We’re very excited to bring to you the first installment of what will be a series of various judging videos!
One of our goals is to be able to provide valuable information to help competitive gymnasts and their coaches/parents have a better understanding of the deductions they’re receiving in their routines. Often we have readers tell us they’re confused as to why their gymnast received a low score when her routine looked great.
Because gymnastics requires various skills performed to perfection, it is the job of a judge to pick apart routines to ensure they meet specific requirements. While at first glance it might appear that a routine should receive a higher score, once you get a feel for the complexities behind all the judging deductions, we think you’ll gain a better understanding of your gymnastics score or at least have a better appreciation for all the deductions that might have been taken.
To help with this, we’ve broken down four different videos of varying levels and programs in terms of their potential deductions. While you or your gymnast’s level might be different than the gymnasts below, try to use the information in the videos to help you apply it to your own routines.
Please note: All four gymnasts have given us permission to use their videos for these purposes.
Video 1: Level 6 Front Handspring Vault by Daniela
One of the reasons we wanted to showcase Daniela’s Level 6 vault is because at first glance many readers would be shocked to hear she scored an 8.0. In this video we break down the potential sources for her deductions to show you all the variables that go into scoring a vault of this nature and why you might be scoring lower than you think on a similar vault.
Video 2: Xcel Platinum Bar Routine by Kyriana
This bar routine grabbed our attention because it had one very specific deduction that most readers might not realize would lower a score as much as it did. In this video we break down the potential sources for Kyriana’s deductions on her Platinum bar routine and show you why hitting those angles in your requirements is so important to your score.
Video 3: Xcel Silver Beam Routine by Kaylee
Kaylee’s does a great Xcel Silver beam routine which shows us how little balance checks and form errors can add up. Also, her split leap is a great example of how lack of height can affect score.
Video 4: Level 4 Floor Routine by Kyleigh
Kyleigh does a great Level 4 floor routine with relatively few deductions. However, we think this video is valuable in showing you how making some minor form corrections can help even a good score improve.
We hope the videos above have given you a better sense of what goes into a score and why at times your score might be lower than expected. For more in GymnasticsHQ’s Judging Series, check out Part Two.
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