Congratulations to the winners of the Regional Administrative Committee Chair elections that took place May 1-15, 2023! These positions will serve from July 1st, 2023 – June 30th, 2027.
Starting July 1, 2023, the following are the new and returning Regional Administrative Committee Chairmen:
Region 1: Evelyn Paradis - returning
Region 2: Sandy Flores - NEW
Region 3: Kim Lauderdale-Stepanek - returning
Region 4: Rick Nelson - returning
Region 5: Tami Schaafsma - NEW
Region 6: Michele Archer - NEW
Region 7: Jen Bortz - returning
Region 8: Michelle Pomerantz – NEW
The Women’s Program at USA Gymnastics would like to thank Marian DeWane, Patrick Jordan, Kathy Ostberg and Deb Kornegay for their time and dedication spent while servicing as their respective Regional Administrative Committee Chairs. We are forever grateful for your support of USA Gymnastics and the Women’s Program!
Our Alabama USA Gymnastics State Administrative Committee for 2023 - 2025 is:
Ben Morrow Jr.
J R Zeringue
The new committee officially takes office on June 1, 2023.
Congratulations to all and a huge thank you to our outgoing committee for all the hard work and sacrifice over the past 2 years!
JamJev Gymnastics was selected by the State Committee as the 2022-2023 Club of the Year. JamJev will be among the eight clubs in contention for the Region 8 Club of the Year award and the National Club of the Year at the DP Nationals in Oklahoma City in May.
The selection is based on performances and contributions at Level 9 and 10 for the season. Some of the criteria are: athletes qualified to Regional and National events, team finishes at Alabama events, and participation and contributions to the DP program.
Congratulations to JamJev and good luck in the Regional Team of the Year selection in May.
The 2023 Alabama USA Gymnastics Optional/Xcel State Championships finished March 26 at the Trustmark Arena on the University of Montevallo campus. The event was hosted by Legacy Gymnastics and was a fantastic weekend despite some bad weather.
The wonderful community of Alabama USA Gymnastics came together in a weekend of community, competition, and celebration during our weekend at the State Championships. Everybody pitched in to help each other and our wonderful athletes to make their State Meet a very special experience!
And for the first time since Alabama USA Gymnastics has been presenting our Team of the Year Awards, we had a sweep of the Optional and Xcel Team of the Year Award! Both titles went to JamJev Gymnastics scoring 23 points in the Optional and 18 points in the Xcel. They will be receiving their banners at our Awards Banquet in May 2023. Congratulations to JamJev Gymnastics and to their athletes and coaches.
Several Alabama USA Gymnastics clubs are looking for coaches and office staff. We have a section on our State website dedicated to these opportunities. There are several new opportunities so check them out by clicking below!
The 2023 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, in conjunction with USA Gymnastics’ annual National Congress and Trade Show, will return to San Jose, Calif., August 24-27.
The annual national championship event for artistic gymnastics in the U.S. will take place at SAP Center at San Jose and will determine the men’s and women’s junior and senior all-around and individual apparatus national champions. The National Congress and Trade Show will run concurrently at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.
“The San Jose area has a longstanding history of partnering with our sport, and we can’t wait to return in 2023 with our season’s marquee event,” said USA Gymnastics President and CEO Li Li Leung. “The U.S. Gymnastics Championships are a prime opportunity for fans to get to know the gymnasts who hope to represent Team USA at the 2024 Paris Olympics, while our annual National Congress and Trade Show brings together thousands of community stakeholders from around the country.”
SAP Center previously hosted U.S. Olympic Team Trials for women in 2016 and men and women in 2012. The San Jose area has also welcomed the 2016 National Congress and Trade Show, 2011 U.S. Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships, 2009 U.S. Trampoline and Tumbling Junior Olympic Championships, 2008 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, 2007 Visa Championships – the equivalent of the current U.S. Gymnastics Championships – and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials for rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics.
“We are excited to welcome back USA Gymnastics and the nation’s gymnastics community for the 2023 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in what promises to be an amazing event showcasing the top gymnastics talent in the United States,” said Jonathan Becher, President of Sharks Sports & Entertainment. “SAP Center at San Jose has a tremendous record of hosting successful, world-class gymnastics events including a sold-out U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials in 2016.”
The U.S. Gymnastics Championships feature the country’s top artistic gymnasts and will take place less than a year before the start of the Paris Olympic Games. Previous winners include Olympic medalists Bart Conner, Paul Hamm, Jonathon Horton and Danell Leyva, among others, on the men’s side, and Simone Biles, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin and Shannon Miller in the women’s division. The U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams will be named following the competition.
The accompanying National Congress and Trade Show provides more than 2,000 attendees access to valuable educational opportunities, including seminars and live demonstrations focused on a range of topics spanning coaching, judging, general business, sports science, fitness and nutrition, athlete safety and more. Meanwhile, the trade show hall is a space where gymnastics professionals can connect with vendors who provide goods and services to the community.
“We are thrilled for our Northern California gymnastics community with USA Gymnastics' decision to host the 2023 U.S. Championships in San Jose,” said John Poch, Executive Director of the San Jose Sports Authority. “Our region loves their Olympic sports as evident from our track record of hosting premier events at SAP Center. We are extremely thankful for our partnerships with Visit San Jose, the San Jose Marriott and SAP Center to bring the championship back to our city.”
Tickets for the U.S. Gymnastics Championships will be available for purchase at a later date. If you are interested in receiving ticketing updates, please sign up here. Registration for the 2023 National Congress and Trade Show is now open. Visit usagymcongress.com and usgymchampionships.com for additional details, including hotel information for Congress attendees.
Three State Teams competed for Alabama in last weekend's 2023 Region 8 Level 6/7/8 Championships in Greensboro, NC. The Level 7 and Level 8 State Teams both finished 5th in their competitions against the other seven states from Region 8. Our Level 6 State Team finished 7th in the Level 6 State Team session.
Congratulation to our Alabama State Teams - we are very proud of you!
See complete team results by clicking the link below.
Dear Region 8 Family,
One of our own needs help! When someone in the the gymnastics community is in need, our hope is that we can ALL step up to lend a hand. The Gymnastics Unlimited folks are a wonderful group! Let’s come together!
Please do what you can at:
Thanks a lot!
The Region 8 Committee
Four gymnasts from Alabama qualified to the DP Nationals in Oklahoma City in May and Alabama had an alternate qualifier as well.
Alabama's National Qualifiers are:
Madison Boston from Legacy Gymnastics
Julianne Huff from JamJev Gymnastics
Presley Williams from Mountain Brook Gymnastics
Lana Mast from Legacy Gymnastics is a Wildcard Qualifiers on Bars.
And Chandler Sims from Trussville Academy of Gymnastics was the first alternate in her age group.
Congratulations to all these athletes and we wish them well in Oklahoma City!
Alabama is sending six athletes to the Level 9 Eastern Championships in Kissimmee, FL in May. These gymnasts qualified this past weekend at the Region 8 Level 9/10 Championships in Palmetto, FL.
Alabama will be represented by:
Avery Aaron-Brush from Mountain Brook
Kate Jones from Mountain Brook
Karlin Kirk from Mountain Brook
Sarah Serrano from Alabama Starz
Anniston Towe from Mountain Brook
Mary Vines from JamJev Gymnastics
We wish all of our Level 9 athletes the best of luck in the Eastern Championships.
The 2023 Easterns hotel booking link is now LIVE!
An update on 2024 Easterns and Westerns bids… USA Gymnastics has received multiple from the West side, but no one from the East side. The deadline for bids to be received has been extended until February 15th, so please provide the below information to your communities so that we can have a competitive bid process to help us deliver the very best experience for these athletes.
2024 Easterns / Westerns Intent to Bid: https://usagym.org/PDFs/Women/development/24eastwestbid.pdf
For the first time since Alabama USA Gymnastics has been presenting our Team of the Year Awards, we had a tie! Both the NSG Saltos and Vision Gymnastics scored 16 points in the Compulsory Team of the Year results and both will be receiving their banners at our Awards Banquet in May 2023.
Congratulations to both teams and to all our clubs and athletes for a great Compulsory season.
Alabama State Committee Chair