USAG Gymnastics (USAG) has the sole and exclusive right to approve, deny and distribute credentials for its events and does so at its discretion.
Media outlets applying for credentials to cover USA Gymnastics events must be in the business of news gathering as its primary source of revenue. Unless otherwise approved by USAG, individuals applying for credentials must be professionally employed full-time by newsgathering organizations.
Media credentials are not intended for those who sell photos or images. Credentials will not be issued to those involved in commercial ventures unless specially approved in advance and written consent is obtained from USA Gymnastics.
For consideration for a media credential, a journalist must:
Written confirmation of credential approval from USA Gymnastics will be sent via email no later than 10 days prior to the start of the event.
USA Gymnastics will not accept a credential application from freelance photographers, writers, or internet reporters without the following
When issuing credentials, priority will be given to:
Credentials for websites staffed by full-time employees who are reporting for news purposes shall be granted pending available space at the venue and meeting the following requirements
USA Gymnastics reserves the right to revoke credentials for unprofessional behavior or conduct.
USA Gymnastics uses credentials with a photo at selected events. Credentials may not be duplicated or reproduced in any manner. Credentials are not transferable. Credentials must be worn at all times.
Media will receive notification of credential approval via e-mail. Receipt of credentials in prior years does not guarantee credentials for future events. Credentials will not be mailed.
Applications and all requested supplementary documentation must be submitted by the established deadlines. Waiving of deadlines is solely at USA Gymnastics’ discretion.
Access to media work areas is restricted to credentialed journalists and photographers covering the event. Except for media staff members, event staff, and others designated by USAG, only athletes and coaches or their representatives participating in news conferences, interviews, or media teleconference calls are allowed in media work zones.
In some venues, access to press row or media seating may be limited due to space. In that case, a priority system will be used to assign seats in press seating. Journalists writing a “game story” on deadline will be given first priority for workspace in press seating. Media working on their outlet’s social media sites and others who are not filing on deadline from the venue may be assigned to the auxiliary press seating area.
Seats in the press section are tabled and have power. Auxiliary press seats consist of seating in the venue near the press tribune with optimal viewing, but no table or power.
Media outlets with more than two journalists may be asked to work from the auxiliary press seating area.
Photography will be permissible only in the designated areas provided that such photography does not interfere with USA Gymnastics and NBC rights, personnel, and the conduct of the event.
Photographers are requested to wear dark clothing. Camera bags are not permitted on the arena floor. Monopods are permitted; no tripods. Photographers may file from press row (space permitting) or the media workroom but not from the field of play.
NBC Sports and USA Gymnastics maintain the exclusive right to broadcast and/or stream USA Gymnastics championship events. Local and non-rights-holding news crews must sign the broadcast guidelines that govern access to each event. They may be allowed the following access with the approval of USA Gymnastics and/or NBC Sports.
Media Day is usually conducted the day prior to the start of the event. This is the only opportunity to interview athletes prior to the competition; the format is not set up for in-depth question-and-answer sessions. At the end of each competition day, athletes are available in an Olympic-style mixed-zone format. Mixed zone interviews are intended for reporters to gather quick, reaction quotes, not for in-depth question and answer sessions. Media wishing to conduct in-depth interviews should contact USA Gymnastics to discuss options for arranging additional interview opportunities outside of competition week.
No credentialed media may take video footage (including digital) without prior approval, with the exception of accredited local TV affiliates.
No personal video cameras or digital video cameras will be permitted. Flash photography, audio, or video or digital video recording of any kind is not permitted.
Any exceptions to the above requirements are at the sole discretion of USA Gymnastics. Application for credentials does not guarantee approval.