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Professional Member Q&A

Q: What are the benefits of becoming a Professional Member?
A: The main benefit of becoming a Professional Member is the ability to coach, judge or participate on the floor at any USA Gymnastics sanctioned event. Professional members also receive discounts on educational courses and events, subscriptions to both the USA Gymnastics and Technique magazine publications and more. For more details regarding Professional membership click here.

Q: What are the requirements to become a Professional Member?
A: All Professional Members must complete the USA Gymnastics Safety/Risk Management Certification Program as well as the background check requirement.

Q: I am interested in becoming a Professional member. How do I get started?
A: The first step is to apply for the membership. Once the membership has been processed you will be emailed your member number and password which will allow you to complete the safety course and the background check requirements. Please Note: Your membership will be kept in a pending status until the requirements for membership have been completed.

Q: What does it mean for my membership to be in a pending status?
A: Pending status means that not all of the requirements for that membership have been completed. Therefore, while a Professional member is in pending status they are unable to participate in any USA Gymnastics sanctioned event, or receive any other benefits. Once the requirements have been fulfilled the member will begin to receive benefits.

Q: I am a Professional member, but I would also like to start competing. Do I also have to register as an athlete?
A: Yes, the professional membership will not allow you to compete in any USA Gymnastics sanctioned event. You will need to complete an athlete registration in order to eligible for competition. Please Note: both memberships will use the same member number.

Q: I am currently a Women’s Professional Member and would like to add the Men’s discipline to my membership. What steps to do I take to add the extra discipline.
A: Please call Member Services at 1-800-345-4719 and request that the discipline be added. The cost for additional disciplines is $15.

Q: I need to become a Professional Member, but I am not sure what discipline I participate in?
A: Please use the guide below to help decide which discipline you require. Please note that Professional Membership comes with one discipline type. There is a $15 fee for each additional discipline.

Q: When do I have to renew my Professional Membership?
A: Professional Membership is valid for 1 year. The safety/risk management certification is valid for 4 years and background check is valid for 2 years. Please note: each requirement may not expire at the time your membership expires each year. It is your responsibility to maintain current safety certification and valid background check.

Q: How do I order technical materials, rule books, compulsory materials, educational books, videos and other items?
A: All technical materials, rule books, educational materials and books, and videos produced by USA Gymnastics are available for purchase through our online store. Browse the online store using the category links in the left column. Rules, specifications, codes of points, compulsory materials, videos, and other materials are available for each USA Gymnastics discipline (i.e. Women, Men, Rhythmic, Trampoline and Tumbling, Acrobatics, and General Gymnastics). Other materials such as the Safety/Risk Management Certification handbook, preschool and recreational materials, general sports science books, safety posters, videos and other items can be found under the General Education link. To order, use the online shopping cart or call 1-800-345- 4719 and select option #1.

Q: How do I receive my member discount on technical materials?
A: Professional, Junior Professional, and Instructor members receive a 5% discount on all technical material orders through the online store. In order to receive this discount, you must call 1-800-345-4719, select option #1 and speak with an order fulfillment representative. They will add your membership information and discount to your account. For future orders, you may order through the online store or by calling and your discount should still be reflected in your record and automatically applied.

Please feel free to contact Member Services for any other question or concerns.

USA Gymnastics Member Services Department
Phone Hours: Monday 12:30pm-5:30pm eastern standard time
Tuesday – Friday 8:30am-5:30pm eastern standard time
1-800-345-4719 toll free
membership@usa-gymnastics.org

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