Facts & Questions


What is GAT?
GAT is the corporation entitled the Gymnastics Association of Texas. This corporation is organized exclusively as a professional association. The corporation shall be operated exclusively for the following purposes: (1) promoting the organization and development of gymnastics in all aspects of the sport; (2) developing enthusiastic public opinion in favor of the sport of gymnastics; (3) encouraging participation in the sport of gymnastics; (4) encouraging and implementing correct and safe methods of teaching gymnastics skills; and (5) promoting clinics and workshops in gymnastics throughout the gymnastics community."

Why haven't I gotten any information about the convention?
Were you at the convention last year? Did you move? If you can't attend the convention go ahead and mail in your membership dues...that keeps you in the data base and that keeps you receiving the newsletter. GAT going "green" and relying on our members to check for information on our website frequently for up to the minute updates, etc......You can also follow GAT on Twitter and Facebook.

Did I get in to ITP?
If you register online for an ITP course, you are in that course.  Online ticket sales will stop once ITP courses are sold out.  Two weeks prior to the event, you will see your name on the website on the ITP Registrants page if you make it into the ITP course. 

Can I attend ITP and any other lectures?
It depends on the ITP course and the schedule. An ITP can range from 8-15 hours (4 - 7.5 hours each day) so there are no guarantees.

When is KAT and MELPD and How do I get signed up for those?
These courses are not offered every year, but when they are, KAT (Friday) MELPD (Monday) and you must register for these courses through USAG not GAT. Check our Registration Ad-On Page to see if offered.

When is Safety Certification and how do I get signed up for it?
Safety Certification is offered on Friday and/or Sunday evenings every year depending on the instructor's preference. You must register through USAG not GAT. For more details on this please talk with Jan Eyman jan@txun.net.

Why is the convention on Labor Day Weekend?
Because that is what the general voting body has elected to do. If you want it at a different time please make arrangements to attend the business meeting during the convention (if one is scheduled), and bring it up for a vote. If a meeting is not scheduled then please contact a GAT Board/Committee member with your comments. As needed GAT will have a table at the convention with a comment/voting box, or GAT will send information out in the newsletter to have it up for a vote (either of which is like is done when voting for new GAT Board members at times).

If I am registered for an Instructor Training Program and I don't show up for all of the lectures - what happens?
Then you will not be able to receive your certificate of completion for the program.

I was a paid member of GAT for this year, but I did not receive my directory or newsletter when everyone else did. What do I do to get it since I paid for it?
The directory is now online only. The newsletter's are sent via email, so be sure to send your corrected email address to the newsletter coordinator.

Why doesn't GAT offer the ITP courses on Friday and Monday so that we can attend the general lectures on Saturday and Sunday?
The main reasons is cost.  Right now the additional cost of ITP is just $20 to cover the ITP Notebooks.  Switching ITP courses to a Friday/Monday lecture schedule would mean that ITP Participants would incure the additional costs for two additional days of speakers, hotel conference rooms, guest rooms, etc. thus making the lectures too expensive for most to attend.