USAG NJ Hall of Fame Nominations Requested

USAGNJ is seeking nominations for it’s NJ Gymnastics Hall of Fame.  If you know of a person that did gymnastics,coached or judged for over 5 years in the State of NJ, has outstanding accomplishments and has been retired for at least 5 yrs, please take the time to nominate them for consideration into the NJ Gymnastics Hall of Fame.   All nominations will need:

  1. Picture of the nominee
  2. Completed nomination form (Form can be found on the USAGNJ website)
  3. Short bio (max 1 page)

The picture, nomination form and bio must  be emailed back to Mary Peters, Mcpeters06@gmail.com.  Nominations must have all three parts to be considered.  Submissions must be received by June 1, 2017.  All nominations submitted after June 1, 2017 will be held and considered for the following  year.  After 2yrs, they will be  dropped off the list and must be re-nominated.

USAG-NJ HOF Guidelines
USAG-NJ HOF Nomination Form

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

Meet Claudia DiBenedetto – 2017 Graduating Senior

Claudia DiBenedetto is a Level 10 athlete training at Head-Over-Heels Gymnastics where she is coached by Toni Borden and Sonny Smoljan.
She resides in Eatontown, NJ with her parent’s Joe and Carla.
In the fall, Claudia will be attending Quinnipiac University to study Health Sciences.

Gymnastics Achievements:
Scholarship to Quinnipiac University for Acrobatics and Tumbling
2016 Level 10 Regional Qualifier
2014 Level 9 Regionals: 4th Vault
2014 Level 9 NJ State: 2nd Vault
2011 Level 8 NJ State Qualifier
2010 Level 7 NJ State Qualifier
2009 TOPs National Qualifier
2008 TOPs “B” National Team

Words of Wisdom:
“When you’ve got something to prove, theres nothing greater than a challenge”
-Terry Bradshaw

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