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Compulsory & Optional Routine Evaluations

Post Views 424   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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Don’t Forget The Small Stuff – Compulsory Beam & Floor

Post Views 4,841   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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Coaches – How To Inquire On A Gymnast’s Routine

Post Views 1,205   As coaches, it is hard not to talk to judges that you work with or have become familiar with over time while attending the same meets. But there are rules and policies in place when it comes to how judges are to interact with coaches. This is particularly important, and sometimes Read More

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Press Release: 8 Judges Sanctioned

Post Views 730   Press Release: A total of eight judges have been sanctioned following marking control procedures at the 2015 Worlds and Rio Test Events LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, July 20, 2016:  Accuracy in scoring and the integrity of rankings are key priorities for the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG).Following the 2015 World Championships and Read More

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Road To Rio – Understanding Elite Scoring

Post Views 1,381   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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Technology Replacing Judges?

Post Views 944   Gymnastics judging has long been known for its subjectivity in judging and visual interaction between athlete and judge. That subjectivity and interaction may be changing by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The Japan Gymnastics Association and the Japanese technology company, Fujitsu Ltd. have announced that they are working on 3D lasers Read More

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How Did They Come Up With That Score?

Post Views 3,660   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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Judges Shorthand

Post Views 2,687   As a spectator at a women’s gymnastics meet, have you ever wondered what the judges are writing down as they are watching the gymnasts perform their routines? Or how the judges remember what skills the gymnast did when they go to calculate their scores? During a gymnast’s routine, judges are writing Read More

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Becoming A Gymnastics Judge – Part 2

Post Views 1,112   Did you miss Part 1? Click Here You passed your test, now what? Before you can actually begin judging you will need to obtain a Safety & Risk Management Certification and a few professional memberships. The Safety & Risk Management Certification you need to obtain is through USA Gymnastic. This is Read More

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Becoming A Gymnastics Judge – Part 1

Post Views 1,997   Have you ever watched a gymnastics meet and wondered what it takes to become a Women’s Gymnastics Judge? What the process entails, what you need to know, or how to begin? Evelyn Chandler, President of the National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges (NAWGJ), lists a few things people interested in judging Read More

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Levels 1 & 2 Flourishing in Florida

Post Views 480 I recently judged the USA Gymnastics Florida Level 1 & 2 State Championships in St. Augustine hosted by Destination Meets and run by Meetminders.   It seems like yesterday that I judged my first Florida Level 1 & 2 state meet 7 or 8 years ago. The first time I judged a Level 1 & 2 Read More

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Which One Is It – Tour Jeté ½ or Switch Leap 1/1

Post Views 1,809   For some individuals, there are gymnastics skills that look similar to each other especially when being performed in a fast paced floor routine. On floor exercise, two of these skills are the Tour Jeté ½ (#1.309) valued as a “C” skill, and the Switch Leap 1/1 (#1.404) valued as a “D” Read More