients at THEIR convenience. Not convinced? I can quantify that the cost of a ringing phone, left unanswered, is $8 .20. And if the ringing phone is a perspective client the value of a phone call skyrockets to $500-1,000! Believing in Theory X rather than Theory Y. Get a copy of Douglas

McGregor's The Human Side of Enterprise. Distilled into one se ntence, Theory X Managers believe that people are basically lazy and seek to avoid responsibility and must be coerced into acting responsibly. Theory Y Managers believe that people are basically self-directed, self-motivated and will exercise good judgment and initiative to accomplish tasks to which they are committed. OK, so which Manager is right? Both are . Think about it. Valuing talented children more than non-talented children . Notice I didn't say "paying more attention to teams over classes ." It goes deeper than that - some clubs just don't care about non-athletes and despite their lip-service about every child being a winner, thei r true feelings will show through. Not only does this make for a lousy business model, it is simply wrong. Failure to have adequate, appropriate, bright, neat, clean, inviting viewing area for parents. Remain stuck in the 80's and ignore this reality and you will cut your potential business down in ways that cannot be measured . At Kids First, 18% of our total square footage is public space, and we have devoted great resources to making it inviting. Confusing relegation for delegation . Relegation means handing off tasks; delegation means giving responsibility as wel l as the authority and accountabi lity that goes with responsibility. The difference is huge and one that many

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business people never grasp. This one mistake wi ll stop business growth in its tra cks as well as lead to burn-out. A business simply must get th is right! (Come to BOOT CAMP in May!) Focusing on policies rather than procedures. Policies demand the client "do it this way because we say so." Procedures inform the client that "we have chosen this process because it makes sense ." Black and white, policy-oriented employees turn clients off and away from your business. Firm yet flexible is the paradoxical mantra the great businesses seek . Difficult? Yes. Worthwhile? Yes, ESSENTIAL! Simply not being FUN to do business with. I'll bet you have had your own personal experience with a business that is not easy to do business with; additionally, I'll bet you have voiced your lousy experience to friends and family. Think about it. Do you have your phone answered so the client can conduct business at their convenience or yours? Do you have multiple payment options (credit cards); do you have friendly employees that know how to talk and laugh with your clients so they feel like FAM ILY? Do you offer flexibility to clients when situations allow? Here is the cold reality - the public will choose a business that is easy and fun to do business with over one that is not. X Make it a great month! Jeff Metzger

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There are three easy ways to update your personal contact information . 1. USA Gymnastics web site • Click the "Member Services" red bar at the top right of our home page. • Once on the Member Services homepage, click on "Membership" on the left hand side of the page. • Select your member type, and then select "Update Your Personal Information." • Upon submission, the information will update immediately. 2. Email Member Services • Member Services may be reached at • Please include your name, member number, and the information you wish to update. • Information will be updated within 24 business hours. 3. Call Member Services • Member Services may be contacted at 800-345-4719. • The Member Services line is open Mondays 12:30-5:30 p.m. ET, and Tuesday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 :30 p.m. ET. • Information will be updated immediately during the call. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation . USA Gymnastics appreciates your continued efforts to keep your contact information current in our database! 1<

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5. FOLLOW THROUGH PHYSICALLY - Model appropriate behavior - Narrate the model behavior. - BOTTOM LINE GOAL is to resolve the social conflict - Last resort is to solve the problem if they can't "It looks like this is too hard for you two to figure out. This is what we'll do ... "

Remember to always start with as little intervention as the children need. The goal is to maximize the SELF-resolution. Don't "give a 5" (Follow Through Physically) when a 1 (Approach) or a 2 (Define Problem) will do. So what do we accomplish when we learn good conflict resolutions skills? Some of the assets that have been identified are: creativity, empathy, appropriate assertiveness, cooperation, emotion management, negotiation skills, and appreciation of diversity. I wonder if the Middle East situation would be less volatile if PreSchool instructors had used these techniques when the current leaders were small. Gym owners/directors can use these conflict resolution skills just as effectively with problems that occur between staff members! Empower your employees to solve their own problems. 1\ Resources: Association for Conflict Resolution. (2009) . Retrieved from resources/ index. php Gartrell, Dan. (2006) . National Association for the Education of Young Children . Retrieved from 200603/ GuidanceBTJ. pdf. Sutter, Carmel. (2000). Today's Parent. Retrieved from preschool/ article. jsp?content=480. Wong, Michael. (2009). The Parenting Group. Retrieved from article/ MomlWork--FamilylTalk-lt-Out-NegotiatingFamily-Conflicts




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Flip For A Cure at Mary's Meet By Jim Co miskey Midland Gymnasti cs Trainin g Center

On December 6, 2009, the Midland Gymnastics Training Center in Midland, Mich., held a cancer fundraiser in memory of their former coach, Mary Steinke. Mary lost her battle with lung cancer in September 2009. "Flip for a Cure at Mary's Meet" was developed in Mary's memory with the goal of donating money to the Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund . This fund assists families in paying for their medical costs endured from cancer treatment. The Midland Gymnastics Training Center coaching staff and their high school-aged gymnasts planned, organized and implemented the meet. The high school committee held many fundraisers, such as a bake sale, prize raffles, used leotard sale, pop can drive and candy sales. "Flip For A Cure at Mary's Meet" raised more than $5,000 to the Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund . We hope we made Coach Mary proud! 1\

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Johnson joins Milk Mustache 'Dream Team'

2008 Olympic balance beam gold-medalist Shawn Johnson join NBA All-Star and Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams and St. Louis Cardinal slugger and three-time MVP Albert Pujols as the latest celebrities to don the famous Milk Mustache to inspire teens to "Drink Milk for a Change ." The new "dream team" of athletes is calling on teens to get active, drink milk for a positive change in themselves and make a difference for others . They ha ve teamed up with the " got milk?"@ Campaign and NBA Cares , the NBA's social responsibility initiative. Each will champion a worthy project that's close to their hearts and that will help make a positive change in local communities . Teens can help select which project will be completed by voting online at BodyByMilk .com . One lucky teen and three friend s will even win the chance to work alongside professional athletes on the winning project . 't. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -, - - -" - -â&#x20AC;˘ ..- - - - - - - - -",_ --_ â&#x20AC;˘ o<\i ~_


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A Valentine Surprise at the East Coach Classic There was added excitement at the East Coast Classic competition in Landover, Md ., on Sunday, Feb. 14 - Valentine's Day. Brian Sateriale, who coaches the Level 6-9 gymnasts at Fairland Sports and Aquatics Center, proposed to coach and judge Beth Stracka during the competition. "They brought me into the meet under th e premise that I w as a judge," said Beth, who


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INTERNATIONAL ELITE COMMITTEE JAN 27, 2010 coaches with Brian at Fairland. "Everyone knew about his plan but me . They announced the judges for the meet, we walked out, and Brian grabbed the microphone and asked for everyone's attention, then came over and proposed to me." Beth said, "YES!" She added, "I knew it was coming but I didn't know when. I was very excited . It was beautiful. " The gymnastics coaching couple have not yet set a date, but will be married someti~e in

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Chairman Coach Representatives Alternate National Team Coordinator Women's Program Director

Steve Rybacki Marvin Sharp Andy Memmel Mihai Brestyan Martha Karolyi Gary Warren

I. 2010 TOP Skills changes The committee met to review and approves the final changes to the 2010 TOP Skills testing Motion Sharp Second Memmel PASSED

II. Qualification to Championships from Training Camp Verifications The committee discussed the possibility of Non National Team Members being permitted to qualify to Championships from full set verification at the Developmental and National Team Training Camps. Currently, because of their training and competition requirements, this is only allowed for current National Team Members. After discussion on this subject, the committee felt that Non National Team Members would still need to qualify to Championships through their normal methods of National Elite Qualifiers and/or Classics. There was no motion put to the committee. III. TOP 8 year olds at National Testing The committee continued discussion on the possibility of testing 8 year olds at the National TOP Testing. Steve asked the IEC members (along with the ADC Committee) to develop Skill Testing ideas to be reviewed at the February IEC meeting.

IV. Samantha Shapiro funding The committee approved funding for Samantha Shapiro at $500.00 per month for the first quarter of 2010. Motion: Brestyan Second: Sharp PASSED

CLARIFICATION Apparently there has been some confusion regarding several issues that the JO and Technical Committees would like to clarify. 1. VAULT RUNWAY: According to the JO Code of Points, page 25, I.E. Use of tape or excessive chalk is not permitted on the vault table or runway. A chalk line to mark the take-off spot is permitted. The use of a Velcro strip to mark the take-off line is now being questioned since it is not mentioned specifically in the JO Code of Points or the Rules and Policies. THE COMMITTEES HAVE VOTED TO ALLOW THE USE OF A VELCRO STRIP ON THE VAULT RUNWAY. The Velcro strip MUST be removed after the gymnast has completed her two vaults. 2. VAULTING WITHOUT A SIGNAL FROM CHIEF JUDGE:

Clarifications on procedures: A. If, on her first or second vault the gymnast runs and vaults (or touches the springboard) without a signal from CJ, the vault (or vault attempt) will not be considered as a vault (or a vault attempt) and will not be scored. B. On the next vault the Chief Judge deducts 0.50 from the average. C. The 0.50 penalty for performing before the signal may or may not affect the gymnast's final vault score. 3. BARS: LEVEL 7 AND 8: The following three C elements

may be performed by Level 7 or 8 athletes, but will received B value part credit: • Cast to handstand with liz turn; • Clear hip circle to handstand; and • Clear hip circle to handstand with 112 turn. The JO Code of Points is very clear on this issue, as is the Optional Requirement Chart posted on the USAG web site. However, the Level 7/ 8 Score sheet (fa r right column) indicates that specific C elements are allowed-then with an asterisk indicated cast HS with 112 turn, clear hip circle and clear hip circle with liz turn. The reference "to HS" is not included with the clear hips (although since it mentions "e" value, it is implied) . Therefore, the Level 7/ 8 Score sheet HAS BEEN REVISED to include the "HS" with the descriptions of the clear hip "C's" to avoid further confusion and is now posted on the USAG website, under Women: Ru~s: Optiona~. 4. BEAM: ELEMENT #2.108 (A) - Clarification on

awarding "A" value part credit: . Stretched jump in place (like compulsory) = no VP Stretched jump moving forward = "A" Arch jump in place or moving forward = "K The 2nd and 3rd variations shown in the Code- Stretched jump with 180 turn and stretch jump change/ beat of legs are not required to move forward to receive "A" credit. 0



5. FLOOR EXERCISE: Falls on dismount element (last salto performed as the last isolated salto or within the last salto connection): Use the same principle as for Bars and Beam : a. If the salto was initiated, but was not completed to land on the feet first, deduct 0.50 for not meeting the "The salto performed as the last isolated salto or within the last salto connection" Special Requirement, plus 0.5 for the Fall. b. If the salto was NOT initiated and a fall occurs, deduct 0.5 for missing the above Special Requirement as well as 0.30 for no dismount. 6. FLOOR EXERCISE DANCE PASSAGE SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: The clarification regarding what constitutes

a break in the dance passage that was printed in the November 2009 JO Committee meeting (and quoted below) failed to mention that Pivot Turns would also break the passage since they are stationary (this was printed in the JO Code of Points and is still in effect). Revised Clarification regarding the breaking of a dance passage: A dance passage on floor is considered broken ONLY when there is a pause, stop, pivot turn, 1/ 1 turn or more on one foot, or an aero element between the dance elements. Scooching or bouncing out of control between elements would be considered execution errors and deducted, but credit for the dance passage may still be given. In order to receive Connection Value bonus, the element must be directly connected 7. 2010 IRS MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT for judges has been announced as $0.50 per mile. Judges will be reimbursed at that rate for all meets after January 1, 2010. 8. CARPOOL CLARIFICATION , as stated in the current

Rules and Policies book: All drivers must deduct 30 miles round trip UNLESS you are the DESIGNATED carpool driver, in which case you are reimbursed for all miles driven. Example A: Judge #1 and Judge # 2 each drive (separately) 40 miles RT to meet a third judge who will drive 200 miles round-trip as the designated carpool driver. Judge #1 and #2 both are reimbursed for 10 miles ($5 each) while the Judge #3 (the carpool driver) is reimbursed $100. Example B: Judge # 1 drives 5 miles to meet Judge #2. Judge #2 drives herself and judge #1 for 40 miles RT to meet Judge #3, the designated carpool driver who will drive 200 miles RT. Judge #1 receives NO mileage reimbursement since she must deduct 30 miles RT. Judge #2, since she is driving a "carpool" is reimbursed $20 for the 40 miles RT. Judge #3, as the designated carpool driver, is also reimbursed $100 for the 200 miles RT. ~

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