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.

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.

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

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
NJ SACC

Meet Host Reminder

Reminder, all Clubs hosting Meets:
Send a copy of the Sanction Report form and a Check made payable to Region VII for the Regional Competition Fee of $2.00 per gymnast competing in your meet within 48 hours to:

Donna Guenther, Region VII
155 Philmont Avenue, 
Feasterville, PA 19053
Tel (215) 364-7379   Fax (215)364-7878

Letter from NJ SACC – Brant Lutska

GO-NJMessage from USAG-NJ SACC:

Dear New Jersey USAG,

“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.”

Several Notes & Reminders are included in the Brant’s full Letter found HERE.

Lynn Perrott Passing

We regret to inform you that Lynn Perrott, our Region 7 Chairman of many years, passed away yesterday shortly after entering hospice care.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

Letter from Linda & Myra for those of you who knew Lynn

An invitation to join Lynn’s family and friends for a night of remembrance.
Come bring stories and memories to share.

Date: Friday January 2, 2015
Time: 6-8pm
Place: FCF World Outreach, 9306 Winands Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Jan 2, info is on the regional web site also. I will e-mail all.