NEW Level 6/7 Vault – Judges Eye

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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 are going to review the equipment requirements, performance expectations for each vault, highlight major deductions, and provide some points of interest to help coaches when teaching these vaults.

Plus we have included a practice judging video, produced by USA Gymnastics, that is being used by judges around the country to better prepare to evaluate these new vaults.

The video includes numerous examples of each type of vault, deductions & scores for each vault shown, and slow motion of each vault.  This is a great resource for coaches to see scores of sample vaults based on the expectations of USA Gymnastics.

Equipment Requirements –

  • Vault Table Height: 115 cm (min.) – 135 cm (max.)
  • Mat Stack Height: 32 in (min.) – 60 in (max.)
    • This includes the base mat
    • A min. of a 4 in (10 cm) skill cushion MUST be the upper most matting
  • An 8 in (min.) mat is REQUIRED at the end of the mat stack on the floor

Any deviation from these equipment requirements can incur a 0.30 deduction each time an athlete performs a vault.

Performance Expectations –

Yurchenko & Tsukahara Entry

  • Must arrive on mat stack feet first with a straight-hollow body with arms high, next to ears
  • When the athlete’s feet contact the mat stack, judging ends
    • UNLESS steps are taken toward the Vault Table
  • Backward steps, falling to the back, rolling backward, etc. after landing on the feet is permitted before finishing and saluting the judge
  • After landing on the feet, body position will not be evaluated

Handspring Entry

  • Must arrive on mat stack feet first with a tight arch in the upper back with arms high, next to ears
  • When the athlete’s feet contact the mat stack, judging ends
    • UNLESS steps are taken toward the Vault Table
  • Running, rolling, etc. after landing on the feet is permitted before finishing and saluting the judge
  • After landing on the feet, body position will not be evaluated

For either of the three vaults, an athlete will receive a score of “0.00” (Void) if flipping occurs in any phase of the vault or after the feet contact the mat!

If a Level 6/7 athlete performs a vault (for either of her two vaults) other than those listed above, she will receive a score of “0.00” (Void).

In addition, if a Level 6/7 athlete attempts one of the permitted vault choices but does not complete the vault resulting in an unidentifiable vault (one not found on the Vault Chart), she will receive a score of “0.00” (Void).

Deductions – 

Listed below are some suggested deductions that coaches may want to focus on in order for an athlete to receive the best possible score.  

Source – USA Gymnastics, Junior Olympic Code of Points, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, 2018-2022, First Edition

 

As a coach, make yourself aware of all the deductions (including those not listed above) that can be taken on any one of the three Level 6/7 vault choices!  This includes deductions such as foot form, leg separation, knee bend, etc..

Points of Interest – 

  1. Tsukahara Entry Vaults
    1. Lead arm may have a slight arm bend
    2. May be performed with 1/4 turn to 1/2 turn  on in the pre-flight
  2. If the arms are not high, next to ears upon landing, a deduction can be taken (up to 0.50 – Incorrect body posture on landing)
  3. Angle of arrival is measured from shoulders to hips
  4. Angle of repulsion is measured from hands to the lowest body part
  5. Not landing on the feet first will result in a score of “0.00” (Void)
  6. The Round-Off “Safety Zone” mat is required for any Yurchenko (Round-Off) entry vaults
  7. A hand placement mat is only permitted for Yurchenko (Round-Off) entry vaults
  8. ALWAYS refer to the USA Gymnastics, Junior Olympic Code of Points, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, 2018-2022, First Edition for questions regarding matting, vaults and deductions

Practice Judging Video – 

 

Source: USA Gymnastics (Junior Olympic Code of Points, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, 2018-2022, First Edition), USA Gymnastics University Channel

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Scoring A Front Handspring Vault

What’s Your Bar Angle

Becoming A Gymnastics Judge – Part 1

Becoming A Gymnastics Judge – Part 2

Ingredients For a Successful Floor Routine

How Did They Come Up With That Score?

 

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