Region 8 Congress

June 7-9
The Westin Atlanta Gwinnett
6450 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Duluth, Georgia 30096
4:00 - 9:00pm
4:00 - 9:00pm
Jasper DEFG
Add-On Course: R103 School Age: Hands-On Training
Region 8 Thursday Recreational
Presenter(s): Sandi McGee
Session Summary

Join us for an evening of fun and professional development! With an emphasis on safety, individual development, fitness and fun, instructors of recreational gymnasts will learn age-appropriate skills, drills and progressions on the vault, bars, beam, floor & trampoline Information about lesson planning, class management, warm-ups and games will be provided, along with hands-on spotting practice.
Pre-Registration Required. Click Here to Register!

5:30 - 8:30pm
5:30 - 8:30pm
Jasper Ballroom Foyer
Region 8 Congress Registration
Region 8 Thursday
7:15am - 4:30pm
7:15am - 4:30pm
Jasper Ballroom Foyer
Region 8 Congress Registration
Region 8 Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
8:00am - 5:00pm
Jasper DEFG
Region 8 Exhibit Hall
Region 8 Friday, Saturday
Session Summary

Visit the Region 8 Exhibit Hall to chat with vendors and check out the latest products and services in the industry, including equipment, apparel, technology and more!

8:30 - 9:30am
8:30 - 9:30am
Amethyst III
Beam is NOT Boring!
Region 8 Friday Recreational
Presenter(s): Linda Thorberg
8:30 - 9:30am
Topaz
Establishing and Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries with Athletes
Region 8 Friday Business
Presenter(s): Shelba Waldron
Session Summary

This workshop focuses on the vital aspect of boundary-setting in the coach-athlete relationship. Delving into the nuances of ethical and professional conduct, this session will explore practical strategies for establishing healthy boundaries, navigating challenging situations, and fostering a culture of respect and trust.

8:30 - 9:30am
Jasper DEFG
Find Your Shine! Choreography and Routine Construction
Region 8 Friday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Claudia Kretschmer
8:30 - 9:30am
Amethyst II
The Confidence Code: Inspiring Fierce Certainty in Your Athletes
Region 8 Friday Athlete Wellness
Presenter(s): Dr. Alison Arnold, Ph.D.
Session Summary

A heartening and insightful session that delves into the critical role coaches play in shaping the confidence of gymnasts. This presentation emphasizes how a coach’s support and approach can be the key to unlocking an athlete’s belief in their own abilities. It’s not just about perfecting routines; it’s about instilling a lifelong sense of self-assurance. With a blend of engaging stories, accessible psychological principles, and practical techniques, coaches are equipped to foster an environment where athletes grow in confidence, both in gymnastics and in life.

8:30 - 9:30am
Jasper ABC
Women’s Development Program Update
Region 8 Friday Women
9:45 - 10:45am
9:45 - 10:45am
Jasper ABC
Back to Basics: Are We Evaluating Basic Skills Consistently?
Region 8 Friday Women Technical
Session Summary

Is it possible we overlook errors on basic skills in our desire to identify and evaluate the higher value parts correctly?  Let’s find out as we have some friendly “BASE-IC” competition.

9:45 - 10:45am
Amethyst I
Conditioning
Region 8 Friday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Brad Harris
9:45 - 10:45am
Amethyst III
Dynamic Duo Delights: 101 Ideas for Parent-Child Gymnastics Bonding
Region 8 Friday Recreational
Presenter(s): Brant Lutska
9:45 - 10:45am
Jasper DEFG
Hands-On Spotting: Recreational Skills on Vault, Bars, Beam & Floor
Region 8 Friday Live
Presenter(s): Sandi McGee
Session Summary

Get hands-on spotting practice on a variety of recreational-level skills on vault, bars, beam and floor.
Vault: basic vaulting skills.
Uneven Bars: Pullovers, Back Hip Circles, Swings and Regrips, Squat-Ons.
Balance Beam: Handstands, Cartwheels.
Floor: Cartwheels, Back Walkovers, Front Walkovers, Backward Rolls, Handstands, Back Handsprings.
Space in this session is limited! Reserve your spot by signing up at the Congress registration desk beginning Thursday at 5:30p.m.
Session attendees aged 18+ must be U110 SafeSport Trained to participate in hands on spotting activities.

9:45 - 10:45am
Amethyst II
Injury Prevention
Region 8 Friday Athlete Wellness
9:45 - 10:45am
Topaz
ManageSmart & MarketSmart
Region 8 Friday Business
Presenter(s): Frank Sahlein
11:15am - 12:15pm
11:15am - 12:15pm
Amethyst III
Flips, Twirls and Mighty Movements: Mastering Motor Skills Magic in Gymnastics Classes
Region 8 Friday Recreational
Presenter(s): Brant Lutska
11:15am - 12:15pm
Jasper DEFG
Flyaways and Level 5-7 Dismounts
Region 8 Friday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Taylor McClendon
11:15am - 12:15pm
Amethyst II
Hands-On Taping
Region 8 Friday Athlete Wellness
Presenter(s): David Kloehs M.Ed, ATC
11:15am - 12:15pm
Jasper ABC
Just OK is Not OK
Region 8 Friday Women Technical
Presenter(s): Cookie Batsche
Session Summary

This session provides an overview of actions related to performance, preparation, and professionalism as a judge. In addition to reviewing some best practices, it’s guaranteed to give you a laugh or two!

11:15am - 12:15pm
Topaz
PeopleSmart & TechSmart
Region 8 Friday Business
Presenter(s): Frank Sahlein
11:15am - 12:15pm
Amethyst I
Playing Catch-Up: How to Meet Your Athletes Wherever They Are
Region 8 Friday Athlete Wellness
Presenter(s): Allye Gibbons
12:45 - 1:30pm
12:45 - 1:30pm
Jasper ABC
Lunch & Learn: Tips to Help You Prepare for 2026 Judges Testing
Region 8 Friday Women Technical
Session Summary

Hungry for knowledge? Bring your lunch and continue your professional growth at this informative Lunch & Learn session presented by Deb Kornegay.  Meal not provided. Please bring your own lunch.

1:30 - 2:30pm
1:30 - 2:30pm
Amethyst II
Creating Successful Xcel Routines
Region 8 Friday Women Coaching
1:30 - 2:30pm
Jasper ABC
Dance Technique: Evaluating Dance Skills
Region 8 Friday Women Technical
Session Summary

The beauty of dance skills; looking at amplitude, split, completion and designated position.

1:30 - 2:30pm
Jasper DEFG
Hands-On Spotting: Uneven Bars: Kips. Floor: Front and Back Handsprings
Region 8 Friday Live
Presenter(s): Gerson Ramirez
Session Summary

Hands on Spotting Practice:
Uneven Bars: Kips
Floor: Front Handsprings, Back Handsprings, and Roundoff – Back Handspring – Back Handspring
Space in this session is limited! Reserve your spot by signing up at the Congress registration desk beginning Thursday at 5:30p.m.
Session attendees aged 18+ must be U110 SafeSport Trained to participate in hands on spotting activities.

1:30 - 2:30pm
Topaz
Leadership for Gymnastics Leaders Who Hate Leadership Topics
Region 8 Friday Business
Presenter(s): Lynn Ledford
Session Summary

We’ve all learned about the time-proven qualities of great leaders – vision, courage, creativity, competence – over and over. In this lecture, we are going to talk about leadership qualities specific to gymnastics clubs. And it’s going to be fun! We’re going to talk about how to lead a diverse staff, with lots of teenagers, because that is our reality. And how to manage time when you don’t have time to manage time. Also our reality. And as we are sorting the Lost and Found, how to determine what deserves our focus – and what does not. Most of all, how to be impactful leaders. We have a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many people. Join us as we talk about how.

1:30 - 2:30pm
Amethyst III
Minimal or No Spotting with Skill Deconstruction
Region 8 Friday Recreational
Presenter(s): Sandi McGee
1:30 - 2:30pm
Amethyst I
Tumbling Basics
Region 8 Friday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Ludmilla Shobe
2:45 - 3:45pm
2:45 - 3:45pm
Amethyst I
Back Giants and Front Giants
Region 8 Friday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Jason Vonk
2:45 - 3:45pm
Topaz
Collaborating With Parents
Region 8 Friday Business
Presenter(s): Shelba Waldron
Session Summary

This workshop focuses on enhancing the coach-parent relationship. Discover practical strategies for effective communication, navigating challenges, and fostering a supportive environment for athletes. Topics include boundary setting, managing expectations, and understanding the parent perspective.

2:45 - 3:45pm
Jasper DEFG
Hands-On Spotting: Clear Hip Circles, Round-off-BHS-BHS
Region 8 Friday Live
Presenter(s): Gerson Ramirez
Session Summary

Hands on Spotting Practice
Uneven Bars: Clear Hip Circles
Floor: Roundoff-Back Handspring-Back Handspring
Space in this session is limited! Reserve your spot by signing up at the Congress registration desk beginning Thursday at 5:30p.m.
Session attendees aged 18+ must be U110 SafeSport Trained to participate in hands on spotting activities.

2:45 - 3:45pm
Amethyst III
Inclusive & Adaptive Recreational and Pre-Team: Skills and Class Accommodations
Region 8 Friday Recreational
Presenter(s): Jill Bosack
2:45 - 3:45pm
Amethyst II
Setbacks & Comebacks: Mental Tools and Techniques for WHEN, Not IF
Region 8 Friday Athlete Wellness
Presenter(s): Dr. Alison Arnold, Ph.D.
Session Summary

A practical and insightful look into the inevitable challenges gymnasts face and how they can overcome them. This session acknowledges that fears and setbacks are a natural part of any athletic journey, especially in high-stakes sports like gymnastics. Coaches will explore various tools, strategies, and techniques to help athletes not only cope with setbacks but also use them as catalysts for comebacks. The presentation combines real-world examples, theory, and hands-on approaches to equip coaches with the knowledge to guide their athletes through tough times and help them emerge stronger and more resilient.

2:45 - 3:45pm
Jasper ABC
XCELlent Bar Judging: Looking for the “Gold”
Region 8 Friday Women Technical
Session Summary

Judging criteria for Xcel UB routines through skill analysis.

4:00 - 5:00pm
4:00 - 5:00pm
Amethyst II
Balks and Blocks: Simple Tooks to Beat the Fear Beast
Region 8 Friday Athlete Wellness
Presenter(s): Dr. Alison Arnold, Ph.D.
Session Summary

Every coach gets frustrated with mental blocks and we know the athletes and parents get upset as well! This presentation will teach coaches the practical tools they need to work with athletes experiencing mental blocks. It will teach a SYSTEM of tools to help with these athletes, examine where blocks originate, and give them practical tools to help re-wire stuck neural pathways so their athletes can complete the skills. When coaches have a system to work with blocks, they’ll be less frustrated and more compassionate with their athletes.

4:00 - 5:00pm
Jasper DEFG
Breaking Down 3 Beam Skills Beginning to End: Back Handspring, Front Handspring, and Back Tuck
Region 8 Friday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Claudia Kretschmer
4:00 - 5:00pm
Topaz
Class Management and Lesson Planning
Region 8 Friday Recreational
Presenter(s): Sandi McGee
Session Summary

In this session, geared toward instructors and program directors, we will discuss ways to deal with difficult behaviors while maintaining a peaceful and positive atmosphere. Formulate a plan that works for your gym and streamlines gym management.

4:00 - 5:00pm
Amethyst III
What’s In Your Back Pocket? Worthwhile Activities For Those Extra Minutes at the End of Class
Region 8 Friday Recreational
Presenter(s): Linda Thorberg
Session Summary

Coaches often have a few minutes left in class and need to fill them with appropriate and worthwhile activities. Here are many ideas to keep them busy with fun and developmentally appropriate things.

4:00 - 5:00pm
Jasper ABC
Women’s Xcel Program Update
Region 8 Friday Women
5:00 - 5:30pm
5:00 - 5:30pm
Jasper ABC
NCAA Rules Update
Region 8 Friday Women Technical
7:00 - 9:00pm
7:00 - 9:00pm
Amethyst Salon
2024 Region 8 Banquet
Region 8 Friday
Session Summary

Celebrate a great season at the 2024 Region 8 Banquet. Tickets are $75 per person and a plated dinner will be served. Click here to purchase your tickets.

7:45am - 4:30pm
7:45am - 4:30pm
Jasper Ballroom Foyer
Region 8 Congress Registration
Region 8 Saturday
8:00 - 8:30am
8:00 - 8:30am
Jasper DEFG
Morning Stretch
Region 8 Saturday Live
Presenter(s): Sarah Rhino
Session Summary

Rise and Shine! Begin the day with a rejuventating morning stretch session led by Sarah Rhino.  Awaken your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for an invigorating day of learning and professional growth!

8:00am - 5:00pm
8:00am - 5:00pm
Jasper DEFG
Region 8 Exhibit Hall
Region 8 Friday, Saturday
Session Summary

Visit the Region 8 Exhibit Hall to chat with vendors and check out the latest products and services in the industry, including equipment, apparel, technology and more!

8:30 - 9:30am
8:30 - 9:30am
Amethyst III
50 Ways to Give a High Five! How to Encourage Your Gymnast
Region 8 Saturday Recreational
Presenter(s): Brant Lutska Laura Casino
Session Summary

Let’s explore alternatives to a basic “Good job!”and create a positive environment with your gymnasts.

8:30 - 9:30am
Jasper ABC
All About Time: Spring Forward or Fall Back
Region 8 Saturday Women Technical
Session Summary

Test your knowledge of skills, rules, and procedures related to time.  Conducted in a game format, see if you can make your way around a 24 hour clock and get to midnight to win!

8:30 - 9:30am
Topaz
Balancing Acts: Creating and Communicating Policies
Region 8 Saturday Business
Presenter(s): Shelba Waldron
Session Summary

Learn to craft and effectively communicate policies that ensure safety, performance, and athlete well-being. Gain hands-on strategies for developing and sharing policies to streamline your gymnastics program’s operations. This workshop will delve into essential SafeSport and personnel policies, with a special emphasis on crafting and communicating policies tailored for parents and athletes.

8:30 - 9:30am
Amethyst II
Common Injuries in Gymnastics: Identification, Treatment, and Return to Sport After Injury
Region 8 Saturday Athlete Wellness
Presenter(s): Dr. Torrance Laury M.D.
8:30 - 9:30am
Jasper DEFG
Stylization vs. Text: Balance Beam Levels 3-5
Region 8 Saturday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Tom Koll
Session Summary

In this presentation, Tom Koll will review the present DP compulsory Levels 3-5 routines for Beam.  He will discuss the difference between an arm placed in the wrong position vs. it just being a difference of style.  This presentation is geared for both coaches and judges.  It is a hands-on experience with the audience encouraged to show “how they do it.”

8:30 - 9:30am
Amethyst I
The Front Handspring Vault
Region 8 Saturday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Brad Harris
9:45 - 10:45am
9:45 - 10:45am
Amethyst III
Basics on Bars for Preschool
Region 8 Saturday Recreational
Presenter(s): Linda Thorberg
9:45 - 10:45am
Jasper DEFG
Hands-On Spotting: Flyaways, Beam Acro Skills and Connections
Region 8 Saturday Live
Presenter(s): Gerson Ramirez
Session Summary

Hands on Spotting Practice
Uneven Bars: Flyaways
Balance Beam: Acro Skills and Connections: Back Walkovers, Back Handsprings, Layout Stepouts
Space in this session is limited! Reserve your spot by signing up at the Congress registration desk beginning Thursday at 5:30p.m.
Session attendees aged 18+ must be U110 SafeSport Trained to participate in hands on spotting activities.

9:45 - 10:45am
Amethyst II
Principles of Injury Prevention in Gymnastics
Region 8 Saturday Athlete Wellness
Presenter(s): Dr. Torrance Laury M.D.
9:45 - 10:45am
Topaz
Retention Strategies 2024
Region 8 Saturday Business
Presenter(s): Lynn Ledford
Session Summary

This discussion will start with some interesting and some unsettling facts and statistics about retention. It’s part fun, and part shock therapy. Once we are all reeling, we will focus on FIXES. Little, big, easy, hard, f-i-x-e-s. We’ll talk about programming solutions, scheduling ideas, training strategies, pricing strategies, seasonal influences, communication tactics and other ideas to improve retention, stop the churn, increase enrollment and build profit.

9:45 - 10:45am
Amethyst I
Undestanding Why I Don’t Always Get the Correction I’m Asking For
Region 8 Saturday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Tom Koll
Session Summary

This session is designed for coaches and teachers; however, anyone is welcome.  This session will take you through the steps of what you as a coach can ask yourself when you are struggling with getting corrections from your athletes.  In the lecture, tools will be provided to assist the coach / teacher work better with their athletes.

9:45 - 10:45am
Jasper ABC
With the Greatest of E’s
Region 8 Saturday Women Technical
Presenter(s): Brad Harris Cookie Batsche
Session Summary

This session will focus on E value parts and the C/D skills leading up to these elements on bars, beam, and floor. The presentation will be made from a coach and judging perspective. Come fly through the air with us!

11:15am - 12:15pm
11:15am - 12:15pm
Amethyst I
Beam: Conquering Fears with No More Tears
Region 8 Saturday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Tom Koll
Session Summary

This session is geared toward beam coaches.  It deals with a plan of working with progressions as well as a system to help teach beam skills in a positive way.

11:15am - 12:15pm
Topaz
Creative Grass Roots Marketing
Region 8 Saturday Business
Presenter(s): Lynn Ledford
Session Summary

Let’s step off the PLATFORMS and away from the QR Codes for a quick minute and remember all of the other IMPORTANT marketing strategies we can use to grow our enrollment and our brand. In this discussion we will share cost-effective ideas about capturing drive-by leads, creating effective in-house marketing campaigns, converting party guests, hosting special events, writing compelling class descriptions, designing in-house posters, designing custom certificates, creating an amazing Summer brochure, offering fun contests, creating parent surveys, and more!

11:15am - 12:15pm
Jasper DEFG
Hands-On Spotting: Clear Hip Circles, Round-off, BH, Back Tuck and Beyond
Region 8 Saturday Live
Presenter(s): Gerson Ramirez
Session Summary

Hands on Spotting Practice
Uneven Bars: Clear Hip Circles
Floor: Roundoff-BHS-Back Tuck, Layout, Twisting; Front Tucks; Standing Back Tucks; Aerials
Space in this session is limited! Reserve your spot by signing up at the Congress registration desk beginning Thursday at 5:30p.m.
Session attendees aged 18+ must be U110 SafeSport Trained to participate in hands on spotting activities.

11:15am - 12:15pm
Jasper ABC
Level 9 Challenges
Region 8 Saturday Women Technical
Presenter(s): Gayli Craver
Session Summary

An interactive refresher on Level 9 special requirements, composition, and use of the D Value Part followed by some application examples. Topics covered include understanding of the Level 9 Special Requirements; understanding of Level 9 Composition; understanding of the Level 9 Value Parts, specifically D value parts; and understanding of how to apply the Level 9 Rules on UB, BB, and FX.

11:15am - 12:15pm
Amethyst III
Tiny Tumblers Triumph: Mastering Gymnastics Class Management for Little Gymnasts
Region 8 Saturday Recreational
Presenter(s): Brant Lutska
11:15am - 12:15pm
Amethyst II
Yurchenko Vaults: From Preparation Through Flipping
Region 8 Saturday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Jason Vonk
Session Summary

Prepare your gymnasts to do yurchenko vaults with confidence.

12:15 - 1:00pm
12:15 - 1:00pm
Amethyst I
Georgia Open Meeting
Region 8 Saturday
Session Summary

All attendees from the state of Georgia are welcome to attend the Georgia Open Meeting.

12:45 - 1:30pm
12:45 - 1:30pm
Amethyst II
Lunch & Learn: Navigating the NAWGJ Website
Region 8 Saturday Women Technical
Session Summary

The learning doesn’t have to stop! Bring your lunch and feed both body and mind while learning to navigate the NAWGJ websites with Brenda Eberhardt.  Meal not provided. Please bring your own lunch.

1:30 - 2:30pm
1:30 - 2:30pm
Amethyst III
Beginner Basics: One Piece at a Time
Region 8 Saturday Recreational
Presenter(s): Jackie Latino
Session Summary

This session concentrates on basics and creating good, lasting foundations. We will take a look at basic skills and how to break them down into creative stations to add fun, foundational reinforcement.

1:30 - 2:30pm
Topaz
Dealing Positively with your Staff
Region 8 Saturday Business
Presenter(s): Tom Koll
Session Summary

This session is geared toward owners/directors/employees.  It deals with working as a cohesive staff.  From hiring the employees to hanging onto the good ones, this session will go over the “abc’s “of staffing.

1:30 - 2:30pm
Jasper DEFG
Hands-On Spotting: Flyaways and Yurchenko Training
Region 8 Saturday Live
Presenter(s): Gerson Ramirez
Session Summary

Hands on Spotting Practice
Uneven Bars: Flyaways
Vault: Yurchenko Drills & Skills
Space in this session is limited! Reserve your spot by signing up at the Congress registration desk beginning Thursday at 5:30p.m.
Session attendees aged 18+ must be U110 SafeSport Trained to participate in hands on spotting activities.

1:30 - 2:30pm
Jasper ABC
How High is High Enough? Beginner to Advanced Level UB & BB Dismounts
Region 8 Saturday Women Technical
Session Summary

Focus on the amplitude of dismounts on UB and BB from A to E! Evaluate a range of dismounts and discuss minimum to maximum deductions.

1:30 - 2:30pm
Amethyst II
Leaps, Jumps and Turns
Region 8 Saturday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Claudia Kretschmer
1:30 - 2:30pm
Amethyst I
Optional Training Questions Answered: Q & A Session
Region 8 Saturday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Ludmilla Shobe
Session Summary

Bring your questions and receive answers about training optional-level gymnasts.

2:45 - 3:45pm
2:45 - 3:45pm
Jasper ABC
Compulsory Beam Levels 1-5: Looking at the “Throughout” Deductions
Region 8 Saturday Women Technical
Presenter(s): Nichole Otterson Tom Koll
Session Summary

How to properly apply deductions on text, posture, footwork, rhythm, artistry and dynamics.

2:45 - 3:45pm
Topaz
FinanceSmart
Region 8 Saturday Business
Presenter(s): Frank Sahlein
2:45 - 3:45pm
Jasper DEFG
Hands-On Spotting: Low Bar Giants, Floor Tumbling
Region 8 Saturday Live
Presenter(s): Gerson Ramirez
Session Summary

Hands on Spotting Practice
Uneven Bars: Low Bar Giants
Floor: Roundoff-BHS-Back Tuck, Layout, Twisting; Front Tucks; Standing Back Tucks; Aerials
Space in this session is limited! Reserve your spot by signing up at the Congress registration desk beginning Thursday at 5:30p.m.
Session attendees aged 18+ must be U110 SafeSport Trained to participate in hands on spotting activities.

2:45 - 3:45pm
Amethyst III
Recreational Beam: Beyond the Straight and Narrow
Region 8 Saturday Recreational
Presenter(s): Sandi McGee
Session Summary

Many children quit gymnastics because of BEAM, even though it’s a small portion of their time in the gym. In this session, we’ll focus on ways to make beam everything but boring, and the most fun they’ll be having in class!

2:45 - 3:45pm
Amethyst I
Two-Salto Passes
Region 8 Saturday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Jason Vonk
Session Summary

Help your gymnasts learn the fundamentals of all two-salto passes and build toward big bonus combos.

2:45 - 3:45pm
Amethyst II
Xcel Mysteries & Uh-Ohs
Region 8 Saturday Women Technical
Presenter(s): Gayli Craver
4:00 - 5:00pm
4:00 - 5:00pm
Amethyst II
Beam Complexes and Drills That Lead to Skills
Region 8 Saturday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Ludmilla Shobe
4:00 - 5:00pm
Topaz
FacilitySmart & RiskSmart
Region 8 Saturday Business
Presenter(s): Frank Sahlein
4:00 - 5:00pm
Jasper ABC
Non-Salto Vaulting: Xcel and Development Programs
Region 8 Saturday Women Technical
Session Summary

Let’s take a look at those twists!

4:00 - 5:00pm
Amethyst III
Stations, Stations, Stations!
Region 8 Saturday Recreational
Presenter(s): Jackie Latino
Session Summary

A breakdown of skills into stations for vault, bars, beam and floor. This session will give coaches a better understanding of how to break down skills and ideas for lots of side stations.

4:00 - 5:00pm
Jasper DEFG
Stylization vs. Text: Floor Levels 3-5
Region 8 Saturday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Tom Koll
Session Summary

In this presentation, Tom Koll will review the present DP compulsory Levesl 3-5 routines for Floor.  He will discuss the difference between an arm placed in the wrong position vs. it just being a difference of style.  This presentation is geared for both coaches and judges.  It is a hands-on experience with the audience encouraged to show “how they do it.”

4:00 - 5:00pm
Amethyst I
Uneven Bars: Compulsory Levels 3-5
Region 8 Saturday Women Coaching
6:00 - 8:30pm
6:00 - 8:30pm
Jasper DEFG
Inclusive Gymnastics: Working with Students with Different Abilities
Region 8 Saturday
Session Summary

This workshop is designed to equip gymnastics instructors and coaches with the knowledge and skills necessary to create inclusive environments for students with different abilities. From recognizing and understanding various abilities to implementing effective lesson plans and organizational strategies, participants will gain valuable insights and practical techniques to enhance their coaching practices. Presented by Cindy Bickman.
Free, Walk-In Course – No Registration Required! Click Here for More Details!

5:15 - 7:00pm
5:15 - 7:00pm
Jasper ABC
Women’s Level 8/9/10 Judging Practical Exams
Region 8 Saturday Women Technical
Session Summary

To view and/or to register online for currently scheduled in-person Practical exam sessions/locations, click here.

8:00 - 10:00am
8:00 - 10:00am
Jasper Ballroom Foyer
Region 8 Congress Registration
Region 8 Sunday
8:30am - 12:00pm
8:30am - 12:00pm
Jasper DEFG
Region 8 Exhibit Hall
Region 8 Sunday
Session Summary

Visit the Region 8 Exhibit Hall to chat with vendors and check out the latest products and services in the industry, including equipment, apparel, technology and more!

8:30 - 9:30am
8:30 - 9:30am
Jasper ABC
Bar Releases: Xcel through Level 10
Region 8 Sunday Women Technical
Session Summary

Expectations and comparison of various UB release moves.

8:30 - 9:30am
Amethyst III
Fueling the Gymnast
Region 8 Sunday Athlete Wellness
8:30 - 9:30am
Amethyst II
Handling Conflict
Region 8 Sunday Business
Presenter(s): Jason Vonk
8:30 - 9:30am
Amethyst I
The Mechanics of Front Tumbling: From Front Handspring to Front Layout
Region 8 Sunday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Taylor McClendon
8:30 - 9:30am
Jasper DEFG
The Power of Play: Fun Warm-Ups for Classes!
Region 8 Sunday Recreational
Presenter(s): Tanaya Williams
9:45 - 10:45am
9:45 - 10:45am
Jasper DEFG
Basics Before The Basics
Region 8 Sunday Recreational
Presenter(s): Michelle Kocan
Session Summary

This lecture focuses on the important skills we may forget on the way to getting bigger skills.

9:45 - 10:45am
Amethyst II
How to Go From 250 Students to 1,000!
Region 8 Sunday Business
Presenter(s): Sarah Rhino
Session Summary

Tools and strategies for thinking outside the box to increase your enrollment and grow your business.

9:45 - 10:45am
Amethyst III
Make Practices FUN!
Region 8 Sunday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Pam Kitchen
9:45 - 10:45am
Amethyst I
Unlocking Potential: Overcoming Mental Blocks in Gymnastics
Region 8 Sunday Athlete Wellness
Presenter(s): Christina Callaway
Session Summary

This presentation will delve into common mental blocks gymnasts face and provide strategies to overcome them. Drawing from the concepts from my book, “The Lost Skill Syndrome,” the session will explore how coaches can identify their athlete’s unique mental barriers and work through them to enhance their performance.

9:45 - 10:45am
Jasper ABC
What a Puzzle! Navigating Difficult Judging Scenarios on Vault, Bars, Beam and Floor
Region 8 Sunday Women Technical
Session Summary

Guiding judges through the process of evalauting a broken routine or unusual circumstance.

11:00am - 12:00pm
11:00am - 12:00pm
Amethyst I
High Level Tumbling
Region 8 Sunday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Jason Vonk
11:00am - 12:00pm
Amethyst III
How to Properly Prepare and Plan for a Season With Conditioning
Region 8 Sunday Women Coaching
Presenter(s): Jesse Rappaport
Session Summary

The fundamentals of peaking athletes while reducing injuries.

11:00am - 12:00pm
Amethyst II
How to Set Boundaries and Achieve the Personal Best for Your Staff
Region 8 Sunday Business
Presenter(s): Sarah Rhino
Session Summary

Get the most from your team! A positive and psychological appproach to motivating your coaches by creating an environment that people want to be a part of.

11:00am - 12:00pm
Jasper ABC
Presentation Skill
Region 8 Sunday Women Technical
Presenter(s): Cookie Batsche
Session Summary

Join this session to build your repertoire of skills for preparing virtual and in-person clinics.  Lessons learned will be shared with participants based on four years of online clinics as well as 30 years as a clinician.

11:00am - 12:00pm
Jasper DEFG
The Back Handspring Machine!
Region 8 Sunday Recreational
Presenter(s): Tanaya Williams
Session Summary

Everyone wants to learn this popular skill! We will show you an easy set-up for your tumbling classes that will help your students feel and fix their corrections in each phase of the skill. We will also talk about the most common mistakes, and how to fix them.