Region 5 Camp Registrations Ending Soon


Limited space is still available for the remaining Region 5 training camps.

Deadline for Hot Shot Camp registrations is September 4, 2013.  Space is still available in both locations: Mid Michigan-MI & Gym-Nation-OH.

There are 3 locations for Forward Progress:  SIGS-IN, Hunts-MI & Phenom-IL.   Registration for these camps closes October 1, 2013.

If you are already registered for any Region 5 camps, please be sure to check the training camp website frequently ( You can fill our your registrations and coach volunteer forms and get updates about schedules, athletes, hotel information, etc. which is being posted continuously.

Reminder….all USAG information for athletes, coaches & judges must be renewed in order to participate in any Region 5 camp.  Please make sure this is updated before you arrive at camp.

Contact Sandy Sabo, Region 5 Camp Coordinator at with any questions.

In Memory of Peter Gueorguiev

We are so saddened by the loss of a member of our Region 5 family. On Friday, August 9, 2013, Peter Gueorguiev died in a tragic auto accident. Peter leaves behind his beautiful wife Tania and his wonderful children, Elena and Anthony.

Peter touched the lives of so many of our young athletes. He challenged them to do their best in everything they chose to attempt. We should all remember that spirit and know that every challenge makes us discover things about ourselves that we never really knew. Challenges are what make us stretch further and go beyond where we ever thought we could go. Let us all honor Peter by accepting the “challenge” and going farther.

The members of Peter’s family have created a facebook page “In Loving Memory of Peter Gueorguiev” to record the memories we all have of him. You are encouraged to visit and upload your thoughts and photos.

Funeral arrangements for Peter are as follows:

Monday, August 19, 2013

McCabe Funeral Home
851 N. Canton Center, Canton, MI 48187
Visitation: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evening service at 6:30 pm


A memorial fund has been established for the family. Donations can be made to:
Peter Gueorguiev Memorial Fund
PNC Bank
Account #4247567365
Routing #041000124


The family would like to thank all of those who have offered their support and prayers in their time of sorrow.

Volunteer Judges Needed for Region 5 Training Camps


This year we have more training camps and have added Sunday judges rotations. Can you volunteer for 1, 2, or 3 days for CPE credit and to assist Region 5 with our needs?

Just go to the Region 5 website under TRAINING CAMPS – JUDGES and complete the form as soon as possible. It is fun, rewarding and lots of learning for all of us. Please use Char’s new e-mail which is for any questions that you may have.

All camps are to be assigned by August 1 and we have 4 SUPER CAMPS to fill !

Thank you for volunteering as soon as possible !

Membership Fees Update


With the launch of the new athlete registration season, the introductory athlete membership was applicable only to those athletes participating in the Xcel Program: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond. However, Women’s Program has decided to also include the Women’s JO Program Levels 1 and 2 into that structure (reminder the new Level 3 was the old Level 4 and remains $49).

Therefore, the Introductory athlete membership which is $15 online, now applies to Xcel Program: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond AND Women’s JO Program Levels 1 and 2. The website and forms have been updated.

As of August 1, all of the old levels will be dropped from the USA Gymnastics computer system and only the new levels will appear, which will make things a little less complicated for our members.

Thank you Kristin

Message from Bobbi Montanari, Regional Chair…

July 5, 2013

Dear Region 5 Professional Membership,

On behalf of the Region 5 Administrative Committee and Membership, I would like to thank Kristin Moore for her amazing work with Region 5.

Kristin was the Region 5 Apparel Coordinator and we definitely were the best dressed in the country!! – gymnasts, coaches, parents, etc. – anyone that wanted to represent Region 5.

Kristin went “above and beyond” creating, organizing, and directing all of our apparel. Kristin was the administrator for our gymnasts (and parents) who represented Region 5 at National Championships.  She was also very instrumental in the success of Regional Congress; especially the outstanding banquets.

The key to any successful business and/or organization is communication.  Kristin created the Region 5 website which was not only a great tool for information but designed very professionally.  Within the next week, Kristin will be handing over the responsibility of Region 5 Webmaster to Debra Warhol.

Debra works with Sandy Sabo, Region 5 Training Camp Coordinator, at Youngstown Gymnastics Center in Youngstown, Ohio.  She is the assistant office manager and preschool instructor.  Debra is familiar with the Region 5 website as she developed the on-line registration for Training Camps.

Thank you again to Kristin for all of her hard work and dedication to Region 5.  She will be greatly missed.

Best wishes to everyone and as always, GO REGION 5!!!

Bobbi Montanari
Regional Committee Chair

Welcome Kitta

Message from Bobbi Montanari, Regional Chair…

June 30, 2013

Please welcome Kittia Carpenter to the Region 5 Administrative Committee as the new Junior Olympic Chair.  Kittia comes to us with a great deal of experience as a coach, judge, and administrator.  She is very well respected by her peers and known throughout the country for her continual success.

Kittia has already been hard at work organizing training camps and preparing for the All Star Trip.  She has several goals and is excited to continue the success of our region.  Please continue to view the Region 5 website ( for updates as Kittia leads the next direction.

Go Region 5!
Bobbi Montanari
Regional Chair

RACC Resignation

Message from Bobbi Montanari, RACC…

June 15, 2013
Dear Region 5 Gymnastic Members,

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your Regional Chair the past six years.  I have loved and enjoyed the position!  Your trust and support has allowed me to guide Region 5 and to work for the betterment of all our clubs, coaches, and athletes.

However after exhaustive thought, a time has come for me to make the heartbreaking decision and resign my position as Regional Chair.  The recent changes to our regional committee and people associated with the Region have made this transitional phase extremely stressful.   My health has suffered as a result.  I had no idea stress could be so mentally and physically disabling.  Although I would never expect calm waters forever, the recent turmoil within the region is more than I can handle at this time.

I look forward to working hand in hand with the new Regional Chair on the organizational details associated with our 2013 Regional Congress and their additional regional roles and responsibilities.  I will gladly serve as a mentor to foster a smooth transition.

I love Region 5 and know that when we work cohesively, we will continue to be the best in the country!  My Best Wishes!

Kind regards,
Bobbi Montanari