Recent Announcements

Election Results a month ago

Please help me congratulate the new and returning members of the 2017/2018 State Administrative Committee:

State Chair - Sandy Flores 
Compulsory Athlete Rep - Laurie Reid 
Optional Athlete Rep - James Thompson  
Xcel Athlete Rep - Jan Urfer  
Education Rep - Brent Phelps  
East Rep - Mike Armstrong 
South Rep - Kevin Milliren 
Central Rep - Kim Thomson 
North Rep - Kelle Riley 

I look forward to leading this Committee for another year as we continue to advocate and educate on behalf of all the athletes, coaches and judges of Washington State.

I would also like to publicly thank Nola Ayres for her years of service on the Washington State Administrative Committee, and commend her for her dedication and commitment towards the athletes of our State.

Thank you also to those that took time to vote, and who continue to support our mission and will continue to stay involved for the betterment of USA Gymnastics Washington!


Important Dates 2 months ago

 
Region 2 South Super Camp September 30th - October 1st at OMEGA
Region 2 North Super Camp October 28th - 29th at Emerald City
Region 2 Inland Empire Super Camp October 21st -22nd at Dynamic
Region 2 High Tech November 4th - 5th at OMEGA
 
Level 7 Team Judges Cup Qualifier - November 18th - 19th at Auburn Gymnastics
National Judges Cup January 5th - 7th in Portland
 
Regionals - April 13 - 15th in Tacoma
Westerns May 3rd - 6th in Salt Lake City Utah
JO Nationals May 11th - 13th at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati Ohio

2017 Washington State Congress Schedule 2 months ago

2017 Washington State Congress Schedule


State Administrative Committee Elections 2 months ago

State Administrative Committee Elections


REMINDER - Sectional and State Bids are due! 3 months ago

Sectional and State bids will be due no later then July 15th. Please make sure you have verification of a secured venue with your bid.


Letter to the Gymnastics Community 3 months ago

To the Gymnastics Community,
 
What makes the sport of gymnastics so special is our athletes – and the thousands of individuals who support and help them achieve their full potential. It is important today to  reaffirm to one an other that the health and well-being of our athletes come before all else. We must rally around them and do everything we can to help them accomplish their goals and dreams in a safe environment. 
 
In recent months, our gymnastics community has engaged in very important discussions on this matter. Thank you to those who shared your experiences and perspectives on the important issue of athlete safety. As we engaged in this dialogue, USA Gymnastics commissioned Deborah J. Daniels to conduct a comprehensive and independent review of our bylaws, policies, procedures and practices, and to make recommendations to better protect athletes’ health and well-being. Ms. Daniels led a gymnastics community-wide discussion and had unrestricted access to the organization throughout the course of her research. 
 
Your Board of Directors, along with other leaders in the organization and the national staff, have been and are listening. We have heard and understand your concerns. What has come through loud and clear is the desire and need for our culture to confirm that it
embraces athlete safety and a safe and positive environment as a top priority, and empowers young women and men to speak up if they are uncomfortable –and we couldn’t agree more. Even one instance of child abuse is one too many. USA Gymnastics is very sorry that anyone has been harmed during his or her gymnastics career, and we offer our deepest regrets to any athlete who suffered abuse or mistreatment while participating in the sport. By working together, we can move the sport forward to better prevent the opportunity for abuse to occur.
 
Yesterday, USA Gymnastics took the next step forward in our efforts to better protect athletes by accepting the recommendations contained in the independent, comprehensive review of the organization’s policies, procedures and bylaws regarding sexual misconduct, as well as adopting a new Safe Sport Policy that replaces the Participant Welfare Policy. The health and well-being of our athletes are our primary focus, and we believe the recommendations and  new Safe Sport Policy pave the road for our journey to promoting an environment that fosters these traits. 
 
Sexual misconduct has no place in gymnastics, which led USA Gymnastics late last year to commission Ms. Daniels, managing partner of Krieg DeVault LLP and a former federal prosecutor who spent a significant portion of her career prosecuting child sexual offenders, to conduct a thorough review of our safe sport initiatives and provide recommendations on how we can strengthen our existing policies. In conducting her review, Daniels partnered with Praesidium, a company specializing in preventing sexual abuse in organizations that serve youth and vulnerable adults. 
 
From late 2016 through May 2017, Ms. Daniels and Praesidium conducted more than 160 combined interviews with individuals who represented every facet of the gymnastics community. They also visited 25 member clubs and the National Team Training Center, as well as attended five competitions, and women’s developmental and national team camps. 
 
 
Simultaneously, they thoroughly analyzed USA Gymnastics’Bylaws, policies and procedures, U.S. Center for SafeSport governing documents, USA Gymnastics online and in-person training materials and sample abuse prevention resources, and other National Governing Body safe sport programs. 
 
The resulting analysis, titled “Report to USA Gymnastics on Proposed Policy and Procedural Changes for the Protection of Young Athletes,” provides recommendations in 10 key areas: administrative management; Board structure and duties; culture; education, training and athlete support; member requirements and enforcement; process for filing misconduct reports; reporting of suspected violations; screening and selection of coaches, volunteers and other adults with access to athletes; the National Team Training Center; and National Team Selection Process. These recommendations are part of USA Gymnastics’ blueprint for continually strengthening its policies and procedures to better protect athletes. 
 
Today, we are sharing her report. It provides 70 recommendations for strengthening and expanding USA Gymnastics’ safe sport program that may also be of benefit to other youth-serving organizations. 
 
The Board also approved the new USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy – replacing the previous Participant Welfare Policy – which includes key updates to USA Gymnastics safe sport policies and procedures. Effective immediately, the policy out lines the scope of the organization’s commitment to promoting a safe environment, expands definitions of misconduct, strengthens procedures for reporting and processing allegations of misconduct, contains requirements and expectations placed on members, and incorporates the authority and jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Many of the Daniels’ report recommendations are already reflected in the new Safe Sport Policy.
 
USA Gymnastics is in the final stages of hiring a Director of Safe Sport, who will play an integral role in elevating the importance of safe sport throughout the entire organization and developing a safe sport strategic plan, including a comprehensive education and training for athletes, parents, coaches, professional members and staff. The search for a new president and CEO is also in progress, and the Search Committee anticipates concluding the search by early fall. 
 
We encourage you to read the report, the official announcement and other information available at usagym.org. To give you an idea of the depth and breadth of her recommendations, we have included some of the key points below. 
  • Clearly articulating the organization’s culture as one that puts athlete safety first, and requires accountability for athlete safety throughout the organization and its membership. 
  • Requiring reporting of abuse and policy violations. All USA Gymnastics members must report suspected sexual misconduct immediately to the appropriate legal authorities and the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Members must also report other safe sport-related misconduct and safe sport policy violations to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and/or USA Gymnastics, as appropriate and required. 
  • Revamping and streamlining the organization’s misconduct and grievance process to increase understanding and make it easier to report inappropriate behavior. Steps will include, but not be limited to: 

             - Defining protocol for handling allegations for all types of abuse.

             - Re-examining the grievance resolution process and procedures, including disciplinary sanctions, in the interest of encouraging reporting of abuse.

             - Permitting and encouraging third-party reporting of policy violations and abuse.

             - Creating a clear protocol for responding to allegations made outside the formal grievance process.

             - Facilitating and encouraging the reporting of abusive behavior through victim friendly reporting mechanisms and the empowerment of athletes. 

  • Developing mechanisms for increased auditing and review of programs an d those of member clubs to ensure compliance. 
  • Developing a legally implementable method to track adults who have been dismissed from clubs for violation of policies intended to prevent abuse. 
  • Providing a detailed hiring tool kit to member clubs. 
  • Implementing a strategic, comprehensive abuse prevention training plan for members, parents and athletes. 
  • Annually providing parents and athletes with information about USA Gymnastics abuse prevention policies and procedures. 
  • Tightening and enforcing athlete safety measures in place at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center, as well as formalizing orientation meetings, athlete monitoring and the athlete representative’s role. 
 
The Safe Sport Policy, which aligns with the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s requirements,  provides more information regarding abuse, expands definitions of misconduct, strengthens procedures for reporting and processing allegations of misconduct, clarifies member expectations and obligations, and identifies unacceptable behavior, including prohibiting failure to report suspected abuse, making a false report and retaliating against someone who files a report. Other changes from the Participant Welfare Policy are as follows. 
  • Requirement that members must report suspected sexual misconduct immediately to the appropriate legal authorities and the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Members must also report other safe sport-related misconduct and safe sport policy violations to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and/or USA Gymnastics, as appropriate and required. 
  • Introduction of proactive policies for members and member clubs to establish professional boundaries, decreasing opportunities for grooming and other inappropriate interactions. The policies include the following. 

             - Adult members are prohibited from being alone with minor gymnasts at all times. 

             - Unrelated adults are prohibited from sharing or being alone in a sleeping room with gymnasts.

             - Adult members are prohibited from having out-of-program contact with gymnasts via email, text or social media.

             - New requirements are in place regarding physical contact between adults and gymnasts. 

 
We have a lot of important work ahead of us, but we will be a stronger and better organization by committing to meaningful change. We will use the voices and perspectives represented in the report as a guide for the future. Success in competition is important, but not at the expense of an athlete’s health and safety. We are determined to do better. Going forward, we will continue to examine our culture and governance, listen to the community, and refine and improve to make our sport as safe as we can. 
 
 
For these changes to occur, the entire community – athletes, parents, coaches, administrators, judges, gym club owners, staff – needs to become one force. Year-in and year-out, the gymnastics community has demonstrated the incredible things that can be accomplished when we work together toward a common goal, and we are excited for the future.
 
USA Gymnastics Board of Directors (listed alphabetically)
 
David Benck 
Jay Binder 
Mike Burns 
Patti Conner 
David Durante 
Ava Gehringer 
Kelli Hill 
Terin Humphrey 
Bitsy Kelley 
Tom Koll 
Kathy Krebs 
Casey Koenig 
Natalia Kozitskaya 
Carisa Laughon 
Kevin Martinez 
Dylan Maurer 
Rome Milan 
Paul Parilla 
Cathy Rigby McCoy 
Yoichi Tomita 
Austin White

Information from April SACC meeting 3 months ago

Regional Information         
2018 Regionals in Tacoma, WA
2019 OSU in Oregon

Level 8 specialist will end their season at State not regionals
Xcel Regionals did not pass but they will have an invitational

State Information  

Fall Compulsory/Xcel State plus Level 7 NAWGJ Judge's Cup qualifying: November 18-19

Optional State: March 15-18
Xcel State: March 23-25
Sectionals: April 7-8 

Regionals: April 13-15
Spring Compulsory State: April 20-22
Western Nationals: May 4-6
JO Nationals: May 11-13

 

State and Sectional bids will be due no later than July 1st, 2017.

1 year trial for Compulsory State Meet- Friday Level 5 1-2 sessions, Saturday 4 sessions of Level 3 (340) & Sunday 3 session of Level 4 (255) and then 1 session of All Star.

Qualifying from Sectionals to State will go back to a % of %                     

Effective with the 2017/2018 Season USAG Washington will have an overall State Team trophy in lieu of a program of the year award. The trophy will be presented at our summer (State Congress) General Meeting. The results will be based on a points system which will be published before August of any given year.

The Committee would like to recommend  that squads present themselves to the judges before each event.

Effective immediately, the order of competition at Sectional and State meets will be  juniors, child then seniors.

2017-2018 Qualifying scores      32.00 across the board for JO.

XCEL - Spring/Fall State to 34.0 once for Bronze, Silver & Gold.  33.0 once for Platinum & Diamond.

Declaration Date
Declaration date for specialist and drop back be February 1st, 2018.

Reporting qualifiers - We will be using a Google Doc system – more to come

Up for Elections - North, Central, Education & Xcel July will be voting

 


2017-2018 Qualifying scores    3 months ago

JO - 32.00 across the board for JO (no change)
XCEL - 
 34.0 once for Bronze, Silver & Gold.  33.0 once for Platinum & Diamond.


Financial Report - June, 2017 3 months ago

USAGWA balance with USA Gymnastics as of June 6th is $27,044.38.


Women's Program Minutes from May 3 months ago

ALL Women’s Program Minutes from the May meetings are now approved and posted on the USA Gymnastics web site.

 

 

If you have questions, please let me know.


April 2017 SACC Agenda 5 months ago

 

Welcome                             Financial Report

                                            Regional Meeting Recap

 

Old Business                      Finalize 2017-2018 State Calendar

                                                            Sectional decision

                                           Club Award

                                                            Program of the Year (per National guidelines)

                                                            Overall State Team

 

New Business                    Sectional/State Championship bids

                                                            Due dates and criteria   

                                                            Level 2 State Meet (add or not)

                                                            Level 3/4 All Star meet (continue or not)

                                                            Age group draw – change procedure?

                                                            (actual draw will be done at July’s meeting)        

                                            2017/2018 Qualifying scores

                                            Declaration date  

                                            Reporting qualifiers

                                            Election

                                                           North/Central Education & Xcel Rep

                                            Judges Selection

                                            (may move to after committee reports)

                                                            Neutral Meet Referee for Optional State

 Committee Reports         2017 State Congress

                               2017/2018 Optional Training Days

 NAWGJ Report                Expectations and coach’s conduct

 Adjourn                            Set next meeting


CLARIFICATION ON QUALIFYING TO WESTERNS AND NATIONALS 6 months ago

Qualifying from Regionals to Westerns - Top 7 per age division per region with a minimum of a 34.00 All Around.

Qualifying from Regionals to JO NATIONALS - Top 7 per age division per region with a minimum of a 35.00 All Around.


February 2017 SAC Minutes 6 months ago

USAG Washington Committee Meeting February 20, 2017

State Chair: Sandy Flores called the meeting to order.

Committee Members Present:

Compulsory Rep: Laure Reid
Optional Rep: James Thomson
Secretary: Liz Thompson
South Rep: Kevin Milliren
Central Rep: Kim Thomson
East Rep: Mike Armstrong
Xcel Rep: Jan Urfer
Education Rep: Nola Ayers
NAWGJ Reps: Denise Green, Patty Ames

North Rep:Kelle Riley (absent)

Financial Report - $31,338.31 on hand

NAWGJ REPORT: 
Discussed a better way to draw for meets.
Meets in rented venues will come first as they sign contracts year(s) in advance.
The draw will be at the State Membership meeting in July.
Meet request forms due Saturday, July 22. / Meet schedule up June 1.
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Discussed the need to communicate to coaches the updates for warm-up time, specifically vault warmups. Judges will send email on this.

NEW BUSINESS:
Motion to award 2017 All Around Jackets for all level JO 3-10 / Xcel
Nola Ayres/Kevin Milliren. Motion passed unanimously 


Motion to allot up to $1500 for apparel to the Level 7 State Judge’s Cup team.
Mike Armstrong/ Kim Thomson. Motion passed unanimously 


Discussion to reinstate Program of the Year for the 2017/2018 season.
Laurie Reid will put together a point system to coincide with the Regional and National criteria. Committees will then reevaluate. 


Motion to pay for the entry fees and coach’s t-shirts for the Level 8 Regional All Star Team. 

Nola Ayres/ Laurie Reid. 
Motion passed unanimously 


2017/2018 CALENDAR
Fall Compulsory State: November 18-19
Optional State: March 15-18

Xcel State: March 24-25

Sectionals: April 7-8
Regionals: April 13-14
Spring Compulsory State: April 20-22
Western Nationals: May 3-4

JO Nationals: May 11-12

Discussion to possibly rename Sectional Championships to Compulsory Conferences and to provide more consistent judging, the North and Central Section could be combined. Opening up discussion with the membership for final decision in April.

A decision on whether to use a percent of a percent or a qualifying score will be determined after the 2017 Season.

A reminder that Specialists must be declared by February 27, 2017 for the 2017 Season 


State Administrative Committee positions up for election thus July are: 


·      Central Section Rep

·      North Section Rep o Education Rep

·      Xcel Rep

*Four sectional reps will remain as part of the Committee to better serve the State even if we will only be having 3 “sectional” conferences.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Education -2017 State Congress updates

Motion to Increase demonstrators by 20. 10 for level 6, 10 for Xcel. To include awarded leos.
Kevin Milliren/Laurie Reid. Motion passed unanimously

Discussed the possibility of introducing a program of training for newer coaches to encourage those to want a life-long career and how to better prepare them.

Level 9/10 All State Training
 will be March 25th at Emerald City Gymnastics Academy. 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Dinner to follow. 


Discussed keeping Fall State. Discussed possibly adding a mobility session at the meet. Discussed adding the level 7 State Team qualifier at the meet. 


Meeting was adjourned
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Next meeting: April 24th, 9:00 am at Emerald City Gymnastics.


Declaration Date 7 months ago

Just a reminder that the decleration date for Specialits and Optional level athletes is quickly approaching. After February 27th, there is no dropping back levels!

Xcel decleration date is March 6th. For those asking, Compulsories is determined at Sectionals.


TENTATIVE Optional State Schedule 7 months ago

Optional State will be hosted by Naydenov Gymnastics. 

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 17th - Level 6
Saturday, March 18th - Level 8 -10
Sunday, March 19th - Level 7

Please refer to Naydenov's website for udated information.


Upcoming State Administrative Committee Meeting 7 months ago

Please contact your Reps for input to the February SAC meeting!


Financial Report - September 2016 a year ago

Revenue from State Congress $40,860.00
Expenses from State Congress $36,937.43
Current Balance with USA Gymnastics $31,637.97

September 2016 SAC Meeting Agenda a year ago

State Administrator Committee Agenda
September 12, 2016


Programs of the Year a year ago

Congratulations to Auburn Gymnastics Center who was presented the 2016 Optional Program of the Year award. And to Emerald City Gymnastics Academy for 2016 Compulsory Program of the Year!


State Administrator Committee Agenda - August 20th, 2016 a year ago


SAC Election - Update a year ago

I did everything in my power to extend the start of the State Administrator Committee vote to allow you all to renew your membership (become current) and allow you the opportunity to vote in the current election. Simply Voting received the list at 10:10am this morning, I had a 10:30am deadline. All eligible voters will receive an email shortly. Good luck to all the candidates, Kevin Milliren and Christy Sawhill are running for the South Rep. George Kostadinov and James Thompson are running for Optional Rep. 

Voting will be open for 2 weeks. Terms will begin on August 31st.

The remaining 2016/2017 Committee will be as follows:
Sandy Flores - State Chair
Kim Thomson - Central Rep
Kelley Riley - North Rep
Mike Armstrong - East Rep
Laurie Reid - Compulsory Rep
Janet Urfer - Xcel Rep
Nola Ayres - Educational Rep
Liz Thompson - Appointed Secretary


 We need Staff lists for State Congress!! a year ago

If you have not sent your final roster (of staff) to Nola Ayres for State Congress, please do so ASAP. I need final numbers Monday, August 8th to order food. If your club does not send in counts, meals will not be provided! - Sandy


Photo/Video Guidelines from National Office a year ago

USA Gymnastics EVENT PHOTO & VIDEO POLICY

Limitations on Activity, Unauthorized Use, and Distribution

For considerations of liability, participant safety, and overall event enjoyment, family members/coaches are permitted to photograph and/or video their participant only from the designated spectator seating areas so as to not interfere with nor disrupt (i) any portion of the event; (ii) event participants and their performance; (iii) the intended use of public areas; and/or (iv) the viewing ability of others. All photos and videos taken during the event must be for personal use only.

Unauthorized commercial use, sale, or third party distribution of photos and videos from this event is strictly prohibited without prior written consent from USA Gymnastics. Violators are subject to immediate removal from the event and potentially held liable for any damage, or perceived damage, associated with the violation.

Prohibited Equipment: No Monopod, No Tripod, No Telephoto Lens greater than 6 inches or 200mm.

For the safety of the athletes, No Camera Flash is allowed during the event.


2016 SACM Elections a year ago

Professional Members,

As of today, July 1, 2016, I call for the nominations of four State Administrative Committee Members. The positions which will be up for reelection this year are the South Rep, the East Rep, the Compulsory Athlete Rep and the Optional Athlete Rep. The position descriptions and criteria are as follows:

East Sectional Rep – 2-year term

South Sectional Rep – 2-year term

Optional Athlete Rep – 2-year term

Compulsory Athlete Rep – 2-year term

Per Operating Code, State Administrative Committee members must be a minimum of 21 years of age and active in our state's program.

Nominations will close on July 15th, 2016. Candidate statements will be posted online and elections will be held online from August 1st to August 15th, 2016 (or there about). Newly elected officers will begin their term August 31st. More information on this procedure will follow.

PLEASE make sure your membership status is current so that you will be able to vote!

Per Operating Code, I may also appoint positions to the State Administrative Committee. At this time I am looking for individuals interested in the Secretary position. Please email me if you are interested.

Please make sure I receive all nominations by July 15th, 2016. If there is only one qualified nominee for any position, I, as the State Chairman will cast one vote and no general election will be necessary.

Thank you all for your dedication to the sport of gymnastics, and your commitment to the athletes of Washington State.

Nomination forms were emailed to all Professional members, please let me know if you need another one. Also, please let me know if there are any additional questions or concerns.

Sandy Flores