Congratulations to the two qualifiers for the Nastia Liukin Cup from Region 2
Mackenzie Estep in the junior division from Auburn and Mya Lauzon in the senior division from Metropolitan.
Nominations for Women’s Regional Administrative Committee Chairman:
- Regional Administrative Committee Chairmen (RACC) shall solicit nominations from the regional Professional membership through the regional newsletters and websites. Nominations for the position of RACC will be sent to the National Administrative Committee Chairman. (Download the Nomination Form – PDF)
- All nominees who are eligible candidates for each office will be placed on the online ballot.
- A call for nominations by the Regional Administrative Chairman must be published and/or posted online for a minimum of one month prior to the submission deadline of no later than March 1.
- The following statement will be placed on the USA Gymnastics national website and e-mailed to all Women’s Professional Members who have current e-mail addresses. Each Region and State should post it on their websites so that the Professional members are aware of the voting procedures and their responsibilities to ensure that their vote will be counted.
Elections will be conducted online at www.usagym.org from April 1 – April 15. In order to ensure that their vote can be counted, each Professional Member should make sure of each of the following:
a) That their address is current (specifically the State)
b) That they know their personal User ID
c) That they know their password
d) That their Professional membership, safety certification and background check must be fully processed and current.
If you have any questions regarding your voting privileges, please call USA Gymnastics Member Services – 1-800-345-4719.
5) Each RACC must verify that the nominee meets the criteria for nomination, has agreed to run, understands the job requirements and has submitted a brief résumé (no more than 300 words.)
6) Each RACC electronically sends to the Women’s Junior Olympic Program Director the name, city and state and the résumé of each candidate (no photos) in a Microsoft Word document no later than March 15th.
7) The official Slate of Nominees for each region will be posted on the USAGymnastics website, with voting to begin by April 1st. The voting will be concluded on April 15th.
8) Regional officers shall be elected by majority (1 over 50%) of the votes cast.
9) If no candidate receives a majority vote, a run-off election will be held between the two (2) candidates receiving the most votes. The run-off election will allow all Professional members who were current by March 31 to vote. The Women’s Junior Olympic Program Director will work withthe individual RACC on the procedures for online run-off elections.
10) In the case of a tie in the run-off election or in an election with only two candidates, the National Chairman of the respective committee will vote to break the tie.
11) Write-in votes will not be allowed.
12) If only one nomination for regional office is received, the National Chairman of that respective committee will cast one (1) vote and the nominee will be elected by acclamation. This information is also to be sent to the Director of Program Administration by March 15.
13) The week after April 15th, the RACC’s will receive their respective region’s election results by email, including the actual vote counts in the event that any of the candidates wants to know this information. The RACC’s will notify all of the candidates of the election results.
14) Election results will be posted on the USA Gymnastics website.
This handbook is intended to explain policies within the Region. Policies not under regional control are referenced to the Rules and Policies and Operating Code of USA Gymnastics. The handbook will be updated yearly to be in accordance with any changes to the R and P, Operating Code, and Regional policy changes. Regional policies are identified with an * and a date when they were put into effect. Download the Region 2 Handbook (.docx)
Technical Q & A – November 2018
In the November meeting, the Technical Committee reviewed a number of questions which were presented by the gymnastics community. These topics will be discussed and finalized at the Joint JO and Technical Committee meeting in May, but for the purposes of giving direction for the 2019 winter/spring season, these questions and answers will be posted on the Regional websites -Technical page.
Any additional questions should be submitted to your respective Regional Technical Committee Chair, who will share them with the other RTCCs for inclusion on the Regional websites.
Q1: What is the correct mat stack specifications for the Level 2 Vault? There is a discrepancy between the R&P and the JO Compulsory book.
A1: Compulsory book is correct. R & P will be updated. Minimum of 16”, 24” or 32” (+ 1”).
Q2. Can an Inquiry include the “Not Up to the Level of competition” Composition deductions?
A2: Yes, the deductions specifically listed in the charts are considered “flat” deductions and may be included in inquiries. The Inquiry form will be updated by Linda T. and Myra and Connie will post it on the website at
Q3: Can Meet Directors pay judges by alternative methods such as Pay Pal or Venmo?
A3: Yes, if there is agreement between the Meet Director and the individual judge prior to the competition.
Q4: May the gymnast wear a medical bracelet while competing?
A4: Yes, but it should be covered by tape or some type of bandage.
Q5: May animals be present at USA Gymnastics sanctioned competition?
A5: For the safety of the athletes and other participants at a competition, it is not acceptable to allow animals in the competition Field of Play. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, designated/qualified service animals would be allowed in the competition venue (spectator area).
Q6: Is the “Incorrect attire” deduction different for JO and Xcel competitions?
A6: Yes, 0.10 for Xcel; 0.20 for JO, after a warning, taken on the next event.
Q7: How is the angle of arrival determined for Level 6/7 Vault?
A7: If there is a closed shoulder angle, measure from shoulders to hips.
If there is an open shoulder angle, measure from the hand to hips.
Q8: How is the angle of repulsion determined?
A8: Measure from the hands to the lowest body part. (This is the same as in the past for non-salto vaults.)
Q9: What is the deduction for landing sideways on a Level 6/7 Tsukahara timer vault?
A9: There is no specific deduction at this time; deduct for any applicable direction, body position and execution errors.
Q10: Is there a deduction for not going through vertical on the Level 6/7 Tsukahara timer?
A10: Not specifically; use appropriate body alignment and/or direction deductions.
Q11: What is the deduction if a Level 6/7 gymnast vaults with the Vault Table below 115 cm?
A11: Apply the 0.30 deduction for incorrect apparatus specifications.
Q12: Must the mat behind the Level 6/7 mat stack be placed in a certain direction?
A12: The mat behind the mat stack may be placed sideways or lengthwise at this time.
Q14: When do you start counting for a concentration pause?
A14: You begin counting when the gymnast is stationary or is readjusting arms, feet or body prior to initiating an element or series of elements.
Region 2 at Developmental Camp
Back row: Coaches Jill, Kelly, Ivan, Chris, Ian
Front row athletes: Kaetlyn, Isabelle, Chloe, Jayla, Josie (in order left to right)
Happy New Year Everyone! I wish everyone a fabulous season. Many of you have already had your first meets. Here are a few updates for the season.
Questions that have come up: The WTC committee reviewed questions which had been presented by the gymnastics community at their November meeting. These topics will be discussed and finalized at the Joint JO and Technical Committee meeting in May, but for the purposes of giving direction for the 2019 winter/spring season, these questions and answers will be posted on the Regional websites – Technical page. Download the full newsletter.
Xcel Program Overview
Congratulations to Sammy Smith and coach Ian Campbell from Gym East! Sammy passed the Elite Qualifier at Parkettes!
- Donna Lucero, a long time Region 2 judge from Washington has passed away November 28th. Donna always had a smile for everyone and over the years volunteered many hours to Region 2. Condolences to her husband Ken and their family. Memorial services will be at 11:00 on Friday, Dec 7th at St. Mary’s Church in Monroe.
- John Smith passed away November 11th. John will be remembered as a coach who made a positive impact on all those around him. He had an impact world-wide. Our condolences to Linda and their children, John will be greatly missed. John Smith’s Celebration of Life was Sunday, December 2. Many from region 2 were in attendance. For those who would like to send flowers or cards, the best address is: 3903 Chestnut Drive W, University Place, WA 98466.
- Alaska moved their fall state meet by one weekend due to an earthquake and multiple aftershocks the day before state was to start. Martha reported everyone is safe!
RACC: Everything is going great with plans for the regional meet. At this time there will be 2 sessions of Level 10 on Friday, 3 (possible 4) sessions of Level 9 on Saturday, and 4 sessions of Level 8 on Sunday. Numbers are based on USA registrations December 1, 2018. We will use state registration numbers on March 9 to determine the numbers for the Regional meet to finalize the schedule.
Dear Region 2 Pro Members,
First, I want to thank everyone for the kind words and messages concerning the death of my son Patrick. It has been a very hard month for my family. A special thank you to Mark Kindelspire for stepping up and running the committee meeting for me and to Ann Grigsby for organizing meals for the family and the memorial service. A huge thank you to all the clinicians who waited patiently to be paid!
Some hosts have been announced!
- 2019 Westerns are again in Region 2! Congratulations to Spokane who will be the hosts May 10 – 12.
- 2019 Level 10 Nationals are in Indianapolis, IN hosted by USA Gymnastics May 18 – 19.
- 2020 Westerns will be in Roseville, California May 8 – 10.
TOPS results: Congratulations!
- National B Team:
o Simone Rose Gymnastics East
o Josie Lynch Gymnastics East
o Ava Uekawa Hawaiian Island Twisters
o Kira Wayfer Hawaiian Island Twisters
o Alexandra Burns Olympic Gymnastics
- Diamond Team:
o Lexi Vanderlinde Auburn Gymnastics Center
o Madison Moeller Cascade Elite Gymnastics
o Jillian Fisher Hawaiian Island Twisters
o Kaleah Sanchez Hawaiian Island Twisters
o Michaela Louie Hawaiian Island Twisters
o Olivia Morrice Hawaiian Island Twisters
o Eden Alcain Hawaiian Island Twisters
Camps were a huge success! Thank you to Ivan for doing such a great job getting everything set up and getting such awesome clinicians. A huge shout out and thank you to our hosts Yulia Hancheroff and Metropolitan Gymnastics in Kent, Kevin Jenkins and Naydenov Gymnastics in Vancouver, Adana Harris and Dynamic Gymnastics in Spokane, and Brent and Lauren Phelps and Auburn Gymnastics in Auburn.
Region 2 Updates from committee minutes: (Link to Minutes)
(This sums up three changes) States can only substitute half of their allotted judges for Level 8 at Regionals, all panels will change for Level 8, and to be substituted it is recommended the judge must have been a Level 10 for 4 years.
The Region 2 Program of the Year is being revised with the Rules and Policies now indicating regional support and sportsmanship are required to be considered as part of the criteria. This will be sent in the December Newsletter with an updated Handbook as it is not quite finalized yet.
Regionals are on track – November 1, we show 108 Level 10’s, 226 Level 9’s, and 344 Level 8’s registered in the region. We know numbers will change as we get closer to season.
Good luck to everyone this season and be safe in your travels!
Events 2018 – 2019 Season
2019 Level 10 Nationals May 18 – 19 in Indianapolis, Indiana hosted by USA Gymnastics
Updates to 2019 and 2020 Event Dates
2019: Level 9 E/W – May 10-12, JOs – May 17-19
2020: Level 9 E/W – May 8-10, JOs – May 15-17
Celebration of Life Donna Lucero
DONNA LUCERO, a great contributor to Washington gymnastics, passed away on Thursday, November 29th after a short battle with cancer.
Donna started judging high school in 1972. She was a founding member of Washington NAWGJ and later went on to become the NAWGJ State Director from 1989 – 1994. She judged for over 30 years in Washington State and Region 2. In 2008 she was inducted into the USAG Washington Hall of Fame and was also honored as the Washington Officials Association (WOA) Judge of the Year. In 2010 she was the inducted into the WOA Hall of Fame and remains the only gymnastics official to receive this honor.
Donna will be greatly missed by family and friends in the gymnastics community.
Services will be held on Friday, December 7th at 11:00am at St. Mary’s Church in Monroe (601 W. Columbia St). The family has requested no flowers but donations may be made to Catholic community services or a charity of choice in Donna’s name.
TRAINING VIDEO NEW 6/7 VAULTS!
This video can be found at the following locations on our website:
John Smith Celebration of Life
John Smith Celebration of Life
Sunday, December 2
11020 South Tacoma Way
Lakewood, WA 98499
There will be time at the end of the service for anyone who would like to share a story of how John impacted your life. A reception will follow immediately after the service. For those who would like to send flowers or cards, the best address is: 3903 Chestnut Drive W, University Place, WA 98466.
Congratulations to Mya Lauzon from Metropolitan for being named to the National Team!
Program of the Year: Auburn Gymnastics
Priscilla Hickey: Judge of the Year
Cascade Elite Gymnastics in north Seattle is seeking an upper level co-coach for level 6-10. Strong high level beam and floor tumbling and dance are a huge plus! Vey competitive salary and benefits are an option for full time that would include working with our amazing compulsory level athletes as well. We are looking for a long time employee who is highly motivated to maintain our culture of excellence! This is a great facility with an awesome supporting staff already in place. DM James Thompson if you are interested!
Webinar on How to Talk About Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
As part of our outreach for Child Abuse Prevention Month, the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Department recently conducted a webinar on “How to Talk About Child Sexual Abuse Prevention,” which is available in the webinar archive. I have included a link to the webinar because it provides some of the guidance you and your professional members have requested for addressing safe sport issues. I also encourage you to share with the professional members in your states and regions. And, as always, please contact Toby Stark, our director of safe sport, if you have any questions. We appreciate your time and dedication to our athlete’s safety and well-being.
Women’s Junior Olympic Program Director
130 E. Washington Street, Suite 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204