Sad News

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Doug Synol, husband of Bonnie Synol, (Region 7 Judging Director) and father of Alyssa and Vinnie.  The wake will take place Thursday, Feb. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank St., Sussex, NJ 07461.

USAG-NJ Annual Awards Nominations Requested

awardNew Jersey USA Gymnastics is currently accepting nominations for the Annual Individual Awards. These Awards are for Gymnasts, Coaches, Judges, Clubs and Individual’s that where outstanding in the 2015 Season. These awards will be presented at the Level 8,9 10 State Meet. Please nominate one individual for each category, please include a Bio for the Person/Club that you are nominating. A pro member number must be entered to be accepted.

Download the Nomination Form HERE

SACC Nominations Requested

Nominations for State Administrative Committee Chairman (SACC) must be in by March 1, 2016.

State Administrative Committee Chairmen (SACC) shall be elected by the Professional members of the Women’s Program in their respective states.
They shall serve for two (2) years and be elected in the spring on even- numbered years.
Elections to be completed by April 15th. Term of office to begin July 1st.

Download nominating form HERE

Level 8 Vault Clarifications

USA Gym-ColorSince Optional season is now underway, there have been some questions regarding Vault, especially for Level 8. In order to stay consistent across the country, I have consulted with the National Chairs of the JO and Technical Committees and the JO Program Director and am presenting the following explanation of the rules on their behalf. Please feel free to post this on your websites.

Level 8 Vault Questions:

Is a coach allowed to ask for and receive the average of the first vault at Level 8?

Coaches can ALWAYS ask for the score of the first vault at ANY level. Many times it’s an issue of protecting a slightly injured athlete from doing another vault if the first vault score is adequate and acceptable.  Sometimes the gymnast plans to perform two different vaults and the coach wants to know the score of each to determine which was the counting vault.  For Level 8’s, it’s essential that the coach knows the score of the first vault to assist in their decision to have the gymnast try a second vault or not.

 Please explain the 1.00 deduction for the coach spotting (assisting) during the post-flight for Level 8?  Is there ever a time that we would void a Level 8 vault, in regards to the spotting deduction?

If a Level 8 (or any optional gymnast for that matter) is spotted in pre-flight or support phase, the vault is Void.

Since Level 8 is the first level at which salto vaults can be performed, the JO and Technical Committees decided to add a 1.00 deduction for spotting in the post-flight to encourage coaches to not be reluctant to “bump” the salto in order for the athlete to complete more of the BA rotation. While the intent was to keep the athletes safer on flipping vaults, it is also applicable to any vault performed by Level 8’s.

If the gymnast is spotted not only in the post-flight, but also during the landing phase, the spotting assistance on the landing phase deduction of 0.50 will also be applied for a total of 1.50.

USA Gymnastics
Technical Director of Women’s Jr. Olympic Program

Rutgers Offering Free Tickets

RURutgersClassic2014-Individual Rutgers University has FREE tickets for football,wrestling,mens & womens basketball,gymnastics,mens & womens lacrosse, and mens & womens soccer games for children ages 12 and under. This is a great way for youngsters to get involved with their State University. There is no cost to join the Junior Knights promotion. To purchase Rutgers merchandise, visit For more information and tickets, contact Doug Bean in the Rutgers tickets office at Doug Bean at 866-445-4678/732-907-1574 or Please share this with other parents,students,principals,teachers,coaches,recreation departments, alumni,and youth organizations.

Region 7 Congress Notice

Region 7
Region 7

Registration for the 2016 Region 7 Congress to open at the end of the week (1/11/16) on the USA Gymnastics website.
The theme for 2016 is “Explore Excellence”.
Register early to secure your spot.

Taro Yamaguchi Memorial

TaroYAn informal Memorial for long time NJ Coach Taro Yamaguchi will be held this Saturday night (1/9/16) after the North Stars’ Meet at Poor Henry’s at the bottom of the hill (Fulton and Main – also known as  Rt. 202).

Taro coached in New Jersey at North Stars, Palaestra & ENA. After leaving NJ, Taro moved to Georgia where he coached at Dacola Family Sports and Gwinnett Gymnastics. Most recently he coached in Florida at Champions Gymnastics and Gyminator Gymnastics.