Important Rule Changes/Clarifications
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A. MUSIC FOR LEVEL 2 AND 3: Beginning January, all level 2's and 3's must use music
accompanying their routines. However, there will be no rhythm deduction for the athlete. It
was felt that floor exercise includes the use of music, therefore, even level 2's and 3's should
get used to it.
B. LEVEL 2,3, AND 4 VAULT. Get only ONE VAULT, unless they do not get over or
there is some strange circumstance that the judge feels another vault should be given
PLEASE NOTE: THIS RULE HAS BEEN IN EFFECT SINCE SEPTEMBER, BUT
SOME JUDGES AND COACHES HAVE BEEN CONFUSED. AT THE DECEMBER
2002 STATE MEET, ONLY ONE VAULT WILL BE ALLOWED.
C. The sequence of skills within a routine CANNOT be changed. You may reverse A
SINGLE skill to a right or left skill. Coaches have been changing the order of skills of the
level 2,3, and 4 bar routine. This is not allowed.
D. Judges may not deduct more than the value of a skill within a routine, and even this should
be tempered, as the deduction for deliberately omitting a skill is only the value of the element.
Judges should attempt to give at least some credit for a gymnast attempting a skill if it is
recognized as such.
E. There will be no timing on beam for any level of routines.