Below you will find our recommendations and resources for hosting meets.
Find a date! We recommend reaching out to host sites over the summer, since USAG sets their schedules VERY early. It is helpful to look at the spring break schedules for schools in your area to try to avoid weekends where many students will be away.
Once you have settled on a date, please post your meet on our registration website. This does not require you to sanction your meet or even use our registration software, but will ensure that your meet shows up on our Upcoming Meets page. For help adding your meet, check out our Registration Help page.
Find judges! If you can request judges by Sept 1, that’s great, but definitely try to request by October 15. We have instructions by state for requesting judges on our Finding Judges page.
Announce your meet! Every region works different, but we suggest contacting your Regional Representative to help advertise your meet. It can also help to post on Instagram and Facebook and DM teams you think may be interested in attending.
Request a sanction, if desired. Benefits of sanctioning your event include free NAIGC awards, access to our scoring software, access to discounted hotel bookings, insurance support, potential access to our Healthcare Team, formal certification by the NAIGC, and real time support from an NAIGC representative. You must used certified judges and meet our Safety & Equipment Standards in order to sanction your meet. When you use our scoring software, results will be publicly available and connect to each member’s account. You must submit your sanction request at least 30 days prior to your competition (6 weeks if you would like awards provided).
Judges prefer judging athletes whose routines were developed for the level they are competing. We have surveyed many judges, who all said that they do not mind judging several levels in a single competition, just make sure each rotation separates athletes by level, preferably competing in order of increase level.
If you are offering both MAG and WAG, think about how sharing vault and floor will work. Some teams have had success starting their MAG meet about 1 hr earlier so that the MAG athletes can compete on vault and floor before the WAG athletes begin. Starting MAG on floor allows for the floor to be open sooner for WAG open stretch.
Make sure your judges know the rules! We have lots of resources for judges on our MAG Rules and WAG Rules pages, under the “Resources for Judges” section.
Offering UAG can be logistically challenging, but UAG athletes are used to this! At Nationals Finals, the onus is on the athlete to get to there event when needed. Consider this policy for your own meets. If an athlete can’t be at an event when it’s time for them to compete, then they will need to scratch.
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