Call for nominations for Programs Council representatives now open! Due Nov. 7
posted on 10/30/2019

USA Gymnastics Acrobatic Gymnastics Program is calling for nominations for the Program Council.

The Programs Council provides feedback from the five competitive disciplines to the Board of Directors. The Board make-up now has a majority of independent directors: eight independent directors; three athlete directors (one each for the disciplines with the highest and second highest athlete memberships; one representing the remaining disciplines, combined); three national membership directors (one each for the programs with the highest and second highest professional memberships; one representing the remaining programs, combined); and one Advisory Council director.

The Council will provide a forum for its representatives to provide input, perspective and guidance on a variety of topics relevant to five programs, including operations, strategic planning, and developing best practices and uniform criteria and guidelines for program administration. The Programs Council will have two representatives from each of the competitive disciplines, and from this group of representatives, the national membership directors for the Board will be chosen. An independent director, appointed by the Board chair, will also be a member (non-voting) of the Program Council. Below is a brief snapshot of the Programs Council’s composition and purpose, election, selection, criteria and timelines. Individuals serving as National Membership Directors on the Interim Board of Directors are eligible to serve on the Programs Council and new Board of Directors.

Programs Council and national membership director selection summary, composition and purpose.

  • Purpose. The Programs Council provides a forum for its representatives to consider and offer perspectives on matters relating to (i) relevant operations and strategic development of USA Gymnastics, and (ii) the development of best practices and uniform criteria and guidelines for program administration that can be adopted by the National Program Committees.
  • Make-up. The Programs Council has 11 members: one Independent director from the Board (non-voting); and two representatives from each competitive program’s professional membership (women’s, men’s, rhythmic, acrobatic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling).
  • Status. Special Committee of USA Gymnastics authorized under its Bylaws.
  • National membership directors. Representatives on the Programs Council are eligible for election as national membership directors on the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors.

Criteria. Two types of criteria are in place to govern the nomination process of the Programs Council.

  • General criteria:
    • Be a current professional member of the respective discipline
    • Meet the criteria, expectations and time commitment outlined in Article 2.4 of the USA Gymnastics Bylaws (Qualifications for Service)
    • Must share USA Gymnastics’ commitment to athlete safety and well-being
    • An individual is ineligible for service as a Director if they have previously served on the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors prior to the seating of the 2018 interim board.
  • Discipline-specific criteria. The Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee established the criteria for its two representatives on the Programs Council, as follows:

    Program Council #1: Individual must be a current USA Gymnastics professional member involved with the acrobatic gymnastics program, and have served in one of the following roles within the current or previous quadrennium: Acrobatics Program Committee, National Elite Committee, National JO Committee, National Technical Committee, Regional Administrative Committee Chair, USA Gymnastics Board of Directors, Standing Committee of the Board of Directors, or Program, Athlete or Advisory Council representative.

    Program Council #2: Individual must be a current USA Gymnastics professional member involved with the acrobatic gymnastics program and currently be working in a USA Gymnastics Member Club. In addition, this individual must have been an active personal coach for a pair/group currently competing and/or previously competed at a junior (12-18 or 13-19) elite or senior elite at USA Gymnastics Championships or another designated national selection event (i.e., Acro Cup, World Team Trials) within the last four (4) years.

If a candidate does not meet the above criteria or no eligible candidates are nominated, the Acrobatics Program Committee may nominate a candidate with demonstrated ability and suitability for the position(s).

This call for nominations will close on November 7, 2019.

  • Eligibility to nominate. Any current Acrobatic Gymnastics professional member is eligible to submit a nomination, and individuals may self-nominate.
  • Nomination submission. Nominations must be submitted to awhite@usagym.org by November 7th and include the following:
    • Name of Nominee/professional membership number
    • Discipline
    • Confirmation the nominee is willing to serve
    • Include nominee’s resume or CV
    • Name/professional membership number for nominating member

After the nomination period is closed, the slate of nominees will be submitted to the USA Gymnastics Nominating and Governance Committee (NGC). Following a vetting process, the NGC will determine a final slate of candidates to stand for election to the Programs Council. Acrobatic Gymnastics professional members will be eligible to vote consistent with the criteria and guidelines established by the Acrobatic Gymnastics Program Committee.

National membership directors selection.
Following the conclusion of the Programs Council elections, the three national membership directors will be determined. The respective National Program Committees for the two programs that have the highest membership counts (currently women and men) will, based on the positions available, determine which of their two Programs Council representatives will be named as a national membership director on the Board. For the remaining three programs (currently rhythmic, acrobatic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling), the respective National Program Committees must nominate one of their two Programs Council representatives to run for election as the combined national membership director on the Board. The six members of the Programs Council who represent the three combined programs will vote to elect the combined national membership director from among the three nominees.

Election timeline: Programs Council and national membership directors

  • Oct 30 - Nov 7 - Call for nominations for Programs Council representatives
  • Nov 8-15 - Vetting of nominees
  • Nov 15-29 - Election of Programs Council by national membership
  • Nov 30 - Programs Council members announced
  • January 1, 2020 - Two newly elected members term begins