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2022 Group Open Call
Nov. 15-18, 2022 - Lake Placid, N.Y.
Objective
The purpose of the Group Open Call is to select gymnasts to participate in 2-3 Group training camps in 2023 with the goal of developing a squad of athletes able and motivated to develop as gymnasts in the areas of collective work, Exchanges, Collaborations, synchronization, the ability to react and adapt quickly in a team dynamic, and team communication skills. The focus of these camps will be Group work with the apparatus for the 2024-2028 Olympic cycle.

A Group athlete selection committee will select up to 24 gymnasts based on criteria; this number may be increased based on the number and readiness of the participants.



Group overview
Competing as a Rhythmic Group at the elite level requires physical preparation, body and apparatus technique and coordination (e.g, tossing accurately to a partner and immediately receiving an apparatus from another partner; throwing multiple apparatus in the same or different directions), and the ability to work effectively as a team.
  • Physical preparation/elite-level fitness: the strength and endurance to deliver repeated high intensity performances over the length of an international event in difficult climatic conditions while remaining healthy.
  • Correct body and apparatus technique: the pathway to reach a technical execution standard commensurate with the leading groups at the world level
  • Effective teamwork at the elite level develops over time throughout daily training and competing as a unit and looks like:
    1. A selfless attitude toward teammates both on and off the carpet
    2. An ability to prioritizes the team needs for success over one's own personal desires
    3. A growth mindset: open to new ideas
    4. An ability to train with optimism and adaptability
    5. Self-motivation and self-discipline: the level and intensity of world-class rhythmic gymnastics requires only oneself to motivate one's daily training and competition preparation
    6. A consistent work ethic in training
    7. An acceptance of personal responsibility
    8. Resilience: An ability to:
      • think and react quickly under pressure
      • Cope with and bounce back from the "lows" of international experiences by focusing on how to improve
      • Learn from previous experiences through self-reflection


Open Call 2022
During the two-day Open Call, gymnasts will have the opportunity to work in various Group relationships in order to toss and catch the apparatus in partnership(s)*, move together as a small group in order to adapt to other's movements, and work in a group setting in order to observe communication and reactions to new information.

*balls, ribbons, hoops/clubs

Gymnasts will demonstrate BD such as but not limited to: turning split leap, penche balance, fouetté pivot (passe and/or horizontal leg).

During the 2 days, the selection committee will observe:
  • Body technique
  • Apparatus technique especially tossing the apparatus
  • Group work: adaptability, reaction to new information, communication within a small group


Age
Gymnasts born in 2009 or earlier

*A gymnast born in 2010 who is currently training in an FIG JR or Advanced DVP Group may participate with consent from the Vice President of the Rhythmic Program



Location
U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center: Lake Placid, NY



Participation
Gymnasts may attend with a coach and all will be housed in the USOPTC

Gymnasts who attend without a coach must travel to/from Lake Placid with an adult and will be under the supervision of the Rhythmic Program staff on-site:
VP Rhythmic Program (Caroline Hunt), Rhythmic Program Manager (Kaitlin Baker), Camp Staff/chaperone (Anna Loescher)

This event is self-funded (travel and stay at the USOPTC)



Staff
The camp will be held under the direction of USA Gymnastics Rhythmic Program and will be lead by the current Head Coach of the SR Group National Team (Margarita Mamzina) together with members of the Group Athlete Selection Committee (To Be Named by USA Gymnastics).



Schedule
November 15: Arrivals
November 16-17: Training
November 18: Departures (except for National Team members remaining in Lake Placid for the National Camp immediately after).



Membership Requirements
Athletes: current membership for 2022-2023 season
Coaches: current membership for 2022-2023 season with all requirements



Waiver Forms
This Athlete Participation Agreement must be filled out and returned to kbaker@usagym.org by November 1st or each participating athlete.

Also, both athletes and any participating coaches must submit the National Team Training Center waiver form. This form will be emailed out directly from the OTC prior to the event. It will come from an "assuresign" email address.

***If you have already submitted a waiver this year, you will not need to do this again



Travel
Airport: Albany or Montreal

For participants requesting transportation, travel itineraries are due by November 1 via this form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FtsUPXeczonK5BpPZMlH0eTyyh2FzI-JG8dUY3KNEyU/edit?usp=sharing - Due November 1st



Arrival and Departure
Flights must meet the below criteria to be eligible for OTC transportation:
November 15 (by 4:00 pm)
November 18 (12:00 pm or later)

***Please note: participants arriving much earlier than 4:00pm or departing much later than 12:00pm may need to wait at the Albany/Montreal airport for several hours.

Note: USA Gymnastics is not responsible for delayed flights that cause participants to arrive after shuttle departure times (minor delays will be accommodated; delays more than 30 minutes will not). Full responsibility for the participants' transportation to/from camp falls on the parents/club in the case they miss transportation.



Registration
Register through the "Meet Reservation System" on the USA Gym website. You need to login to the website first.

There are two steps to registration:
Step 1: Online Registration/Payment
Step 2: Submission of athlete participation agreement, and travel information via the official form if requesting transportation



Accommodation and meals
$90/night/person (USOPTC daily rate) for 3 nights



Transportation
Coaches/Athletes requesting transportation between the Albany or Montreal Airport and OTC should use group processing to register for "2022 Open Call Transportation".

The OTC will do their best to accommodate flights that meet the guidelines below.

Note: USA Gymnastics is not responsible for delayed flights that cause participants to arrive after shuttle departure times (minor delays will be accommodated; delays more than 30 minutes will not). Full responsibility for the participants' transportation to/from camp falls on the parents/club in the case they miss transportation.



Registration Deadline
Tuesday November 1st– Online registration and submission, submission of travel information (if applicable).



Refunds
50% refunds will be provided only in the case of illness/injury verified by a doctor's note.



What to Bring
  • Water bottle
  • Hoop, Ball, Clubs, Ribbon
  • Participants will receive a tank top from USA Gymnastics