**UPDATED State Championships 2019 Information (2/21/19)

February 20th, 2019 by olssonf No comments »

Info available here:


Stanford hosts Gymnastics Clinic and International Collegiate Open

February 14th, 2019 by olssonf 2 comments »

Mark your calendars:

February 23rd, 2019, 4:00pm

Stanford will be hosting their annual International Collegiate Open in Burnham Pavilion.

Participation of the 2016 Olympic Champion Team, Japan guarantees an exciting competition for gymnastics fans of all ages. 

Plus, Stanford is offering a unique opportunity to NCBGA gymnasts and coaches: a clinic in their training facility prior to the competition (11:00am-3:00pm).


The clinic will serve to help the athletes focus on specific skills or sequences that they want to perfect or work on in our state-of-the-art facility with coaches from all over NorCal.

What: Boys Gymnastics Clinic at Stanford University, Pizza, and Admission to International Collegiate Open (72 gymnasts max total)

Levels:Level 5 – 10 (we want to try and have a big group of higher level guys if possible)

Entry/Registration Fee & Information:— $10 CASH per athlete + waiver (attached) – $10 will cover pizza for everyone and admission is free to the competition– Coaches are STRONGLY encouraged to come with their athletes to help collaborate with others and assist in running the clinic rotations

Where: — Clinic to be held in the Stanford Gymnastics Training Facility inside the Ford Center (365 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94035)– Competition held in Burnham Pavilion (615 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305)– Free street parking

When: Saturday, February 23rd– Clinic will be 11:00am – 3:00pm– Pizza will be 3:00pm – 4:00pm– Competition will be 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Why: To offer coaches and athletes an opportunity to work on specific skills/sequences in preparation for State Championships using our world class training facility. We also want coaches and athletes to stay and watch the International Collegiate Open as Stanford and Cal face off against Team Japan in what is sure to be an exciting and fun competition.

Following the clinic, we will have pizza for the boys, and then they will head to the competition hall to watch the competition, which starts at 4pm. 

Space is limited, so sign up early and guarantee a spot for all your athletes.  AND It’s important that we have enough coaches so we can run the clinic safely and efficiently (similar to an All-Star Clinic).

Please submit your entries to: sbgymnastics@gmail.com

Necessary information:
Participating Coaches: ___
Gym: ___
Athletes: (name, level, age): ___

Region 1 Championships

February 12th, 2019 by olssonf No comments »

I look forward to welcoming you all to Long Beach for the 2019 Region 1 Championships, April 3-7!

I have attached the meet info and hotel info documents that I am asking for you to all pass on to your coaches and parents. The hotel block will fill up very quickly once this email goes out! we have secured two great hotels within walking distance of the arena for $169 and $179 respectively. Please get on and book your hotel as soon as possible! 

Please visit the official Region 1 Championships Webpage for additional info including hotel info, things to do, meet info, and much more!


We hope you have a great remainder of your competitive season and we look forward to having you out in Long Beach, CA for the 2019 Region 1 Championships!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!

Adam Lomax

Region 1 Chairman

Region 1 Championships Co-Meet Director


Changes at the Helm

February 9th, 2019 by olssonf No comments »

To All Nor Cal Coaches, Parents and Athletes

I have officialy resigned my position as the Northern California State Chairman.  I am so greatful for the opportunity to have served this amazing community of dedicated and passionate professionals. 

Syque Caesar has been appointed by the Regional Chairman to replace me as the USA Gymnastics Nor Cal State Chairman.  I am so excited to have Syque stepping up into this daunting position.  I know he will lead Nor Cal to even bigger and better gymnastics. 

I will still see you at meets as I continue to judge and watch in awe of the progress each of you make from meet to meet and season to season.

Here’s to a great season:  GO NOR CAL!!!!

Much Aloha!
Michelle Huffman

Recreation Supervisor Gymnastics, Feather River Recreation and Park District

Owner, Ohana Gymnastics

2019 JO National website

February 1st, 2019 by olssonf No comments »
2019 jo national championships logo

I wanted to let you know that the 2019 JO National website is now live.  It can be accessed through the USA Gymnastics event website at


or it can be accessed directly with 


Please let the community know that they can now access it, including the NTS link to make hotel reservations.  If you have a state/region website, please link this to your site. I recommend bookmarking this page so that you can visit this site on a regular basis to get the most up to date information, schedule and start lists. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact anyone in the Men’s Program or our meet hosts, Tim Klempnauer, Roger Baldwin & Debbie Baldwin. Best regards, 

Lisa Mendel

Men’s Program Manager

130 E. Washington Street, Ste. 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204

p: 317.829.5664 | usagym.org

Confirm Athlete Levels

January 30th, 2019 by olssonf No comments »

Reminder To All Coaches and Parents:

Jan 31 is the FINAL day to confirm athlete Levels AND Divisions to be included in the Regional Allotment.  Please triple-check your USAGym rosters to make sure your athletes’ Level, Division AND Birthdates are CORRECT.  Only Division 1 athletes are eligible to qualify to Regionals.  Athletes are ONLY able to qualify to regionals in the level USAGym has listed on Feb 1.

Please do so in the regional web portal:


Boys Rec Instructor & Team Coach Opportunity / Redwood City, CA

January 24th, 2019 by olssonf No comments »

Bayshore Elite Gymnastics is seeking full time, and part time, recreational and team staff.

We are located in Redwood City, California on the peninsula half way between San Francisco and San Jose.  We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a great work ethic, a passion for men’s gymnastics, and enjoy working with boys. Applicants must be “team players”, and work well with other staff members, in a combined effort developing high level gymnasts with the gymnasts best interest in mind. 

Preferred Qualifications  

  • Experience coaching recreational, compulsory and optional level gymnasts
  • Knowledgeable of J.O. program, FIG code of points, and Future Stars
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • USAG Professional membership with safety certification, SafeSport and background check, CPR & First Aid Certified


  • Competitive pay commensurate with the background and experience of the applicant
  • Additional pay for session based competitions 
  • Private lesson income opportunities

If you are interested, and want to learn more, please contact Eric Totman at BayshoreEliteMensGym@gmail.com.

Updates from the National Office

January 17th, 2019 by olssonf No comments »

National Gymnastics Foundation Head Tax / Scholarship Application

Under the current financial conditions, the National Gymnastics Foundation is still in place and operating as normal.  Communicate to all your constituents that the $1/gymnast head tax should be paid on each sanctioned event to avoid any sanction violation.  

On this note, remind your constituents that if they have a graduating senior(s) who may be interested in applying for the Men’s Program 2019 Scholarship, the applications are due to USA Gymnastics by May 15.  Here is the link to the Scholarship page of our website:  https://usagym.org/pages/men/pages/scholarship_program.html

Academic All-American Recognition Award

As mentioned last week, the Academic All-American Recognition Award online application portal is now open. Between Thursday and Monday, I received close to 80 applications.  Our kids are on top of it.  If you haven’t looked at this, I updated the questions for this year and the answers have been simply great to read.  Everyone is different and has great things to say.  For the most part, the majority of the kids are being recognized whether through morning announcements, a page in the year book or interviewed by the online school news portal.  However, there are a few that report that they get no recognition from their school.  Please encourage your coaches to be proactive and if they have athletes in this situation, contact the school(s) to ask about how to get those athletes recognized – even if it is only a morning announcement.  I can see by reading these answers that even the littlest recognition goes a long way.  Here is the link again to the AAA portal – https://usagym.org/pages/men/pages/academic_allamerican.html

Also communicate that this award will now be presented to the athletes at their respective Regional Championship and not JO Nationals.

NCAA Release of Information Online Form

The NCAA Release of Information Online Form is active as well.  Communicate to everyone who has a high school athlete interested in being recruited to complete this so that we can give his information to the NCAA coaches.  Here is the link: http://www.usagymforms.com/ncaa-release/

State & Regional Chairmen Elections

Note that this is an election year for the State and Regional Chairmen positions.  Plan accordingly and review the Rules & Polices that outline election rules.

State High School Championship Results

Remember to email me the results for the High School State Championships portion of your State Championships.  A couple of clarifications on this:

  1. If your state has an organized state championship, email me those results and I can post them.
  2. When reporting the results, it should be:
  • High School Team Results (home schools and virtual schools should not be included)
  • All-Around Results, if available (may include a high school level home/virtual schooled athlete)
  • Individual Event Results, if available (may include a high school level home/virtual schooled athlete)
  1. Feel free to include a photo or two and I will post it as well

Mark Your Calendars

Here are some tentative dates to mark on your calendars:

1/18-19RD761 Jr International Team CupKaty, Texas
2/15-17Winter Cup Challenge (F/Su Competition)South Point Hotel, Las Vegas
3/2Elite Team CupGreensboro
3/2American CupGreensboro
3/29-30Men’s Collegiate National ChampionshipsNaval Academy, Annapolis
5/1-5JO NationalsReno
6/16-20L8/9 National Team CampUSOTC
7/5-7National QualifierUSOTC
7/7-11L10 National Team CampUSOTC
7/11-15Future Stars CampUSOTC
8/8-11U.S. ChampionshipsKansas City
TBDChairmen’s Summit & JOPC MeetingTBD
9/25-29Jr Development Camp (formerly Deci Camp)USOTC
10/4-13World ChampionshipsStuttgart, Germany
10/13-17L8/9 National Team CampUSOTC
10/17-21L10 National Team CampUSOTC
11/14-17Future Stars Nationals & Coaches WorkshopUSOTC
12/5-9L10 National Team CampUSOTC

* Events at USOTC are tentative pending USOC program approval

That is all for today.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dusty, Dennis or me.

Have a wonderful week.

Lisa MendelMen’s Program Manager130 E. Washington Street, Ste. 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204p: 317.829.5664 | usagym.org


December 28th, 2018 by olssonf No comments »

The Men’s Intercollegiate Gymnastic Support Program, Inc. (MIGS Program) has been working closely with the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Men’s and Women’s Gymnastic Teams and the College Coaches Association to reverse the decision by the administration to eliminate varsity college gymnastics from the UIC campus.  This poorly considered decision will have a rippling adverse affect on gymnastics community and opportunities for current and future generations of male and female gymnasts which is not and cannot be acceptable.

As part of the MIGS Program effort to help with messaging and fundraising, we have designed a ‘#FlipTheDecision’ t-shirt and banner (4’ x 4’) which includes two former UIC gymnasts and the Chicago Skyline superimposed on the outline of the United States.  Please click on the link to see a very relevant message from Mike Burns and the University of Minnesota Men’s Gymnastic Team:

#flipthedecision shirt


It is our request that every gymnast, alumni, coach, judge, club owner, parent and friend of gymnastics purchase this t-shirt and wear it at every competition this year.  Furthermore, it is our request that every gymnastic team in the country purchase a banner, put on the shirt, create a respectful ‘#Flip The Decision’ picture and video, and send it to the UIC Athletic Director, President and Board of Regents.  It is important that the UIC get a very important message from everyone in the gymnastic community that their decision is a bad one and must be reversed.

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!!!  So, do it now.  There are two ways to order:

  1. Order on line at:  www.migsp.org.  Click on ‘Help Save UIC’.  Please place order as a team, if possible, to ensure efficiency of delivery and to reduce cost of shipping.
  2. Fill out the attached order form and mail it along with a check to the designated address.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this request and…


Best regards, 

Bob Wuornos, Ph.D., Founder

MIGS Program



Paul Tickenoff will be Remembere

November 28th, 2018 by olssonf No comments »

On Sunday morning at 3:30am, Paul Tickenoff passed away.  He had been battling ALS for a couple of years.  While ALS may have taken his life, it never took his spirit!

Paul was not only a highly respected judge in Southern California and Region 1, but also across the entire country.  In addition to being a judge, he was also a Region 1 Chairman.  Throughout his life, Paul has done many many things.  Attached is information from when he received the Hiroshi Fujimoto Award in 2017 and a more detailed bio as well.

Paul will be truly missed by everyone.

October 19, 1948 – November 25, 2018