Regional 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.
1. 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.
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.
We are currently looking for nominations for the Annual 2014 USAG-NJ Season Awards.
Eligible are any Gymnast, Club, Coach, Judge, etc. who has been exceptional in any category during the 2013-2014 Season.
“I’d like to start off by saying thank you! Thank you for your professionalism and your excellence in coaching. I’ve been stopping by at meets / judging competitions and I’m constantly amazed watching you work. Thank you for treating our athletes with kindness and care, every child is a gift and they all deserve to be treated special.”