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Notices & Announcements

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Tuesday
May022017

 

Handstands for Hunger was an incredible success.

Thank you to Region 6 for participating in this initiative.

Gymnastics is for the good of the community.

 

Thank you to Max Finn for being brave and standing up for what he believes in.

Practice your handstands.  Next year we will be even better.

 

Be Great.

#646

Tuesday
May022017

Represent the #646 at JO Nationals for EVA...

 

On April 8th, 2017 an extraordinary moment occurred at Region 4 Championships at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN.  I want to tell you about it but I need to rewind back to two weeks prior.
 
I received a phone call from a Swiss Turners Mom, Karen Schroeder, informing me about a situation with one of the Swiss Turners gymnasts.  At the Wisconsin State Boys Championships, because of receiving chemotherapy, gymnast, Evan Van Aacken, wasn't able to keep up with the pace of the rotations and had to miss an event.  Yet, he still took 1st place on Vault, 3rd on Pommel Horse, and 5th on P-Bars.
 
Evan’s goal was to compete all six events at Region 4 Championships.  With this information I decided, with the support of the Region 4 Championships Meet Director and Meet referee, we would permit him to go at his own pace and energy; if he needed to sit out a rotation and catch the next one, we would permit it.  At the Championships, we informed all of the coaches so they could expect a change in their rotation sheets and we informed the judges.  Everyone was more than willing to make it work for Evan.
 
In fact, at Region 4 Championships, in the Level 10 Session, Evan finished all six events without having to sit out any rotation.
 
An announcement was made, following the Level 10 Session, prior to the awards ceremony, that a gymnast in this session was dealing with chemotherapy as recent as eight days before the competition and that he had achieved his goal of performing all six events at Regional Championships.  The crowd broke into a standing ovation for him. Yet, this was only the beginning.
 
What people would learn is that Evan had actually placed in several events. So, when he took his place on the award stand, again people stood and erupted with applause and enthusiastic cheers for him.
 
What happened next, no one saw coming.

After the AA winners had been awarded and recognized, an announcement was made that the Qualifiers to J.O.Nationals would be introduced.

". . . beginning in ascending order, the 15th qualifier is..., the 14th Qualifier is . . . Evan Van Aacken."

The people in the stands exploded, standing, cheering, waving signs and beating the bleacher floor plates.
 
Then something extraordinary happened.  The gymnasts in the session had been sitting on the FX area in front of the awards stand.  Spontaneously, quietly, for a second, as though something had erupted from the earth, they all stood in unison applauding, some with their arms raised, pumping the air, for Evan, who quietly stood on the podium smiling.  The arena reverberated with the sound of family, friends, and people who didn't know him, further energized and inspired by the standing tribute the athletes were giving Evan, for his achievement and his inspiration.

Evan Van Aacken will be in Florida, competing All-around at USA Gymnastics J.O. Nationals, May 10-14, 2017.

Check out the video at the following link to be a part of this special moment.


Daniel Coon
USAG Region 4 Chairman

* All with permission of the Van Aacken Family: Teresa, Bill, Gabrielle, Anthony & Evan.
   -Note Evan's athletic profile for more details."

 

 

Tuesday
May022017

FREE Trampoline TDC Workshop #3

 

FREE Trampoline TDC
Workshop #3
Sunday, June 4, 2017
9:00AM - 4:00PM
This free TDC Workshop will be held at 
Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy 
725 Main Street
Millis, MA 02054
Phone: (508)376-0102
The morning workshop topics will include trampoline progressions for men's and women's artistic gymnastics.
We will go over how to teach trampoline skills for safe, progression oriented steps to enhance landings, dismounts, release moves, twisting and more!
The afternoon workshop will be a formal Trampoline Competition.
                                                                    
9:00AM - 3:00 PM        Trampoline Judging Course CAT 3
 *Judging course fee will apply
10:00AM - 11:30 PM    Trampoline Progressions 
Trampoline progressions for men's and women's artistic gymnastics: how to teach trampoline skills for safe, progression oriented steps to enhance landings, dismounts, release moves, twisting, and more!
 
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM    Lunch Break            
                                               
12:30 - 1:00 PM            Competition check in & warm up
1:00                               Competition   
 (Awards immediately following competition).       
        
              
RSVP by May 26, to Trampoline Development Center Coordinator, Joy Umenhofer, at jumenhofer@usagym.org.
 

 

Thursday
Apr272017

Judges' Reports for Region 6 Championships

The judge's reports for the 2017 Region 6 Championships have been completed.

 

Click here for the Floor Exercise report.

Click here for the Pommel Horse report.

Click here for the Still Rings report.

Click here for the Vault report.

Click here for the Parallel Bars report.

Click here for the High Bar report.

 

Thank you to the NEGJA for organizing these reports and doing a fine job at the Region 6 Championships.

Good luck to the judges, athletes and coaches that are participating in the JO National Championships.

 

Represent.

#646