We are proud to be hosting the Level 9 Eastern National Championships this year.We will be distributing a booklet/program to all COACHES at the meet which can/will showcase the upcoming meets for 2019.This will give them early notice to meets in the upcoming season, to help better plan for their competitive schedule.If you would like your meet published in this program, please see the attachment.Kind regards and all the best in your preparation for EasternsBarry Coss
Rochester Gymnastics Academy
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 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.”
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.”
The National TOPS Testing videos are now up on the USA Gymnastics website for your reference for training. Please remember to follow the text of the National TOPS Skill Testing for correct routines and skill combinations.
Congratulations to you and your athletes for qualifying to the 2017 Women’s JO National Championships. We are looking forward to a great event in Indianapolis!It is important to read through all of the following information surrounding the event and share it with your attending coaches, athletes, and parents. To avoid any unnecessary glitches during the weekend, it is imperative that everyone is informed before arriving in Indianapolis.
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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (908) 782-4009