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February 2019 Region 1 Newsletter

Information about 2019 Regional Championships (including petitions), RACC election, and sanction reminders is available here.

Technical Q & A – November 2018

In the November meeting, the Technical Committee reviewed a number of questions which were presented by the gymnastics community. These topics will be discussed and finalized at the Joint JO and Technical Committee meeting in May, but for the purposes of giving direction for the 2019 winter/spring season, these questions and answers will be posted on the Regional websites -Technical page.

Any additional questions should be submitted to your respective Regional Technical Committee Chair, who will share them with the other RTCCs for inclusion on the Regional websites.

  1. Q1: What is the correct mat stack specifications for the Level 2 Vault? There is a discrepancy between the R & P and the JO Compulsory book.
    A1: Compulsory book is correct. R & P will be updated. Minimum of 16”, 24” or 32” (+ 1”).
  1. Q2. Can an Inquiry include the “Not Up to the Level of competition” Composition deductions?
    A2: Yes, the deductions specifically listed in the charts are considered “flat” deductions and may be included in inquiries. The Inquiry form will be updated by Linda T. and Myra and Connie will post it on the website at
  2. Q3: Can Meet Directors pay judges by alternative methods such as Pay Pal or Venmo?
    A3: Yes, if there is agreement between the Meet Director and the individual judge prior to the competition.
  3. Q4: May the gymnast wear a medical bracelet while competing?
    A4: Yes, but it should be covered by tape or some type of bandage.
  4. Q5: May animals be present at USA Gymnastics sanctioned competition?
    A5: For the safety of the athletes and other participants at a competition, it is not acceptable to allow animals in the competition Field of Play. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, designated/qualified service animals would be allowed in the competition venue (spectator area).
  5. Q6: Is the “Incorrect attire” deduction different for JO and Xcel competitions?
    A6: Yes, 0.10 for Xcel; 0.20 for JO, after a warning, taken on the next event.
  1. Q7: How is the angle of arrival determined for Level 6/7 Vault?
    A7: If there is a closed shoulder angle, measure from shoulders to hips. If there is an open shoulder angle, measure from the hand to hips.
  2. Q8: How is the angle of repulsion determined?
    A8: Measure from the hands to the lowest body part. (This is the same as in the past for non-salto vaults.)
  3. Q9: What is the deduction for landing sideways on a Level 6/7 Tsukahara timer vault?
    A9: There is no specific deduction at this time; deduct for any applicable direction, body position and execution errors.
  4. Q10: Is there a deduction for not going through vertical on the Level 6/7 Tsukahara timer?
    A10: Not specifically; use appropriate body alignment and/or direction deductions.
  5. Q11: What is the deduction if a Level 6/7 gymnast vaults with the Vault Table below 115 cm?
    A11: Apply the 0.30 deduction for incorrect apparatus specifications.
  6. Q12: Must the mat behind the Level 6/7 mat stack be placed in a certain direction?
    A12: The mat behind the mat stack may be placed sideways or lengthwise at this time.
  1. Q13: When do you start counting for a concentration pause?
    A13: You begin counting when the gymnast is stationary or is readjusting arms, feet or body prior to initiating an element or series of elements.

2018 College Showcase

2018 Region 1 College Showcase Groups & Schedule is here.
Group block at Embassy Suites Hotel Phoenix-Scottsdale.
Booking Link (please access the link using Google Chrome browser):  Click Here
Hotel: Embassy Suites Hotel Phoenix-Scottsdale
Group Name: Region 1 College Showcase

Safe Sport Webinar

As part of our outreach for Child Abuse Prevention Month, the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Department recently conducted a webinar on “How to Talk About Child Sexual Abuse Prevention,” which is available in the webinar archive. I have included a link to the webinar because it provides some of the guidance you and your professional members have requested for addressing safe sport issues. I also encourage you to share with the professional members in your states and regions. And, as always, please contact Toby Stark, our director of safe sport, if you have any questions. We appreciate your time and dedication to our athlete’s safety and well-being.

2018 Region 1 Championships - Levels 6 & 7

Level 6 & 7 Regional information is here.
Level 6 & 7 Regional Schedule is here.
Level 6 & 7 Regional Session Summary is here.
Level 6 & 7 Regional Age Groups are here.

2018 Region 1 Championships - Xcel

Xcel Regional Competition Schedule is here.
Xcel Regional Age Groups are here.
Xcel Regional information is here.

2018 Region 1 Championships - Levels 8, 9, & 10

Level 8, 9, & 10 Regional Schedule is here.
Level 8, 9, & 10 Regional Age Breakdowns are here.
Level 8, 9, & 10 Regional information is here.
Hotel Information is here.

2019 & 2020 Western Championships Bid

Bid form is here.
Intent to Bid form is here.

Proposed 2021 Compulsory Elements

Click here for proposed 2021 compulsory elements.

2018 National Gymnastics Day

National Gymnastics Day
2018 National Gymnastics Day is September 15th! Celebrate our sport across the state and region by posting National Gymnastics Day information on your website.
Visit for more information.

Safe Sport

Safe Sport
USA Gymnastics is committed to fostering a fun, healthy and safe environment for all members. The USA Gymnastics Safe Sport program provides educational resources for parents, coaches, judges, clubs and athletes to promote a safe environment for children.
Visit for more information.

Women's Program Minutes

IEC - International Elite Committee

NJOC - National Junior Olympic Committee

NTC - National Technical Committee

NXC - National Xcel Committee

WAC - Women's Administrative Committee

WPC - Women's Program Committee

To the Gymnastics Community:

Complaint letters about a member of USA Gymnastics must be signed by the individual making the complaint before USA Gymnastics can institute our member misconduct procedures.

Professional Member Misconduct Involving Athletes

A brief look at USA Gymnastics’ handling professional member misconduct involving athletes

USA Gymnastics expects its professional members and clubs to provide a positive and healthy environment for youngsters who participate in gymnastics. USA Gymnastics provides an education program, has a strong code of ethics and requires completion of a safety-certification program for professional members. The organization has also added a requirement for background checks as a condition of professional membership, with renewal background checks every two years.

USA Gymnastics takes seriously any allegation of professional member misconduct or inappropriate behavior involving athletes. The organization’s bylaws include provisions for processing allegations and spell out the types of discipline, including termination of membership, which may be administered by the organization.

When USA Gymnastics terminates the membership of a coach or other professional member, that individual is permanently ineligible for membership in USA Gymnastics. This lifetime ban means the individual does not have any of the rights or privileges associated with membership in USA Gymnastics, including but not limited to participation in any event conducted or sanctioned by USA Gymnastics. In addition, USA Gymnastics makes such terminations public by posting a complete list of terminated members on USA Gymnastics’ Web site. The list of terminated members also is published in official publications at least once a year and when someone is added to the list.

USA Gymnastics is a national membership organization with approximately 90,000 athlete members and 17,000 instructor and professional members.

Links to referenced documents

USA Gymnastics Code of Ethics

USA Gymnastics Bylaws, Articles 9-10

USA Gymnastics list of terminated members