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USA Gymnastics National Congress Hits Record Attendance

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EVENTS

2012 AUGUST 8–11

TOPs Invitational Camp (W)

Huntsville, TX

10–12

Region 6 Congress

Providence, RI

10–12

Region 8 Congress

Nashville, TN

12 – 15

TOPs Invitational Camp (W)

Huntsville, TX

17–19

Region 7 Congress

Baltimore, MD

22–25

Women’s Level 300 JO Team Coaches Course (W300)

Huntsville, TX

24–26

Region 2 Congress

26 – 29

Women’s Level 400 National Coaches Course (W400),

Everett, WA Huntsville, TX

SEPTEMBER 8

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

San Jose, CA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Ontario, CA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

San Diego, CA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Glendale, AZ

14–16

Region 5 Congress

Indianapolis, IN

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Los Angeles, CA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Anaheim, CA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Las Vegas, NV

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Sacramento, CA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Portland, OR

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National Gymnastics Day

Everywhere

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Seattle, WA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

West Valley City, UT

28–30

National TOPs Testing (W)

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Colorado Springs, CO

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Broomfield, CO

Huntsville, TX

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Memphis, TN

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Lafayette, LA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Louisville, KY

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Charlotte, NC

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Atlanta, GA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Tampa, FL

NOVEMBER 1

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Cincinnati, OH

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Indianapolis, IN

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Detroit, MI

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Columbus, OH

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Level 9/10 Training Camp (W)

Huntsville, TX

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Philadelphia, PA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Newark, NJ

10–14

JO National Team Training Camp (W)

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Boston, MA

15

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Washington, DC

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Pittsburgh, PA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Hartford, CT

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Brooklyn, NY

2013 MARCH 1

Nastia Liukin Cup (W)

Worcester, MA

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AT&T American Cup (M & W)

Worcester, MA

APRIL

OCTOBER 4

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Oklahoma City, OK

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

San Antonio, TX

6

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Dallas, TX

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Lubbock, TX

11

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Minneapolis, MN

12

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Des Moines, IA

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Omaha, NE

14

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Chicago, IL

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Kansas City, MO

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Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

St. Louis, MO

12–14

Women’s Level 9/10 Regionals

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Various sites

MAY 2–5

Level 9 East/West Championships (W)

9–11

JO National Championships (W)

Minneapolis, MN

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JO–NIT (W)

Minneapolis, MN

(TBD)

31–June 2 2013–20 JO Compulsory Master Workshop – East (W)

Orlando, FL

JUNE 7–9

2013–20 JO Compulsory Master Workshop – West (W)

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

Huntsville, TX

Reno, NV


TECHNIQUE

an official publication of USA Gymnastics University

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PUBLISHER

Steve Penny EDITOR

Luan Peszek GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Jeannie Shaw

USA GYMNASTICS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair: Peter Vidmar Vice-Chair: Paul Parilla Secretary: Gary Anderson Treasurer: Jim Morris 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: Carole Ide Athlete Director – Women: Terin Humphrey 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

F E AT U R E S 8

USA Gymnastics Expands its Educational Initiatives...

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So, I went to National Congress. Now What?

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Glute Activation

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Ready or Not, Here They Come!

D E PA R T M E N T S 2

Event Schedule

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Inside USA Gymnastics Message

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What’s New

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University Live Course Schedule

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Member Service Update

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Classified Ads

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hat a thrill it was to see everyone in San Jose for the U.S. Olympic Trials and the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show. It was truly a memorable experience that met every vision we had for the event. San Jose rolled out the red carpet for USA Gymnastics, and we thank them for their hospitality. This year’s Congress was the largest in history, an indication of the increasing bond between USA Gymnastics and our professional members. The importance of this bond and strengthening our partnership with the club community are what I would like to address.

Many discussions have been held since the beginning of the year concerning the relationship between USA Gymnastics and the club community. We recognize the continued growth and development of our sport, as well as promoting a safe environment for our athletes, is directly related to a positive and successful working partnership between gymnastics clubs and USA Gymnastics. The USA Gymnastics Board of Directors has approved several initiatives in the last year to strengthen our commitment to Safe Sport (the Olympic terminology for providing a safe environment for athletes). These policy changes have included the designation of USA Gymnastics Registered Businesses, and a basic protocol so that our gymnasts are coached by individuals dedicated to the welfare of young athletes. Additionally, we are committed to building a higher level of awareness and education for our members, clubs, parents and athletes about the Participant Welfare Policy, signs of inappropriate behavior and the steps for reporting abuse. We also realize that USA Gymnastics needs to help the clubs better connect to our goals, mission, brand and programs. The intent of this effort is to add value for gymnastics clubs around the country and validity to our mutual effort to grow the sport. As an example, I am thrilled to see that clubs are purchasing the recently produced USA Gymnastics commercials and co-branding the spots for local broadcasts of gymnastics competitions. These commercials can also be used in other programming that meets the desired demographic of our club community – parents. Education is one of the other ways USA Gymnastics can add value to the clubs and our professional membership. The response to the launch of USA Gymnastics University has been incredible, and we are moving in a direction where a minimum level of certification will be required for professional membership. We have also prioritized affordable education for class instructors, designed to help club owners cost-effectively introduce new coaches to the fundamentals of the sport. Our goal is for the USA Gymnastics brand to represent a level of prestige and credibility when connected to the gymnastics club and sanctioned events. This adds value and reassurance to athletes and parents that the club is subscribing to a set of reliable standards. Fundamentally, a stronger partnership between USA Gymnastics and the clubs demonstrates a collaborative effort to promote the safest and most professional environment for our young people. This undertaking will take time and we look forward to working with you to increase our cooperative efforts. One of them is right around the corner: the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions will roll through 40 cities following the 2012 Olympic Games. Gymnasts from local clubs will have the opportunity to participate at each stop. To find the full schedule of 40 tour stops and learn how you can participate, go to www.KelloggsTour.com. This year is a great starting point for us to work together. See you in the gym,

Steve Penny President and CEO of USA Gymnastics

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USA Gymnastics University… Take a Closer Look!

USA GYMNASTICS UNIVERSITY STRUCTURE

USA Gymnastics University provides educational opportunities for coaches, instructors, teachers, judges, and administrators at all levels, in all disciplines and areas of gymnastics. Included as part of the University are educational courses and programs, technical materials and publications and a professional certification program.

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SCHOOL SCHOOL OF OF COMPETITIVE COMPETITIVE GYMNASTICS GYMNASTICS SCHOOL SCHOOL OF OF COMPETITIVE COMPETITIVE GYMNASTICS GYMNASTICS

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The goal of the certification program is to organize and provide a means to achieve logical progressions, a wellrounded knowledge base, and recognition of professional education and experience levels.

UNIVERSITY GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Everyone within the University must •

Be a current USA Gymnastics Member

Successfully complete U100: Fundamental Of Gymnastics Instruction Course (online)

ACHIEVING CERTIFICATION

GET EDUCATED!

Visit USAGymnasticsUniversity.org for…

LIBRARY

UPCOMING COURSES

COURSE CATALOG

The USA Gymnastics library has links to educational material and resources to supplement your gymnastics education. Check out the “College of Knowledge” for informational video clips. Need a live course to fulfill a credit? Find out where upcoming courses are being conducted. Plan your educational journey.

Check out all the courses USA Gymnastics University has to offer.

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R103 SCHOOL AGE: HAN DS-ON TRAINING

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USA Gymnastics expands

educational initiatives as part of its ongoing efforts to promote a safe environment for athletes

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t its recent meeting in San Jose, Calif., the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors approved several initiainitiatives designed to better educate members, clubs, parents and athletes about the Participant Welfare Policy, signs of inappropriate behavior and the steps for reporting abuse.

• Expanding the sexual misconduct education information in the “Safety Certification and Risk Management” course, required for professional membership and renewed every four years. •

Providing information on additional sexual misconduct courses and information, available through USA Gymnastics’ educational partners.

Implementing an educational campaign to raise awareness within the Member Clubs and Registered Businesses about the importance of a safe gymnastics environment and the role adults play in establishing and maintaining a safe gymnastics environment.

Creating a “parents” communication that provides sexual misconduct-related content.

“Promoting a safe environment for our athletes continues to be a top priority for USA Gymnastics,” said Steve Penny, president and CEO of USA Gymnastics. “We have an ongoing evaluation of our policies and procedures in this area, and we believe that increased education of our members, athletes and athlete families is an important part of this process.”

Providing Member Clubs and Registered Businesses with parent- and athlete-specific materials for in-club distribution.

Including educational articles for athletes on the website and in USA Gymnastics magazine.

“Educating our professional members and parents about recognizing inappropriate behavior or abuse is important to reduce the opportunity for abuse to happen,” said Peter Vidmar, chairman of USA Gymnastics. “The more our community knows and understands the signs, the better we can promote a safe environment.”

The new education-focused efforts complement the steps USA Gymnastics already has taken to promote a safe environment for its athletes through policy and guideline changes implemented in the last few years. Here’s a quick overview of what is currently in place.

These outreach efforts supplement the steps the organization has already taken to promote a safe environment for its athletes, including the requirements that limit athlete registration and hosting sanctioned events to Member Clubs and Registered Businesses of USA Gymnastics.

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THE APPROVED INITIATIVES INCLUDE:

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USA Gymnastics is partnering with several different organizations to serve as educational partners for these initiatives, including the U.S. Olympic Committee SafeSport program, “Child Lures Prevention/Teen Lures Prevention” (CLP), “Darkness to Light” (D2L) and “Stop it now!”.

PARTICIPANT WELFARE POLICY – Provides guidance on how clubs, coaches and parents can work together to provide a safe environment, as well as requirements and


expectations of USA Gymnastics’ members. The topics covered in the policy, which may be read in its entirety at www.usagym.org/welfare, include: definitions of abuse used by USA Gymnastics for both physical and sexual abuse; reporting procedures and requirements for suspected abuse; misconduct/grievance procedures; member obligations and recommendations, as well as staff; standards of behavior; and education and communication about the policy to members and the general public.

MANDATORY CRIMINAL BACKGROUND SCREENING AND SAFETY/RISK MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION FOR PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS – background screening is renewed every two years; safety/risk management certification is renewed every four years.

CODE OF ETHICS – offers general principles to guide the

conduct, and the judicious appraisal of conduct, of all USA Gymnastics’ members (including employees and agents of USA Gymnastics) in situations that have ethical implications.

PUBLISHED LIST OF INDIVIDUALS BANNED FROM MEMBERSHIP IN USA GYMNASTICS – posted on the

website and printed in both magazines. This lifetime ban means the individual does not have any of the rights or privileges associated with membership in USA Gymnastics, including but not limited to participation in any event conducted or sanctioned by USA Gymnastics. Beginning in 2012, once a final decision has been rendered to bar an individual from membership, not only will the person’s name and state be posted on the permanently ineligible for membership list, but also which of the Corporation’s Bylaws, violated. (This action only applies to matters investigated after the adoption of this subsection.).

• Bylaws changes. Changes to the Bylaws, including Articles 9 and 10 that deal with Member Misconduct

National instructor Glenn Hayden helped coaches with safe and appropriate spotting techniques during a spotting lecture at National Congress. Photo by John Cheng

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and Disciplinary Proceedings and Grievances, improve policies and avoid any ambiguity in the procedures. The most significant changes included an expanded definition of misconduct; delineated types of complaints; clarification of who can file a grievance; and providing additional information on the permanently ineligible list. Member Clubs and Registered Businesses. To become a USA Gymnastics Member Club or Registered Business, the organization must agree to follow a number of policies, including implementing recommendations from the Participant Welfare Policy; certifying that no persons permanently ineligible for USA Gymnastics membership – which includes convicted sex offenders and/or persons on the permanently ineligible for membership list – are or will be associated with the club or its activities in any way during the club’s membership period; and employing at least one staff member who holds a current, certified professional

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membership (or a certified instructor for a recreational facility). •

Sanctioning policy. USA Gymnastics expanded its sanction policy to ensure that all meet directors and the club(s), independent organization(s), and/or committee(s) are either Registered Businesses or Member Clubs of USA Gymnastics.

Only Member Clubs or Registered Businesses may apply for membership in USA Gymnastics on behalf of an athlete and/or register a team of athletes into sanctioned events. If an athlete who is not affiliated with a Member Club or Registered Business wants to apply for membership in USA Gymnastics, he/she (or his/her parent/guardian if the athlete is under the age of 18) must apply directly to USA Gymnastics for such membership. His/her status will be “unaffiliated athlete.”


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he USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show was one of the most successful ever. This year’s Congress in San Jose, Calif., had record attendance of more than 3,000 attendees. The event was held in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics. Over the course of the threeday educational event, attendees had the opportunity to attend lectures from every aspect of the sport including an entire track devoted to hands-on-spotting. In addition to lectures, club owners also had the opportunity to attend the National Business Forum that prepared gymnastics clubs for the Olympic Boom! Featured at the forum was keynote speaker Liz Wiseman, President of the

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The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held on Sat., June 30, at the Hilton San Jose. Presented by the National Gymnastics Foundation, the 2012 Inductees were Marshall Avener, Wendy Cluff Perez, Jon Beck, Mark Calderon, Lydia Bree and Tasha Schwikert. In addition to the Hall of Fame Induction, the Robert Miller Spirit of the Flame Award was also presented to Andrew Donnellan. Thank you to John Macready who served as the master of ceremonies, as well as, special recognition to Sport Graphics and A-1 Awards for their sponsorship and support of this special event.

GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS Sport Graphics A-1 Awards, Inc.

Wiseman Group, and author of the book Multipliers. As president of the USGSA, John Deary of DGS said, “Congratulations to USA Gymnastics on a job well done in San Jose. Your best event to date and a tough one to follow. You set the bar pretty high! The traffic in the trade show was very high and active with large crowds during the mega raffle events. We were very pleased with the results of the show.” In the exhibit hall there were more than 70 vendors displaying their products and services in 175 booths—definitely something for everyone! The Mega Raffle was also a huge success, awarding thousands of dollars in products and services to lucky winners.

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awards presents and z i Tomita re h a ic lv Yo A mittee ar Yin m Com of the Ye ’s Progra zco, Coach n e . M f va Oro no Ley hairma ar John e Year Danell f the Ye L to R: C of th sman o Athlete to Sport

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L to R: USA Gymnastics Women’s Program Vice President Kathy Kelly presented awards to Women’s Coach of the Year John Geddert, Sportsperson of the Year Aly Raisman and Athlete of the Year Jordyn Wieber.

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Coach of th e Year iyenko of Is adora (pictu

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Athlete of the Year Julie Zetlin

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TRAMPOLINE & TUMBLING

swoman of the Year Athlete of the Year and Sport by Susan Jacobson Savannah Vinsant,, presented

Photo by Marvin Sharp

Sportsman of the Year Steven Gluckstein

Jeff T. Hennessy Award Dakota Earnest

Year Coach of the Double Mini Bollinger Elite of World Elite Robert Null

ar ach of the Ye mpoline Co y en Elite Tra ne Academ oli mp Tra Davis/Niss leva of Elite Tatiana Kova

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Star Se son, pres rvice

Craig John

ented by Susan Ja cobson

Developmental Coach of the Year Logan Dooley


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TRAMPOLINE & TUMBLING

d nne Awar in Day Jordan Bo s and Krist rly Judkin Ca R: to L

Tyson Smith Award L to R: Jackson Tyson and Austin White

USA Gymnastics Scholarship Award Winners L to R: Shelby Gill, Kalon Ludvigson, Kristle Lowell, Drew Colliins, Alex Renkert, Alicia Powder, Erin Jauch

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Rozanas Elite Tum bling Coach of the Year Chauncy Haydo n of Oklahoma Extreme presented by Sus an Jacobson

George Nissen Scholarship Award Winners (L to R) Steven Gluckstein, Neil Gulati, Dakota Earnest, Alicia Powder, Alaina Williams and Jeffrey Gluckstein, Presented by George Drew

MEMBER SERVICES Award Membership John Dear y

Educational Services Award presented by Lynn Moskovitz-Thompson to

Beth Gardner

– Coach, Jon , Paul Swafford Calderon – Athlete Bree – Athlete, s (L to R): Mark ia ctee Lyd , Indu e lete Ath Fam Hall of a Schwikert – Perez – Athlete Beck – Athlete, Tash ner – Athlete and Wendy Cluff an rshall Ave nt Andrew Donnell Not Pictured: Ma e Award recipie Flam the of rit Spi (In Front)

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So, I went to National Virginia Kelley of Encore Gymnastics in Concord, California

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ver the years I have attended 17 National and Region 1 Congresses, three Business forums, two Boot Camps and a few gym summits. I have accumulated notebook upon notebook of excellent ideas, cool training tips and invaluable business solutions. I’m a little embarrassed to say that on a number of occasions I have returned to the gym raring to go, but then get bombarded by little fires that need my immediate attention. I need to make sure deadlines are kept, classes are covered and the staff is accounted for, and quietly my notebook sits in the corner while my motivation wanes. So, here is my challenge to you: read your notes, share your knowledge and use the information. At one of Steve Greeley’s seminars, he says that the only way to grow after attending Congress is to use what you have learned. Go home and immediately start trying new things. I have come up with an easy system that I can use efficiently. It only takes a little time to prepare, and it’s well worth the effort. I start by grabbing a handful of colorful highlighters and my notebook from Congress.


l Congress. Now what? First, I designate a title to each color, for example: YELLOW: Cool new drills to try in the gym and share with staff. BLUE: New items I would like to purchase. GREEN: Systems that we use that need adjusting/attention. ORANGE: Statements or phrases that I should read on a regular basis. I select the most valuable pieces of information and focus on incorporating them into the gym. Usually people REMIN are able to take one or two DER new ideas at a time and really Review make them work for their club. Nat

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So on the first Wednesday of each month (I actually have an alarm set on my phone) I revisit my notes. I review all of my highlights and select a few to implement. Also, during the rest of

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WHAT’S NEW NEW NEW

Check it out!

Check out the USA gymnasts on the cover of two major national publications leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games. The U.S. women’s team is on the cover of Sports Illustrated Olympic Preview Issue and Brandon Wynn is on the cover of the August issue of Muscle and Fitness. Fitness.

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2012 LIVE COURSE SCHEDULE U101 – SAFETY CERTIFICATION (LIVE) Aug. 5 Raleigh, NC Aug. 9 Nashville, TN Aug. 9 Providence, RI Aug. 16 Baltimore, MD Aug. 19 Kalamazoo, MI Aug. 31 Austin, TX Sept. 30 CMechanicsburg, PA Oct. 14 Virginia Beach, VA –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

schedule

NEW – W200 – DEVELOPMENT COACHES COURSE: HANDS-ON TRAINING (HOTD) Aug. 4 Aug. 5 Aug. 5 Aug. 9 Aug. 18 Aug. 19 Aug. 26 Sept. 23 Sept. 30

Raleigh, NC Coralville, IA Rivera Beach, FL Franklin, TN Kalamazoo, MI Timonium, MD Columbia, SC Haverhill, MA Waukesha, WI –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

R102 – PRESCHOOL FUNDAMENTALS: HANDS-ON TRAINING (HOTPS) Aug. 9 Aug. 12 Aug. 19 Aug. 19 Aug. 26 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 16 Sept. 22 Sept.29

Nashville, TN Providence, RI Baltimore, MD Kalamazoo, MI Everett, WA Portland, OR Chandler, AZ Indianapolis, IN Chantilly, VA Hamilton, NJ –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

NEW – R103 – SCHOOL AGE/RECREATIONAL: HANDS-ON TRAINING (HOTSA) Aug. 25 Aug. 26 Aug. 26 Aug. 26 Sept. 9 Sept. 9

Powell, OH Oak Lawn, IL Natick, MA Raleigh, NC Carlsbad, CA Hatboro, PA

Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 23 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Sept. 30 Sept. 30 Oct. 7

Portland, OR Chandler, AZ Chantilly, VA Bessemer, AL Olathe, KS Ft. Worth, TX Hamilton, NJ Apple Valley, MN Kennesaw, GA –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

W300 – JUNIOR OLYMPIC TEAM COACHES COURSE Aug. 11–12

W3008: Lincoln, RI

Aug. 22–25

Huntsville, TX

Sept. 15–16

W300A: Indianapolis, IN

Add-on course: Region 6

Add-on course: Region 5

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NEW – W400 – NATIONAL COACHES COURSE Aug. 26 –29 Huntsville, TX –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

To register for a course, visit the USA Gymnastics website at www.usagymnasticsuniversity.org. | Register online or download the registration form. | **Save $5 by registering online!**

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By Jeff Richter CSCS, USAW

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GLUTE ACTIVATION

ne of the foundations and pillars of athletic performance is the development of the posterior chain, and in particular, activation and strengthening of the glutes. Gymnastics is not an exception.

I THINK GLUTE ACTIVATION NEEDS TO BE VIEWED THROUGH THIS LENS: a skill that needs to be programmed and learned neuromuscularly. Gymnasts that repeatedly load their lower body eccentrically through the quadriceps have a high risk for developing structural imbalances that may result from a weak posterior chain. Over a period of time, if our body becomes unfamiliar with the neuromuscular pathways to activate the glutes their functioning can be unintentionally hindered with these imbalanced movement patterns. The problems this presents are not only related to diminished abilities to reach athletic potential but also present “red flags” for injury risk. Gymnasts have the ability to be better athletes when they can display explosive hip extension strength. Running and jumping both require that the hips produce power as these are naturally hip extension dependent positions. Certainly the hamstrings play a key role in hip extension as well; however, the position of the glutes relative to the hip show that they have a strategic role in not only displaying strength for hip extension but also controlling the femur from anterior gliding where it attaches to the pelvis. According to Sahrmann, when hamstring muscle activity is dominant during hip extension, the proximal femur creates stress on the anterior joint capsule by

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anteriorly gliding during hip extension rather than maintaining a constant position in the acetabulum1. When we examine the anatomy of the glutes (inset) we notice that there are three “players.” When considering the comprehensive approach to glute functioning relative to knee health, we have to look mainly at the two hip abductors (brings the femur laterally) called the gluteus minimus and gluteus medius in addition to the gluteus maximus. These abductors work not only in terms of creating concentric muscle actions in which they contract to abduct the hip but according to Thomas Myers in his book, Anatomy Trains, they also work in terms of preventing excessive hip adduction (“caving in”) and thus enable the hip to display adequate stability. They need to “fire” and be neuromuscularly efficient to do this. Since these muscles have a dynamic and multi-role responsibility in human movement, we must train them in terms of stability in addition to strength movements. When


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GLUTE ACTIVATION this form of training is neglected, there are often negative consequences for the knee (knee pain, ACL tear risk, etc). Check out this study from the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy that examined 19 females between the ages of 18 and 40, experiencing unilateral knee pain. Bilateral gluteus maximus and medius strength were measured with a MicroFET hand-held dynamometer. Their findings indicated that strength of the gluteus medius and maximus muscles were significantly less in the extremextremities of patients experiencing knee pain than the extremity without knee pain2. As you can see, strong glutes promote positive joint health for much of the lower body. As a leader in lowerback disorders, Dr. Stuart McGill’s work reminds us that weak glutes can increase risk for lower-back related problems3. Weak glutes that can’t produce optimal hip extension can sometimes be a reason as to why the lumbar spine is overused and tries to “make up” for a lack of hip strength by entering into an abnormal excessively extended position during dynamic sport movements and a task as simple as lifting a box off the floor. In fact, Schache et al (2000)4 showed that limited hip extension during running is coupled with increased lumbar lordosis. Our lumbar spine has a natural lordotic curvature but our body doesn’t act favorably to changes that makes the spine hyperlordotic.

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In conclusion, check out the video I made back in the winter for USA Gymnastics in regards to glute activation progressions at usagym.org/healthknowledge. This will provide you with a couple simple progressions that are offered as a tool to enhance glute activation and thus your ability to display hip extension power.

ENDNOTES 1 Sahrmann, Shirely. Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes. Mosby. St. Louis, 2002. 2 N Am J Sports Phys Ther. 2007 August; 2(3): 164–169. 3 McGill SM. Low Back Disorders. Champagne, IL: Human Kinetics, 2002. 4 Schache, AG. Three-dimensional angular kinematics of the lumbar spine and pelvis during running. Human Movement Science. Volume 21, Issue 2, July 2002, Pages 273– 293.


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National Gymnastics Day ready to Turn the World Upside Down lan your National Gymnastics Day event on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, for 1 p.m. ET, and join USA Gymnastics as we “Turn the World Upside Down.” Plan to get your community engaged by having everyone turn upside down, joining gymnasts, coaches and fans across the country as we celebrate the greatest sport in the world. Last year, it was the handstand, and this year, anything goes. Get coaches, friends, classmates and parents involved. Flip, roll, or cartwheel; back hip circle, handstand or flip into the pit. The possibilities are endless. Just take a picture and share it, along with how many participated, on the USA Gymnastics Facebook page. Invite your local TV newscaster to your gym on National Gymnastics Day and show the world what it is like to do gymnastics at your gym. Get your gym’s Facebook page set up and spread the word! Send this logo and link to all your friends. Visit usagym.org/upsidedown for more information.

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READY OR NOT – HERE THEY COME! ith the 2012 Olympic Games taking place, your phone is most likely ringing off the hook. Gymnastics has been front and center in the public eye since June, with our athletes on covers of magazines, inside magazines, in newspaper articles, on TV, in sponsor ads, on the website, in social media, etc.

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Hopefully you have someone skilled in handling all of the calls to your gym and placing the new students in classes. Being busy is a good problem to have. Those new students can mean increased income for years to come, so it’s important to treat them right and keep them in your gym. The most frequent question we hear at USA Gymnastics is “I NEED COACHES.” It seems

enrollment is up and classes are full, but staff is hard to find.

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR YOU: 1) Place a classified ad either in USA Gymnastics, Technique and/or online. Remember USA GymnasGymnas tics Member Clubs get a free online employment classified ad. http://usagym.org/ http://usagym.org/classifieds 2) Call the judges in your area and see if they want to help out in your club and/or coach a few classes or even your team. 3) Look in your lobby. Many of those parents sitting in your lobby watching classes or practice were former gymnasts and may be able to take on a few hours of coaching each week. Continued ...


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4) Use the USA Gymnastics University certification program to train your staff. Hire the character, train the skill. If you find a great person who loves kids – it may be well worth your effort to train this person. Sign up ALL of your staff with USA Gymnastics’ $15 Instructor Membership, where they will receive U101 Certification (Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction) and much more. Usagym.org/memberservices In addition, Member Club benefits include discounts to Regional Congress, audit educational classes for free and receive group discounts on live recreational courses.

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POSITION AVAILABLE Join the Texas Tumblers Team. Texas Tumblers Gymnastics in Harker Heights, TX is seeking energetic and qualified GIRLS’ AND BOYS’ GYMNASTICS, TNT, AND CHEER COACHES for recreational classes and competitive teams. IMMEDIATE NEED FOR OPTIONAL BAR AND VAULT COACH LEVELS 5-10. Additional positions available. Applicants must love children and be selfmotivated. Experience preferred, but company sponsored CPR, First Aid, and USAG Certification is available. Interested candidates should e-mail kim@texastumblers.com or tumble@texastumblers.com or send information to 323 Indian Trail Harker Heights, TX 76548. INSTRUCTOR/COACHES. Paragon Gymnastics of Norwood NJ (Bergen County), is looking for instructors and coaches, P/T – F/T. Requirements: Positive attitudes, responsible, reliable, and love of children. Position available for competitive team coach level 6 and up with flexible hours. ALSO PRESCHOOL THROUGH INTERMEDIATE INSTRUCTION. Company sponsored certifications (safety, CPR, First Aid). Benefits available, paid vacations & sick days. Salary commensurate with experience. Facility, state-of-the-art approx. 11,000sq ft. Located in the NY/ NJ Metropolitan area, easily accessible from all major highways. Contact Dot: email: paragongymnastics@ verizon.net, 201-767-6921 or fax to 201-767-6693 or at 49 Walnut Street, Suite 4, Norwood, NJ 07648. www.paragongym.com Jump Start Gym, located in Sandy Springs, GA, is looking for Full Time positions in PRESCHOOL/CAMP COORDINATOR, BOYS/REC COORDINATOR, and FRONT DESK/ADMIN SUPERVISOR. New facility, 12K sq ft, great area, established gym. Applicants need to have gymnastics background, love of children, positive, energetic, reliable, responsible, and motivated. Salary based on experience plus performance based bonuses. Send resumes to coachtodd@jumpstartgym.com<mailto:coachtodd@ jumpstartgym.com WOMEN’S HEAD TEAM COACH: TAGS Gymnastics is hiring in Apple Valley, MN. Full time position to oversee training team levels through Level 10. Applicants must have strong leadership skills, high integrity, proven success Levels 9 &10 and/or Elite level competitors, strong spotting abilities, competent lesson planning, excellent communication skills with gymnasts, parents & staff, and most importantly a high regard for our gymnast’s safety. Established in 1977 – two locations, 3000 students. Applicants will be kept confidential, forward resume & references. Contact Julia 612-845-0665, julia@tagsgym.com, www.tagsgym.com

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Gymnastics Training Center (GTC), located in the heart of SLC, UT and 15 minutes from the University of Utah, is looking for a FT OPTIONAL HEAD COACH who has experience coaching girl’s levels 6–10. Applicant must have strong spotting skills and the ability to motivate young athletes. Must be positive, well organized, highly motivated and a team player willing to work with existing coaching staff. We are offering a competitive salary (based on experience), management opportunities and benefits. Please contact Heather Fullmer at 2738 S. 2000 E., SLC, UT 84109, phone 801-558-9801, fax 801-466-4650 or email at hfullmer4@yahoo.com. GIRLS TEAM COACH WITH LEVEL 7+ EXPERIENCE needed near Chicago. Viking Gymnastics Club is moving to a huge facility in Niles, Illinois and we are looking to add PRESCHOOL, RECREATIONAL, T&T, AND TEAM COACHES. Applicants should be dependable, enthusiastic, and team players. Please submit resumes to charlie@ vikinggymnastics.com or call 773-895-9440. For more information visit www.vikinggymnastics.com. Metro Stars Gymnastics in Omaha, NE is currently seeking a FULL TIME HEAD COACH to lead our women’s gymnastics program. Come join us in our 18,000 square foot facility with all four events into loose foam, a successful recreational feeder program, and supportive staff and ownership. The applicant should be familiar with the USAG program through level 10, be educated in the development of young athletes, and have a positive coaching style. Compensation will be commensurate with experience, and will include health insurance, 401k, and paid time off. Submit resume to info@metrostarsgym.com. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

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