December 2010 Member Services E-Newsletter
posted on 12/03/2010

Issue: #30 Dec. 3, 2010

Thanks for your service, Kathy!

On behalf of USA Gymnastics, I would like to thank Kathy Feldmann for her outstanding commitment and service to the sport of gymnastics and our organization. Kathy has been a part of our USA Gymnastics family since 1975 and has served as an educator, judge, coach, club owner, and administrator. As a result, she has brought an incredible level of knowledge and experience to her role as Vice President of Member Services. The National Trade Show and Congress has grown significantly under her guidance and educational opportunities for USA Gymnastics members have expanded. During her tenure, the Member Services Division has provided a high level of customer service and Kathy has provided important leadership in a variety of areas.

Kathy's contributions have benefited the sport of gymnastics and the organization. She will officially retire on December 31, 2010.

Please join me in wishing Kathy and her husband Gordy all the best as they begin their next adventure together.

Steve Penny
President and CEO, USA Gymnastics



Preschool Fundamentals Course

The Preschool Fundamentals Course has two parts. The Part 1 online course focuses Child development theory in the context of gymnastics movement education. Part 1 is not required prior to Part 2, but is highly recommended. Part 2 is a great hands on follow-up to the theory course, with course instructors demonstrating practical examples of many of the concepts taught in Part 1.

Interested in hosting an educational course at your gym? For more information on hosting a workshop at your club, contact the Educational Services Division or contact a National Instructor in your area.

Below is information you will need to know as a potential host club:

  • Your gym will receive one complimentary registration for each workshop you host, with a minimum of 10 paid participants. If you are a Member Club, you will receive two complimentary registrations.
  • USA Gymnastics must receive at least a minimum of 8 paid registrations in order to conduct the Preschool Fundamentals Hands-on-Training Course. We need your help in promoting the course.
  • Please make sure that the lecture area is away from loud noises or distractions!
  • You will be responsible for transporting the instructor to and from the airport, hotel and workshop, if necessary.
  • All attendees must pre-register with USA Gymnastics at least two weeks prior to the workshop, including those participants who might get complimentary registrations. Just send in their registration with "Free for Host Gym" written in the payment section. Minimum age is 15.

Why should you take the Preschool Fundamentals Course?

  • Enhance the status and credibility of your preschool gymnastics program
  • Update and enhance your knowledge in the area of preschool gymnastics
  • Ensure you are providing appropriate instruction regarding preschool gymnastics and movement education
  • Learn new techniques and get many new ideas for themes, group activities, warm-ups, stations, age-appropriate activities and more
  • Gain an opportunity to network among colleagues and with the course instructors

Preschool Fundamental Course

New Standard of Care Policy

Check out USA Gymnastics Technical Store!

Perfect holiday gift for your gym club!

Don't Delay: Begin your Club Background Check today!


Safety/Risk Management Certification Course 2010:

19 - Menlo Park, Calif.

Click on the course title for more information on how to register for the courses.


Happy Holidays from USA Gymnastics!

The USA Gymnastics' Member Services Department would like to wish all of our members a very happy holiday season.

USA Gymnastics' corporate offices will be closed from December 23 until January 2. Our offices will re-open on Monday, January 3.

Member Services
800.345.4719 (phone)
317.692.5212 (fax)

Club Services
317.829.5620 (phone)

As a reminder, the Member Services Online Registration system will be available and accessible throughout the office closure. Should you need to check membership status, print club rosters, register/renew memberships, register a sanctioned event, or register and complete educational courses you will be able to do so online.

Please note: credit card transactions placed online will not officially post until 24-72 business hours after the office re-opens. So don't forget to print your receipt should you need to provide proof of payment to a meet director.

New Standard of Care Policy

Thinking ahead to the new year? Join USA Gymnastics in adapting to the new Standard of Care policy. Ensure your gym club is adhering to the guidelines outlined below:

  • Members of USA Gymnastics should ensure that the best interest of the athlete is followed.
  • Ensure that you fully understand the Participant Welfare policy
  • Zero tolerance: no gymnastics professional or club should tolerate sexual abuse.
  • Remember to check your legal counsel regarding reporting obligations as many states require a report of alleged abuse.
  • Conduct background and reference checks on ALL members of your staff.
  • Work to eliminate private situations that may make sexual abuse possible.
  • Keep an updated copy of the permanently ineligible professional members list within USA Gymnastics. For more information, click here.
Check out USA Gymnastics Technical Store!

Chapter 6 of the USA Gymnastics Risk Management Safety Handbook, 2009 Edition covers many topics that pertain to risk management. The Handbook is available for purchase at the USA Gymnastics Technical Store.

Perfect holiday gift for your gym club!

Through the month of December, you have the opportunity to purchase inserts from our 2010 national advertising campaign which premiered in the September issue of Parents magazine! Previously only available in bundles of 1,000, you can now purchase 250 inserts for $189, shipping included. Contact club services at to order or call 317-829-5620!

Don't Delay: Begin your Club Background Check today!

USA Gymnastics clubs have the ability to complete the NCSI background check screening program in their clubs at the same discounted rate that is offered to USA Gymnastics.

For more information on starting a background check program in your club please click the following links provided, or contact NCSI at 866-833-7100 or by email at

Don't forget to mention discount code USAG-10 to ensure you receive the special negotiated USA Gymnastics club pricing.


NCAA Sessions Are NOT Covered by the USA Gymnastics Sanction
Meet Directors please note, if you are hosting a meet that intends to include a NCAA session, the NCAA session will NOT be covered by the USA Gymnastics sanction insurance coverage.

Join USA Gymnastics in promoting our New Member Club website! This resource is helpful for parents who are looking for a gym club in their area. Also on our new website, you will see our most recent grassroots marketing campaign. Visit today!



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