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e) Flic-flac followed by somersault, thighs and legs bent or vice-versa

iJ Handspring followed by somersault, body and legs bent

NEUROTIC JUDGE

Roy Davis, Chairman. Committee on Hi gh Sc hool Jud gin g, Northern California Gymna , ti cs Offi cials Association

(Note : This th e jirst in a se ries of articles appraising th e FIG Illustrations with recommendations for changes and corrections where necessary. These recommendations are NOT the result of any consensus or group discussion; rather, they represent my personal opinion and refle ct observations which I have made in judging from age-group to national championship competition since the illustrations were made available last N ovember. It is really an injustice to realize that these ratings could have had the endorsement or evaluation of our finer gymnastics minds almost three years ago when they were made available to the rest of the world. Where were our international representatives then?) ,"Criticism and the FIG" A sometim es gnawin g source of potential neuroses arises on occasion when I ask myself: "What am I doin g all thi s for ? Why s.buj ect the FIG Code and Ratin gs to this examination ? Why propose these new ideas? Why be such a malcontent? Does anybody care? Does it have any effect? Do the world offi cials pay any heed to me or to th e people for whom I speak ? I N SHORT, IS THERE ANY VALUE AT ALL TO AN INQUIRING AND CRITlCAL REVIEW OF WORLD GYMNASTICS RULE S AN D POLICIES? If th ere were n o change, no progress, no national differences, n o internati onal competition , and no human error th en perhaps there would be no n eed for review and clarifi ca ti on, no need to criti cize and evaluate. The stimulatin g and welcome fa cts belie thi s situation, however. Controversy exi sts beca use differences have arisen and result ed in very un even changes in different nati ons. Ergo: World rul es and policies mu st be respec tful and representati ve of the total gym nasti cs community it serves. I feel an obliga tion to be of service to what I consid er a worthwhile goal. If the gen tl emen who serve as policy-makers are cogni za nt of thi s, then my effor ts are worthwhile. So, hopeful , I sip on my coffee, tremble a little less, sweep the little men and green gremlin s into the drawers, draw a lon g, deep, and determined breath -and, sprawlin g to the task, open the FIG illustrations.

7. i. Should be A 8. e . Should be A

+

8

b) Rise slowly body straight and anns bent or viceversa to handstand

10. b . This is a misprint, but the rating is OK

m) Somersault, body and legs bent followed by a somersault/ body and legs bent (douole somersault)

+

8

p) Somersault, body and legs bent, followed by a handspring, legs joined

III. " C" Moves-

+

7. p. Should be B 1) Jump

forward

and

roll

~~r::Jd i~g~qU~~sos~~~np

rearward with lh turn to handstand and roll forward

1. 1. Should be a B

e) Jump rearward to shoulder stand kip with II:t turn

to

momentary

front ways

support

2. e. Should be B c)

+

8

f) Somersault, thighs and legs bent, followed by somersault, body extended or

vice-versa

1/~~~ ~~j(~~

8. f. Should B

+

8

i) Flie-flae on one arm, followed by flie-flac on other arm, followed by somersault, thighs and legs bent A

~~r~~~nl~a~, J[~fl~C ~6~t~~~ zontal front position on one leg: C A

+

8. i.. Should be 8

+

8

m) Roll forward to squat position, extend legs, fHeflae followed by somersault, thighs and -legs bent 5. c. Should be 8 I)

+

A

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ward, lower legs and pass them extended through arms: C + A

8. M. Should be A

+

A

+

8

c) Side somersault extended

I. "A" Moves-no significant questions

b) Jump rearward with Yl tum to momentary handstand and roll forward

8

7. m. Should be B

FLOOR EXERCISE:

II. " 8" Move s -

+

6 . f. Should be B

+

A

e) Forward somersault, body extended or bod y and legs bent, with Ih turn

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p~r~A 9. c. Should be 8

+

8

Additional : full twisting bock 60mesault na,w a C; it should be a B. 2. b. Should be on A m ove

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7. c. Should be B (from a run or handspring)

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Modern Gymnast - October 1966  

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