J416: Level 9 Composition is an online video course. The goal of this course is to train judges and coaches to identify compositional requirements for Level 9 Uneven Bars,
Balance Beam and Floor Exercise and to apply deductions correctly. Starting with a review of the compositional considerations, the course then presents theoretical
routines (in symbols) to review the appropriate deductions, and then 6-8 routine videos are followed by symbols and deductions.
Once the course is complete, Judges are able to print a one-time/one-hour of CPE (Continuing Professional Education) credit.
Hello Vermont clubs, coaches and judges!
I am very excited to be joining Gail in the role as State Judging Director. Gail is an incredible mentor for this very important role!
I have just returned from the annual SJD meeting in Las Vegas. It was a great first experience as co-SJD and I came back with a lot of great tools and information.
Some notes I would like to pass on that would be of interest to you all:
It was mentioned at the meeting that Gail is the longest standing SJD in the country - since 1982. I felt very proud to be joining such an influential figure in our organization
(and am very aware of just how big her shoes will be to fill!)
If your club is looking to travel to sunny Florida this competitive season, please consider the National Judges Cup Jan 4-6 in Daytona Beach. 11/30/12 is the deadline for the entry.
You can get all the info here: http://www.judgescup.com/
National Congress 2013 will be held in Hartford, CT 8/15-8/19
That's all for now. The announcement of the location and date of the Green Mountain Invitational is coming very soon!
Thanks for all you do for our state and our sport! Have a great holiday week!
2012 May 23
Coaches and Judges:
Safety Course U101 Safety and Risk Management has been scheduled for Friday, September 21st at Central Vermont Gymnastics Academy on 80
Commercial Drive in Waterbury, Vt. The course will frun from 5 -9 then the test.
The Course Code: GM09212012
You must register on line at USA Gymnastics. If you have not logged in and set up your account, do so, it is not difficult. For new
judges/coaches you may want to call USA Gymnastics as they may "bundle" a course and membership fee together saving some money. The number is
You must register a month in advance to be safe. You cannot walk into the course, you must be registered. Coaches, you must be a USA member to
be on the floor at competitions and must be safety certified. If you intend to judge, you must also be safety certified. The rating is good
for 4 years.
The test is open book.
So, give it a week or so to get up online, I just faxed it in today. Spread the word so the course will not be cancelled due to lack of
Because we have such depth in our gymnastics judging ranks and such high quality officials, we tend to default to the same group of excellent judges for Level 9/10 Regionals. In an effort to provide more opportunity for regional judging experience, the same judges may not be assigned every year to Level 9/10 regionals. This is not to be taken as a reflection of their ability as a valued official. This in no way is a traditional rotation system.
The USAG Regional Board judges selection committee (RACC/RJOPCC/RTCC) will look at the USAG State Board recommendations, the Regional Availability & Experience Resume (see Reg. 6 website), and professionalism. Use as a Chief Judge will also be considered during the selection process.
The USAG State Boards are asked to consider opportunities for qualified officials. If a judge is assigned to a regional meet, it would be helpful if she/he is also assigned to the respective State Meet. The State Meet selection process is to be posted on each State's website and/or distributed via a newsletter.
Gail D McGann: 2011 State Judges Clinic September 18 - Schedule
My National Governing Board meetings had soooooo much information and updates to share with all of you. So, this is the sanctioned clinic
for your CPE, mark it on the calendar. As you know, all NAWGJ judge members, USA Coaches in Vt., those who judged the Green Mt (our New York
helpers) all attend at no cost.
Any new judge or judges from elsewhere are Welcome and the cost is $25 for the day. Bring your own lunch, it is a working lunch.
We will have gymnasts again, everyone felt that last year this was helpful. Any clubs who would like to bring a Prep Opt gymnast, please
notify me so we have enough but not too many. Please come prepared, as you have thoughts or questions arise, please write them down so they can
be addressed. If you can, copy off your CPE forms so we can list this first clinic on it and take you through.
I added Laura and Alicia for any high school updates so that would be great if there are changes.
We have some really cool DVDs to use as part of the clinic so I feel no one will be yawning or board. I tried to mix up the schedule so there
would be activity between the verbal update sections to keep everyone upbeat.
Have a great summer and see you on the 18th. My summer is packed to capacity!! YIKES!
Tumbling your way,
Gail D McGann Update on Safety Course and State Clinic
I just want to let you know that the Safety Course is up online to register. The Course is Sat. Sept. 17th at 4:30 at Northern Lights
Gymnastics, 94 Olcott Drive , Wilder (White River Jct. ), Vermont.
The State Clinic is Sunday , September 18th , it will be sanctioned so will cover the hours needed for CPE for sanctioned clinic hours. I am
definitely planning on a Prep Opt. session. I am open to other suggestions and will also love demonstrators, maybe for combinations.
The State Clinic is also at Northern Lights. This will be an easy interstate drive for those in the Burlington/ and Peru, NY area and also
those coming up from southern Vermont. It will be a secondary ride for me and any others from the west. The shortest commutes are 1 hour and
most the rest of us will have and hour and a half so I think that works well for all.
I hope everyone is enjoying the summer (please come again, teaching in the rain is cold) and hope all our new additions of babies are doing
fine. I will have DVD's for ALL judges from the governing board meetings this summer and will have a few Prep Opt. DVD's to put in each area of VT
for people to share. I will also have update from the board meetings, REgional and National Congress.
Fee for the State Clinic is FREE to all NAWGJ and VERMONT USA members and VERMONT Junior and High School Coaches. It will be a $25 fee for any
others. Those who judged the Green Mt. also come free (Donna and Kathy)
So, more information to come on the days events but mark those calendars.
I have had some judging questions come up this Fall/Winter so I am sending this e-mail to all just in case you are having some of
the same issues or questions. Please make sure that all of the judges are consistent in their interpretation.
1. Compulsory Beam - a gymnast may receive partial credit for a skill even if her foot does not touch the beam.
Ex. Gymnast does a cartwheel and is really close to completing it but for some reason she doesn't put her foot on the beam and falls.
Take the fall .50 + deduction for incomplete element as listed in the compulsory book.
2. Optional Beam - The gymnast will receive value part credit as long as she gets ONE foot on the beam.
EX. gymnast does a flic flac and only gets the first foot on the beam before she falls - she will receive 'B' credit.
3. Compulsory or Optional BB or FX - Giving credit for a leap or jump that requires a 180 degree split or straddle.
When the requirement is a 180 degree split for leaps and/or jumps, the gymnast will receive credit for the element if the degree
of split is 135 degrees or greater. Of course, she will receive deductions for lack of split as indicated in the USAG JO Technique Chart,
revised 5/26/09 and 2/9/11, or as listed in the compulsory book. The above comment is only addressing the split or straddle requirement
and not other technical requirements.
Vague question, please re=state and use references
A question about when using the butt thrust method for back roll or back extension, when is it a pike and what is the deduction.
This has taken me almost a week, calling the TOPS director in Mass. and none of us could figure out what they (you) were really asking.
The compulsory book is clear on all the levels from 3-6 on the back roll to back extension the expectation is to enter with bent knees.
We are confused on the butt thrust as this was something from the OLD compulsories (prior to 2005) and none of us had heard this again.
We know you cannot double bounce into these rolls (on the butt) and basically the part "when does it become piked?" is when you
do not bend the knees on the entry. Deduction: up to value of element. Best solution is to follow the guided descriptions of the moves
in the compulsory books to avoid any deductions. Jill can't remember whose question this was but it was so vague to us (we had a powwow
with other Mass. coaches too) that we were not sure what you really wanted to know.
So, basically, you can reword the question, send to me and I will get an answer. That is the best I can do and also please send
page # , book, or technique where you have information that will help me with my search.
Test on 7-21-10 all levels must register by tomorrow Another test in the fall for 7/8's to test to Level 9
(probably November to include Jenna)
Safety Course: being scheduled for late Sept.
Clinic: September 12th try to be there or for part of it. This is a practical workshop to get everyone on the
same page. I will also hand out DVD's at the workshop
DVD's: I have ordered 10 Level 9/10 new DVD's and 5 Level 4/5/6 and 5 Level 7/8 . These will be assigned out
in groups so you must share. Alicia will get all three as she can share with all those judges who are on the Regal Staff and
Ken will receive all three since he has headed up the courses. I will check to see how many judges are on the GMG staff
and perhaps do 3 for Ashley there and then those who have a difficult option of getting together due to distance will receive
one or two. But you have to come, first , you need to get your credits for the new year and second to get the DVD No mailing,
sorry, I seldom do snail mail unless an emergency.
CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW GOVERNING BOARD:
MARYLOU SMITH CPE COORDINATOR
PATTY TURLEY VPA REPRESENTATION AND LEGAL
ALICIA MCCURLEY HIGH SCHOOL RULES AND ASSIGNMENTS
KEN NEWTON EDUCATION
RUTH DUNKLEY MCGOWAN EDUCATION AND HIGH SCHOOL WATCH DOG
A SPECIAL THANKS: KARA BISSONNETTE AND NANCY ROGERS: Kara served as education and did a fabulous jog organizing
courses and getting the high school work cards in place and also is tireless in her devotion to our gymnastics. Thanks for the
great tee shirt designs too!!! Awesome job Nancy: fabulous job as our high school watchdog. It was tough at times but you were fabulous.
Just for coaches and clubs reading this: Kara and Nancy are still judging etc. They have just taken time down from the NAWGJ governing
board. We congratulate Nancy on the birth of her daughter on May 31st so with two young ones and coaching and judging, life gets crazed. Kara,
thanks again, time you gave us while coaching and working on your Master's was wonderful.
SECOND PART OF THE CLINIC: I will be setting the second part of the clinic for a Friday night but want to make sure
it doesnot conflict with any NY HS meets. Laura, if you could check the schedule and let me know ASAP so we can set the second clinic
date, that would be wonderful.
Things are spreading out, slowing down etc. we have three meets prior to
states: Groovin, Sectional and Hip Hop:
This is just a reminder, no one has done anything wrong, we just want everything to be tip top for states: (when I send
notes, sometimes people think something went wrong NO NO) Just being Pro Active Hopefully, all the kinks of the new
quad's rules are settled but just to make sure , please do the following:
Make sure you are prepared for your event with all the rules for each level
If unsure of something, STOP and look it up (can also check with the meet ref for each meet)
Put start values for Prep Op through level 10 on the cards so the coaches can check them
Count skills on L 7 Bars: this was something this past weekend out of state, not having 5 A moves
If a coach has a question on a start value, ask him/her to please fill out an inquiry. We are all pals here in Vt.
but the parents in the audience do not know that and since we have affiliated judges, it is best
to have the question presented in writing and the response. That also gives them a hard copy to refer to to adjust or make
changes prior to states.
All of you have been terrific and rocked as judges. Keep up the great work. Hopefully you will be able to get to the Tyson's AMerican Cup in
Worcester, Ma. and see great international competition up close and personal. The Nastia Luikin Supergirl Cup should be terrific on Friday
evening as well and worth seeing the top Level 10's in the US.
The Certification Examination for Judges is on September 12th at the village school on Mechanic Street in Castleton
on Sept. 12th. Many of you have been great and registered, however, there are still some from NY and a few from Vt. who
are not on the list. Remember, you must register at minimum of two weeks prior. You can register online or call
1-800-345-4719. The course code is GM0912W___ A1 for written. The unscored section is to put which level
you intend to test at (10, 09.7/8, 5/6) The practical is GM0912P___ and the level. Don't put it off and get caught past the
registration time. You can also register snail mail when you download the form from the website on Women's and Judges at
We have an entire summer planned for judges training for recertification in Sept. Many of the classes are held at individual's
homes so due to numbers, we are keeping those classes just for judges (unless you emailed me earlier) However, we have two classes
being held at Green Mountain Gymnastics in Williston on Pioneer Drive.
Those classes are Wednesday July 15th from 6 -9 PM we will be covering General and Vaulting Rules so all USA
and High School coaches are invited to attend. We ARE NOT going over HIGH SCHOOL RULES at this time. That is for a later date. We are
covering the deductions and requirements for the levels.
On Wednesday August 5th I will be back at Green Mountain Gymnastics to review the UB, BB and FX rules and
deductions. So again, since we have a larger place, any coaches may attend and we encourage you to attend.
I thank Robin Bourdeau for her generous offer of her gym for these two classes. You are awesome. So, again, coaches, if you
want the skinny, please feel free to attend. The new codes are out now so you may order them.
Jill let me know that there are NO Novice Closed in Vermont in the Prep Opt. Division so all our competitors are Novice,
Intermediate and Advanced. All these routines have a start value of 10.0 (unless they are missing a special requirement
or it was broken etc.) The ONLY exception is in Novice at the Level 4 Vault which has a 9.0 start value. Landing on the
feet in a handspring is the 10.
CPE's: I am waiting for Marylou to compile the list. I believe about 85% are in. The spring with regionals, end of school
year, testing etc. is hard for us so since we have had ample clinics (if you attended all of them, every judge could have
30+ hours in CPE) we would like them turned in now so the spread sheet can be completed and ready to send.
CPE forms were given out in Sept and Ken also made extra copies at the Green Mountain. If you have misplaced yours, go
online to www.usa-gymnastics.org and click on women (programs at
the top) then click on judges and then forms, you may print from there.
I do suggest that you take all your cards and staple them to one copy of the CPE for YOUR records, in the case of an
audit by the National Office. Then send the other duplicate CPE form to Marylou. Please circle your rating so she is sure of
how many credits to carry forward.
So, for the few remaining, please send to Marylou prior to Feb. break. Her address is:21 Adams St. Westminster, vt. 05158-9706.
Any questions, or curious cases that arise in a meet, let me know so we can find out the correct procedure.
The skill was #7.310 - Sole Circle on LB release to catch HB - C
Coaches and Judges
There was question this past weekend at the SB Invitational about a skill on bars:
The skill was #7.310 - Sole Circle on LB release to catch HB - C
Regardless if the skill is not executed well, it is still a C value - judges would just apply the appropriate deductions. If the skill
ends in a dead hang - it will most likely require the gymnast to "extra swing" and that would result in .3 for each of those
swings. And the fact that the skill ended in a dead hang means the counter movement forward was not executed properly (hip height) and
would result in a deduction as well. In any case, it still remains a C skill and can not be de-valued as I do not see anything in the code
that resembles this skill at a lower value.
If anyone has anything to add or any other questions, please let us know!
I sent out assignments for the Green Mountain Invitational so you
would know which day you were on and also someone may want to pick up the
Sat. High Meet for income. It looks like I will be judging on Sunday,
Jobi has applied for a Master's Course which would take her out of the
country for January so, no sick calls. Plan accordingly and check the
weather predictions. I have no replacement judges.
Jenn Whitten, Jenna Lorenzini, Lauren Braunegg and Laure M are not
assigned. (they are all out of state at this time) I am not sure when you
are home but if any of you are and need clinic credits for your CPE ( for
those who have missed last year's CPE), come and volunteer plus there
will be a clinic in between and I will run it to focus in on those of you
who have not been around for the other clinics. If any of you are
available to help out, let me know immediately, that would be wonderful.
(Jenna, if you are home, you could judge on Sunday!!!)
Clubs, if you have a meet in December, I would be getting my request for
Judges in with the fee. You have a 30 day time frame before the price
goes from $3 per judge to $5 per judge and also you risk the chance that
you may loose the judge ) they hold dates but only for so long especially
with the holidays. Those with meets in Jan. and Feb., there is no reason
you can't get your request to me also. It makes life easier for the
judges (they can plan their weekends) and for you to know you have
judges. Often, you are not sure if you need 8 judges, if not, at least
send in for four. If you need more and we can get them great, if not,
you simply just add an additional session.
I did receive some feedback from coaches who really would like part of the clinic on Sunday. Next, my clinician needed child care
and it turned out that Sunday would work better for her. So our state clinic at Dunkley's will be Sat. Sept 6th. I try
to get as many hours in as we can so it fulfills most of everyone's CPE credits then the Gr. Mt. for volunteer. I am looking at 3-9 on Sat.
and 8:30 -3:30 on Sunday. The dance segment with Shelby will be from 10-12:30.
I can now work with the actual schedule of sessions and get that together with a newsletter within two weeks. Then I will be
sidelined on the finishing touches of my son's wedding with the reception following two weeks later. Yikes!!! As I mentioned, all NAWGJ
Vermont and Affliliates as well as Vermont USA/High School Coaches attend for free. All others will be a $25 fee and pre-registration
is required. I have too much on my plate to handle walk ins.
Safety Course is Sunday Sept. 14th beginning at 9:30 AM at Northern Lights Gymnastics in White River Jct. , Vt.
The course code is GM09142008VT. Registration is required a minimum of two weeks in advance. Copy the form from a recent Technique
Magazine and get it in, if a USA member, you can register online or you can call 1-800-345-4719 and register over the phone. The
sooner the better. Registration on site is a $25 late fee plus you have to handle that after the course is over so please do it
ahead of time.
Thank you for your participation as timers or judges or both for our Green Mountain Invitational. As you know, this is our only income to run our judges association for Vermont. For this, you receive your NAWGJ dues paid for the upcoming year, this also offsets costs of running judges courses (if the individuals paid for a course, it would be $300 plus books, testing etc.) This also covers food and expenses for our State Clinic.
We also send a judge to the National Judges Cup every other year. Next year is our turn and the meet will be in Florida. It is the first weekend of January. This past year, we sent a NY judge as no one from Vt. Was able to go. I hope this will change, nothing against our wonderful Newmonters, growth and confidence affects all and helps us grow as a strong unit.
There were no complaints at the Gr. Mt. and everyone was happy (from all the reports I received) so pat yourselves on the back for a job well done including bringing food to share. For those who also helped with awards, thank you so much.
A couple of reminders:
Patty Turley will be the high school liason if there are situations involving improper payment. Try to communicate in advance as that often helps. Kim, let Patty know if the Milton Jr. High mileage is not resolved.
I have been flashing start values at high school meets and I think this helps. If you are not alone and have the time, try it. Remember that start values must be on the cards for club meets, however, I strongly suggest you do both (flash and put it on the card) Try to answer questions of coaches by suggesting they put in an inquiry.
The mileage fee for clubs will be 50 cents a mile round trip now (not for high school). I know there are some meets coming up. Remember to review the mileage information and carpooling information in the Rules and Policies which I photocopied for all and handed out at the September clinic.
Remember to check emails often. Jenna, Katy, Becca and Ashley, I need to give two months notice to book a test. My school break is the week of April 14th so if you think that may be a good week, decide and let me know so I may request. At the March 16th sectional, I will do a compulsory walk through and go through deductions and items to concentrate on for the test. The papers I gave Ashley to photocopy will work for you.
Patty is burning a bar DVD for all. Once I receive them, I will hand them out for home study. There is a paper with brief explanation which will accompany the DVD.
Again, Thanks for a great weekend and superb costumes.
The following announcement is being posted on our web site, but wanted to make sure you all know about it and could
post on your sites as well.
Judges Mileage Reimbursement
Effective January 1, 2008, the rate for mileage reimbursement is $0.50/mile
to reflect the upcoming change in the IRS standard mileage rate for 2008.
Happy holidays to all of you.!
Update from Gail:
As of Jan. 1st the mileage rate for judges for USA competitions or meets assigned by NAWGJ will be .50 per mile.
This is NOT the high school rate. That has already been set by the Vermont Principals Association.
Thanks and Merry Christmas. Gail
Reminder from Gail - Responding to emails in a timely manner
The season is here, competition, holidays, food and so on.... but most of all, since Kara and I work more than one job,
email is an essential way for us to communicate. It is important that you respond immediately. If you cannot do or fill in at
a meet such as high school, email us anyways, that way we know you received the message. Also, I have some contracts out for
meets, please get them in.
Kara has some gaps to fill on the High school schedule and the first meets are Friday. This presents a problem with
getting the meets assigned and the schedule out (and this is important as one judge does not have a computer so snail mail may
not get to her). New judges, we want to use you but you must get your memberships in and let us know what you can do. There is
a need for a Jr High judge this Friday in Middlebury and that would be a great opportunity for some.
So, we must request:
CHECK YOUR EMAILS OFTEN DURING THE SEASON
LET KARA KNOW TODAY 12-3 YES OR NO WHAT YOU CAN OR CAN NOT DO (MOST EVERYONE HAS DONE THIS THERE ARE JUST A COUPLE OF
STRAGGLERS) IN OTHER WORDS RESPOND EITHER WAY
RETURN YOUR CONTRACTS FILLED OUT TO ME IMMEDIATELY
MOST OF ALL, RELAX AND HAVE A GREAT SEASON
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, HAPPY COMPETING AND HAPPY COACHING.
Reminder from Gail - Judges request form
Hello all clubs out there,
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. You are so good with getting money to me to assign when you see me at meets
or I get checks in the mail but I really, really , really need the form which Stano has so kindly linked at our
Vermontgymnastics.com website. This gives me all the information on levels, times, who the meet director is etc. When I
just receive checks, it is a guessing game to assign judges and to whom the contracts are returned to.
Please include that information with your check or write it out on a piece of paper. That insures the correct officials
are assigned and the correct person gets the contract. That would be heavenly.
Judges - USA Back ground checks and renewing of membership
The background check website is up and running on USA Gymnastics. ***A very important note*** you must have
this check to renew your membership. If you have a membership due in Dec. etc., DO NOT PROCRASTINATE, Go online and
fill out the information because your membership WILL NOT BE RENEWED until the background
check is done. This can effect judges assigned to meets, coaches on the floor etc. So, please, everyone do this now.
on the main page, scroll down to where it says: USA Gymnastics Background Check, and click on the big red check to the right.
This will bring up another page that say member service updates
Go to the fourth bullet which says Log on to start background check.
From there you will need your USA number (judges, this is your number also on your rating card) and your birthdate:
ex: 10061967 (which is Oct. 6th, 1967) This gives you access to the site to fill out the basic information.
You will need a credit card to place in that information at the end. The fee is $21.25
Please do it today. I do not want any sanctions pulled on meets because of expired USA membership of
a judge or coach. If you do not have a credit card, I would call 1-800-345-4719, Member Services and explain that and they will
instruct you how they would like it done.
Again, please follow through today, it takes less than five minutes.
Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to all, (gobble, gobble)
PS: Reminder to coaches/clubs: please send meet information with your assignment check, I have on hold contracts waiting for
information for a December meet and January meet. Judges are anxious to get the contracts so please, send that with the
assignment fee. Thanks so much.
September 2007 judges/coaches update
SEPTEMBER JUDGES/COACHES UPDATE NAWGJ-USA VERMONT
On behalf of both USA and NAWGJ- Vermont, I would like to thank Ruth Dunkley McGowan for the use
of her summer gymnastics camp for the state clinic and USA meeting. This was very generous, Thanks Ruth.
I also need to thank Bob (I owe him big time) for all the cooking and cleaning in the kitchen. Truthfully, he really enjoyed
every minute of it and he says his reward was everyone enjoying his cooking.
Our clinicians Marylou, Kara and Allison filling in for me as I bopped from USA to judges, thank you.
Stano from Green Mountain Gymnastics has done a tremendous job building the Vermont Gymnastics website. This is an all
inclusive site, it has the NAWGJ newsletters and updates, USA meet schedules, links to NAWGJ and USA sites, meet results,
pictures etc. This is a valuable site. If you have misplaced some Technical information, try the site and it will link you
to the information you Need. The site address is www.VermontGymnastics.com. If you would like to
submit information email
The Vermont High School Schedule was handed out at the clinic, the New York Fall High School Schedule and I have the USA schedule.
Return information for Vermont High School to Kara, ASAP, for New York, I Need this by Thursday AM, as I putting the schedule
together and sending it out Thursday evening (9-13-07)
The USA Schedule is below, email me with your availability ASAP.
Green Mountain Invitational Burlington area 1-19/20 site depending For all judges themed meet Haunted
Brattleboro Meet 1-27
2nd Sectional Hruska’s 2-10
Qualifying Meet Champlain Valley following state high school 2-16
Woodman’s Invitational Brattleboro 2-23/24
South of the Border Northern Lights 3/9
Sectional 3 Northstars3-16
USA States 4-5/6 southern/central
In case I made a mistake on a location or date, check the website. Gym owners, I will have judges waiting but get your
request for judges in now, with the fee of $3.00 per judge. Some weekends I know will have conflicts with other states
or high school so the sooner you send me the fee and form, the quicker I can work on judges and contract them.
My address is: Gail McGann PO Box 631, Bomoseen, Vermont 05732
Kara did a great job with a quick guide to the High School Gymnastics program. We will receive a copy of email and phone
connections to AD’s and schools. It is suggested for the high school season to contact the other judge so you can determine
your events in advance. You can then forward that to both the AD and coach. Some schools like the Beam and Floor judged with
two judges so by communication you can determine that information prior to the meet. This will enable coaches to know where
the money for exhibition and individuals will go. This also allows judges assigned to Junior High meets to contact the school
with their mileage prior to the meet so the checks are ready. At this time, Randolph, Middlebury, and Essex still have checks
ready for us. The other schools use vouchers. The coaches handbook will come out soon.
High School coaches are welcome to contact any of the judges to go to their schools for routine assessment for the varsity
fee and mileage. (since it is an assessment and not a meet, the mileage will not be placed in the mileage pool)
We covered and updated our Techniques, make sure you get the changes into your Flip charts and Coaches/Judges Technical handbook
(Code). Just two clarifications since we touched on these items at the clinic (a refresher)
Bars: a gymnast attempts a squat on, falls backward, but stays on the bars and continues the exercise with a glide kip, DO NOT
consider it a fall, use execution deductions (if applicable)
Bars: After a fall from the bars, the routine resumes when the gymnast performs an element that is listed in the JO Code of Points.
If a gymnast falls from the bar, re-mounts with a glide kip, stops in front support to crawl up to stand on LB = take .1 for
uncharacteristic element, plus .1 for lack of continuity.
Green Mountain Invitational:
waiting to hear from St.Mike’s concerning their facility for use on Martin L Kings B day weekend. This is the USA Vermont and
NAWGJ Vermont fund raiser for judges clinics and athlete funding. This is mandatory for all judges to either judge or participate
in another way. The judges also provide the food for the hospitality room. This is a themed meet, the theme is Haunting.
get your availability to myself for NY and USA and to Kara for High school. Read and WRITE the technical changes in your Code
and Flip book.
I am currently looking at dates in Nov. for a Safety Course. I will put That date and location on the website.
Judges and coaches, we will use this information at our state clinic and judges meeting in Sept.
so please bring this with you to save me on additional photo copying.
There were also some rewards at Regional Congress and I did not know if Jill was going
to announce in a newsletter so I will add here:
USA Coach of the Year for Vermont: Nat Goodale
Service Award for Vermont: Tom and Erika Reeves
Region 6 Sportsman Award to individual with academics, community service and
competitive acheivements. This award was given to Vermont to Laura Reeves.
It was amazing to learn of her accounts and her achievements with fund raising as well
Congratulations to all.
Safety Course at Dunkley's on Friday, June 22nd
from 4:30 until 8:30.
There will be a Safety Course at Dunkley's gymnastics Camp in South Hero on Friday, June 22nd
from 4:30 until 8:30. Testing has been re-instated in the Safety Program. It is open book and
we will cover the majority of the information.
You must register online at least two weeks prior to the course. You can also register
by snail mail using a form on the back of Technique. The information you will need is the course
GM06222007Vt and location: south Hero , Vermont. and a check or Cr. card.
If you know of anyone who needs to renew or take this, please let them know. I will put out
several more reminders. Renewals are free providing the registration form or online form is done
prior to two weeks. To judge USAG meets, one must be Safety Certified and also be a USA member as
well as NAWGJ member. You must be Safety Certified to be a USAG member.
You may renew within 12 months of your expiration date.
USAG Clarifications in regards to carpools for judges - January 11, 2007
The following recommendations are a result of discussion between Carole Ide and Pat
Panichas representing NAWGJ, along with Connie Maloney, USAG Jr. Olympic Program
In all situations, the decision to carpool or not should be made based on what is the most
economical for the Meet Director. If there are certain situations that cause two or more
judges to drive independently when they should/could have carpooled, this needs to be
discussed with the assigner (as stated in the R & P) who will then intercede with the Meet
• Assigners may indicate on contracts which judges could possibly carpool, based on their
Judge #1 smokes. Judge #2 is allergic to smoke and can’t carpool in Judge #1’s car. Judge #1
wants to be able to smoke going to the meet, even if judge #2 drives. They decide they can’t
carpool. Who gets mileage? Both judges are willing to drive, but judge #2 is allergic and
judge #1 wants to be able to smoke. ANSWER:
Split the mileage. When splitting mileage, each judge calculates their own roundtrip
mileage, deducts 30 miles, multiplies it by the current mileage fee ($0.48) and then charges
half of that amount.
Judge #1 doesn’t get along with judge #2, so they don’t carpool. Who gets mileage? ANSWER:
Split the mileage (see #1)
Judge #1 and Judge #2 live 15 miles from a gym. If they both drive, the gym
doesn’t pay mileage to either of them. If they carpool, the gym pays mileage. What is the correct
thing to do? ANSWER:
There is no need to carpool in this situation; however, if two or more judges who
each live 15 miles or less from the meet site (and would not be eligible for mileage
reimbursement) choose to carpool, mileage will not be paid to the driver.
Judge #1 and Judge #2 usually carpool. Judge #1 has other plans at the end of the
meet, and can’t make the return trip. Who gets mileage? ANSWER:
Judge 1 should give up the mileage. When personal plans prevent the normal return,
it should not cost the other judge or the meet director.
Judge #3 replaces a judge on a meet. When all the judges arrive at a meet, it
appears that another judge could have carpooled with judge #3, but didn’t know that judge #3
had replaced someone. Who takes mileage? ANSWER:
In this case, Judge #3 and the other judge(s) she could have carpooled with all
receive mileage. However, any changes to the assignments should be reported to the assigner,
who should then inform the replacement judge of any possible carpooling opportunities. If it is a
last-minute replacement, the newly added judge may want to call the meet director to find out
who else is judging in order to determine if there is a possibility for carpooling.
Judge #1 loves to drive and has a larger, more comfortable vehicle than the others
in same carpool group. If he/she always wants to drive, is this fair? ANSWER:
If the others in that carpool are satisfied that Judge #1 always drives, there is no
problem; however, if others would like to drive and Judge #1 is not willing to give up his/her
driving “rights”, then Judge #1 may want to consider offering a portion of the mileage to the
rider(s). Some individuals who always drive make sure that their actual expenses for gas are
covered and then split the remaining amount with the rider(s).
Judge #1 and #2 both have older vehicles (with over 100,000 miles each) and
they are assigned to a meet 200 miles away (400 mi. RT). Neither wants to drive their own
vehicle, so they decide to rent a car. The cost of the car rental and gas is less than the
mileage reimbursement of $.48 per mile. What should they charge the meet director? ANSWER:
They should submit receipts for the gas and the car rental and be reimbursed
those costs only. It is unethical to charge mileage (400 x $0.48) and then rent for a lesser
amount. The purpose of mileage reimbursement is to cover not only the cost of fuel, but the
“wear and tear” on your vehicle. If you are renting a car, you obviously do not have the
concerns for “wear and tear.”
In order to decide if renting a vehicle will be cheaper, or equal to, being reimbursed for
actual mileage, the judge should check on Map Quest to confirm the round-trip mileage;
then calculate the cost of the car rental (plus insurance) times the number of days required
and the approximate gas.
A judge traveling alone may also decide to rent a car due to a problem with his/her own
vehicle. In that case, the judge MUST charge the meet director with the lesser of the two
amounts (either mileage or rental/gas costs).
Gail: Compulsory Clinic and Safety Course October 27
Marylou has requested a registration for the comp. clinic at Northern
Lights on Oct. 27th from 6:30 to 9:00. This way she knows how many to
prepare for. She also has gymnasts performing. There will also be a
Safety Course that night. Please let her know ASAP at
Also, I know the following meets will be coming up. I have not received
the official request for judges but thought I would start to get
availability so once I get the requests ( with the fee) I can contract
people. Judges, please start checking email a couple of times a week.
Kim, I will snail mail contracts unless you are able to receive now.
Nov. 19th Harvest Classic at Northern Lights
Dec. 3 at Green Mountain
Dec. 17th Sectional at Hruska's
Jan. 13 & 14th Green Mt. Invitational (this is mandatory for all
judges, hopefully you will just have to judge one day )
Jan 27 & 28th Hruska's
Feb. 11th Sectional at Green Mt.
March 11th and possibly 10th Northern Lights Invitational
March 18th Sectional at Woodman's in Brattleboro
March 31 and April 1st States, location unknown
Reply to all dates ASAP, this includes my NY Affiliates.
Coaches: If any other gyms are planning on meets, the early coach gets
the judges. Send in march in time, date, number of sessions and level of
meet with $3 per judge requested ( if done 30 days plus in advance) or $5
per judge if less than 30 days to:
PO Box 631
Bomoseen, Vt. 05732
New Judges, get your memberships in and then send me a copy of your
membership card so I may assign you. I have heard from Lauren that hers
is in the mail ( Murphy) I haven't heard from Lauren B yet.
Gail: Some of my optional notes from regional and national congress
BAR RELEASESOVERSHOOT ½:
Do not break the CV, think, where did she start: nothing to nothing = B, handstand to nothing = C,
nothing to HS = D and HS to HS = D
Where did she start, where did she finish and what skill proceeded this as now if a B move but
proceeded by a D release, this will = C
Toe up, hecht up, hiccup, Chinese sit up, any position, stalder, toe on pike, straddle on,
hecht/ clear all = C Look for 1. height 2. disengaging of the legs so not to hang, in the
height you want to see the tkachev type movement
Clear hip type action on low bar and release to catch high bar. Again, can be from a clear hip
or with or without feet on bar. Watch the back swing as it must be @ horizontal or deduct
Height, total extension and disengaging of the legs. If done from a giant= D if done from a clear
hip ( hindorf) = E Hindorf is like what D. Dawes did
Height, distance away from bar, can be done both ways, in bar and outside HB, deduct for leg
separation before and after, often will be combined with overshoot ½ so note this will increase
value of overshoot ½ to C/. Looking for giant ½ pike or stretched release Pike = D stretch = E
Straddled is the DELCHEV = D
Comes down from a front giant with a release in either straddle or pike position.
If straddled = D if pike = E. Look for height and distance, again watch for it being followed
by overshoot ½ or bail ½ if that is your terminology which will make that a C (the bail ½ raises
from B to C)
Front giant ½ release, looking for some flight = D
Flyaway stretched between the high bar to the low bar. If you catch and slam , the requirements
are to catch in a “clear” position. The catch is clear and slam is connected to glide move
so would still get the CRValue for the move.
Clear hip hecht back or counter straddle, can also be done from a stalder or toe on, look for
height, extension and disengaging of the legs
Looks like a flying helicopter and you will go, what was that?
CHANGE IS UPRISE TO HANDSTAND ½ IS NOW A C RATHER THAN A D MOVE.
Good connections smooth transitions, breathing, the gymnast feels it, so as a judge and coach
you can see it and hear it.
- 2 feet to 2 feet : This is the easiest, jump, jump want it sharp and powerful whether the same
or different, no moving of foot or double plie. 1001 rule if no moving of foot
- 1 foot to 2 feet, gets a bit harder, moving forward to in place, best way is to select skills
with simple body shapes to always get connection credit
-1 Foot to 1 foot leap leap : harder
Change of direction is the hardest from forward to backward or vice versa, want to see movement
Connection feel, compression to push off, not every gymnast will have the same speed due to size
and length of legs etc. To train or prepare for what you are looking for clap it out: example
leap to jump 1-2 - 1 land land jump
On Front to back: the front aerial is completed when the head is up and 2nd leg lands
and there is a rhythm change here, people watch for second leg to land and forget that the head
and arms and not finished upward so they break this, Look for both
Think of breaking a series in these terms: loitering, hanging around, dawdling, dallying
or unsureness. That will help with the decision other than watching gymnasts in gyms, on videos
etc. to train yourself.
A few notes: Dynamics is up to .3 so 1.5 is the middle ground.
Take .2 if pretty serious deduction
Take .3 as the worse possible scenario
With up to deductions: always think: can this get any worse? If yes, don’t take the full amount
Overall for Vault: look at them as a small, medium and large vault. Is it in hollow or stretched
hollow. Must land on hands and soles of feet to get credit , not the tops of the feet. When is
a layout a pike? Body shape in majority of vault is what determines it.
Dynamics on Floor: ease of performance as well as being explosive. Sharpness
of jumps, leaps and turns. Artistry: music is not background, this is a performance.
Up to Level of competition: at 10 Nationals only 14 routines of the entire meet
dismounted without a D or E in last pass. So this is the basis of level of Acro. At 9 Nationals
very few without a C salto in the last pass.
Note only 25% of L10 national floor routines received the cat double for D credit. Not marching
OVERALL: WHEN JUDGING , BE TRUE TO YOURSELF, AFTER THE FIRST ROUTINE.
DON’T LOOK TO JUDGE TO THE AVERAGE. OBVIOUSLY IF SERIOUSLY OFF, YOU MAY HAVE TO ADJUST
(THIS IS DONE IN VIDEO PRIOR TO MEET SO YOU CAN DISCUSS)
I FIND IT BEST WHEN I DON’T KNOW THE SCORE AVERAGE, I STAY ON TRACK. THAT IS PART OF BEING
CONFIDENT BUT ALSO HELPS WHEN JUDGING COLLEGIATE WITH OPEN SCORING.
MORE THAN 2 LEAPS OR JUMPS WITH SAME BODY SHAPE WITH OR WITHOUT TURN (TUCK AND WOLFS ARE
ONE GROUP AND STRADDLES ARE ANOTHER) =.1 IF 3 OR MORE TUCK/WOLFS AND .1 FOR 3 OR MORE STRADDLES.
SWITCH SIDE IS NOT IN STRADDLE CATEGORY.
So if jump tuck full, wolf full, tuck 1 ½ = -.1
If straddle jump, popa, straddle ½ = .1
So, maximum is .2 for the floor, if they do four jumps of the same -.1
Overall when judging Beam or Floor, a survey of Judges this is what they remember when the
routine is over:
1. Feet, feet, feet
2. Split position of 180* or not
3. Height of Jumps and Leaps
4. Dynamic/ Aggressive rhythm
5. Variety of skills
6. Torso movement
Judges work together, not apart, kids are number 1.
QUALITY UP TO .1: This is the personal style and .1 is the maximum. I hate that
style a judge may say but you don’t have to like the style, does the gymnast do it well? If
a big girl is doing a cutsey routine that is wrong, music is to go with the style and body type.
Not just a performance face with canned smiles at judges: if jazz routine must be snappy,
if balletic, must be soft
ORIGINALITY UP TO .1: Sometimes you can predict what comes next when you have
seen a lot of floor routines. You want to see a variety of movement and not done redundant over
and over. Try to have a signature skill in the routine usually the mount section in a pose/ want
it to be unpredictable
QUALITY OF EXPRESSION UP TO .1: more than just a smile. More than face, it is the
eyes and body, not a plastic cheerleader type smile or I will smile at the judges here, look for
diagonal focus change, do what the music says
Summary: Artistry is very subjective, you don’t have to agree as judges but try
to use the above guidelines to help. The entire category is worth up to .3 so don’t take .3 on
overall originality, that is .1 max.
Artistry is much harder on beam due to the fact the gymnast is more nervous, concentrating
on tricks but you don’t want to see big pauses before series so put a pose or moving pose before
that trick or series. Try counting to go with the skill as for hand, arm , face placment. On beam,
the enhancement of music is not available so the gymnast must work harder to be not just artistic
but also a performer on Beam.
WHAT SHOULD A JUDGE LOOK FOR ON BEAM ARTISTRY? There are already compositional
deductions but these compositional requirements do affect the artistry:
--need for level changes, make them fit the routine and choreography
--variety of facial expressions- use a mirror
--do not show boredom, show confidence
--quality of movement be sharp, smooth, pendulum circular and angular
--variety in direction of movement which is part of artistry
--focus diagonally or sideward
These are all part of composition but all affect the individual’s artistry
Floor: Gymnast works with the music, do not ignore it, what kind of message is
in the music or is the music sending? Need a rest before a pass, add a “groveling” section, no
standing in the corners passing out flyers.
IT IS NOT YOUR JOB AS A JUDGE TO LIKE IT: IT IS THE JOB OF THE GYMNAST TO SELL IT.
VERMONT GYMNASTICS CLINIC:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26TH
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27TH
BOMOSEEN, VT ( GAIL MCGANN) 273-3637
SAME SYLLABUS FOR SUNDAY AS SATURDAY, YOU MAY CHOOSE YOUR DAY.
8:30 - 9:30 LEVEL 7 & 8 PRACTICAL JUDGING
9:30-10:00 TO CONNECT OR NOT TO CONNECT ON BB AND FX
10:00-10:15 COFFEE BREAK
10:15 -11:45 COMPULSORY FILMS FOCUS ON ANGLES
11:45-1:00 LUNCH BARBEQUE AND Q & A/ SWIM
1:00-2:00 BARS SKILL IDENTIFICATION
2:00-3:00 UNUSUAL SITUATIONS AND HOW TO HANDLE THEM
CHIEF JUDGE, MEET REF AND PANEL JUDGE DUTIES
3:00-4:00 L9 AND L10 PRACTICAL JUDGING
4:00-4:30 BAR ANGLES HANDSTANDS
4:30-4:45 SNACKS AND STRETCH
4:45-5:30 GOOD , BETTER, BEST RANKING ROUTINES ( NOT JUDGING)
5:30 HAND OUT CPE FORMS AND CARDS FOR CREDITS.
PLEASE RESPOND EITHER VIA EMAIL OR SNAIL MAIL TO ME BY AUGUST 20TH SO MARYLOU AND I CAN PLAN SPACE ETC.
PRE REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY SO WE KNOW HOW MANY WE HAVE EACH DAY AND HOW MANY TO COOK FOR.
FEE: NAWGJ VERMONT AND VT. USAG MEMBERS : FREE
NEW JUDGES IN THE COURSE: FREE
JUDGES WHO VOLUNTEERED AND JUDGED THE GREEN
MT. INVITATIONAL : FREE
ALL OTHERS: $20.00 TO COVER FOOD ETC.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS INFORMATION TO ALL JUDGES, USAG COACHES AND HIGH SCHOOL COACHES.
TO GET TO MY HOME , THE MAP QUEST DIRECTIONS ARE EXACT : 64 CLIFFDWELLERS BOMOSEEN, VT. 05732
ALL SNACKS, LUNCH AND BEVERAGES WILL BE PROVIDED. HANDOUTS WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED.
REGISTRATION FOR JUDGES EXAM MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE USA OFFICE A MINIMUM OF TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE COURSE.
JUDGES CAN ALSO USE ANY OF THE CLINICS FOR THE NEW JUDGES IN AUGUST AS CREDIT FOR CPE AND WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO ATTEND.
ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME.
HAPPY SUMMER, GAIL
SEND ALL UNUSUAL SITUATIONS YOU HAVE ENCOUNTERED TO ME SO I CAN DISCUSS THEM WITH REGIONAL SOURCES. THANK YOU.
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