Meet Alexandra Panetta – 2019 Graduating Senior

Alexandra Panetta/Level 10
Head Over Heels Gymnastics
Coaches: Toni Borden & Sonny Smoljan
Home Town: Marlboro, NJ
Parents: Joseph & Laurie
Alexandra plans to attend Ursinus College to major in Psychology & Secondary Education.

Academic Achievements:
Honor Roll of Distinction
National Honor Society
National Society of High School Honors

Gymnastics Achievements:
2018 Level 10 Regional Qualifier
2017 Level 10 Regional Qualifier
2017 Level 10 NJ State: 7th Bars, 9th Vault & Floor
2016 Level 10 Regional Qualifier
2015 Level 10 NJ State Qualifier
2014 Level 9 Regionals: 5th Vault, 6th Floor
2014 Level 9 NJ State: 3rd Vault, 4th Floor, 5th Bars
2013 Level 8 Regionals: 6th Bars, 9th Floor
2013 Level 8 NJ State: 4th AA, 2nd Bars & Floor, 4th Vault
2012 Level 7 NJ State: 2nd Bars, 3rd Floor

Words of Wisdom: It’s important to push yourself further than you think you can go each and every day – as that is what separates the good from the great.

JO Vault Height Correction

The R&P has been corrected regarding the vault height….

II. Vault A. Specifications: 
1. Junior Olympic Program: The vaulting table is required for Levels 4-10. The maximum vaulting table height is 135 cm (+ 1 cm). If using a vault table with two uprights, both must be set at the same height. The height is determined by measuring the distance from the floor to the center top of the vault table.

a. The center top of the vault table is determined by measuring 68 cm from the back of the vault table. Tape of any kind, including athletic tape, may NOT be placed on top of the table at any time during warm-up or competition. 

b. If the vault runway is on a raised platform, the vault table must also be placed on a raised surface of the same height and the measurement of the vault table should be taken from the runway surface to the center top of the vault table, rather than from the floor. 

c. All manufactured models of the vault table (including “retro-fit” tables that are inserted into the uprights of the old horse) are allowed for competition, provided that they are capable of being adjusted to the various height specifications allowed for Junior Olympic athletes. Matting must be used to cover the upright of the vault table as well as to cover any weights placed on the vault base for stability. 

d. Levels 4-5: All age divisions may use the vault table at any manufacturer setting. Levels 6-10: All age divisions may use the vault table at any height; however, the height must be within a minimum of 115 cm (+ 1 cm) and a maximum of 135 cm (+ 1 cm). Levels 6 and 7 – vault height minimum is 115 cm., maximum is 135 cm. 

Note: 0.3 Deduction if below 115cm

XCEL Training Camp Bid Call

Call for bids – XCEL Regional Training Camp Opportunity.

Please see the attached information and bid sheet for an opportunity to bid on the first annual Region 7 Xcel Training Camp.  All the information you should need to submit the bid is included in the attachment.  But, if you have any questions please feel free to contact:Jane Caruso, RXCC at Janecaruso2@gmail.com or Jennifer Bortz, RACC at JBortz7rac@gmail.com

View Bid Info HERE

Rutgers Parking Info – Everyone Should Read

Rutgers Parking Procedures – All Meets/Events

Below is a link that anyone coming to our meets at Livi Rec will need to complete (so you will want to go ahead and do it as well). It is the same like for the entire 18-19 season for the invitationals and NCAA meets. Once someone fills it out they are set for the whole year. It is a new system with our parking department which has involved them going completely digital. I was wondering if you could sent this out to the gyms, asking them to forward it to all of their parents and coaches. They can fill it out once site, and we’ll have things posted about it, but I figure sending it directly should help alleviate a lot of issues.

Regional & National Messages to USAG Members

Hello Region 7!

In light of the most recent events impacting USA Gymnastics, on behalf of the Region 7 Committee I wanted to provide you all with an update on the status of Region 7.  Your elected Region 7 Committee of volunteers is united in our message of strength.  Region 7 is STRONG!  We are functioning (and able to function) under the assumption that all events scheduled or to be scheduled for the 2018/2019 season will run as planned (see message Annie Heffernon highlighted below).  Now is the time to continue to show our strength and function with a business as usual approach.  As your elected representatives of Region 7 – your Committee will continue to put the athletes, coaches, club owners, parents, and all associated with Region 7 as the top priority as we move forward!   We will also continue to update you with any new information we receive in a timely manner.Please feel free to pass along my contact information on to anyone with any questions.  I will be happy to address any concerns, to the best of my ability, that they might have.  We look forward to incredible season of gymnastics and are excited to see it all come together at the invitational, State and Regional meets this year.

Region 7 Strong,
Jennifer Bundy-Bortz

JBortz7rac@gmail.com

 Letter from Annie Heffernon to National, Regional and State Chairman:

I understand many of you are concerned about your state and regional funds. I spoke with Scott Shollenbarger, our CFO, this morning. He assured me that your funds are there and that you should continue to run your state and regional camps/clinics/events/competitions as you normally would.  Any decision eventually made by the USOC will not impact state and regional funds. Also, the Junior Olympic National and East/West Championships and any other championship events will take place, as scheduled.

The following is the letter to the USA Gymnastics membership, Nov. 6, 2018:

To the USA Gymnastics membership: Yesterday’s news from the United States Olympic Committee is both unsettling and upsetting, especially for athletes, coaches and club owners.  We know you have questions and concerns about what this means for you, your athletes, your gym, your invitationals, your club members.
Although we don’t yet have answers to all of the questions, here’s what we do know:

  • USA Gymnastics is, and will continue, providing services and opportunities for our members.
  • All sanctions, member benefits, policies and services are still in place.
  • Existing event sanctions are still valid and new ones are being issued. The thousands of young gymnasts who are entered in invitationals this weekend, and in the coming weeks and months, will still have the opportunity to compete. 
  • All athlete and professional memberships and educational, judging and background check certifications are still valid, and member requirements and benefits in place.
  • Member club memberships are still valid.
  • Educational courses and programs are available online and as scheduled.
  • Individual and club memberships are being processed and open to interested individuals and clubs.
  • Each discipline will continue to plan and host its events and championships.

USA Gymnastics and its staff continue to be here to assist and serve you, our members. We will continue to carry on the day-to-day operations and business of the organization.  Our commitment to the gymnastics community and this sport is unwavering. To be clear, USA Gymnastics remains the recognized national governing body, including by the International Gymnastics Federation, unless or until the USOC process is concluded and a decision is made whether or not a change is necessary.   We have athletes competing at the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships this week, trampoline and tumbling’s World Age Group Competition next week, and the World Cup in Cottbus, Germany, later this month. We will keep you informed as we learn more information and details going forward.  Please send us any questions you may have, and we will respond to those we can and work on getting answers for the rest. USA Gymnastics is the sum of all of its parts. Along with athletes, we are comprised of thousands of coaches, gym clubs and professional members who work every day to help athletes follow their dreams, whether it is learning to do a handstand or competing.  The safety and interests of our athletes remain at the heart of our mission. While the athletes are the heart and soul, and our coaches, judges, administrators, meet directors and gym clubs the backbone of our organization and sport, the grassroots level is the bedrock and foundation for gymnastics.  We are here for you and committed to serving our members.

USA Gymnastics

Level 8/9/10 Registration Reminder

It’s that time again to Register all your Levels 8, 9, and 10 gymnasts.

A $20.00 registration fee must accompany every gymnast on the form, made payable to USAG  N.J. by October 31, 2018.

Mail check and registration form to:
William Psiuk/USAG N.J.
110 Fifth Ave.
Bradley Beach, N.J. 07720

As per R&P a gymnasts is not considered registered for a meet unless all fees are paid.All Levels 8, 9 and 10 only needs to  have 1 qualifying meet (with a 32.00 A.A. score) 21 days prior to the State Meet. This meet must be in state with a minimum of 2 clubs presents. MUST have two teams present to use that score toward directly qualifying for States. There is no Sectionals for Levels 8, 9 and 10. Please do not make any changes to the registration form provided. Each level has its own tab at the bottom.


Copy Registration Form HERE 

2019 Region 7 Training Camp Bid Call

We are now accepting bids for the 2019 Pre-Season Prep Training Camp scheduled for July 12-14, 2019.  This camp has had a long history of success with bringing outstanding educational and training opportunities for athletes (Level 8-10) and coaches in Region 7.
Attached is camp information that outlines host and regional responsibilities.  The bid form and a sample camp schedule are included in the attachment.
Interested clubs should email the completed bid form, with a gym floor plan, to Linda Johnson, RJOCC on or before November 16, 2018.  The RAC will review bids in December.
Please direct any questions to Linda Johnson, RJOCC, at r7jocc@gmail.com

Thank you.

Linda Johnson/Region 7 JOCC/USA Gymnastics
Cell: (443) 569-9412

View Bid Form HERE