Member Club Legislative Advocacy Network
A National Legislative Advocacy Program for Member Clubs (Member Club Legislative Advocacy, MCLA) provides basic tools and a timeline for building awareness of the gymnastics community and its economic, social and business impact in your city and state.

This program will provide the information and tools for a pro-active effort for gymnastics clubs and the community to be recognized as an influential part of the business and social fabric of the area. Building this awareness is important so that the gymnastics community will be equipped to make a case regarding the impact that local and state legislation may have on these business and provide the mechanism to influence the legislation to eliminate or minimize the impact on gymnastics.

Many states in the U.S. have already proposed and/or passed legislation or policies that have affected gymnastics, and all of the efforts have been reactive. This program will equip our community to be proactive and address such issues before it becomes law.

What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is a political process by an individual or group which aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions.

What is Legislation?
Legislation is law which has been promulgated by a legislature or other governing body or the process of making it. Before an item of legislation becomes law it may be known as a bill, and may be broadly referred to as "legislation", while it remains under consideration to distinguish it from other business.

Legislation can have many purposes: to regulate, to authorize, to proscribe, to provide (funds), to sanction, to grant, to declare or to restrict. It may be contrasted with a non-legislative act, which is adopted by an executive or administrative body under the authority of a legislative act or for implementing a legislative act.

USA Gymnastics has four goals for MCLA
  • Hire an expert and law firm to monitor legislation across the country.
  • Educate our National, Regional and State Chairs and Member Clubs and alert them is something comes up
  • Build a tool kit for advocacy to be proactive
  • Become a network for clubs

* Introduction to the MCLA program by John Valancia
* Building Relationships with Local Community Leaders by Mike Williams




MCLA Tool Kit

Protocol on reporting a legislative issue - Document and scan all related items and send to Advocacy@usagym.org and copy your regional and state chair.


State Fact Sheets

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