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.
Please help us maintain the highest degree of professional courtesy for all members of the gymnastics community.
We ask that you respect the chain of command in the gymnastics community. You should always communicate your concerns directly through your personal coach.
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.
|Region 3 Chairman||Jerit Pogue||281-639-2206 firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com|
|Arkansas State Chairman||George Edelen||479-926-3444 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kansas State Chairman||Kyle Filiatreault||316-209-7817 email@example.com|
|Louisiana State Chairman||James Clementfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Missouri State Chairman||Mike Filla||314-968-9494 work 314-302-1423 email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Oklahoma State Chairman||Ben Fox||405-447-7500 work 405-641-1812 email@example.com|
|Texas State Chair||Todd Thorntonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Region III Team Coordinator||Tom Meadows||281-469-4599 email@example.com|
|Region III Educational Director||Wayne Thompsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Past Region III Chairman||Mike Thomas||913-438-4444 work||KCityMikeThomas@aol.com|
|Region III Judging Liaison||Chris Rippy||501-428-2492 email@example.com|
132 E. Washington Street, Suite 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204
1-317-237-5050 Main Number
1-800-345-4719 Member Services
|Men’s Program Manager||Lisa Mendelfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|VP of Men's Program||Jason Woodnickemail@example.com|
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.
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.
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.
|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|
$150 JN & JD Athletes
$165 JE Athletes
$120 Per Athletes
Maximum Day Gate fees are:
Military discounts are allowed.
The petitioning process is as follows:
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.
Minimally, Individual and All-Around Awards will be presented as outlined by the USAG Rules & Policies.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Region 3 Men’s and Women’s Programs conducts this annual educational seminar, typically in late July.
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.
The Region III Board is made up of the following people.
Region 3 Chairman (1)
State Chairman (6)
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+)
The liaison is a judge who typically is the meet referee. He assists with judging logistics before, during and after the Championships.
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.
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.
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.
The Educational Director assists with educational needs of the Region. He works closely with the Regional Chairman and Region 3 Team Coordinator.
An annual board meeting is always held at the Regional Championships. A second meeting may be conducted at Future Stars or Clinic.
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.
For 2021 the judging pay rate will be $125/session per judge of the Region 3 Championships.
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.