CGA -- JSI News

December 11, 2014


Get Ready! Let's Do It! Go Pumas!

Just one day left before we kick off the 2014 Justin Spring Invitational! Here at CGA, the coaches have been working diligently to prepare our CGA Pumas to perform well at their home meet, the gymnasts have been pushing themselves to perfect their routines, and of course, the CGA staff and team parents have been busy putting everything in place to host the thousands of gymnasts and family members who will be visiting our community.

Check out the information in today's JSI News to help answer any last-minute questions you may have about the meet.

Set-Up & Tear-Down

Just a reminder: In addition to the volunteer assignments during the meet, all CGA Team parents are asked to help with Set-up and Tear-down.

Set-Up -- Truck Unload -- TONIGHT, December 11

Since the first session is starting on Friday at 4:00P, we will be unloading equipment from the truck on Thursday evening. Anyone who is available to help, please show up at Huff Hall at 6:15P.

Set-up -- Gym -- Friday, December 12

  • Huff Hall
  • Anytime after 9:00A - ?
  • We must have the gym set-up for the sessions that begin at 4:00P; this includes equipment, sound system, judges' tables, chairs, etc.
  • Additional set-up will occur in other areas after 4:00P.
  • Please send a family representative to help anytime on Friday for as long as they are able.

Babysitting Option: For families who are volunteering for set-up there will be a complimentary Babysitting Room provided on-site at Huff Hall for a limited number of children from 9:00A - 4:00P on Friday, December 12. Advanced sign-up is required by emailing no later than today, December 11.

Tear-down -- Sunday, December 14

  • Huff Hall
  • Immediately following the conclusion of the meet around 9:30P - ?
  • We must load all of the equipment onto the truck, clear the gym and all of the additional rooms that we have used during the weekend so U of I students can take finals on Monday morning!
  • Please send a family representative to help starting at 9:30P.
  • We hope to have enough people on hand to wrap things up in about 2 hours.

Updated Volunteer Schedule

Below, please find the link to the 2014 JSI Volunteer Schedule (updated as of Dec. 10.)

You will notice on the schedule that there are still some slots marked NEED HELP that need to be filled. Please consider picking up an extra shift by filling one of the "NEED HELP" slots. Contact us at to let us know which slots you can cover.

Please note: If you have a conflict with your assigned shift, please arrange a swap with another volunteer and make us aware of the change at

Volunteer Responsibilities

OK. So you signed up to volunteer this weekend. Now what?
  • Show up early to allow ample time to find parking (see parking info. below.)
  • Check in at the Volunteer Hospitality Room in the Khan Annex Room 1002 (see map of Huff Hall below.)
  • Pick up your CGA Volunteer T-Shirt at Volunteer Check-in or wear CGA attire if you didn't sign-up for a new shirt.

Check out the document below to find out more specifics about Volunteer Responsibilities and volunteer job descriptions.

Questions about Volunteering? Contact Rachel Tyson, Volunteer Coordinator, at

Frequently Asked Questions & Map of Huff Hall

Below you will find a link to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions during the meet, as well as a map of Huff Hall. Review these documents for your own knowledge, but also take a moment to make sure you familiarize yourself with the information in order that you may better assist the hundreds of guests we will have attending the JSI this weekend.

Parking Information

Much of the parking around Huff Hall is designated for University employees or is metered parking. In particular, pay close attention to where you are parking on Friday during the day, and bring plenty of quarters to feed the parking meters. Saturday and Sunday will allow more access to free parking, but in general, you can count on the fact that you will not be able to park close to the building. Allow for extra time when dropping off your gymnast for his/her session or reporting for your volunteer shift.

Follow the link below for a map of the parking available close to Huff Hall.

Ride the Bus -- Consider MTD

Another option to consider is riding the MTD bus to Huff Hall. Several MTD routes run by Huff Hall. You may want to consider parking in a free lot and taking the bus. A one-way fare on MTD costs $1.00. More information about MTD routes can be found by following the link below.