Next local test: at the USAG State Clinic July 12th, 5:00 pm

USAG Washington State Awards Winners

USAG WA Hall of Fame Inductees

Hall of Fame Nomination Form

July 28, 2014

Region 2 Congress Schedule

Oh Atlanta - great host for the NAWGJ Symposium - thanks to those southern ladies and their hospitality! Pecan Pie Muffins recipe.

Notes from J.O. Update presented by Connie Maloney at the State Clinic. click to open and close

Judges: all per diem is now listed as taxable income. You would need to keep receipts in order to claim per diem on your income tax return.

Gifts for judges may now be given - $20 limit.

R&P - Coach must act in a manner that reasonably ensures the safety of an athlete. A judge cannot say -I won't judge a scary vault - a coach needs to go to the Meet Director and do a Jury of Appeals.

Music: Coach must take an iPad or iPod off shuffle and put on airplane mode. Coach cannot use the excuse of ringing or pinging of the iPad or iPod for a re-do of routine.

Nationals - added more age divisions and they will eliminate the NIT. Pending- adding more age divisions to Westerns.

New moves:
Dunn 1:311 FX - Sheep jump with 1/1 turn.
Jones 8.503 (WA) FX - 1½ twisting double salto backward tucked (Congrats to Shilese Jones, AGC!!)
Whitney 1.405 Beam Mount- Split leap forward with leg change (180° leg separation) to cross split sit position, no hand support.
Marinez 7.403 Beam -Side aerial, swing back (free) leg forward-upward to a stand on one foot with the leg held above 140° with the hand.

Women's Program Technical Committee Meeting Minutes May, 2014

At State Meets and above, judges will be paid from the start of the judge's meeting time.

Clarified: Angle of Repulsion Level 4/5 Handspring Vault and all Level 6/7 vaults - body part the furthest past vertical.

NOTE: NEW! Level 6 Bars The 3,6,7 MUST be a clear circling element.

NEW Bars Composition Change: For Levels 9 and 10 - the Direction deduction - gymnast may now do a 1/2 turn and 360° turn for no direction deduction. The 360° now counts as one of the turns. If both elements are 360° = .05 ded.

Bars Level 9 and 10 at STATE and above - 2.5 min per athlete - warm up.

Judges will be getting a slight pay raise this year.


REMINDER: Renew your USA Gymnastics Membership before July 31 - you will need it to vote...

Judging XCEL webinar Aug. 6, 1:00 pm EASTERN TIME- 10 a.m. for west coast - read more
Check out on the above link, other webinars from the past. They are also posted as pdf's.

NAWGJ Region 2 Symposium - put it on your calendar for next May 22-24, 2015 - Memorial Day weekend - Friday through Sunday noon. Site - probably Kelso again. Get your CPE credits taken care of early! (All judges invited! All levels-beginner to advanced.)

Xcel DEM Cards will now be available through the USA Gymnastics bookstore. Here is the description and price. COST $40. click here

Lee Bjella (9 minute video on YouTube)

Congratulations to Genie McElroy, Oregon, for induction into NAWGJ Life Membership at the Symposium and to Myra Elfenbein into the NAWGJ Hall of Fame! (Myra is a part-time resident of WA.)

Fantastic Symposium - we will be sharing what we learned in the next few weeks - with posts to this website page.
You can check out a little of the history of NAWGJ at this site - http://www.bjelladesign.com/NAWGJ/nawgjHistory.html -
it is in the formative stage and many judges and founders of NAWGJ will be submitting stories and memories in the near future.

Local Judges in the National Spotlight:

Denise Green - presenting at the NAWGJ Symposium

Dianne Palmer - presenting at USAG Congress

Laurie Reid - presenting at USAG Congress

Linda Mulvihill from OR - presenting at USAG Congress


WA Hall of Fame Inductees for 2014 - Cathy Sutherland and Catherine Williams Kadera





  • USAG WA Board Elections are having to be re-done. You can nominate someone until July 31. Voting will begin August 1.
    USAG WA Board Nomination Form
    USAG WA Board Criteria

  • New - iPAD JUDGING INFORMATION. read more
    More of the forms will be posted as we get familiar with judging on tablets. Send any of your forms to Lee for consideration!

  • Congratulations to Pam Cays - WOA High School Judge of the Year!!

Xcel Committee Meeting Minutes 5-29-2014

Congratulations to Earla Reed and Robert Weisberg on their marriage this past weekend!

Congratulations to our new NAWGJ WA Board Members 2014-2016 (All ran unapposed so no election is necessary)
Dianne Palmer - East Rep
Pier Hansen - South Rep, membership
Patty Ames - North/Central Rep/West New Judges Rep
Pam Harper - East New Judges Rep
Michelle Ripple - Assigner
Laurel Tindal - Judge/Coach Liaison - appointed, no vote

6-16-14 Message from your co-SJD's: NAWGJ’s main function is to educate judges. click here to open and close
In Washington State, 13 new judges have been added to the judge’s ranks in the past year. NAWGJ WA has worked very hard in the training and support of these new judges, and the continued education and advancement of all judges in this state. Considerable funds have been spent on clinic registrations, book reimbursements and the purchase of all levels of DVD’s for WA judges. Group rate opportunities for state clinics, Symposium and Region 2 Congress. Many opportunities have been supplied for mentoring and practice judging and real time judging assignments for WA judges. The nawgjwa.com website is full of information for training and aiding judges. Some judges have opened their homes for study sessions on both the East and West sides of WA, and for housing judges from the East who have repeatedly come to the West to go to clinics, volunteer at meets and to attend practice sessions. The training of judges is an ongoing effort. We want to thank our out-going board for their hard work and dedication and to many other judges in our state who spend time helping other judges to prepare for testing and help with practice judging and for everyone who has volunteered so much of their time. Everyone helping everyone else to be the best that they can be.
Lee and Denise

2014 NAWGJWA Survey Results

The following are USAG WA issues - Judges, you are all USAG members - you need to make your voices heard and understand the issues in our state:

USAG WA Board Meeting Minutes April 28, 2014

1988 - JUST FOR FUN: read this old issue of NAWGJ National Newsletter! (If anyone has any old copies - please let us know. Contact Webmaster

Attention: Looking for old issues of NAWGJ National Newsletters!

Contact Webmaster if you have any old issues of the newsletters - photocopies are fine. Click here to see what we already have.

Here's a blast from the past - region 2 judges after the Elite course, 1989

Top row L to R: Cindy Lord, Ann Heppner, Marline Robins, Denise Green; Jackie Fie - instructor; Priscilla Hickey; Geni McElroy
Bottom row L to R; June Houghton, Laurel Tindall, Vad Woodside, Sam Sandmire, Laurie Reid, Donna Lucero, Ruth Sandoz: photo from 1989 Nat'l Newsletter

Corine Olsen - WA's Smiley Judge - We miss you!Touching tribute to SPU alumni and WA judge, Corine Olsen watch

Opportunity for High School Students - Senior Project - become a gymnastics judge! read more

WASHINGTON GYMNASTICS HISTORY: PLEASE SEND ANY INFORMATION (men's or women's gymnastics) that you feel would be of value to this project to Lee
Or click here to fill out an online form.




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Upcoming Events - 2014

Region 2 Congress, Naydenov, Aug. 8-10
Testing will be available

USAG National Congress, Pittsburgh Aug 21-24

Oct. 10, Everett
Dec. 14, Kent
Jan. 23, TBD

Under the NAWGJ Code of Professional Responsibility:

• A judge should not solicit meets for herself/himself or for others.
• A judge should assist in maintaining the integrity and competence of the profession of judging women’s gymnastic events.
• A judge should assist the Association in fulfilling its duty to make judges for women’s gymnastics events available.
• A judge shall be completely unbiased.
• A judge should not give any appearance of any particular friendship with any coach or competitor.
• A judge should not become intimate with coaches or affiliates of teams or contestants who she/he may later be called upon to judge.
• A judge shall not use her/his position to endeavor to influence or attempt to influence anyone in any manner whatsoever, or to obtain any special advantage for herself/himself by reasons of or as consequence or her/his being a judge.




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