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Introduction

USA Gymnastics, the Junior Olympic Men’s Gymnastics governing body, divides our country into nine geographic regions, named Region(s) 1-9.  Region III is comprised of the following states: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.   In Region III, we strive to provide the best opportunity for men’s gymnastics development through competition and education.

The following pages include the description of events we provide to further men’s gymnastics development in our region. 


Communication

Please help us maintain the highest degree of professional courtesy for all members of the gymnastics community.

Gymnasts and Parents: 

We ask that you respect the chain of command in the gymnastics community.  You should always communicate your concerns directly through your personal coach. 

Coaches:

We expect you to maintain the highest level of professionalism, which includes the responsibility of adhering to the standards set by the USAG National Rules & Policies. For brevity, we note a few of these policies, but have not recreated that document.  Always put the gymnasts’ needs first.  Represent your gymnasts and parents by acting as their liaison. Respectfully direct concerns as appropriate through the next chain of command:
Meet Director/Judge/State Chairman > Regional Chairman > Men’s Junior National Program Director.


CONTACT INFORMATION

Position Name Phone Email Email 2
Region 3 Chairman Jerit Pogue 281-639-2206 cell region3men@gmail.com gymmantx75@yahoo.com
Arkansas State Chairman George Edelen 479-926-3444 cell coachgeorge98@yahoo.com
Kansas State Chairman Kyle Filiatreault 316-209-7817 work kyle@epicgymcenter.com
Louisiana State Chairman James Clement 225-275-5597 gymna1@gmail.com
Missouri State Chairman Mike Filla 314-968-9494 work 314-302-1423 cell mike_filla@hotmail.com slgccoachmike@gmail.com
Oklahoma State Chairman Ben Fox 405-447-7500 work 405-641-1812 cell bhf1161@aol.com
Texas State Chair Todd Thornton 832-515-4405 thorntontxchair@gmail.com
Region III Team Coordinator Tom Meadows 281-469-4599 work tom@cypressacademy.com
Region III Educational Director Wayne Thompson 832-425-0357 wayne@gulfcoastgymnastics.com
Past Region III Chairman Mike Thomas 913-438-4444 work KCityMikeThomas@aol.com
Region III Judging Liaison Chris Rippy 501-428-2492 cell chris@rippylawfirm.com

USA Gymnastics National Office

 

 

132 E. Washington Street, Suite 700  
Indianapolis, IN 46204

1-317-237-5050  Main Number
1-800-345-4719 Member Services

USA Gym Contact Info

Position Name Phone Email
Men’s Program Manager Lisa Mendel 1-317-829-5664 lmendel@usagym.org
VP of Men's Program Jason Woodnick 317/829-5634 jwoodnick@usagym.org


Regional Events

Region 3 Championships

The Regional Championships is the culmination of the season for the Level 3, 4, 5,  & 6 athletes from the participating states.  This is also the qualifying meet for the Western Championships & Development Nationals for Levels7, 8, 9 & 10.  This competition determines Regional Champions, helps to select our Region 3 Elite Teams.      

Regional Championships are typically held in April.  It must be conducted four weeks prior to the National Championships.

Bids must be submitted in writing at or before the annual Regional Board Meeting held at the Regional Championships.  The meet director must be a USAG professional member with an active involvement in the Men’s Development Program. 

Clarifications:
  • The board votes on the site.
  • If a State Chairman places a bid, that chairman will be excluded from voting.
  • The Regional Chairman has the authority to pick the site or reselect the site, especially if there are changes to the following:
    a) Meet director & host gym
    b) Competition Facility
    c) Major changes with equipment
    d) meet date.
  • The board may entertain bids on a two-year timeline.
  • State Chairmen may elect to consult their constituency to review bids throughout the weekend. 

Region 3 Team Registration

Each team that qualifies athletes to Regional Championships must pay a Regional Team Registration fee of $50.  This fee is made payable to AGSEP  You must pay the fee at your state championships with your entry fee to Regional Championships.

Clarifications:

  • Qualification procedures will be determined around February 15th each year.
  • Age is determined as of Dec 31st of the year of the championship meet for that season.
  • Elite level gymnasts are allowed to compete at Regional Championships at no charge.

Individual Awards

  • Athletes in each Level of the JN track will be split into equal age divisions based on their birthdate for individual awards.
  • Athletes in each Level of the JE track will compete in single year or two year age groups for individual awards.
  • 1/3 of the athletes in each age division will receive awards on each event and the all around. 
  •  All participating gymnasts in the Regional Compulsory Championships will receive a commemorative Region 3 Medal.

Team Competition

It is recommended that the Team Awards are presented just prior to the Individual Awards.  The following levels/age groups are observed in the team competition. 

Team Competition Titles

Level Age
Level 3 Division 1 All Ages Combined
Level 4 Division 1 All Ages Combined
Level 5 Division 1 All Ages Combined
Level 5 Division 2 All Ages Combined
Level 6 All Divisions All Ages Combined
Level 7 All Divisions All Ages Combined
Level 8 All Divisions All Ages Combined
Level 9 All Divisions All Ages Combined
Level 10 All Divisions All Ages Combined

Clarifications:

  • A team must have three gymnasts in a level/age group to be eligible for the team competition. 
  • The top three scores per event create the team score. 
  • There is no charge to enter the team competition.

2022 Entry Fees

Optional Champioonshiips
$150 JN & JD Athletes
$165 JE Athletes

Compulsory Championships
$120 Per Athletes

Clarifications:

  • $30 of each entry fee from Optional Championships and $20 from Compulsory Championships will be returned to the Region 3 Chairman to assist in the running of the region.
  • No team fees are charged
  • No head tax is required to the state
  • National Scholarship Foundation Tax is due ($3/gymnast per National R&P)
  • All entries must be entered into the USAG Reservation System by their State Chairman prior to State Championships.  Athletes not qualified to Regional Championships must be cancelled at the conclusion of State Championships. The entry fees must be one-day mailed to the Regional Meet Director within 24 hours of the State Championships.

Gate Fees

Maximum Day Gate fees are: 

  • $15-Adult, $10-Children/Seniors(65+), Free-Preschooler. (per session)
  • Multi day passes are $25/$15/Free. 
  • Competing gymnasts are free.   

Military discounts are allowed.

Petitions for Region 3 Championships

The petitioning process is as follows:

  • The coach of petitioning gymnast must contact their State Chairman and submit all documents at their state championships.
  • Regional Chairman approves or denies petition with input from the State Chairman.  
  • Coach must remit petition with entry form and entry fees at State Championships.

Schedule

Every effort will be made to have a tentative schedule for the weekend posted by mid-February so that travel arrangements can me made.

A final schedule will be posted after all State Championship meets have been competed and all entries are in.

Awards

Minimally, Individual and All-Around Awards will be presented as outlined by the USAG Rules & Policies.   

Clarifications:

  • The Region 3 Chairman must approve all awards.
  • The Meet Director will order and pay for all awards.
  • When possible, a minimum of 3 awards for team will be presented. 
  • If there are more than 6 teams, it is recommended that at least 50% of the total teams entered in a level/age group receive an award.

Meet Director Responsibilities

Once the meet has been awarded, the meet director is responsible to adhere to the National Rules & Policies and work closely with the Region III Chairman to assure Region 3 Rules & Policies are observed.

Clarifications:  

  • Host Organization must provide copies of written contracts to the Regional Chairman no later than 30 days after the bid has been accepted.  These contracts are to include the facility, lodging and equipment.
  • Host Organization will negotiate the best possible rate with hotels and have a sufficient number of rooms blocked to handle the group.
  • Host Organization must request and pay for a sanction for this event.
  • Host will purchase individual, all around and team awards from the approved vendor.
  • After having all final information approved by the Regional Chairman, the Host Organization must have meet information posted on a website or make the meet information available to the Regional Chairman no later than 90 days prior to the event.
  • The Host Organization will verify that all participating coaches are current USAG professional members and are safety-certified in order to comply with the USAG liability insurance coverage requirements.
  • The host will ensure that the current USAG Men's Rules & Policies are followed completely for the Event.  Any variance from these procedures must be approved by the Region 3 Chairman.
  • The host will assume responsibility for the costs and all arrangements for travel, hotel, per diem (or meals), and local transportation for the 13 Judges.
  • The host will make available one medical trainer, to be present for all training and competition sessions. 
  • The host will provide an emergency first aid facility and first aid supplies on site during all training and competition sessions.
  • Host Organization will provide for a conference room for the Region 3 Board Meeting if needed.  Date and time to be determined.
  • The host will provide personnel to adequately staff this event. This includes, but not limited to, providing all auxiliary personnel, such as scorekeepers, clerical support, runners, flashers, etc.
  • The host will submit a Profit & Loss Statement to the Regional Chairman by June 1st, detailing standard income and expense items.

Robert Cowan Award

Robert Cowan was the first Region III Director, serving from 1974-1985.  He was the author of the first National Rules & Policies for the USAG Junior Olympic Program.  He is also a past USAG Men’s Program Administrator.

Clarifications:

  • This award is for outstanding contribution to Region 3. 
  • The recipient is voted by the State Chairmen.
  • The award is announced (and should be presented) at the Regional Championships

Mark Williams Judge's Service Award

Mark Williams was the first Region 3 Judging Liaison and has served as a Private Club Coach, High School Coach and TGJA Judge for over 25 years. 

Clarifications:

  • This award is for outstanding contribution to Region 3 from someone in the Judging Community. 
  • The recipient is voted by the State Chairmen.
  • This awards is not necessarily an annual event.
  • The award is announced (and should be presented) at the Regional Championships

Region 3 Honor Award

In 2011, the Region 3 Board created a new award designed to honor someone who has made a major contribution to the sport and all of the participants. This award will not necessarily be an annual event. 

Region 3 Team & Elite Team Camps

Region 3 has a long history of recognizing, rewarding and developing our standout athletes from the Region III Championships.  We have established the Region 3 Elite Teams, based on the placement from the Championships.  

 

Region 3 Future Stars Evaluation

The Future Stars Program is an athlete development and education program created by USA Gymnastics.  The Regional Future Stars testing is typically held in October, at least three weeks prior to the National Future Stars in Colorado Springs.  

Future Stars Program

Region 3 Congress

Region 3 Men’s and Women’s Programs conducts this annual educational seminar, typically in late July.

 

Region 3 Clinic

Each year, the region will hold a USAG Sanctioned clinic emphasizing the development of both the coach and gymnast.  This is typically held in late September; the selected site is usually geographically centered in our region, i.e. Oklahoma City, Dallas/Ft. Worth area.



Region 3 Board

The Region III Board is made up of the following people.

Voice & Vote

Region 3 Chairman (1)
State Chairman (6)

Voice, No Vote

Region 3 Judging Liaison (1)
Region 3 Team Coordinator (1)
Region 3 Educational Director (1)
Any past Region 3 Chairman (1+)
Region 3 Championship Coordinator (1)
Any current Member of the JOPC from Region 3 (1+)

Region 3 Judging Liaison

The liaison is a judge who typically is the meet referee.  He assists with judging logistics before, during and after the Championships.

Clarifications:

  • Act as a liaison between the judging community and the regional board.
  • Requested to be present at the Annual Board Meeting.  This will be a voice/no vote position.
  • Will directly communicate with the Regional Chairman regarding judging logistics for the Regional & National Championships.
  • Provide and use the National Inquiry form for any questions the coaches may have concerning a gymnast’s performance.
  • Schedule two judge panels for at least the National bound gymnasts. (Levels 9-10)
  • Provide a meet report to the JOVP and the Regional Chairman.  The scope of the report should be focused on coach’s education.  The report must be in a format that could be uploaded on the website. (Html or Doc)
  • Submit to the Regional Chairman, for approval, the pay sheets for all of the judges before turning them into the meet director.

Region 3 Team Coordinator

The Team Coordinator is responsible for the technical direction for our developing athletes.  He provides direction for the Region 3 Elite Camps and Future Stars Regional Championships.  He works closely with the Regional Chairman and the Regional Education Director.

Clarifications:

  • Work with Region 3 Chairman to secure dates and location for the camps.
  • Prepare written information to send to the parents.  This includes general congratulations, information sheets and medical history forms.
  • Give hosts all of the pertinent information concerning the running of the event.
  • Secure, with the help of the Region 3 Chairman, a staff for the camp(s).
  • Create a final camp schedule with the approval of the Region 3 Chairman.
  • Make sure that each event has its own USAG sanction.
  • Be a Clinician at the Region III Clinic
  • Run the Future Star Testing including securing location and judges, mailing or posting meet information and entry forms, collecting entries and preparing them for processing.

Chairman

Election is held every three years at the Board meeting that is held in conjunction with the Region 3 Championships.  2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, etc)

Responsibilities for the Regional Director are outlined in the USAG Rules and Guidelines Booklet. Below is a list of items that are specific to Region 3.

Regional Championship Responsibilities

  • Secure bids for the Championships 
  • Make sure to give the meet director all pertinent information concerning the running of the meet.
  • Appoint a Judging Liaison and Meet Referee (may be the same person)
  • Work with the Region 3 Board and Judging Liaison to secure judges for the Championships.
  • Set up meeting site for the Annual Regional Board Meeting
  • Serve as Chairman for Annual Regional Meeting held at Regional Championships.
  • Set meeting agenda and prepare upcoming annual calendar.
  • Post all of the results on the Region 3 Website
  • Organize all of the National Entry forms and entry checks.

Region 3 Elite Camp Responsibilities

  •  Establish site and dates
  • Prepare all correspondence.  This includes congratulations, information and medical history forms.
  • Approve schedule
  • Secure coaches

Future Stars and Clinic Responsibilities

  • Conduct Future Stars Testing by securing location, judges, entry information and final schedules.
  • Organize the Region 3 Clinic.

  Additional Responsibilities

  • Maintain the Region 3 website.
  • Maintain the Region 3 Rules and Policies.
  • Maintain open communication with the State Chairman.
  • Attend as a voting member the JOPC meeting(s).  
  • Maintaining and reconcile the Region 3 checking account. 

State Chairman

Duties for the State Chairman are outlined in the USAG Rules and Guidelines Booklet. Below is a list of items that are specific to Region 3.

State Chairman Duties

  • Maintain an updated list of all gymnasts and clubs in the state.  The list of clubs should be forwarded to the Regional Chairman.
  • Maintain electronic communication with all state coaches.  Forward all Regional and National information to all professional members.
  • Secure bids and conduct the State Championships
  • Conduct an annual State Clinic (if possible)
  • Conduct State Chairman elections every two years. (odd years)
  • State Chairman may appoint a state board if necessary
  • Attend the State Championships
  • Attend the Regional Championships
  • Approve or disapprove petitions to the State Championships.  Receive and make recommendations for all petitions to the Regional Championships.
  • Maintain an open line of communication with the local judging organization.
  • Open and maintain the state USA Gymnastics bank account. Keep all records for a period of at least five years.
  • Attend all board meetings and conference calls or assign a proxy.
  • Mail State Meet results to the Regional Chairman within 24hrs of the State Meet. 
  • Collect all Regional Championship entry fees  and mail one check  to the Regional Meet Director for the total amount for their state.
  • Send all State Meet results to the Regional Chairman within one week of the State Meet

State Chairman Duties in reference to the Regional Board Meeting

  • Attend all board meetings or conference calls or assign a proxy.
    • Items that must be brought to the meeting.
      a)  An annual report of the state and USAG sponsored activities.  This report should include numbers of gymnasts, their levels and number of coaches and clubs.
      b)  A detailed Profit and Loss Statement for the USA Gymnastic State Account.
           1. List all sources and amounts of income
             2. List all check written from the account. (This can be as simple as copying      the check register.)
      c)  Include a copy of the most recent bank account statement to verify bank balances.
      d)  The minutes of the latest State Coaches meeting.

Outgoing State Chairman Duties

  • Outgoing chairman should attend the regional board meeting with the incoming chairman.
  • The following items MUST be transferred within 30 days of the election.
    a)  All bank statements from the term of office.  (No less than 5 years worth of records.)
    b)  A copy of all past reports.
    c)  Most recent list of coaches, gymnasts and judges within the state.

Region 3 Educational Director

The Educational Director assists with educational needs of the Region.  He works closely with the Regional Chairman and Region 3 Team Coordinator.

Clarifications:

  • Organize the Region 3 Clinic that should be held in the fall (typically September).
  • Work with the National Office to secure speakers for the Region 3 Congress that is held during the summer.
  • The items listed within this booklet are to serve as guidelines for Region 3 only. Changes may be made with the approval of the Regional Director.

Board meetings

An annual board meeting is always held at the Regional Championships.  A second meeting may be conducted at Future Stars or Clinic. 

Clarifications:

  • Regional Chairman sets agenda
  • Regional Chairman’s vote should be used to break ties
  • Professional Members are allowed to attend with no voice/no vote
  • A State Chairman may appoint a proxy
  • Regional Chairman may initiate conference calls, as needed

Judging Information

Selection of Judges - Regional Championships

Judges who are interested in being selected to judge either Optional or Compulsory Regional Championships must fill out the online application prior to the due date.  Only judges who fill out the application each year will be considered to be selected to judge the meet.

Optional Regional Championships
Judges selected to judge Junior Men's National Championships are automatically selected to judge the Region 3 Optional Championships.  Region 3 typically has 3 judges selected for Junior Men's National Championships.  This leaves 9 remaining spots for Optional Regional Championships.  

Each State Chairmen selects one judge from the pool of applicants to fill 6 of the remaining judging spots.  The final spots are selected at large from the remaining pool of applicants by the Region 3 Board.

The Regional Board will designate event assignments for the selected judges based on event requests the judges put on their application.  

 Compulsory Regional Championships
Most years, the Regional Board will select one judge from each panel of Optional Regional Championships to be the Head Judge on the same event for Compulsory Regional Championships.   For the remaining 6 spots each State Chairmen will select one judge from the remaining pool of judges to round out the panels.

Judges who filled out applications that were not selected for either Optional or Compulsory Regional Championships will be alternates should one of the judges become unavailable and need to be replaced.  

 

Judging Pay Rate:

For 2021 the judging  pay rate will be $125/session  per judge of the Region 3 Championships.

Judging Report:

The Region 3 Judging Liaison will provide a meet report to the JOVP and the Regional Chairman.  The scope of the report should be focused on coach’s education.   Region 3 would like these reports in a format that could be uploaded on the website.