January 2011 Member Services E-Newsletter
posted on 01/13/2011

Issue: #31 Jan. 13, 2011

Happy New Year!

Greetings from USA Gymnastics! We wish you great success in 2011. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. Our Member Services Department is with you every step of the way.

As a reminder, you will receive a monthly e-newsletter to keep you up-to-date on the latest and greatest in the world of gymnastics.

Our team greatly values your membership. We look forward to a great new year in 2011!

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Attention USA Gymnastics Member Clubs!

USA Gymnastics is committed to providing the highest standard of care to our members and also expects our Member Clubs to adhere to the same principles.

Since November 2010, USA Gymnastics has required all Member Clubs to adopt these standards by signing the Standard of Care Agreement.

Therefore, upon becoming or renewing your club membership, The Standard of Care Agreement must be signed by the club owner and returned prior to application approval and release of the club benefits. The new application includes this agreement.

The Standard of Care Agreement shows that your club agrees to:

  • Promote a safe environment for its members, participants, coaches, officials, volunteers and staff in all gymnastics disciplines. USA Gymnastics has adopted a Participant Welfare Policy detailing this commitment, which includes recommendations for Member Clubs. The Participant Welfare Policy may be viewed at www.usagym.org/welfare.
  • Certify that no persons permanently ineligible for membership in USA Gymnastics are or will be associated with the club or its activities in any way during the club's membership period. A list of permanently ineligible members is available at the following link: www.usagym.org/ineligible.
  • Your club must acquire associate liability and associate comprehensive insurance plans that are active during the club's membership.
  • Agree to employ at least one staff member who holds a current, certified Professional Membership, or, as a Recreational only club, at least one staff member who holds a safety-certified Instructor Membership during the entire period of the club's membership with USA Gymnastics.
Additionally, USA Gymnastics has also adopted the following polices for Member Club membership:
  • Club memberships that have been expired for more than (30) days must submit a application via fax or mail.
  • All changes to the Club's information (name, contact information, email, etc.) must be submitted in writing using the company letterhead and sent via fax/mail.
  • Any application for a club membership that does not meet the above requirements will be placed in a Pending Status. Clubs will have (60) days to complete the requirements. After (60) days, the application will be considered null and void, and the club will receive a refund, less a $30 processing fee.
  • Pending clubs may still use the club number and password to register/renew the athletes and staff, however no other club benefits will be released and the use of the USA Gymnastics logo is prohibited.
For more information regarding Member Club policies and procedures, please contact Loree Galimore, Director of Club Services, lgalimore@usagym.org or Teri Lummis, Club Services Coordinator, tlummis@usagym.org.



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A message for all USA Gymnastics Member Clubs

Preschool Fundamentals Course

Things to keep in mind as you start the new year!

Gymnastics Risk Management


Important info to be a potential host club:

Your gym receives one complimentary registration, for each workshop you host, with a minimum of 10 paid participants. Two complimentary registrations if you are a Member Club.

  • USA Gymnastics must receive at least a minimum of eight paid registrations in order to conduct the Preschool Fundamentals Hands on Training Course.
  • The lecture area needs to be away from loud noises or distractions!
  • Gym club is responsible for transporting the Instructor to and from the airport, hotel and workshop, if necessary.
  • All attendees must pre-register with USA Gymnastics at least two weeks prior to the workshop, including those participants that might get complimentary registrations. Just send in their registration with "Free for Host Gym" written in the payment section. Minimum age is 15.
  • Courses must be scheduled with USA Gymnastics at least four weeks (30 days) prior to the date of the course.
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Preschool Fundamentals Course USA Gymnastics University continues to offer both online and live courses that cover a variety of topics for seasoned coaches as well as those with less experience. 2011 will also bring many educational opportunities such as the Preschool Fundamentals Live course. Be on the lookout for a Live Preschool Fundamental Hands on Training course around your area.



What happens at a Preschool Fundamentals: Hands-on Training (HOT) course?

Experienced and new teachers alike benefit from the education and activities presented at a Preschool Fundamentals: Hands-on Training (HOT) Course. Warming up with music, sharing ideas for creative play while reinforcing gymnastics basics, and learning to create new stations and games are a few of the fun and interactive sections included in the course. By the end of the four-hour course, participants will gain new or renew their motivation for their jobs as well as develop teaching skills, learn tips and techniques, and understand the importance and process of lesson planning. This course also covers parent and child classes and safety considerations for children ages 1-5 years old.

Interested in hosting an educational course at your gym? For more information on hosting a workshop at your club, contact Mary Obaka with the Educational Services Division at 317-829-5638 or mobaka@usagym.org for more information.

A few things to keep in mind as you start the New Year!



  • Safety Responsibilities - Are safety experience and training included in job descriptions for your coaches?
  • Program Policies - Are Safety policies and procedures available for your coaches and other personnel?
  • Facilities - Is signage clearly visible?
  • Hazard Recognition and Inspections - Are inspection reports filed appropriately
  • Transportation - Are accident report policies established?
  • Waivers and Releases - Are medical waivers readily available in case of an emergency?
Gymnastics Risk Management For more information on policies and procedures associated with the Safety Self- Audit, see Chapter 3 in the USA Gymnastics Risk Management Safety Handbook, 2009 Edition. The Handbook is available for purchase at the USA Gymnastics Technical Store.

Attention: At this time USA Gymnastics live Safety/Risk Management courses will only be offered at Regional/National Congress, or State Clinics. Please note, unless there are at least 10 registrants at these live events the course will be cancelled. For more information regarding USA Gymnastics Safety/Risk Management Course please visit www.usagym.org/education.



Join USA Gymnastics in promoting our New Member Club website! This resource is helpful for parents who are looking for a gym club in their area. Also on our new website, you will see our most recent grassroots marketing campaign. Visit usagymclub.com today!



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