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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June 2021 – by Brandee Proffit

The All Starz Academy Gymnastics Team from Kingman, AZ traveled to Savannah Georgia to compete in the AAU National Gymnastics Championships June 23-27, 2021.  Fourteen athletes from Kingman participated.  This event hosted 2386 athletes & 215 gyms from around the country!  All Starz brought home 6 gold medals with one being an all around gold, 10 silver medals, & 8 bronze medals!

This was the first ever AAU National Event for All Starz.  All of their families, athletes & coaches ended up having a wonderful experience. The staff & event hosts were so kind & helpful. The event was exciting & very well organized. All in all it was a very rewarding event! They plan to attend Nationals next year in Springfield, Illinois! 

Abrieella Nelson is the Xcel Bronze National All Around Champion!  She is also the National vault champion!  Plus she won silver on floor, 4th bars & 5th beam.

Lily Payer is the Xcel Bronze National Champion on Bars!  She is also the National silver medalist, and the silver medalist on both beam & floor.

Xcel Bronze Jillian Perrine is the National Silver Medalist on bars!!  She scored a 9.55 at the National Championships in Savannah, Georgia!  She also won 4th on vault & bars & 5th all around.

Alena Otero Xcel Bronze won 4th on bars, 4th on beam and 7th all around. 

Xcel Bronze Sharedyn Proffit won 6th on vault & 7th on floor.

Xcel Silver Bertie Lock is the National Floor Champion with a 9.8!!!  She also scored a 9.8 on bars and won the bronze medal.

Xcel Silver Payton Miller is the National Gymnastics Silver Medalist All Around with a 38.5!  She also won the silver on beam with a 9.65, and the bronze on bars with a 9.725!  She won the bronze on floor with a 9.65!

Xcel Silver Trinity Villegas is the National Bronze Medalist All Around with a 38.175!!  She also won the bronze medal on vault with a 9.65, and the bronze on beam with a 9.6!  Plus she won 4th on bars with a 9.725!!

Xcel Gold Alauna Ballard is the National Gold Medalist on balance beam with a 9.575!!  She’s also the National Silver All Around winner with a 38.1!  Plus she won the bronze medal on vault and the bronze medal on bars!

Xcel Gold Kenley Rucker is the National All Around Silver Medalist with a 37.8!  She is also the silver medalist on bars, bronze medalist on beam, and bronze medalist on floor, plus 4th on vault!

Xcel Gold Cash Proffit placed in the top ten on all events plus won 6th on bars & 6th all around.

Xcel Gold Kinsley Bahre had a strong showing at the National Championships in Savannah, Georgia!  She placed in the top 10 on all events. She is 5th in the nation on bars, 6th on floor with a 9.65, and 7th all around! 

Xcel Platinum Emily Flummer is the National Bar Champion with a score of 9.55!!! She also won 4th all around, 4th on floor & 5th on vault!

Level 8 Khloe Van Sickle is the Level 8 national silver medalist on beam!!  She also won 4th on vault & 6th on floor!

June 2021 – By Dru Heffington, AAU Arizona Gymnastics District Director

Athletes from AllStarz Gymnastics, Inspirit Gymnastics and several of our Adult Gymnasts have enjoyed competing this spring! Your Arizona AAU gymnasts have recently competed in the Western Regional Championships in April and the Arizona District Championships in June. These have been wonderful opportunities for our athletes to participate in the sport of gymnastics and we look forward to offering even more quality competition opportunities to our athletes next season.
 
We want to wish all of our amazing Arizona AAU Gymnasts the best as they head to the AAU National Championships in Georgia June 23-27!