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Program Overview by Steve Butcher. Artistic Gymnastics Competitive and Recreational. My Background. Current FIG MTC President Current Pan American Gymnastics Union VP Current USA Gymnastics Men’s Program Committee member- all athlete selection

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program overview by steve butcher

Program Overview by Steve Butcher

Artistic Gymnastics

Competitive and Recreational

my background
My Background
  • Current FIG MTC President
  • Current Pan American Gymnastics Union VP
  • Current USA Gymnastics Men’s Program Committee member- all athlete selection
  • Current Sr. Director of Operations- Varsity Inc., owners of 15+ gyms with gymnastics & cheerleading in the USA, runs a competition with 3,000+
  • Former PAGU MTC President 2003-2011
  • FIG Brevet Judge for 7 cycles
  • USA Men’s National Team Coach 1991-2006
  • Coach of 1996 Olympian John Macready
  • Private gymnastics school owner 6 ½ years
  • Former national level gymnast
  • University degree in business management & physical education
overview
Overview
  • USA Gymnastics Competitive Program
  • Scoring System
  • Current Competitive Program Numbers
  • USA Elite Program
  • Competitive Program Numbers History
  • Sanctioned Competitions
  • University & High School Systems
  • Recreational & Preschool Gymnastics
  • Why Gymnastics?
  • MAG Gymnast Life
  • USA Gymnastics University
  • Summer Camps
competitive program chart
Competitive Program Chart

Levels are the Junior Olympic Program

scoring
Scoring
  • USA WAG Levels (Junior Olympic Program) uses the 10.0 system
  • Never changed system
  • USA University WAG program uses 10.0 scoring
  • USA MAG Levels (Junior Olympic Program) uses the FIG system
  • Changed for better spectator understanding
  • USA University MAG program uses FIG scoring
current competitive program s
Current Competitive Program #’s

2012-2013

  • 102,295 gymnasts
  • 29,229 coach/judges
  • 131,524 total participants
  • 4,000+ competitions
  • & 3,000+ gym schools
growth since 1980
Growth since 1980

Competitive Program

elite program
Elite Program
  • Twenty years ago 2-3 private gyms or universities (MAG/WAG) in the USA provided most top gymnasts
  • Things started changing 15 years ago
  • Federation emphasized gymnasts stay at home
  • Many foreign coaches in the USA have raised level
  • Training Camps and development of coaches
  • MAG camps 5 times a year
  • WAG more frequent & check by Marta before any major competition for readiness
  • No centralized training required, but possible for MAG (over age 18)
competitions
Competitions
  • 4,000+ sanctioned by federation each year
  • May be held by any gymnastics school
  • USA Gymnastics covers insurance for a small fee
  • 6-10 months out of the year judges working a lot
  • My company owns 15 gyms and hosts many competitions, one invitational with 3,000+ gymnasts, every January
  • These large invitationals are enjoyed by parents, coaches, gymnasts, and judges. Less stress than state, regional, and national competitions

*Not including high school and university competitions

university system
University System
  • Return on investment
  • Scholarships
  • WAG more than 1,000 gymnasts each year with full tuition, room & board, plus expenses
  • MAG more than 100 each year with full tuition, room & board, plus expenses
  • Many scholarships are worth $250,000 US to a family (1,530,250 RMB)
university system1
University System
  • High quality education at private or public universities
  • Most gymnastics teams have the highest average grades of sports at their school
  • The best WAG university teams get 15,000 spectators for all competitions
  • Some entry advantage for top gymnasts
  • No false advancement or grading for these gymnasts at the universities
high school system
High School System
  • Represent school is most important aspect
  • Good local media coverage
  • Very little chance for a university scholarship and no chance to make the USA Team
  • Competitive form of recreational gymnastics
  • USA Gymnastics will soon govern MAG
recreational gymnastics
Recreational Gymnastics
  • Numbers are approximately 10x that of the competitive gymnasts, meaning more than 1 million participants nationally
  • Approximately 1 million children take gymnastics classes each year
  • Parents choose for their child to enter gymnastics
  • Most go just one day a week for 1 hour
  • Preschool Gymnastics (ages 2-5)

Very popular!

why gymnastics
Why Gymnastics?
  • It’s fun!
  • Develops strength
  • Develops flexibility
  • Develops coordination
  • Teaches listening skills
  • Gains self-esteem and confidence
  • Provides social interaction with peers
  • Teaches goal setting
  • Develops cognitive abilities to help in the classroom
  • Develops skills to enhance other sports
  • Also, relatively safe at low levels

Marketing to Parents

mag gymnast life to olympics
MAG Gymnast Life to Olympics

USA

Butcher baby

  • Age 3 Parent Child Class 45 minutes each week
  • Ages 4-5 Recreational Class (Levels 1-2) 1 hour each week
  • Age 6 Pre-Team Selection (Level 3) 3 hours each week
  • Ages 7-9 Competition (Levels 4-5) 6-9 hours each week
  • Ages 10-12 Competition (Levels 6-8) 10-15 hours each week
  • Ages 13-17 Competition (Levels 9-10) 15-22 hours each week
  • Ages 18-21 University & Elite Competition 20-25 hours each week
  • Ages 22-30 Elite & Olympic Competition 20-25 hours each week

Note: this is rare- most gymnasts never advance past Level 6

They use their experience to help in other sports and throughout life

usa gymnastics university
USA Gymnastics University
  • Online courses
  • Safety education for all coaches & judges
  • Technical education for all coaches & judges
  • Required safety and entry level coaching course required to coach at any competition
  • Note: every member coach and judge must pass background check
  • Various levels can be achieved through education
  • Maximum is National Coach- requiring courses + experience
summer camps
Summer Camps
  • Fun
  • Friendship
  • Learning
  • Inspirational
  • 6 hours of gym per day
  • Many games
  • Many activities
  • Many contests
  • Olympians
thank you
Thank You

Gymnastics- The Foundation for All Sports