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~Y' RULES UPDATE #5 FOR THE 2001-2004 MEN'S AGE GROUP COMPETITION PROGRAM by Jeff Robinson, Chairman of the 2000-2004 Age Group Competition Committee The Age Group Competition Committee met by way of conference call on August 1, at USA Gymnastics Congress and again by conference call on September 14th in order to address several important issues since our last update. This update supersedes all previous updates. Changes and clarifications made since Rules Update #4 are in bold print. This update along with the replacement pages portion of rules update #2 contain any and all valid changes and clarifications published to date concerning the Men's Junior Olympic Program.

DOCUMENT PRECEDENCE STATEMENT: For all competitions there is a hierarchy of documents to be used when judging. This hierarchy is explained on page 13 of the Age Group Competition Program Manual under I.A. The basis for all competitions is the FIG Code of Points. When rules contained in the Age Group Manual (with rules updates) and the FIG Code of Points are in conflict, the Age Group Program Manual (with rules updates) always takes precedence. (This statement is reiterated in all USAGI NGJA interpretation documents as well.)

GENERAL CLARIFICATIONS: 1. The Age Group Competition Committee would like to highlight a FIG Men's Technical Committee clarification that came out at the lntercontinental Judges Course. That clarification says: •

Article 15.5a states that all large errors result in non-recognition but later articles contradict this.

This is a general article that is modified by specific rules later in the Code.

No general rule can cover all of gymnastics

Non-recognition is usually the result of a fall or failure to meet specific angle or time stipulations as listed.

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2. TRe jlffiiBf ~rBgraH\ .. i:Il: RBt a~~l) tfle PIG Rtiee fBr alJ ~ieal ~rBhiBite a eloi:ll:s Bf sk'aaalH'g aeaHeBBRs !BF sloi:ll:s t;hat iflelHae B sk'eRgtA ~Fess Bf Sk'ERgtfl ABla. The J.D. Program will allow straddling of the legs on skills including a strength press or hold. 3. The J.O. Program will not recognize the FIG non-commensurate dismount deduction. In the event a J.E. I or J.E. 11 athlete performs an "A" value dismount, he will receive the 0.2 deduction for not properly fulfilling the dismount element group (with the exception of Floor Exercise where no dismount element group exists). There should be no additional dismount deductions other than for presentation. 4. J.E. I and J.E. IT athletes will be allowed to repeat one "bonus eligiele" skill one time for dilliculty and bonus credit (Developmental D, FIG D, E, or

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5. J.E. III and Class IV athletes will be allowed to repeat all skills one time for d ifficul ty and bonus. 6. Unless specifically noted, FIG judging rules apply to all compulsory rou tines. The most notable exception in the junior program is the 50% completion rule that states that a skill that is partially completed should receive credit and the appropriate FIG deduction for performance deficiencies. The intent of the rule is to give the benefit of the doubt to the athlete and not to penalize the athlete by 1.0 for attempting but simply not completing a routine part. If the judge can recognize that the part was attempted by the athlete, credit for that part should be given along with the appropriate FIG execution deductions. 7. Only the skills listed in the Special Requirements for Class III and IV may be performed for credit. Variations of the listed skill(s) will not receive Spe<;ial Requirement credit unless the description notes "minimum B value". Example #1: Class 1lI or IV horizontal bar - a stoop stalder circle through handstand is not the same as a stalder circle and would not receive Special Requirement credit. Example #2: Class UI parallel bars - either the junior program "B" value or a C value stutz would fulfill the requirement. 8. In Class III and IV, to receive Required Skill credit, the athlete must perform the skill in such a manner that it would receive recognition according to FIG judging guidelines. Required skills are evaluated for execution and nonrecognition according to FIG, this includes all height and angle requirements. 9. For J.E. III and Class IV routines, unless specifically stated, a required skill may not be fulfilled by a variation on a skill with a "higher letter value" . For instance, on horizontal bar, an Endo 1/2 or Endo 1/1 piroettepirouette will not satisfy the in-bar requirement, only a normal "B" value Endo to Handstand will. On floor for the J.E. III athletes a salta is defined as a "8" value somersault with no twisting. It may be performed in a tuck, pike, or layout position. 10. In the J.O. Program, a skill which has a letter value assigned should be evaluated as if it has its own "code box". For instance, a "B" Stutz or back toss to 45 degrees a.O. exceptions) would have a different virtual "code box" for routine construction and evaluation purposes than a "C" value stu tz or back toss to nominal handstand. 11. A J.o. athlete may receive up to 1.2 in bonus from the two general bonus catagories. See Replacement page #17 of the J.O. Program Manual for the correct the correct interpretation of the awarding of bonus points. 12. It is the position of this committee that the premature addition of difficulty and difficulty bonus to the routines of young athletes is a nationwide concern; particularly when the difficulty is added at the expense of technical execution. Many of the rules set forth by this committee are done so as to promote the acquisition and refinement of certain select skills that are developmentally important to the growth of our young athletes. This position is reflected in our decision to remain with the 1.2 cap on bonus for Junior Elite I, II, III and Class IV, the strict adherence to the skills in the Class IV and J.E. III required skills list, and the incentive start values assigned to certain front handspring category vaults.

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Technique Magazine - November/December 2001  

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