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Visa Championships

Hartford, CT


Annual Business Conference

Hartford, CT


National Congress and Trade Show

Hartford, CT


Youth Olympic Games (M,R,TR)



Region 1 Congress

Santa Clara, CA


Senior Pan Am Championships (M/W)

Guadalajara, Mexico


Region 5 Congress

Itasca, IL


National Gymnastics Day



World Artistic Championships (M/W)

Tokyo, Japan


Region 2 Congress

Portland, OR


Pan American Games (M/W/R/TR)

Guadalajara, Mexico


Rhythmic World Championships

Moscow, Russia


Senior Pan Am Championships (R)

Guadalajara, Mexico


World Gymnaestrada (GG)

Lausanne, SUI



Visa Championships


National Congress and Trade Show TBD





Rhythmic World Championships

Lille, France





TOPs National Testing (W)

Houston, TX

28-July 1 USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show

San Jose, Calif.


World Artistic Championships (M/W)

Rotterdam, NED

28-July1 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Gymnastics (M/W)

San Jose, Calif.


Future Stars Championships/Coaches Workshop (M) Colorado Springs, CO


Trampoline World Championships (TT)


International Age Group Championships (TT) Metz, France

Metz, France


TOPs Camp (W)

Houston, TX


TOPs B Camp

Houston, TX

2011 MARCH 4

Nastia Liukin Cup (W)



Tyson American Cup (M/W)


If you can’t be with us in Hartford for the Visa Championships and National Congress, then please watch the event on TV. Below is the schedule: Catch gymnastics on the Web and TV! Thurs., Aug. 12 Universal Sports 7 p.m. Live (women) Fri., Aug. 13 Universal Sports 7 p.m. Live (men) Sat., Aug. 14 NBC Sports 8-10 p.m. Live (women) Sun., Aug. 15 NBC Sports 2:30-4 p.m. Tape Delay (men)

W = Women R = Rhythmic TR = Trampoline AG = Acrobatic Gymnastics B = Business TT = Trampoline/Tumbling NOTE: Dates and events subject to change or cancellation.



M = Men

GG = Group Gymnastics

TU = Tumbling


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2010 • VOLUME 30 • #8




Understanding The Value of your Business – Before you sell!

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ESPN Wide World of Sports will host inaugural USA Gymnastics Open Championships


Incorporating Plyometrics into a Gymnasts’ Training Program


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Chair: Peter Vidmar Vice-Chair: Paul Parilla Secretary: Gary Anderson Treasurer: Morris Jim National Membership - Women: Tom Koll National Membership - Women: Steve Rybacki National Membership - Men: Yoichi Tomita National Membership - Men: Russ Fystrom National Membership - Rhythmic: Brooke Bushnell-Toohey National Membership - Trampoline & Tumbling: George Drew National Membership - Acrobatic Gymnastics: Dr. Jay Binder Advisory Council: Mike Burns Advisory Council: Ron Ferris Advisory Council: Mike Lorenzen Athlete Director - Women: Kim Zmeskal Athlete Director - Men: John Roethlisberger Athlete Director - Rhythmic: Jessica Howard Athlete Director - Trampoline & Tumbling: Karl Heger Athlete Director - Acrobatic Gymanstics: Michael Rodrigues Public Sector: Frank Marshall Public Sector: Bitsy Kelley Public Sector: Jim Morris Public Sector: Mary Lou Retton

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he time has come: The 2010 Visa Championships and USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show! Hartford, Connecticut is ready for USA Gymnastics. The town has been decorated with street pole banners, window and building coverings, bridge banners and other visibility - all feature gymnastics imagery and the artwork of four-time Olympic gold medalist, Al Oerter. USA Gymnastics has planned an exciting list of events in Hartford for all who are joining us. You don’t want to miss it! The Old State House: Serving as the Visa Championships Hospitality Center, this historical landmark is located in the center of Hartford and will be the focal point for all fan activities and hospitality throughout the week. This venue will serve our guests with a chance to meet and mingle with members of the USA Gymnastics family, both before and after the events. Morning Fitness: Get Up and Get Fit on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 6:30-7:30 a.m. with Olympian John Macready and other gymnastics celebrities each day. Join us to enhance your strength, cardio and flexibility skills on the front lawn of the Old State House. Visa Fan Fest: Held on the front lawn of the Old State House, this area will serve as our gymnastics fan arena. Autographs from gymnastics legends, on-stage interviews, and other entertaining moments will be available throughout the week. Special Ceremonies: The 2000 women’s team will receive their Olympic medals on Wednesday night, and a special event will be planned at the Old State House on Thursday. The 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies will take place on Friday, and we will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the 1980 Olympic Team on Saturday. The Pathway of Champions: The Pathway of Champions will connect all of the venues of the Visa Championships in downtown Hartford. Trumbull Street, recently renamed “Tumble Street” will serve as one of the endpoints, which will run from the Connecticut Convention center to the Old State House to the XL Center. Go Hartford! Program: USA Gymnastics, the XL Center and the Greater Hartford Convention and Visitors Bureau have teamed up to form the Go Hartford! program for the 2010 Visa Championships. Through the GoHartford! plan, many restaurants and local attractions are putting together special opportunities for Visa Championships fans and attendees. For more information, please visit: Taste of the Visa Championships: Nine Hartford-area restaurants are participating in the Taste of the Visa Championships, a joint effort between the Greater Hartford Convention and Visitors Bureau, USA Gymnastics and St. Vincent Sports Performance, to promote healthy eating. Each restaurant is creating a fun yet healthy entrée. A distinguished panel of judges will be evaluating the cuisine, but all of our visitors will be included in the opportunity. Learn more about “the Taste” when you arrive in Hartford. We look forward to celebrating the 2010 Visa Championships and USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show. If you have not done so already, buy your tickets now! If you are unable to be with us, tune in to watch live coverage on Universal Sports and NBC Sports. Go USA Gymnastics! Go Hartford! See you in the gym,

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wners in the 40-50+ age group often turn their minds to exit strategies and succession planning. However, even owners in their 30s should know the value of their business well in advance of the ownership transfer for a smooth exit strategy. If the owner believes the value to be higher or lower than it really is, this causes the owner to take the wrong set of actions or inactions. So, how can you develop an exit strategy without starting with a reliable valuation? A major objective shared by many owners is to receive full, fair value for their ownership interest. When discussing the value of their business, most owners are not comfortable with rules of thumb, informal or casual estimates because rules of thumb rarely take into account variations in revenue, cash flow, location, reputation, proprietary technology, contingent liabilities and other factors that may have a significant effect on the value of a particular business. How do you determine the full, fair value of a business unless an experienced, industryspecific valuation is performed? Ask yourself this question: If you were buying a business, would you acquire it without first determining its worth? Of course not — nor should a business owner sell it to anyone without first determining its worth. It surprises many owners to learn that business value is relative, not fixed. It can vary based on the reason for transfer6


ring ownership and on the conditions under which a transfer is made. For example, an appropriate business value for a third-party sale may be significantly higher than that established for a transfer of the same business to key employees over time, or a gift of the business to children. Business valuation experts understand this; “rules of thumb” don’t. Value is not only relative, it fluctuates. The business value is dependent not only on the intrinsic value of the business, but on the “external” condition of the market for that type of a business in that particular geographic area as of now — not six months or two years ago. The business sale cycle is continually changing based on a variety of external factors, such as the cost of financing, the state of the stock market (for larger companies) and the availability of capital, all of which dictate not only the valuation multiples, but the terms of a possible third-party deal. This also effects how much of the deal price is to be paid in cash,

in the form of a buyer-note, or represented in an earn-out, if applicable. How much is a buyer willing to pay? Well, there are both QUANTITATIVE and QUALITATIVE “value drivers” that have to be considered. An important part of the valuation process is growing the value of the business. Before the business is offered for sale, there is a checklist of operational items that could be used to enhance the value. What are some of the Value Drivers in each category? Here are a few examples: QUANTITATIVE: • Cash Flow • Profitability • Growth • Asset Turnover • Capital Investment • Financing Structure • Debt capital • Equity capital QUALITATIVE: • Intangibles • Well-defined Mission and Vision Statement • Owner’s particular Product/Services Knowledge • Management’s Knowledge, Experience and Depth

• Motivated and Dependable Work Force • Key Employees bound by Non-Compete Agreements • Efficient Organizational Structure • Management Succession Plan in place • Active Outside Board of Directors (if applicable) • Reputable Team of Company Advisors • Long History, Reputation and Name Recognition • Management Focus on Growth and Value Creation • Monitoring how Industry Regulations impact Company Profits • Ongoing Business Plan that is constantly monitored and updated • Owner’s personal relationships with Customers • Loyal Customers • Few Competitors • Special Barriers to Competition • Strong Supplier Relationships • Located in a Growing Geographical Market • Part of a Growing Industry • Active and visible in Community and Industry Affairs • Economic Conditions influence Product Demand • Operational • Customer List – Repeat Customers • Trained and Knowledgeable Work Force • Proprietary Products: Copyrights • Recognizable Trademark or Trade Name • Large Market Share • Diversified Products, Customers, Geography (size) • Special Franchise Arrangement • Exclusive Distributor/Supplier Rights • Special Operating Procedures and Trade Secrets • Location favorable to Customers, Suppliers, etc. • Market Intelligence Systems in place • Brand Name Distributor • Industry Specialization • Special Niche Market



• Product/Service Differentiation welldefined • Unique Production Process (teaching ratios, stations, rotations, etc.) • Special Services: Free Trial Period, 100% Guarantee, Waive Registration Fees, etc. • Creative use of web site to promote and sell Products/Services • Strategic Partnering and Alliances • Strategic Planning Processes in place • INVESTMENT (SOFT) • Commitment to Human Resources (training, benefits, etc.) • State of the Art Technology Equipment • Large Inventory Selection • Ongoing investment in Information Technology • Additional Capacity for Growth (space, manpower, etc.) • Well-maintained Capital Equipment • Commitment to Research and Development • Capital Budgeting Processes in place • INVESTMENT (HARD - FINANCIAL) • Key Management has Incentive Compensation Plans • Price Insulation due to high quality Product or Service • High Margins due to Efficiencies • Strong Liquidity Position • Optimal Financial Leverage • Optimal Operating Leverage • Favorable Tax Structure • Internal Controls are well-defined • Favorable Lease or Mortgage Terms • Properly insured against External Risks • Favorable Debt Financing Terms • Financing Plans in place to secure needed capital (in advance) • Long-term Profitable Customer Contracts • Purchasing Power (size) • Funded Buy-Sell Agreement • Budgeting System controls costs and eliminates waste • Systems in place to comply with Laws and Regulations



A professional industry analyst, valuator and broker should be able to tell you how the most successful operators are making these “value drivers” work for them, and how YOU can apply them to YOUR business! How much does a valuation cost? For a business in our industry, a Business Valuation can vary between “free” and approximately $3,000. Beware of the “free” type, as you generally get what you pay for! A superior valuation, especially if your business is a medium-or large-sized operation, can either be performed online or at your site. This typically includes a Business Systems Analysis to determine what operational areas of the business could improve prior to the sale. Owners also have options for more detailed Succession Planning Strategy services if requested. If the cost of a valuation seems unnecessary, compare it to the cost of underestimating the company’s value (thus leaving money on the table) or defending a “rule of thumb” value before the IRS — unprotected by a proper valuation. The uncertainty of value undermines the entire purpose of performing effective planning — if you don’t know what you have, how are you going to get more? Who should you use to value and sell your business? The short answer is an industry specialist broker. Industry specialists have a database of completed industry valuations and industry transactions. Set up your FUTURE successful exit strategy and succession planning with a Business Systems Analysis and Business Valuation in the PRESENT!

ESPN Wide World of Sports will host inaugural USA Gymnastics Open Championships USA Gymnastics announced the newly created USA Gymnastics Open Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which will feature both individual and club team champions for Women’s Levels 4-8, as well as an overall club team champion. The inaugural event is scheduled for June 2-5, 2011, inside the Fieldhouse at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in suburban Orlando, Fla. “This is a big step forward for our Junior Olympic program,” said Steve Penny,

“This new gymnastics event adds to the wide variety of quality sports events we host annually for athletes of all ages and skill levels.” Individual and club team champions will be named for each level, and the overall club team champion will be determined at the conclusion of the event. A team will consist of a minimum of three gymnasts at each level. There are no qualifying scores, and clubs simply need to register to compete while space is available. To participate in

“ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is the perfect place to host this event. This event is designed to showcase the efforts being made by athletes and coaches every day at the most fundamental levels of the sport.” - Steve Penny, President of USA Gymnastics.

president of USA Gymnastics. “ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is the perfect place to host this event. This event is designed to showcase the efforts being made by athletes and coaches every day at the most fundamental levels of the sport.” “ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is excited to have many of the country’s top Level 4-8 gymnasts compete at our complex and immerse themselves in the one-of-a-kind sports experience that can only be found at Walt Disney World,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Disney Sports Enterprises.



the overall club team competition, each club must register a team for every Level (4, 5, 6, 7 and 8). A National Elite Qualifier also will be held in conjunction with the Open Championships. This will serve as an opportunity for gymnasts to qualify for the U.S. Classic and the Visa Championships. Registration materials and information regarding travel packages will be available shortly on the USA Gymnastics web site. Gym clubs and booster clubs that are budgeting for the upcoming season should plan accordingly.


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port coaches, strength coaches and trainers are always seeking the most efficient/effective way to train their athletes. A common trend of head coaches that want to increase explosiveness in their athletes is to incorporate plyometrics into a training cycle. When used correctly, plyometrics can be a great addition to a training program producing amazing results. When used incorrectly they can be detrimental to an athletes’ training program, and can be attributed to injuries. The purpose of this article is to explain what plyometrics are, and how to safely use progressions to achieve the desired results.

SCIENCE Before adding plyometrics to a training program, one must first understand what is happening within the body. First, plyometrics by definition is a quick and powerful concentric movement, preceded by an active pre-stretch, or countermovement that involves the use of the stretch-shortening cycle (SSC) (3). One easy analogy is to think of the springboard used in the vault; it is kind of like the elastic

nature of the musculotendinous components in the human body. Once an athlete jumps onto the springboard, the board gives storing energy followed by a release of the energy propelling the athlete. The same thing happens in the human body, but on a more complicated level. For this article, just keep the above example in mind; but know that the body’s musculotendinous components along with the nervous system work in a manner that closely imitates a springboard. For the safety of the athlete, it is important to note that when plyometrics have been added to a training cycle; the body’s muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nervous system have to be accounted for. Too many foot contacts or too high of intensity during a plyometric session can have detrimental effects to the body. When used correctly, at the appropriate time of the year, and at the appropriate training intensity plyometrics are a great tool to have in the training/coaching toolbox.

LANDING The first step in teaching or implementing plyometric training into a program, is to establish correct landing mechanics. Landing mechanics are crucial to the safety of the

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athlete, and to get the most out of a plyometric session. Teach the gymnast to land on the balls of his/her feet, ankles dorsiflexed, knees in line with the toes, butt back, and shoulders directly over the toes. Every major joint should be slightly flexed to help absorb the ground contact. Do not move to the plyometric exercises listed below until the athlete understands how to land and absorb the force from ground contact.

EXERCISES AND PROGRESSIONS When implementing these exercises, follow the progressions listed below. Start all athletes at level one, as they demonstrate proper mechanics move them to the next level at the coaches’ discretion. LEVEL 1: 1. SQUAT JUMP 2. ANKLE BOUNCE (POGO) 3. LATERAL HOP (STICK LANDING) 4. JUMP ROPE 5. TUCK JUMP












The plyometric exercises listed above require minimal equipment. All jumps should be performed on a flat, soft, dry surface. Below is a sample plyometric training cycle, each macrocyle is four weeks in duration. Phase 1 uses level one exercises and so on. Do not move to the next level of plyometrics until the athlete can safely and effectively perform all of the jumps in their current training phase. Phase 1: Plyometric session can be performed two times per week with at least 48-72 hours rest between sessions.

Exercise SESSION 1: Ankle Bounce Lateral Hop Tuck Jump SESSION 2: Jump Rope Squat Jumps Lateral Hop






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Phase 2: Plyo session can be performed two times per week with at least 48-72 hours rest between sessions.

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2010 National Congress and Trade Show What to expect in Hartford!


s the 46th Annual USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show approaches, USA Gymnastics would like to remind you of the great educational opportunities this event has to offer. The Connecticut Convention Center will host the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show, Aug. 11-14. Held in conjunction with the 2010 Visa Championships, the National Congress provides a unique opportunity to attend more than 150 presentations, demonstrations and educational seminars on a variety of topics within the sport – all in one location. National Congress Registration Schedule Connecticut Convention Center • Wednesday, August 11 - 12:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. • Thursday, August 12 - 7:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. • Friday, August 13 - 7:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. • Saturday, August 14 - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Daily Presenter List Please refer to this issue of Technique for the daily Congress schedule Or visit National Trade Show Hall The 2010 National Trade Show, proudly sponsored by the United States Gymnastics Suppliers Association, will feature more than 160 booths of products and information from more than 65 vendors in the gymnastics community. Special events such as the USGSA Mega-Raffle will take place in the Exhibit Hall. With demonstrations and lectures held daily in the Trade Show Hall, this is definitely a location no Congress attendee should miss! Trade Show Hall Hours • Wednesday, Aug. 11 - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. • Thursday, Aug. 12 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. • Friday, Aug. 13 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. • Saturday, Aug. 14 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Get Up & Get Fit! Start your day off right and join us for Morning Fitness at the Old State House during your stay in Hartford. Improve your strength, cardio and flexibility skills. Morning Fitness will be held from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. This workout will be hosted by Olympian John Macready and feature different gymnastics celebrities each day. National Congress Attendee Pre/Post Event Hospitality Credentialed National Congress attendees will have complimentary access to the Visa Championships Hospitality Center at The Old State House. The Old State House and its surrounding park, located in central

Hartford, will be THE place to gather and socialize. The Old State House will be open to credentialed Congress attendees on all three days of Congress. The Visa Championships Hospitality Center will provide credentialed Congress attendees with a place to meet both pre-event and post-event to enjoy food, music and other Visa Fan Fest activities. Meet and mingle with other Congress attendees before and after the event.

Please remember: You must be 18 years of age, have a Congress credential AND photo identification to enter each day. USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame USA Gymnastics is partnering once again with the National Gymnastics Foundation, to induct the 2010 USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Class. The 2010 Hall of Fame Class includes,1996 Olympic team gold-medalist Dominique Moceanu,1992 Olympic team bronze-medalist Wendy Bruce-Martin, Olympians Jennifer Parilla (2000, trampoline), and Kip Simons (1996, men), 2004 and 2008 U.S. Men’s Olympic Team head coach Kevin Mazeika, 2000 U.S. Olympic trampoline coach Robert Null and for lifetime achievement, Ellen Nyemcsik (rhythmic gymnastics). Held as part of the National Congress and Trade Show, the 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, August 13 from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Hartford Marriott Hotel. Individual tickets and table seating are still available for this very special event. For ticket information visit the congress registration booth.

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USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show and Visa Championships Schedule Tuesday, August 10, 2010 10:00 AM 6:30 PM T&T Prelims Competition Wednesday, August 11, 2010 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Congress Annual Business Conference 10:00 AM 2:00 PM T&T Finals Competition 10:00 AM 4:00 PM Welcome Center 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Mid - Day Activities/Gym Demos and Farmers Market 12:00 PM 5:00 PM Safety/Risk Management course 12:30 PM 6:45 PM Congress Registration 1:00 PM 4:00 PM Jr. Artistic Men’s Competition 1:00 PM 5:00 PM H.O.T. Course 5:00 PM 7:00 PM Exhibit Hall Opening 7:00 PM 9:30 PM Sr. Artistic Men’s Competition - Day 1 Thursday, August 12, 2010 6:30 AM 7:30 AM Morning Fitness Activites 7:30 AM 5:45 PM Congress Registration Hours 8:30 AM 4:30 PM Congress Sessions (12 concurrent tracks) 9:00 AM 5:45 PM Trade Show Exhibits 10:00 AM 4:00 PM Welcome Center 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Mid - Day Activities/Gym Demos and Farmers Market 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Lunch Break Raffle Drawing 1:00 PM 3:30 PM Artistic Jr. Women’s Competition - Day 1 4:30 PM 5:45 PM Trade Show Reception & Raffle Drawing 4:30 PM 6:30 PM Visa Fan Fest 4:30 PM 6:30 PM Pre - Event Hospitality (credential required) 7:00 PM 9:30 PM Sr. Artistic Women’s Competition-Day 1 9:00 PM 11:30 PM Post - Event Hospitality (credential required) Friday, August 13, 2010 6:30 AM 7:30 AM Morning Fitness Activites 7:30 AM 5:45 PM Congress Registration Hours 8:30 AM 4:30 PM Congress Sessions (12 concurrent tracks) 9:00 AM 2:00 PM Jr. Rhythmic AA Prelims & Individual Event Finals 9:00 AM 5:45 PM Trade Show Exhibits 10:00 AM 5:00 PM Welcome Center 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Mid - Day Activities/Gym Demos and Farmers Market 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Lunch Break Raffle Drawing 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Hall of Fame Induction & Luncheon 3:00 PM 7:00 PM Sr. Rhythmic AA Prelims & Individual Event Finals 4:30 PM 5:45 PM Trade Show Reception & Raffle Drawing 4:30 PM 6:30 PM Pre - Event Hospitality (credential required) 4:30 PM 6:30 PM Visa Fan Fest 7:00 PM 10:00 PM Sr. Artistic Men’s Competition - Day 2 9:00 PM 11:30 PM Post - Event Hospitality (credential required) 10:00 PM 11:30 PM Post - Event Celebration Saturday, August 14, 2010 6:30 AM 7:30 AM Morning Fitness Activites 8:00 AM 4:30 PM Congress Registration Hours 8:30 AM 4:30 PM Congress Sessions (12 concurrent tracks) 9:00 AM 2:00 PM Rhythmic Jr. AA Finals & Sr. AA Finals 9:00 AM 1:00 PM Trade Show Exhibits 10:00 AM 5:00 PM Welcome Center 1:00 PM 5:00 PM Artistic Jr. Women’s Competition - Day 2 3:00 PM 7:00 PM Visa Fan Fest 5:00 PM 7:00 PM Pre - Event Hospitality (credential required) 7:30 PM 10:00 PM Artistic Sr. Women’s Competition - Day 2 9:30 PM 12:30 AM Post - Event Hospitality & National Congress Party 28


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THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2010 Presenter Cheryl Jarrett & Larry Goldsmith Tamara Biggs Alan Robezzoli Scott Himsel & Patrick O’Connor Randy Sikora Denise Brumsey Vitaly Marinitch Xiao Yuan Dr. Pamela Evans Tom Koll & Connie Maloney Linda Thorberg

Session Level 5/6 Beam, Bars, Floor: Paying attention to Details Beam Tumbling & Leap Circuit How to Run a Better Pro Shop Dealing with Sexual Misconduct Issues. Your Responsibility. Bringing out the Best in Your Staff Getting Field Trips Into Your Gym And Building Clientele Horizontal Bar – Jam and Takamoto Pommel Horse – Superior Circle and Travel Development Creative Lesson Planning JO Update Compositional Deductions on Balance Beam

Track Women Women Business Risk Mgmt. Business Business Men Men All Women Women

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Presenter Dr. Gerald George Byron Knox Tracey Callahan Molnar Scott Himsel & Patrick O’Connor Frank Sahlein Denise Brumsey Jeff Robinson Randy Jepson Brant Lutska Brad Harris Myra Elfenbein & Tom Koll Tamara Biggs

Session Ten Key Factors for Success in Gymnastics Preparing Your Athlete for Collegiate Gymnastics Building Blocks for Preschool Rhythmic-Part 1 Risk Management and Crisis Communication A Must for All Applying Brain Development Principles TFC and Fundraising for CMN Basic Floor Exercise Curriculum for Boys Still Rings – Strength Developmental for Rings OH Baby! Let’s Have Fun Coaching Women’s Compulsory Vault Optional FX - Applying General Deductions TOPS, Developmental and Elite Beam Circuit


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Presenter Dr. Gerald George Ivan Ivanov Tracey Callahan Molnar Patrick O’Connor & all Jeff Metzger Jeff Lulla Jeff Robinson Yin Alvarez Brant Lutska & Linda Thorberg Brad Harris Myra Elfenbein & Bryon Hough Nicole Langevin

Session Five Basic Principles for Refining Gymnastics Movement TOPs Skills and Curriculum Tumbling Building Blocks for Preschool Rhythmic-Part 2 Panel of Insurance Experts to Answer All Your Questions The Responsibility Paradox Marketing Part 1 - Your External Image Basic Pommel Horse Curriculum for Boys Parallel Bars - Peach Basket Marvelous Music Coaching Level 4-6 Uneven Bars Part 1 Casting and Clear Hip Angles Mastering Compulsory Beam


Presenter Dr. Gerald George Ivan Ivanov Steve Greeley Michael Swain Patti Komara Jeff Metzger J.D. Reive Nori Iwai LindaThorberg Brad Harris Marian Dykes & Cheryl Jarrett Steve Whitlock

Session The Mechanics of Swing Tumbl Trak and Trampoline Progressions Lesson Plans: The “How’s” and “Whys” Claims and Lawsuits Retention is the New Up! Customer systems that work Performance Pay Plans Strength and Conditioning Program Planning Horizontal Bar– Kovacs Development All For one! All ages Can Do this! Coaching Level 4-6 Uneven Bars Part 2 Rhythm Expectations and Deductions on Beam TeamGym: Technique and Training Tips Group Jump


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THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2010 Presenter Lindsay Shaw Enrique Trabanino Jeff Lulla Dr. Pamela Evans Steve Greeley Sean Dever Hideo Mizoguchi Justin Spring Beth Gardner Tamara Biggs Char Christensen Steve Whitlock

Session Setting the Balance: Before Getting on the Beam TOPs Skills and Curriculum for Bars Recreational Gymnastics; Philosophy and Progressions Annual Reviews: The Why and How Staff Performance Reviews That Have a Lasting Impact Should You Start a Profit Sharing/Bonus Plan? Pommel Horse– Scissor and Scissor Handstand Leadership in Sport Mom & Me: Developing the Relationship Ways to Increase Speed, Endurance, and Cardio Optional Beam Applying General Deductions TeamGym: Technique and Training Tips Group Floor

Track Women Women Preschool All Business Business Men Men Preschool Women Women GG

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 2010 Presenter Dr. Peter Pidcoe Valeri Liukin Selena Peco Steve Whitlock Sean Dever Denise Brumsey Tom Meadows Thom Glielmi Beth Gardner John Geddert Neela Nelson & Tom Koll

Session Twisting Basics Bars - Pirouetting and Dismounts Acro Basics-Part 1 Introduction to TeamGym Managing Your Business in a “Recession” Doing a Fitness Zone at an Event Still Rings – Bails and Dismounts Floor Exercise – Basic Skill Development for Combination Tumbling Preschool Safety Front and Back Tumbling The Dance Passage - Take Two - Floor Ex

Track Sports Science Women Acrobatics GG Business Business Men Men Preschool Women Women

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Presenter Dr. Peter Pidcoe Ivan Ivanov Selena Peco Steve Whitlock Jeff Metzger Randy Sikora Jeff Robinson Rustam Sharipov Linda Thorberg John Geddert Connie Maloney & Neil Resnick Nicole Langevin

Session Core Strengthening for Back Pain Yurchenko Progressions for Twisting Vaults Acro Basics-Part 2 TeamGym….A Closer Look Hiring vs. Subcontracting vs. Leasing: Pros, Cons, Why, How, Examples Creating a System to Objectively Track Business Basic Still Rings Curriculum for Boys Horizontal Bar – Tkatchev Uneven Bars - Before They Roll Over Yurchenko Progressions Uneven Bar Techniques Dance Complexes for Your Team

Track Sports Science Women Acrobatics GG Business Business Men Men Preschool Women Women Women

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Presenter Dr. Peter Pidcoe Tom Forster Christine Calvert & Jim Lord Samantha Kilgore Randy Sikora Deb Walls Jeff Robinson Sean Townsend Patti Komara Byron Knox Carole Bunge & Larry Goldsmith Tamara Biggs

Session Avoiding Re-injury During Recovery Elite Developmental Skills and Curriculum - Bars Developing a Cheer Program from Scratch Social Media: When, Where, Why and How to Use Social Networking Priorities to Focus on to Grow Your Business Who has Your Back? Basic Vault Curriculum for Boys Vault– Essential Skills for 7.0+ Vaults National Preschool Survey Results Strength Training for the High School Age and College Athlete Level 7 & 8 Vault - How to Separate the Good From the Best Elite Flexibility Circuit

Track Sports Science Women Cheerleading All Business Business Men Men Preschool All Women Women

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 2010 Presenter Dr. Alison Arnold Neil Resnick Christine Calvert & Jim Lord Michael Swain Steve Greeley Cindy Bickman Mike Juszczyk JinJing Zhang Linda Thorberg Tom Koll & Kathy Ostberg Connie Maloney Bonnie Butsch & Joe Groves

Session Five Steps to Fix Fear TOPs and Elite Developmental Curriculum - Vault Stunt Technique Course Training Character: The Values and Culture of Your Company How to Start a Special Needs Program In Your Gym Optional Routine Composition and E Panel Issues Parallel Bars - Flipping Upper Arm and Support Skills Balance Beam is Not Boring! Understanding Prep-Opt Compositional Deductions on Bars Build Me Up Buttercup

Track Sports Science Women Cheerleading Risk Mgmt. Business Business Men Men Preschool Women Women All

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Presenter Dr. Alison Arnold Gary Warren David Benzel & Wendy Bruce Darrell Barnes Patti Komara Jeff Lulla Kevin Mazeika Troy Stewart Dr. Pamela Evans Antonia Markova Sharon Weber & Carole Bunge Brant Lutska

Session Creating the Perfect Parent TOPs and Elite Developmental Program Overview To Push or Not to Push - The Ultimate Question for Coaches Shoulder Strength Stability Creating Your Gyms’ Operations Manual Marketing Part 2 - Your Internal Image Elite Athlete Development – The Path Optional Routine Composition and E Panel Issues Best Music for Recreational & Preschool Classes Development Dance Vaulting: Fine Tuning the Deductions Positive and Fun Games to Add to Gymnastics Classes

Track Sports Science Women All Sports Science Business Business Men Men Preschool Women Women Preschool

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 Presenter Dr. Michael Canales Neil Resnick Christine Calvert & Jim Lord Dr. Scott Lineberry David Benzel & Wendy Bruce Jeff Lulla Bill Foster Dr. Cimin Liang Kristie Phillips-Bannister Bryon Hough Carole Ide

Session Peroneal Tendon Injuries: When it’s Not an Ankle Sprain! Bars - Big Releases Elevators 101- A Breakdown of the Skills LSS: Loss Skill Syndrome - What to Do How to Solve the Mystery of Motivation Hands Off Ownership Developing a Boys Club Program Parallel Bars – Underswing Development The Elite Process and Selection into Camps Coaching Advanced Front Entry Vaults NAWGJ Open Meeting

Track Sports Science Women Cheerleading All All Business Men Men Women Women Women

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Presenter Dr. Michael Canales Enrique Trabinano Dr. Gerald George Tom Kovic Steve Greeley Brenda Sharlow Jeff Robinson Kelly Crumley Blair Youmans Tom Koll Connie Maloney Brant Lutska

Session Achilles Tendon Rupture: It’s Not a Career Ender! Shaping for Gymnastics The Mechanics of Impact College Recruiting 101 Training Skill: Curriculum and Class Structure

Track Sports Science Women Sports Science All Business Business Men Men All Women Women Preschool

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 Presenter Dr. Alison Arnold Ivan Ivanov Dr. Gerald George Tom Kovic Patti Komara Deb Walls Jeff Robinson A.J. Banker Brant Lutska Bryon Hough Linda Thorberg

Session The Seven Qualities of Legendary Coaches Advanced Tumbling The Mechanics of Rotation and Twisting Youth Leadership: An Ethical Approach to Team Dynamics The 7 Rules for Closing Classes Who Can You Really Trust? Basic Horizontal Bar Curriculum for Boys

Presenter Dr. Alison Arnold Tom Forster Shelly Proa Steve Whitlock Frank Sahlein Sean Dever Dusty Ritter Brant Lutska Linda Johnson & Cheryl Jarrett Myra Elfenbein

Session Commit to Hit: How to Make it Happen When It is Time Bars - Invert Skills and Elite Development Let’s Build a Trampoline & Tumbling Program in Your Gym There’s a Place for YOU in the 2011 World Gymnaestrada

Presenter Dr. Scott Gillman Neil Resnick Shelly Proa Steve Whitlock Frank Sahlein Cindy Bickman Elena Savenkova Mike Burns Nicole Langevin Michael Durante Tamara Biggs

Session Conservative Treatment of Sports Injuries Elite Level Conditioning Basic Trampoline & Tumbling Coaching Techniques Gymnastics For All Open Forum

NCAA New Programs and New Collegiate Clubs – Growing the Sport

What Do YOU Do? Roundtable Discussion Cutting Off Fear before it begins. Collegiate Judging

USA Gymnastics University-Level 2 Course Business College Part 1 Surviving the Economic Downturn How to Improve Your Bottom Line

Age Group Competition Program Planning The Little Things About Gymnastics Preparing your Level 4 to Move up - Beam Optional FX - Applying Compositional Deductions

USA Gymnastics University-Level 2 Course Business College - Part 2

Growing Your Special Needs Program in Your Community. JO Rhythmic Program 2011: Introductory Routines for Levels 3-5

NCAA Recruiting Instilling Artistry Overshoots and Straddle Backs - A Recipe to Success Judging Artistry, Presentation, Tempo, Rhythm, and Footwork

Track Sports Science Women Sports Science All Business Business Men Men Preschool Women Women

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his year, in addition to all of the traditional fun of the 2010 Visa Championships and National Congress, we’re playing a new game in Hartford! A scavenger hunt, called Hide and Go Seek Hartford. The game will use Tags and involve areas of the city in and around the hotels and venues. What are tags? A tag is this yellow, blue and pink square (Insert picture), which will be on display in various places throughout the city. Although every tag will look the same, each tag is different and worth a different number of points. You use your mobile Smartphone to scan in all of the tags you find, and the object of the game is to accumulate the most points by scanning the most tags. The game will run from August 10 – 13, and prizes will be awarded to the top three “seekers,” with the winners announced during the women’s final on Aug. 14. To get started, visit on your iPhone, Droid or Blackberry. Download the free Microsoft Tag Scanner. Then scan the tag in this story to register and start playing. All the information you need will be right on your phone!

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APEX Gymnastics Raises Money for Relay for Life!


he APEX Gymnastics teams and families participated in the Western Loudoun Relay for Life in Leesburg, Va., June 12. APEX raised more than $22,000 for the event by doing various fundraisers such as selling candy, holding open gyms and soliciting donations from family and friends. APEX was recognized for having the largest team contingent of more than 150 team members. APEX owners Melanie Cuozzo and Marty Newsom stated “This event is a wonderful opportunity for us to give back to our community and to show everyone what APEX is all about! We are so grateful to have families in our program who value experiences like these for their children just as much (or maybe more!) than a single gymnastics competition.�

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alance Institute of Gymnastics (BIG) held its first ever charity project. With approximately 1,500 volunteers, BIG, in conjunction with the Clarendon Hills Men’s Parish and Feed My Starving Children, packed 253,000 meals which will feed 695 children for an entire year. All of the meals packed at this event will be sent to Haiti to

help the kids who were left homeless and without any help after the earthquake this past January. Bob Elliott, Steve Dockery, and Chris Hughes did an outstanding job putting this fundraiser on; they exceeded their goal of raising $42,500. Balance Institute of Gymnastics is proud to say that they were a part of this event.

INTERNATIONAL ELITE COMMITTEE APRIL , 2010 Chairman Coach Representatives National Team Coordinator Vice President Program

Steve Rybacki Marvin Sharp Mihai Brestyan Valeri Liukin Martha Karolyi Kathy Kelly

I. Pan American Selection Procedures The committee discussed the selection process and made the following recommendation. Recommendation to accept the 2011 Pan American Selection Procedures as amended. Motion Brestyan Second Sharp PASSED II. Team Size The top 6 All Around Junior and Senior rank are automatically on the national team and fully funded. The Selection Committee will select a minimum of 8 additional slots fully funded for 3 months. The Selection Committee may select an additional unfunded 8 slots. Motion Nastia Liukin Second Brestyan PASSED III. The committee discussed the national team responsibilities and instructed Kathy to strengthen the language in the National Team Manual regarding athlete responsibility and travel policies. IV. PAGU The committee looked at the calendar and decided upon the November 9-14, 2010 for the PAGU camp.

V. Elite Program The committee reviewed the new initiatives introduced this year to the program (Zones, Judging Assignments, National Qualifiers, etc) and we for the most part pleased with the outcome. The committee requested that a call for bids for the 2011 National Qualifiers by sent out with a bid submission date of July 15th so that the calendar can be finalized at the Classic Meet. This will allow for the host clubs to promote better and the participating athletes clubs to better plan for attendance.

ACROBATIC GYMNASTICS PROGRAM COMMITTEE MINUTES JUNE 4, 2010 Call to Order Tuesday 9:30 p.m. 1) Roll Call: Bob Meier – Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee Chairman Kari Duncan – National Technical Committee Chairman (phone) Ivaylo Katsov – National Elite Committee Chairman Selena Peco – National Junior Olympic Committee Chairman Michael Rodrigues – National Athlete Rep. (excused) Non-voting Tonya Case – USA Gymnastics Intl. Technical Consultant Elizabeth Mallard– Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Manager Carisa Laughon - Interim Program Coordinator Dr. Binder – Board Representative Kathy Kelly – Vice President USA Gymnastics 2) Selection Committee The Selection Committee discussed criteria and philosophy for the selection of the World Team and the World Age Group Athletes. Results from the Team Trials, quality of their performance, their ability to make finals, past national and international competition results, ability to compete in team competition will all be considered. Discussion was held for the design of rotations for the training sessions after team.

3) World Championships and World Age Group Committee discussed the travel dates for the delegations, judging assignments, budget and athlete support funds. Final decisions will be made after the team selection when we will have the final numbers. Recommendation that Carisa Laughon be assigned as judge to the World Age Group competition. Motion Karri Duncan Second Selena Peco PASSED Carisa was unable to accept this assignment due to personal conflict. 4) JO National Team Selection Committee – The JO National Team Selection Procedures will be red-lined by Bob and emailed to the committee with the final copy sent to Carisa and Elizabeth for publication and distribution to the membership. Recommendation that the 2010 JONT Selection Committee will Selena Peco as the Technical Rep, Ivalo Katsov as the Elite Rep and Bob Meier in lieu of the Athlete Rep . Motion Ivalo Katsov Second Selena Peco PASSED 5) Responsibility Manual Kathy will distribute the Responsibility Manual to the Acro Committee. The committee will review and make amendments to fit the Acro Program needs. The World Team Coaches/Athletes will received the final copy after amendments and approval. 6) Program Structure The committee discussed the JO Program, # of levels, the competitive structure, calendar, geographic divisions, etc. Mr. Penny has requested that the program be reviewed from top to bottom and the that committee present him with a comprehensive plan to streamline all aspects of the program to encourage increased participation and sustained competitive excellence. Mr. Penny would like the report by the July 15th. 7) World Championships 2012 Mr. Penny discussed the possibility of the U.S. bidding to host the Acro World Championships and Age Group Games in 2012. Discussion also were held about the Freedom Cup, participation at Visa Championships, designing a competitive structure to assist the athlete preparation, 11-16 age Group, JO program levels. All of these issues will be discussed at the Program Summit to allow the community the opportunity to provide feedback to the Program Committee. Meeting concluded at 11:00 p.m.

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What are YOUR Company’s KPIs—Key Performance Indicators?


ew people reading this ar ticle would argue that operating a vital, smooth running business is a challenge! It takes a lot of time, sometimes, more than you have; it also takes a lot of emotional energy, also sometimes more than you have; and cer tainly, squeezing out a healthy profit at the end of the day only adds to the challenge. To effectively manage your time, your energy and profit, a business must carefully determine (and necessarily limit) its areas of focus. These are often called Key Per formance Indicators. Here are some general thoughts about determining a Company’s KPI: • KPIs are necessarily UNIQUE to a business’s philosophies, core strategies and business model. In other words, Kids First’s KPIs may or may not be effective for your business. A few years ago Kids First decided to adopt a new KPI (#3, below). To do so required major accounting changes which took a couple years to complete and work out the kinks. After that, the company needed to accumulate a year or two of comparison data just to know what the data was telling us. Add to that the time it takes to infuse any new KPI into a Company’s culture and you can see why it has taken Kids First five years to begin to reap rewards from the new KPI. • SIMPLICIT Y is a must. Too few KPIs and you won’t cover that which is necessar y and your

company’s progress will be incomplete at best. On the other hand, too many KPIs will clutter the minds of all, ser ving to fragment energies. Whereas there is no per fect number, I would recommend 3 or 4 with 5 as the absolute upper limit. • All KPIs must be SAL ABLE which means they must be LOGICAL and CLEARLY COMMUNICATED. • As you read fur ther, you will see that one of Kids First’s KPIs is not quantitative but qualitative —a subjective evaluation of a person’s character alignment with the Kids First values (Our ‘28 Points’). There exists a wise management saying, ‘what gets measured gets managed.’ Whereas in general I agree with that, sometimes, some things are best not reduced to numbers. Kids First’s KPIs for Tuition-Based Programs 1. T he DL’s Alignment with the Kids First 28 Points. In our company, there exists, first and foremost that ‘little thing’ we refer to as ‘Character.’ Is Character impor tant? Ever y leader has his/her horror stories about what can happen in its absence! At Kids First, ‘Character’ is defined ver y specifically by the Kids First 28 Points. 2. T he Depar tment’s Enrollment. Enrollment is a proxy for gross revenue, the total dollars generated by the program. We choose to

focus on enrollment rather than gross revenue for the simple reason most of the people who are hired for leadership positions are likely to relate more closely to enrollment. Clarifying formula: enrollment x average tuition = gross revenue. Here is an impor tant concept: enrollment measures the scope, the breadth of a depar tment. A depar tment must have a minimum breadth to be financially viable. A program comprised of 7 students may not be a viable program (by our definition, a splinter program, a program that sops up energy) and likely needs to be abolished. 3. A Depar tment’s Gross Profit. Breadth is impor tant but not enough if a business is to be financially healthy. At the end of the day, after the classes are taught and the teachers are paid there must be some ’gross profit’ left from each depar tment to ‘contribute’ toward paying the rent, utilities, insurances, executive salar y, etc. In effect, a depar tment that hits its gross profit margin target is operating efficiently. Clarifying formula: gross revenue - direct expenses (teacher wage and related) = gross profit. Gross profit is sometimes called contribution margin, as it represents what is left after making the ‘widget’ to contribute

to paying the general expenses. As an aside, after the direct expenses are paid and the general expenses are paid, there needs to be something left for the owners who shoulder the risk and that is called net profit, a discussion for another day. 4. T he Depar tment’s Net Promoter Score. Since this key metric is brand new for us, I intend to devote a complete issue in the future to it. For now we shall define it as a measurement of how likely, collectively, our clients are to recommend a par ticular program to their friends and neighbors. Clarifying formula: % Promoters minus % Detractors = Net Promoter Score. Exciting stuff to me...stay tuned! It is a fact of life that simplicity is beautiful but not easy. This has worked ver y well for Kids First. Good luck in determining your Company’s KPIs. Make it a great month! Jeff Metzger.

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