Girls Gymnastics Rules Interpretations - 2016-17

By NFHS on August 10, 2016 gymnastics-girls

Publisher’s Note: The National Federation of State High School Associations is the only source of official high school interpretations. They do not set aside nor modify any rule. They are made and published by the NFHS in response to situations presented.
Robert B. Gardner, Publisher, NFHS Publications © 2016

Corrections to Rules Book: Page 2, 7-6-9, #9.401; Page 9, 2-3-1…(See Appendix G H Communicable…); Page 10, 3-1-5…competititve; Page 11, 3-2-5…(See Appendix G H); Page 11, 3-2-6…(Please see Appendix E F for…); Page 98, 9.1.5 SITUATION D…an exercise is to…; Page 99, LEAPS/JUMPS 1.314 – Unbold; Page 103, (…Athletic & Fine Arts Activities, Girls Gymnastics Activities & Sports, Gymnastics – Girls); Page 104, …, Athletic & Fine Arts Activities, Girls Gymnastics Activities & Sports, Gymnastics – Girls); Page 105, Appendix A-3d…Beam:…(8-2-6 5)

SITUATION 1: A coach submitted two inquiries during a meet and all resulted in a score change. The third inquiry failed and did not result in a score change. No deduction was applied for the failed inquiry. The coach submitted a fourth inquiry that also failed. The meet referee took a 0.5 deduction from the final team score. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: A second failed inquiry and all subsequent failed inquiries will result in a 0.5 deduction each time, taken by the meet referee from the final team score. (5-1-7b)

SITUATION 2: A gymnast performs a handspring vault and her hands remain on the table until gravity pulls her off the table in a front limber position. The judge deducts the maximum 0.5 for too long in support. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: Contact with the table should be momentary and the gymnast should leave the table by vertical. (6-4-2)

SITUATION 3: A coach fails to remove a folded panel mat after the gymnast mounts the uneven bars. The chief judge takes a 0.3 deduction. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: A board/folded panel mat/mount trainer mat are all acceptable pieces of mounting apparatus and must be removed following the mount to avoid a 0.3 chief judge deduction. (7-3-7, 8-3-7)

SITUATION 4: Following a fall, a gymnast does not continue her routine. She salutes the judges and leaves the apparatus. The judges deduct 0.5 for a fall, 0.2 for missing the event requirement of a superior dismount, and 0.3 for no dismount. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: Routines should begin with a mount and conclude with a dismount. The judges applied the appropriate deductions. (7-3-6)

SITUATION 5: Which of the following directly connected Value Parts receive superior credit from the judge on beam?
A. Cartwheel, cartwheel
B. Backward roll, backward roll
C. Cartwheel, back walkover
D. Handstand, handstand
RULING: A and C are given superior credit. COMMENT: All Value Parts must be listed in the rules book to receive Value Part credit. (8-6)

SITUATION 6: A gymnast performs two directly connected back handsprings in her routine and a round-off back tuck dismount. The judges award the first back handspring and the round-off high superior credit. RULING: Incorrect procedure. COMMENT: Both elements are listed in the rules book and receive superior Value Part credit. Series exceptions involving back handsprings and round-offs have been deleted. (8-6)

SITUATION 7: A gymnast performs a switch leap 180° with a ½ twist. The judge awards advanced high superior credit. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: A switch leap 180° with ½ twist is an advanced high superior, 2.409d. (8-6-2)

SITUATION 8: A coach walks onto the floor exercise mat and spots a back tuck salto. The judges deduct 1.0 for walking inside the border marking and 0.5 for the spot. RULING: Incorrect procedure. COMMENT: The deduction for a coach inside the border marking has been reduced to 0.5, so the total deduction is 1.0. (9-3-7n)

SITUATION 9: A gymnast performs a round-off back salto with a full, a front tuck front tuck, and a round-off back handspring back handspring for her three passes. The judges give credit for the event requirement of three passes. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: All elements in a pass with the exception of a round-off must receive Value Part credit to be considered a pass. A pass is two or more directly connected acro elements. In a two-element pass only, a back-to-back superior, a high superior or an advanced high superior must be included. (9-2-3)

SITUATION 10: A gymnast attempts the following three passes: (a) front tuck step step round-off back handspring; (b) round-off back handspring back handspring; (c) round-off back handspring back tuck. The judges award credit for a superior in the last pass. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: Credit may be awarded even if the first or second pass is broken. (9-2-3)