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NEW Level 6/7 Vault – Judges Eye

Post Views 11,563   As many of you know by now, the JO Women’s Program has new vault choices at Levels 6 and 7.  Long gone is the Front Handspring vault to a hard landing surface. The new vault choices now include; Front Handspring Entry Tsukahara Entry Yurchenko (Round-Off) Entry From a Judge’s perspective, we Read More

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Compulsory & Optional Routine Evaluations

Post Views 476   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

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Artificial Intelligence Set To Judge In 2020

Post Views 8,748   Back in June of 2016 we reported that the Japan Gymnastics Association and Fujitsu Ltd., a Japanese technology company, were working together on 3D lasers and data processing, artificial intelligence (AI), as a judging aid to assist with calculating scores. It is now being reported that the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Read More

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Judges Shorthand – Twists & Turns

Post Views 1,785   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

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What Makes That a Perfect 10.0?

Post Views 1,391   We are now in full competitive swing with NCAA Women’s Gymnastics. Fortunately for us, they still use the 10.0 as the pinnacle of perfection! But what makes a routine a perfect 10.0? First, a judge needs to ensure that the routine being performed on Bars, Beam, or Floor have met all the Special Requirements for that Read More

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

Post Views 4,999   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

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Road To Rio – Understanding Elite Scoring

Post Views 1,546   As we approach P&G National Championships, Olympic Trials, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro a crash course on how Women’s Gymnastics routines are evaluated at the Elite level could be beneficial. We are all aware that in 2006 Women’s Gymnastics stopped using the 10.0 scoring system at the Read More

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How Did They Come Up With That Score?

Post Views 3,746   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

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What’s Your Bar Angle?

Post Views 9,243   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