Level 8 Vault Questions

Since Optional season is now underway, there have been some questions regarding Vault, especially for Level 8. In order to stay consistent across the country, I (Connie Maloney, Technical Director of Women’s Jr. Olympic Program) have consulted the National Chairs of the JO and Technical Committees and the JO Program Director. Here is an explanation of the rules on their behalf.

Level 8 Vault Questions:

Is a coach allowed to ask for and receive the average of the first vault at Level 8?
Coaches can ALWAYS ask for the score of the first vault at ANY level. Many times it’s an issue of protecting a slightly injured athlete from doing another vault if the first vault score is adequate and acceptable.  Sometimes the gymnast plans to perform two different vaults and the coach wants to know the score of each to determine which was the counting vault.  For Level 8’s, it’s essential that the coach knows the score of the first vault to assist in their decision to have the gymnast try a second vault or not.

Please explain the 1.00 deduction for the coach spotting (assisting) during the post-flight for Level 8?  Is there ever a time that we would void a Level 8 vault, in regards to the spotting deduction?
If a Level 8 (or any optional gymnast for that matter) is spotted in pre-flight or support phase, the vault is Void.

Since Level 8 is the first level at which salto vaults can be performed, the JO and Technical Committees decided to add a 1.00 deduction for spotting in the post-flight to encourage coaches to not be reluctant to “bump” the salto in order for the athlete to complete more of the BA rotation. While the intent was to keep the athletes safer on flipping vaults, it is also applicable to any vault performed by Level 8’s.

If the gymnast is spotted not only in the post-flight, but also during the landing phase, the spotting assistance on the landing phase deduction of 0.50 will also be applied for a total of 1.50.

Call For Nominations for State Administrative Chair

2016 State Chairman Nominations
Call for Nominations for the position of State Administrative Chair.  Nominations will be accepted beginning February 1, 2016 to March 1, 2016.  Nominations must be mailed to Dave Stiles, 105 Woodland Lane, Carmel, IN 46032 or emailed tod.b.stiles@comcast.net.

Nominees will be posted on the USA Gymnastics website beginning April 1, 2016 with voting taking place between February 1 – 15, 2016.

Term of office begins July 1, 2016.

Nominees must be:   A Professional Member of the Women’s Program, at least 21 years old and in good standing for a minimum of two (2) consecutive years immediately prior to the nomination.

A member in good standing is defined as a person who has complied with all aspects of the program as outlined in the Rules and Policies. Special circumstances involving residency criteria for any State or Regional Chairman position can be petitioned to the Regional Administrative Committee (RAC), in consultation with the National Administrative Committee Chairman (NACC), if necessary. Prior to being placed on the ballot, all nominees must sign a document that verifies that they have read and understand the duties and responsibilities of the office for which they have been nominated and submit their resumes to the appropriate USA Gymnastics officer.  Current elected officers seeking re-election must be compliant with all their duties and responsibilities.


Must have been active within that State’s program for a minimum of two (2) consecutive years.
It is strongly recommended that the candidates have financial skills, organizational skills, communication skills, a working knowledge of the program, a willingness to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the position.

(See Duties and Responsibilities – Operating Code)

Call for Nominations for WPC Chair, NAC Chair, and IEC Chair

Happy New Year & Welcome to the Olympic Year!

2016 is the election year for WPC Chair, NAC Chair, and IEC Chair.  Attached is the the Call for Nominations for the three positions.

Nominations are to be sent by March 15, 2016 to:
Annie Heffernon
Women’s Junior Olympic Program Director
132 E. Washington Street
Suite 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204    
Fax: 317-237-5069
E-mail: aheffernon@usagym.org

* All National Officers shall be elected by the members of their respective committee.
* Elections of National officers will be conducted by written ballot.
* Ballots and resumes of prospective candidates will be sent to the respective committee members by July 1.

Click Here for 2016 Call For Nominations (NACC, IECC, WPCC)

Note: This information has also been posted at www.usagym.org on the Women’s Program page under Women’s Program Updates and will be included in the upcoming USA Gymnastics electronic newsletters.