Compulsory & Optional Routine Evaluations

Post Views 876   We are excited to announce that Gym Blog Central is now offering routine evaluations for all Compulsory Levels 1 – 5 and Optional Levels 6 – 10. All evaluations will be conducted by USA Gymnastics Level 10 or higher rated Women’s Judges. The purpose of a routine evaluation is to provide Read More

Proposed Compulsory Skills for 2021-2029

Post Views 13,760   USA Gymnastics has given a sneak peak at the proposed new skills and “probable” routine sequences for Levels 1 – 5 for 2021-2029. Listed below are the proposed skills and sequences by event for each level. VAULT Level 1: Straight jump onto min. of 16″ mat, kick up to HS, fall to Read More

Judges Shorthand – Twists & Turns

Post Views 2,216   In our first Judges Shorthand article, we discussed the basics of shorthand and how many of the shorthand symbols look like the actual gymnastics skill being performed. For example, the shorthand symbol for a cartwheel is an “X”. Once you learn to script many of the JO compulsory skills you can begin to learn Read More

Don’t Forget The Small Stuff – Compulsory Beam & Floor

Post Views 6,017   As coaches and judges get ready for another competitive season, it is always good practice to review the compulsory beam and floor routines. ESPECIALLY the small details! As a coach, it is valuable to review each compulsory routine found in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic (JO) Compulsory Program book to ensure Read More

How Did They Come Up With That Score?

Post Views 4,214   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 Read More

What’s Your Bar Angle?

Post Views 11,224   At the Compulsory and Optional Levels in the JO Program there are angle requirements that must be met for particular skills when casting into and/or coming out of these skills on bars. Evaluating casting angles and angles of completion on bars takes a sharp eye in order to ensure that the required angles for each Read More