definitions for back-to-back superior, bar change, and high level
back-to-back superior and low level back-to-back superior.
Rationale: Adds definitions for clarification.
1: Modifies the definition of balk, direction change,
medium, superior, and high superior.
Rationale: Updates the definitions for consistency with rules.
1: Changes the name of Bonus High Superior to
Advanced High Superior.
Rationale: Bonus High Superior
is changed to Advanced High Superior for clarification purposes.
1: Deletes the definition for combinations and
Rationale: The term is not currently used as a
descriptor in gymnastics terminology. Routine
is an unnecessary definition.
the conditions for repeating an exercise.
Rationale: Repeating an exercise is based on the
conditions surrounding the interference of the exercise and not because the
participant believes she can receive a higher score.
2-4-11: The meet referee’s clerical authority over the
contest extends through the completion of any reports including imposing
disqualifications which occurred during the meet. State associations may intercede in the
event of unusual incidents before, during or after the referee’s jurisdiction
has ended or in the event that contest is terminated prior to the conclusion
of the meet.
Administrative duties for meet officials may need to continue after the
contest to document actions which occur during the competition. This revision
illustrates the difference between the meet officials’ jurisdiction during
the competition and other administrative responsibilities such as submitting
specific reports after the competition is completed. In addition, clarifies
that State Associations may continue to develop and implement policies that
allow for review of unusual incidents that occur while the meet officials
have jurisdiction or after the competition is completed.
3-1-3a: Clarifies that matting for the working and landing
area shall be a minimum thickness of 4 ¾ inches (12 cm).
Rationale: The correction in the measurement reflects
the actual thickness of the manufactured mat.
that the maximum matting including a sting mat shall not exceed 19 inches in
Rationale: The change to the maximum matting allows
the gymnast to use any configuration of manufactured mats and not exceed the
maximum total matting permitted.
4-1-2E, 7-3-5, 8-3-5, 9-3-5: Deletes
specific Bonus requirements and replaces them with revised requirements.
Rationale: The revision of the Bonus category is for
ease of understanding and for objective application.
4-4-1, 2 & 3: Specifies that the range shall be determined by
the average score.
Rationale: The use of the average score to determine
the range is a more objective method than the use of a single judge’s score.
the categories for an inquiry.
Rationale: Back-to-back superiors are already included
in Bonus, letter d.
when a deduction for exceeding warm-up time or warming-up in the competitive
area is taken.
Rationale: The revision in wording will maintain
consistent language throughout the book.
that mathematical errors are an exception to the inquiry process.
Rationale: The revision eliminates mathematical errors
from the inquiry process that previously may have resulted in a deduction.
5-1-6c: Deletes the deduction for inquiries involving
Rationale: Deleting the reference to inquiries
involving judgment clarifies that only legal inquires may be accepted by the
6-2-5b new NOTE 3: Adds a NOTE clarifying that a vault performed
without the signal does not count as one of the 3 authorized attempts.
Rationale: This revision specifies the mechanics of
deducting for vaulting without the signal from the chief judge.
a deduction for alternate repulsion, up to 0.2, in the repulsion phase.
Rationale: Specifies the deduction for alternate
6-5-1 new c: Specifies
that there is no deduction for the coach standing between the board and vault
table on a round-off entry vault.
6-5-2g, 7-3-7h, 8-3-7h, 9-3-7i: Deletes
signaling as a deduction.
Rationale: Specifies that signaling is not a violation
6-5-2h(1): Permits the use of Velcro strips, tape or small
chalk marks on the vault runway provided they are removed at the end of the
Rationale: Permits the use of velcro strips, athletic
tape or small chalk marks on the vault runway and that they must be removed
at the end of the rotation.
6-6: Adds new elements to vault: ½ - 2/1; ¼ - ¼ Front salto; ¼ - ¾ Front
salto; RO – FF 1/1 on – Repulsion off; and RO – FF 1/1 on – ½ off.
Rationale: Specifies a value for each new vault.
6-6-2 (2.207), 6-6-2 (2.301): Changes the value of a ¼ - ¾ vault to 9.0 and
clarifies that a ¼ - ¾ vault may end facing toward or away from the vault
Rationale: Realigns the value of a ¼ - ¾ to be
consistent with a ½ - ½ in vault.
7-3-3a, 8-3-3a, 9-3-3a: Changes category name to “variety in choice of
elements and connections” in Composition and provides additional guidelines
Rationale: Specifies that the category name includes
“connections.” Additional guidelines
for deductions are provided.
7-3-4c(8) NOTES 1 and 2: Specifies how to deduct for an extra swing.
Rationale: Specifies when an extra swing deduction is
taken and the maximum deduction for extra swings.
7-4 Fig. 1: Revises the Figure to reflect the lack of a
deduction from 0° - 10°.
Rationale: Specifies the angle range and the corresponding amplitude deduction.
7-6: Adds new elements to uneven bars: each type of kip is a different element;
hang on HB-uprise backward to clear support on HB, also with ½ turn or with
flank vault over HB; clear underswing on LB, release and counter movement
forward in flight to hang on HB, facing inward-stalder backward with release
and counter movement forward in flight to hang on HB (Ray); underswing
(toe-on) with ½ turn to clear support on same bar.
Rationale: Specifies that each type of kip is a
different element. Specifies the value
of an uprise with a flank vault over the high bar. Accommodates new elements and for
consistency of progression within a structure group. Specifies the value of a Ray. Specifies
the value of this element.
8-2-3, 9-2-3: Clarifies the exception regarding using a single
element twice to fulfill two series requirements.
Rationale: Adds clarifying language regarding the use
of a single element within a series.
8-2-5: Clarifies that two medium elements maybe be
awarded superior credit if they are acro elements. Also deletes the word attain.
Rationale: Clarifies that a handstand does not pass
through the vertical and cannot be used to receive superior credit if
combined with another medium.
8-6: Adds the following elements to balance beam: swtch leg lep/jp 135° w/wo ¼;
ring/stag-ring lp/jp at waist height; switch leg lp/jp 180°; side split jp
180°; side split jp 180° w/ ½; switch leg lp/jp 180° w/ ¼ to side split;
switch leg lp/jp 180° w/ ¼ to straddle pike; switch leg lp/jp to ring at head
height; ring/stag/ring lp/jp at head height; forward shoulder roll, backward
shoulder roll; jump backward with ½ twist to walkover forward (Onodi).
Rationale: Specifies the value of these new elements.
8-6-8 (8.301a): Deletes a series of walkovers forward.
Rationale: Clarifies that a series of forward
walkovers is not an exception to the method of awarding Value Part credit.
9-1-1: Revises required area for placement of the floor
exercise mat to specify that the padded competitive area should be centered
in an area of 42 feet x 42 feet.
Rationale: The revised dimensions of the floor
exercise mat are more appropriate for high school gymnastics programs and
facilities. The chief judge will
continue to measure and verify the dimensions of the padded competitive area.
The placement of the competitive area is the responsibility of the host
school and not the chief judge.
9-3-5b: Clarifies floor exercise, superiors, high
superiors and advanced high superiors may be included in one connected pass
without being directly connected.
Rationale: Clarifies how to receive credit for
9-3-7o new 1: Clarifies that music may have human sounds but no
words may be spoken or sung.
Rationale: Clarifies that the use of human sounds in floor exercise music is
9-6: Adds the following elements to floor
exercise: ring/stag ring lp/jp at
waist height; ring/stag ring lp/jp w/wo ½ at head height; ring/stag ring w
1/1 at head height; split jp 180° with 1 ½; lp 1 ½ twist in horizontal to
prone (Khorkina); all saltos to prone; a series of saltos, one forward and
one backward; a series of saltos backward; a series of saltos backward tucked,
piked or stretched with 1/1 twist in both saltos; a series of whip saltos
backward; from take-off forward from one or both legs-salto sideward tucked,
piked or stretched.
Rationale: Specifies the value of new elements.
GIRLS GYMNASTICS MAJOR EDITORIAL CHANGES
2-2-1a(2): Describes chief judge’s responsibility in
measuring floor exercise area.
Rationale: Clarifies how the chief judge
measures the padded competitive area of the floor exercise mat.
3-1-3a-d, 6-1, 7-1, 8-1, 9-1: Reformatting of all event equipment specifications
to an easier to read format.
Rationale: Reformats the equipment specifications
section for all events for ease of use.
3-3 new NOTE, 3-3-5, 3-3-8: Clarifies the authority and criteria for the state
association to authorize exceptions to the competitive rules to provide a
reasonable accommodation to individual participants.
Rationale: Clarifies that an
individual state association may authorize exceptions to the playing rules to
provide reasonable accommodations to individual participants with
disabilities and/or special needs or other unique and extenuating
circumstances. Such exceptions are not considered rules modifications since
they are not general in nature; rather, they are limited to the circumstances
of specific individual participants.
6-5-2 new d: Clarifies the deduction for failure to use the
board safety mat and have a spotter present on the vault.
Rationale: Clarifies the deduction for failure to use
the safety board mat and have a spotter present on vault.
9-6-8, 9-6-9, 9-6 new 10: Element illustrations are rearranged for new
Rationale: Rearranges elements and description in floor exercise to accommodate
GIRLS GYMNASTICS EDITORIAL CHANGES
1, 3 new NOTE, 6-3-4h-o,
6-4-3, 6-4-4h-p, 6-5-1a-f, 7-3-3b, 7-6-8 (8.302), 8-2-3c, 8-3-3b, 8-5b(2), 8-6-1
(1.201), 8-6-11 (11.203a, 11.303a, 11.403a, 11.407), 9-2-3a(1), 9-3-5b, 9-5b(2),
9-6-1, 9-6-8 (8.203, 8.303, 8.403), 9-6-9 (9.202, 9.302, 9.304, 9.402, New
9.204, 9.405), 9-6 new 10 (New 10.201, New 10.301, New 10.401)
GIRLS GYMNASTICS POINTS OF EMPHASIS
1. Extra swings
2. Tap swing
3. Uncharacteristic elements on bars
4. Bar change
5. Handstands on beam and floor
6. Direction of specific elements on beam and