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USAIGC & IAIGC – INTERNATIONAL CLUB OWNERS ASSOCIATION
CHILD SAFETY HAS ALWAYS been USAIGC’s number one priority.USAIGC has a mandatory 100% Employee Background Check on ALL STAFF MEMBERS 18 years and over good for 2 years. Owners & All Staff Names are posted on our website. NEW employees are background checked as hired. "Employees" are defined as ALL Paid and Non-Paid Staff Members,18 years and over working for a Member Club in ANY Capacity. USAIGC Background Checks are signed and notarized by the Club Owner(s). The 100% opposite the Clubs Name on the Club Directory Page means the Club has meet the Background Check requirements. No Club can complete in a Sanctioned Competition until this requirement is satisfied. USAIGC Competition Directors are responsible for verifying all Coaches & Club Owners PRIOR to them stepping out on the Competition Floor. SAFETY STARTS WITH YOUR ENTIRE STAFF.
USAIGC/IAIGC History: Re-established in 2001 with new ideas, new goals and a new direction for our Club Members and Gymnasts. A NEW competitive program was built upon ideas that are relevant in today's Competitive World allowing the USAIGC to go Worldwide. The IAIGC - International Association of Independent Clubs was established. 8 Countries participate in our International Competitive Program following the same Competitive Rules and Philosophy. Our IAIGC & USAIGC International Competitions are open for EVERY Competitive level.
WE are a WORLDWIDE GYMNASTIC CLUB OWNERS ASSOCIATION. Our Optional Only, College Bound International Competitive Program is built upon the NCAA Collegiate Rules that provide our Gymnasts and Coaches with a large variety of progressive optional gymnastic skills. Our Competitive Program is built to provide an environment that fosters and nurtures the attributes of a sound mind, sound body leading to successful healthy and well-rounded gymnasts. Gymnasts Training is built on long-term skill development. We intentionally slow down our gymnasts’ learning curve providing them with the necessary time to develop and perfect gymnastic skills in a safe, logical, progressive manner along with recommended training hours per level. Over-training is the number one reason gymnasts leave our sport. Our Training times provide our gymnasts with ample time for school responsibilities, family activities and an outside life with friends. Life is about experiences and the USAIGC/IAIGC provide positive well-balanced competitive experiences for ALL of our gymnasts.
ORGANIZATIONALLY: USAIGC/IAIGC Membership CLUBS HAVE A VOICE WITH AN OPEN VOTE onall Competitive Rules and Policies brought forth by our membership. One Club. One Vote. We are all equal.
Our Competitive Options prevent Gymnasts’ “frustration” from being stuck in a level. The Gymnasts skill level determines their competitive entry level. Our Gymnasts can start on any Competitive Level their Coach feels is safe. Mobility between competitive levels is decided by the Coach not a score. Our Gymnasts may compete on two consecutive competitive levels: All-Around (their primary level) and Individual Event Specialist on their next level up, on up to 2 events = maximum of 6 routines, OR simply as an Individual Event Specialist performing on one or two apparatus.
5 Competitive Platforms: (a) All Around, (b) Individual Event, (c) Team, (d) Club High School and (e) International open to allCompetitive Levels.
Our Competitive Program develops gymnasts that are a head above their peers. Our gymnasts will develop into strong, intelligent young ladies who are goal oriented, success driven, disciplined, with excellent time management skills. Gymnastics teaches life’s most important skill: dealing with success and failure. It is the process of becoming a gymnast in a healthy competitive environment that develops these outstanding qualities, not scores, not placements nor competitive levels. This is the core philosophy of our Competitive Program.
Our gymnasts will be prepared for tomorrow’s world, making them tomorrow’s leaders!
The Tortoise & The Hare! The average gymnast leaves Gymnastics around 12yrs. old. The USAIGC is changing this statistic with its intelligent long-term training progressions allowing our gymnasts to peak at a later age and finish the race (the Tortoise). The USAIGC/IAIGC does not believe in “home schooling for sport”. Our belief is that the whole child must be developed to be successful in LIFE. The USAIGC/IAIGC believe Short-term satisfaction, at the expense of long-term development and high-level performance does not promote success; it inhibits growth on and off the competition floor.
A Child’s Life is Precious. Their life experiences define who they are and what they become. Children must experience a broad spectrum of life’s experiences and know how to make intelligent decisions. They must be well-rounded, educated women ready to meet the challenges of our changing world. The goal of USAIGC/IAIGC is to nurture our gymnasts and help them prepare for tomorrow’s world. The USAIGC/IAIGC is not an "I" Association. It is a "WE"Association and the "WE" includes our Parents.
College Bound: Education plays a major role in our gymnast’s lives. Parents provide their children with many opportunities to experience and learn from. The USAIGC provides a strong foundation for success in life.
Statistically there are 2-2.5% athletic scholarships available per year. There are 4.5% - 5% Academic Scholarships available per year. To be considered for a Collegiate Scholarship the gymnast must score consistently 9.25 - 9.50+ on two Premier Events. Solid School grades are essential and high scores on College Entrance Exam. The Gymnast must be healthy and injury free. Collegiate Coaches do not care where a gymnast comes from if they fulfill the basic requirements and needs of what that College Coach is looking for. All the Coach needs is a video of the gymnast performing along with her school grades and a brief history of her gymnastics.
This starts the process. Collegiate Coaches look Nationally and Internationally.
USAIGC/IAIGC World Championship: The essence of our World Championship is having our gymnasts compete in a healthy International Competitive environment. It’s not about competition levels, scores or placements. I watch with great pride our gymnasts and coaches from around the world and across America bonding together while competing and supporting one another with cheers and congratulations on outstanding performances. This is what the USAIGC/ IAIGC program fosters. Positive behavior enhances our competitive program and develops well-rounded, healthy gymnasts competing in an intelligent gymnastic program that provides them physical, emotional and social benefits, in a nurturing and happy competitive environment. It is the friendships between gymnasts and coaches that make our World Championship so special. The time shared together with gymnasts from the USA and around the world: competing, singing at Karaoke/DJ Nights and Swimming in the pool and our Coaches working together for every gymnast on the competition floor. At our Social Events we get to know each other while exchanging ideas and planning for our Association’s future.
We have started something special! We will continue to push the competitive envelope and continue to develop a healthy competitive culture that fosters friendship between our gymnasts and a bond of learning between our Coaches and Club owners. Thank you for being part of the USAIGC and IAIGC. Paul Spadaro -President
WHY GYMNASTS/ATHLETES QUIT.
When a gymnast puts away her leotard and club warm-up for the last time and walks away from our sport, as the Coach reflects, would they choose to coach the individual gymnast differently than they presently have? Effective youth coaching is psychiatry and parenting. Each gymnast is unique and have specific needs that sport can bring them. Some coaches fail to fill those needs because they falsely assume they are training the next Elite or Olympic Champion. They fail to see each child beyond that day when their career ends. The USAIGC/IAIGC by design prepares our gymnasts for life beyond sports. We believe a healthy well-rounded competitive program will prepare our gymnasts for tomorrows World. Gymnasts in the right competitive environment will be prepare them to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s world. They will become the leaders, providing our Coaches understand the big picture.
Gymnasts in a healthy Competitive Program will develop a standard of excellence, strong work ethic, believe in themselves, learn to trust others, the value of encouragement, to know they aren’t the center of the universe, to know that success does not come overnight (or in one practice), to lose with dignity, to accept temporary failures without blaming others, and to realize these failures aren’t permanent, to be pushed to their physical limit, time and time again, to love and to be loved, to sacrifice for others, to respect authority and rules, Teamwork/unselfishness, To never give up!
These things still matter when the cheering stops
A SPECIAL LETTER
I am standing on a beam four feet in the air, four inches thick. Girls around me are doing back walkovers and front tucks off the beam without a second thought. But here I am frozen in anticipation of a mere cartwheel. This is not easy—but no one said it would be.
When someone thinks of gymnastics they think of flips and flexibility. They think of tucks and splits and scorpions. A lot of gymnasts are not this flexible. But if someone watched my team stretch at the beginning of a workout, they would see girls who had their splits, or almost had their splits except me. I have gone to practice twice a week every week for six years. And every practice, we stretch. I still do not have a split. I am strong, but I am not flexible. I work hard to increase my flexibility, pushing myself past my limits, but it is not easy. Some kids have natural flexibility; I can’t fall back on my flexibility as a crutch. I must work hard to get every skill. But for me, it is thrilling to master a skill. My lack of flexibility--and the need to work hard and persevere in the face of challenge has helped me in other parts of my life. I compete in track, which comes more easily to me. When I face a personal goal in track, like running a mile in under 6:25, I don’t give up even when I think I can’t go any faster or longer. This, I know comes from gymnastics.
Another thing that is hard for me in gymnastics is the ability to just go for a skill. It took me almost a year to consistently land my cartwheel on the beam. I stuck it easily on the low beam but I struggled on the high beam. I would spend my beam rotation preparing to do a cartwheel. I would tell myself I could do it and to just bring my legs around the top of the beam. But in the middle of the cartwheel, somehow I would doubt myself, and bring my feet down. I still don’t know why I would do this. At first, I thought it was because I was scared of falling and hurting myself. But this was not it. Doesn’t every gymnast feel afraid of hurting herself when attempting a new skill? For me, it was more than that. I think, at that point, I knew I could do a cartwheel if I let myself, but, I had some kind of a mental block where I was afraid of failing or doing something wrong. Because of that, I spent hours dumping cartwheels off the beam. My Coaches finally told me to fall on the other side of the beam. This advice, plus hours of practice, helped me to move beyond my mental block and land my cartwheel. I think I used to be like this in school also. When I could not think of an idea for a writing project that wasn’t “perfect” in my mind. I got stuck and did not experiment with other ideas. But this experience in gymnastics of trying and failing and trying something new and failing in a different way, and then eventually succeeding, helped me to become stronger in my schoolwork as well.
Maybe one of the biggest things I have learned from gymnastics is to know who you are. Even if I am not the kid who will master a new skill every day, or who will get first place on floor or who will get above a 9.0 on beam, I will improve. Although it is hard, I have learned how to notice the little things. Like if I can get my arms in my kip just a bit straighter or complete my beam routine without falling. Sometimes I do get frustrated. I wonder why I can’t do what my coaches want me to do as soon as they want it. But in the end, it always just makes me work harder and makes me feel even better when I achieve something that I have worked hard for. For example, it took me about a month to get my kip. I remember that is all I would do after I finished my conditioning was-kip after kip after kip. It was frustrating but I was able to see the little improvements I was making, like getting my chest closer to the bar or doing a longer glide. Finally, I did get my kip, and it made me feel awesome, but it was the whole process and not just the end point that mattered.
I can’t imagine life without gymnastics. It has shaped who I am and has helped me face challenges that would have been harder without it. I know what it is like to have physical limitations and work past them. I know what it is like to face fear and overcome it. I know what it’s like to work hard every day and be glad for the small successes. Gymnastics is not all of me but it’s part of me. A part I will never let go.
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Parents, the USAIGC/IAIGC, its Member Clubs & Coaches will develop within our healthy competitive environment Gymnasts who will be well rounded, successful, intelligent, goal oriented young ladies prepared to tackle the world of tomorrow. These are the principles I have believed in my whole life. I am very proud to represent our Membership Clubs, Coaches, Gymnasts and Parents.Paul Spadaro President USAIGC/IAIGC
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