How Did They Come Up With That Score?




As an athlete, coach, parent, or gymnastics fan, have you ever wondered how judges come up with their scores?

In this article we will look at how judges come up with scores at the Women’s JO Program Compulsory levels.

When evaluating a compulsory routine, a judge reviews their shorthand to ensure all skills required for that level and event have been performed.

If a skill is missing, the judge deducts double the value of the skill. For example, a Cross Handstand on Beam in Level 4 is worth 0.60. If an athlete intentionally leaves this skill out of their routine at Level 4, the judge deducts 1.20 from the start value.

When a skill is partially completed, the judge can take a deduction of up to the value of the skill.

Next, a judge will look to see if the athlete fell off of the event. If they did, they will deduct 0.50 from the start value.

Now the judge will add up all the execution, amplitude, rhythm, direction, and landing deductions incurred by the athlete while performing the skills in her routine.

Some common execution, rhythm, and landing deductions that can be taken by a judge on Beam & Floor include:

In addition, a judge may take specific deductions that are unique to individual skills.

For example, referring back to the Cross Handstand on Beam at Level 4:

All these deductions; falls, execution, amplitude, rhythm, direction, landing, and specific skill deductions, will then be subtracted from the athlete’s start value. At the JO Compulsory Levels, the start value at each level on each event is a 10.0.

Now let’s take a look at a Level 4 beam routine.

See if you can identify any deductions and come up with a score of your own. Then scroll down and see how a few judges evaluated the routine; the errors they observed, the range of deductions taken for these errors, and the range of their final scores.

*Note: The scores given by the judges who were asked by GBC to evaluate the above routine have a different view than those of the judges actually in the video.  This may result in a deviation in scores than that of the score actually received by the athlete.

Level 4 Beam Deductions

Additional articles that you may interested in reading:

What’s Your Bar Angle

Scoring A Front Handspring Vault

Judges Shorthand

Becoming A Gymnastics Judge – Part 1

Becoming A Gymnastics Judge – Part 2

Sources: USA Gymnastics,


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