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Regional registration, New board, Various other items

March 20th, 2019

If you are going to regionals please make sure you register through USAG online registration! Heather sent out information on getting coaches Polo sizes so please make sure you get that done by Thursday. [email NCBGA Treasurer, Heather Flores requesting the form link]

Over last weekend we elected the “new” NCBGA Board of Directors. They will not start their positions until August 1st 2019 which is why I have new in quotes. Syque Caeser was elected as NorCal State Chair and has a voice/no vote as part of the board; Lee Pinkstaff was elected NCBGA Chairman, Heather Flores was elected Treasurer; Chris Nagy was elected Secretary; and Vince Miller At Large. We still have openings for Vice Chair and 2 at large positions. According to the bylaws those positions will be appointed by the board.

Bids for next years State Championships. We (NCBGA Board of Directors) decided that we would take all bids for next year’s Championships regardless of format. If you want to put a bid for a 1 weekend level 4/5 state and level 6 -10 on a separate weekend, we will look at that; if you want to bid as one weekend all regional qualifiers meet and then a level 4,  xcel and all division 2 athletes we will look at that. We don’t want to limit clubs ability to host State Championships and would like to look at all possibilities. Having said that, the deadline for getting bids in for State Championships in is June 1st.

All-Star team clinic is this coming weekend; Sunday March 24th at Elevate. Syque has already sent info on this so I won’t repeat it here (if you do need it let me know and I’ll get it to you). This clinic is for the All-Star teams, but we encourage all coaches to attend.

Minutes from the general membership meeting will be posted on the website in the next few days. If you didn’t attend the meeting, it would be a good idea to look them over.

That’s all for now!

Lee Pinkstaff, NCBGA Chairman
Lee’s United Gymnastics Academy

**UPDATED State Championships 2019 Information (3/13/19)

March 11th, 2019

Info available here:

Includes registration procedures for regionals, All-star uniform information.

2019 Spring General Meeting

March 7th, 2019
ncbga voter ballot
NCBGA Elections: Saturday night of 2019 State Championships

Here is a tentative agenda (download PDF version) for our general membership meeting at state championships (to be held after the last session Saturday Night) . If anyone sees anything you think I should add please send me that info right away.

As you know this is an election year and the following people have submitted their names for consideration as board members: Syque Caesar for USAG State Chair, Lee Pinkstaff for NCBGA Chair, Heather Flores for Treasurer, and Chris Nagy for secretary. We still have openings for Vice Chair and At Large positions. If interested or you want to nominate someone please do so as soon as possible. I’ll send another email with a more formal introduction of the people being nominated with biographical info accompanying that.  Since we are voting for USAG NorCal State Chair at our meeting it is important for all USAG clubs to attend this meeting even if not a member of NCBGA.

I’m sure everyone is curious about the bylaws and the plans we have with that. Right now we are editing the bylaws as recommended by a lawyer that I used to review them.  I did my own edits & have submitted a copy of those to all our board members for their review, comment and any additional edits. Once I have the board members input and an updated copy of those edits we are going to submit those for review by a lawyer so that they can further comment or suggest any other edits we need to make. My hope is to have the edits done, and lawyer review so that we may present these updates to the general membership at our state meeting. It is NOT my intention to have any vote on any part of the bylaws at this meeting. There isn’t enough time for everyone to thoroughly review those and make recommendations for final edits/changes. We will highlight anything that we feel is important for all of you to take note of. I would like everyone to take them, read them thoroughly and make recommendations. I would like the bylaws to be updated with all recommendations from general membership by May 31st. That should give everyone plenty of time to look at these.

That’s it for now!


Lee Pinkstaff, NCBGA Chairman
Lee’s United Gymnastics Academy

Tentative Agenda

(download PDF version)

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of previous minutes
  • Board Reports
    NCBGA Chair

Bylaws – review/update/plan
All Star Team Clinic Mini Camp (Sunday March 24th)
Elevate Gymnastics 3132 Dwight Rd. #100, Elk Grove, Ca. 95758
NCBGA Sponsored training events

USAG State Chair

State and/or regionals info

Vice Chair
End of year awards banquet tentative date May 11th


State Status

Make sure all clubs keep info up-to-date (Club contact, phone, email, address)

At Large

    Voting for USAG State Chair
    Voting for NCBGA Board positions
    Open discussion
  • Adjourn

Stanford hosts Gymnastics Clinic and International Collegiate Open

February 14th, 2019

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:

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

Region 1 Championships

February 12th, 2019

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

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
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 |

Confirm Athlete Levels

January 30th, 2019

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

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

Updates from the National Office

January 17th, 2019

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:

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 –

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:

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 |