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

2019 Regional Hosts Announced

On behalf of the Region 7 Committee I would like to thank all of the programs who submitted bids to host the 2019 Regional Championship meets.
After careful consideration of all the bids received, the Region 7 Committee has voted to award the competitions to the following hosts:

Level 8 Regionals:
Berks East Gymnastics, PA

Level 9/10 Regionals:

Ocean Tumblers Gymnastics, VA
Please check the Region 7 website at:  https://www.region7usagym.com for details on the exact meet locations and to watch for updates as the season progresses.
Also, we will be requesting a call for bids for the 2020 Regional competitions soon so don’t miss your opportunity to bid on one of these meets for the next season!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me.  Enjoy the last few days of summer!
Jennifer Bortz
Region 7RACC
cell:  814-380-1195

National Congress A Must

National Congress is close this year, so no Region 7 Congress. 
Please make plans to attend National Congress in August!  Register today and save!

National Congress pre-registration ENDS July 20th.

Amazing Topics: http://www.usagymcongress.com/sessions/

Presenters: http://www.usagymcongress.com/presenters/

Something for EVERYONE in your club with over 200 topics.

On-site Registration only after July 20th.

Register NOW: http://www.usagymcongress.com/registration/

Lynn Perrott Memorial Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Lynn Perrott Memorial Scholarship.

Eligibility criteria include:

~Currently competing in the Womens Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Junior Olympic Program (Level 8-10)
~Graduating Senior
~Plans to attend college
~Has not received a gymnastics scholarship
Eligible candidates can find the application information and review process in the attached document.  Applications (with resume and essay) and references should be mailed to Linda Johnson, RJOCC.
Download Flyer & Application HERE
The application deadline is April 13, 2018.
Thank you!

Linda Johnson
Region 7 JOCC
USA Gymnastics

Region 7 High Performance Camp Info

Athletes eligible for High Performance Camp (HPC) must have scored a 36.AA or higher at 2017 JO Nationals or Easterns.  If we do not fill the camp, we will drop the qualifying score and notify clubs.
The deadline for registering for the camp is AUGUST 4th.
 
Forms related to the camp are linked below.  Please remember that ALL participants (athletes, coaches, judges) must bring medical forms to camp.  These attachments also include the camp schedule and what people will need to bring to Woodward.

Also, you MUST renew your memberships (athletes and Pro) in order to register for the camp.  This includes background checks, safety (if up for renewal) and SAFE SPORT.

HPC Invitation
HPC Fact Sheet
HPC Registration Instructions
Medical Form
Fund Raising

Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Linda Johnson
Region 7 JOCC
USA Gymnastics
Cell:  (443) 569-9412

Coaches – Bar Warm Up Survey

Hello Region 7!
I am conducting a survey on a proposal brought to the JOC to limit bar settings in the JO Program for optionals and compulsories.  The survey will only take a couple of minutes.  Please follow this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TQZMFBL
The survey will be open until May 1st.  Please encourage your coaches at all levels to participate!
There is a comment section at the end if you would like to add any ideas/concerns for me to share with the committee.  Please note that there will be a National Compulsory Survey in September.
Thanks for your time and input!!  Good luck with the rest of your competition season!
Linda J.

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

First Xcel Regional Invitational Announced

Date: June 3-4, 2017
Host: Giant Gymnastics
Location: Crystal Springs Resort, Minerals Hotel, Vernon, NJ 07462

http://www.crystalgolfresort.com/stay/minerals-hotel/

Traveling from a distance?  Make this a family vacation!  Something for everyone: golf, arcade, horseback riding, zip-lining, spas, water parks & so much more.

Qualification & Entry Guidelines
GOLD: 35AA during the 2016-2017 season
PLATINUM/DIAMOND: 34AA during the 2016-2017 season

Date of Open Registration for Qualifying Entries will be announced after Thanksgiving.

Accepting All Graduating Seniors for 2017
BRONZE/SILVER level Showcase Sessions for Aspiring Xcel Gymnasts!No qualifying score, limited space will be available

Accommodations and other details to follow after the holidays.

Download Xcel Regional Meet Info HERE