USA Gymnastics introduces virtual event sanctions
posted on 10/22/2020

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., October 22, 2020 – Today, USA Gymnastics announced multiple ways to hold competitive gymnastics events for the 2020-21 season, including virtual event sanctions and a free platform for hosting virtual meets:

  • USA Gymnastics continues to sanction live, in-person events, subject to local regulations. For the 2020-21 season USA Gymnastics has already issued approximately 1,100 event sanctions to date.
  • USA Gymnastics is now providing sanctions for virtual events on a number of different platforms, including Zoom, Skype and Google Meet, ensuring that even more athletes are able to compete despite complications created by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • For the 2020-21 season, USA Gymnastics will also be providing members free access to the Flyp10 virtual meet platform, which is integrated with USA Gymnastics’ Meet Reservation system. Using Flyp10, participants will be able to upload HD-quality recordings of their real-time performances for immediate scoring by judges and keep track of rolling scores and placement throughout the meet.

“We understand how important competition is to our athletes and member clubs,” said Stefanie Korepin, USA Gymnastics Chief Programs Officer. “Virtual event sanctions will provide gymnasts across the country the opportunity to compete and receive feedback from official USAG judges, even if in-person events are not feasible in their area. While this may not be a traditional competition season, it can still be a meaningful one, and we’re excited to provide this service for our community.”

Athletes of all levels across all disciplines will be able to compete through sanctioned virtual events, and gymnasts will also be able to use their scores from sanctioned virtual events for level mobility.

To help meet directors facilitate virtual competitions, USA Gymnastics has created Virtual Playbooks for each discipline:

USA Gymnastics-sanctioned virtual and in-person events should always follow local public health guidelines and restrictions and are governed by USA Gymnastics’ discipline-specific Rules and Policies, judging criteria, and Safe Sport Policy. While meet directors have the flexibility to use a number of platforms to host virtual meets, it is important to note that the process of sharing of live video and recordings must comply with USAG’s Safe Sport Policy.