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 www.rutgersshop.com. For more information and tickets, contact Doug Bean in the Rutgers tickets office at Doug Bean at 866-445-4678/732-907-1574 or dbean@scarletknights.com. 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.

Sectional & State Meet Gate Fees

A reminder, the Maximum Gate Fee you can charge starting this season:

 For Sectionals: $7-Adults, $5-Senior Citizens, $4-Children and Infants-Free.

For States: $11-Adults, $8-Senior Citizens, $5-Children and Infants-Free. (Adults = 18+, Senior Citizens = 65+. Children = Walking to 17 Yrs., Infants – Not Walking)

You may only collect these Gate Fees once per day from any one person, regardless of the number of sessions being observed. Gymnasts competing shall not be charged a Gate Fee for any session of their State Meet weekend.

Map of NJ Clubs – Now Available

mapThe Map of NJ Clubs is now available in the Menu listed at the top of the website and under USAG-NJ Info on the right. The Map has Google Maps functionality for Directions, Club Website Linking (if available), etc.

If you are a Club Owner and you need to change/add data related to your link please submit the Club Directory Update form found in the right column under USAG-NJ Forms


Future USAG-NJ Compulsory Clinic

A USAG-NJ Compulsory Clinic is on the Schedule for 20/21 August 2016, mark your Calendars.

Saturday – Coaches’ Clinic
Sunday – Gymnast’s Training Camp

Master Clinician – Tom Koll, JO Program Chairman
Site – TBA

2016 AT&T American Cup Info

This is the latest up-date on the Nastia Liukin / American Cup Prudential Center. Please note the attachment,  seating with price range,  an incentive program for all clubs etc.

I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Jason Taub and I work at Prudential Center. We have recently announced the 2016 AT&T Cup in March. I know your gym has shown interest in the past about gymnastics events and wanted to pass along information on the event. We are hosting a select a seat event ran by Nastia Liukin! All you need to do to come to this event is put down a deposit for 25 seats ($1 per seat). This will put you on our priority list for seating. If you have any questions please let me know. Otherwise let me know when I can give you a call to go over all information.