Welcome to Pennsylvania's 2nd Largest
Gymnastics Meet. We were the largest for several years
running, however were out done by the "Pink" Invitational.
We believe in their cause of finding a cure for Breast Cancer, and
so we support them and hope they continue to be the largest.
So, come to both!!!
Thanks for taking an interest in our meet. This is the
13th Annual Stars & Stripes meet. However we are
excited to announce that this is the 1st ever Stars &
Stripes Coed Invitational.
That's right, we're bringing in the boys. Our Men's
Team is excited to help host this event. It should be
cool! Our plan is to have the Main Event feature both
the Highest Level Men & Women Simultaniously. This
will be great for gymnastics enthusiast! This will
also be great for coaches and clubs like us who rarely get
to enjoy all of our athletes at the same venue. So, we
are really excited about this new addition.
Thanks to a lot of hard work from a lot of great people,
the Stars & Stripes has grown to
become one of the biggest and best meets on the East Coast.
Each year we've grown and attract more and more quality
teams. We hope you are interested in checking us out
If you are interested in attending, please
download our meet registration forms, or contact
Erie Gymnastics as soon as possible.
*** After much success last year, we will again host the event to Erie's Brand
New Bayfront Convention Center with attached brand new
Sheraton Hotel. It offer convienience, beauty, and the
'Big Meet' atmosphere. It's also only minutes to many
tourist attractions like Presque Isle State Park, Splash
Lagoon Waterpark, Millcreek Mall....
Meet Director- Douglas Pershun
WHAT MAKES OUR MEET GREAT ---
TOP 10 reasons to brave the snow and come to ERIE
1. Great & Interesting
Erie, PA sits on the border of 3
different USAG regions and Canada, yet is just 2 hours away
from Pittsburgh, PA / Cleveland, OH / Buffalo, NY / and
Ontario. At our meet you get to see and compete
against a lot of teams you might normally not see during the
year. Last year we had 40 teams from West Virginia,
Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and Ontario.
2. Bring You Whole Team:
This year with adding the
Men's Teams, Your whole gymnastics organization can come
together under one roof and support each other.
The Star's & Stripes
Coed Invitational is
Women's Level 2 thru Level 10's & Men's Levels 4-10;s. The Main Event will feature
the top Men & Womens athletes in the Region
a fun getaway weekend in Erie with the whole team.
We go 50% deep with nice medals and trophies. We know it is
important, especially for the little ones to have a chance to earn a
medal. We have fair & reasonable sized age groups per level
and don't chince with awards. Real Heroes - members of the
Military, Firemen, & Policemen will be on hand to distribute the
4. Great Facility:
The Stars & Stripes is hosted in Erie's brand new
Bayfront Convention Ceneter.
The Bayfront Convention is centrally located, and the
Sheraton Hotel is directly connected to the meet site.
It's also close to other numerous Hotels, Restaurants, Splash Lagoon Indoor Waterpark, and less than
3 miles from the Millcreek Mall (Erie's Largest
also very easy to find.
5. Things to Do:
There are many things to do in Erie. We are less than
from Erie's Largest Mall Complex with hundreds of stores &
restaurants. We are less than 4 miles from Splash Lagoon
(Erie's huge Indoor Water Park) which is a big hit with all of the
teams. We are only 15 minutes from Peak & Peak Ski Resort.
We are less than 4 miles to Presque Isle State Park which is
beautiful in the winter and offers a chance to see the ice flows and
much wildlife. We also are the heart of Wine Country, with
tours available every weekend. We;ve also just added Presque
Isle Downs and Casino.
6. PA's Largest Flag:
We have the largest flag in PA, and one of the largest in
the US as a beautiful backdrop for our event. The flag was
donated to us by a 3 time Purple Heart recipient (Chuck
Braendal) The meet is a
patriotic tribute to those heroes born on 9/11 and those who
continue to risk their lives to protect ours. All Military,
Firemen, Policemen, & Rescue Workers... are admitted FREE.
7. Fast Awards:
We have computerized electronic scoreboards and judge entered scoring systems.
Our awards are out quickly and even though we give a lot of awards,
the ceremony is quick.
Each year we have World Class & Natioal caliber entertainment while
we calculate the scores. It makes the time go faster and
offers insight into what you can do with your gymnastics talents.
Our two performers from last year are currently on a 72 country
9. Coaches Hospitality:
We have an annual hospitality party for all the coaches and
staffers. We are sponsored by a local Winery and a Chocolate
Factory. You can celebrate your victories or drown in your
defeats. In either case a great time to be had!
10. We are Fun People:
We believe gymnastics is fun, and the whole purpose
for participating and competing is for fun. Even if
you fall, you still can have some fun. The teams we
invite are fun, the coaches are fun, and the kids are a
blast. We have professional DJ's pumping up the crowds
between rotations, acts, even the judges have been known to
get into the action! (We are sponsored by a local