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WELCOME

Welcome to the website of Region VII Gymnastics! Region VII Gymnastics is a diverse organization with over 1,200 professional members and 7,000 athlete members throughout Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia ranging from small recreational gymnastic programs to those that produce Olympic athletes.

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Lynn Perrott
Region 7 RAC
9/12/49-12/16/14
Photos of Lynn

Our leader, our friend. Always in our hearts. Forever leaves her footprint in Region 7.

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2014 Region 7 All Star Team

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2014 Region 7 JO Program of the Year
Sportsplex


UPDATES & NEWS

UPDATED Call for Bids
May 26, 2015

After considerable discussion among regional board members, coaches and club owners, we are going to accept bids for the 2016 regional meets in two ways.

1. We will accept bids for each regional meet on separate weekends from each other - as we originally distributed.

2. We will accept bids from any clubs who would like to bid on a combined level 9 & 10 regional competition which would take place during the time period of April 7-10, 2016 - please note this is a Thursday through Sunday competition with the Level 10's starting the weekend.

All bids will be considered equally with the number one consideration being - what is the best for our gymnasts.

With this change to the original call for bids, the Committee will extend the deadline for bids to Monday June 22, 2015.

Also, we would like your feedback regarding this decision. Please keep your eye out for a survey monkey your State Representative will be forwarding you soon, to voice your opinion on whether or not you prefer a combined level 9/10 Regional meet or a separate weekend for each. We will take this information into consideration when choosing our meet host for these competitions. As in the past the bids will be awarded at Regional Congress the weekend of June 26-28, 2015.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at JBortz7rac@gmail.com or call me a (814) 380-1195.


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Call for Bids
May 11, 2015

As you all know, effective in 2016 JO Nationals will be going to a modified capitol cup. We would like our hosts for Regional competitions to use the same format at each Regional meet also starting in 2016. It is logical to assume the majority of clubs who would bid within our Region will need to take the competition to an outside facility and rent equipment to accommodate this format.

With the new logistics of using a modified capitol cup format we realize the added expense to most clubs for this format could deter people from bidding. In an effort to support the host club in this endeavor Region VII would like to present the following.

Currently the Region pays for half of the judge's fees at the Regional meets to offset some of the meet expenses. Pending availability of funds in the Regional account and after receiving a financial report from the host club, Region VII will now pay the entire bill for the judges – including: honorarium, hotel accommodations, mileage and per-diem. Region VII will also waive the head tax fee and the State in which the meet is hosted will also waive the head tax fee.

SCHEDULE:
APRIL 2/3, 2016 = Level 8 Regionals
APRIL 9/10, 2016 = Level 9 Regionals
APRIL 16/17, 2016 = Level 10 Regionals

The bid form is below. If you have any questions or to email the form back please send to jbortz7rac@gmail.com. If you want to print and mail the form in, please use the address below.

Jen Bortz
PO Box 243
Boalsburg, PA 16827

All bids must be received no later than June 16, 2015 to be considered.

Thank you!

2016 REGIONAL MEET BID FORM (DOC)

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Region 7 Congress
May 6, 2015

Dear Professional Members,

The Region 7 Congress will be held on June 26th – 28th, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. The regional committee has worked with the national office to make this event a great learning experience for all levels of teaching and coaching. Registration is currently being accepted and the regional committee looks forward to seeing you there.

The link to the registrationand other information is available on the USA Gymnastics website: https://usagym.org/pages/education/courses/U310/7/

As part of the congress, we will be having 2 social events for all attendees:
- Friday evening, "A Wine and Cheese Celebration." During the event, we will be announcing the winner of the Region 7 Club of the Year and presenting the Lynn Perrott Memorial Scholarship.

- Saturday evening, "A Taste of Region 7." A sampling of food from our home states. During the event, we will be hosting our annual Region 7 Auction!

This will be a pleasant time for everyone to get together and enjoy our gymnastics family!


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Athlete Bio Form
May 4, 2015

There has been some confusion on the completion of the Athlete Bio Information Form for JO Nationals and Level 9 Eastern and Western Championships.

Level 9 and 10 qualifiers may complete the survey. The deadline has been extended for athletes to submit their information. Please send this message and the attached form to your qualifiers and ask them to submit their information, if they have not already, by Wednesday, May 5, 2015 at 5:00pm Eastern Time.

If they submitted it after the original April 29 deadline, it has been received.

BIO FORM (PDF)

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PSP Judges' Registration
April 23, 2015

Below you will find judges' registration information for the 2015 Pre-Season Prep training camp scheduled for July 10-12 at World Class. You can email or mail your registration information to Jane Caruso (contact information on the form). PLEASE do this if you have told me you are coming, and assume I'll remember!!;) The deadline to register is June 26, 2015.

PSP Judges' Registration (PDF)

The information includes a tentative, general schedule for the camp. Any other information can be found here on the Region 7 Website or the World Class website.

Hope to see you at the "beach"!!

Thanks,
Linda Johnson


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Bios for L9 Easterns
April 23, 2015

Correction for Graduating Seniors: Easterns meet host does NOT want bios for graduating seniors attending Level 9 Easterns. Graduating seniors will be recognized and receive a certificate after the competition.


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Level 10 Regional Announcements
April 21, 2015

Dear Level 10 Coaches,

Below you will find important information about Level 10 Regionals and JO Nationals/NIT. I'm hoping by sending this information to you in advance that we can shorten time at the coaches' meetings at regionals. Please take a few minutes to look through this material before Level 10 Regionals.

Level 10 Regional Announcements (PDF)
JO Nationals/NIT Technical Packet
Release Form for Live Video Streaming at JO Nationals/NIT
Team 7 Edge Camp info

Some important highlights:
~Declines: I will be asking for names of athletes who will decline JO Nationals/NIT at each coaches' meeting at regionals. It is VERY important to notify us of declines BEFORE the competition. Please have this conversation with your athletes BEFORE coming to regionals! ~USA Gymnastics will be streaming JO Nationals/NIT live. In order for your athletes to be videotaped, you must submit a release form signed by the parent/legal guardian (if athlete is a minor) or athlete (if athlete is 18 or over). I have attached the form. Please bring the COMPLETED forms for your athletes to regionals and submit them at sign in. We will submit forms for ALL athletes at regionals in the event of scratches.

~Region 7 will pay for entries to JO Nationals (not NIT) for any JO Qualifiers who come to the Team 7 Edge camp on Monday following regionals. If your athlete does NOT attend the camp, please bring a check for $150., payable to Region 7, and submit this to Jen Bortz/Steve Garman after your competitive session. This will cover the entry fee and shipping of regional apparel. (Alternates: $25.)

~We will be doing GK Sizing and distributing athlete Regional Apparel on MONDAY at the Team 7 Edge camp. It is VERY important that all JO National Qualifiers and alternates attend this camp! If any athlete cannot attend (see above), they will need to be sized for GK competitive apparel immediately after the competition session at regionals. Regional apparel will NOT be distributed until Monday.

~Clubs are responsible for entering and paying for all NIT competitors. This includes alternates for JO Nationals.

~Clubs are responsible for registering their JO National/NIT athletes for the banquet, and for submitting senior bios to the National meet host. Be sure to meet deadlines for this!

Thanks everyone, and best of luck to all at regionals!

Linda Johnson
Region 7 JOCC
Cell: (443) 569-9412
Home and Fax: (410) 721-5853
ljohnson.60@comcast.net


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Draw for Level 10 Regionals
April 20, 2015

Below you will find the athlete draw for Level 10 Regionals. If you have any scratches, or see anything needing corrections, please email Julie Emerick at Parkettes at jemerick@parkettes.com.

Level 10 Regionals Draw (PDF)

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Gymnastics Injury Prevention Assessment
April 16, 2015

I am a previous elite (North Stars) and collegiate (Stanford) gymnast and am now a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I have been part of the USA Gymnastics Medical Staff for over 4 years at USA Championships and Classics.

Recently I have created a Gymnastics Injury Prevention Assessment that I have been giving to all the gymnasts before they get hurt to help identify at risk areas and create personalized programs to decrease these at risk areas. If you guys could help promote these assessments on your website it would be greatly appreciated. The data that I obtain from these assessments will be available to Dr. Larry Nassar and Dr. David Kruse so that we can all perform research in this area and further help prevent injuries in gymnastics.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Information Sheet (PDF)
Upcoming Assessment Dates (PDF)
Marla Ranieri's Biography (PDF)

Thank you!

Marla Ranieri, PT, DPT, OCS
mranieri@drayerpt.com


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Support Shelby Hilton
April 15, 2015

Dear Gymnastics friends,

Brad Harris here, Region 8 JO Chairman.

I'm not sure if you know or have heard but one of my former athletes, Shelby Hilton, a senior at Kentucky, was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer and is in for the fight of her life. Her family (wonderful folks by the way) have started a fund to help with the enormous expenses that are piling up. I would never ask unless help was really needed! Please visit the below site and give whatever you can.

http://gofundme.com/sg86e94k

Words cannot express my thanks!

Brad Harris
R8 JO Chairman


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Level 9 Regionals Draw
April 13, 2015

Here are the most up-to-date athlete draws for Level 9 Regionals. Please look over the sessions carefully as there have been some changes because athletes have been added.

Session 1 Draw (PDF)
Session 2 Draw (PDF)
Session 3 Draw (PDF)
Session 4 Draw (PDF)
Session 5 Draw (PDF)
Session 6 Draw (PDF)
Session 7 Draw (PDF)

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Attention Level 9 Coaches
April 13, 2015

Below is important information regarding Level 9 Regionals and Eastern Nationals for coaches attending Level 9 Regionals. I am hoping that by getting this information to you ahead of time, we can reduce the time repeating all of this during coaches' meetings at Level 9 Regionals. Please take a few minutes to review this important information so that you can bring any information we need with you to Level 9 Regionals.

This includes:
~ qualification to Easterns
~ coaches' information (name, USAG #, email, cell phone, club, club ID) for all coaches attending Level 9 Regionals and/or intend to attend Easterns should you have an athlete qualify
~ information about DECLINING spots at Eastern Nationals, and scratches
~ logistical information about Easterns
~ apparel

Level 9 Regionals Announcements (PDF)

Level 9 Easterns information Packet (PDF)

Information about Easterns can be found on the host website at www.usagymeastern.com.

Thank you and good luck this weekend!

Linda Johnson


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Pre-Season Prep
April 10, 2015

The following clubs are confirmed for the 2015 PSP held later this summer, July 10-12th.

Level 8
Frederick (4)
Harford Gymnastics (8)
Hill's Gymnastics (16)
Jersey Shore Elite (6)
River City (5)
Skyline (10)
Triple T (4)
US Gymnastics (2)
WISC (3)
World Class (18)
Total = 76 athletes

Level 9/10
Frederick (23)
Gym Quest (1)
Harford Gymnastics (4)
Hill's Gymnastics (20)
Jersey Shore Elite (3)
Pittsburgh Elite (2)
River City (3)
Skyline (3)
Triple T (1)
US Gymnastics (6)
WISC (3)
World Class (26)
Total = 95 athletes


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Regionals Updates
April 10, 2015

The schedule for Level 10 Regionals is now available: 2015L10RegionalsSchedule.pdf.


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Level 8 Regionals Draw
April 9, 2015

Here is the Level 8 Regionals Athlete Draw: 2015L8RegionalsDraw.pdf.


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Level 8 Regionals Draw
April 8, 2015

The event draw for 2015 Level 8 Regionals at Sportsplex is now available at: http://sportsplexgymnastics.com/2015lvl8regionals/schedule.html.


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Regional Meet Schedules
April 7, 2015

For more details on this year's Level 8, 9, and 10 Regional meets, please look at the following websites and information packets!

Level 8 Regionals
http://sportsplexgymnastics.com/2015lvl8regionals/schedule.html

Level 9 Regionals
Schedule (DOC)

Level 10 Regionals
Coming soon!


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Regional Meets
March 20, 2015

For more details on this year's Level 8, 9, and 10 Regional meets, please look at the following websites and information packets!

Level 8 Regionals
http://sportsplexgymnastics.com/2015lvl8regionals

Level 9 Regionals
Information Packet (DOC)

Level 10 Regionals
Information Packet (PDF)


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JO Championship Age Divisions
March 17, 2015

The JO Championship Age divisions are now posted!

JO Nationals
http://www.jonationals.com/coaches/

Level 9 Eastern Championships
http://www.usagymeastern.com/coaches/

Level 9 Western Championships
https://usagym.org/pages/women/events/program_events.html

As soon as the Western web site is updated with this information, the link will be shared!


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2015 Region 7 Pre-Season Prep Training Camp
March 13, 2015

Below you will find club information for the 2015 Region 7 Pre-Season Prep Training Camp to be held July 10-12, 2015 at World Class, VA. This camp is for athletes who competed in optionals in 2015, and will compete Levels 8-10 in 2016. Register soon--this camp fills up quickly!!

We are using a slightly different format for this year's camp. Each camp (Level 8 on Fri/Sat and Level 9/10 Sat/Sun) will have 3 sessions of rotations. The first session will feature supplemental rotations for the athletes while the coaches are working directly with the Master Clinicians. Sessions 2 and 3 will include core events, with personal coaches working with their athletes in consultation with the Master Clinicians. We are all super excited about this new format which mirrors the national training camps!

Judges' registration information will be coming out soon!

Thanks!
Linda Johnson

PSP BROCHURE (PDF)

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New Region 7 Regional Administrative Chair
March 12, 2015

On behalf of the Region 7 Regional Administrative Committee, we are so pleased to announce that Jen (Bundy) Bortz has been elected as our new Regional Administrative Chair! Jen previously served as Regional Elite Chair, and we are thrilled to have her back on the committee, and in her new role. She will be a huge asset to our committee, and our region!

The committee agreed to appoint Jen to start her position immediately, to finish Lynn's term (which would have ended July 1, 2015), so that we have representation at our national meetings in May. Until July 1, and as Jen transitions into her new role, we will continue to use our interim Chairs for regional business. We agreed that this would be an easier transition for both our clubs and Jen. The committee will keep Jen updated on all regional business during this time.

Until July 1, please continue to send Steve Garman any administrative business/concerns at VAUSAG@gmail.com. Financial business will continue to be handled by Donna Guenther at somertongymnastics@gmail.com. Continue to send competition fees to Donna at 155 Philmont Ave Feasterville, PA 19053.

Contact Jen via email jbortz7rac@gmail.com or by phone at 814-380-1195 (cell) or 814-380-0894 (work).

Many thanks to all of the members of the Regional Committee for their amazing efforts during this season. A special thanks to Steve and Donna for their leadership roles and dedicated work. They are a gift to our region!

Best of luck to everyone with your post-season competitions!

Linda Johnson for the Regional Administrative Committee


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Petition Instructions
March 3, 2015

PETITION FORM (PDF)

I no longer have a fax machine so (1) petition forms, (2) a copy of one sanctioned meet showing a 35.00 AA score, and (3) a doctor's note with a return date to gymnastics activity must be EMAILED to me by the Wednesday following your state meet at My region7rtc@comcast.net.

A picture of this material with a smart phone can also be used to send to me.

Scores of 34.95 will NOT be accepted, the score MUST be 35.00 or above. Additional information regarding petitions to J.O. Regional competitions can be found on Page 78 , #11.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Myra Elfenbein
Region 7 RTCC


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Lynn Perrott Memorial Scholarship
February 27, 2015

I am pleased to share with you information regarding the Lynn Perrott Memorial Scholarship. We have been working with Lynn's family to create a scholarship opportunity that pays tribute to Lynn's dedication to the athletes in Region 7. This year we will be offering a scholarship in the amount of $5,000. to an athlete that best fits the eligibility and application criteria. I have attached information about the scholarship as well as the scholarship application. Please share this with athletes who may be interested in applying for the scholarship. The application deadline is April 20, 2015. Applications will be reviewed by members of the RAC committee as well as Lynn's family. We will announce the scholarship recipient after June 1, and will award the scholarship at our 2015 Regional Congress June 26-28.

Scholarship applications, with references, should be mailed to Linda Johnson on or before the deadline:
Linda Johnson, RJOCC
Lynn Perrott Memorial Scholarship
2456 Vineyard Lane
Crofton, MD 21114

Please note the eligibility criteria for applicants:
1) Graduating Senior;
2) Current Level 8-10 from Region 7;
3) Plans to attend college; and
4) Has not received a gymnastics scholarship

The response from the regional community for the Lynn Perrott Memorial Scholarship Fund has been amazing! We plan to offer this scholarship opportunity annually to keep Lynn's memory and spirit alive in Region 7. It has been such an honor for all of us involved with this scholarship fund to be a part of this tribute to Lynn. Thank you all for your support!

Best,
Linda Johnson

SCHOLARSHIP FLYER (PDF)

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2015 Region 7 JO Training Camps
February 19, 2015

*Note: Gymnasts attending camps must be accompanied by a coach
*All camps will be approved for CPE credit for judges.

April 27, 2015 Team 7 Edge (following Level 10 Regionals)
Who: All gymnasts who have qualified to Level 10 nationals (plus alternates) and their coaches
Where: Parkettes, Allentown, PA

July 10-12, 2015 Pre-Season Prep
Who: Levels 8-10
Where: World Class Gymnastics, Newport News, VA
Information will be emailed to states and posted on the website soon!

September 18-20, 2015 High Performance Training Camp
Who: All Level 9 and 10 gymnasts who qualified to Nationals/NIT/Easterns are invited to attend. Coaches without qualifying gymnasts may also register to attend to learn new ideas at this outstanding event!
Where: Woodward Gymnastics Camp, Woodward, PA

CAMPS FLYER (PDF)

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JO Event News
February 10, 2015

The web sites for the 2015 JO Events are up and running. As of today, you will find basic information for each event. As the hosts gather their information, more content will be added.

Level 10 JO Nationals:http://www.jonationals.com
Level 9 Eastern Championships: http://www.usagymeastern.com
Level 9 Western Championships: http://www.2015spokanewesterns.com

JO Nationals/NIT
Region 7 does NOT have hotel block for Easterns or JO Nationals/NIT. If you feel that there is a reasonable chance that you will have athletes qualifying for these events, you may want to consider booking rooms soon, then modifying/canceling your reservation after regionals. If you opt to do this through NTS, please remember to read all information about cancellation deadlines and associated fees.

It has been brought to my attention that there is another large event going on in Des Moines the same weekend as Nationals. This was the reason we could not find a hotel to block rooms. Keep in mind that our Level 10 regional meet is 1 week later than the regional meets across the country, so if you wait until after regionals to book your rooms, there may be a very limited selection.

I have not been told that there is an official "host hotel", although the Marriott is where the office has made arrangements for regional personnel. There are a few, but limited, hotels in walking distance from the venue. You will most likely need to consider renting a car/van.

Easterns
There should be ample choices in the Kissimmee area.

Thanks and good luck with the rest of your seasons!
Linda Johnson


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NCAA Showcase
February 4, 2015

The Region 6/7 NCAA Showcase will be held July 18-19, 2015 at North Stars Gymnastics in Boonton, New Jersey!

The registration form and any other important details will be available through the North Stars website at www.northstarsgymnastics.com.


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