2009 Junior Olympic National Invitational Tournament

Held in conjunction with the Jr. Olympic National Championships

Competitors:

Dates:
    May 16 - Training Day - 8:00 10:30 am
    May 17 - Competition Day (4 sessions: 8:55, 12:10, 3:10 & 6:40)

Site:
    Puyallup Fair Showplex
    110 9th Avenue SW
    Puyallup, WA 98371

Schedule:
    The J.O. NIT schedule has been revised. Click here for the schedule. - Updated 5/15/09

Who's invited?
    Gymnasts ranked 8th, 9th, and 10th All-Around in each of the 8 age divisions at the Level 10 Regional Championships qualify (provided they achieve a minimum AA of 34.00), plus any Regional Individual Event champions who did not qualify to JO Nationals or the JO-NIT in the AA will qualify on that event.

What is the JO-NIT?
    Only 448 athletes out of the almost 1500 Level 10's competing at the State Championships level have the opportunity to qualify to the Jr. Olympic National Championships. The JO-NIT was developed to allow an additional 192 athletes an opportunity to compete at the National level.

    In many of the larger populated regions, the 8-10th ranked gymnasts achieve very high AA scores but are not able to qualify to JO Nationals. Sometimes an excellent athlete has made uncharacteristic mistakes at the Regional Championships and doesn't qualify to Nationals. This new competition will allow these excellent athletes another chance to participate on the National level.

    For the athletes who are in High School and aspiring to earn a college scholarship, this competition will also provide them with an opportunity to perform their routines for the NCAA coaches who will already be in attendance for JO Nationals.

How does this work? I'm an alternate to JO Nationals & a qualifier to the JO-NIT?
    Athletes ranking #8-10 at Regionals are considered the 1st 3rd alternates for their age division and region for JO Nationals. Most regions encourage their alternates to attend the competition in the event that an injury occurs last minute to one of the Regional Team members. Now those athletes who have invested in the travel to the National competition will definitely have an opportunity to compete in the JO-NIT if they are not needed to replace an injured athlete from their region.

How do I enter the JO-NIT?
    Your name will be placed on the JO Nationals entry list as an alternate. No entry fee is paid to the JO Nationals meet host. If you wish to enter the JO-NIT competition, your club must enter you online as a club entry. The entry fee is the same as JO Nationals - $100. If you are called in to compete in JO Nationals, your entry fee will be automatically forwarded to the JO Nationals Meet host, Auburn Gymnastics.

    The link to the JO-NIT club registration is: http://www2.usa-gymnastics.org/membership/club-group-processing.html

Alternates for the JO-NIT:
    Athletes ranked 11-12th will be named as alternates to the JO-NIT. If any of the JO-NIT qualifiers needs to replace a JO National qualifier, we will call upon the next athlete in line to compete at the JO-NIT.

Questions??