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2011 July Edition

Volume 1

Issue 1

Upcoming Meets

Intrigue Invitational
October 28-30, 2011

GCC Invitational
November 4-6, 2011

Ozone Invitational (FlipFest)
January 14-16, 2012

Classic Rock Invitational
February 17-19, 2012

Excalibur Cup
February 17-19, 2012

Charleston Cup
February 24-26, 2012


I used Meet Control for the first time this year for the 2007 Charleston Cup.  From pre-meet set-up to the awards at the last session, Meet Control far exceeded my expectations.  TG and John are professionals - announcing, music, patience, certificate design - they improved the quality of the meet.  For the first time, I was able to enjoy my meet.  No stress, no worry.  I intend to use Meet Control for Charleston Cup for the years to come.


Paul Padron

Meet Director Charleston Cup

Former Region 8 - Junior Olympic Committee Chairman



I have used Meet Control for the Pacific Coast Classic, Flip Fest Invitational, and 2007 Region VIII Men's Championships.  Their level of knowledge, technology, and service has exceeded all of my expectations.  Meet Control is a full service company that can do EVERYTHING necessary to run a competition(s) of any size. There is no individual or company that I trust more!  I am planning on using Meet Control for all of our events for years to come.   


Steve Butcher

Director of Gymnastics Operations- Premier Athletics, Inc. & USA Gymnastics Board of Directors Member

Quick Links


Meet Control has been busy this summer. We have been developing a new website that is going to be more user friendly. We also have been creating promotional email flyers (such as "Save The Date") that we custom design for meets and then email them out to regions. We are finalizing our 2011-2012 Competition Tour and getting ready to go to New Orleans, LA for Region 8 Congress (July 15-17).

 Who Powers Meet Control
  • Thomas (TG) Hawkins-TG studied Business Administration and Electrical Engineering while attending Mississippi State University.  From 1992 through 2001, he was a licensed general contractor in Starkville, MS.  The year 2000 brought growth to Starkville Gymnastics, a business he and his wife, Nancy, owned.  He devoted his efforts to improving the technology base of the facility and overall community awareness of Starkville Gymnastics.  TG has returned to his passion of computer technology and network administration.  He is the co-founder of Meet Control and won the first National Magic Mouse award for the Mississippi USAG web site and the National NAWGJ Nettie Award for the Alabama NAWGJ web site.  TG holds a level 10 NAWGJ Rating, and has judged since 1997.  TG is married to Nancy Hawkins, who serves as the Mississippi USAG State Director.  He is an Eagle Scout and a volunteer in the gymnastics community.  TG and his wife have hosted Level 9 Easterns, 9/10 Regionals, 7/8 Regionals, Xcel Regionals, and Boys Regionals, and dozens of State Meets.
  • John Williams-John graduated with honors from Warren Central High School in Vicksburg, MS.  He obtained a BS in computer science at Mississippi State University.  He continued his education at MSU concentrating on computer security and artificial intelligence.  While continuing his education, John was employed as a computer technician at a local security company in Starkville, MS.  With his love of computer software engineering, he formed an alliance with TG Hawkins.  John is the co-founder of Meet Control which won the first National Magic Mouse award for the Mississippi USAG web site and the National NAWGJ Nettie award for the Alabama NAWGJ web site.  Since its inception, he has devoted his time and expertise to the development of gymnastic software by improving the simplicity of acquiring and retrieving needed data and the manipulation thereof.  In John's personal life, he is an aficionado of fine wine, good books, and great jazz.
  • Nikki Atkins-Nikki graduated with a BS degree in Marketing from Auburn University in 1993. After graduating from college, she worked in Sales for a large department store until she moved to Birmingham, AL in 1995. She pursued a gymnastics "career" when her daughter enrolled at JFJ Elite Gymnastics. Nikki became the gym administrator for JFJ Elite Gymnastics in 2005 and was also the Meet Director/Coordinator for the first ever Elite Cup (2006) meet and the 2006 Alabama Optional State Gymnastics Meet. She relocated back to her hometown of Auburn, AL in the summer of 2007. Nikki has been working with Meet Control since January, 2008. She does a little bit of this and a little bit of that. During meet season she is usually entering gymnast information in Excel (to get it ready for Pro Score), verifying coaches and athletes USAG numbers and whatever else may be needed to get the schedule out for a meet.  Nikki also travels to various meets (Flip Fest, Charleston Cup and Excalibur Cup) where she helps with set up and plays floor music. During the off season she works on compiling the Meet Control Calendar for the upcoming season, Meet Control contracts, Information Sheets for upcoming meets, Power Points and lately she has been putting together Meet Control Newsletters and Email Promotion Flyers that she designs to promote upcoming meets. Nikki has been married for 18 years to Jack Atkins and has 2 children (Taylor Ann-15, Avery-12). In her free time she likes to read, spend time outdoors, exercise and attend her kid's sporting events. 
 Feature of the Month

Meet Control has partnered with Hasty Awards and can order all your medals, plaques, trophies and banners for your event. Because of our volume, we can do this below retail prices.  Tell us what you want and give us the opportunity to save you money with outstanding customized or stock awards!

 Notes From Deb...

As you prepare for the competitive season, consider copying all of your athlete's competitive numbers, birthdates, emergency information, permission to treat documents, your coaches credential information and your CLUB number to a thumb drive or to your smart phone for easy access.  Also, copy this information into an Excel document allowing easy access for competition registration, and to be readily available should you need to email it to the meet host.  Remember, you or your coaches may very well need to show credentials at competitions.  Be prepared to do so at every meet, and that way you won't have any delays when signing in.  Writing the club number on your credentials is also a quick way to have that information readily available.


Athlete's Wellness Policy-have you adopted that policy in writing?  You can find this policy in the Gymnastics Risk Management Handbook (what was once entitled Safety Manual) .  USAG's Legal Department has prepared the document for a reason.  That reason is to add protection for USAG Clubs should it be needed.  Club owners must be diligent and that means taking steps to be prepared should something happen that requires legal counsel.  Take the time to add the fact that your gym has adopted USAG's Athlete's Wellness Policy, and include a copy of the policy in your club's operating manual.


I look forward to seeing many of you at Regional and National Congress.  Have a safe and productive summer!

It's not too late to join our 2011-2012 tour! Please feel free to contact us for more information.



Thomas Hawkins and John Williams

Meet Control