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MCKAYLA MARONEY Vault Gold

DANELL LEYVA Parallel Bars Gold

JORDYN WIEBER All-Around Gold Beam Bronze

ALEXANDRA RAISMAN Floor Exercise Bronze

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2011 U.S. WORLD INDIVIDUAL MEDALISTS!


EVENTS 2011 NOVEMBER 10 –14

World Cup (AG)

16–19

T & T World Championships

20–26

World Age Group Championships (TT)

30–Dec. 4

National TOP Team Training Camp (W)

TBD

TOP Gym (W)

Forli, Italy

Visa Championships (M/W)

St. Louis, MO

Birmingham, GBR

28–July1

USA Gymn. Nat. Congress and Trade Show

San Jose, CA

Birmingham, GBR

28–July1

U.S. Olympic Team Trials–Gymnastics (M/W)

San Jose, CA

Huntsville, TX

Belgium

DECEMBER 1–3

Future Stars Championships

Colorado Springs, CO

1–4

National Coaches Workshop (M)

Colorado Springs, CO

4–8

TOP B Training Camp (W)

Huntsville, TX

8–18

National Rhythmic Open Camps (R)

Huntsville, TX

Olympic Test Event

London, GBR

2–4

Winter Cup Challenge (M)

10–12

Elite National Qualifier-Gliders (W)

Covina, CA

17–19

Elite National Qualifier-WOGA (W)

Plano, TX

Las Vegas, NV

MARCH 2

Nastia Liukin Cup (W)

New York, NY

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AT&T American Cup (M/W)

New York, NY

16–18

Pacific Rim Championships (M/W/R/T)

Everett, WA

23–24

USA Gymnastics Collegiate Champs. (M)

Colorado Springs, CO

13–15

Women’s Level 9/10 Regionals

16–18

Acro Gymnastics World Championships

Lake Buena Vista, FL

20–22

Acro World Age Group Competition

Lake Buena Vista, FL

Long Beach, CA London, GBR

SEPTEMBER 22

National Gymnastics Day

various locations

12–14

Women’s Level 9/10 Regionals

Various sites

2–5

Level 9 East/West Championships (W)

TBD

9–11

JO National Championships (W)

TBD

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JO–NIT (W)

TBD

31–June 2 2013–20 JO Compulsory Master Workshop – East (W) Lake Buena Vista, FL

JUNE 7–9

2013–2020 JO Compulsory Master Workshop – West (W)

2011 World Champion Jordyn Wieber Photo by John Cheng.

3–6

Level 9 East/West Championships (W)

7–13

JO National Championships (M)

Cincinnati, OH

10–12

JO National Championships (W)

Hampton, VA

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Landover, MD/Boise,ID

JO–National Invitational Tournament (W)

31–June 3 Open Championships (W) CoverGirl Classic (W)

Hampton, VA Lake Buena Vista, FL TBD

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. 2

Reno, NV

Various Sites

MAY

TBD

5–11 T&T Junior Olympic Nationals 27–Aug. 12 Olympic Games (M,W,R,T)

MAY

FEBRUARY

APRIL

JULY

2013 APRIL

2012 JANUARY 10–18

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TECHNIQUE

an official publication of USA Gymnastics University

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

2011 • VOLUME 31 • #10

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PUBLISHER

Steve Penny EDITOR

Luan Peszek GRAPHIC DESIGNER

F E AT U R E S 6

Gymnastics – Not Your Typical Speech/Therapy

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NGD Handstand World Record Recap

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Gymnastics – A Sport for the Talented Few or an Activity for All?

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End-of-the-Year Choreography – Now You’re Doing Gymnastics For All

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St. Vincent Feature: “PH”un With Physio Balls

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USA Gymnastics Launches National Commercial, New Promotional Tools!

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

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Event Schedule

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Inside USA Gymnastics Message

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What’s New

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Athlete Focus

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National Elite Committee Minutes

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2012 National Congress & Trade Show

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uring the past several years, USA Gymnastics has strengthened its policies and enforcement regarding member misconduct, especially inappropriate conduct with athletes. In addition, we have stepped up prevention through education, mandatory criminal background checks and more. Athlete safety is the #1 priority for USA Gymnastics, and inappropriate conduct with athletes is unacceptable. Recent media reports regarding coaches who had inappropriate relationships with athletes emphasize the need for everyone in the gymnastics family to embrace these policies.

The protection of our athletes warrants prudent and deliberate practices. Our Code of Ethics and Bylaws include provisions for addressing misbehavior, including termination of membership, which may be administered. Termination of membership, the public display of that termination and a lifetime ban on participation in sanctioned events is the most serious action available to us. When a grievance is submitted, it is taken seriously and actively investigated. These are sensitive matters, and USA Gymnastics is committed to conducting thorough investigations to reach a correct conclusion based on a complete review of the circumstances. In the last five years, USA Gymnastics has updated its policies and practices in this area to include mandatory criminal background screening, streamlined grievance and misconduct procedures, and the creation and adoption of a Participant Welfare Policy. USA Gymnastics is a membership organization, not a regulatory agency. We continue to address our practices in this area and be even more proactive. Your partnership is essential. We strongly recommend that gymnastics clubs adopt similar procedures for your businesses. Many of the practices that USA Gymnastics has implemented can be easily adopted for your business. Every gymnastics professional and facility in the United States must commit to providing the highest level of safety and security to their athlete members. Every gymnastics professional and facility should embrace and implement the Participant Welfare Policy, and make sure that they are not working with or hiring individuals who have had their membership terminated. I have confidence in the more than 17,000 professional members who are committed to providing a safe environment for the millions of young people involved in the sport and do not want this industry tainted. Please join me and USA Gymnastics in making sure the safety and well-being of our athletes is the number-one priority throughout our fabulous sport. See you in the gym,

Steve Penny President and CEO

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HOLIDAY SCHEDULE THANKSGIVING Office closes at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, November 23 and will remain closed November 24 and 25. CHRISTMAS Office will be closed Friday, December 23 through January 2. Will re-open Tuesday, January 3, 2012.


GYMNAS

NOT YOUR T SPEECH/LANGUAGE

The Benefits It Provides for C By Jourdan Saunders, M.S, CF-SLP

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ymnastics is a sport that encompasses many different skills that aid in developing each gymnast as a whole. A child with special needs grows up in a community that sometimes does not provide all of the necessary tools in one location. In turn, this leaves the child having to piece together each skill from different settings. Gymnastics offers a network filled with opportunities to develop the cognition, motor skill, self-esteem and social skills of a child with special needs. Gymnastics is a hands-on sport, which is beneficial for children with special needs.

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As a result, the sport allows children to improve cognition by uncovering strengths that cannot necessarily be addressed in a classroom setting. Gymnastics is a structured sport, which has a framework that entails rules, independent thinking, decision-making skills, self-monitoring, organization, rules, and commitment. This framework creates an atmosphere that stimulates the brain to continue to absorb new information and organize information accordingly. Motor skills (gross and fine) create the foundation in the sport of gymnastics. Gross motor skills (i.e. walking, running) and fine motor skills (i.e. stringing beads) are developed through


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Children With Special Needs gymnastics skills such as walking across the balance beam, holding a rope while swinging on the bar, jumping over the vault and other similar activities. According to Murphy, Carbone & Council on Children with Disabilities (2008), “A strength-training program for young patients with Cerebral Palsy demonstrated increased strength, improved mental well being, and better overall function. Another example is that of children with Down syndrome; although they have less muscle strength than typical children, they show increased exercise endurance and work capacity after participation in a specialized aerobic training program.”

“Gymnastics promotes an environment where self-esteem can be developed through team building and positive social interactions. Through interactions with individuals within his/her social network, children learn vital skills of reciprocal exchanges and/or the ability to offer support as well as to receive it.” (Richardson, 2002). Team building is used in gymnastics as the foundation for gymnasts, in order to facilitate a support network among teammates. Positive social

interactions among gymnasts and coaches are displayed through various approaches such as positive reinforcement, participating equally, resolving conflicts, sharing techniques for a familiar skill and celebrating success. According to Richardson, the positive components of social networks for children with physical disabilities have been documented. For example, “children who were able to develop early relationships with peers had higher self-esteem, better mental health, greater levels of independence, and better employment records as adults” (Richardson, 2002).

“Children with physical disabilities have been found to have a variety of social deficits, including limited participation in active and social play and increased dependence on others to make social arrangements, poor social skills, limited intrinsic motivation, lack of drive,

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and decreased concentration” (Richardson, 2002). For that reason, it is beneficial to note that social skills are fostered in the sport of gymnastics through development of the following skills: self-expression, problem solving and self-esteem. Self-expression is a skill that is developed by a child learning to understand his/her own feelings and others, through dance movements, skills performed on various

“Gymnastics is an active sport that promotes all of the above targets and can be dangerous if safety precautions are not in place. Therefore, proper strategies should be implemented prior to participation to reduce the risks of injuries to children with special needs.” (Murphy, Carbone, & Council on Children with Disabilities, 2008). Gymnastics provides a rich environment full of opportunities for children with special needs to flourish in a setting that targets developmental skills and educational goals in a fun and engaging environment.

REFERENCES Murphy, N, Carbone, P, & Council on Children with Disabilities. (2008). Promoting the participation of children with disabilities in sports, recreation, and physical activities. American Academy of Pediatrics, 121(5), 1057-1061. Richardson, P. K. (2002). The school as social context: Social interaction patterns of children with physical disabilities. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 56, 296–304.

apparatuses and through social experiences with other children. Problem solving plays an integral part in a gymnastics routine because gymnasts are routinely challenged by different obstacles (i.e. balancing on the beam, choreography of a floor routine). Gymnastics is a sport that encourages physical activity (i.e. bars develops focus and a higher level of concentration), which over a period of time develops flexibility and coordination in the body, and ultimately leads to higher self-esteem for children with special needs.

“Properly designed and implemented programs of sports and physical activities for children with disabilities should target cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, balance, agility, and muscular strength and accessibility, safety, and enjoyment.”

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By Amanda Robinson

NATIONAL GYMNA

HANDSTAND WORL

20,478 gymnasts and fans from more than 300 gymnastics clubs and location the world record for most handstands performed simultaneously and bring the

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t precisely 1 p.m. ET, participants throughout the country kicked up into a handstand to break the existing record of 2,402, set by Australian gymnasts in Melbourne to promote the 2005 World Gymnastics Championships. “We originally set the record of 1,072, here in Indianapolis, in July 2005 as part of the run-up to the 2005 Visa Championships,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “Bringing the title back to the USA is a great way to celebrate National Gymnastics Day across the U.S. and help build awareness and support for gymnastics.” Each year, USA Gymnastics celebrates National Gymnastics Day to build awareness of the sport and support

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Money raised will benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in each club’s local community. Since 2001, gymnastics clubs across the country have raised more than $1.4 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The clubs have until Nov. 9 to raise and submit their funds for this year. Thank you to all of you who participated in National Gymnastics Day to help us regain the handstand world record title and make this day such a success. Mark your calendar for National Gymnastics Day 2012, which is September 22, 2012.

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ions nationwide joined together on Sept. 17 to break the title back to the United States.

Way to go, guys!

Olympian Peter Vidmar doing a “hot” handstand atop a firetruck.

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A SPORT FOR THE OR AN ACTIVI By Jeff Lulla, President, Fun & Fit Gymnastics Jeff@funandfit.com

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s the Olympics approach, the gymnastics industry must educate parents on the difference between the sport of gymnastics they see on television and the activity of gymnastics that all children can enjoy and benefit from. There are many benefits that recreational gymnastics provides to children in a quality gymnastics program.

THE PERCEPTION OF THE “SPORT” OF GYMNASTICS

Elite level gymnastics today can be very impressive and sometimes intimidating to the observer. The general public watching elite level gymnasts at the Olympic/World Championships levels will be entertained and excited. But they may also become overwhelmed by the complexity of the skills. The high level of risk that these advanced skills present can influence parents to perceive gymnastics as extremely 12

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difficult and scare many concerned parents away from enrolling their children in gymnastics classes. When gymnastics is perceived as a SPORT for the talented few with the time and money to train full time, it can harm the ACTIVITY of gymnastics by keeping average children away for risk of failure or injury.

THE “ACTIVITY” OF RECREATIONAL GYMNASTICS

We must make it very clear that gymnastics as a SPORT is as different from the ACTIVITY as driving a Formula 1 racecar


E TALENTED FEW VITY FOR ALL? at high speeds on a track versus driving a family car to the grocery store. Or, when parents take their children to swim lessons to learn to have fun and be safe in the water, this is very different from signing them up for the swim team where they will compete in races. There are millions of children who can benefit from participating in the ACTIVITY of gymnastics. Some may be capable of earning placement on a gymnastics team and winning medals, others will enjoy the numerous benefits they will receive from participating in the activity of gymnastics.

stay for years, advance and many become participants in the ‘SPORT.’ Making the children successful is completely within our ability as educators if we teach

BY REFERING TO GYMNASTICS ONLY AS A ‘SPORT,’ WE LIMIT THE GROWTH OF OUR INDUSTRY We in the industry of gymnastics education know that the physical, mental, emotional and social benefits of a gymnastics education are tremendous. We see the benefits in our gym every day. We watch our students grow up loving the way they feel about themselves as a result of their gymnastics experience. Once our clients are exposed to gymnastics, if they are successful, they often

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them with a “PERSONAL BEST” definition of success. The challenge is getting those parents and children not yet exposed to gymnastics into our gyms. Will the Olympics help? Yes it will, but to what degree? How many parents will make the distinction between the SPORT for the talented few, and the recreational ACTIVITY that is available to all? And what can we do collectively to help parents realize the value of investing in a gymnastics education for their children?

MARKETING THE BENEFITS OF EDUCATIONAL GYMNASTICS

From our websites and brochures to the efforts USA Gymnastics makes in managing the image of gymnastics, we all must focus on promoting the many benefits gymnastics provides. These benefits include:

Enhancing neurological and cognitive development in children of all ages.

Improved fitness, strength, balance, coordination, agility, and flexibility.

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Improvements in these areas provide a foundation to learn any activity or sport with greater safety and success.

Improved emotional control by learning how to manage perceived risks in a positive and successful way. Deconstructing skills into easily achievable steps allows students to experience success quickly and often, improving self-esteem and a positive expectation of success (confidence) towards future challenges.

If we focus now and continue through the Olympics to collectively manage the image of gymnastics as a beneficial and developmental ACTIVITY for all children, enrollment in gymnastics classes across the nation will grow. The end result will be more kids introduced to the sport within our clubs, thereby growing the sport as well.


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very four years, we are glued to the television to watch the gymnastics events at the Olympic Games. Children dream of someday competing in the Olympics and standing on the awards podium, listening to the national anthem being played to celebrate their victory. Adults watch and wonder, if their lives had been different, could they have represented the U.S. in international competition? In reality, a very small percentage of these dreamers ever become Olympians, or even compete in gymnastics at a high level. Yet, the magic of gymnastics lives in the minds of people of all ages. That magic can become reality when your gym provides the opportunity for everyone to be involved in Gymnastics for All. Gymnastics for All means just that – gymnastics activities that everyone can participate in: competitive and recreational gymnasts, athletes with disabilities, even parents and

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grandparents. Whether your students are preparing for their end of the year show or performing at the grand opening of the local supermarket, they will love having a fun and unique exhibition routine. As a coach, you can choreograph the routine to showcase the talents of your students, to teach or perfect skills, to promote physical fitness, and to share the joy of participating in gymnastics.

Here are some guidelines for choreographing that special routine: •

Choose appropriate music. Yes – you can use popular music that is played on the radio, but first check the lyrics. Make sure the music has definite beats and phrases that the gymnasts can follow. Find music that


is appropriate for the movements in the routine. Choose songs that the group can relate to.

Keep the choreography simple. Many gymnasts performing a simple routine, with good form and in synchronization, will be more impressive than a group of gymnasts performing a difficult routine with poor form. Make sure the formations and transitions are clean. Remember – the routine will only be as good as the weakest gymnast, so keep that gymnast in mind when you do the choreography.

Use the choreography to teach something – not just gymnastics, but life skills as well. Group choreography and performances are great team building activities, which encourage teamwork and cooperation between all the members. For people of all ages, you can teach physical fitness with an upbeat, aerobically challenging

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routine. For your competitive gymnasts, include in their exhibition routine dance or tumbling skills they need to perfect.

Use props, such as flags, discs, scarves, or rhythmic gymnastics apparatus. They add color and variety to the choreography, and most of all, the gymnasts love working with props!

Include parents and grandparents. If you need people to carry out flags at the end of a routine or to lift gymnasts, ask parents to help. Make them a part of the team and discover the teamwork you can create by having coaches, gymnasts, and parents all working toward the same goal.

Have fun!

Group choreography can be “serious gymnastics” in a fun-filled atmosphere. At your end-of-the-year show, local exhibitions, or the World Gymnaestrada, gymnasts of all ages and abilities can shine in a routine which has clever, innovative, and imaginative choreography. There are no limits to who can perform or what they can do in Gymnastics for All. Enjoy!


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hey are made of durable rubber, inflate to a range of 45cm to 75cm in diameter and are utilized in homes, gyms and performance centers all over the world. Physioballs have many different names such as: Swiss balls, exercise balls, stability balls, or balance balls. They have been used in rehabilitation and therapy programs for years. They are used for stability training, as a tool in strengthening programs, and when properly implemented, can enhance conditioning as well. This article will address how to implement the use of physioballs in a circuit-style fashion in your gym to achieve all of the above. Using physioballs for core exercises has been shown to improve balance, proprioception, and flexibility. Exercises performed using a physioball compared to the body weight-

only version tend to elicit a higher amount of core muscle activation, utilize more muscles for stability and in some cases force the athletes to focus more on their posture. Have your athletes choose a ball that, when sitting on top, their thighs are parallel to the floor. Athletes will complete the circuit with their own ball and perform one exercise after another with little to no rest between exercises. When they have completed the full circuit have them rest and repeat. Make sure to inspect all equipment for wear and tear, and always follow manufacturer’s guidelines on proper inflation.

HOW TO SET UP THE CIRCUIT: WHAT SIZE SHOULD I USE? Sit on top of the ball and thighs should be parallel to floor or see chart below

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Athlete Height

Ball Size

5’0”-5’5”

Small 55cm

5’6”-5’11”

Medium 65cm

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Beginners

NUMBER OF EXERCISES

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DURATION PER EXERCISE

REST BETWEEN ROUNDS

4-6 (ground based)

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Full rest/at least 3 minutes

6-10

2-3

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Intermediate Advanced

CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING EXERCISES: Ground-based ·

Adduction Squeeze

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Leg Extensions

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Steering Wheels

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Bent-leg Hip Extension

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Leg Curls

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Windshield Wipers

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Reverse Crunch

Supine on top of the ball

Prone on top of the ball

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Glute Bridge

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Plank with Roll

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Lateral Roll

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Hand Walks

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Russian Twist

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Protraction/Retraction

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Resisted Roll-up

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Hip Twist

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Reverse Roll-up

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Knee Tucks

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Pike Ups

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NSION (pictures 8 BENT-LEG HIP EXTE p heels placed on to & 9). Start with ep Ke . s bent of the ball and knee ueeze glutes sq , ht abdominals tig . , lower and repeat and press hips up r ei th athletes use Again, make sure ch their back. hips and do not ar

STRAIGHT-LEG HIP EXTENSION (pictures 6 & 7). Start with heels placed on top of the ball. Keep abdominals tight, squeeze glutes and press hips up, lower and repeat. Make sure athlete gets full hip extension, but does not arch their back.

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LEG CURL (pictures 10 & 11). Star t with heels placed on top of the ball an d in hip extension. Pull the ball in towards your bo dy, and push ba ck out while keepin g your hips off th e floor. Tr y to perfo rm the in and ou t motion at a coun t of two out and two back in. Do no t arch the low ba ck.

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GLUTE BRID GE Start with sh (pictures 16 & 17) oulders an d mid-back on the ball and heels placed under knee s. Squeeze glutes and abdomina ls and drive hips up toward the ceiling. Sto p when hips are in line with kn ees and shoulders. Lower and repeat. Do not arch lo w back.

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19 res 18 & 19). LATERAL ROLL (pictu position e Start in glute bridg knees in a d an s, (shoulders, hip feet in place straight line). Keep far as possible and try to reach as the ball to ing to one side, allow but not rs, lde ou sh roll with your opping out of losing balance or dr ing side to position. Repeat slid side.

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27 PLANK WITH ROLL (pictures 26 Start with elbows on top of the ball, balls of the feet on the ground and tailbo ne tucked slightly under. Keep abs tight and slightly push elbow s for ward and backward. Don’t ar ch low back. & 27).

RESISTED ROLL-UP (pictures 22 & 23). Lay on the physioball with

the low back supported by the ball. Roll up into a crunch and roll back down at a two-count up, two-count down tempo.

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REVERSE ROLL-UP (pictures 24 & 25). Lay on the physioball with

the low back supported by the ball. Keeping knees bent and holding on for support, roll knees up towards the chest, lower back down (keeping knees bent), and repeat.

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s 28 & 29). HAND WALKS (picture d the ball an ion sit In push-up po knees walk placed just below the s until the nd for ward on your ha laces, then oe sh ur ball reaches yo to keep hips walk backward. Try vely, and try from shifting excessi low back. to avoid arching the


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St. Vincent Hospital and St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis, Ind., are official service providers to USA Gymnastics. Call 317-415-5747 or visit sportsperformance.stvincent.org


MEMBER MEMBER SERVICES UPDATE MEMBER SERVICES SERVICES UPDATE UPDATE

Attention all Meet Directors!

Are you Protecting your Sanction from Violation?

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s a reminder, it is the responsibility of the meet director to verify that all participants at the sanctioned event are current USA Gymnastics members in good standing, with all applicable member types, certifications, and levels/disciplines BEFORE they are allowed on the floor of the sanctioned event. Allowing participants onto the floor of a sanctioned event without a valid USA Gymnastics membership number is a violation of sanction and may result in a fine, voiding of meet results, loss of sanctioning privileges, and/or possible probation of Professional membership. Please follow the steps below in order to verify membership(s) online. Please note, the USA Gymnastics website has changed.

Step 1: *Meet Director of the event log in to the USA Gymnastics website www.usagym.org.

*If they have not already done so, they will have to create a new Login and Username. The member number and eightdigit date of birth will no longer allow the Meet Director to verify membership. Please proceed below for step-by-step log in instructions. Step 2: Click on Member Services

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Step 3: Click on the white Sanction link on the left-hand side Step 4: When the drop down menu appears, click on “My Sanctions” Step 5: Click on the sanctioned event Step 6: Verify Membership(s) o

Verify Athlete, § Select Athlete Roster a) This will allow you to enter in a variety of club numbers at one time. b) It will only pull athletes that are current and at the correct level for that meet c)

The levels are preprogrammed into the system, so it will not pull individuals that are at the incorrect levels or discipline.

§ Select “Verify Membership” link a) This will allow you to enter in a variety of individual numbers at one time.


b) Once the meet director has entered in the member numbers they are verifying, they then have the option to show all of the athletes expired and valid. c) Or, they can select the exception, which would only pull those members that were INVALID for the meet. Generally, this is a much easier list to manage and will allow for easier investigation or communication to the invalid club.

2011-2012 SANCTION WOMEN’S PROGRAM SANCTION VIOLATIONS GUIDELINES: 1.

2. If the infraction is minor, or the circumstances were outside the control of the Meet Director, a letter of warning may be issued. a. First time violation – a letter and fine of $100 for one violation plus $100 for each additional violation associate with the same sanction.

*Please note, in an effort to protect the privacy of our members, you are no longer eligible to search for individuals by first or last name. You MUST have their member number. If you do not have the member number and/or club number, you will need to contact the club for member number information. o

Failure to respond within the 30-day period will result in an automatic fine.

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Second time violation – a letter and fine of $500 for one violation plus $500 for each additional violation associate with the same sanction.

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Third time violation – a fine of $1000 for one violation plus $500 for each additional violation associate with the same sanction, and a one-year suspension of sanctioning privileges.

Verify Professional § Click on the Verify Membership button. a) Process is the same as listed above for athletes; however, it will only pull Professional member types. b) This will allow you to enter in a variety of individual numbers at one time. c) Once the meet director has entered in the member numbers they are verifying, they then have the option to show all of the profesionals that are expired and valid. d) Or they can select the exception, which would only pull those members that were INVALID for the meet. Generally, this is a much easier list to manage and will allow for easier investigation or communication to the invalid club.

*Please note, in an effort to protect the privacy of our members, you are no longer eligible to search for individuals by first or last name. You MUST have their member number. If you do not have the member number and/or club number, you will need to contact the club for member number information. Failure to comply with all USA Gymnastics rules and policies can cause the loss of secondary insurance coverage for all participants and the liability insurance for the Meet Director. Please also note, that if an athlete is injured during a sanctioned event and the injured athlete has not obtained the proper membership prior to the event, there will be no accident insurance coverage implied or endorsed by USA Gymnastics. Furthermore, USA Gymnastics reserves the right to nullify scores from the competition in the event a non-registered 2011-2012 participant was allowed to be on the floor of a sanctioned event.

3. Escalating penalties accrue during a three-year (36 month) time frame. 4. Penalties associated with second and third-time offenses apply if multiple violations occur within 36 months of the first violation. 5.

Fines apply only to the individual and/or the Meet Director.

6. Hosting institutions may also be denied sanctioning privileges if violations are repeated with multiple Meet Directors. 7. A Sanction Complaint Form is available on the USA Gymnastics website, on State and Regional websites and in your sanction packet. 8. The State Administrative Committee Chairman will be notified of any violations by email

2011-2012 Rules and Policies Women’s Program; page 67

WHAT:

NEW JO Women’s Compulsory routines and music for Levels 1– 5. (Level 6 will be an optional level starting in 2013.)

WHEN:

National Workshops to teach the routines will be conducted: • 1st weekend:

May 30 – June 2, 2013

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

• 2 weekend:

June 6 – June 9, 2013

Reno, Nevada

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• Regional Workshops: TBA USE:

TBA

Competition using the new routines will begin August 1, 2013.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Coaches/Owners: Keep a hard copy of ALL 2011-2012 signed Athlete Forms on file! NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011 • TECHNIQUE

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WHAT’S NEW

SportsCam Offers

Video Review in the Palm of Your Hand

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By Scott Bregman

purred by Ron Brant, High Performance Director for the United States Olympic Committee, men’s national team coaches at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs have begun to utilize an application for the Apple iPhone 4 and iPad 2 to help with analyzing skill technique. The app, called SportsCam, is available to download for free for a limited time through the Apple App Store.

SportsCam allows coaches to film their athletes using the rear-facing camera on their digital devices and then to slow the video down to speeds of just one frame per second, allowing for detailed analysis. The app also allows coaches to mark correct angles and points of interest in individual frames, much the same way television commentators use a telestrator to mark football plays. Furthermore, the app allows coaches to travel to competitions with a complete video review system in their pockets for last minute analysis in training. Additionally, SportsCam lets users play videos not only sideby-side for comparison but also overtop of one another, giving the athlete a clear picture of how the element is supposed to be performed. With, literally, the touch of a finger, SportCam will advance or rewind easily giving both coach and athlete the ability to review the skill with ease. Finally, SportCam offers users the ability to easily share their videos via email or text, as well as on popular social networking sites Facebook and YouTube. Bit.ly link: http://bit.ly/pwuNgf

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MEDALS

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t the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan, the United States won a total of seven medals, including four gold, and secured team berths to the 2012 Olympic Games in London for both men’s and women’s gymnastics. The event was a great success and here’s a rundown of the medals earned. The USA won the women’s team gold medal. Members of the team were: Gabrielle Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute; McKayla Maroney, Laguna Niguel, Calif./All-Olympia Gymnastics; Alexandra Raisman, Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics; Alicia Sacramone, Winchester, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, Sabrina Vega, Carmel, N.Y./Dynamic Gymnastics; Jordyn Wieber, DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA; and Anna Li, Aurora, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC, alternate.

The USA won the men’s team bronze medal. Members of the team were: Jake Dalton, Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma; Jonathan Horton, Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Academy); Steven Legendre, Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma); Danell Leyva, Miami/Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics); Alexander Naddour, Gilbert, Ariz./University of Oklahoma; John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y./U.S. Olympic Training Center; and Chris Brooks, Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Academy), alternate. In addition, Wieber won the all-around gold medal and the bronze medal on balance beam. Maroney won the gold medal on vault. Leyva won the gold medal on parallel bars. Raisman won the bronze medal on floor exercise. We’ve highlighted the individual event medal winners on the cover of this issue of Technique. Congratulations to Team USA!

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MINUTES E L I T E

INTERNATIONAL ELITE COMMITTEE September 16, 2011 Houston, TX

Chairman

Steve Rybacki

Coach Representatives

Valeri Liukin Mihai Brestyan Mary Lee Tracy (absent)

Alternate Representation McKayla Maroney Photo by John Cheng

National Team Coordinator

Martha Karolyi

Athlete Representative Vice President Program

Nastia Liukin Kathy Kelly

2012 CALENDAR Committee discussed the 2012 competitive calendar and made the following recommendation: RECOMMENDATION that an additional National Qualifier/American Classic will be added to the calendar on May 3-6, 2012. This National Qualifier will have a qualifying session for the American Classic/CoverGirl Classic/U.S. Challenge (May 24-27, 2012). It will be hosted at the National Team Training Center. The American Classic (qualifying session for the 2012 Visa Championships) will be set after the national qualifier. It would be possible for an athlete to qualify on Day One to the Classic and then qualify to Visa Championships on Day Two. Session times to be determined by the number of entries. Motion N. Liukin Second M. Brestyan PASSED 1.

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The combined Athlete Development Committee and two members of the International Elite Committee will meet in November between the camps, on November 17th.


THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES WHO ARE USA GYMNASTICS INDUSTRY NETWORK MEMBERS. WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT! If you are interested in becoming an Industry Network Member, please call 800-345-4719. NAME

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THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES WHO ARE USA GYMNASTICS INDUSTRY NETWORK MEMBERS. WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT! If you are interested in becoming an Industry Network Member, please call 800-345-4719.

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EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE 2012 NATIONAL CONGRESS & TRADE SHOW! 48TH ANNUAL USA GYMNASTICS NATIONAL CONGRESS & TRADE SHOW

Held in conjunction with 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials-Gymnastics WHAT TO EXPECT • • • • • •

All USA Gymnastics University Certification courses will be held on Thursday, June 28 Congress lectures will take place Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 1 Each day will feature full tracks of education and will not conflict with the Olympic Trials competition Designated Hands-On Spotting Lectures Business Owners Forum for Member Clubs held Friday, June 29, 2012 National Trade Show hall sponsored by the United States Suppliers Association

June 29 – July 1, 2012 San Jose Convention Center–San Jose, California REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE! •

Register online at: usagymnasticsnationalcongress.org

Member Club tiered pricing is available.

National Congress attendees receive the option to purchase 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials– Gymnastics tickets at a discounted rate!

Visit National Travel Systems at ntssportstravel.com for travel accommodations

For complete details on the 2012 National Congress & Trade Show visit usagymnasticsnationalcongress.org.

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65 preplacement applications received from experienced coaches to be placed in USA Gymnastics University. The university is still accepting preplacement applications. Please learn more at www.usagymnasticsuniversity.org.

27 different skills taught in the NEW W200 Development Coaches’ Course: Hands-on Training

Over 70 educational articles found in the library of the USA Gymnastics University

THE NUMBER OF NEW LIVE COURSES OFFERED IN 2011 R103: School Age: Hands-on Training W200: Development Coaches’ Course: Hands-onTraining W300: Junior Olympic Team Coaches’ Course

$29 Is the New price for business foundation online courses found in the School of Business.

The price for professional, and junior professional members to take the U100 Fundamentals of Gymnastics instruction

More than 20 College of Knowledge video resources found in the library of the USA Gymnastics University.

Over 20,000 hits on usagymnasticsuniversity.org

LIVE COURSE SCHEDULE U101 – SAFETY CERTIFICATION (LIVE) November 4

South Jordan, UT

November 13

Hilliard, OH

NEW – W200 – DEVELOPMENT COACHES COURSE: HANDS-ON TRAINING (HOTD) November 6

Downers Grove, IL

November 13

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November 20

Bowie, MD

December 28

Kennesaw, GA

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The number of schools of study in the University.

R102 – PRESCHOOL FUNDAMENTALS: HANDS-ON TRAINING (HOTPS) (PART 2) December 28

Kennesaw, GA

March 16, 2012 Tampa, FL

NEW – R103 – SCHOOL AGE/RECREATIONAL: HANDS-ON TRAINING (HOTSA): March 17, 2012

Tampa, FL

More than 500 coaches/teachers/ instructors educated by the R103 SchoolAge: Hands-on Training in just the first 4 weeks of releasing the NEW recreational course.


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By Scott Bregman

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oree Galimore, director of Club Services for USA Gymnastics, says Member Clubs ask for two things most often: educational opportunities and help promoting the sport at a national level. With the launch of the USA Gymnastics University, the first need has been addressed, and the focus is now on providing Member Clubs with professional, high-quality resources to help promote their businesses.

“Member Clubs are looking for support in helping define grassroots marketing,” Galimore said. “We’re excited to be expanding our resources to help them do just that.”

on local stations or as an advertisement in a local movie theater or other venue. The ad will allow clubs to easily add their own logo and information at its conclusion.

With that goal in mind, USA Gymnastics created national print ad campaigns in 2008 and 2010, which appeared in USA Today and Parents Magazine, respectively. Now, with help from the USA Gymnastics Foundation, USA Gymnastics has created its first national, high definition television advertising campaign. The campaign consists of two separate ads – one for boys and one for girls – targeted at helping clubs initiate grassroots marketing efforts.

In addition to the two 30 second TV ads, USA Gymnastics is further aiding Member Clubs in their grassroots marketing by offering a set of four 3x6 foot banners for just $250, including shipping. Available at the beginning of November, the banners use the 2008 ‘Life Needs Balance’ and ‘Life Needs Strength’ and the 2010 ‘Life Needs Agility’ and ‘Life Needs Confidence’ imagery and include enough white space for clubs to add their own contact information, logos and social media links.

The advertisements will be free to all USA Gymnastics Member Clubs to embed on their websites or post on their social media outlets. Member Clubs will also have the option of purchasing one version of the commercial for $100 or both versions for $150 to air

Member Clubs will find all of these resources and more on the Member Club website, usagymclub.com. Have questions? Please call Club Services at 317-829-5620 or 5654.

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CLASSIFIEDS

for sale • position available • seeking employment • education • consignment

POSITION AVAILABLE Bay City Gymnastics Academy has an opening for a COMPULSORY COACH. We are expanding our current staff. This is a full time position and would encompass some management duties as well. We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic, team player who is organized and understands the value of good customer service. Applicants must be knowledgeable of JO rules, compulsory routines and TOPS program. Salary range is based on experience. We are located 5 minutes from the Mobile Bay and only 45 minutes from the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores. This is a beautiful community that is quickly growing. Candidate must: • Be an Experienced, High Energy, Self Motivated, Team Player • Have a Positive Coaching Style • Be Dedicated, Dependable, Organized and have Good Customer Service Skills • Respect the importance of strong basics and proper technique. Bay City Gymnastics Academy, www.bcgagymnastics.com, Contact: Karen Roach, Email: baycitygym@att.net, Phone: (251)621-2112, Fax: (251)621-2113. Rettig’s Gymnastics Training Center Inc., established in 1992 is located in beautiful northwest New Jersey, half way between New York City and the Pocono Mountains. We are seeking FULL TIME COACHES. Applicants must teach recreational classes. Come join our great staff. Applicants need to be fun, energetic and team players. You must have strong spotting skills and the ability to coach at all levels of the Women’s JO Program. Duties to include but not limited to: instruction of rec. classes (approx. 8-12 hrs. per week), assist in the coaching of all girls’ teams (approx. 20-25 hrs. per week), preparation of work out schedules and lesson plans. Rettig’s Gymnastics is a well-established program with a strong foundation of recreational gymnasts to compliment our USA Gymnastics Teams. Benefits include paid vacations, holidays, health insurance, USA Gym membership and certifications. Performance based bonuses. Contact Dave/Diane Rettig. Web: www.rettigsgymnastics.com, Email: djrettig@cs.com • Phone: 973-267-5611. GIRL’S ARTISTIC TEAM DIRECTOR Premier Gymnastics in Omaha, NE is looking for a full time position with the responsibility of overseeing the entire girl’s artistic team (80 girls - Pre Team through Level 10). Coaching responsibilities include: Level 7-10 vault, bars and tumbling. Supervisor responsibilities include: maintaining/building a strong cohesive staff, ensuring all levels are working toward set goals and standards, setting meet schedules, staff education, lesson plans and more. Applicants must complete forms found at: www.premier-gymnastics.com/positions.php Club information found on website.

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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 4 and up with flexible hours. Also preschool through intermediate instruction/cheerleading. Company sponsored certifications (safety, CPR, First Aid). Benefits available, paid vacations & sick days. Salary commensurate with experience. NEW 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 TEAM DIRECTOR AND COACHING Positions Available in Virginia! Loudoun Gymnastics in Sterling, Virginia is looking for professional, organized and motivated staff to join our growing organization. We are an established business in a NEW building looking for experienced personnel: Team Director, Gym Manager, Girls and Boys Team Coach, Trampoline and Tumbling Coach, Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach and a Cheer Director. Part time/full time positions available. Salary to commensurate with experience. Visit us at www. LoudounGymnastics.com. Please send your resume and references to Nadine at Info@LoudounGymnastics.com. GYMNASTICS TEAM COACH – Immediate Opening. Roanoke Academy of Gymnastics in Roanoke VA has an immediate opening for a part or full-time team coach. We seek a motivated and enthusiastic coach with experience in preteam through optional women’s gymnastics. Come coach in the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia. If you are a positive, success-driven individual with a true love for kids and the sport, we want you. Compensation based on experience. Benefits available to full time employees. Email: rkegymnastics@ aol.com. Phone: 540-981-2211. Fax: 540-981-1523. www.roanokegymnastics.net.

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EDUCATION Available now! The NEW GYMCERT Gymnastics training manuals (Levels 1, 2, 3, & the NEW Skills & Drills for the Compulsory Coach Level’s 4, 5 & 6) a must for training your staff; cut your lesson planning time significantly; use to coordinate class progressions and skill training methods; and, best of all have a quick reference that is easy to use which includes Lesson Planning Forms and Class Evaluation Forms by level. The GYMCERT manuals provide concise instruction, clear illustrations, and several coaching, spotting, and safety tips. Will your staff be ready for your fall students? Order direct by calling 407-444-5669 EST or online at www.GymCert.com www.GymCert.com.. GYMNASTICS TRAINING BOOKS: BOOKS: Gymnastics Drills and Conditioning, Handstand, Walkover/Back Handspring, Legs/Ankles, Gymnastics Journal, Exercise Programs, E-Books, and more! Check out the Swing Set Fitness books, Fitness Journal, and Strength Training Journal too. Read reviews or buy these books, www. GymnasticsBooks.com. And be sure to check out our gifts and apparel at www.GymnasticsTees.com.

FOR INFORMATION on how to publish a classified ad in Technique, go to www.usagym.org/publications Or call Luan Peszek at 317-829-5646.


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