What: NEW JO Women’s Compulsory routines and music for Levels 1-5. (Level 6 will be an optional level starting in 2013.)
When:National Workshops to teach the routines will be conducted:
1st weekend: May 30 - June 2, 2013, Disneyworld, Florida
2nd weekend:June 6- June 9, 2013, Reno, Nevada
Regional Workshops, TBA
Use: Competition using the new routines will begin August 1, 2013.
2013-2014 - New requirements for participation in a USA Gymnastics Sanctioned Competition/Event read more
2013-2014 Rules and Policies (effective 8/1/2013)
NEW: Requirement for participation in a USA Gymnastics Sanctioned competition/event
NEW: Professional Members coaching at sanctioned events: a Minimum certification level of Instructor Certified in the School of Competitive Gymnastics; USA Gymnastics University must be achieved, (i.e. Instructor, Junior Olympic Development, Junior Olympic Team or National is acceptable).
This can be achieved by:
Completion of U100 Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction earning "Instructor" certification.
Pre Placement in USA Gymnastics University: (for experienced professionals only)
Pre Placement School of Competitive: Women's - PDF | Online
Pre Placement School of Competitive: Men's - PDF | Online
Pre Placement School of Competitive: Trampoline and Tumbling - PDF |Online
Pre Placement School of Competitive: Gymnastics For All - PDF | Online
Pre Placement School of Competitive: Rhythmic - PDF | Online
Pre Placement School of Competitive: Acrobatic - PDF | Online
Professional Members judging at sanctioned events: Judging Certification/Rating appropriate to the highest competitive level you are officiating. (This requirement has already been in place)
Professional Members acting in a meet director capacity (at women's and acro competitions): Meet Director Certification (This requirement has already been in place)
USA Gymnastics Women's Program Committee Meeting Dec. 20, 2012 Email Communication/Vote read more
Level 4 Floor Handstand Bridge Kick Over: Questions have been brought up regarding the legs bending prior to the feet landing on the bridge kick over and also regarding leg separation. Please note the following clarifications.
The text states: Continue to open the shoulder angle past the hands and arch the upper back, lowering the legs toward the floor. Place the feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart or closer to complete a HANDSTAND TO BRIDGE.
This answers the legs apart question. In our master workshop when this was presented and in the film of the demonstrators, we told everyone that it was acceptable to bend the legs before landing with no deduction and it is shown in the pictures of the book this way and this is correct. If the gymnast keeps the legs straight upon landing that is ok, but if the legs bounce you could take a deduction for balance.
Laurie Reid 4/7/2011
I agree with Laurie. It can hurt the knees and /or backs of young gymnasts to have the legs together on the handstand over to bridge if they lack flexibility. So that is why it clearly states that the knees may be shoulder width apart. There are similar reasons that the knees may bend before landing in the bridge.
Linda Mulvihill 4/7/2011
MARCH 14, 2011
Level 4 Bars Single Leg Cut and Extra Swing Clarification
(Book says: pg 61 & 62:)
"Single leg cut backwards: Regrasp the bar to finish in an extended (straight body) support. Both legs remain straight throughout. With the shoulders slightly in front of the bar, swing the legs forward, then backward-upward."
Extra swing issue: at the point where the legs come together after the cut - if legs move backward- upward, THEN forward, THEN backward-upward- there is an extra swing deduction.
If legs, after coming together, only move forward (downward) into the casting motion, it is NOT an extra swing.
Clarification on "small bounces" before large jump(s) at the beginning of Level 4, 5, and 6 floor exercise.
Please note that the bounces before the "element" are very SMALL and move SLIGHTLY forward. They should be done in releve and are NOT elements.
If the gymnast is bouncing higher that 2-3 inches, it is more than was intended in the text. If they are bouncing more than 2-3 inches forward on each bounce,
it is more than what was intended. Please correct this since it could become a small deduction or text error. Make sure they are in releve when they are bouncing, that can be a small text error.
Some gymnasts are looking like they are trying to make these bounces into huge stretch jumps. Please do not let the gymnasts do this, it is wrong.
Thanks, Laurie Reid
May 30, 2006 Level 4 Mount Bars: Reverse the glide and swing backward with legs together, maintaining straight legs with the feet off the floor. At the completion of the backward swing, the feet may contact the floor to finish in a straight stand or the body may continue to swing forward, placing the feet on the mat closer to the apparatus. The gymnast may come to a momentary stand or use a "punching" action to initiate the pullover. Hands remain on the bar in overgrip. Maintain straight arms and legs throughout.
Women's Jr. Olympic Program Manager
Now there's a real sickle foot problem. Anyone
recognize what this is? Come on Huskies...think!
Two newly named vaults have been identified: the Fall On-Fall Off, and the Tanac...(thanks Judy and Chris)
Thanks to Boise State and photographer Brent Keeth (Flex Photography http://www.flexphotography.com/) for the 2004 picture of
Lindsay Ward doing a sheep jump on beam. Yes, this is what a sheep jump
is supposed to look like.