2017 Dream Team Handbook


Congratulations on being a Region 5 National Qualifier!

National Qualifiers are the top 7 All-Arounders in each age group and number 8 is the First Alternate. In Region 5 this achievement means more than just qualifying to Nationals, it means you are now part of the Region 5 Dream Team. This is an honor earned. You will now have the opportunity to represent Region 5 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the 2017 Level 10 JO Nationals.

The athletes are divided into the following age divisions: Junior or Senior A/B/C/D/E/F.

I, Shannon Hunt, will be acting as the Region 5 coordinator.
My contact information is shannonhunt1012@gmail.com and 586-933-3553. (Please only use my cell number at Nationals only.)



All National Qualifiers will be sized for apparel today. All clubs that participated in a camp (Hot Shot, Super, Hi-Tech, Forward Progress) qualify their athletes to receive their National Competition entry fee and all apparel free. All Region 5 athletes COMPETING or 1st Alternate attending JO for Region 5 (or another Region) will receive apparel and competition entry free.  Clubs that did not participate in a camp must pay today for the National Competition entry, which is $135 per athlete, and Apparel fee of $300 for one athlete or $600 for two or more athletes. The total for one athlete is $435. The cost for two or more athletes is $600 plus $135 for each athlete registration fee. You must pay by check payable to Region 5 or by credit card.

All athletes will receive an apparel itinerary. They must bring all apparel to Indiana in the luggage they received and follow all of the directions.

Level 10 Athlete Eligibility Rules for Free Region 5 Apparel

Athletes who meet the following two criteria will receive FREE Region 5 Apparel:

  1. The athlete has qualified to JO Nationals OR

The athlete is a 1st Alternate who has committed to attending Nationals and has paid for her Athlete Hotel Room during the 9/10 Regional Meet. This includes Region 5 Athletes who qualify to compete for another Region. (A Region 5 athlete may compete for another Region if that Region does not have enough athletes competing in a particular age group to fill the qualified spots. USA Gymnastics will then pull alternates from other Regions to fill those spots.)

  1. The athlete’s gym has participated in the Region 5 Training Camps for the current competitive season by registering and sending athletes to train at one or more camps. The specific athlete who qualifies to JO Nationals does NOT need to have attended a camp personally.


The 2nd alternates are invited and encouraged to attend JO Nationals. 2nd alternates, who meet the eligibility requirements, will receive all apparel that remains available when and if they are called to compete, or are moved into the 1st alternate position. The athlete must attend JO Nationals to receive Regional 5 Apparel.


Coaches who participated in coaching a camp (must have worked the entire weekend) will receive their “on the floor” apparel for free. “On the floor” apparel is a shirt that you get for everyday that you have a qualifier that is competing. All other apparel can be purchased at the Region 5 store. You can pay with cash/check or credit card. We encourage the additional purchase of at least the travel shirt.

Coaches What to Wear, When to Wear It, at Nationals

Thursday (Travel Day)

  • Travel Day T-shirt
  • Region 5 Dream Team Jacket with Red/White/Blue Embroidery

Friday (Training Day)

  • Powerful Training Day T-shirt (on the floor shirt)
  • Black pants or shorts
  • Official Region 5 Black Coach’s Jacket

Saturday A/B/C

  • Black T-shirt (on the floor shirt)
  • Black pants or shorts
  • Official Region 5 Black Coach’s jacket

Sunday D/E/F

  • Grey T-shirt (on the floor shirt)
  • Black pants or shorts
  • Official Region 5 Black Coach’s jacket


Attached is a list of apparel that you can purchase. Region 5 will not be bringing anything to Nationals for you to purchase, so you must order now.




(You are Region 5)

  • No cursing
  • Team first attitude
  • Parents are fans; not coaches.
  • Absolutely no male/female coaches or parents are allowed in the athletes’ rooms. If a child is sick, Shannon Hunt needs to be contacted by text.


These times must be followed or your athlete will lose their apparel and risk their spot for competition. There are no exceptions.

  • Non-Competition night before you compete – 11:00pm (lights out)
  • Night before competition – 10:00pm (lights out)
  • Night after the competition 12:00am (midnight) (lights out)
  • Lights out does not mean walking in hotel. Plan accordingly.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Processing 4:00-6:00 PM
Welcome Meeting 6:30 PM
Curfew is 10:30 PM in room, lights out by 11:00 PM

Friday, May 5, 2017
Meet in lobby fed and ready to go at 2:30 pm sharp (We will walk to the venue and take Region 5 pictures.)
Practice 3:30 – 6:00 pm (Qualifiers 1-7 only) Alternates may attend, but not workout.
10:00 – 1:00 pm alternates MAY work out at DeVeau’s or JPAC. (Enclosed is a waiver that must be filled out in order to practice there.)

(All athletes will receive their number to be pinned on their back with year of graduation sticker. It is your responsibility to have this number at practice and at the meet.)

*Any athlete competing for another region must practice with that Region.

  • Regions 5/6        3:30 – 6:00 pm
  • Regions 7/8          8:00 – 10:30 am
  • Regions 1/2          1:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Regions 3/4          10:30 – 1:00 pm

Coaches/Parents are responsible for lunch/dinner etc. Remember athlete rules when planning
Banquet – TBD
Curfew for A/B lights out 9:30 PM, C lights out 10:00 PM
Curfew for D/E/F, lights out at 11:00 PM

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Junior A and Senior A meet in Athlete Prep room @ 6:15 AM
Competition time 7:45 AM
Junior B and Senior B meet in Athlete Prep room @ 9:45 AM
Competition time 11:45 AM
Junior C and Senior C meet in the Athlete Prep room @ 2:45 PM
Competition time 4:45 PM
Curfew A/B/C 12:00 AM
Curfew D/E/F lights out at 10:00 PM

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Junior D and Senior D meet in Athlete Prep room @ 6:15 AM, (all stuff must be out of the room and they should be fed)
Competition time 7:45 AM
Junior E and Senior E meet in the Athlete Prep room @ 9:45 AM (all stuff must be out of the room)
Competition time 11:45 AM
Junior F and Senior F meet in the Athlete Prep room @ 2:45 PM (all stuff must be out of the room)
Competition time 4:45 PM
All athletes must be out of rooms by Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 12:00pm 


You and/or your Club should arrange your flight.
You must be in Indianapolis, Indiana by Thursday, May 4, 2017 between 4:00-6:00 pm.
Your athlete cannot depart before Sunday, May 7, 2017 @ 8:00 AM.

Our host hotel this year is: The JW Marriott 10 South West St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.
The cost of the hotel is $187 plus 17% tax per night.
We fill rooms in the following order: athletes, coaches and then parents.

Questions: Shannon Hunt (or Kim Denewith) office 586-954-3300,
Shannon’s cell: 586-933-3553 (text only)

*If your athlete scratches the competition, they are removed from the team room and placed in an extra athlete room as long as there is space. If there is no space, the athlete will then room with the parents and be refunded their charge.

*If you are cancelling your entire reservation, please contact Shannon Hunt before the hotel. If you are only making changes to your reservation, then you would only need to contact the hotel.



  • All athletes will room together, and there are 4 athletes per room.
  • All room assignments will be given out at processing.
  • The National Hotel Room form must be turned in today with a cash/check payment of $175.
  • Checks should be made out to Region 5.
  • Athletes can/will stay in these rooms from Thursday, May 4, 2017 until Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 12:00pm.
  • There are no roommate requests


  • Must fill out a National Hotel Room Form.
  • We encourage sharing rooms due to the number of rooms available.


  • Must fill out, in its entirety, a National Hotel Room Credit Card Authorization Form.
  • We have a limited number of rooms, so please understand we will do our best to get you into our hotel, but we cannot guarantee it.
  • Please make sure your writing is legible, if we cannot read your email, we cannot communicate with you.

Coaches and Parents

  • You will be given an email with a confirmation number by April 17, 2017.
  • Please do not call the hotel before you receive an email confirmation.
  • If you want to add any nights, you may try after this date. (It is better to book more nights now and then cancel than to try to add nights later.)
  • When you contact the hotel, you can ask for Chanel.  
  • If you would like to cancel a reservation completely, please call/email Shannon Hunt NOT THE HOTEL.



Each athlete is responsible for her own food. Breakfast buffet is between $15 – $20. Make sure your athlete has enough money for 3 meals a day. Snacks, food and drink choices should be the athlete responsibility. Please make sure your rooms are following standard Successful Athlete Nutritional Guidelines.


Valet overnight TBD
Valet daily TBD
Self-Parking overnight TBD
Self-parking daily TBD


The meet is being held at the Indiana Convention Center. The address is 100 South Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225. The venue is linked to the hotel by a covered walk.


All gymnasts and coaches who qualified for the 2017 J.O. National Championships for Women will be provided credentials for the weekend upon check in at practice on Friday.

All other spectators, including USA Gymnastics professional members and gymnasts not qualified for the meet will be required to pay admission rates for this event. CASH ONLY!

 Training DayDay Passes
Children 5-12$5$12
Children 4 and underFreeFree
Seniors 65 and older$5$10


National Checklist

□  National Hotel Room Form – turn in to Shannon/Kim
□  Coaches sign up for help availability – Hotel table
□   Coaches/Parent donation sheet
□   Shop – Region 5 store
□   Media – Jason McDonald
□   Apparel Sizing – Kim/Patty/Kiki
□   Registration for National Meet – Dave Stiles

□     Book travel arrangements
□   Flight
□   Car
□   Register online @ Region5.com under Dream Team (athlete/coach/parent)
□   Like Region 5/2017 National Information Facebook page
□   Do Athlete Bio Form (www.jonationals/info/)
□   Purchase Banquet Tickets: TBD

□     Check room dates
□     Make any adjustments necessary with Chanel or Shannon

□    Pack according to list
□     Make food money plan for athlete
□     Check with your coaches regarding plan or questions
□     2 digital copies of your floor music (MP3 player, computer, tablet, smart phone, etc.) Nationals will NOT provide a compact disc player.

Once again, congratulations on qualifying it to 2017 Level 10 JO Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Over the next few weeks, remember to train hard, remain focused on the task before you and GO REGION 5! 

Region 5 Committee

David Stiles
Regional Chairman
Email: gymcoachdave1@gmail.com
Cell: 317-504-8281
Gym: 317-849-7744

Char Christensen
Regional Tech Chair
Email: charchristensen@icloud.com
USAG: 614-668-8822
Fax: 614-486-7315

Kittia Carpenter
Regional JO Chair
Email: kittiac@buckeyegymnastics.com
Cell: 614-309-0858
Work: 614-895-1611
Fax: 614-895-7644

Norbert Bendixen
Illinois State Chairman
Email: NorbertIL@aol.com
Phone: 847-334-7768

Amy Roplogle
Indiana State Chairman
Email: amscales1@comcast.net
Phone: 317-418-9869

Brian Blewitt
Kentucky State Chairman
Email: brianblewitt@blueribbonsports.net
Work: 502-348-2164

Tami Schaafsma
Michigan State Chairman
Email: tamischaafsma27@gmail.com
Cell: 616-318-6721
Work: 616-399-5608
Fax: 616-399-4614

Nina Dent
Ohio State Chairman
Email: dent.24@osu.edu
Work: 614-292-1115
Cell: 614-316-6391
Fax: 614-688-4612

Nancy Gibson
Regional Xcel Coordinator
Email: judgen1@aol.com
Cell: 219-781-3088

Agusta Lipsey
Regional Secretary & Hall of Fame Coordinator
Email: augusta.lipsey@att.net
Cell: 269-720-7937

Hilary Carlson
Regional Judging Director
Email: hilarycarlson@comcast.net
Work: 630-351-9704
Cell: 708-707-7618

Lori Koch
Regional Training Camp Coordinator
Email: lkoch5camps@gmail.com
Gym: 586-803-1333

Other Links
Region 5 Website: Region5.com
Facebook: 2017 Region 5 National Information
Region 5 Gym Insider 

Printable Dream Team Handbook

2017 Dream Team Handbook.pdf