Gymnastics

Dru Heffington

Dru Heffington

Director of Gymnastics

Email: druheffington@gmail.com

Phone: 615-423-4099

Dru Heffington is a lifetime fan of the sport of gymnastics. She began training in gymnastics at age 3 and continued through age 12, competing for several years. After over 20 years away from the sport, she returned to training as an adult in 2012. She chuckles when she remembers her first practice as an adult gymnast “I couldn’t even do a forward roll. Seriously, I couldn’t even do a forward roll!” Her first amazing experience competing as an adult gymnast was with AAU Gymnastics in Georgia in January 2013 (about 22 years after her last competition). She continues training and competing in gymnastics and loves the opportunity that AAU provides for athletes in all sports and especially all ages. Dru has served as the District Sports Director for AAU Gymnastics in Arizona since moving to the state in 2014. Sports for All Forever is truly amazing and offering opportunities for all to participate in an active lifestyle is her mission!

AAU Gymnastics follows the requirements and routines from USA Gymnastics.  There are a few modifications to USAG requirements which are included in the document here.  Arizona follows the national AAU rules for all competitions.

AAU GYMNASTICS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
AAU CONSIDERATIONS FOR HOSTING DURING COVID RECOVERY R.1

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NEW {03/15/2019} AAU XCEL SILVER & GOLD BARS MODIFICATION

The following modification deductions will be applied to Xcel Silver and Gold uneven bars in the AAU National Program. 
AAU XCEL SILVER BARS MODIFICATION
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: CAST TO MINIMUM OF 45 DEGREES BELOW HORIZONTAL
Special Requirement WILL be awarded the following execution deductions:
*Below 45 degrees: 0.05 – 0.2
CLARIFICATIONS XCEL SILVER BARS:
*Only one cast/skill needs to fulfill SR.
*General execution deductions may apply to all skills. Total deductions cannot exceed the value of the SR.
* If hips do not leave the bar in any cast performed, then SR is not rewarded.

{POSTED 03/15/2019}

AAU XCEL GOLD BARS MODIFICATION
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: A SKILL FINISHING IN A CLEAR SUPPORT (NOT MOUNT OR DISMOUNT)
Special Requirement WILL be awarded the following execution deductions:
· *1 – 45 degrees below horizontal: 0.05 – 0.15
· *46 degrees or more below horizontal: 0.20 – 0.30
CLARIFICATIONS XCEL GOLD BARS:
· *Only one cast/skill needs to fulfill SR.
· *General execution deductions may apply to all skills. Total deductions cannot exceed the value of the SR.

The following modification deductions will be applied to Xcel Silver and Gold uneven bars in the AAU National Program. 

 

AAU NATIONAL RULES FOR BOYS 2019 - 2020
Judging Certification Link

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Qualification Requirements for National Championship

The national AAU requirement to compete at the National AAU Gymnastics Championship is competing at the District Championship in your district. Please see the gymnastics events page for information on the Arizona District Championship.

Arizona District Championship

 

2018 -2019 AAU National Gymnastics Program Routines & Modifications

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AAU Gymnastics – Kids Helping Kids

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 7, 2022) — Since 2016, AAU Gymnastics has been dedicated to giving back and making a difference in the world. The AAU Gymnastics Kids Helping Kids charity provides all of AAU Gymnastics a way to show their support and help out in the community. This year, through the Kids Helping Kids charity program, AAU Gymnastics is proud to support Compass for Kids. 

Compass for Kids is an organization whose mission seeks to provide academic and social-emotional support to empower children and families who have been underserved by the community. Compass for Kids works hard to educate the children and help them grow as individuals in life. The mission is to help the children understand that social, emotional, and life skills are essential to overall well-being and academic success.

AAU Gymnastics supports the efforts of Compass for Kids and will work hand in hand to help provide a positive atmosphere for these children. This year, gymnasts and their teammates will be donating book bags with school supplies, a team picture, and a handmade card with a message of encouragement to a child that will receive the bag.

These bags will be on display at each AAU Gymnastics club’s gym so that the clubs can collect small change to make a big change in someone’s life. Each participating club will then bring their bookbag, cards, and any funds to the AAU National Championships where they will be displayed at the Kids Helping Kids booth.

“I wanted to create a program where they [young gymnasts] understand that ‘no act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.’   I live by those words,” says Liz Nichols, AAU Gymnastics National Chair. “I simply wanted the gymnasts to understand that they could make a difference.  Giving back and paying it forward is very important for me so having the AAU platform to establish the program has been incredible.”

Liz Nichols first started the AAU Gymnastics Kids Helping Kids in conjunction with AAU Cares in 2016. Each year since, AAU Gymnastics selects a charity to support where gymnasts and clubs can collect “small change to make a big change.”

“I emphasize it does not matter the amount because every donation counts and makes a difference,” Nichols added. “These funds will support Compass for Kids Summer Programming and help provide school supplies that they might not otherwise have easy access to. Things that we all just take for granted.”

Some of the charities that AAU Gymnastics has supported in the past years include: St. Jude, Together We Rise – supporting foster children, FRIENDS – Down Syndrome Organization, Girls on the Run, and Ketia for Kids – supporting children of the military. AAU Gymnastics has sent many children to summer camps with these donations, and they have raised and donated over $38,000 to these organizations through Kids Helping Kids. 

“I am very proud of the program and how our AAU gymnasts, clubs, coaches and families have supported the program through our AAU Gymnastics National Championship. They have made a difference! Of that I am sure!”

AAU will be selling the national commemorative pin at this year’s AAU Gymnastics National Championship, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to charity. The AAU Gymnastics National Championship will take place from June 28 to July 3, 2022 in Springfield, Illinois. 

For more information about Compass for Kids, visit compassforkids.org. To learn more about AAU Gymnastics, visit aaugymnastics.org. For all of the details for the 2022 AAU Gymnastics National Championship, click here

 

Arizona AAU Gymnastics Compete at Western Regionals – June 3-5, 2022

Athletes from gymnastics gyms across Arizona competed at the AAU Western Regional Championships June 3-5, 2022 in Rancho Mirage, CA. We are excited to see our Arizona gymnasts have opportunities to compete close to home as well as nationwide. We look forward to seeing more gyms join in Sports for All Forever as AAU gymnastics continues to grow across the district.
 
Results for the Western Regional Championships can be found here: https://www.meetscoresonline.com/results/28921/FGC
 
Please remove the Western Regional Event from the gymnastics events page.