Meet Nicole Sottiriou – 2015 Graduating Senior

SottiriouNicole_WEBNicole Sottiriou is a Level 10 athlete training at Head Over Heels where she is coached by Toni Borden & Sonny Smoljan.
She resides in South Plainfield, NJ with her parents Nicholas & Maria.
In the fall, Nicole plans on attending college to major in Physical Therapy.

Academic Achievements:
Honor Roll, Spanish Honors Society

Gymnastics Achievements:
2014 State Bar Champion, 2014 JO National Qualifier, 2014 GMC Champion, 2014 2x Athlete of the Week

Words of Wisdom:
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Call for 2015 Senior Biographies


2015 USAG Graduates – Please submit your Senior Bio information for use at States and for featuring on the USAGNJ Website.

Use the Senior Bio Form in the sidebar under USAG-NJ Forms or click the link below.

Submit Bio Here

(Information will be kept confidential & only used at States if you request.)

Coaching Positions Available

Rettig’s Gymnastics Training Center Inc., established 1992 is located in beautiful northwest New Jersey, half way between New York City and the Pocono Mountains. We are seeking full and/or part time Coach/Class Instructors for all levels. Positions are available immediately. Come join our great staff. Applicants need to be fun, energetic and team players.  Rettig’s Gymnastics is a well established program with a strong foundation of recreational gymnasts to compliment our U.S.A.G. levels 3 – 10. Benefits include paid vacations, holidays and health ins.

Send resume to:

A Little History

TeamGymAt the ninth World Gymnastics Championships in 1930 at Luxembourg, the competition included the pole vault, broad jump, shot put, rope climb and a 100-meter sprint. Track and field did not fully disappear from the World Gymnastics Championships circuit until the 1954 competition.

At the 1924 Games in Paris, the basis of modern Olympic gymnastics competition was firmly established. The athletes (men) began to compete for individual Olympic titles on each apparatus, as well as in combined individual and team exercises. The 1928 Games witnessed the debut of the first women’s event, the team combined exercise, won by the Netherlands. The U.S. women first competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany.

Read more History HERE

Level 4 State Championships – Results

4States2015-TeamThe 2015 USA Gymnastics – New Jersey Level 4 State Championships were hosted by Precision Gymnastics on 14/15 February 2015.

Congrats to Ace Gymnastics for winning the Team Championship.

51 Clubs participated and 8 new State Records were set.

Congrats everyone!

114.450  Ace
114.350  Star Bound
113.525  Gymnastika
113.400 Devlin
113.100 ENA Paramus
112,750 Head Over Heels – Middletown

Team Results
Individual Results
State Records

USAG Rules Interpretation

LawRegional Technical Director answers Questions about Mounting Beam:

p. 88, 4a states: At levels 1-5 any manufactured mats, skill cushions, or padded spotting/ skill blocks may be used for mounting purposes.

In 4d it states: At levels 4-10, the board (or mount mat) may not be placed on an 8″ skill cushion for the purposes of mounting.

Does that mean that levels 1-3 can use the mount mat on top of an 8″ skill cushion for the mount, whereas the other levels cannot?
Yes,  We are interpreting as such.

2.  If they use two 4- 41/2″ mats, they are allowed to put another 4″ for a total of @12″ and still use a board But, they cannot use one 4 1/2 in and add an 8″ skill cushion which also totals @12″.  So does that mean that it’s the composition of the 8″ mat that you do not want a board on versus 12″ of matting, since both combinations of mats still equal 12 inches?

You can use the two 4 1/2 inchers plus and additional 4 1/2 incher plus a board for mounting although we typically don’t see this.  You cannot use an 8 incher over the 4 1/2 incher.  We believe this originally was because the JO committee felt that the board would tear the comparatively soft surface of the 8 inch skill cushion.

3. So is it true that all levels 1-10 can use one 4 1/2″ landing mat plus two 4″ mats and put a board or mount mat on top of that mat combination for mounting purposes?

Yes, although, again we typically don’t see this. Page 88 #4.

Coaching Positions Available

Giant Gymnastics of Hackettstown and Sparta are seeking experienced girls/boys compulsory and optional Team coaches. Also seeking instructors for girls/boys Recreation and Tumbling classes as well as individuals who can assist with gym activities including Open Gym, Clinics, Birthday Parties, etc.

Candidate must be professional, highly motivated, energetic, have a positive attitude, and be a team player. They must have flexible schedule and be able to work nights and weekends.

Giant Gymnastics is a well-established program with a strong family-oriented environment. Benefits for full time employees include paid vacations and holidays, health insurance and paid educational training. Come join our ever growing GIANT family!

Please send resumes to:

Giant Gymnastics, Inc.
306 W Stiger St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840  (908) 850-3746
34B White Lake Rd, Sparta, NJ 07871  (973) 579-9400

Level 3 State Championships – Results

3States2015-TeamChamps_WEBThe 2015 USA Gymnastics – New Jersey Level 3 State Championships were hosted by Rebound Gymnastics on 7/8 February 2015.

Congrats to Arena Gymnastics for winning the Team Championship.

52 Clubs participated and 6 new State Records were set.

Well done everyone!

115.475  Arena
115.00    Atlantic Coast
114.850  Bright Stars
114.575  Rising Stars
114.350  Head Over Heels – Parlin
114.100  MG Elite

Team Results
Individual Results
State Records

Coaching Positions Available

Gymnastics Coaches/Instructors – Team and Rec. Classes

Discover Gymnastics Academy, Hamilton, New Jersey (Central Jersey) has Full Time/Part Time position open for qualified highly motivated coach/instructors for Girl’s Compulsory Program and Recreational classes.

Multiple positions available. Eligible candidates must have:
– The ability to relate to children / with Strong communication skills
– A positive, enthusiastic and respectful demeanor able to provide motivating feedback
– Have reliable transportation and a flexible schedule
– Ability to work evening and weekend hours: Classes/Team/Open Tumble/Birthday Parties

If interested please send resume to or call Olga 908-420-4968

Bad Weather Tips

SNOWCLOUDDear Parents, Coaches and Judges,

During the winter months, we all need to take precautions when planning to attend gymnastic competitions.  Please pay close attention to weather reports and please plan with care. As always, arriving safely is our number one concern.

Here are a few notes that I must share with you:

1. I am asking all hosting clubs to update their websites with current information. This will help with planning and distributing information to everyone. Please also have your phones staffed for emergency calls.

2. Most gymnastic competitions are not cancelled. This is where your own personal judgment must come into play and maybe you would prefer to leave the night before the competition.

3. Gymnastic schools incur a lot of expense when hosting meets and if a meet is not cancelled, please note that refunds will not occur.
For added safety, gymnastic competitions can delay the start of competition and adjust schedules as needed.

4. Please add extra time when driving in hazardous conditions, I want you to arrive safely.

5. Clubs should be sure their coaches have an up to date call list of their athletes. Developing a phone tree will help to get information generated in a more timely fashion.

Brant Lutska


PressureRemember that “Pressure is a Privilege.” An oft-quoted remark from tennis great Billie Jean King — “pressure is a privilege” – means the athlete gets to experience the thrill of a meaningful moment. If the moment didn’t matter, there would be less thrill in passing the test…and less of a learning opportunity should the athlete fall short.

Read the full article and learn more about how to deal with “Pressure” HERE

Article from Liberty Mutual’s Play Positive Series “Fundamentals/Pressure to Win” – 1/7/2014


BullyingHow to Recognize, Reduce and Respond to Bullying 

What you need to know to protect athletes:  One of the greatest lessons athletes take away from sport is the experience of being on a team where coaches and individuals support one another. Actions that demean or intimidate athletes, either physically or emotionally, can affect performance and team cohesion. Since bullying often occurs among peers, coaches can set an example with a zero-tolerance policy and emphasize teamwork and mutual support. Giving athletes a way to report behavior without fear of reprisal is also important.

Read the full article HERE