This is a USA Gymnastics sanctioned event.
Training, housing, 3 meals per day and use of all of the recreational facilities is included with registration.
Come join some of the best coaches and athletes in the country for an unforgettable weekend of training, education and fun! The Elite Benefit Camp (formerly Region 2 TnT Benefit Camp) is a skills training camp for competitive TnT athletes and Artistic Gymnasts of all levels. This event raises money to fund Elite Trampoline and Tumbling athletes' travel to the 2011 World Championships and World Age Group Championships. This year will be the 4th Annual Camp! To date we have donated over $34,000 to send athletes and coaches to St. Petersburg, Russia in 2009 and Metz, France in 2010!
The only camp of its kind, the Elite Benefit Camp allows Artistic Gymnasts and TnT Athletes to train side by side and encourages an open forum among clinicians and attending coaches from each discipline. Athletes will be grouped for training based upon their competitive levels. Each training group will have a set of clinicians dedicated to their training sessions throughout the weekend. This setup enabled clinicians to develop a strong working relationship with their athletes, optimizing learning. The general curriculum for the weekend will revolve around new skills and sequences needed for the 2012 competitive season. During each practice clinicians will designate a skill theme for their apparatus to maintain continuity within the group. Examples of skill themes could be; high bar dismounts, acro series on beam, mounter skills on double mini tramp, double flips on trampoline, whip progressions on rod floor...etc. As the weekend progresses clinicians will define goals for each athlete and focus their efforts toward specific skills. Each training period Artistic Gymnasts will be treated to a rotation of trampoline training with a trampoline coach.
Athletes planning to participate in Boys Regional FutureStars Testing and qualifiers to the 2011 Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships/World Age Group Competitions will have their own separate groups . These athletes will focus upon mastering routines and skills for the forthcoming competitions.
Coaches' registration includes educational sessions, open access to all practices, housing, meals and a special coaches and clinicians dinner at a restaurant in Tehachapi on Sunday night. Whether you are a new coach looking for education and exposure to the coaching community or a coaching veteran wanting some new ideas and a stimulating gymnastics weekend, this camp is one of the best there is. Personal coaches are encouraged to set their own participation level throughout the weekend. The goal is to present an open forum between coaches and staff clinicians inorder to maximize the educational opportunity of coaches and athletes. Rotating with your athletes so that you can determine their skill focus, sitting back to watch the clinicians work without you or setting your athletes loose so that you can watch or help with a totally different discipline are all acceptable approaches. In addition to having access to all practice sessions, informal coaching clinics will also be held throughout the weekend. One of the most popular topics is always coaching trampoline.
Use of the Woodward West extreme sports campus is the highlight of this event. The Woodward campus includes a 24,000 square foot gym, clean cabins, dining facilities, an arcade, bowling alley, swimming pool, canteen and movie theater. Use of all the entertainment venues and participation in off-practice time activities like the famous Foam Tag Tournament is included with registration.
The 24,000 sq.ft. gym is one of the best in the country with 6 trampolines, two tumble tracks, 7 foam pits, 5 resi-pits, full length rod floor, two double mini trampolines, traditional and bungee spotting rigs, two canyon bars and multiple pieces of every artistic apparatus.
One of the greatest assets of the Elite Benefit Camp is our clinician staff each year.
In the three year history of the TnT side of the camp we have hosted nearly half of the 2007, 2009 and 2010 World Championships or World Age Group Competitions USA Coaching Staffs! Past TnT clinicians include:
Robert Null- 2000 Olympic and multi-year World Championship Coach
Peter Dodd- '09, '10 World Age Group Coach
Susan Jacobson- '09, '10 World Age Group Coach, current USAG Director
Doug Boger- multi-year World Championship Coach
Chauncey Hayden- '07, '09, '10 World Age Group Coach
Greg Baldridge- 2010 World Championship Coach
Karl Ziehn- 2009 World Age Group Coach
Jon Black- 2009 World Age Group Coach
Mig O'Hara- JumpStart/ODP Staff
Austin White- 2010 World Championship DM Silver medalist
Neil Gulati- current Sr National Team Member
...and many, many more exceptional coaches!
Last year was the inaugural year for Artistic Gymnastics but we've still had an exceptional staff.
On the Artistic Girls side our clinicians have included:
Bob Matthews- TOPs SoCal Director and Nat'l Testing Staff
Dave and Michele Gerlach- Head Coaches at World Elite Gymnastics
Dillon Reeve- co-owner World Elite Gymnastics, former head coach at Azarian Gymnastics
Jordan Schwikert- former UCLA athlete and NCAA medalist
Boys Clinicians have included:
Michael Ashe- NCAA Champion and coach of several National Team Members
Sergei Tur- USSR National Team member
Come join us for an unforgettable weekend of training, fun, friendship and memories!
Open Gym as soon as there are enough coaches in attendance and a medic on site
9:00-11:00am Open Gym
9:00-11:30am Registration for Saturday Arrivals
12:00pm Camp Officially Begins!!!
12:00-12:15pm Rules and Introductions- All Participants Must Attend!!!
12:15-6:30pm Training- One session per group, times TBD
1:00-5:00pm- Pool Open
8:00-9:30pm Open Gym- All Non-Clinician Coaches Must Attend!
7:00-10:00 Canteen, Arcade, Movie Theater and Bowling Alley Open
10:30pm In Cabins
11:00pm Lights Out
8:15-1:15pm 1st Training Session per group
12:00-5:00pm- Pool Open
1:45-7:45pm- 2nd Training Session per group
7:00-10:00 Canteen, Arcade, Movie Theater and Bowling Alley Open
7:30-9:00 Campfire Smores
8:00-10:00pm- Foam Tag Tournament
10:30pm- In Cabins
11:00pm- Lights Out
9:00-1:00pm Last Training Session
2:00pm- Out of Cabins, See you Next Year!!!
What to Bring
Workout Clothes- Leos are required for girls, don't forget the tramp shoes and grips
Sleeping bag or single bed-size sheet set with blanket
Non-workout clothes- it will be cold at night and morning, bring warm stuff!
Toothbrush and tooth paste
Entertainment for the cabin and all required cords
Money for the gift shop, arcade, bowling alley snack shop…etc.
Tape, pre-wrap, wrist or ankle braces, etc.
Extra hair ties
LIABILITY WAIVER- Signed by Parent or Guardian
Q: Where do the athletes sleep?
A: There are cabins directly on the camp compound.
Q: How many athletes in a cabin?
A: Cabins house 15 people, 7 bunks and a single bed for chaperone. Each cabin has one bathroom with toilet, sink and shower.
Q: How are cabins filled?
A: Cabins are separated by gender, female cabin with female chaperones, male with male chaperone.
Q: Will athletes from the same team be in cabins together?
A: All efforts will be made to keep clubs together as much as possible but there will be some mixing because we need to fill cabins as completely as possible to keep costs down. If a split occurs, the oldest ones will combine with other teams.
Q: Who will be chaperones?
A: Clubs are invited to provide their own chaperone parents. There is no charge for chaperones. All chaperones will submit the same background check required of all USAG professional members. Every effort will be made to accommodate chaperone requests. Parents with the youngest athletes will be given priority.
Q: Will parents be allowed to come to the camp?
A: Parents are welcome to attend the camp, when athletes register they will receive an acknowledgement letter with lodging info for parents as well as a meal order form if they wish to eat onsite with the kids.
Q: What clothes should we pack?
A: Woodward West is at an elevation of approximately 4000ft. It will be cold in the mornings and after the sun has set. Pack an appropriate number of workout outfits including warm-up attire such as hooded sweatshirt and sweat pants. A warm jacket and long pants is recommended for off-practice times. Last year, daytime temps were in the mid 70's and the pool was in use.
Q: Where do the kids eat?
A: There is an onsite cafeteria that will cater breakfast, lunch and dinner. At night the canteen will be open at the bowling alley/arcade where snacks can be purchased.
Q: My child has a food allergy, what do I do?
A: If your child has a food allergy we ask that you bring your own food for the weekend. All food brought will be stored in the cafeteria kitchen and will be prepared for your child at meal times.
Q: What if someone gets hurt?
A: There will be a Registered Nurse in attendance at all times. The nurse will be acting as a chaperone and will be on call 24 hours. Also, this camp is an Extreme Sports Camp during the summer (BMX, Gymnastics, Skateboarding etc), the local fire department arrives within 5 minutes of being called and is well versed in these responses.
Parent Lodging and Meal Options:
Parents whom wish to eat at the camp with the kids must fill out a meal order form. The meal order form will be included with the confirmation email following registration. If you would like to request a form please email Karl Ziehn at email@example.com. The meal order form is only for parents who would like to eat at the Woodward facility with the kids. It must be returned to the Woodward Camp no later than August 23 at 10:00 am. You may purchase a complete meal plan, or pick and choose meals. The form is self-explanatory. Athletes, chaperones and coaches do not need to complete this form, their food is covered.
Parents who will be staying for the camp can make reservations at the nearby Woodward Lodge or the Hilltop Lodge. The phone number is 661-822-5581. The website is www.lodgeatwoodwardwest.com. Please be sure to identify yourself as belonging to the Elite Benefit Camp. Rooms are $99 plus tax.
Full refund minus service fee before 7/1/11. 50% refund between 7/1/11 and 7/24/11. After 7/24/11 No Refunds. Those withdrawing may transfer their registration payment to someone taking their place. Contact Karl Ziehn at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.