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

USAG W200 Hands On Course in NJ

USA GYMNASTICS W200 COURSE

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15th. 12:30-7:30.
Freehold Elite Gymnastics- 6 Paragon Way Suite 113, Freehold, NJ, 08753
Instructor – Tony Retrosi/President of US Elite Coaches Association for Women

You will need to register through USA Gymnastics website.
This is a live, six-hour, hands-on training course designed for school age, pre-team and Level 1-4 coaches. This is a NEW course developed for pre team, level 1-4 coaches and even school age recreational coaches. Course topics include warm ups, conditioning, lesson planning, hands on spotting and lecture for all Olympic events. This is a great hands on experience of drills and skill progression with instructors demonstrating practical examples of coaching level 1-4 gymnastics.

2018 USA Championships

Congrats to NJ athletes who competed at the 2018 US Gymnastics Championships in Boston, MA this weekend.

Jr Division
Olivia Greaves/MG Elite 6th AA, Named to Jr National Team
Zoe Gravier/MG Elite

Sr Divison
Riley McCusker/MG Elite 3rd AA, Named to Sr National Team & Sports Women of the Year
Olivia Dunne/ENA Paramus

Congrats also to our friend Slava Glazounov/First State Gymnastics in Delaware named Elite Coach of the Year

National TOP’s Testing Info

Congrats to all of the TOPS National Testing qualifiers!
TOPS National Testing will take place October 5 – 7, 2018.
Testing Schedule

The host club:
The Gymnastics Company
5646 Mutual LaneIndianapolis, IN  46239

Registration for TOPS National Testing is through Group Processing only, this is the same registration system as TOPS State Testing.
Testing fees are $85.00 for athletes.  Must register in the correct age group.  Coaches must register, no fee, but need to register to be on the testing floor.  Register once, and it will cover all three age groups.  Registration opens on Wednesday, August 15th.

Parents allowed to observe testing.
There is an admission fee of $10/day or $15/two-day pass.

Hotels nearby the hosting club:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Home Suites by Hilton
Hilton Garden Inn South/Greenwood
Courtyard by Marriott South

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/

USOC Safe Sport Deadline – Attention Pro/Instructor Members

The Deadline is approaching for the U110 certification (USOC Safe Sports) to be completed by all professional and instructor members of USA Gymnastics who are 18 and older.
You will not be permitted on the floor as a coach or official if this is not completed.
The deadline for completion is Tuesday, July 31, 2018.
The course will take at least three hours to complete.
Make sure you give yourself enough time to finish.

Message from USAG NJ SACC

Dear NJ Professional Members,  
The incredible work you have done over the years should not be shadowed by the torment of one person.  Starting today we have to stand strong and believe in each other and help to make our organization stronger. At this time, I am beginning a series of emails to you with information that was shared with us.  I believe in you and the work you have done with our athletes.  Help me in showing that New Jersey is strong and united.  Over 30 years ago gymnastics directed me into a lifestyle and a career of helping, working with and guiding children.  I know how much I care for all of our athletes and you do as well.  Lets stand tall and preach empowerment of our athletes and the work that we have all done to better the lives of children.  I know with your support, we can come back as a stronger organization. I have also included in this email, the statement that all states are standing behind.

These words were written by the state and regional chairs of the womens’ program.
USA Gymnastics holds the highest standard of care for athletes and members.We have the desire to rebuild and to move forward. We have the opportunity right now, in the history of USA Gymnastics, in our sport, and in our country, to lead, saying, we are going to get it right.  By doing that, we will honor our athletes who have been impacted and we will honor all USA Gymnastics members and participants, including, but not limited to, athletes, coaches, parents, judges, and volunteers. We will not be the organization that shuts the doors, changes the name, and puts a new face on the same institution. At the end of the day, we have an opportunity to improve USA Gymnastics.  We have an obligation to meet the challenge that has been set before us and to become a better organization.  It is about sharing positive gymnastics stories and getting it right.
We will get it right.
Eighty-Eight Women’s Program USA Gymnastics National, Regional, and State leaders stood today to wholeheartedly support USA Gymnastics.

Mr. Brant Lutska
New Jersey State Administrative Committee Chairman

Statement by Kerry Perry/USAG President & CEO

USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Program

Statement by Toby Stark, USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Program Director:

“The new Safe Sport Policy is about Zero Opportunity [for misconduct], and Zero Tolerance. We all have to work together for it to achieve what we want…what we need it to achieve: Gymnasts who are protected from misconduct to the best of our ability. USA Gymnastics staff and board of directors, gym owners, coaches, parents, judges and volunteers – we all have our role…our responsibility. And we have to support each other as we move forward in this important mission.”

USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Website HERE

USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Program pdf HERE

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 1, 2017 – USA Gymnastics supports the Gymnastics Association of Texas (GAT) Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which GAT established to help gym owners hit hard by Hurricane Harvey with their efforts to rebuild, refurbish, clean and recover. Many clubs are at or near a total loss. The fund will provide assistance not only for clubs in South and Southeast Texas, but also in Louisiana and other areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

 

“Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people and communities who have been and continue to be impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath,” said Ron Galimore, chief operating officer of USA Gymnastics.  “USA Gymnastics is proud to support GAT’s relief initiative, and having one central point for channeling the gymnastics community’s effort to help its beleaguered brethren is an ideal approach.  We appreciate the thoughtfulness and generosity of those who can contribute to the relief fund, whether it is large or small.”

Donations to the GAT Hurricane Relief Fund may be made via the association’s website and/orFacebook page.  GAT is a 501(c)(3) corporation.

Read the full USA Gymnastics Relief Fund Letter HERE

Congrats to McCusker & Dunne

Riley McCusker/MG Elite and Olivia Dunne/ENA Paramus competed at the 2017 P&G Championships this weekend in Anaheim, CA. Riley finished 3rd All Around in the Senior Division and Olivia had strong performances in the Junior Division.

Digital Code of Points Notice

The digital version of the Jr. Olympic Code of Points has been updated.
January 2017—Version 2.7
VAULT—Chapter 3
Corrected 4.303 description as RO FF On, Back Tuck 1/1 for both L9 and L10 Vault Charts—the “1/1” was hidden in the cell and was not showing.

Springboard Rules Clarification

Dear USA Gymnastics Leaders,

It was brought to my attention that there has been a misinterpretation of the rule regarding the number of springs allowed/required in the spring board.  I have discussed this issue with the National Technical Chair as well as the National Xcel Chair and we all agree with the explanation below:

The statement listed in the Rules and Polices (below) is quite accurate; however, there have been others who have not interpreted it in the way it was written.

  1. 55 (Xcel chapter) and P. 91 (JO chapter)

“All Meet Directors must arrange to have boards that accommodate gymnasts of varying weight.  Any boards brought in to a competition must be assigned to an event and must be available to all gymnasts in that session for warm-up and competition.  The following 3-4 spring configurations for the springboard have been approved and may be utilized in USA Gymnastics sanctioned competitions:”

Here are the two issues which have arisen:

  1. Interpretation that the board must ONLY be used with 3 or 4 springs and some judges have informed the coaches they must take out additional springs to ONLY have 3 or 4 springs and that using more than 3 or 4 springs is a deduction.  Please refer people to the following sentence:    ”…springboard have been approved and may be utilized in USA Gymnastics sanctioned competitions.”  It does not say MUST be utilized in that manner.
  2. Coaches do not want to take the back springs out of the board to accommodate the illustrations in the Rules and Policies.  Only the 3 illustrations for a 3-4 spring board are allowed for the use of 3 or 4 springs in a springboard.  The coach is not allowed to come up with a different configuration that suits his/her needs.  This would result in a deduction of  0.30that will be taken for using incorrect apparatus specifications. (P. 7 of the Code of Points)

Thank you in advance for assisting in passing along the correct interpretation of this rule.

Tom Koll, NJOCC, Cheryl Hamilton, NTCC, Claudia Kretschmer, NXCC

Live Safety Course Opportunity

Live Safety Certification – Saturday, October 29 (Free for currently Safety Certified Professional members – they can push back their expiration date if they certify with us).

Live W200 – Sunday, October 30 below is the USAG link with info.
For more information contact:
Victoria A. Jakelsky   jakelsky@healthquest-fitness.com  (908) 782-4009

See Notice HERE