Condolences to the Family of Gene Watson

Texas Gymnastics Community,

It is with profound sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our dear friend, fellow coach and long time Jr. National Coaching Staff member Gene Watson earlier today. Gene had been hospitalized last week and had undergone surgery over the weekend. Sadly, he was unable to recover.

While Gene had only recently moved to Texas and Region 3, both he and his wife Mindy have more than endeared themselves to the many coaches, parents and gymnasts he has worked with here. His gentle but strong, patient and calm demeanor have been, for our community, what has been the good fortune of every part of our national gymnastics family wherever Gene coached and led. We are particularly sad for the Region 5 gymnastics community that Gene had belonged to for so many years. Please know that our thoughts are with you in this time of mutual loss.

Integrity and kindness, civility and wisdom seem to be, at best, in short supply in today’s world. To have known Gene and to have worked along his side was to know that those characteristics of leadership, really, more essential characteristics of humaneness were still present and powerful. His love for our sport, his fellow coaches, but most of all, the athletes – all the athletes he worked with and cared for over his remarkable career is unsurpassed and serves as a model for all of us who share his craft and care for athletes..

Our hearts and prayers go out to Mindy and the family as they work through this great loss. Likewise, we want to encourage all the coaches and athletes whose lives were touched by Gene and remind them that even as we have lost this great man, we have been graced beyond measure by the time we had with him. All of us are better for having had the chance to train, coach, work, laugh and just be present with Gene Watson . “Well done, good and faithful servant.”


Texas Men’s Gymnastics

Texas State Meet: CANCELED

Optional State Cancellation Statement

After careful consideration and re-evaluating the rapid developments over the past 24 hours regarding the spread of the coronavirus, as well as monitoring responses to it by city, state and national authorities, school districts, corporations and sports governing bodies, the Texas State Chair and the State Executive Committee have decided unanimously to cancel the Men’s Texas Optional State Championships.

The event directors and the host organization were in unanimous agreement with the Executive Committee and State Chair that this was the prudent decision to make, recognizing the level of risk for the spread of the virus, particularly in events with spectators so close together. Given that only one person with the virus with no symptoms can transmit the virus through the air and infect dozens of people, it was deemed proper to place the safety and well-being of our gymnastics parents, coaches, judges and athletes at the forefront of the considerations.

We always have the safety of our community at the top of our minds and feel that this is the best decision for our athletes, coaches, judges and parents. No one wants to put others in harm’s way. We all want our athletes to have the opportunity to compete for honors that they have trained so hard for. However, care for people’s health and concern for the risk involved with this virus override the desire for a Championship event.

Thankfully, the equipment supplier for the meet, United Athletic has agreed to refund a significant part of the rental fee they had been paid. We are deeply appreciative of their willingness to assist our gymnastics community in this difficult time. This will help to reduce the negative financial impact on the event host, the Texas Gymnastics Judges Association (TGJA). There are, however, a number of additional expenses that have already been paid and a great amount of work done to prepare for the event by the event directors and host organization. To that end, there will be no refund of entry fees.

With regard to entry fees for our Region 3 Championships in April, which were to be turned in this weekend, overnight mail your hard copy entry for Region 3 Championships and your entry fee check made out to “AGSEP – Texas”. Include a second check for the Region 3 Club registration in the amount of $50.00 made out to “AGSEP”.

Mail to:
Thornton’s Gymnastics Center
1001 S. Egret Bay Blvd. #202
League City, Texas 77573

The deadline to do this is by Monday, March 16th. Do not delay!! Todd will then send a single check for all the Texas athletes to the Region 3 Championships meet director.

  • Texas State Chairman & Executive Committee –

Sims Scholarship Reminder

The Michael Sims Scholarship Foundation Committee is reminding all graduating seniors and last year’s recipients to apply or re-apply for the Michael Sims Scholarship before March 16, 2020!

Applications can be downloaded and all information is at: All applications must be submitted in order, in one single pdf document, and emailed to Sims Scholarship President Tim Erwin or through regular mail by the deadline. 

The  Michael Sims Board wishes all the coaches and athletes the best of luck at the State, Regional and National Championships. Thanks to all of you for helping build our athletes for a promising future generation.

2020 Awards and 2020 Regional Age-Groups

2020 Texas Awards
Please take a moment to vote for the 2020 Bill Foster Award and Judge of the Year. Click the link to submit your vote. You must vote for Bill Foster first and Judge of the Year second.
Bill Foster Award Nominees:Sergei PakanichKevin MazeikaBo Morris
Judge of the Year Nominees:Kevin MuenzAmanda StroudJT FletcherEric BrileyTravis Coulbourn
We were very pleased with the responses and nominations for their outstanding work this season
2020 Texas Awards Form
2020 Regional Championships Appropriate Age Groups
Coaches and Club Admins,
It is your responsibility as a professional coach in Texas to know and ensure your athletes are in the correct recognized age groups. There were 4 athletes entered into JO Optional State Championships in non recognized age groups. There are many athletes entered into North and South State that will not have an opportunity to qualify to Regionals because they are not in levels appropriate to their age. Please take a moment and review the recognized age groups for both Regional Championships and make any changes necessary.
2020 Regional Championships Age Groups

Senior Awards, Sims Scholarships, and Academic All-American Awards

Deadline for Senior Awards is February 29th. Please take care of them today. It’s quick and easy.

Senior Award Form

Also, make sure you begin the process for a Sims Scholarship, if you have an eligible senior.

Sims Scholarship Application

If you have any high school students who might be eligible for a USA Gymnastics Academic All-American Award, the deadline is February 15th.

Academic All-American Award

State Meets Entries Due

IF you have not done so, MAIL ENTRIES and CHECKS. They are due by Feb 1st. Online reservation is not a guarantee your athletes will get into the championships.

Late entries and checks WILL incur a $25 per athlete late fee!

GAT Athlete Clinic

GAT Clinic with Special Guest Coaches Andriy Stepanchenko, Head Coach at the United States Olympic Training Center and Former Olympian Lance Ringnald!

When:  Sunday September 1, 2019


Level’s 6-10  8:30AM to 12:30PM (Limited to the 1st 60 athletes that sign up)

Level’s 4 & 5 10AM to 12:30PM (Limited to the 1st 30 athletes that sign up)


Crenshaw’s Athletic Club – 5000 Fairview Dr, Austin, TX 78731

Cost: $35 per athlete

To sign up: Use the Texas meet entry form, completely filled out. Email the form to Brian Smith – and mail to

Brian Smith
5228. S. Hulen St
Fort Worth, TX 76132

or bring to GAT copy of the form and a check made payable to GAT to Brian Smith or Bryan Kiser.

NOTE: Your athletes will NOT be allowed on the floor or get a refund, if they have not completely filled out the mandatory Crenshaw’s Release form. Coaches, we STRONGLY suggest getting your parents to fill this out at your gym and YOU bring it to either Brian Smith, Bryan Kiser or Glenn Morris at GAT. We do not plan on having any extra copies.


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Ernie Kirkham Will Be Missed

I have some sad news to share with the community. Sunday, June 21st Ernie Kirkham passed away. Though he has not been active in the community in the last few years he is an important figure within our community, one that has worn many hats. Those that knew him know he was a quiet person but was willing to do anything for those around him. I have included a link to information about the visitation and burial. I have also included a link where you can upload pictures for a tribute that is being put together, please have them uploaded by 2:00 on Sunday. 
Thank you.

Action Requested for Chris Cox

As many of you already know, our talented Level 10 Men’s team athlete and coach, Chris Cox, suffered a severe spinal injury a couple of weeks ago. The medical expenses for his surgeries and recovery process are overwhelming his family. Chris is working hard to regain mobility of his arms and legs and making progress, but he has a very long road ahead of him.

If you would like to be a part of Chris’ recovery, you can help by participating in one or both of the fundraisers below:

I. Benefit for Christoffer Cox, Sat Aug 24th 2-8pm @ Clancy’s Public House



T-shirts are being sold for $30, or you can simply make a donation. Click here:–c7PdcvMI


On behalf of his family, prayers and healing thoughts are very much appreciated. We can all be a part of Chris’ recovery journey. Thank you in advance for your support.

2019 Summer Business Meeting

This year’s summer business meeting will be Saturday, June 29th, at Kingwood High School. The meeting will begin at 9:30 am with lunch provided at 12:30 pm and goal of finishing by 2:30 pm.

2701 Kingwood Dr
Kingwood TX 77339

Contact: Justin James (979) 255-1321

Kingwood High School is located on the corner
of Kingwood Dr and Valley Manor Dr. Park in
Staff /Faculty lot off Valley Manor Dr at back of
school. Enter back of school immediately turn
right and Room 2210 is the first room on right.
See you there!

Voting items this year include:

  • State meets
  • State Chairman
  • Bookkeeper

If you have any other items that you would like to see on the agenda, please email them to me.

You can register your club and coaches online. Due to the robustness of our account, I am suspending the club fee for this year.

Club Registration

Coach Registration

If you have a meet, clinic, or event you would like on the calendar, please fill out this form:

Add to Calendar

If you would like to bid for a state meet, use these two forms:

Texas State Championship Bid

Michael Sims North/South State Bid

I look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks!

Regional Qualifying Procedures

The Region 3 Championships Qualifying Procedures are now out. Please read over them carefully. All optional level athletes qualify. All compulsory levels qualify by Regional age groups and the allotment numbers can be found on each state meet website.

Please make sure that you bring the items listed on each website to register your athletes for Regionals

Qualifying from North State
Qualifying From South State
Qualifying from Texas State Championships

Older JO Level 8’s at State

After much discussion with coaches last weekend and this week, we will be allowing the older age groups of JO Level 8 to compete at Texas State Championships. The regional age groups have not changed though, so if you choose to have your athlete compete at this level at state that is as far as he can go.
If you want your athlete to compete at regionals, he will need to compete as a Level 9 or as a JD 1.
The choice is yours.