U.S. Junior Olympic & Xcel rule changes

The rule books for the Junior Olympic gymnastics program and for the Xcel gymnastics program were updated for the new quadrennium (2018-2022). Most of the rules and values of skills stayed the same but there are some changes. I have outlined some of the biggest changes below that will affect gymnasts and coaches.

GymnasticsHQ’s Skill Progression Charts have been redesigned and updated to reflect the changes in the rules. …


WHO will have the next 3-up, 3-count disaster?

UPDATE – Piibunina points out my error in the post below:

Olympic qualification of teams at the 2019 World Championships takes place during the qualification (CI), not during the team final (CIV). CI is still 5-4-3, so there is no danger of 3 up 3 count disaster.

Original post:

Like Italy did within seconds of the start of the Team Final at Europeans. Their first vaulter slipped. This score counted towards team.

Something similar could happen to any team in this format. Or — even worse — they could have an injury during the competition.

This is one reason teams want to rank in the top 3 at Worlds 2018. That’s automatic team qualification to Olympics 2020. They don’t have to risk 3-up, 3-count disaster at Worlds 2019.

… those strange deductions on Rings

At European Championships the Rings panel had SmartRings v6 software. It’s developed in Netherlands.

Deductions for strength hold flagged by that software were shown as extra deductions not included in the E-score.

I did see several occasions where the panel double checked the software by watching the video after the routine was finished. Perhaps it’s not foolproof yet.

Nobody I’ve spoken with knows exactly how it works. GBR coach Lee Woolls did post this.

Pommels – Rhys 8.766 v 8.200 Max

MCCLENAGHAN Rhys 6.500 + 8.766 = 15.266

WHITLOCK Max 6.700 + 8.200 = 14.900

Click PLAY or watch Rhys on Twitter.

Click PLAY or watch Max on Twitter.

No handstand at the start.
Muscling into circles out of Flair.
BIG form break, hitting the horse. Twice.

8.200 is too high, I feel.

Max had 8.541 E-score winning Worlds 2017. Watch that routine.

Eleftherios Petrounias 15.133 Rings

#Legend Olympic champ went 6.300 + 8.833 during the first rotation, first subdivision. He’ll qualify to the Final easily, likely in 1st ranks.

I had his E-score at about 9.20. He’s tough to deduct aside from the landing.

Two judges have SmartRings screens right in front of their faces. GREEN means you met minimum requirements for holding strength in an isometric position.

Petrounias holds as long and as steadily as anyone.

Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

Simone’s D-score 25.0

If there were doubts about the Simone Biles comeback, they’ve been silenced. Despite a slip on the uneven bars, the four-time Olympic gold medalist easily won the all-around and three events at last weekend’s U.S. Classic in Columbus, Ohio.

With the U.S. Championships just two weeks away in Boston, Biles looks poised for more success and add further weight to the argument that she is the greatest gymnast of all time. …

In Columbus, Biles received d-scores of:

  • 6.000, vault;
  • 6.100, uneven bars;
  • 6.300 balance beam;
  • 6.600 floor exercise.

Simone Biles: Is The Best Still To Come?

(via Scott Bregman)

Nick Ruddock interviews Donatella Sacchi

The FIG Women’s Technical Committee President is refreshingly honest and clear answering questions about Olympic qualification and the future of our sport.

She advises coaches not to rush. Avoid injuries. Go clean. Emphasize artistry. Build the dance elements progressively over the long term.

Don’t copy the best in the world. Instead work with the specific strengths of each athlete.

If you want the highest score, consult judges as often as possible.

Jr. World Championships are confirmed for 2019. It’s an experiment. If successful FIG will run Jr. Worlds every 2 years. If not, the concept will be dropped.

Nick spoke with Donatella at the European Union gymnastics camp in Tirrena, Italy. She’s much closer to coaches than was Nellie Kim.

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