INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. ‘ Based on results from the Future Stars Championships, 50 10-, 11- and 12-year-old male gymnasts have been named to the 2005-06 National Future Stars Developmental Team.

The 50 young men hail from 23 states, with nine from Illinois, six from Washington and five from Florida. The team is comprised of the top 18 from both the 10- and 11-year-old divisions of the Future Stars Championships plus the top 14 from the 12-year-old competition. Held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Future Stars Championships celebrated its 10th anniversary.
As a member of the Future Stars National Team, athletes receive apparel, and the top 50 percent of each age division will attend a training camp.
The Future Stars National Championship is the cornerstone of the Future Stars program, USA Gymnastics’ talent identification program for men’s gymnastics that focuses on education and preparation for the future. Participant athletes begin with a regional evaluation. Qualified athletes progress to the Future Stars National Championships, held in conjunction with the Men’s National Coaches Workshop. The National Coaches Workshop provides the opportunity for hands-on development sessions with the athletes and educational sessions for both coaches and parents. This “team” approach of working with athletes, coaches and parents provides positive information to assist the athlete’s proper development and future success. Through the workshop, the participants hear presentations from some of the country’s best coaches in and specialists in the sports science field.
Men’s gymnastics has had a talent identification program since the late 1970s. In 1996 the talent identification and development program, then called the Olympic Development Program, was reorganized and changed to the Future Stars Program. The goal of the Future Stars Program is to identify talented athletes, their coaches and clubs and to provide them with educational and training support. The first year the Future Stars program targeted the 10-11 year-old age group; in 1997 a 12-year-old age group was added; and in 1998 an 8-9 year-old division was included.
The Future Stars program uses a special competitive routine format to evaluate the skill, strength and flexibility development of the athlete. These routines are progressive, developmental and educational in nature. The intent is to identify talented athletes and to get them started on the right developmental path to national and international success. The Future Stars program and routines are also designed to enhance and be complimentary to the age group competition program.



2005 National Future Stars Developmental Team

(Listed by state; indicates hometown and club)

Allan Bower, Chandler, Ariz./Desert Devil Gymnastics (10)

Andrew Botto, Redwood City, Calif./San Mateo Gymnastics (10)
Kevin Wolting, Costa Mesa, Calif./U.S. Gymnastics Training Center (11)

Matthew Jiang, Littleton, Colo./Chatfield Gymnastics (11)

Jordan De La Cruz, Miami , Fla./Universal Gymnastics (10)
Maximilian Mayr, Miami, Fla./Universal Gymnastics (11)
Sean Melton, Orlando, Fla./Orlando Metro Gymnastics (10)
Darrion James Moore, Jacksonville, Fla./Orlando Metro Gymnastics (11)
Taylor Sumagpang, Maitland, Fla./Orlando Metro Gymnastics (12)

Jordan DeClerk, Bloomingdale, Ill./Palmer’s Gymnastics (10)
Matt Foster, Addison, Ill./Premier Gymnastics (10)
Connor Gonzales, Glen Ellyn, Ill./Palmer’s Gymnastics (11)
Craig Hernandez, Libertyville, Ill./Buffalo Grove (12)
Austin Hodges, Lincolnshire, Ill./Buffalo Grove (10)
Matthew Loochtan, Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Buffalo Grove (11)
Rodney Mosley, Gurnee, Ill./Ultimate Gymnastics (11)
Jacoby Rubin, Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove (12)
Brian Thompson, Hinsdale, Ill./Premier Gymnastics (10)

Ellis Mannon, Indianapolis, Ind./Indy School of Gymnastics (12)

Jesse Himmelsbach, Butler, Ky./Queen City Gymnastics (10)

Tate Foley, Napoleonville, La./Jennings Gymnastics (11)

Thomas Goodell, Hopkinton, Mass./Mass Gym Center (12)
Joshua Adam Ungar, Longmeadow, Mass./Tim Daggett Gold Medal Gymnastics (12)

Stacey Ervin, Taylor, Mich./Mills Gymnastics (11)

Austin Epperson, Lakeville, Minn./TAGS South (11)
Tyler Schermann, Lakeville, Minn./TAGS South (11)

Andrew R. Johnsen, Flowood, Miss./Courthouse Gymnastics (10)

New York
Joseph Hodges, Rochester, N.Y./Penev’s Gymnastics (12)
John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y./World Cup Gymnastics (12)

Addison Boschult, Omaha, Neb./Nebraska School of Gymnastics (11)
Andrew S. Zymball, LaVista, Neb./Cahoy’s Training Center (10)

Mitchell Awisus, Reno, Nev./High Sierra Gymnastics (10)

Trevor Howard, Cols, Ohio/Hocking Valley Gymnastics (12)
Corbin McKenzie May, Pickerington, Ohio/Hocking Valley Gymnastics (12)
Aaron Kennith Brooks, Midwest City, Okla./Victory Gymnastics (10)

Nathan Khaw, Portland, Ore./Oregon Gymnastics Academy (10)

Michael Anderson, Macungie, Pa./Parkettes (12)
Ari McEwing, Maple Glen, Pa./Parkettes (10)
Sean Senters, Center Valley, Pa./Parkettes (12)

Sam Greenberg, Austin, Texas/Olympic Hills Gymnastics (10)
Harrison Hewitt, Plano, Texas/WOGA (10)
Joey McFarland, Allen, Texas/WOGA (11)
Emmanuel Monroy, Plano, Texas/WOGA (11)

Zachary Swartz, Vienna, Va./Capital Gymnastics NTC (11)
Kiwan Watts, Richmond, Va./Richmond Regional Men’s Gymnastics (10)
Konner Ackerman, Des Moines, Wash./Black Hills Gymnastics (12)
Jesse Labeda-Sutton, Port Orchard, Wash./Black Hills Gymnastics (11)
Dominic Morris, Olympia, Wash./Black Hills Gymnastics (11)
Spencer Smith, Olympia, Wash./Black Hills Gymnastics (12)