Technical Q & A – November 2018
In the November meeting, the Technical Committee reviewed a number of questions which were presented by the gymnastics community. These topics will be discussed and finalized at the Joint JO and Technical Committee meeting in May, but for the purposes of giving direction for the 2019 winter/spring season, these questions and answers will be posted on the Regional websites -Technical page.
Any additional questions should be submitted to your respective Regional Technical Committee Chair, who will share them with the other RTCCs for inclusion on the Regional websites.
Q1: What is the correct mat stack specifications for the Level 2 Vault? There is a discrepancy between the R&P and the JO Compulsory book.
A1: Compulsory book is correct. R & P will be updated. Minimum of 16”, 24” or 32” (+ 1”).
Q2. Can an Inquiry include the “Not Up to the Level of competition” Composition deductions?
A2: Yes, the deductions specifically listed in the charts are considered “flat” deductions and may be included in inquiries. The Inquiry form will be updated by Linda T. and Myra and Connie will post it on the website at
Q3: Can Meet Directors pay judges by alternative methods such as Pay Pal or Venmo?
A3: Yes, if there is agreement between the Meet Director and the individual judge prior to the competition.
Q4: May the gymnast wear a medical bracelet while competing?
A4: Yes, but it should be covered by tape or some type of bandage.
Q5: May animals be present at USA Gymnastics sanctioned competition?
A5: For the safety of the athletes and other participants at a competition, it is not acceptable to allow
animals in the competition Field of Play. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, designated/qualified service animals would be allowed in the competition venue (spectator area).
Q6: Is the “Incorrect attire” deduction different for JO and Xcel competitions?
A6: Yes, 0.10 for Xcel; 0.20 for JO, after a warning, taken on the next event.
Q7: How is the angle of arrival determined for Level 6/7 Vault?
A7: If there is a closed shoulder angle, measure from shoulders to hips.
If there is an open shoulder angle, measure from the hand to hips.
Q8: How is the angle of repulsion determined?
A8: Measure from the hands to the lowest body part. (This is the same as in the past for non-salto vaults.)
Q9: What is the deduction for landing sideways on a Level 6/7 Tsukahara timer vault?
A9: There is no specific deduction at this time; deduct for any applicable direction, body position and execution errors.
Q10: Is there a deduction for not going through vertical on the Level 6/7 Tsukahara timer?
A10: Not specifically; use appropriate body alignment and/or direction deductions.
Q11: What is the deduction if a Level 6/7 gymnast vaults with the Vault Table below 115 cm?
A11: Apply the 0.30 deduction for incorrect apparatus specifications.
Q12: Must the mat behind the Level 6/7 mat stack be placed in a certain direction?
A12: The mat behind the mat stack may be placed sideways or lengthwise at this time.
Q14: When do you start counting for a concentration pause?
A14: You begin counting when the gymnast is stationary or is readjusting arms, feet or body
prior to initiating an element or series of elements.
Two new approved moves:
RTC Questions and Answers Nov 2018
2018-2022 JO Code of Points replacement page are posted on the USA Gym web site. In addition, all appendices have been updated and are posted there as well.
- Appendix 1 – Level 10 Vault Values (revised May 2018)
- Appendix 2 – Level 9 Vault Values (revised May 2018)
- Appendix 3 – Level 6-8 Vault Values (revised May 2018)
- Appendix 4 – Uneven Bars Symbols (revised May 2018)
- Appendix 5 – Beam Symbols (revised May 2018)
- Appendix 6 – Floor Exercise Symbols (revised May 2018)
- Appendix 7 – Level 6-8 Cheat Sheet (revised May 2018)
- Appendix 8 – Level 9-10 Cheat Sheet (revised May 2018)
- Appendix 9 – Dance Technique (revised May 2018)
- Appendix 10 – Bar Technique (revised May 2018)
- Appendix 11 – Level 9-10 Score Sheets (revised Aug. 2018)
- Appendix 12 – Level 6-8 Score Sheets (revised May 2018)
- Appendix 13 – Level 8-10 Optional Vault Score Sheet (revised May 2018)
- Appendix 14 – Level 6-7 Optional Vault Score Sheet (revised Aug. 2018)
- Appendix 15 – Level 8-10 Compositional Guidelines (revised May 2018)
- Appendix 16 – Optional Requirement Chart (revised May 2018)
The Xcel Code of Points replacement pages for 2017-2018 are posted online. Click here then click Xcel Code of points Revised Pages (posted 7/27/17) to view them. These can be printed double-sided and three-hole punched to replace the entire page.
The JO Code of Points replacement pages for 2017-2018 are posted online.
Click here and then click Revised pages (7/26/17) to view them. These can be printed double-sided and three-hole punched to replace the entire page.
- 55 (Xcel chapter) and P. 91 (JO chapter)
“All Meet Directors must arrange to have boards that accommodate gymnasts of varying weight. Any boards brought in to a competition must be assigned to an event and must be available to all gymnasts in that session for warm-up and competition. The following 3-4 spring configurations for the springboard have been approved and may be utilized in USA Gymnastics sanctioned competitions:”
Here are the two issues which have arisen:
- Interpretation that the board must ONLY be used with 3 or 4 springs and some judges have informed the coaches they must take out additional springs to ONLY have 3 or 4 springs and that using more than 3 or 4 springs is a deduction. Please refer people to the following sentence: ”…springboard have been approved and may be utilized in USA Gymnastics sanctioned competitions.” It does not say MUST be utilized in that manner.
- Coaches do not want to take the back springs out of the board to accommodate the illustrations in the Rules and Policies. Only the 3 illustrations for a 3-4 spring board are allowed for the use of 3 or 4 springs in a springboard. The coach is not allowed to come up with a different configuration that suits his/her needs. This would result in a deduction of 0.30that will be taken for using incorrect apparatus specifications. (P. 7 of the Code of Points
Tom Koll, NJOCC, Cheryl Hamilton, NTCC, Claudia Kretschmer, NXCC
- Element Evaluation Region 2 _Xcel only0001 (6/20/2016)
2016 updates from Committee Members:
March 3, 2016
Tour jete’ and Switch Full a comparison_LM
Feb. 2, 2016
Women’s Artistic Coaches and Judges! Take a look at the NEW course J412- Optional Beam Connections: To Give or Not Give covering how to identify connected elements.
Visit the Complete Course Catalog on the Education page for details on the course! http://ow.ly/XG9eD
Oct. 12, 2015
NEW from USA Gymnastics:
J313 – Beginning Optional Skill Evaluation: Dance for Balance Beam
Sept. 23, 2015
USA Gymnastics Updates
- Appendix 7 – Level 9-10 Cheat Sheet (revised Sept. 2015)
- Appendix 8 – Level 6-8 Cheat Sheet (revised Sept. 2015)
Sept. 21, 2015
USA Gymnastics Updates
September 14, 2015
USA Gymnastics Updates
- 2013-17 Code of Points Errata
- Replacement pages:
August 4, 2015
Reg2 Financial Report 2015
2015-2016 Rules and Policies https://usagym.org/PDFs/Women/Rules/Rules%20and%20Policies/2015_2016_w_rulespolicies_0715.pdf
July 29, 2015
New – from USA Gymnastics -JO Code of Points UPDATES: (these newly posted items have not been updated in the electronic version of the JO Code of Points)
- Replacement pages:
USA Gymnastics SCORE SHEETS July 2015
All Code of Points updates – click here
Appendix 11 – Level 9-10 Score Sheets
Appendix 12 – Level 6-8 Score Sheets
Appendix 13a – Level 8 Vault Score Sheet
Appendix 13b – Levels 6, 7, 9, 10 Vault Score Sheet
Appendix 14 – Level 6-10 Optional Requirement Chart
July 23, 2015 JO Compulsory Updates:
Notice: Pac-12 Championships coming to UW, March 19, 2016!
Updates/revisions from USA Gymnastics – June 24, 2015
Compulsory Program Q&A revised
Compulsory Book Revised Pages