There is only one thing a participant, a coach, the judges and audiences have to focus on the competition– score. Gymnastics score may go up or down in a blink of an eye. Deductions are common. But you may demand where all the deductions come from. If you’ve watched Olympics and got amazed at a participant’s atmospherically high vault or slick bars routine, you may hear some commentators who keep talking about what went wrong. At which point do gymnastics judges deduct? Well, behind routines that looked pretty much perfect, there are a couple of things audiences cannot spot.
This time, you will learn how those deductions are made and discover how you can improve your score in no time.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Judges would probably take a .10 deduction in every wrong move. One mistake you should never do to improve your score is a long pause. Taking a long pause before attempting a trick such as tumbling can create a bad impact on your performance.
On the floor, it is better not to wait too long or take small steps to adjust your position as there is an additional 0.10 deduction each time.
How to Improve your Score
Learning not to fall is important on beam, practice to stay on it during your routine. If you fall twice, you will get a deduction of 1 point.
Stick your Landing
Whether you are performing vault, bars or beam, learn to stick your landing. There is a deduction ranging from .1 up to .4 if you mess up.
Keep your Legs Straight
Each time you bend your knees on a routine that requires straight legs, up to .3 deductions are given in a gymnast that can’t make it up. You also need to point your toes for perfect straight legs.
Keeps your Arms Straight
Bars and other routine require straight arms. Bent arms have to face deductions of up to .3 on your score. Take a regular arm exercise to prevent this.
There is a .1 deduction in the Artistry category namely Quality of Expression if you fail to show your teeth. So, smile and have fun! Remember, judges and audiences will enjoy the routine of a happy gymnast.