Helping Hands 2019 NAWGJ Symposium Award

The 2019 NAWGJ Symposium is July 11-14, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. NAWGJ Helping Hands Program is distributing eight $500 awards for the 2019 NAWGJ Symposium. We want to make sure that every judge is aware of the opportunity to receive $500 for NAWGJ Symposium expenses. The deadline for submitting applications is October 20, 2018.

The information and application for the Helping Hands 2019 NAWGJ Symposium Award is posted on the front page of the NAWGJ website.  Every active judge is eligible to apply.  The eight winners will be announced in January.  Don’t miss this opportunity!

Nevada State Clinic & Board Meeting

The NAWGJ-NV board will meet from 8am-10am on September 10th. Please send your agenda items to Meagan at

NAWGJ-NV will be hosting our in state clinic on September 10th from 10-4 or 6. We will be offering from 6-8 clinic hours if you need them. Please let Meagan ( know if there is anything specific that you would like covered in the clinic that day so that we can better support you.

Reminder – NAWGJ Canons

CANON 1: A judge should assist in maintaining the integrity and competence of the profession of judging women’s gymnastic events. -No bad mouthing other judges to each other or to COACHES
CANON 2: A judge should assist the Association in fulfilling its duty of making judges available for women’s gymnastic events.
CANON 3: A judge should assist in improving the system of judging women’s gymnastic events.
CANON 4: A judge should avoid even the appearance of professional impropriety.
CANON 5: A Judge should be well qualified in gymnastics, know the rules and be thoroughly prepared for each assignment. Each team, meet contestant and participant, as well as the spectators, are entitled to the official’s best efforts to administer the rules of the sport.
CANON 6: A judge should prepare for each judging assignment and should, through study and clinics, keep her/his judging knowledge current.
CANON 7: A judge should fulfill all assignments accepted and be punctual. A judge should also attend all judging and other meetings which are intended to promote a well ordered and conducted meet or event. -Must be in the judges room by report time, as that is when we begin being paid
CANON 8: A judge should be alert at all times, quickly yet accurately produce her/his scores and have a basis for the scores derived and prepared. If a legitimate need should arise, the judge should explain and support such scores by working through conferences and dealing with inquiries in a dignified, professional manner.
CANON 9: A judge should not solicit meets for herself/himself or for others.
CANON 10: A judge shall be completely unbiased. A judge should not give any appearance, especially at a meet, of any particular friendship with any coach or competitor. Also, a judge should decline any assignment in which affiliation with a team or individuals would tend to influence the judge’s ability to be fair and objective. -We love that our judges are close to coaches; however, at a meet, you should not associate with coaches. This looks like bias.
CANON 11: A judge should treat gymnasts, coaches, judges, promoters and spectators with respect. A judge should respect the privacy, property and feelings of any judge or other person with whom such judge is living during the event being judged, and should not do anything which would embarrass or offend such person.
CANON 12: A judge should at all times both look and act professionally. A judge should maintain a neat and well-groomed appearance when judging. He/she should wear the uniform of the Association (except where other dress is permitted). -Attire is Navy pants, white dress shirt, and a navy jacket…..No exception unless you are told in advance
CANON 13: A judge should not be overly officious. She/he should not criticize other officials or attempt to explain other officials’ judgments.
CANON 14: A judge should confine her/his duties to the purposes of judging; i.e., coaching or meet directing are not included in a judge’s responsibilities.
CANON 15: A judge should never consume alcoholic beverages or drugs prior to a judging assignment where such consumption is evident by odor, conduct or appearance.
CANON 16: A judge should exercise good judgment when using social networking media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, texting, e-mail, etc.) i.e. avoid communicating with coaches or gymnasts during, before or after a competition; or refrain from making inappropriate statements about fellow judges, coaches, gymnasts, clubs or parents.

* Comments in red by Ethics Board member Julie Jay

A message from Ethics Board Member Julie Jay

I am sending this friendly reminder to everyone just to reinforce some policies that have been forgotten or are being broken. As you know we are a bit of a relaxed state with some things that have to do with being a gymnastics judge, but we still follow protocol and rules. We have some amazing high-level competitions here in Las Vegas, and many very important clubs, coaches, athletes and judges attend these events. So we need to make sure we are all being professional at all times. The following are bullet points of things we have noticed and this letter will act as a warning to all to make sure you follow these guidelines as we will begin to write reprimand letters.

  • Be on time always, this means in the judges room at report time or before. Also, back in judge’s room throughout the competition day.
  • Wear proper and appropriate judging attire. (Navy blue slacks/skirts and white blouse/shirts, low heals. flats, no leggings and boots.)
  • At no time should you be hanging out/socializing with coaches at the meet venue during competition hours.
  • While acting as and dressed as a judge you need to maintain the proper behavior that is expected of certified officials. (See R & P for explanation) Any issues with a coach/judge etc. should be brought to the attention of the acting meet referee, please refrain from talking about judging issues with coaches/parents.
  • Always know what, when and where you are judging and be prepared.
  • Please refer to the R & P in regards to what you will be reimbursed for such as gas, meals parking etc. Many times we forget that these meets can cost a meet host thousands of dollars, so please be professional and caring when making your choices that involve reimbursement.

Thank you for understanding and helping us make NV NAWGJ the best.