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. 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 Erin McGinley 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 materials.
STEP 3: There are 5 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:
- Professional Member of USA Gymnastics (usagym.org)
- Complete the Safety Certification through USA Gymnastics (usagym.org)
- Complete a Background Check through USA Gymnastics (usagym.org)*
- Complete USAG’s Safe Sport Certification (usagym.org)*
- National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judging (NAWGJ) Membership (nawgj.org)
*Some steps require you to be 18 years old. If you are planning to judge while you are under 18 years old, reach out to Erin or your new judge mentor for more details.
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.
Getting assigned to a meet
Each year you’ll get an email reminding you to fill out your availability by August 1 in GYMJAS. If you have any questions about how to do this, email Brea Dumbacher at email@example.com. If you take your test after August 1, you’ll want to fill out your availability as soon as possible so the assigners know when you’re available.
Once you’re assigned a meet you’ll need to accept it in GYMJAS. This is a 2 step process. First you must accept the meet, then sign the contract. If you’re having trouble, contact Brea, or the assigner of the meet. Sometimes, 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.
Your first meet
Before your first meet you’ll be sent event assignments by the meet referee (head judge for the meet). Review your deductions for your events before the meet and feel free to reach out to the meet referee with any questions.
Meet your mentor
You will be assigned a mentor for your first year of judging. This will be your person to ask any questions you have throughout the season. If you don’t hear from your mentor within a month of passing your test, email Erin McGinley at firstname.lastname@example.org.