Meeting minutes Sept 7, 2014

USA Gymnastics-Maine Annual Membership Meeting Minutes
September 7, 2014

Welcome/Roll Call:  Belisa Harriman, Cyndi Ranco, Valerie Jackson, Mary Madore, Roxanne Deshaies, Janice Cormier-Hay, Betsy Lee, Heidi Hall, Heather MacKenzie, Louanne Thibodeau, Tracy Daigle, Doug Springer, Rod Gendron, Jamian Walker, Delani Evans, Heather Jackson, Julie Hayden, Stacey Contakos, Jonas Contakos, Kathy Kandziolka, Donna Landau, Carol Hamilton-Brewer

Recognition:
JO Club of the Year – Waterville YMCA

State Service Award Recipient – Donna Landau (stepping down as State Chair). She received a 10 year service award at National Congress

State Chair Report:
USA Gymnastics brand – The new logo has a round “head” on the design. Please respect the brand and make sure you are using the right logo when you would like to use it. No one may change the colors of the logo without the permission of USA Gymnastics.

State Fundraising – Carol Dickinson is stepping down as Fundraising Rep. Donna Landau is taking over.

Website – New website coming the end of September. Meet Maker is the official registration format for all state-run meets. Deadline for each meet will be 1 month before the meet date.

Facebook Page – USA Gymnastics-Maine will be making an informational Facebook page. Only information will be posted. No pictures.

NAWGJ-ME Report:  Heidi Hall, USA Gymnastics Assigner; judges fees went up 3%. Please submit judge request forms ASAP. Judge cancellation is 14 days.

Club Dues:  Please mail your $100 club dues by September 30. Make checks out to “USA Gymnastics-Maine” and mail to 822 Middle Rd., Skowhegan, ME 04976.

SAC Reports:
Compulsory – JO Update is in Technique. If you read it and don’t understand it, email Delani Evans (delani.evans@gmail.com).

Optional – Warm-up time at States for level 8+ is 2.5 minutes

Xcel – Everyone seemed interested in an Xcel clinic to be updated on some very specific changes. Some changes: Xcel can’t do the same skill 3 times in a routine (tumbling), Silver: new vault. All Meet Refs should have a copy of the Xcel Code of Points on an iPad during a  meet.

Fundraising – Super Raffle idea – get big ticket items, sell tickets all year at the state-run meets and draw the winners at the State Meet. Charity will be cancer. $1 Head Tax for each Maine athlete in every in-state meet to be paid to “Maine” within 48 hours after a meet by meet director. Meet Directors can factor this fee into competition fees.

Awards & Apparel – All in-favor for leotards as gifts at State Meet

Scores – Meet Directors and teams that go to out-of-state meets, please mail scores ASAP to Kate Poulin, 64 East Side Trail, Oakland, ME 04963 or email katelmackenzie@yahoo.com

R & P:
Changes to R&P – New chapters: Xcel & Elite TOPs Development. New clubs trying to come to USA Gymnastics league per R&P – gymnasts must compete same level in both leagues.

AA Qualifying Scores – same as last year
Level 2 – no score
Level 3 – no score
Level 4 – 30.0
Level 5 – 30.0
Level 6 and up – 31.0
Xcel – 30.0

Qualifying Score for Regionals
Level 7/8 – 32.0 and placement at States
Level 9/10 – 34.0 and placement at States
Xcel – 32.0 and placement at States

Awards – The state will recognize all competitors by level/age groups with a participation award before the placement awards ceremony. Events and All-Around will then go out 1/2 of the number of competitors in each age group at all State-Run meets.

Bids for States & Sectionals:  Bid forms for State-run meets should be back to Carol by the end of September.

Other Business:
-Annual Meeting next year will be in June
– State-Run clinics – Talked about having Ivan come do a clinic, with other Maine coaches volunteering on other events.
– Delani talked about possibility of having Sherry Mann (Brevet judge) do a dance/beam clinic in the Fall, and maybe later in the season having a judging clinic (along with the judges)
– Camp Tracy clinic? – overnight clinic at Camp Tracy and bus athletes to area gyms for training camp
– Register athletes ASAP with USA Gymnastics