Hello SoCal Gymnastics
I’d like to start by extending a huge virtual hug to all of you during these unprecedented times. Our struggles may range from "difficult" to "devastating" but please know that your gymnastics community cares about you!
I know everyone would like an update on where we stand as far as Spring '21 Season for SoCal.
I am sure most of you know there have been little to no changes for SoCal’s COVID-19 restrictions (yet!) I know that the larger invitationals are moving ahead with all of their pre-meet planning with cautious optimism. I am meeting with the new board later this month which should provide us with a variety of new and different ideas on how to address the challenges we are facing in California. Obviously, everyone hopes that season will move forward as planned and meet hosts can host their socially-distanced competitions. In the event that this is not allowed, I've heard that some gyms may hold in-house competitions and some may travel to states that are open. I can report that USA Gymnastics will be able to issue "Virtual Meets" Sanctions. The official “Rule book” for hosting this type of competition will be published in October.
I know we are all concerned with the future of our sport in California but I’d like to assure you that SoCal State Committee’s number one goal is to support gymnastics in SoCal for our gyms, athletes and professionals. Please be sure to email me any questions or concerns. and please send up some prayers for everyone affected by this pandemic.
So Cal State Administrative Committee Chair
I'm pleased to introduce the incoming 2020-2022 State Administrative Committee. I strongly believe that with their leadership, guidance and experience, Southern California gymnastics can continue to shine. Congratulations!
LARA MC CALLUM
Class of 2020
Please join me in extending a huge thank you to the Coaches' Board for the annual fundraising campaign they selflessly head up to ensure that our graduating seniors are recognized for their years of achievement. I have spoken with the SCWGCA and the 2020 senior gifts from SoCal will have to be mailed. We apologize for the delay but we did not want COVID to stop our seniors from being recognized. Unfortunately finding a venue just proved to be too much. Hopefully that doesn’t stop our amazing 2020 seniors from feeling the SoCal Gymnastics love! Thank you seniors for being a part of the SoCal Gymnastics family. Best wishes with all of your future endeavors; you’re all amazing young women.
Team & Athlete Registrations
Here are this year's Athlete and Team Registration forms which are due by Nov.1st, 2020.
I know that this pandemic has caused many difficulties for everyone, so please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about your registration.
ALL forms are mailed to:
Peter Flores-SoCal SACC
General Meeting Update
Unfortunately, I have exhausted all of my plans to have an in-person meeting. With this cancellation, we are also pushing back honoring our super senior essay contest winners as well as our Lifetime Achievement inductions. I will be emailing you all of the pertinent information from our general meeting.
USA Gymnastics announces ‘USAG Development Program’ as new name for the Junior Olympic Program
INDIANAPOLIS, October 21, 2020 – USA Gymnastics today announced that “USA Gymnastics Development Program” will be the new name for the development program formerly known as the Junior Olympic program.
USA Gymnastics made the decision to change the program name following increased restrictions around the use of the title ‘Junior Olympic’ earlier this year. No substantive programming changes will accompany the change in name.
“USA Gymnastics remains committed to supporting athletes of all levels across all disciplines as they strive to reach their goals in and out of the gym,” said Stefanie Korepin, Chief Programs Officer. “Under the USA Gymnastics Development Program, we will continue to provide the same top-tier competitive structure and programming initiatives that our community members have come to expect, while looking for new ways to innovate and adapt, as we explore opportunities to improve the gymnastics experience for all participants.”
This summer, USA Gymnastics issued a crowdsourcing request to the gymnastics community and received hundreds of suggestions for renaming the program. Though the organization held a public vote in August and announced a winning submission, concerns about the name’s acronym ultimately led USA Gymnastics to opt instead for another popular submission, the USA Gymnastics Development Program.