USA Gymnastics Washington State Handbook


USA Gymnastics Washington                            

State Handbook

A. General Washington State Information

1. Introduction

The USA Gymnastics Washington Handbook is intended to clarify those areas left to state discretion by the USA Gymnastics Rules and Policies and to clarify procedures to implement the rules. This handbook will be updated by the USA Gymnastics Washington Committee and USA Gymnastics State Chair, but make sure your handbook is updated according to the recent minutes. Nothing herein is intended to change any policy outlined in USA Gymnastics Rules and Policies. No deviation from the Handbook is allowed without the prior approval of the USA Gymnastics Washington State Committee.

2. State Committee Members(link on website)

3. Duties of the State Administrative Committee (SAC)

All Committee Members must:

East Sectional Representative   

Central Sectional Representative 

North Sectional Representative 

South Sectional Representative 



Optional Athlete Representative 

Compulsory Athlete Representative

Xcel Athlete Representatives 

Educational Representative 


4. Election Procedures

The election of the USA Gymnastics Washington Committee is done prior to August 1 every year. Each position represents one vote. The State Chair may appoint committee positions that are non-voting and serve in an advisory capacity only.

Nomination requests will be sent to all professional members. Any nomination not filled out completely or containing false information will be disqualified.

The election will be done online. If only one person is nominated for a position,the State Chair will cast the deciding vote and no formal election will be conducted.

5. Committee Meeting Dates

The SAC will meet a minimum of three times a year, and at any other time deemed necessary by the State Chair. State Committee meetings are closed unless otherwise stated per USA Gymnastics Operating Code (Article VII). Should a professional member have a specific reason to address the committee, accommodations will be made. Members are encouraged to contact the appropriate committee members to discuss any questions, concerns or problems that may arise. Committee meeting agenda will be emailed out to all Professional Members and additionally will be posted by the State Secretary on the USAGWA website prior to each meeting to allow for member input. 

6. Website

USA Gymnastics Washington will contract and maintain a website. The website will be the main source of information concerning competitive gymnastics in Washington State. Every effort will be made to keep the website up to date bythe State Secretary.

7. State Clinic

Each year the USA Gymnastics Washington will sponsor a State Clinic. This shall serve as an educational opportunity for professional members and at times athletes in our state


8. Washington State Hall of Fame (WSGHOF)

The purpose of the Washington State HOF shall be to recognize the achievements of those who have earned the respect and admiration of their peers during their careers as gymnasts, coaches and judges in Washington Women’s Gymnastics.The USAGymnastics Washington Hall of Fame Chairman shall review nominations from the USA Gymnastics Washington membership at large (nomination form is available on the USAGWA website). The acceptable list will be forwarded to the USA Gymnastics Washington State Committee, where the final decision on enshrines will be made. The State Committee will determine how often the Hall of Fame ceremony will occur. HOFinductees will be honored during the Level 10 State Championship awards ceremony.

The Hall of Fame shall serve as a place where the gymnastics community of Washington State remembers the legacies of gymnastics professionals for eternity.

Nominating Committee:  Laurel Tindall, Pricilla Hickey and Patti Gable.




9. Clubs – Sections

Central Section
Bainbridge Island
CEG West
Emerald City Gymnastics
Falcon Gymnastics
Gymnastics East
Gymnastics Unlimited
Hart’s Gymnastics
Metropolitan Gymnastics
Mt. Si Gymnastics
Olympic Gymnastics
Seattle Gymnastics

South Elite Athletics
Summit Gymnastics

East Section

AIM Gymnastics

All American
Apple Valley
Colville KIPS
Dynamic Gymnastics
Evergreen Gymnastics 
Garland’s Gymnastics
Gymnastics Plus
Mountain View Gymnastics
Northwest Gymnastics 
Rodeo City Gymnastics
Spokane Gymnastics
SPORT Gymnastics
360 Gym and Cheer

North Section

Advantage Gymnastics

Alpha Gymnastics
Bothell Gymnastics
Cascade Elite Gymnastics
Edmonds Illusions
Gymagine Gymnastics
Ground Zero Gymnastics
Gym Star Sports Center
Klahhane Gymnastics
Leading Edge Gymnastics

Morrison Gymnastics
Mt. Baker Gymnastics
North Coast Gymnastics

Northshore Gymnastics
Northwest Aerials
Rising Stars Gymnastics
Sky Valley Gymnastics

The Gymnastics Connection
Twisters Gymnastics

South Section

AGA Northwest

Alley Oop
Auburn Gymnastics
Black Hills 
Crystals Gymnastics
Grace Gymnastics
Mercy Gymnastics
Naydenov Gymnastics
Northpointe Gymnastics
Peak Gymnastics

Thorbecks Gymnastics
Yelm Gymnastics
Zenith West


10. TOPs

TOPs (Talent Opportunity Program), is a talent search and educational program for female gymnasts ages 7-10 and their coaches. During the months of June and July gymnasts age 7-10 are evaluated on physical abilities at the state or regional level. These dates are set by your State TOPsmanager in conjunction with the National TOP Manager.

From the evaluation athletes areinvited to participate in the National TOPtest that is conducted in the month of October. They will be evaluated on the same physical abilitiestests along with some basic gymnastics’ skills. Athletes are then invited to participate in the National TOPs Training camp which takes place in December of each year. 

For more information, please contact Washington’s TOP’s manager Tori Smieja at Olympic Gymnastics Center

B. Washington Competition Information

1. Washington Competition Calendar

The USA Gymnastics State Calendar shall be determined by the USA Gymnastics Washington State Committee on or before July 1stof each year. The calendar is updated as needed throughout the year. The calendar shows all meets that have submitted their judge request form. Clubs must submit a form even if you are not requesting judges to be assigned to your meetThe calendar is accessed on the events page of the state website.

2. Reporting Meet Results

Meet hosts in the State of Washington are required to send the competition results and a copy of the sanction to the State Chair. Results must be postmarked within seventy-two hours after the conclusion of the meet. 

If you plan to use out of state meets for qualification purposes, please verify the host will have at least a 2-judge panel to meet our State qualification requirements. You must also mail the meet results to the State Chair. Results must be postmarked within twelve days of the weekend of the competition. 

Clubs must also send the State Chair a list of NEW QUALIFERS within 72 hours of the conclusion of the meet. Send in Excel format (example below): First Name, Last Name, Club, Level, Meet Name, Score. 
















Clubs must also register their athletes that qualified to the State Championships on the USA Gymnastics Meet Reservation System within 5 days of the meet to which they qualified, This will assist the meet host in advance planning for the number of potential qualifiers. Payment is not due until the due date given by the State Meet host.

3. Meet Host Request for Judges(Bid forms and Criteria are on Forms Page)

To Host a Meet

Local and Invitational meets to be held August – May:
Meet request forms should be completed and mailed to NAWGJ with the assigning fee (payable to NAWGJWA). The State Chair and NAWGJ will compile the meet calendar for meets using these forms. Improperly filled out forms or forms without the assigning fee will not be considered for meets. Judges will be assigned to meets in order of forms received. (Every effort will be made to fill every meet requested. When the local judge pool has been depleted, with club permission, out of area judges will be used to fill the meets.)

Judges will be assigned by proximity to the club, unless specified otherwise and the level of the judge required will be taken into account. The assignor will make every effort to fulfill any special request, however there is no guarantee. Clubs must be in good financial standing with USA Gymnastics Washington and NAWGJWA to schedule meets.

The request for Judges Form is available on the USA Gymnastics Washington website here OR from the SACC or the NAWGJ State Judging Director. (USA Gymnastics Washington uses it’s own forms that can be found on our forms page here).

The USA Gymnastics Judges Compensation Package will be used at all sanctioned competitions and can be found in the USA Gymnastics Rules & Policies.

4. Championship Meet Bids(Meet Request Form is on Forms Page)

The following is the criteria the committee will be considered in selecting the State Championship hosts:

Any USA Gymnastics Washington Registered club in good standing may bid on a State Championship meet by using a USAGWA Meet Request Form. The form will be emailed to all clubs with host decisions made on or no later July 1st of each year for that competitive year. 

5. Meet Directors

Effective August 1, 2019

6. Selection of State Meet Judges

All State Meets require a two-judge panel with a separate meet referee.


1) NAWGJWA will solicit appropriately rated judges concerning interest and availability 

     for State Championships once dates are determined by the USAGWA Committee

2) NAWGJWA will recommend to the USAGWA Committee, judges for each State 

    Championship from the pool of interested and available judges.

3) USAGWA will make the final selection of judges in rank order, including alternates,

     based on the interest and available judges

             4) NAWGJWA informs and issues contracts, including alternate contracts, to judges   

                  selected by the USAGWA Committee.



C. Washington State Championships

1. Junior Olympic (Level 2-10) Qualifications  

Qualifying to State Championships begins August 1

Level 2-8: 34.00 All Around in one meet with a 2-judge panel

Event Specialist to State (Level 8 and above): 8.5 per event

Event Specialist-State to Regionals: 9.0 per event


·       Level 2-4 Achievement ribbons and All-Around placement.

·       Level 5-10 Event and All-Around placement.

·       Ribbon System for Level 2, 3, and 4.

                        9.0 and Higher: Red, White and Blue Ribbon

8.5-8.975: Blue Ribbon

8.0-8.475: Red Ribbon

7.5-7.975: White Ribbon

7.0-7.475: Yellow Ribbon

Below 7.0: Rainbow

2.  Xcel

Qualifying to State Championships begins August 1

All Levels: 34.00 All Around in one meet with a 2-judge panel

Xcel Event Specialists State Qualification

One score of 8.0 or higher on event to qualify to State Championships (may only qualify in up to 3 events as a specialist).


Judging Panels

Gold, Platinum and Diamond: Judges must have a minimum 7/8 rating 

State: Two officials with a minimum 7/8 rating (all levels)


WA Xcel Awards 

Bronze/Silver:Achievement ribbons and All-Around placement.

Gold/Platinum/Diamond: Event and All-Around placement.

·       Ribbon System for Xcel Bronze and Silver

                        9.0 and Higher: Red, White and Blue Ribbon

8.5-8.975: Blue Ribbon

8.0-8.475: Red Ribbon

7.5-7.975: White Ribbon

7.0-7.475: Yellow Ribbon

Below 7.0: Rainbow

3. Draw

All State Championships will be divided by birthdate into approximately equal sized age group by the host.  There should be approximately 20 gymnasts in each age group.  (divide total number of entries by 20)There should be the same number of age groups in each session of the meet. The USA Gymnastics Washington Committee has determined that the competition order will be a randomized draw (April 2019). 

The draw for the order of gymnasts and events shall be conducted by the State hosts and witnessed by a USA Gymnastics Washington Committee member, the State Meet Director or the State Chair.

4. Awards/Certificates/Financial Reports

State Meets

Host clubs are responsible for the cost of All-Around and Individual Event awards, using the official USA Gymnastics medals per the Rules and Policies to meet the 50% award requirement.  The state will cover the cost of the Team Award Banners when there are at least 10 clubs participating per level. The host must e-mail their order for the official state medals to the State Chair no later than 10 days prior to the State meet. Payment for medals must be paid to USA Gymnastics Washington within seven days of the completion of the state meet, along with the USA Gymnastics Washington competition fee. Ties are not broken at State Championships. Duplicate awards are presented.  


There will be Open Scoring at Optional State Championships.  


Compulsory State Championships Team Awards: Small team (9 athletes or less) and Large team (10 athletes or more) awards will be given at any Compulsory State Championships that has over 20 clubs entered with more than three competitors. Small Team: 3 scores on each event per team will count for the team score. Large Team: 4 scores on each event per team will count for the team score. When there are no large/small team designation three scores will count.

Team Awards: 50% of all teams with a maximum of 7 Places given out. (April 2019). 

Competition Fee

$5.00 of each state entry fee must be paid to USA Gymnastics Washington and $5.00 to Region 2 no later than seven days following the state meet competition weekend. These should be sent to USA Gymnastics Washington.

Financial Report

Each State Meet host must turn in a meet financial statement no later than 14 days following their meet to the state director.


State meets cannot exceed $20.00 per adult / $10.00 per child per session or a $40.00 day pass (April 2019).

D. 2019-2020 Dates/Locations State Championships 

Clarification: State entry fees due 30 days before meet weekend for all gymnasts qualifying by that date. For gymnasts qualifying after that date, but before the last qualifying weekend (two weekends prior to the State Meet) you must send an entry form and the entry fee the Monday following the qualifying weekend. A late fee of $25 per athlete will be charged for any late entries to the State meet.

Meet host must send out meet information including site, entry fee amount, due date and tentative level competition days by EMAIL to all clubs in the state at least 30 days before the meet weekend to allow for travel arrangements to be made


2020 Optional State                 Levels 6-10                    

Date: March 27-29                                                                                                         Host: Cascade Elite West                                                                                  Location: Kitsap Sun Pavilion                                                                                                                                                   Entry Fee: TBD                                                                                                              Last Qualification Weekend: March 13-15                                                        Qualification Score Level 6-8: 34.0 AA one time                                                   Qualification Score Level 9-10:  32.0 AA one time                     Declaration Date: March 16                                                                             

2020 Compulsory State & Sectional Team Competition          Levels 2-5                    

Date: April 3-5                                                                                                     Host: Auburn Gymnastics Center                                                                               Location: Puyallup Fair Grounds                                                                                                                                                   Entry Fee: TBD                                                                                                              Last Qualification Weekend: March 20-22                                                       Qualification Score: 34.0 AA one time                                      Sectional Team: Top 12 -L3 and L4 at State                                                                                                                                        

2020 Xcel State Gold/Platinum/Diamond                  

Date: April 24-26                                                                                                   Host: Northwest Aerials                                                                              Location: Everett Community College                                                                                                                                                 Entry Fee: TBD                                                                                                              Last Qualification Weekend: April 10-12                                                       Qualification Score: 34.0 AA one time                                                            Declaration Date:April 13                                                                                                                                                                       

2020 Xcel State            Bronze/Silver                  

Date: May 1-3                                                                                                Host: Garland's Gymnastics                                                                             Location: Southridge Sports Complex                                                                                                                                             Entry Fee: TBD                                                                                                              Last Qualification Weekend: April 17-19                                                       Qualification Score: 34.0 AA one time                                               Declaration Date: April 20                                                                                                                                                                          


2020 Xcel Regionals Gold/Platinum/Diamond                

Date: May 8-10                                                                                               Host:TBD                                                                                            Location:TBD                                                                                                                                            Entry Fee: TBD                                                                                                               Qualification: TBD                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

2020 JO Regionals                 Level 7-10 and                                Level 8 Regional Team Challenge               

Date: TBD                                                                                               Host: TBD                                                                          Location: TBD                                                                                                                                            Entry Fee: TBD                                                                                                               Qualification Level 7/8:  % of %                                                          Qualification Level 9/10: 34.0 AA at State                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

2020 JO                                 Westerns               

Date: May 8-10                                                                                                                                                                              Location: Roseville, CA                                                                                                                                           Entry Fee: TBD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

**$5.00 of each state meet entry fee is a competition fee for USA Gymnastics Washington and $5.00 for Region 2. These funds must be paid to USA Gymnastics Washington within seven days of the competition of the meet. Please send with the results, copy of the sanction and financial report.

Sectional Team All Star Meet
•USA Gymnastics Washington will not be charging an entry fee for this meet. 
•Each competitor will receive a leotard in their sectional color paid for by the State Committee.
•North Section= BLUE                                                                                                                                   Central Section = PURPLE                                                                                                                           South Section = RED                                                                                                                                          East Section = GREEN
•Top 12 Level 3’s and Top 12 Level 4’s (regardless of age group) from the State meet will comprise the sectional team.
•No alternates.
•Separate level awards will be given. 8 scores will count towards the team score for each level.                                                                                                                                                 •Participants will also receive a plaque from the State Committee.