2016 USA Gymnastics Special Olympics Championships

WHEN: April 30, 2016
WHERE: Cobb County Gymnastics Center - 542 Fairground St. SE, Marietta, Georgia 30060
WHAT: An open gymnastics competition for athletes with disabilities and unified partners.
HOSTS: Chattooga Gymnastics, Special Olympics Georgia, and
Cobb County Special Olympics Gymnastics Team
EVENTS: Rhythmic Gymnastics (Individual, Group, Unified)
Artistic Gymnastics (Men, Women, Unified)
Team Gym
COMPETITION DIRECTOR: Cindy Bickman - cbickman@earthlink.net
SANCTIONED BY: USA Gymnastics and Special Olympics North America
REQUIREMENTS: All TeamGym, HUGS Women’s Artistic, and Rhythmic competitors must have a current USA Gymnastics introductory or full athlete membership. Special Olympics Men’s and Women’s Artistic competitors must have a current medical and release on file with their Program office (local/state/provincial/national). Unified partners are required to have the same membership/documentation, as their special needs partner. Coaches for Special Olympics disciplines must submit a signed confirmation letter from the program office with each entry. Coaches with athletes competing in Team Gym and HUGS events must have a USA Gymnastics Professional Membership.
COMPETITION EVENT FORMAT:
  • RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS – All competitors will follow USA Gymnastics HUGS Rhythmic Xpress rules. Athletes will compete 3 individual routines of choice and may also compete in 1 or 2 Group routines. On the entry form, please designate whether the gymnast will do the old or new compulsory routines. Unified is offered for all levels of individual and group.
  • WOMEN’S ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS – Athletes have 2 choices for competition: Special Olympics & USA Gymnastics HUGS. Rules for competition & awards will follow either Special Olympics or HUGS guidelines. Coaches should enter athletes on the appropriate Entry Form for either SO or HUGS. Separate sessions will be run for each. Unified is offered for all levels.
  • MEN’S ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS - Will follow Special Olympics rules for competition & awards.
  • TEAM GYM – Follows USA Gymnastics rules for competition and awards.
  • GALA – At the end of the competition on Saturday, April 30, all teams are invited to perform an exhibition routine in the Gala (3 minute maximum).
ENTRIES: Entry forms are available by clicking here
  • Athletes may enter two of the three disciplines (Rhythmic, Artistic, Team Gym)
  • Entry fee: $50 for one discipline, $75 for two disciplines
  • Entry deadline: April 1, 2016
NON-US CITIZEN COMPETITORS AND COACHES – Please complete the Foreign Athletes, Coaches and Judges form and return with your meet entry form. All fees will be waived.
BANQUET: A banquet and dance will be held Saturday evening at no cost to competing athletes and their coaches. Additional banquet tickets may be purchased for $16.00. An RSVP form for the banquet will be sent with your entry confirmation.
T-SHIRTS: T-shirts may be purchased for $20 (pre-orders only). Please send orders with your entry form. Athletes & coaches will receive a surprise gift instead of a t-shirt this year!
HOST HOTEL: National Travel Systems can assist booking the host hotel at a discounted group rate.
Click here to make reservations.

Hampton Inn Marietta
455 Franklin Road
Marietta, GA 30067
TRANSPORTATION: You will need to rent a car or organize you own travel arrangements if you are flying into the Atlanta airport.

For more information contact Cindy Bickman at cbickman@earthlink.net