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					      Section III
       GIRLS
GYMNASTICS HANDBOOK




       Updated 4/2009
       Annual updates will be posted on the final page.




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                                              Introduction

All Section III Gymnastics Teams use USAG Rules and are judged on the Level 9 requirements with
modifications by Maria DeCristoforo, NYS High School Judges Coordinator and the NYSOGG Judges’
Association. Rule books may be purchased from Maria DeCristoforo at 68 Nassau Drove, Albertson, NY
11507-1216.



SECTION III GIRLS GYMNASTICS COMMITTEE

Section Chair           Phyllis Niemi            534-1241
Section Co-Chair        Barb Quackenbush         732-2978
Large Schools Rep       Kim Bono                 345-5679
Small Schools Rep       Phyllis Niemi            534-1241
Technical Advisor       Jill Andrews             534-1242
Judge Assignor          Cheryl Tosch             638-9418
Judge Assignor          Donna Franzen            736-0784
Section III Office      Lisa Kaup                lkaup@phoenix.klz.ny.us



PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS
                                                         Independents
Baldwinsville
Central Square                                           Hannibal
East Syracuse Minoa                                      Phoenix
Jamesville-Dewitt/Fayetteville-Manlius                   Red Creek (section 5)
Liverpool                                                Waterville
Marcellus
New Hartford
Oswego
Proctor
Rome
Whitesboro

INDEPENDENT GYMNASTS

If a school wishes to have a gymnast(s) compete as an independent, the following should be done prior to
the season.
         1.      Contact their Athletic Director and/or Board of Education to request approval from their
                 school system to represent that school in gymnastics as an independent.
         2.      Receive written approval from the Athletic Director and/or Board of Education, which will
                 be sent to Section 3 Executive Chairman and the Girls Gymnastics Chair.
         3.      Have the independent(s) travel with that school’s dual meet schedule. Additional judging
                 expenses will be born by the independents in some way; by their school is
                 recommended.
         4.      Independents may qualify for Sectionals and the State Team.
         5.      A coach must be designated.

COMBINED SCHOOLS

If there are schools wishing to have gymnasts compete as a combined team, the following should be
done prior to the season.
         1. Contact their Athletic Director and/or Board of Education to request approval from their
              school system to compete as a combined team.
         2. Receive written approval from the Athletic Director and/or Board of Education, which will be
              sent to Section 3 Executive Chairman and the Girls Gymnastics Chair.
         3. For the Section III Meet combined schools will be placed based on their combined BEDS
              numbers.

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PUBLICITY
In an effort to keep the public informed and to generate interest, please use the media.

It is the responsibility of the HOST school to call the meet results immediately after the meet.
Include: top 3 gymnasts per event and their school; top 3 AA’s and their school and school records.

Utica Observer/Dispatch          800-765-8491             fax 792-5033    sports@uticaod.com
Syracuse Post Standard           800-765-4454             fax 470-3019    sports@syracuse.com
Syracuse Herald Journal          800-765-4454             fax 470-3019    sports@syracuse.com
Rome Sentinel                    315-337-4000             fax 339-6281    sports@rny.com
Oswego Palldium Times            315-343-3800             fax 343-0273    mleboeuf@palltimes.com


SPORTS DEPT’S WILL TAKE EMAIL RESULTS.


MEET ETIQUETTE

Pre meet warm-up:        Visiting team should be given at least ½ hour warm-up time at the beginning of a
meet. This is to include stretch, warm-up, bar settings, bar and vault warm-ups.

GENERAL MEET ETIQUETTE AND COACHES INFORMATION

1.      Six competitors per event, top 4 scores count toward team score
2.      Home team provides score keepers, timers and flashers
3.      Home team calls in scores to newspapers
4.      Home team provides a copy of the official score sheet
5.      Six competitors per event, top 4 scores count toward team score
6.      Exhibition gymnasts:    Schools may enter an unlimited number of exhibitions. Judges will be
reimbursed for numbers in excess of 48 judgments. Competing in block form (one judge per event, two
events running simultaneously) gives the schools an opportunity to enter more gymnasts. This should be
done by mutual consent of both head coaches. These exhibition scores cannot be used toward the team
score.


INVITATIONALS
Any school may run an invitational meet. The host school may choose the meet format.




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SECTIONAL MEET SITE

The meet shall be held in a facility which meets USAG Level 9 equipment requirements for all events.

HOW TO QUALIFY TO THE SECTIONAL MEET:

Gymnasts must participate in 50% of scheduled meets and meet the qualifying score twice to advance to
Sectionals.
Any meet may be used. Exhibition scores may be used.
Tri-meet scores count as one.

Injury petition must be submitted to the Section Chairperson if the above requirements are not met.

Qualifying scores will be discussed and voted on for changes at the pre or post-season meeting.


8/2006. If a gymnast is competing from another section as an independent in the Section 3 dual meet
schedule, this gymnast is not eligible to participate in the Section 3 sectional meet.

DIVISIONS:

For the purpose of giving more gymnasts ribbons at sectionals, three divisions exist.

Division 1:     Gymnasts who have competed USA level 9-10 at any time in her career.

Division 2:     Gymnasts who have competed USA level 7-8 optional any rime in her career.

Division 3:     Gymnasts who have competed strictly High School or USA compulsories (level 6 or
                under).

No gymnast may compete down a level. Competition at the Empire State games has no bearing on the
             gymnast’s level. Once a gymnast has competed at a level, she must remain there or may
             move up a level.

All competing gymnasts are eligible to make the State team.

SECTIONAL AWARDS:

Senior athletes will be recognized.

Ribbons are awarded to the top 6 gymnasts in each event for each level including AA. Ties will
be honored.

Team “Sectional Banners” are awarded to the top team (determined by the top 4 scores from
any level) in the Large school and Small school divisions.

8/2008 The use of seed scores as a tie breaker at the Sectional meet for advancement to the State team
               was eliminated. Rather, the gymnasts with the higher Head Judges score on that event
               will advance to the State Team.



DETERMINATION OF LARGE AND SMALL SCHOOL DIVISIONS FOR SECTIONALS 3/09

All schools will be listed in rank order according to the current years BEDS Enrollment number.
Combined programs will have both schools BEDS numbers totaled for rank order.

Large schools will be the top half; Small schools will be the bottom half. If there is an odd number
of schools, then the “odd” school will be placed in a division based on the BEDS number. The
School will be placed in the division where the Beds numbers are closest.

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STATE TEAM
The State team is determined at the Sectional Meet. There will be 6 gymnasts per event on the State
Team.

The top 3 All Around gymnasts and the next 3 individual winners per event qualify.
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The 4 and 5 individual winners in each event are named as the alternate, and will be added to the team
in order if a gymnast gets injured or sick. The alternates only travel with the State Team if the
replacement has occurred prior to the team departing for the meet. Alternates do not travel with the team
to the State Meet.

Accommodations for each participating gymnast and coach are the responsibility of their school district.
These include: transportation to/from the meet, designated state team leotard, meals and hotel
expenses.




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                                              OHSL & CNYCL LEAGUE
                                                 INFORMATION


LEAGUES:

OHSL                                                CNYCL

                                                    Central Square
ESM                                                 Baldwinsville
JD/FM                                               Liverpool
Marcellus                                           Oswego
New Hartford                                        Proctor
Whitesboro                                          Rome


LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

The League Champion banner is awarded to the school with the best league dual meet record. In case of
ties, each school will receive a banner.

League Tournament         ***** THE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT WILL BE CANCELLED EFFECTIVE 12/08

The League Tournament is a large meet at the end of the season. Both will hold their own separate League
Tournaments. League Tournament banners are given to the winning team at each of these meets.

Changed 8/03) the format of the League Tournament meet is as follows:
       Teams may enter six gymnasts per event
       The meet will be run as a regular meet.
       Run four events at a time. Each school competes as a team. Each team will have at least one “bye”.

Awards are given as follows:
       Ribbons will be awarded to the top six per event
       Ribbons will be awarded to the top six All-around gymnasts
       Ties will be recognized.
       Team score will be 5 scores.

        Senior athletes will be recognized.

The sites of the League Tournament are determined by consensus at the post-season meeting.
Please send line-ups to the host coach at least one week prior to the meet date.


CHOOSING ALL – LEAGUE GYMNASTS

The top 6 gymnasts per event from each league will be recognized for All League Honors.

Scores will be computed by the following method.

Average the gymnast’s top three scores on each event from the league meets. (8/2008)

No All-around category (changed 10/10/97)




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DIRECTIONS TO MEET SITES

Coaches, please bring directions to your school or club to every pre-season meeting.

Baldwinsville            Ray Middle School
Central Square           Central Square Gymnastics Center
ESM                      ESM HS
JD/FM                    JDHS
Liverpool
New Hartford             Valley Gymnastics
Marcellus                Marcellus HS
Oswego                   North Country Gymnastics
Rome                     Stadium Support Facility (at the old RFA Gym and RFA Stadium complex on
                         Pine St)
Utica                    Valley Gymnastics
Whitesboro               Valley Gymnastics

Oswego HS at North Country 695-2011

Take Rte. 481 North to exit 13 (Phoenix)
At the top of the ramp take a left onto Rte. 57A. Take Rte. 57A to Rte. 57.
Turn right onto Rte. 57 North. Continue north on Rte. 57 through the village of Phoenix.
The gym is located approximately 2 miles north of Phoenix at 1013 Rte. 57 on the left side of the road in
     nd
the 2 building past Kevin’s’ Car Care.

Central Square at Central Square Gymnastics Center 668-7912

Exit 81 North to the Brewerton Exit
Go right, go to the “T” and go north on Rt. 11 for @ 1.5 miles. It is the yellow building on the left

New Hartford, Proctor and Whitesboro
At Valley Gymnastics 145 New Hartford St., New Hartford. 736-4400
From the West: Exit 32 Westmoreland (Thruway) to Rt 233 South to the traffic light in the village of
Westmoreland. Go left. Continue through 2 4-way stop signs and the traffic light at the Rt. 840
interchange until you come to the T intersection (Halsey Rd and Clark Mills Rd). Go Left. Turn right at
      nd
the 2 traffic light onto Henderson St. Continue through 2 traffic lights and Valley Gymnastics will be on
your left.
From Utica exit 31 from the thruway. Follow signs for Rt. 12 South. Exit at Lomond Place. Turn left at
the intersection and follow Chenago Rd to Valley Gymnastics which will be on your right.

Rome Free Academy, 500 Turin Street, Rome

From either Rt. 365 or Rt. 49, continue on Rt. 26 North. Take a right on Madison St. Take a left on Pine
St. into the Stadium Support Facility.




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                               CURRENT UPDATES

2008 Combined Teams
      JD/FM
      New Hartford/Holland Patent
      Proctor/Notre Dame
      Whitesboro/Sauquoit


2009 Combined Teams




2008 Independent Gymnasts
       Phoenix
       Hannibal
       Cicero North Syracuse
       Red Creek (section 5)

2009 Independent Gymnasts




2009 Invitational Meets


SECTIONALS:

Friday, November    at Valley Gymnastics

9:00 gym opens
10:00 meet

STATES:



2009 Qualifying Scores:

Vault        7.5
Bars         4.5 (12/08)
Beam         7.0
FX           6.8
AA           25.8 (12/08)




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