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Nationals Tips

Registering and preparing for Nationals can be pretty overwhelming, especially if this is your first year planning for your team. We’ve gathered some tips and guidelines here to help make the process easier!

Book hotel rooms EARLY! The host hotel fills up very early. Hotel booking usually opens in October. Try to get a good estimate of the number of rooms you will need and book early. You only pay for rooms that you use, so you can cancel extra rooms at any time up to 24 hours before you check in.

Register as much as possible by the regular deadline. There are several different fees you will need to pay for your team:

  • NAIGC Individual Membership fees: Pay per athlete competing at any Sanctioned event this competition season
  • NAIGC Club Membership fees: Pay per club per competition season
  • Nationals Individual fee: Pay per athlete competing at Nationals. This is now all-inclusive of multiple disciplines and team competition.
  • Banquet: 1 ticket per person (dinner provided plus awards ceremony)

Individual fees go up ~$30/person between regular and late registration. You don’t need to register for everything at once, so as soon as you have the information, REGISTER!

Buy flights at least 3 weeks before Nationals! Even better, flights will be at their cheapest 8 weeks before Nationals.

If you don't know which events your members will be competing, select all that are possible. You can always scratch an athlete if they decide not to compete an event. Since we are no longer limited 8 scores per team, you don't need to worry about knowing your exact lineup at the time of registration, just make your best guess. You can edit which events athletes are competing for no extra fee up until the Sunday before Nationals on the ScoreFlippers website.

Be flexible with session requests! It makes assignments easier and faster. If you have specific needs, make sure you fill out your session requests on the registration page BEFORE the close of registration. By default, all MAG athletes from a club will be competing in the same session, regardless of level, as long as <20 athletes are on the team. By default, all WAG athletes in the same gym will be competing in the same session and a different session from your club’s MAG team, as long as there are <20 athletes in those levels. TnT athletes will be in a separate session from all other competitors from your club. Which WAG levels are grouped together depends on registration. Don’t try to cherry pick sessions.

Compete at your level! As stated in Tip #5, we will keep most teammates together, regardless of level. It’s easier for the judges and more fun for athletes if you compete at the right level for your skills and abilities.

When you arrive at Nationals, send a maximum of 2 representatives to the checkin table at the convention center to pick up your information packet, badges, t-shirts, and Nationals gift. Registration opens at 8pm on Wednesday and will remain open until all teams have checked in. Registration will go faster if you check-in to your hotel first, and have your hotel room numbers handy. It closes around 10:30pm each night.