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PART THREE P.R.E.P. OPTIONAL PROGRAM

(POISE, RHYTHM, EXECUTION & PRESENTATION)

CONTACT YOUR USA GYMNASTICS STATE ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM.

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PURPOSE

To provide an alternative Optional competitive program to serve any or all of the following athletes: A. B. C. D. Those who have competed in the USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic Program and have qualified to Level 7 or 8 but need a more basic introduction to optional competition. Those who have competed in the USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic Program at the Compulsory level and would like to experience a basic optional program during their "off" season. Athletes who have either "retired" from the Jr. Olympic Program or do not wish to train or compete at Level 7 or 8. Those who have never been involved in the USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic Program and are involved with programs/organizations that have not traditionally used the USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic Program.

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GENERAL REGULATIONS

A. B. C. Athletes must be registered USA Gymnastics Athlete or Introductory Athlete members In order to coach on the floor of a USAG-sanctioned PREP Optional competition, a Professional, Jr. Professional, or Introductory Coach membership is required. Since this program is an alternative program that is outside of the Jr. Olympic Development Program structure, there is NO OPPORTUNITY FOR MOBILITY into or within the Jr. Olympic Levels. 1. If a gymnast has never competed in the USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic Program (Levels 1-10) but wishes to compete in the P.R.E.P. Optional Program, she must register as an Introductory Athlete Member. If at a later time in the same competitive year she wishes to move to Level 4 or 5, she must upgrade her membership by submitting a regular Athlete Membership application and pay the difference in price. · If a gymnast already has a regular athlete membership, she does not have to change or purchase a new membership for PREP Optional. 2. If a USA Gymnastics Level 5 or 6 gymnast chooses to compete in the P.R.E.P. Optional Program, she must still meet the mobility requirements to advance from Level 5 to Level 6, or Level 6 to Level 7. P.R.E.P. Optional competitions must follow the current Women's Rules and Policies in regards to the Equipment Specifications, using the compulsory competition specifications as a minimum standard. P.R.E.P. Optional competitions must be judged by USA Gymnastics officials certified at a minimum of a Level 5 rating. If Compulsory rated officials are assigned, it is recommended that they be assigned to judge with an Optional (Level 7/8 or above) rated official. a. Local meets may be judged by a one-judge panel, provided that they have a minimum of a Level 7/8 rating. b. If a one-judge panel is used, it must be indicated on the officials' contract.

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The rules, regulations and format used by a specific state and/or region must be published and/or posted on the internet, especially for invitational competitions that may involve participants from multiple states.

III. ASPECTS TO BE DETERMINED BY THE USAG STATE ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE

If the USA Gymnastics State Administrative Committee does not organize a P.R.E.P. Optional program, individual clubs and/or leagues may use this program to suit their needs (and sanction their competitions), provided that they adhere to the General Regulations as listed. A. ELIGIBILITY/ENTRY REGULATIONS Consider: 1. What athletes are targeted for this type of program? 2. Should there be different sub-divisions based upon competitive experience? 3. Specific entry regulations: example-a State could choose to require that only athletes who have competed previously at a minimum of Level 5 are eligible.

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B. C.

QUALIFYING PROCEDURES FORMAT, SUB-DIVISIONS, AND/OR AGE DIVISIONS · Once the State Administrative Committee determines the specific nature of the PREP Optional division(s) for their state, rules governing these PREP Optional divisions must parallel the regulations for competition at comparable USAG Compulsory or Optional levels, as listed in the Rules and Policies. o For example: A state using PREP Optional Level 3 would be required minimally to follow rules governing Level 3 competition; i.e., the minimum age of 4 yrs., judges' qualifications and compensation, warm-up times, etc.. · The minimum age for the corresponding Jr. Olympic levels must be used, but the State Administrative Committee may set higher age requirements. DIFFICULTY - VALUE AND REQUIREMENTS MAXIMUM START VALUE EVENT REQUIREMENTS & RESTRICTIONS TIMING OF BEAM AND FLOOR ROUTINES ALLOWABLE VAULTS AND START VALUES

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IV. MODELS

Any state or league interested in organizing a PREP Optional program are encouraged to contact the Women's Jr. Olympic Program Director at [email protected] for sample models from established state programs.

V.

IDEAS FOR SPECIFIC EVENT REQUIREMENTS

A. Difficulty Value Parts 1. Use USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic difficulty values. 2. "B" elements = 0.4, "A" elements= 0.2, and "N" elements= 0.1 (N elements are those elements not listed in the Jr. Olympic Code of Points and are below "A" value). a. Require a specific number of "N", "A" and "B" elements for a total difficulty value b. Determine the total value for difficulty and add the value of the elements performed to fulfill the difficulty requirement. Decide whether to allow the performance of C elements. If yes, then decide if they get no credit, B credit or bonus. If no, decide if a deduction will be taken or if it voids the exercise.

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Vault: Allow only A and B vaults from Group 1 (Handspring and Yamashita with or without twists) valued at 9.4 and below. Also allow the Squat, Stoop and Straddle vaults. Void the event if any other vault is performed. Uneven Bars 1. Eight (8) elements 2. One bar change Balance Beam 1. Turn on one foot (minimum of 180°) 2. Dance series of at least two elements 3. An acrobatic element with or without flight Floor Exercise 1. Two (2) acrobatic (tumbling) series, each with a minimum of two elements with flight 2. A salto or aerial element 3. A dance series of at least two elements Decide whether the Beam and Floor routines will be timed.

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