Illinois men’s gymnastics coach Justin Spring gives his thoughts on the new match play format that was used for the Illini meet vs. Minnesota on March 8, 2013 at Huff Hall. Illinois defeated the Gophers 21-9 in the experimental format.
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Here’s Ron Noe’s write-up:
A revolutionary effort to shake things up in College Men’s Gymnastics took place last night in Champaign, IL.
Host Illinois took on Minnesota in the first ever Match Play format.
Carrying on with the 5-up/5-count system, each team went head-to-head on each event in Olympic order. The team behind in the score was then allowed to put their man up last, which allowed for some great strategy, since there were no set lineups. Reviews were mixed, but it certainly added some excitement, at least in the first three rotations. …
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Sounds like two apparatus should be competed simultaneously. To save time.
For example: Floor and Pommels, Rings and Vault, P Bars and H Bar
Strategy would be even more complex.