Position Available

November 18th, 2014 by olssonf No comments »

scgymnastics-logoBoys Program Director and Team Coach

Santa Cruz Gymnastics Center is looking for an experienced coach to take over the growing boys program. The position includes managing the Boys Rec and Team programs, hiring and training new staff, as well as coaching the team boys. We are looking for someone with the leadership and creativity to take ownership of the program and develop it as he or she sees fit.

Established in 1973, SCGC is committed to helping children discover the joy of movement and fitness in a fun and safe environment. Our coaches provide kids with the physical and mental skills needed to achieve their goals inside and outside of the gym. Strong minds, strong bodies.

Full-time position. Compensation based on experience. 2 miles from the beach!

Send resume and cover letter to info@scgym.com.

2015 Winter Cup Challenge

November 4th, 2014 by olssonf No comments »

The 2015 Winter Cup Challenge will once again be held at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 18 – 21. Hotel information and a detailed event schedule will be posted in the very near future.

Information regarding the format and entry procedures for the 2015 Winter Cup Challenge is now posted on the Events Page page of the USA Gymnastics web site. The link to that page is:

Please read the Winter Cup Challenge information carefully and note the due dates for:
Entries: December 12, 2014 – This is a hard due date for entries from all invited participants. All entries must be received at USA Gymnastics by December 12.
Petitions: November 21, 2014 – The deadline for any athlete submitting a petition requesting to participate in the 2015 Winter Cup must be received at USA Gymnastics by November 21. Petitions must meet the criteria as outlined in the 2015 Winter Cup Challenge Entry Procedure document.
Please contact the Men’s Program at USA Gymnastics if you have any questions.

For USA Gymnastics,

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USA Gymnastics
Vice President of Men’s Program

2015 Academic All-American Recognition Award

October 8th, 2014 by olssonf No comments »

usag_logo_2002015 Academic All-American Recognition Award

is given every year at National Championships.

Here is the program’s Mission Statement (Per USAGym.org):

Mission Statement

Recognizing and rewarding academic achievement in junior gymnasts is paramount to the success of the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Program.

The Junior Program is designed to provide a training ground for the development of young athletes. While physical development is obviously important, the program must also stress development of values, morals and social skills, which will remain with these future citizens all their lives.

Encouraging a high level of academic achievement in our young athletes is as important as encouraging their athletic achievement. Motivation for this achievement, while intrinsically driven, can be enhanced by recognition by the USA Gymnastics Men’s Program.

The USA Gymnastics Men’s Program has therefore established the following Academic All-American Recognition Award program to be presented annually at the Junior National Championships.

2014 State Future Star informational flyer and registration form

September 4th, 2014 by olssonf No comments »

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Northern California
State Future Stars Testing


When: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Where: Accel Gymnastics
888 Hinckley Rd. Burlingame, CA

Event Director: Eric Totman (Eric@GoldCountryClassic.com)


Cost: $75 per athlete ($85 if post marked after Aug. 15th). Send one check per club, payable to “GCC, LLC”, and mail to:

Eric Totman
1919 Latigo Way Stockton, CA 95206

Entry Form and Fees Due: Friday, August 15th

Admission: $10 General Admission
$5 Youth (12 and under) and Seniors (65+)
FREE for children 6 and under.

2014 Region 1 Future Stars

September 3rd, 2014 by olssonf 2 comments »

futurestarsHere is the information on this year’s Future Stars Testing, Clinic and Camp:

2014 Future Stars Evaluation and Clinic Information

Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, 2014

2014 Future Stars Camp Information

Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19, 2014

Registration Form

Hotel Information


Gold Country Classic

August 19th, 2014 by olssonf No comments »

gold country classicCoaches,

I invite you and your gymnasts to participate in the Gold Country Classic 2015 men’s and women’s gymnastics competition to be held February 20th-22nd. Once again this event will be held at the spacious 40,000 sq. ft. Oakland Marriott City Center. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • NEW Coach Cash Prizes for Returning Clubs! Coaches who brought gymnasts to the GCC last year will receive money for EVERY gymnast they bring this year. The more gymnasts you bring, the more money you will receive!!
  • No Team Fees! 3-4 gymnasts make up a team with 3 scores per event counting towards your team score. Smaller teams, with high quality gymnasts, have a chance to take home a team trophy at the GCC.
  • FREE flat screen TV for every club that brings 50+ gymnasts! Clubs must be fully registered, and for paid, by November 1st to receive their free TV.
  • Lots of Awards!!

Receive the “Early Bird” discount by fully registering, and paying for, your gymnasts by November 1st.   For more information, and registration forms, please visit www.GoldCountryClassic.com.


Eric Totman
Gold Country Classic, LLC

San Mateo Gymnastics Invitational

August 19th, 2014 by olssonf No comments »

2015smginviteJanuary 9-11, 2015

We are pleased to announce that our 4th annual SMG Invitational – the SMGi15 – will be held at the Red Morton Community Center in Redwood City, California.

Don’t miss this 3-day (Fri-Sun) competition with men/boys gymnastics from Level 4 to Level 10.

Visit the Meet Website for flyer and registration information

The SMG Invitational is presented by the SMG Boosters and SMG.

Registration closes when the meet is full. This typically happens early November, so please get your registration and deposits in as soon as possible to secure your club’s place in this year’s competition!

2014 Future Stars Registration and workshop

August 19th, 2014 by olssonf No comments »

logo_future-starsThe 2014 Future Stars registration form and Coach’s Workshop information and registration form is now posted on the USA Gymnastics website. Please give this the widest distribution possible.


Thank you and have a nice day!

USA Gymnastics, Men’s Program Manager

2015 Academic All-American Recognition Application

August 19th, 2014 by olssonf No comments »

The 2015 Academic All-American Recognition Application is now available on the USA Gymnastics website, Men’s page.  Please share this with your constituency and if you have a link to this on the state or regional website, please update the link.


I wish everyone an exciting and safe competitive season!

Warm wishes,

USA Gymnastics, Men’s Program Manager

USA Gymnastics Boys High School Program

August 19th, 2014 by olssonf No comments »

As we move into a new school year and competitive season, I wanted to share with you two exciting initiatives within the Men’s Program which are designed to encourage growth and retention in boy’s gymnastics.

USA Gymnastics Boys High School Program

USA Gymnastics has been working closely with the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations (NFHS) to encourage the retention and growth of boys high school gymnastics. This initiative is being addressed at two levels.

  • For those states whose athletic associations recognize boy’s gymnastics as a varsity sport, USA Gymnastics is now the official source of boys high school rule manuals for the NFHS and these rules are  closely associated with the men’s Junior Olympic Program.
  • For those states whose athletic associations do not recognize boy’s gymnastics, we have developed an NFHS endorsed, USA Gymnastics Boys High School Program.

In the spring of 2013, we began a pilot program of reporting Boys High School results as part of the USA Gymnastics Age Group Competition Program State Championship meets. This program will be expanded and formalized for the upcoming competition season. Attached, please find the USA Gymnastics Boys High School Program Manual. This manual is intended to provide the framework for clubs to be able to establish high school recognition programs for all of their high school age competitors.

This will be a grassroots growth program where success will be dependent to a large extent on the efforts of individual clubs. The high school initiative is already receiving very positive reviews and experiencing success at the state athletic association level and at the local high school level at which it is aimed.

Please take the time to read the material in the USA Gymnastics Boys High School Program Manual and to formulate your action plan for getting your athlete’s hard work and accomplishments recognized by their high schools. I am very excited about this program and its potential within the Men’s Program.

Essential Elements Levels 1-2-3

I am equally excited about the Essential Elements Levels 1-2-3 Program. The Essential Elements Program is an entry level boys program which replaces the former Basic Skills Achievement Program, but it is so much more than that! Please take a few minutes to review the attached article which appeared in Technique Magazine if you did not get the chance to see or read it before.  As noted in the materials, “The Mission of the program is to provide accessibility to boy’s gymnastics through a structured program that can be easily implemented in a variety of environments and facility locations. The program is designed to be ‘cost effective’ and ‘space efficient’ for both the athlete and the program director. USA Gymnastics seeks to provide a program that can be implemented as a ‘plug and play’ package where boy’s gymnastics programs may not currently exist or as an addition to an already established youth sports program.

The Essential Elements Levels 1-2-3 Program has the potential to affect tremendous growth within the Men’s Program by allowing programs to market to a very diverse group of boys. If you are going to be at the USA Gymnastics National Congress, stop by the USA Gymnastics booth in the Trade Show Hall and check out the Essential Elements Programmaterials. Kudos to Junior Olympic Program Coordinator Dusty Ritter and to Al Scharns for their work on this great program.

Please be sure to contact the Men’s Program here at USA Gymnastics if you have questions regarding either of these new programs.

Good luck to all in the coming season!

For USA Gymnastics,

USA Gymnastics, Vice President of Men’s Program