you interested in judging women's gymnastics?
The below information will help get your started with this exciting opportunity!
The National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges (NAWGJ) works
at the local, state, regional and national levels of the United States, servicing the gymnastics community and its judges.
The goals of the NAWGJ are:
and training its members thereby promoting judging excellence.
- Assigning officials to competitions.
- Disseminating judging information
- Functioning as a service organization to the entire gymnastics
Promoting interest in the sport of gymnastics.
Handout on becoming a judge from the 2015 potential judges meeting
I want to become a judge…now what?
STEP 1: Visit the USA Gymnastics
website at www.usagym.org. Click on the “Women” icon at the top of the page and then click on “Judges” on the left. There is
a wealth of information on this website. From this website you can search and register for upcoming tests, print any technical
updates, and download many tables/cheat sheets that are useful as a reference during a meet. You will need to register
for the Judging Test through the USA Gymnastics site. Other helpful information is available through www.nawgj.org which is the website for the National Association of Gymnastics’ Judges.
STEP 2: If you
are interested in becoming a women’s gymnastics judge and/or receiving more information about judging, email Felicia
Ostrom at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will inform you of upcoming testing dates, how to register for testing, and how to order study guide and testing
STEP 3: There are 4 memberships/credentials
that must be maintained to judge any sanctioned gymnastics meet. There is a fee for each of these and can take several weeks
to obtain. You will not be able to be considered for a meet until these memberships have been obtained. Sanctioned
meets are endorsed by USA Gymnastics and must have judges who meet the following guidelines:
of USA Gymnastics
Complete the Safety Certification through USA Gymnastics
a background check through USA Gymnastics
National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judging
STEP 4: After
completing the above steps and registering for a test, you will obtain a 4/5 rating upon successful passing of the 4/5 exam.
Results are sent via email or hard copy at your request. You must provide a copy of your test results to Amy Wasson.
Gina Fuller will also need a copy of all membership cards, current address and contact information, gym affiliations, and
uniform status (do you have the official NAWGJ jacket) to keep on file.
yI’m certified….now what?
Gina Fuller sends an
availability sheet to all Missouri judges prior to the meet season. All judges complete the sheet, marking “yes
or no” next to each meet based on availability for that meet. The availability form lists all meets that Meet Directors
have requested NAWGJ to contract the judges. Often times, non-sanctioned Meet Directors contact you about non-sanctioned meets.
We strongly encourage all NAWGJ judges to contract USA sanctioned gymnastics meets prior to
accepting non-sanctioned meets.
After the availability sheet deadline, MO NAWGJ board members,
known as “assignors”, will send out contracts for meets that you listed you are available. It is your responsibility to complete the contract and send it back to the assignor and the meet director by the
requested due date. If you are unable to accept a contract due to schedule changes, contact
the assignor ASAP so they can contact other judges. If you are unable to honor a contract, it is your responsibility to find
a replacement in conjunction with the assignor.
fI’m heading to a meet…now
As a professional organization we want to represent the sport of gymnastics professionally, fairly, and
with integrity. There are many wonderful advantages to being a gymnastics judge, however, with this title comes responsibility.
Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for questions about judging. These questions were compiled from judges of all
levels from their experiences through the years. The ‘FAQs’ will help you be as successful as possible, feel confident
in your new role, and most of all, enjoy judging and the friendships that come with it!!
Welcome to Judging!