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“Should Have Been a 10″ Vaults

American Gymnast top 5 American vaults.

Perfection is very difficult to achieve in a sport like Gymnastics. When you see a gymnast put up a huge routine on an apparatus that appears to be flawless,…

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TumbleTally app

Gymnastics score and meet tracking app for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android.

Here is an overview of the Apple iOS version of the app:

Fast gymnastics meet scoring and awards entry for women’s and men’s events.

Real time All-Around score calculations for each gymnast.

Gymnast’s season best and season average scores.

Real time calculation of team score, and a report showing the gymnasts and scores that contributed to the team score.

View and share Reports of meet results by gymnast, or for the whole team.

Share your gymnastics meet results with friends and family via email, picture messaging, and AirDrop.

Results can also be shared other places like Facebook and Twitter.

Plot your gymnast and team season progress on line graphs.

Choose your own TumbleTally colors from seven color themes.

Requires iOS 7 or iOS 8.

Best starting poinr for more information is flintcreekapps.com


NCAA – feet apart on landing

One of the bigger scoring complaints that gets tossed around during the NCAA season is about landing stuck dismounts with feet apart. Are the judges taking this deduction? Should it be a deduction? Should it be a deduction only for the school I want to lose?

So, I thought people might be interested in the clarification given by the joint technical committee this spring (which can be found in a recent newsletter if you want to read the whole thing).

Regarding landings on vault and dismounts on uneven bars and balance beam: No deduction applied for landing with feet a maximum of hip-width apart, provided that they join (slide) the heels together on the controlled extension. If the entire foot/feet are sliding or lifted off the floor to join, it is considered a small step and a deduction of up to 0.10 would be applied. Landing with feet further than hip-width apart will receive a 0.10 deduction. A deduction of up to 0.10 would be applied for landing with feet staggered (one foot in front of the other).

Keep in mind that when a deduction is “up to,” the full “up to” value is almost never taken in NCAA. Otherwise, the scores would be more like JO. …

Balance Beam Situation


Normile – 10 New Rules To Spice Up Gymnastics

I like many of Dwight Normile’s suggestions. They are worth considering, for sure.

For example:

WOMEN’S VAULT – Any fall, including just a hand touch, should incur a 3.0 deduction. …

BARS – Any empty swing, such as those after a Shaposhnikova-type skill, shall incur a deduction. …

BEAM – Add an actual mount requirement …

WOMEN’S FLOOR – gymnasts are required to perform no more than three tumbling passes …

RINGS – swing to handstand in both directions …

MEN’S VAULT – if you qualify to an event final, your second vault must feature a difference greater than moving one hand approximately eight inches from where it touched on vault No. 1. …

IG – Stretching Out: 10 New Rules To Spice Up Gymnastics

Click through for details.


An alternate solution for Beam would be to have the mount count for difficulty.

myths about Gymnastics judges

I’ve been a judge most of my life. Much about this article by Jag Gym rings true. :-)

I have a job for you: gymnastics judge!

Sports officials in general probably have one of the most difficult and least appreciated roles in youth sports. And those in gymnastics are no exception.

I have been on all sides of that folding table. As a gymnast knowing that I am going to make myself vulnerable by trying to do something very difficult and am inviting someone to judge me.

As a judge passing out scores that I hope are accurate and fair.

As the parent of a gymnast trying not to vomit from the anxiety of putting my child out half naked to have someone assign a number to her efforts.

And, as a coach who from time to time believed that my athlete was genuinely given a score that did not match her performance. I know that none of this is easy or straightforward.

Now, as a gymnastics club owner, I have yet another role: trying to explain to upset children, distraught, even angry parents and discouraged coaches that contrary to what they might think, the judges are not out to get them!

Are judges perfect?

Of course, not.

But they certainly are misunderstood. So here it goes, my myth-busting list about judges and judging gymnastics:


making a MOCKery of Finals

making a MOCKery of Finals

Shewfelt Gym Fest

FORM conditioning

Have you physically prepared your young gymnasts to keep form?

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(via Swing Big – Working Presentation with Young Gymnasts)

2017-2020 MAG Code of Points

At Worlds FIG MTC Chair Steve BUTCHER facilitated a committee round table to brainstorm ideas to improve the Men’s Code.

I include here a few samples of the discussion.


Are there a set of “first” or fundamental principles that underlay the Codes and by which the TCs frame discussions regarding specific issues or decisions, and if so, what are they?

Safety, Fair Play, Universality


Can we move from 5 to 4 element groups per exercise?

Idea for P Bars:

Combine the Long Swing and Underswing element groups (the Long Swing group is very difficult for taller gymnasts)

Idea for H Bar:

Add a requirement for flight elements with salto over the bar

Download a copy of the Powerpoint Presentation to see the rest.

I’m happy to see the committee so open minded. Let’s wait and see what changes end up being made. The rules for Horizontal Bar and Floor Exercise are dreadful now. Almost any change would be for the better.


… The WTC and MTC both met in sunny and warm Cancun (MEX) for their final meetings of the year from 5-10 November. Each committee met individually, as well as jointly …

Let’s hope they jointly came up with ways to IMPROVE the Codes.


via Nico

Codes of Points online

gymdrills.net has gotten even better.

Published on 29 Oct 2014

We are happy to present you with the Code of Points online browser for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.

It allows you to go through the complete “Code of Points” document in a user friendly way. Additionally, this system enables you to search relevant drills for a particular element.

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Check it out – gymdrills.net

Free registration required.


Many would name Oleg as the man with the best chance to catch Uchimura in the AA. Verniaiev went 90.400 at Blume including a poor FX routine.

The catch?

Oleg’s H Bar is far, far weaker than the King.

On the other hand, Oleg’s improved, no longer looking like a USA J.O. Level 10.

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If the Code changes, however, and I believe it will, this routine could be very low start score in 2017.

judging artistry – neither reliable nor valid

Research study out of University of Ljubljana, Slovenia:

Due to its nature and relatively poor definitions in the Code of points, judging of artistry may suffer from serious flaws in reliability and validity.

We have used the balance beam artistry evaluation forms given by 5 execution judges at World Championship in Tokyo 2011 to analyze reliability and validity.

Data on 194 competitors was gathered. Deductions were received by a highly variable number of competitors from separate judges in the same components of artistry.

The variability of average total artistry deduction was relatively large, ranging from 0.18 to 0.39 points.

The average correlation coefficient in total artistry deductions between all judge pairs was 0.6±0.06 and average correlation coefficient in total deductions from execution score was 0.73±0.04, p < 0.001.

Vika on beamKendall’s coefficient W revealed significant systematic over- or under-rating of judges in the components of artistry of presentation, sureness of performance and variation in rhythm, but also in total artistry deductions (W values ranged from 0.05 to 0.53, p < 0.001 for all W coefficients).

We conclude that neither reliability nor validity of artistry judging was satisfactory in this analysis. Further thorough evaluations of judging performance in artistry are needed to guide accommodations and hopefully improvements in this field. …

Authors are grateful to Nelli Kim, FIG Women’s Technical Committee President who supported this study during and after the World Championship in Tokyo 2011.

Open the study as a PDF.

That was using the rules of the last quadrennial. Still, it’s my belief that different people cannot judge artistry consistently.

Instead, FIG judges should simply apply the Code as written now, deducting for errors in form, body position and rhythm. The most artistic will be rewarded. Consistently.

(via Science of Gymnastics Journal)

Hong vs Biles – Vault

The 2008 Olympic Champion competed first. And hit better than we’d seen her in training or prelims.

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With 0.8 lower start scores, Simone needed to stick or near stick to move ahead.

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Two fantastic vaulters. I was happy with the podium ranking.

1. Hong Un Jong
2. Simone Biles
3. Mykayla Skinner

vault results

commentary by Catherine – Beautiful Gymnastics – EF Day 1: Vault and Bars

She notes that we had no falls, a wide variety of vaults and, happily for me, no Produnovas. Only Dipa of India competed one at this Worlds.

the men of Nanning

The Liukin:

Ri Se Gwang (PRK)
Danell Leyva (USA)
Denis Ablyazin (RUS)
Petro Pakhnyuk (AZE)
Jossimar Calvo (COL)
Zhang Chenglong (CHN)

For once a Chinese gymnast who’s exciting to watch on high bar! How many years has it been?


He won many points from me for finally being interesting, so I hope he keeps doing what he’s doing. In fact, I even felt sorry for him in the high bar final when his grip broke during his routine. A hit routine from him could’ve shaken up the medal standings and perhaps made Epke Zonderland a little nervous. I still haven’t figured out the messy handling of the time rule.

The Men of Nanning and Their Lasting Impressions: Part II

Despite confusion at the time, it sounds like the judges should not have let him continue the routine. It took more than 30sec to locate and put on a new grip.

Yang Hak Seon (KOR)
Krisztián Berki (HUN)
Sam Mikulak (USA)
Nikolai Kuksenkov (RUS)
Nile Wilson (GBR)
Manrique Larduet (CUB)

The Men of Nanning and their Lasting Impressions: Part III

NCAA Vault – a stick contest

Since College judges do not much reward height, distance or body position, getting a good score is pretty much determined by the landing.

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