9 & 10 Regional Rosters

To Level 9 and 10 Clubs:
Attached are Level 9 and 10 Regional Qualifier Rosters with age groups.  This includes the latest petitions.  I have also attached the age group divisions by birthdate that was sent from the national office.  Please verify that all of your athletes are listed, and are in the correct age groups. If you have any changes, please notify Debbie LeMoal (World Class) and Linda Johnson (RJOCC) by Friday midnight.
Debbie LeMoal:  gymsme2@aol.com
Linda Johnson:  ljohnson.60@comcast.net
Please remember that any athlete who competes in the wrong age group at regionals is ineligible for qualification to nationals.  We are taking this extra step to avoid this!  And we will need accurate numbers to finalize the regional meet schedule.
We anticipate finalizing and posting the regional meet schedule on Saturday.
Thank you for your help, support and patience!  And props to our clubs for our highest numbers of qualifiers to date!!
Best-
LJ
Linda Johnson – Region 7 JOCC, USA Gymnastics, Cell:  (443) 569-9412, ljohnson.60@comcast.net

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.

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