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 »

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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

2014 Fall/Summer GMM

August 11th, 2014 by olssonf No comments »

I hope everyone is planning to attend Region 1 congress this weekend.  There are MANY of our TOP coaches from our State and the Nation gathering for one of the best educational opportunities available.  It took a little bit to confirm our space but, our General Membership Meeting will be this Friday, Aug 15 at 7:30 pm in the San Juan/San Carlos room at the Double Tree in San Jose.  This is the same meeting room that will hold all the Men’s Program lectures and I’m excited to see the depth of knowledge and perspective in this fantastic pool of lecturers.

I look forward to seeing everyone Friday night at 7:30!!!

NCBGA General Membership
2014 Summer/Fall Meeting

Date: August 15th Time: 7:30p
Place of Meeting: Region 1 Congress Double Tree by Hilton San Juan/San Carlos Room


  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes
  • Chairperson’s Report
    • State Meet Schedule
    • All Star Team Mini-Camp Site needed
    • Incorporation and Non-profit Status
  • Board Members’ Reports
  • Old Business
    • Super clinic report
  • New Business
    • State Format Proposal
    • Calendar
  • Nomination Committee
  • Contact Mike Ashe
  • Adjournment

Michelle Huffman

NCBGA Chairman
Ohana Gymnastics


Age Group Competition Program Update #4 & Technical Sequences Manual

August 11th, 2014 by olssonf No comments »

After careful consideration of submissions from the community and the review of the Age Group Competition Committee, the Optional Rules Committee, and the Technical Sequences Committee, we have released Age Group Competition Program Update #4.  The clarifications to the Age Group Competition Program rules listed in this document are in addition to those in the previous Age Group Competition Updates (#1, 2, & 3) that remain in effect.  The items and replacement pages in Age Group Competition Program Update #4 are effective immediately.

Further, we have updated the Technical Sequences Program Manual and have released it in its entirety.  This update will replace all previously issued Technical Sequences documents beginning December 1, 2014.

This document will serve as the clarifications/changes document for the 2013-2016 Junior Olympic Age Group Competition Program.

The current Technical Sequence Manual and Updates as well as the Future Stars Manual will still be in effect for this 2014 Future Stars season through Future Stars Nationals.

This material will be utilized along with video analysis in the upcoming judges’ certification courses. These updates are in effect for the 2015 age group competition season.

LINK:  https://usagym.org/pages/post.html?PostID=14672&prog=h

The link may be accessed by visiting the Men’s Program page of the USA Gymnastics website under MEMBER UPDATES and by clicking on RULES / TECHNICAL UPDATES.

Effective Dates:

Age Group Competition Update #4 & replacement pages:
Effective Immediately

Technical Sequences Manual (August 2014):
Effective December 1, 2014