GREAT clinicians coming to Washington State Congress July 26th-28th:
Pete Arenas from Georgia Elite Gymnastics
2004 Olympian, Terin Humphrey
Oregon State University coaches, Tanya & Michael Chaplin
Brant Lutska, Flipping Education & NJ State Chair
Linda Thorberg, Flipping Education & R4 Technical Chair
Clinic opportunities available during State Congress weekend are as follows.
Level 6-10 - Friday, 26th 1:00pm-5:00pm - $40.00 (All State workout - includes dinner after) - Free to State Demonstrators
Level 2/3 - Sunday 28th, 9:00am-12:30pm - $50.00
Level 4/5 - Sunday, 28th, 1:00pm-4:30pm - $50.00
Please email Brent Phelps at email@example.com with your club totals. Checks and rosters can be sent to Brent @ Auburn Gymnastics. Checks made payable to USAGWA. Limited spots available so, register TODAY!
The U.S. Center for Safe Sport has created a new requirement that all athletes, age 18 or older, must complete the U110 to be in the field of play. The course is free and must be completed prior to March 23, 2019. This is a mandate from the USOC for all National Governing Bodies, not just USA Gymnastics.
USA Gymnastics will not begin auditing athlete membership records for compliance until April 23, 2019. This is after L9/10 Regionals but before E/W and JO Nationals. USAG DOES NOT want to tell an athlete who qualifies to any post season Championship meets that she cannot compete in that competition. Please help us remind these athletes that this needs to be completed asap.
DONNA LUCERO, a great contributor to Washington gymnastics, passed away on Thursday, November 29th after a short battle with cancer.
Donna started judging high school in 1972 encouraged by friends Pat Hatmaker and Kay Canedy. She was a founding member of Washington NAWGJ and later went on to become the NAWGJ State Director from 1989 – 1994. She judged for over 30 years in Washington State and Region 2 achieving what was then an Elite rating.
Donna will best be remembered for the mentoring she provided to new judges and her strong advocacy for high school gymnastics programs in Washington. Donna worked with school districts and WIAA administration to promote the value of high school gymnastics and advocated for the sport to be expanded and treated similarly to football and basketball. Donna was always the first to welcome and encourage new judges often inviting them into her home to learn from her experience. She had the unique ability to judge and explain at the same time, all with an encouraging smile on her face. Through her efforts Washington gained many new judges who are still actively judging today.
In 2008 she was inducted into the USAG Washington Hall of Fame and was also honored as the Washington Officials Association (WOA) Judge of the Year. In 2010 she was the inducted into the WOA Hall of Fame and remains the only gymnastics official to receive this honor.
Donna will be greatly missed by family and friends in the gymnastics community.
Services will be held on Friday, December 7th at 11:00am at St. Mary’s Church in Monroe (601 W. Columbia St). The family has requested no flowers but donations may be made to Catholic community services or a charity of choice in Donna’s name.
If you haven’t seen this already on the USAG website, it was posted November 20th. A huge thanks to J.D. McDonald and Shane McIntyre for creating this great learning tool for the three new vaults for Level 6 and 7. Also thanks to the Technical Committee for the evaluation and scoring of these examples to give the gymnastics community an idea of what to expect. It has about 8 of each of the three vault choices, shown first two times in regular speed, then a scoring sheet with deductions and finally a view of the vault again in slow motion.
This video can be found at the following locations on our website:
Announcement/link on the Women’s homepage https://usagym.org/pages/post.html?PostID=22970
Meet hosts in the State of Washington are required to send a copy of the sanction as well as the meet results to the State Chair. You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to Susan Riley 3616 South Rd #B3 Mukilteo, WA 98275. Results must be postmarked within seventy-two hours after the conclusion of the meet.
Please send the following information for all new qualifiers in an Excel spreadsheet with the gymnasts first name, last name, club, level, meet name and score achieved to: email@example.com or mail them to Susan Riley 3616 South Rd #B3 Mukilteo, WA 98275.
If you plan to use out of state meets for qualification purposes, you must send the meet results to the State Chair. You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to Susan Riley 3616 South Rd #B3 Mukilteo, WA 98275. Results must be postmarked within twelve days of the weekend of the competition. Results not postmarked within the required time will not count for qualifying.
State Administrator Committee Agenda
June 4, 2018
Finalize State Congress Schedule
2017-2018 Overall State Team Award
2018-2019 Judges selection
2019 Determination date & clarification
Committee criteria wording
Sectional/State entry fees
2018-2019 Sectional/State bids
All nomination and election information can be found on the "LINK" page.
As part of our outreach for Child Abuse Prevention Month, the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Department recently conducted a webinar on “How to Talk About Child Sexual Abuse Prevention,” which is available in the webinar archive. I have included a link to the webinar because it provides some of the guidance professional members have requested for addressing safe sport issues. Please contact Toby Stark, our director of safe sport, if you have any questions. We appreciate your time and dedication to our athlete’s safety and well-being.
All meet hosts should be sending me (as State Chair) scores from their meets so I can track all USA Gymnastics Washington Compulsory Fall State Qualifiers.
Come December 1st we will be going to an online entry system,. Meet hosts will still need to send me scores so I can cross reference results!
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!
Sectional and State will be due no later then July 15th. Please make sure you have verification of a secured venue with your bid.
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
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 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
JO - 32.00 across the board for JO (no change)
XCEL - 34.0 once for Bronze, Silver & Gold. 33.0 once for Platinum & Diamond.
USAGWA balance with USA Gymnastics as of June 6th is $27,044.38.
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.
Welcome Financial Report
Regional Meeting Recap
Old Business Finalize 2017-2018 State Calendar
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
North/Central Education & Xcel Rep
(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
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.
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
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.
Discussed the need to communicate to coaches the updates for warm-up time, specifically vault warmups. Judges will send email on this.
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
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.
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
Next meeting: April 24th, 9:00 am at Emerald City Gymnastics.
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.
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.
Please contact your Reps for input to the February SAC meeting!
|Revenue from State Congress||$40,860.00|
|Expenses from State Congress||$36,937.43|
|Current Balance with USA Gymnastics||$31,637.97|
State Administrator Committee Agenda
September 12, 2016
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!
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
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
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.
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.