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DGS Northeast Invitational. 1/13-1/15
JUST THE FACTS-
Competition Site- Trinity College, Hartford CT
Type of equipment- AAI
Number of competitors- 900
Number of gyms- 2
Sets of equipment- 1 per gym with 2 beams per side.
Did the sessions run on time? YES (most were ahead of time)
Biggest fix needed- The competition has outgrown its current home. There is plenty of room on the competition floor but awards could use a bigger space and parking was an issue.
Best thing about the meet- Gifts, Gifts, Gifts! Nice gifts for coaches (Wine or a HUGE box of chocolate covered pretzels. I took the wine which by the way was quite good) Great goody bags for kids, each gym won a piece of equipment that the gymnasts got t choose. My gymnasts took home a nice floor beam. 1 gymnast in each session won a $50 gift certificate to DGS 9.9, 1 gymnast from the weekend won a week at the National Gymnastics Training Camp summer camp. Every competitor left with a DVD containing all the photos from their team. The parents LOVED THIS.
We have all been to weekend long competitions where coaches hospitality for the coaches consisted of 1 pizza to feed 30 coaches and maybe a bowl of goldfish. NOT HERE. There was more than enough food available after each session. Coffee and soft drinks all day. Sandwiches during lunch, a very good dinner spread (Chicken Marsala, pasta, salad etc on one night.) In general great hospitality Right down to the Big Screen TV in the coaches room to watch a little football in between sessions.
There was a solid level of competition through out the weekend. Not the hardest meet I have ever been to, but not the weakest either.
BOTTOM LINE- am I going back? YES. There are a number of big invitationals going on in our region that weekend, all within an 90 minutes of each other (and 2 just across town from each other). I drove past both of them to take my team here.
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