The latest Xcel FAQ has been posted on the USA Gymnastics website.
This has some valuable clarifications that coaches and judges should have.
Xcel, Level 9 & 10 athletes who are unable to compete at State Championship due to injury may petition to compete at Regionals.
Level 9 & 10 Petition form
Xcel Petition form
No petition is allowed for Level 7 or 8 athletes since these athletes qualify by placement. All Level 7 & 8 athletes must compete at State Championships in order to qualify to Level 7 Regionals and Level 8 Regionals.
Judges' Mileage Reimbursement For 2015
Attention Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Judges and Meet Directors:
Effective January 1, 2015, the rate for mileage reimbursement for judges is $.57 per mile to reflect the recent increase in the IRS standard mileage rate for 2015.
Judges Availability, In Gym and Tracking Forms
Judges Availability, In Gym and Tracking forms are all available here.
You must download and save forms. Then complete forms and save again. All of these forms can be filled in online with the exception of the chart for In Gym. The In Gym form must be signed by coach, so you can fill in your information, print, write in chart information and ask coach to sign. The Tracking Form may not total. It works for some, but not for others.
Floor Exercise Border Matting
The matting for Floor Exercise border has been extended. The matting must extend a minimum of 5’ feet from the edge of the boundary line and extend a minimum of 6’ from the corner of the carpet down each side of the Floor Exercise area.
If you have downloaded 2014-2015 Rules and Policies to your computer or tablet before 11/11/14 please download again for all updates.
Level 9 Easterns
Will be held at Osceola Heritage Park Exhibition Hall in Kissimmee, Fla. This is being hosted by the Central Florida Sports Commission and Orlando Metro Gymnastics. The NTS hotel blocks will go live January 26th.
Thank you Volunteers
None of our Training Camps could happen without volunteers. Region 8 thanks all volunteers who helped at Training Camp in 2014!
Region 8 USA Gymnastics thanks 2014 Regional hosts. Jon Aardema and GAA did a fabulous job hosting the largest Region 8 Level 9 & 10 Regionals ever! Kim Morrow, Mindy Yaeger and Cabarrus County Gymnastics were great hosts for Level 7 & 8 Regionals! Constance Snyder and Foothills Gymnastics hosted a fabulous competition for over 1,300 Xcel athletes!
Thank you to Gymnastix for hosting Level 7 & 8 Training Camp. Their fabulous facility provided a great atmosphere for close to 100 athletes. National Team Training Camp was at University of Georgia. Region 8’s top Level 9 & 10’s had great time in an outstanding gymnastics facility. Level 8, 9 & 10 Training Camp had a wait list of athletes again! Thanks to Orlando Metro for opening their gym to all these wonderful athletes. Of course, none of these Training Camps would happen with all the great volunteers willing to give their week-end to coach these fabulous athletes.
In case you missed it last week, USA Gymnastics presented a webinar on concussions with special guest Dr. David Kruse last week that everyone could benefit from. If you have time to watch it and want to share it with your membership, you can find it HERE.
THE PARENTS MANUAL OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
THE PARENTS MANUAL OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY:
A Practical Guide to Achieving Athletic Success
James I. Millhouse, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Sport Psychologist
USOC Sport Psychology Registry since 1985
My recently published book "The Parents Manual of Sport Psychology" is now available on Amazon.
The book explains components of the mental game that every athlete needs to know, provides parents ideas about how to handle many common challenges and discusses guidelines for parent involvement to avoid many of the problems we commonly encounter as coaches.
It has 3 major points of value to the parent, athlete and coach. More specifically:
1. The first section reviews my Essential Concepts mental training program which teaches the mental game used by the best athletes in the world to be their best and avoid problems. For over 20 years athletes have used this program to set new personal records, many of them NCAA, Olympic and World championships.
2. The second part of the book explains the nature of common challenges many young athletes face such as fear of failure, performance anxiety, dealing with pressure and gives parents guidance in helping their child master these challenges.
3. Most coaches find undesirable parental involvement to be one of their biggest distractions and time wasters. The third part of the book discusses aspects of the parent role, overinvolvement and provides guidelines for a constructive parent role.
"THE PARENTS MANUAL OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY", available now on Amazon.