Judging is an essential part of gymnastics. There can be no competitions without it. A great judge is consistent, objective, and fairly applies the rules of their discipline.
So what is a judge looking for in a routine? How judging is done in a gym? Whether it is a local school competition or an international championship judging factor varies widely. That will be discussed in this post today.
Common Judging Criteria
Gymnastics comes in different forms. Each has different judging guidelines. We’ll breakdown some of the most common scoring criteria.
Judges are looking for all the skills performed in compulsory routines. Performance is usually in order and nothing should be missed. If one skill is omitted or reversed, deductions are provided.
Nevertheless, there are optional routine requirements at specific gymnastics level. Know them right from the very start of a competition to avoid the noisy process.
Skills must be performed very well because execution is one of the most important things judges are looking for in a routine. Present allowed skills flawlessly and as exactly as required.
Artistry and Dynamics
Artistry and dynamics are all about your quality of expression. It is about your creativity and how vibrant your performance is being delivered. Be playful for playful parts and serious on serious parts. Expressions might change and be willing to adapt to it.
Additional deductions can also be taken based on how a routine or discipline was composed. Rhythmic gymnastics is strict when it comes to composition score. Better work based on music and choreography to stay on the line.
Getting the Best Score
Judging is exciting for both competitors and coaches. To get the best score, judges are looking for the most impressive presentation. They always have a front-row seat watching stunning performers on the stage – you.