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2007 LEVEL 9 EASTERN/WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS

  1. QUALIFICATION PROCEDURES
    1. The Jr. Olympic Program Manager will determine the number of qualifiers from each of the four regions by the following process;
      1. After State Meets are conducted, the total number of athletes qualified per age division to the Regional meets (with a minimum score of 34.00 AA) is determined.
      2. Each Region's percentage is determined by dividing the number of athletes per age division from each Region by the total number of gymnasts qualified per age division from all four regions combined.
      3. The Regional percentage will be multiplied by forty-eight (48), which is the total number of athletes qualifying per age division, to determine the number of athletes that will qualify per region per age division.
      4. Any gymnast ranked high enough in her region to be included in the Region's allotted number of qualifiers to East/West Championships must also score a minimum of 34.00 AA to be eligible to compete.
      5. If any region's allotment in any age division is less than 6, that region will still be guaranteed to qualify six (6) gymnasts in order to field a Regional Team, provided that all six athletes scored a minimum of 34.00 AA.
    1. The top six (6) All-Around gymnasts in each of the eight age divisions from each of the four Regional Championships will compete as Regional Team members at the Eastern (Regions 5-8) or Western (Regions 1-4) Championships, provided that they achieve a minimum of 34.00 AA.
      1. If there is a tie for 6th place, the tie-breaker system will be used to determine which athlete will compete as a member of the Regional Team. The gymnast who loses the tie-breaker will compete as an individual competitor.
      2. If a region cannot fill six (6) spots for their Regional Team in any specific age division (either from an insufficient number of athletes competing in the regional meet or lack of athletes scoring a 34.00 AA), the vacant spot(s) will be filled by an individual qualifier(s) in the same age division from one of the other three regions.
        1. The individual qualifier with the lowest qualifying score from any of the other three regions will be considered first to fill the vacant spot in the Regional Team squad, provided her club has no other athletes in the individual competition. This additional athlete will compete as an individual only.
      3. The four squads of Regional Teams will compete in the second flight, using a random draw for starting event.
        1. If a region fills at least 4 of the six Regional Team spots, that region will compete as a Regional Team in that age division. The added athletes from other regions in that squad will compete as individuals.
        2. If a region has less than 4 qualifiers in any one age division, the squad of six is to be filled according to the procedures stated above in B2, but the squad will not be considered for team score; all of the gymnasts in that squad will compete as individuals only.
    1. All additional athletes who qualify per region per age division, based on the percentage described above in A, will compete as individual competitors, provided they scored a minimum of 34.00 AA.
      1. Any gymnasts who tie for the last qualifying place at Level 9 Regionals will qualify to compete as individuals at the respective Eastern or Western Championships.
      2. If a region does not have enough athletes who scored a 34.00AA to fill their allotted spots, the vacant individual spot(s) will be filled in rank order by the highest-scoring alternate(s) from the other three regions.
      3. The individual competitors compete in the first flight and will be divided into four squads by random draw, first by region, then by club, so that all athletes from the same club will be in the same squad. All gymnasts from the same region will be drawn into the same squad (or two squads if the region is allotted more than 6 additional athletes).
        1. The maximum number of squads that a club could have gymnasts assigned to would be two (2); one or more Regional Team member(s) in Flight 2 and one or more individual athlete(s) in Flight 1.
    1. The RTCC, RACC, and RJOCC will be notified of the number of qualifiers for their region approximately one week prior to the Regional meet.
      1. This information will also be posted on the USAG web site (www.usa-gymnatics.org) under the Women's Program.

  1. INJURY/ILLNESS REPLACEMENTS
    1. If an athlete on the Regional Team is unable to compete due to illness or injury, she will be replaced by the 7th place athlete from the same region and age division, up to the start of competition on the first event for each flight.
      1. If the 7th place athlete is already qualified as an individual competitor, she will replace the injured Regional Team member and her original spot in the individual squad will be filled by the alternate from her region and age division.
      2. If the 7th place athlete from that region did not score a 34.00 AA (or there were no more athletes from that region in that age division), the individual qualifier who has the lowest qualifying score from any of the other three regions will be considered first to fill the vacant spot on the Regional Team squad, provided that her club has no other athletes in the individual competition. This additional athlete will compete as an individual only.
    1. If an individual competitor is unable to compete due to illness or injury, the alternate gymnast from her region and age division will replace her. Replacement will be allowed up to the start of competition on the first event for each flight; however, the alternate must take the position and squad of the injured athlete.
    1. If an injury/illness occurs within 48 hours of the start of competition, the first alternate will be contacted. If she is not present at the meet and is unable to participate, the second alternate, if in attendance at the meet, may be called upon to fill the empty spot for her region. If the second alternate is not present at the meet site, there will be no replacement.

  1. AWARDS AND APPAREL
    1. Team scores for each age division will be determined by the top four (4) scores per event.
    1. Awards
      1. All six members of the top two (2) Regional Teams will receive team plaques.
      2. All six members of the 3rd and 4th place team will receive certificates.
    1. An overall Regional Team score will be determined by the following method:
    2. 1st place team 4 pts.
    3. 2nd place team 3 pts.
    4. 3rd place team 2 pts.
    5. 4th place team 1 pt.
    6. The overall team champions will be announced following the Senior D competition on Sunday.
    1. All gymnasts competing (individuals and regional team members) will receive a complimentary competition warm-up uniform from the Jr. Olympic National apparel supplier, GK Elite Sportswear. GK will also provide all gymnasts with a sleeveless leotard to be worn in the competition, compliments of the USAG Regional accounts. Each region will be designated by a specific color.
      1. The first alternate from each region will receive the competitive apparel. Apparel will be distributed at the competition for those in attendance. The remaining apparel will be sent to the alternates following the competition either by the Regional Administrative Chairman, Regional JO Committee Chairman, or by the National office.