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Nationals 2015 will be hosted by the NAIGC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, April 8th through Saturday April 11th.
The event will be held at the The Pennsylvania Convention Center.
1101 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
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1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Room Rate: $135/night + tax
Reservations: Call 877-212-5752 to reserve in the NAIGC Block. There is a 10% discount off standard 2015 restaurant breakfast menu for everyone booked in the NAIGC block and Complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and lobby space. Reservations must be made by March 18th, 2015.
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Rules and Qualification:
A printable checklist for nationals can be found at this link
, which details a list of things you need to do to be set up for nationals. For any other information, check the FAQ below.
- Do I have to compete all-around at Nationals?
No, you may compete on as many or as few events as you would like.
- Is there both men’s and women’s competition at Nationals?
Yes, there are men’s and women’s, team and individual competitions at Nationals.
- If I am alum can I still compete for my club team and count towards their team score?
Each club has their own rules of membership often based on the rules at their College or University. If you are eligible member of your club, you are welcome to compete. If you are not eligible for membership through another club, you may compete on the Alumni club.
- How many people are allowed to count towards one team score?
Each team can only have 8 competitors maximum per event. You may have as many people as you would like registered as part of one team, as long as no more than 8 members compete on any event.If more than 8 people want to compete on an event, then you may choose to have multiple teams (i.e., A and B teams). A single person can only compete on an A team or a B team, not both.
- Can the overall number of people on a team roster be more than 8 as long as there are not more than 8 competitors on each event?
Yes (see answer above).
- What are the differences between the Open and Competitive Divisions?
- Preliminary sessions only
- Awards will be determined based on the combined scores of all preliminary sessions
- Awards will be distributed after march-in at finals on Saturday morning
- Cannot receive awards in the Competitive division
- 1 judge panels for each event
- Mercy rule competitors will not be judged, but may perform an exhibition routine during Competitive division finals
- Preliminary and finals sessions (as in past years)
- Awards will be determined based on scores received during finals (as in past years)
- Awards will be distributed at banquet (as in past years) on Saturday evening
- Cannot receive awards in the Open division
- 2 judge panels for each event
- Mercy rule competitors may compete a routine during Competitive division finals and will be judged, but are not eligible to receive any awards
- How do teams and individuals qualify for finals?
Women's Team Finals Qualification
Men's Team Finals Qualification
- The one highest-scoring team from each of the women's “Competitive Division” preliminary sessions will qualify for the women's team finals.
- In addition, women's “Competitive Division” teams placing in the top 8 among all sessions combined will qualify.
- Each qualifying team will be allowed to select five competitors on each event to compete in the finals session, with the top four scores counting toward the team score.
- To be eligible as a team member in team finals, an individual must have participated for that team in the preliminary “Competitive Division” competition.
Women's All-Around Finals Qualification
- The one highest-scoring team from each of the men's preliminary sessions will qualify for the men's team finals.
- In addition, men's teams placing in the top 6 among all sessions combined will qualify.
- Each qualifying team will be allowed to select four competitors on each event to compete in the finals session, with the top three scores counting toward the team score.
- To be eligible as a team member in team finals, an individual must have participated for that team in the preliminary competition.
Men's All-Around Finals Qualification
- The three highest-scoring all-around competitors from each “Competitive Division” session will qualify for women's all-around finals.
- In addition, all-around competitors placing in the top 20 from among all “Competitive Division” sessions combined will qualify.
Women's Event Finals Qualification
- The four highest-scoring all-around competitors from each session will qualify for men's all-around finals.
- In addition, all-around competitors placing in the top 15 from among all sessions combined will qualify.
Men's Event Finals Qualification
- For each event, the three highest-scoring individuals from each “Competitive Division” session will qualify for women's event finals in that event.
- In addition, event “Competitive Division” competitors placing in the top 20 from among all sessions combined will qualify.
What is the mercy rule?
The Mercy Rule states that if a club does not have at least one gymnast of each gender qualify into finals (event, all around, or team finals), the club may choose a member of each gender that did not qualify to enter into event finals competition on an event of their choice. Each club may have one male and one female qualify for the Mercy Rule. If a club has multiple teams per gender, they may choose to pay additional team fees to ensure that additional teams (i.e. team B) can have one person qualify for the Mercy Rule. The Mercy Rule is intended to ensure that all clubs can have at least one competitor in finals.
Can I make a session request for prelims?
Yes, if you would like to request a specific session for Nationals 2014 please email email@example.com.It is not guaranteed that you will be placed in the session you requested, but it is highly likely if we receive the request prior to March 1st.
When will we know what session we are competing in?
We cannot make the schedule until we have received all (or most) registrations, which means the session schedule will be available the second or third week of March.
Can we switch sessions after they have been assigned?
If you need to switch sessions once you have been assigned, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be switched.Requests are not guaranteed and it is much easier to meet these requests if they are submitted prior to the schedule being made.
How do I make hotel reservations using the group rate?
To book rooms using the hotel block, call the Marriott Chattanooga at the Convention Center at (423) 756-0002 and identify yourself as members of NAIGC. You can also book online here.
The hotel says the group hotel block is full? Where should I have my team stay?
As Nationals gets closer, an overflow hotel will become available if needed.Please check here for up to date information about an overflow hotel.
Does the NAIGC provide transportation to and from the airport?
No, NAIGC does not provide transportation to and from the airport. Please check the Nationals 2014 page for up to date information on public transit options from the airport to the hotel.
What is there to do at night during Nationals?
Many teams find Nationals a good time to both bond with their teammates and meet gymnasts from other schools at the host hotel after competition has ended for the day. There are also a lot of restaurants and local attractions in the area. On Saturday evening, there is an Awards Banquet and dance that all participants attend. Please check the Nationals 2014 page for up to date information on local restaurants and attractions close to the host hotel and competition venue.
What is the refund policy for Nationals fees? What if someone is injured and can no longer compete?
If you need to be refunded for any Nationals associated fees paid, please contact the email@example.com.Membership fees go to support the organization and non-refundable. Paying members will receive their membership gift regardless of whether they attend Nationals.
Are spectators allowed to come to Nationals? Is there an entrance fee?
Yes!Spectators are both allowed and encouraged.There is no entrance fee to come and watch the meet, but donations are always welcome.
What type of equipment will be at the event?
All equipment at Nationals will be AAI.
What is the competition format? Is it capital cup? How long do we get for timed warm-up? Do we get a touch?
All women's sessions will be conducted in capital cup style. Women competitors will have 2 minutes per gymnast per event for warm-up and no touch will be allotted if warming up and competing on the same equipment. If gymnast warm up and compete on different equipment a 30 second touch will be allotted to each gymnast. All men's sessions will be conducted in warm-up/compete format.
What judging rules are used at Nationals?
Women will be judged using JO skill values and level 9 requirements. D's and E's will not be limited. Level 9 and 10 bonus is used to the advantage of the gymnast. D's and E’s will be given additive value of .1 and .2 respectively and recognized in connection value.Men will be judged using 2013 FIG Code of Points and JO Level 9 rules for all events except on vault; on vault, men will be judged using the 2013 Code of Points and Level 10 rules with a modified vault bonus table.NAIGC will not, however, be adopting any of the JO skill restrictions (e.g., prohibition on roll-out skills on floor, limitations on Li Ning, Guczochy, and Honma-type skills on rings, etc.) and will instead follow the 2013 FID Code of Points on those skills.Additional note: Yurchenko-style vaults will be allowed for both men and women. A safety collar and hand placement mat will be provided.
I forgot my username and password, how do I login to my account?
Please do not create duplicate profiles – for username and / or password help, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a feature on the website to retrieve your password automatically via email.
How do I register my team for Nationals on the website?
In order to register your team for Nationals on the website, your club’s admin needs to go to meet registration page and click on the Register button next to Nationals. From here you can Manage Individuals (register members from your roster for nationals) and Manage Teams (designate members who are now registered for Nationals to specific teams). This is also where you can designate members t-shirt size, order extra t-shirts, order banquet tickets, and designate who will be competing on which event. (See Nationals Checklist for more details).
Can you pay for nationals online? Can you pay with a check?
Yes, you can pay for Nationals either online or with a check. Paying online if preferred and can be done through the meet registration page. If you prefer to pay with a check, please complete the Nationals check submission form and mail it to the NAIGC with your check. The form and current mailing address can be found on the Nationals 2014 page.
How do I know if I have done everything I need to fully register and pay for Nationals?
In order to see how much you owe for Nationals and if you have fully registered and paid click on the ‘Display Summary’ button at the bottom of the meet registration page. Any item not completed or paid will be in red and/or marked ‘Not Received’. If you have questions about anything relating to Nationals’ fees or payments please email the email@example.com.
Can we bring our coach to Nationals?
Yes, but only paying members are allowed on the competition floor. In order to become a member of NAIGC, your coach simply has to create a profile on the NAIGC website and designate themselves as a member of your club. The coach membership fee is $15 and can be paid from their or your club admin’s membership page.
- For each event, the four highest-scoring individuals from each session will qualify for men's event finals in that event.
- In addition, event competitors placing in the top 15 from among all sessions combined will qualify.
If you still have questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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