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8-10 Regional Training Camp

Posted: 08.21.2008

The schedule is now available for the Level 8-10 Regional Team Training Camp being held at ACE Gymnastics in Longwood, FL October 3-5, 2008. You can also view the schedule on our new calendar page.   VIEW   DOWNLOAD

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Elite Results

Posted: 06.30.2008

Olympic Trials

The following Region 8 athletes qualified to Olympic Trials:

Jana Bieger Biegers International Coconut Grove, FL
Olivia Courtney Orlando Metro Orlando, FL
Shayla Worley Orlando Metro Orlando, FL

Olivia finished 10th All Around after the two day competition.  Jana and Shayla were selected to the Olympic Selection Training Camp.  Selection of the Olympic Team will be 7/20/2008.

The following athletes qualified to Visa Championships June 5-7, 2008

Senior National Team Members
Jana Bieger Bieger International Gymnastics Coconut Creek, FL
Olivia Courtney Orlando Metro Orlando, FL
Kimberly Jacob Superior Gymnastics Morrisville, NC
Sarah Persinger
Southeastern Gymnastics Weddington, NC
Shayla Worley Orlando Metro Orlando, FL
Junior Elite

Morgan Smith

Brandy Johnson’s
Clermont, FL



US Challenge

Hopes 10-11
Kaitlin Green LaFleur’s Largo 8th All Around
Erica Len Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta 10th All Around
Hopes 12
Hailee Young Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta  
MaKenzie Kitchens Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta  
Junior 11-13
Samantha Montgomery Starlight Gymnastics 1st All Around
Katie Bailey Cabarrus County 5th All Around
Mary Lillian Sanders Prattville YMCA 9th All Around


US Classic

Morgan Smith Brandy Johnson’s 6th Vault, 4th Bars and 6th Floor
Sarah Persinger Southeastern 8th Bars, 2nd Beam, 7th Floor and 7th All Around
Kimberly Jacob Superior 7th Vault, 4th Bars, 9th Beam, 10th Floor and 8th All Around




2008 Pacific Rim Championships

Jana Bieger of Coconut Creek, Fla., was the uneven bars champion and took second on the balance beam.

Bieger won the uneven bars with a 15.550, finishing ahead of Liukin and Canada’s Kristina Vaculik, who tied for second at 15.225. Bieger gave a solid routine, finishing with a tuck full-in. Liukin missed a Geinger release but her well-choreographed routine still enabled her to earn a 15.225 and to tie for second. Bieger also was third on balance beam with a 15.525.

“I’m definitely happy,” said Bieger. “I wanted to prove I can hit beam and that’s what I did.”

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Posted: 06.30.2008

Toni Rand, Region 8 Elite Chairman, has resigned after being elected as Florida USA Gymnastics State Chairman.  Kelly Pitzen has been appointed to fulfill Toni’s term through June 30, 2011.

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TOPs State Managers

Posted: 06.30.2008

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ELITE NOTES - Kelly Pitzen

Posted: 06.27.2008

Region 8 Pre Elite & TOPS clinic
Elite Testing Competition
Dec. 19-21, 2008
American Twisters
Fort Lauderdale, FL

All athletes, coaches, and judges interested in the Elite and/or TOPS program mark this weekend on your calendar NOW! You are invited to attend and participate in this year’s Region 8 elite/TOPS clinic/competition. This year we will be offering three different tracks at the clinic, along with an Elite testing.

Track #1- This will be for current elite, pre elite or hope’s division athletes. The focus will be on developing optional skills needed to be competitive at this level.

Track #2- This will be for athletes interested in learning the elite compulsories for future testing. *Coaches, note the compulsories are comprised of basics that can be used at ANY level!

Track #3- This will be for athletes ages 6-10 interested in the TOPS program. Concentration will be on TOPS skills as well as the current physical abilities tests.

EVERYONE attending the clinic will learn the USA National Team warm-up used at all training camps. This is an all-inclusive warm-up that can be used for ALL team levels!

The staff will include at least one National Team coach along with several regional elite level coaches, regional judges, the newly appointed regional Elite Chairman, Kelly Pitzen and the National Pre Elite Committee Chairman, Gary Anderson.

This will be an educational opportunity for athletes, coaches and judges. It will be a “hands on” working/participation clinic for all athletes attending. If you are interested in the testing or the clinic, please email me with a tentative number of athletes you would like to bring along with the tracks you would be interested in. This is essential in order to plan and adequately staff for a successful low instructor/student ratio. If you have any questions please contact Kelly at Kpitzen@gmail.com

Kelly Pitzen
Region 8 Pre Elite Chairman


Tentative Schedule:

Friday, Dec. 19

  • Elite Compulsory Testing
       This is a great opportunity to take, or simply come and watch the compulsories being done in a competitive situation
       Parent and coaches lecture on the “Elite/PreElite/Tops Programs” following the testing.

Saturday, Dec. 20

  • Full day of instructional rotations with “tracks” for those wanting to learn the compulsories, those working in the TOPS program (both skills and testing) and optional skill development toward the “new code”.
  • Judges to help with the evaluation and construction of routines under the “new code” for all divisions of Elite (international, pre elite and hopes)

Sunday, Dec. 21

  • Rotations up until 2:00 PM to allow participants an opportunity to return home the same day.
    (Please fill this out and cut and paste this on an email and send it back to me)


In order to adequately plan for staff, it is essential I have some idea of the numbers that will be participating. With this, I will have to LIMIT the enrollment to keep the teaching ratios to a level where the clinic is valuable to those participating. Please give me your best “guesstimate” (you will not be held to these numbers, just give me your best guess!) at this time:

_____ number of athletes for elite testing

_____ number of PreElite/Elite athletes for skill development

_____ number of athletes attending to learn the Elite compulsories

_____ number of 7 to 10 year olds attending for TOPS skills and drills

_____ number of coaches planning on attending


Name of your gym club: _______________________

Club and/or personal email: _______________________

Club and personal phone: _______________________

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Region 8 Congress 2008

Posted: 06.09.2008

Region 8 Congress 2008 is quickly approaching. This awesome event is being held at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel in Jacksonville, FL on July 18-20, 2008. The purpose of regional congress is to provide education to the teachers, coaches, judges and gymnastics business owners of the region. Education and training enables everyone to effectively and professionally serve in the development of the young gymnasts across the country. Don't miss this opportunity.   VIEW   DOWNLOAD

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