Welcome to Ohio USA Men's Gymnastics Website

We are sad to bare the news that Ron Ferris has passed away. Ron was a long time contributor to gymnastics in Ohio. As the founder and coach of Ohio Gymnastics Institute in the Youngstown area, he influenced countless lives through gymnastics. Beyond personal coaching, he contributed greatly to USA Gymnastics as a State Chairman and National Board Member. He also served the gymnastics community through the AAU sports organization. This is a great loss to the gymnastics community and Ron will be missed greatly.

Ron is survived by his two sons Ron and David; granddaughter, Nina; his "better half," Anita Goff; sister Beth and brother Gordon. He was preceded in death by his brother Mark. In lieu of flowers, material tributes may take the form of donations to The Paula and Anthony Rich Center for Autism, 1 University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555 or www.richcenter.org. Services are being held at Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home in Canfield, OH.

The 2015 Future Stars National Championships Qualification Procedures are now posted on the USA Gymnastics Men's website and Men's Event site. You can find it at the link below.

For information on the Region 5 Future Stars Workshop check here.

For Future Stars Evaluation information, follow this link.

The 2016 Region 5 JO Championships will be held in conjunction with the Men's NCAA Championships to be held April 14th - 17th, 2016 in Columubs, OH.

Region 5 Club Program Managers,

Please ensure you have completed all the necessary forms as required for JO Nationals.

Payment: One check made out to USGF to cover JO National entries and all GK white shorts & pants ordered on the GK Club Order Form.

1 - JO National Entry Form: Bring completed form with all athletes information to Regional Championships Cross out the athletes who did not make JO Nationals Must have 3 copies (Copies go to JO National Host Club, USAG and Regional Chairman) ‘

2 - GK Club Order Form: (Boy cut GK competition shirt, worn during JO Nationals, any white shorts and white pants ordered) All clubs with Level 8, 9 & 10 gymnasts must complete the attached form and bring a hard copy to the Region 5 Championships.Instructions for completing the form and the additional work needed to complete the order process is in the FIRST tab of the document, the second tab if the actual order form, please see the attached file. You must bring a hard copy to turn-in to the Regional Chairmen at the conclusion of the last Optional session during the Regional Championships. Then, you must also send an email on the Monday (4/13/15) following the Championships, with the actual completed order form for only the gymnasts qualified to JO Nationals. Must have 2 copies (Regional Chairman and Doug Burton)

3 - Region V Apparel Form: (Need shirt sizes for all athletes/coaches attending JO Nationals) Bring completed form with all athletes information to Regional Championships Cross out the athletes/coaches who did not make JO Nationals Must have 2 copies (Regional Chairman and Doug Burton)

4 - NCAA Release Form: Bring a completed form for each athlete to Regional Championships A completed form for each athlete attending JO Nationals must accompany the JO National Entry form.

Also, the 2015 JO Allotment and 2015 JO Qualification Procedures have been published.

All forms may be accessed from the Region 5 Website.

The 2015 Ohio State Championships will be held March 28th and 29th.
All of the State information can be found HERE

The Qualifying socres have been delivered...the Qualifying socres to 2015 Region 5 Championships are:

Level 5    54.0
Level 6    54.0
Level 7    53.0
Level 8    61.5
Level 9    61.5
Level 10  63.0

In addition, the top 6 individuals in each age group from states advance to Regionals, regardless of score, and in Level 9 and 10, the top 3 in each event qualify as specialists regardless of all around score.
Also, all entries to JO Nationals are due at the conclusion of the optional competition at Regionals in TRIPLICATE and must be accompanied by a check for $165 per athlete payable to U.S.G.F.

The Region 5 Future Stars evaluation will be held at Interactive Academy on October 18th and 19th. The tentative schedule and registration information can be found on the Region V Website.

The 2015 Ohio USAG Boys' State Championships will be hosted by Gym World in Broadview Heights, OH on the weekend of March 28th. We'll have more information for you as it becomes available.

On July 12, we had our first State Team Camp at Queen City followed on the next day with a coaching somposium. The weekend was an absolute success and we want to thank Sean Sawyer for arranging for the facility and all the coaches who participated. Coaches honorariums will be out shortly.

Coming up in Ohio we have some important dates:

On August 16th, we will have our Fall State Meeting. This will be held at Mike Serra's residence in Laurelville, OH. We will have a cookout/state coaches party immediately following the meeting. If you fish, bring your pole. The meeting will start at 5:00 will the frstivities to follow. Please RSVP to Mike Serra by August 9th so that he can plan accordingly.

Sunday August 17th, we wil have our open State Compulsory Clinic at Hocking Valley Gymnastics Center. The event will run 10:00 - 6:00 with a lunch break. This clinic is open to all gymnasts planning on competing Levels 4 - 7 this season. There will be a $30 fee for participating. Please look for a registration form soon. If you think you will need a place to stay for Saturday night after the get-together, please let Mike know.

The State Optional Clinic will be September 13 - 14 at Integrity. Details to follow.

The Region V Future Stars Workshop will be at Interactive Gymnastics in Indianapolis again this yer on the weekend of September 20th. See the new Region V website for details.

2014 State Meet Information

State Meet Flier HERE!

State Meeting to be held at 7:00 p.m. at Justin Kreit‚€™s house. Contact state chairman if you need directions.

State Team and Coaching Staff Document >>

2014 Regional Meet Information

Regional Qualifying Scores
Level 5 - 54
Level 6 - 54
Level 7 - 51
Level 8 - 61
Level 9 - 61
Level 10 - 63

Regional Website: http://www.usag-mi.org/2014Region5Championships/
Regional Entry Form, click here >>

2014 National Championships

National Championships Website: http://www.2014jomen.com/

National Qualification Document >>

The 2014 state championships will be hosted by Gym World at the Brecksville Broadview Heights High School.

Beginning with the 2014 State Championships, there will be an Ohio State Team which will focus on the compulsory levels and junior elite development. It will serve as sub-unit of our Region 5 Team program. Please find attached the document which was voted on that describes the state team program. It is modified from the document I sent out earlier today.

The Junior Olympic Program Age Group Competition Program Update #1 is now posted on the men's page of the USA Gymnastics web site.

The direct link to the update is: http://usagym.org/PDFs/Men/AgeGroupUpdate1_2012.pdf

Announcing New Men's Program Manager for USA Gymnastics

As many of you know Tania White has chosen to stay at home with her new little girl and has left USA Gymnastics following her maternity leave. I know this was a difficult decision for Tania, but we want to wish her and her family all of the best as she begins this new phase in her life. Tania did a great job and was a tremendous asset for USA Gymnastics and the men's program.

We have moved quickly to fill this important position and I would like to announce that Lisa Mendel has accepted the position of Men's Program Manager.

Lisa will be a familiar face to most of you as she is returning to the position she held prior to Tania coming in. This is great news as it means a fairly seamless transition as Lisa comes in with several years experience working with the men's program here at USA Gymnastics.


Lisa's contact information here at USA Gymnatics is:
Work phone: 317-829-5664
Email: lmendel@usagym.org

2013 - 2016 Age Determination Rules for the Junior Olympic Competition Program

As we get started in the 2012 - 2013 competition season there still seems to be some confusion and questions regarding the age determination rules for the Age Group Competition Program. The confusion appears to stem not from what the rules say, but from what they do not say.

First, it is important to note that the Age Determining rules (page 1.4 in the Age Group Competition Program manual) for the Junior Olympic Program have changed for the 2013 - 2016.

Essentially all of the age determining rules have stayed the same with one very important exception. In the previous program athletes were allowed to move up and compete one year older based on their age as of September 1. This rule has been eliminated in the 2013 ‚€“ 2016 Age Group Program. Athletes are no longer able to "age bump" based on their age as of September 1.

For example, an athlete who is six years old on September 1, 2012 is not eligible to compete as a Level 5 in the 2012 - 2013 competitive season. Level 5 does not have a six year old division and the athlete must compete as a six year old until he is seven years old on September 1. Only when the athlete is seven years old on September 1 will he be eligible to compete at Level 5 in that given season.

Please be sure to review all of the Age Determination rules listed on page 1.4 of the Age Group Competition Program manual. The Junior Olympic Program Committee (JOPC) reviewed and reaffirmed these age determination rules in a conference call meeting held November 16, 2012.

Meet Directors should take care to insure that athletes entered into their sanctioned events are registered to compete in the appropriate level for their age.

If you have any questions regarding the age determination rules please contact your Regional Chair, Age Group Competition Program Coordinator Dusty Ritter or Mike Serra