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Thank You

Posted: 09.17.2013

Region 8 USA Gymnastics thanks 2013 Regional hosts. Nancy Lay, John Williams, Deb Walls and Meet Integrity did a fabulous job hosting the largest Region 8 Level 9 & 10 Regionals ever! Michelle and David Pomerantz and Gymnastix were great hosts for Level 7 & 8 Regionals with more Level 7’s than ever before!  Gary and Mendi Knisley and Upstate Events made over 1,000 Xcel children very happy with unbelievable march in’s and fabulous competition!
Thank you to LaFleur’s Tampa 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 Alabama. Region 8’s top Level 9 & 10’s had great time in a outstanding gymnastics facility. Level 8, 9 & 10 Training Camp has more athletes than we have had in a very long time. Thanks to Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta for opening their gym and finding us additional stations to handle 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. Special thanks to Brad Harris for setting up and running all 3 of these camps.

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Another Letter about All Star Trip

Posted: 08.02.2013

Hi Brad,

We wanted to let you know what a fabulous time Meredith had on the All-Star trip to Puerto Rico. She hasn't stop telling us about all the great times. We were so happy that Meredith got to travel with and meet other gymnasts from Region 8. She has spoken so highly of all the girls and of how nice everyone was. The girls took lots of photos of all the fun! This is a trip she will always remember. Thank you so much for taking her.

Mike and Linda Robinson

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Athletes needed for Research Project

Posted: 08.01.2013

My name is Amanda Ramon, and I am a senior Exercise Science major with a minor in Child Growth and Development at The Florida State University. Before coming to Florida State University, I was a competitive gymnast for eleven years at the Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta in Kennesaw, Georgia. As part of my undergraduate degree at FSU, I have decided to take my experiences from gymnastics and turn them into an Honors in the Major research thesis.

I am working with Dr. Jasminka Ilich-Ernst to investigate the causes of back stress fractures in female high school gymnasts. My research will focus on evaluating risk factors, besides the mechanical stress caused by gymnastics. Since most of these gymnasts will be under the age of eighteen, I will receive consent from the gymnasts’ parents or legal guardians before the gymnasts will be allowed to complete the study. The study will involve the gymnasts answering several surveys about their physical activity, nutritional habits, menstruation patterns, and gymnastics career. The gymnasts do not have to have a history of back stress fractures to participate in the study, but they will need to be training on levels seven through ten, elite, or pre-optional gold or platinum. Participants in the survey must also be between the ages of 13 and 18 years old.

I am looking for volunteers for my study, and I was wondering if you would be willing to send information about my study to the gyms in Region 8. I have contacted several gyms in Georgia, but I am still looking for several more volunteers. This study really means a lot to me, and the results may provide helpful information to doctors, coaches, parents, and gymnasts about gymnastics and back stress fractures. I have pre-written emails that I can give you to send out if that makes it easier on you. Any volunteers that I can get will help me with my thesis!

If you would be willing to forward on information for me or you have any questions, please contact me by emailing Amanda. Thank you in advance for your help and interest! I greatly appreciate it!

Amanda Ramon

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Letter about Region 8 All Star Trip

Posted: 07.31.2013


I just wanted to thank you so much for always organizing such a fun and rewarding trip for the girls. We are very thankful that Sydney has been able to be a part of them. She had a wonderful time getting to know the other girls and experiencing life in Puerto Rico. This trip has become such a huge incentive for all of the Region 8 girls! I know they all want to win at Nationals but going on this trip is a goal I think they each share.

We really appreciate you taking the time to always organize these trips. I know that is not an easy task. I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and look forward to seeing you at some meets next year. Region 8 Rocks!!!!

Thanks again,

Michelle Snead

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Minutes from Region 8 Committee meeting

Posted: 07.31.2013

The minutes from the Region 8 Committee meeting June 20, 2013 are posted below:


Minutes of Region 8 Committee Meeting
June 20, 2013
Region 8 Congress
Crowne Plaza Ravinia        
Atlanta, GA
Chairperson Deb K called the meeting to order at 9:03. She asked all members to put phones on mute.
Members present:      
Debby Kornegay – RACC                      Shelley Weil - LA                                
Marian Dykes – RTCC                           Nancy Hawkins – MS  
Brad Harris – RJOCC                            Jennie Adams – NC
Elaine Wulf – RXCC                              Joanne Child – SC
Deb Walls – AL - Absent ill                    Larry Corrigan – TN
Toni Rand – FL                                      Sheila Ragle – RJD NAWGJ Non voting
Michelle Pomerantz – GA                              
Jennie A was appointed secretary.
Deb K circulated thank you notes that had been sent to the Committee since the last meeting.
Deb K reminded the Committee that recusal were appropriate for any member who had a conflict of interest on any of the Committee’s decisions.
Motion           Marian D                    moved to renew the contract with NAWGJ for Region 8.
2nd                   Toni R.                        Passed unanimously
WTC – Marian Dykes addressed the Committee to request that the bid for 2014 Xcel Regionals be awarded before the committee selected judges for National and Regional competitions.
Regional Meet Bids
·       Deb K presented two bids for the 2014-Xcel Regionals:      
o   Foothills Gymnastics in Hickory, NC with the meet to be held at the Hickory Metro Convention Center, and
o   Edgewater Gymnastics in Panama City, FL with the meet to be held at the Edgewater Beach Resort.
Motion     Nancy L    moved to award the bid for the 2014 Xcel Regional, to be held May 16-18, 2014 to Foothills Gymnastics of Hickory, NC. Meet director – Constance Snyder.
2nd                   Shelley W      Passed unanimously
Sheila Ragle joined the meeting.
  • Marian D. reported that there were two judges that were tardy to sessions at the 2013 Level 9/10 Regional meet in Jackson, MS. The Committee discussed the disciplinary actions to be applied to the judging personnel. 
Motion           Marian D.                  moved that if a judge is late to a Regional competition or a session of a Regional competition the Committee will reprimand the  judge and/or suspend the judge from Regional competition for a      determined amount of time based on the degree of infraction.
2nd                   Elaine W        Passed unanimously
The Committee took action on the infractions from 2013 Regionals.
  • Marian opened the discussion for the Committee relating to the 2014 Regional Judging Selection. The question posed was how should the Committee incorporate the new judges eligible for a potential National meet assignment into the existing rotation.
The Committee members reinforced that the existing rules should be consistently applied.
Motion           Nancy L.                    moved to approve the proposed slate of judges for 2014 Level 10 Nationals – Sheila Ragle, Paul Padron, Mary Lou Dillard and Kristi Aguilar
2nd                   Michelle P.                Passed
Motion           Jennie A.                   moved to approve the proposed slate of judges for the 2014 Level 9 Eastern – Marian Dykes, Cookie Batsche, Diane Thompson and Evelyn Chandler
2nd                   Joann C.                    Passed unanimously
Motion           Marian D.                   moved to approve the proposed slate of judges for the 2014 Level 9/10 Regionals  - Mary Lou Dillard, Mendi Knisley, Evelyn Chandler, Cookie Batsche, Denise Weaver, Sharyn Strickland, Sheila Ragle, Kim Joye, Sharon Doyle, Marilyn Bishop, Kathy Kuhn, Kristi Aguilar, Diane Thompson, Kim Stenson, Paul Padron, Kerma Headrick, Marian Dykes. Alternate – Mary Ann Wallace.
2nd                   Toni R.                        Passed            9-1 vote.
Jennie A stepped out of the room.
Motion           Nancy L                      moved to approve the proposed slate of judges for the 2014 Level 7/8 Regionals – Gayli Craver, Mary Ann Wallace, Carol Curley, Nelena Beck, Cathy Campfield, Jane Baseman, Branda Eberhardt, Kerri Thornton, Bobbye Strickland, Mary Moore, Jennie Adams, Karen Pleasants, Vicki Walker, Sue Dolinar, Sibby Lane, and Marian Dykes
2nd                   Shelley W.                 Passed unanimously
Sheila R. and Jennie A. stepped out of the room.
            Motion           Nancy L.                     moved to approve the proposed slate of judges of the 2014 Xcel Regionals (both panels) as presented.
2nd                  Michelle P.                  Passed unanimously – Panel 1 – Annette Burgin, Phyllis Thompson, Nikki Spinelli, Susan Monahan, Gwyned Bius, Kathlyn Skeslock, Michelle Martin, Diane Thompson, Mary Thacker, Mary Moore, John O’Dell, Jennie Adams, Janet Efland, Davita Ivey, Kerma Headrick, Mary Phelps.
Panel 2 – Carol Smitherman, Diane Peeks, Vinnie Dimaggio, Rose Casterline, Arlene Glass, Chris Jackson, Dana Kling, Cynthia Davis, Bobbye Strickland, Gynn Hankins, Karen Pleasants, Sue Dolinar, Mendi Knisley, Sheila Ragle, Amy Arnts.
Deb K reminded the Committee members that their state’s CPE coordinator needed to have State Committee approval by August 1st.
Marian presented the updated Regional Availability form, and In-Gym Card format to the Committee for review. Judges should be reminded that all four pages of the form must be completed and returned to be eligible for a Regional assignment. 
Marian reminded the State Chairs that judges names, selected for only the 2014 Optional State Meets, should be sent to Marian by November 1, 2013. Judges must retest and pass at their current rating by December 31, 2013 for assignments to hold.
Reports           RXCC              Elaine Wulf
  • The first meeting in Orlando was a good experience. There was a good mix of people who had experience with the programs in their Regions.
  • All information is unofficial until final approval by USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny.           
  • Another on-line meeting is scheduled for July 1st. Then rules will be posted soon after.
  • There will be an Xcel manual. Questions about Skills and Value Parts will be referenced back to the Code of Points.
  • There will be an Xcel manual. Questions about skills and Value Parts will be referenced back to the Code of Points.
  • JO and Xcel are two entirely separate programs with two different philosophy statements.
  • Elaine’s email will be posted on the Region 8 website in case any of the members want to be on her Xcel email list.
Reports           RTCC              Marian Dykes                       Please look at the national minutes for items approved by Women’s Technical Committee. Of note, a piked Tsukahara beam dismount was given the name of a Region 8 gymnast. The Keck.
Reports           RJOCC            Brad Harris                Please look at the national minutes for items approved by JO Committee.
Reports          RACC              Deb Kornegay           Please look at the national minutes for items approved by Women’s Administrative Committee. Of note, Monday night following a State Meet will be the new deadline for Petition form to Regionals.
Regional Board Concerns
Motion           Joanne C                   moved that the qualifying score for Xcel Regional is a 34.00
2nd                   Shelley                       Passed unanimously
Recognition of Wounded Warriors was chosen as the focus for charitable donations for the 2014 & 2015 Regionals competitions. The leotard colors will be Red, White, and Blue. There are WW organizations in every state that would be willing to give assistance at State Meets.
New Rails will be required at the 2014 Regional competitions. Each State Meet should make sure to have them – if only for the high bar.
Motion           Brad H                        moved to have the RACC do a draw for all Regionals by computer  program before the first competition day. The athletes starting events are subject to change to expedite the competition after the coaches meeting.
2nd                   Nancy L                      Passed unanimously
Procedure for fining coach/club/state for not wearing apparel at Nationals
Motion           Brad H                        moved that the USA Gymnastics State Accounts will pay a fine of $100.00 for the first occurrences if one of its coach’s/club’s does not wear the Regional apparel at Easterns or Nationals. Fine will be increased for subsequent occurrences.
2nd                   Jennie A                    Passed unanimously
Address lists for Web and Emergencies – Deb K asked the state chairs for updates
Deb K asked State Chairs to link each State Competitive Calendar to the Region 8 website before August 1, 2013.
Deb K informed the members that the Calendar for Regional events will be ready for sale in August.
State chairs gave Deb K the dates for each state meet to be held in their individual states.
Deb K thanked Meet Integrity for assembling and printing the Region 8 Address books for 2013-14.
Deb K presented and explained the Region 8 Financial report and asked for questions from the members. Report will be available on the Region 8 website.
Deb K reported that the All Star trip’s airfare expenses have been paid by the Travel Fund. The gymnasts and coaches will be traveling to Puerto Rico in late July.
Regional Meet dates for 2015 were announced. The Region 8 Committee will accept bids for the following dates:
·       Level 9/10 Regionals               April 16-19, 2015
·       Level 7/8 Regionals                 April 23-26, 2015
·       Xcel Regionals                        April 30-May 3, 2015
Deb K asked the state chairs to remind the membership that bid packet is available and may be requested from Deb K.
The Hall of Fame Ceremony 2013 is ready for Saturday night. Brad H. will introduce the honored athletes and coaches. Marian D. will introduce the inductee, Diane Thompson, along with her video and voice over.
The suggested dates and sites for the 2014 Region 8 Congress were decided and will be given to USAG for them to request bids:
·       1st choice of dates                  July 11-13, 2014
·       2nd choice of dates                 June 20-22, 2014
·       Sites – Tampa , New Orleans, & Nashville
Regional JO Program Report – Financial Statements from 2013 Regional Competitions
·       Level 9/10 Regionals in Jackson had an overall loss. The Region 8 Committee’s policy of allowing the return of the athlete fee to the meet director will recover the loss of funds.
·       Level 7/8 Regionals in Atlanta showed a profit.
·       Level Xcel Regionals in Clemson showed a profit. However the grant from the City of Clemson made the difference between profit and loss.
The members discussed at length the cost of providing meals for coaches at Regional competitions.  The following statement was created:
Due to the high cost of catering and facility rental at Regional Competitions coaches expectations for provided food must change from expected to not provided. If food is provided, it is only for coaches with back to back sessions.

The Regional Entry fees will remain the same for 2014.
State Chairmen Concerns:
  • Deb K asked the State Chairs to be on alert at the Region 8 Congress beginning Friday for any problems that might arise. She asked the SC’s to make themselves available for helping at the registration desk throughout the Congress. The Committee would like participants to leave Atlanta remembering that it was a good learning experience.
  • Deb K asked that help in the apparel room from the SC’s be better at the 9/10 Regionals. If an SC is unable to attend, she asked that a substitute (someone from the State Committee) be lined up to provide assistance to Colleen throughout the weekend. Help is needed at all the Regional events.
  • The State Chair Workshop at National Congress in Hartford will be on Sunday afternoon.
  • Deb K asked for an idea of who is going to be available to help at the Regional Training Camps.
The State Chairs were reminded to publish and provide a good voting experience to the entire membership, if entire membership votes for the Coach/Judge/Athlete/Club of the Year in each of the states. Club of the year may also be voted on by State Committee.
Divisions of Xcel State Meets to be held in each state.
  • Not every state will have every Division of the Xcel program for 2014.
Motion           Brad H            moved that athletes, residing in a state that does not offer a Division of Xcel at their State Meet, may qualify to Xcel Regionals by using an AA score of 1.0 higher than the Regional Qualifying score earned twice at a meet using 2-judge panels. A record of the earned scores must be sent to the State Chairperson.
2nd                  Jennie A        Passed unanimously
Reminders to the State Chairs:
  • Deb K reminded the State Chairs that the Inventory report was due August 15, 2013.
  • The USA Gymnastics Competitive Information report is due August 31, 2015. The report that asks for state meet qualifying scores.
  • Deb K asked that she and Marian be added to each state’s membership email list.
The Tim Rand Fund Committee reported that the total entry fees paid in 2013 for Nationals and Easterns was an impressive $20,750.00. State Chairs need to remind the receiving clubs that donations back to the Fund are always need to sudstain the principle.
Regional Apparel Presentations:
  • Cory of Alpha Factor presented her line of leotards and war-up apparel
    • Warm-ups would be in Red and Navy
    • The state’s name would be on the back of the jacket with scattered crystals. - $95.
    • Two other choices of styles and decorations were priced at $101 and $105 for the package.
    • The leotard can be designed with ¾ sleeves. Tanks would cost around $25.
    • Nylon leggings and pants were also available.
  • Lea and Mary presented for Ozone
    • Tanks would run about $20, but could be upgraded for $6 more.
    • There were two different styles of jackets.
    • There would be no navy leotards in stock but a navy starburst and ¾ length sleeves available.
    • The “fit” from the 2013 leotard has been tweaked, but the nylon leo fits much better.
    • The package price for the states would be $79.95.
    • Individual apparel would be distributed from the Ozone booth, as was done for 2013 Regionals.
  • Kylee and Amanda presented for GymKin. Modeling was by Julia.
    • A white, silver Mystique leotard with 3000 Sequinz, ¾ sleeve cost $60.
    • A red leotard choice was $35.
    • Jackets paired with Capri were presented. A Micro knit warm-up jacket with the state logo on the back and the Region 8 embroidered on the front was available.
    • Tanks ran from $20 to $30, with shorts @ $10 – grip bag included.
    • GymKin will deliver from the booth but needs guidelines about who is eligible to do the pick up.
    • A full set of sizers is provided for State Meet sizing.
 The Committee voted on the company to receive the bid for Regional Team apparel:
  • GymKin will provide the Team Apparel. Individual states may choose which company provides their state apparel.
  • The team leotard will be the ¾ sleeve Red leo with blue and silver stars – Option #1.
  • The Committee approved Warm-up Option #1 with the flag emblem moved to the leg of the pant.
  • The cost of the total Team Attire will be $120.
Motion           Nancy L                      moved to adjourn
2nd                   Jennie            A                    Passed unanimously               3:56 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Jennie Adams
The next Committee meeting will be the Winter Region 8 Committee Meeting to be held on December 9, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

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Sophomore/ Junior Form

Posted: 07.03.2013

Please ask any of your Level 9 and 10 athletes who will be Sophomores or Juniors in High School in 2013-2014 school year to go to Soph/Jr Form and complete the form.  Compiled information will be emailed to all NCAA Gymnastic programs.


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Training Camp Information

Posted: 07.02.2013

Criteria for petition consideration for Region 8 National Team Training Camp…..effective 7-1-13

Petitions will be considered if:

1) A gymnast was injured during the same year as the camp and achieved the AA score of 37.00 + (during that year) at a sanctioned competition.
2) A gymnast qualified to the previous year's National Meet at the same level as they are when petitioning.
3) NIT Qualifiers from the previous year will be wait-listed and accepted ONLY if space is available.

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Level 9 & 10 Regional Scores

Posted: 04.12.2013

Click here for link to Level 9 & 10 Regional scores.

Link for photographer.  EBS Productions

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Competition Order

Posted: 02.26.2013

TO: Region 8 Membership
FROM: Deb Kornegay (RACC), Marian Dykes (RTCC) and Brad Harris (RJOCC)

It has been brought to our attention that there are coaches in our Region that are misconstruing a rule. When you are at a competition where a rotation sheet has been provided you are to follow that rotation sheet IN ORDER. Coaches are not permitted to intentionally change that order.

The rule that states that there is no deduction for competing out of order, is there to protect the athlete in the case of an innocent mistake by their coach, NOT a license to place kids in the order of your choosing.

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Region 8 Committee Meeting Minutes

Posted: 09.12.2012

Minutes from the August 9th meeting of the Region 8 USA Gymnastics Committee are below.
 Region 8 Committee Meeting
August 9, 2012 9:00 am
Sheraton Music City               
Nashville, TN
Region 8 Congress
Chairperson Deb Kornegay called the meeting to order at 9:00 am. Michelle Pomerantz offered to temporarily take minutes until Jennie Adams arrived.
Members present:  
Debby Kornegay – RACC                         Brenda Eberhardt non-voting proxy for               
Marian Dykes – RTCC                                Shelley Weil - LA     
Brad Harris – RJOCC                                 Nancy Hawkins – MS - Absent
Deb Walls – AL                                            Jennie Adams – NC
Toni Rand – FL                                            Joanne Child – SC
Michelle Pomerantz – GA                           Larry Corrigan – TN
                                            Sheila Ragle – RJD NAWGJ Non voting
Deb K passed the thank you notes that she had received since the last Regional Committee meeting.
Deb K explained that procedural rules do not allow voting privileges for a proxy. Also if a member of the Committee has a conflict of interest on a voting issue, he/she must recuse his/herself from the vote.
NAWGJ contract for Region 8 Committee
Motion           Marian Dykes           moved to accept NAWGJ as the judging contractor for Region 8
                                                            USA Gymnastics
2nd                   Toni Rand                  Passed unanimously
Women’s Technical Committee           
Marian reminded the members that it is the State Chair’s responsibility to approve a CPE coordinator and send the name of the coordinator to Marian. (CPE coordinator must be approved by the State Committee)
Marian reported that all 9/10 and 7/8 contracts were accepted. Terri Costa declined the assignment to Xcel Regionals and a replacement judge must be assigned.
Motion           Deb Walls                  moved to assign Diane Thompson (NC) to Panel 1 for the 2013
                                                            Xcel Regional.
2nd                   Larry Corrigan         Passed unanimously
            Marian suggested that the Panel 2 replacement judge be one who would be able to drive.
Motion           Marian Dykes                       moved to assign Karen Pleasants (NC) to Panel 2 for the 2013 Xcel Regional
2nd                   Michelle Pomerantz            Passed unanimously
There was a discussion about in-gym cards and judging availability forms but no changes were made in the criteria.
Marian asked for the approved State Meet Optional judge list from each state committee by November 1st.
Marian stated that any unexpected changes in Regional assignments after this meeting would be handled with email votes.
             Application for National Judges Rotation Form
Deb K, Marian, Brad, & Larry (with input from Sheila Ragle as RJD) worked as a subcommittee on the application for National (meet) judges rotation for Region 8 USA Gymnastics
·       New format may give opportunity for judges to be able to move up.
·       Discussion about whether the nationals form should ask about affiliation. Decided that the question was mute because it’s already taken into account in Rules and Policies. This proposed change will be a process to manage the fact that some FIG Brevets are not active in JO. This will also provide a way to use other talented judges at National meets.
·       Subcommittee will review the applications and will recommend to the Region 8 Committee.
·       Every year the judges must meet the specified criteria.
·       Jennie will work with Deb K to try to put this proposed form in a template with a Word format so the application can be submitted online.
·       The subcommittee decided not to require a recommendation by a coach.
·       The Region 8 Committee asked the Application Committee to review the timeline for the deadline.
Deb K led a discussion about a procedure to be used for high rated judges who were inactive for two                years or who had moved into Region 8 from other parts of the country.
Motion           Brad Harris                moved that any judge who does not meet the regional criteria for
 assignment for JO Nationals or Easterns for two consecutive years
be removed from the rotation list.
2nd                   Larry Corrigan         Passed unanimously
Motion           Jennie Adams          moved that judges who have been removed from the Region 8
                                                            National rotation may re-apply to the RTCC.
2nd                   Joanne Childs          Passed unanimously
Motion           Deb Walls                  moved that the first year that a Brevet judge who has moved to
Region 8 fulfills the regional criteria, the said Brevet judge’s name
will be placed at the bottom of the Eastern/National rotation list.
2nd                   Michelle Pomerantz            Passed unanimously
Break  10:00 – 10:14
            JO Report        Brad Harris
  • JO all-star trip was great.
  • New Region 8 color will be grape. 
  • The new hand placement mat restriction for hurdles is an important change for coaches to understand.
            RC Committee Report Deb Kornegay
  • The only recommendation of the Committee concerns the fees that are paid to the State account. They apply to the physical location of a meet and not to the home state of the meet director.
Regional Technical Committee Marian Dykes
  • 2013 will be a recertification year for judges. All recertification for Nationals and Brevets will be online. There will be no live Tech Symposium. The National Compulsory clinics will just teach compulsories.  
  •  Members of the Region 8 Committee suggested that if the judges were unhappy with the new format, individual letters to the National office would be in order.
Regional Board Concerns                   Actions by Deb K:
  •             Distributed the Regional Board address list for state chair’s approval.
  •             Asked the state chairs to link each state calendar to the Region 8 website by 8-31-12.
  •             Distributed new Region 8 Planners
  •             Polled state chairs for the 2013 Level 7-10 Optional State Meet dates as follows: 
March 15th MS, NC Xcel B and SC Xcel
March 22nd AL, FL Xcel and 9 & 10, GA 7-10, LA 7-10 and Xcel S, G p, NC 7-10, SC 7-10 and TN
April 5th FL 7 & 8, LA Xcel B, NC Xcel S, G & P and GA Xcel
  •             State that there were no bids for 2013 Training Camps or 2104 Regional Meets
  •             Led discussion about a change in the Training Camp eligibility requirements
Motion           Brad Harris                move to open the Level 7/8 Training Camp to all individual State
                                                            Meet qualifiers.
2nd                   Toni Rand                  Passed unanimously
  • Presented the Regional Financial report for committee review. Deb K also reminded the    members that there is a drop down menu on the Accounting page of the USA Gymnastics website for state chairs which give Region 8 only financial reports.
  • Presented the Region 8 Travel Fund for review and explained that the activities during the Region 8 Congress and Regional Training Camps would replenish the fund substantially.
  • Pointed out that there was a 2015 calendar in the back of the Planner. Dates had been set for Easterns and Nationals for 2015 but she anticipated a possible change since NCAA’s and JO’s are on the same weekend. Deb K stated that the Region 8 Committee would wait until the December meeting to set the 2015 date for Xcel Regionals. She asked the members to consider different combinations of levels for the Regionals since Level 6 would be added as an optional level. Brad suggested that we combine Level 9 & 10, 7 & 8, and 6 and Xcel
  • Stated that the Sophomore/Junior Form will go back to being online.
  • Reminded the members that she would like to have Hall of Fame nominees before the December 2012 Region 8 Board meeting.
Regional JO Program
            Deb K presented the 2012 9/10 Regional financial statement for committee review. The
            profit for the meet was around $30,000. Brad stated that TBT was lucky to have used
the Manatee Convention because of their policy for allowing TBT to bring in their own food for coaches and judges.
            Deb K presented the 2012 7/8 Regional financial statement from Orlando. The meet                                               profit was around $13,600. The difference between the two meets could be attributed to                                         the venue food policies.
            Deb K presented the 2012 Xcel Regional financial statement from MS USA Gymnastics
in Jackson, MS. The profit was about $30,000. Committee members asked that previous Regional financial statements be made available on the Region 8 website for future bidders to be able to access. Deb K stated that previous financial statements are in bid packet available to interested bidders by request.
Deb K informed the members that the entry fees for Nationals had gone up to $125 while Regional entry fees are $100 for all levels.
Deb K reminded the Committee that when we did not have a bid for the 2013 9/10 Regional at our December 2011 meeting, Nancy Hawkins MS gave a personal bid through Meet Control. The company
is being dissolved and will be going through a reorganization with a to-be-determined name change. The request is to accept a bid revision for a joint bid between MS USA Gymnastics and the to-be-name company.
Motion           Marian Dykes                       moved to accept the amended bid with the Meet Integrity, LLC
 and MS USA Gymnastics.
2nd                   Larry Corrigan         Passed            (AL recused)
            Deb K asked the Committee if it wanted to continue with the Alzheimer’s focus for the                                           7/8 Regional theme. While there was not a lot of money raised for the Pat Summit                                          organization last year, the Committee expressed the opinion that creating public                                                             awareness was worth the effort and wished to continue next year. 
            It was suggested that the Committee have representatives from multiple leotard                                         companies come to Atlanta for the Winter Board meeting in December to present bids                                       for team leotards, either in person, video, or by packet. The Committee would then vote             on the                          leotard choice. The winning representative would be asked to coordinate the delivery process.                          Invitations would be extended to all leotard vendors at this 2012 Region 8 Congress.
Brad, as JO Chair, recommended that Region 8 change the format of Regionals to reflect the formats for Easterns and Nationals. The vault format has slowed down Regional efficiency. He suggested a continuous rotation, or modified Capital Cup, on vault. The suggestions will only work if the venue is large enough for 2 vaults stations in the competitive gym. There would be no vault area in the warm-up gym. This will be a mixed format using 30-second touches on the other 3 events.
Brad stated that there would be no need for the modification for the Level 7/8 Regionals  unless the venue was large enough to run Modified Capital Cup. Future bids will need to provide for the additional space for two vaults in the competitive arena. Larry Corrigan suggested that each future bid present a schematic of the area with dimensions and placement of equipment.
Brad stated that the number of gymnasts qualifying to Level 9 and 10 Regionals have been increasing, contrary to the rest of the country. Rather than causing the meets to go to four days, he suggested that using this different format (mixed modified capital cup) for 2013 would allow us to accommodate the additional gymnasts.
Deb K reported to the members that a couple of states were concerned that Level 7 gymnasts remained at home this year who had very high all around scores. The number of Level 7 Regional All Stars was 70 this year. If we were to use a modified format for 2013 them we would be able to support 192 gymnasts in a day with 3 sessions of All Stars and one session of Team. Michelle Pomerantz contacted meet director, David, to see if this would be possible in the Georgia State competitive arena.
Deb K also reported that there was concern expressed about the procedure used to determine percentages of gymnasts chosen for Level 8 Regionals. Was the Committee following the words used to describe the process? The members stated that they liked the way the procedure was supposed to work, but were willing to change the words to fit the intent. 
(The following was presented to the Open Meeting participants later on 8-9-12.)
The number of gymnasts at Level 8 Regionals is 280 + all ties. The number of team members is 64 (8 per state with 4 scores counting for team). There are no petitions accepted to Level 8 Regionals. Each state turns in to the RACC the number of Level 8 athletes in their state with a 32.00 AA and with a 34.00 AA. A percentage for each state is figured for the 226 places for the 32.00AA number and a separate percentage is figured for the additional 54 athletes at a 34.00 AA. (6-7-00) (12-19-03) (8-9-12)
The number of gymnasts at Level 7 Regionals is 289 + all ties. The number of team members is 64 (8 per state with 4 scores counting for team). There are no petitions accepted to Level 7 Regionals. Each state turns in to the RACC the number of Level 7 athletes in their state with a 32.00 AA. A percentage for each state is figured for the 289 places. (6-11-09) (8-9-2)
Deb K led a discussion as to the future format of Xcel Regionals. Do we want to continue to use an invitational format with no qualifying scores? She suggested that we add the discussion to the agenda at the December meeting.
Brad asked that each state take a pulse of how gyms plan to use the Xcel program in 2013, as the more flexible compulsories become part of the JO system. A long, thoughtful discussion followed. Brad was uncomfortable with the possibility of gyms using the Xcel program, yet promising parents that it would be a pathway to a college scholarship or the Elite program. Other members talked about the use of Xcel to fast track some gymnasts. Others used the program to provide pure joy and fun in gymnastics. Most agreed that Xcel provides a program to meet the needs of a lot of different children.
State Chairman Concerns                   Deb K requested the following:
            The inventory report is due by 8-15-12 for new equipment.
            The USA Gymnastics Competitive information form by 8-31-12
            That State Chairs add Deb and Marians’ email addresses to their information sent to                                   both Boards and general membership.
The Winter Region 8 Committee Meeting will be on Monday, December 3, 2012 in Atlanta                            Georgia at 10:30 – 6:00 at the Sheraton Gateway Atlanta Airport Hotel, 1900 Sullivan Road,                          Atlanta, GA 30337   770994-2406
Other Business
            The Tim Rand Fund paid $19,500.00 in 2012 National entry fees for qualifiers from                                                 Region 8. Deb K thanked everyone for their work in raising funds.
Respectfully submitted
Jennie Adams
Secretary        8-12-12

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