The Men’s Horizontal Bar rules are a mess. (I grudgingly concede they have been slightly improved this cycle from the last.)
Of many problems on Pipe, worst is overuse of Rybalko and variations. It’s almost a “compulsory” element.
Here’s perhaps the best one I’ve ever seen.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
THAT’s an exciting skill.
But it’s more often done like this.
The Rybalko is deemed completed when the 2nd hand regrasps. Unlike WAG, 0-30 degrees on the regrasp is NO deduction, 31-45 = 0.1 deduction, 46-90 degrees = .3 deduction. After horizontal, it’s non-recognition of the skill.
Under the 2016 Code, if a gymnast does one Rybalko, he cannot do another to mixed grip. That’s good.
But he is allowed to do a Stalder Rybalko. Still too repetitive, for my liking.
Obviously, the Rybalko should have been devalued from D-part to C-part.
More gymnasts would work the flying giant with double twist (D-part) instead. A change I’d love.
related – Anna Li works the skill. Hers is even more a Giant full, roll to Eagle grip, however.
Those gifs and videos were linked by Masters Gymnastics.