Rules & Policies

Our USAIGC/IAIGC is Optional Only College Bound International Competitive Program
Our Competitive Program is one component of our Association. WE as an Association have taken a different competitive direction. WE have chosen a different path for the development of our competitive gymnasts. We created our own competition requirements, rules, policies and judging criteria for our six optional levels. We used the NCAA Collegiate Rules as our guiding light. We created an intelligent competitive program that allows our gymnasts to move up our “competitive ladder” in an intelligent and logical manner.

We have adjusted the training time and learning curve of our gymnasts. Our competitive program is based on athlete longevity; we want to intentionally slow down the learning process of skill development allowing the coach and gymnast time to develop more challenging skills. It is our goal is to have our gymnasts "peak" during their junior high school year and be prepared to compete in the Collegiate Program.

Gymnasts benefits from our USAIGC College Bound Program

  • During the early training years, our competitive program allows gymnasts to spend less time in the gym training and more time on related and/or non-gymnastics activities. We believe quality and not quantity is the most important part of developing gymnasts in their early years.
  • The intentional slowing down of the gymnasts learning process helps take the stress off our gymnasts and coaches, allowing them to focus on execution and long-term skill development making a better, safer and healthier gymnasts.
  • Our training philosophy allows the necessary time needed to work on lead-up skills, drills, strength, conditioning and flexibility, while continuing to perfect execution.
  • Our "competitive training process" will have a major impact on reducing injuries because skills will be mastered at a logical and safe pace for each gymnast.
  • Our Competitive Training Program allows time for learning and success.
  • Our Competitive Training Program allows time for our gymnasts to be involved in school and activities with friends and family.
  • Our goal is to develop well-rounded, healthy, bright young ladies who are nurtured in a healthy competitive environment prepared to be tomorrow’s leaders.
  • Our goal is to maintain our gymnasts in our competitive program until its time for these young ladies to move to their next challenge in life.

What the USAIGC is not

The USAIGC is not the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of Gymnastics nor are we an Elite Program. We are not responsible in developing elite level athletes trying to make our Olympic Team. The USAIGC supports the USAG and is a voting member on the USAG Association Board. The USAIGC has created its own rules to meet our competitive goals and objectives and those of the International Countries in our Competitive Program.

Competitive Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Develop a "membership driven" College Bound Competitive Program. Our Competitive Program is Membership driven. Each USAIGC/IAIGC Club Member has one vote on all Competitive Rules, allowing them a vested right in the direction of our Competitive Program.
  2. To maintain a Competitive program that uses a "common sense approach" to rule development in conjunction with a "positive scoring system" for our gymnast’s self-esteem and self-worth.
  3. To provide an educationally sound, progressively challenging, safe and FUN Competitive Program!
  4. To have a Competitive philosophy that believes Competition is not just about scores and placements; Competition is just as much about the total experience for our gymnasts, their families, coaches and officials.

Optional Only College Bound International Competitive Program

The USAIGC Competitive Program is one component of our Association. WE as an Association have taken a different competitive direction. WE have chosen a different path for the development of our competitive gymnasts.

We created our own competition requirements, rules, policies and judging criteria for our six optional levels. We used the NCAA Collegiate Rules for our overall program. We have created an intelligent competitive program that allows our gymnasts to move up our “competitive ladder” in an intelligent and logical manner.

We have adjusted the training time and learning curve in training our gymnasts. Our competitive program is based on athlete longevity; we want to intentionally slow down the learning process of skill development allowing the coach and gymnast time to develop more challenging skills. It is our goal is to have our gymnasts "peak" during their junior high school year and be prepared to compete in the Collegiate Program.

Gymnasts benefits from our USAIGC College Bound Program

  • During the early training years, our competitive program allows gymnasts to spend less time in the gym training and more time on related and/or non-gymnastics activities. We believe quality and not quantity is the most important part of developing gymnasts in their early years.
  • The intentional slowing down of the gymnasts learning process helps take the stress off our gymnasts and coaches, allowing them to focus on execution and long-term skill development making a better, safer and healthier gymnasts.
  • Our process allows the necessary time needed to work on lead-up skills, drills, strength, conditioning and flexibility, while continuing to perfect execution.
  • Our "process" will have a major impact on reducing injuries because skills will be mastered at a logical and safe pace for each gymnast.
  • Our Competitive Training Program will allow time for learning and success.
  • Our Competitive Training Program will allow time for our gymnasts to be involved in school and activities with friends and family.
  • Our goal is to develop well-rounded, healthy, bright young ladies who are nurtured in a healthy competitive environment prepared to be tomorrows leaders.
  • The USAIGC wants to maintain our gymnasts in our competitive program for 10+ years.

What the USAIGC is not

The USAIGC is not the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of Gymnastics. The USAIGC is not an Elite Program responsible in developing elite level athletes for our Olympic Team.

The USAIGC supports the USAG and is a voting member on the USAG Association Board.

The USAIGC has created its own rules to meet our competitive goals and objectives and those of the International Countries in our Competitive Program.

Competitive Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Develop a USAIGC "membership driven" College Bound Competitive Program. Our Competitive Program is Membership driven, each USAIGC/IAIGC Club Member has one vote on all Competitive Rules, allowing them a vested right in the direction of our Competitive Program.
  2. To maintain a Competitive program that uses a "common sense approach" to rule development in conjunction with a "positive scoring system" for the self-esteem and self-worth for our gymnasts.
  3. To provide a Competitive program that is educationally sound, progressively challenging, safe and FUN!
  4. To have a Competitive philosophy that believes Competition is not just about scores and placements; Competition is just as much about the total experience for our gymnasts, their families, coaches and officials.

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