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

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

First NJ Hall of Fame Inductees

2016-11-05-usagnj-hof_collage_wThe first Class of the USA Gymnastics – New Jersey Hall of Fame were honored at a Gala Event held on November 5th at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe, NJ.
Over 100 members of the NJ gymnastics community were in attendance along with family members of honorees.

Hall of Fame Class of 2016
Susan Ammerman
John Babuska
Paul Bohrer
Lois Musgrave
Tony Napier
Marvin Seidel

Brant Luska and Mary Peters were Co-Chairs of the event with assistance from Jeanne Devenney, Bonnie Synol, Barbara Sullivan, Jennifer Spering and Dianne Farrell.
Special Thanks to sponsors IGC, Mancino Manufacturing, Plum Leos, DGS, Robin’s Fund and Mr & Mrs Gerald Domanski & Family.


Big Event – November 5th – Save the Date

galaYou don’t want to miss this Inaugural Event….
The USAG-NJ Founding Fathers Fundraising Gala
Forsgate Country Club
Monroe, NJ
November 5th  7-11pm
$100/Plate w/ Cash Bar (Tax Deductible)

Celebrating the Founding Fathers of gymnastics in New Jersey.
All profits will be used for NJ athletes, coaches and judges.
This is a new annual event destined to become the NJ Gymnastics Hall of Fame induction affair.
Looking for representation from all NJ Clubs.

Purchase your Tickets Now – Buy up to 10 per Transaction
Bring your Receipt to the Gala, it’s your Ticket

Choose # Tickets
Club Name

Can’t attend? You can still DONATE or become a SPONSOR.

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  (908) 782-4009

See Notice HERE

USAGNJ 8/9/10 State Updates

Club Owners and Coaches,

Every Level 8, 9 and 10 athlete will pay a $20.00 registration fee annually to the state by October 1, 2016 of each year.

See ATTACHMENT on REGISTRATION FORM At the bottom of the spreadsheet you will see tabs for each level.

Levels 8, 9 and 10 only need to have 1 qualifying meet (with a 32.00 A.A. score) 21 days prior to the State Meet. All NJ meets that have level 8’s, 9’s & 10’s are qualifiers. This meet must be in state with a minimum of 2 clubs presents.  MUST have two teams present to use that score to directly qualify for States.

Level 8 States is SUNDAY March 19 ONLY  At H.O.H.

Level 9/10 States March 25/26  At Gymland Arena

The results for all Level 8, 9 and 10 must be submitted in electronic form (in an excel spread sheet) to the Competitions Chair also to within 24 hours.


Hernandez Travel Fundraiser

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The NJ Gymnastics Community presented Tony Hernandez and his family with a check for $4,450 raised through a pre-olympic t-shirt sale.
The funds are to help cover their family’s travel expenses to the Olympic Games.
NJ showed their pride in Laurie’s accomplishments by purchasing over 500 shirts in less than a week of sales. Buyers were gymnasts, coaches and judges from nearly every town in the state.
Mike & Mary Milchanowski organized the fundraiser and presented the check to Tony Hernandez and Laurie’s sister Jelysa at the USAG-NJ State Clinic. Laurie and her mom Wanda are “dancing with the stars” in California.