Hello Region 4,
It’s that time again for State and Regional Meets. A few reminders for preparing are as follows:
·     All petitions to State meets go to the State Chair
·     All petitions to 8-10 Regional Meets go to me (  Email only all info)
·     All petitions to Xcel Regionals go to Megan Robinson (
·     All rules for petitioning can be found in the Rules and Policies Book, page 58 for Xcel, and page 88 for JO.
·     The deadline for petitions to Regionals is 3 days after the state meet. Earlier is better if you have an injured athlete
If you have questions, please contact the appropriate Regional personnel. Good Luck at State.
Linda Thorberg
RTCC Region 4

Women’s Program National Chair Call for Nominations

Good afternoon Professional Members,

This is the official call for nominations for the 2018 Women’s Program National Officers.  Elections for the National Junior Olympic Committee Chairman (NJOCC), National Xcel Committee Chairman (NXCC) and the National TechnicalCommittee Chairmen (NTCC) are to be conducted in 2018.

Women’s Nominations for National Committee Chair Positions

All nominees must be USA Gymnastics Women’s Program Professional Members in good standing for a minimum of two consecutive years immediately prior to the nomination, be at least 21 years old, and meet the prerequisites in Article V of the Operating Code Sections E, F and G found posted on the USA Gymnastics website, Women’s Program home page. The positions are four (4) year terms 2018-2022.

Click here to download form that includes eligibility requirements for each position.  Nominations are to be sent to Annie Heffernon, the Women’s JO Program Director, at the USA Gymnastics office by March 31, 2018.  Please email nominations to

National officers shall be elected by the members of their respective committee.

  • The voting shall be by written ballot.
  • Shall serve for four (4) years

If you have questions, please let me know.
Thank you,


Annie Heffernon
USA Gymnastics
Women’s Junior Olympic Program Director
130 E. Washington Street, Suite 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204
p: 317.829.5659 |



Today I want to address the significant events that have taken place since I started with USA Gymnastics 90 days ago and what our path forward looks like in creating a culture of empowerment with our focus on athlete safety and well-being.
There is no doubt that all of us have been forever changed by the recent Larry Nassar hearings. I was in the courtroom to listen to the incredibly courageous women explain in vivid and painful detail the impact he had on their lives. Their powerful voices will stay with me for the rest of my life. I commit to you that I will keep their words and experiences at the core of every decision I make, every day, as the leader of this organization. Their stories have broken my heart, but also strengthened my resolve.
The best way to honor our athletes is to ensure that we do everything we can to prevent this from happening again by making bold decisions and holding ourselves to the highest standards of care.
In 90 days, here are just a few of the bold decisions and actions we have taken.
  • Closing the National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch.
  • Fully supporting both the USOC and Congressional independent investigations and the new federal law regarding safeguarding amateur athletes.
  • Creating an Athlete Assistance Fund, in cooperation with the National Gymnastics Foundation, that provides our athletes who are survivors of sexual abuse the needed financial resources for counseling services.
  • Building an Athlete Task Force where our athletes help shape our organization’s future in its strategic and operating decisions.
  • Continuing to implement the Deborah Daniels recommendations stemming from an independent evaluation of USA Gymnastics’ safety policies, 80 percent of which already are being implemented as of today.
  • Strongly enforcing the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy that:
  • requires mandatory reporting.
  • defines six types of misconduct.
  • sets standards to prohibit grooming behavior and prevent inappropriate interaction.
  • establishes greater accountability.
  •  Making reporting of abuse easier with a dedicated toll-free number (833-844-SAFE), email address ( and online reporting.
  • Amending the bylaws to support the cultural commitment to athlete safety and provide a basis for further developing our safe sport programs and governance.
  • Continuing our Listening Forums and outreach to as many of our survivors, athletes and member clubs as possible to help guide USA Gymnastics policies and procedures.
  • Incorporating expert’s ideas and strategies in the enhancements of our safe sport education and curriculum to create a best-in-class curriculum customized to fit the varying member groups.
  • Educating and training our staff and members on the new Safe Sport Policy, where I am pleased to report that our staff is 100 percent safe sport compliant.
We realize many of you have questions about the financial situation, sponsors, pending litigation, National Team Training Center and others. Here’s a brief update on each of these.
  • Finances. We are constantly looking at how we are positioned to address the goals and needs of the organization. As we talk about fundamental change, this includes looking at our structure, our programs, our staff, our gymnastics community and other important factors. While we continue to evaluate the organization from top to bottom to fit the needs and mission of the organization, we understand the financial implications of doing that without impacting quality. We are very mindful of the quality of our programs, and it is not our intent to affect the ability of our athletes to train and compete at the highest level. We are confident that we will have and enlist the financial support necessary to make appropriate changes for building a culture of empowerment.
  • Sponsors. Understandably, USA Gymnastics has lost some of our corporate partner support, but we are very encouraged by the support that many organizations and companies have expressed with our path forward in creating a highly empowered culture focused on our athletes’ safety. We believe our partners will be highly engaged and supportive, and we look forward to working closely with them.
  • Litigation. We understand that litigation can be full of uncertainty, but the leadership of USA Gymnastics seeks resolution and healing for all of our athletes and will move forward to build a culture of empowerment together.
  • Club support. Member services continues to develop educational and training materials that help support the member club owners in all areas with emphasis on athlete safety. The safe sport team is working side-by-side with our educational team to develop materials that are age-appropriate and tailored to the different audiences to include athletes, club owners, coaches, instructors, judges, staff and parents. They are creating a club tool kit that incorporates safe sport education and other types of resources aimed at providing additional support. The Regional and National Congresses, along with other initiatives, provide further educational and informational opportunities for clubs and all professional members.
  • National Team Training Center. We envision an all-inclusive training site with world-class facilities that provides a positive training environment for athletes in all of our disciplines. This is an opportunity not only to build a state-of-the-art facility, but also, most importantly, to provide the highest quality of care to meet the needs of our gymnasts. Athlete safety will be at the forefront when designing and building the facility and its programs and amenities. We are very encouraged by the number of cities, developers and communities that have expressed great interest in having the National Team Training Center in their area. This is a priority for USA Gymnastics, and we expect to distribute a request for proposal in the near future. In the meantime, each discipline is identifying the best solution for training its national team and developmental athletes. We appreciate everyone who is assisting our programs with their training needs while we pursue a long-term solution for the National Team Training Center.
Our work is far from being done, it won’t be easy, and we can’t do this alone. We need our independent member clubs, their coaches and instructors, the athletes and their parents, judges and the gymnastics community to join with us. Athlete safety must be at the forefront of everything we do, every day.
We are at a very important crossroads for our sport. We have the opportunity to further build an environment that empowers and supports our athletes as they develop the confidence, character and life skills that will allow them to succeed in this amazing sport. We need to work together to accomplish this for both the young men and women who are pursuing their gymnastics dreams today and to honor those who have gone before.
I want to end with a quote that I read the other day, “No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.”
My hope is that we will be standing side-by-side with our incredibly brave survivors, as USA Gymnastics emerges stronger, safer and more empowered.
Thank you,
Kerry Perry
President and CEO
USA Gymnastics

Board Meeting Minutes

Most Recent Meeting Minutes: Click Here.

Women's Program Committee Minutes

All of the minutes have been approved by the Executive Office and are posted on the web site at: Click Here.

Clubs Care

USA Gymnastics has created the Clubs Care Campaign. The Clubs Care Campaign was created to help individuals be more aware of the issue of child sexual abuse, and then suggest ways one can turn that awareness into action. Awareness+Action=Prevention
Learn More

New Xcel Code of Points

The New Xcel program Code of Points is now available for purchase! Click here to visit the Technical Store website and order your copy today!

Links for Nationals

The JO Championship Age divisions are now posted in the following places:
JO Nationals
Level 9 Eastern Championships
Level 9 Western Championships

2018 MN Level 6,7 & Xcel State Leotard

Click here to place your team leotard order

You can also go to site and choose Event Apparel – 2018 MN Level 6, 7 and Xcel State Leotard.

2019 & 2020 Western Bid & Intent to Bid

2019 AND 2020 Eastern and Western Bid Brief Information is available on the USA Gymnastics Web Site at under bid forms.

The JO Event bid process has two steps:

  1. Complete the attached Intent to Bid Form, scan and return to Annie Heffernon AND Jordan Dillon ­ and  This form is due Friday, March 9, 2018.
  2. Upon receipt of the Intent to Bid Form, we will send the Bid Book which outlines the requirements in detail.  Final bids are due April 13, 2018.  Send final bids electronically to Annie Heffernon and Jordan Dillon ­ and  Fax final bids to USA Gymnastics, Attn: Annie Heffernon at 317-237-5069.  Mail final bids to USA Gymnastics, Attn: Annie Heffernon, 130 E. Washington Street, Suite 700, Indianapolis, IN.  46204.

Please post the bid information on your state and Regional web sites or e-mail to any members you may know have an interest in submitting a bid for a JO National Event for 2019 or 2020.

If you have questions, please let me know.

Thank you,


Stronger Together

Dear members,
A lot has happened in the last few weeks in our world of gymnastics. Nassar is currently in his third trial with more and more victims coming forward every day to tell their stories. Many of us are watching and wondering what it is we can do to support these women and men who have been so brave. Because of this, we have created a movement to support all of the victims as well as the current members of USAG. The intent is to unify all of us who are left in the rubble and stand together as we, “say we will not tolerate this!”
We know that our MN members are compassionate and willing lend a hand to those who need support. We also know that there are a lot of questions weighing on your hearts and minds on how to tackle this beast of a subject in your own gyms and with your own athletes.
Here’s what we are asking you to do:
1. Read the following attachments.
2. Decide if you are ready to join the movement.
3. Not quite ready? That’s ok! Some people just need more time. We will wait for you! In the mean time, make sure your policies are up to date regarding child safety.
4. Ready?! Join us!! Follow along on social media, create your own marketing materials with the attached logo designs. Talk to your parents and athletes.
The soft roll out of the social media accounts and logo have already started. We intend to have this out fully well before State and Regional competitions.
Stronger Together

Stronger Together Letter

Supplemental Information

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