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

NCBGA Workout #4

November 13th, 2018 by olssonf No comments »
First of all I’d like to say our hearts go out to all of those affected by the horrendous wildfires.  We hope everyone can stay safe and do their best to preserve a sense of normalcey.  
This Sunday is the final NCBGA Workout at Head Over Heels from 12-4p.  Please register through the USAG Meet Reservation System so we can plan rotations ASAP.  This workoiut is in conjunction with the NCGJA judges course and there will be judges looking to evaluate routines at all levels.  There will be limited time for feedback directly from the judges as they will be conferring mostly amongst themselves.  THe coaches attending the workout will be leading the training.  
I hope to see everyone there!
Much Aloha!

Michelle Huffman, NCBGA Chairman

2018 NCGJA Judges Course Information

October 24th, 2018 by olssonf No comments »
Mark you calendars for this year’s NCGJA Judges Course!  Please join us for our refresher course that will include both JO (though update #5) and National (FIG Newsletter 34).

2018 Judges Course Info (PDF)


November 17 and 18, 2017
8:00 am – 5:00 pm w/ a 45-min break for lunch (12:30 – 1:15 pm)
10:30 am – 11:30 am: General Membership Meeting (tentative)
11:30 am – 3:30 pm: Practical Judging in conjunction with NCBGA clinic
Saturday – Course
Emeryville Center of Community Life
1170 47th St. Emeryville CA, 94608
Room D220
Sunday – Practical training
Head Over Heals
F, 4701 Doyle Street Emeryville CA, 94608
Our State Apparatus Leaders (SALs) will be presenting their respective events.  They are:
Floor – Dan Wood
Pommel Horse – Sho Nakamori
Rings – Mike Hirsch
Vault – Jon Culbertson
Parallel Bars – Karen Muschinske
High Bar – Greg Ter-Zakhariants
Please keep in mind that the following items are required to judge:
1.  Have a valid USAG Professional Membership
2.  Pass your Background Check
3.  Have a current Safety Certification
4.  Register for the Northern California Course via NGJA..  In order to register for the course, you’ll need to pay NGJA Dues (national association) of $25.
5.  Be current on NCGJA Dues (local association).
$60 for judges,
$40 for audit (may be covered by NCBGA)
$25 student

Payment is preferred via PayPal (ncgja.secretary@gmail.com)

6.  Pass the JO and/or National Test (70% needed to pass).  It is strongly suggested you complete the test prior to the course as the course will be a refresher and not meant to teach you how to judge.

Here are some links to judging resources to review for the course.  They are also an essential part of a judging kit:
We look forward to seeing everyone at the course.  If you know of anyone interested in the course, please pass this along.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Tom Kutz

2018 Judges Course info (PDF)


October 12th, 2018 by olssonf No comments »

Here is a request from Dave Johnson and the UIC gymnastics program.

Subject: UIC Gymnastics – What you can do

Here’s something to keep you busy this week if you don’t mind helping out UIC Gymnastics.  Read link below.



Dave Johnson

Position Available

October 11th, 2018 by olssonf No comments »

Immediate opening for a Full Time BOYS Team Coach

cal sports center logo


Qualifications: Former competitive gymnastics and coaching experience is required. Must be a high energy, positive and supportive person who is excited about working with kids of all ages and levels. The program is well established and has attended JO Nationals every year for 31 years. You would join a great team of coaches who all work to provide the opportunity to become the best you can be. The right candidate will have excellent communication and planning skills; a proven leadership background and be outgoing and energetic. A proven spotter is very important. We have excellent support to on-going education and a great facility.  A great opportunity for a coach to return to coaching the men’s program while at the same time provide support to our JO girls program.  There’s a great atmosphere between the boys and girls programs (something our National office could learn from.)

•    Commensurate with the background and experience of the applicant
•    Additional pay for session based competitions and travel as well as private lesson income
•    CSC offers an excellent benefits package
•    401K retirement contribution
•    PTO accrual schedules
•    And ‘year end’ bonuses based on years of service with the company

To apply please visit the CSC website or email dpeterson@calsportscenter.com..

2019 SLO Invitational Information

September 25th, 2018 by olssonf No comments »
san luis obispo invitationalCCG is excited to host the 2019 SLO Invitational on February 16 & 17 in beautiful San Luis Obispo at Central Coast Gymnastics Sports Center.  We had such a wonderful event last year and are looking forward to hosting your team this year!  
We have the online registration open on USAG, reserve your spaces now.  Bring your team and families to a meet that is like a mini vacation at the BEACH, plus it’s on a 3 day weekend!  No competition on Monday and is usually a school holiday for most children, so relax and enjoy the day.  
Please see the attached brochures and please get back to us as soon as possible with your teams deposit and athlete numbers per level.  Our goal this year will be to track the numbers very closely so we can get everyone in on the day that works best for their athletes.  This is a 3 day weekend, so plan to stay an extra day!  Please let us know if you plan to attend, by filling out the registration form located in the attached brochure  as soon as possible.  It will be based on order of receipt.  You can fax (805)786-4496 us the registration form and pay by credit card over the phone to secure your teams spot as well.  Please fax in the registration form first and then pay the deposit by phone.
Great benefits to enjoy while attending these events:
  • Beautiful location, just 10 minutes from the beach.  This is like a mini 3 day vacation for you and all your athletes and their families!  We typically have mild winters on the Central Coast, pretty much we have great weather all year long.
  • Come enjoy the beautiful Central Coast!  Come down early and go wine tasting right here in San Luis Obispo or at Avila Beach, eat some great local seafood, and play on the beach.  See Hearst Castle, Elephant Seals, go up to Ragged Point, or drive up Hwy 1 to Big Sur on your way home!
  • We also have great host hotels with GREAT rates for this time of year and the area!!
  • Great facility, with lots of AAI matting, 2016 Olympic Trials signed Elite Pommel Horse and Elite Ring Tower, 2012 Olympic Floor AAI Deck, new AAI Tac 10 Vault & Boards, AAI High Bar, AAI P-Bars, and more!  Great viewing from above for spectators too!
  • Lots of awards with many age groups, Team Banners for Teams in every level for a $25 fee per team entry (3 or more athletes for a team), and an awesome gift for every athlete!  (2018 Beanie with Meet Logo)
  • We love to spoil the coaches, so we have some of the best local foods brought in by our Coaches Hospitality Room Sponsors, to feed you all day long!
  • We will host our amazing Concession stand for all to enjoy through out the event both days for convenience and great FOOD!
  • CCG’s second gym across the parking lot is the best, we will have it set up for awards after each session, so we can get coaches, athletes, and families on the awards moving faster after we finish each session and start the next session sooner!
We look forward to taking care of you, your athletes, and your families! It is our mission to create the best environment for you athletes to compete in.  Come to the Central Coast to relax and enjoy a GREAT MEET! 
Warmest regards,
Mimi Phene-McKellar (Meet Director)
Central Coast Gymnastics Sports Center, Inc.
21 Zaca Lane, Suite 100 San Luis Obispo, Cal. 93401
805.549.8408 – www.iflipforCCG.com

Future Star Clinic final schedules and group assignments

September 11th, 2018 by olssonf No comments »
Here are the final schedules and group assignments for this Sunday’s Future Stars Evaluation and clinic.  We will be meeting at Liberty Gymnastics at 9:15am on Sunday discuss the format and any updates we have.
Liberty Gymnastics
2330-A Bates Ave
Concord, CA 94520
Please make sure all your Pro and athlete memberships are up to date.
Please review the rotation groups and make sure I have them in the right levels (routine levels) I put them all in the primary age group so if they are training “out of age” (a 10 yr old doing 8 yr old routines for example) Let me know ASAP.
Future Stars Level Desigantions:
Level 1 Region 1 routines Level 5 USAG 11 yr old Routines
Level 2 USAG 8 yr old Routines Level 6 USAG 12-13 yr old Routines
Level 3 USAG 9 yr old Routines Level 7 USAG 12-13 yr old Routines
Level 4 USAG 10 yr old Routines
Much Aloha!

Michelle Huffman

Great Educational Opportunity

September 11th, 2018 by olssonf No comments »

Good afternoon.

I wanted to let you know that the information for the 2018 National Coaches Conference & Workshop (formerly Coaches Workshop) is now posted on the USA Gymnastics event website: https://usagym.org/pages/men/events/program_events.html

Please let our coaching community know that it is up.

Also, let them know that the Future Stars Entry forms to bring to your regional evaluations is posted as well – same web address.

Thank you so much and have a lovely day!

Lisa Mendel

Men’s Program Manager

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

p: 317.829.5664 | usagym.org