Team Fee Examples
For Nationals, there are individual fees and team fees.
All Nationals competitors must pay individual fees.
As a team you can decide if you want to pay team fees. By paying team fees, your team will be included in the team competition and will be eligible for team finals.
You can have 8 people per team per event. For the women's and men's team score, top 3 scores per event are totaled.
The Mercy Rule states that if a club does not at least one gymnast of each gender qualify into finals (event, all around, or team finals), the club may choose a member of each gender that did not qualify to enter into event finals competition on an event of their choice. Each club may have one male and one female qualify for the Mercy Rule. If a club has multiple teams per gender, they may choose to pay additional team fees to ensure that additional teams (i.e. team B) can have one person qualify for the Mercy Rule. The Mercy Rule is intended to ensure that all clubs can have at least one competitor in finals.
Here are some examples ....
A. If you have a team of 12 gymnasts with 6-8 people competing each event (everyone is not competing all-around) ... The 12 gymnasts would need to pay NAIGC membership fees (since only members can compete) and Nationals individual fees. This team of 12 people could decide to pay the team fee or could opt out of the team competition.
B. If you have a team of 3 gymnasts who are all competing all-around (thus 3 people competing each event) ... The 3 gymnasts would need to pay NAIGC membership fees (since only members can compete) and Nationals individual fees. This team of 3 people could decide to pay the team fee or could opt out of the team competition. Given that 4 scores constitute a women's team score a women's team of 3 would likely not qualify for team finals. For men, top 3 scores count, so it is plausible a men's team of 3 could qualify for team finals.
C. If you have more than 8 gymnasts who want to compete a single event, you may need to create a second team (i.e. a B team) within your club. Each gymnast would need to pay NAIGC membership fees (since only members can compete) and Nationals individual fees. The B team could decide to pay the team fee or could opt out of the team competition. If the B team pays a team fee, they will qualify for the mercy rule for finals. An individual can only compete on one team (i.e. cannot compete A team for some events and B team for other events).