D+ Dismounts Here to Stay And More: British Gymnastics Introduces Bonus/Deduction System.

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L-R: The F rated tucked double twisting double back from bars, the G rated double Arabian from beam, and the D rated double pike on floor.

If you read my recent post about the new 2017-2020 code of points, you’ll be aware that once competition gets going in 2017, there are several changes to the code.

You can read the post here: https://britishgymnewstics.com/2017/01/29/new-quad-new-code/

To encourge British gymnasts to head in the most beneficial direction for the progression of the team, The British Gymnastics Womens Technical Committee issued an update stating that a bonus and deduction system will be implemented for the British Junior and Senior Championships, and then on approval, also for the English Championships. As far as I can recall, this is the first time a bonus system has been implemented for the seniors.

Here is a quick guide to the bonus system, and the likely reasons for it.

All bonus is in addition to FIG bonus already available, see code post for details of specific FIG apparatus bonus.

D+ Dismount Bonus

0.2 BONUS Awarded for D dismount or above on bars beam and floor.

The biggest change to the code is the composition requirements (CR) being reduced from five to four, with the removal on each piece of the requirement of a D difficulty or above dismount. Under the 2013-2016 code, gymnasts performing a dismount of D value or above were awarded the full 0.5, gymnasts with a C 0.3, and gymnasts with anything less, nothing toward their CR.

I can’t recall any gymnasts using under a C, but there are a few using the C difficulty, double pike off bars for example. The rule change means that gymnasts with eight higher level skills within their routines can count them all toward their D score, without being at immediate disadvantage.

To be honest, none of the older British seniors have been using C dismounts, and those juniors that have been promoted to the senior squad either have, or have been working on upgrading, so it’s not a huge issue for the British squad. Routines have been packed enough with seven high level skills and a dismount, without having to add another within the routine. On bars seven skills is hard enough in terms of momentum and stamina, on beam time limits are pushed already, and floor is also packed without adding another high level skill.

I fully expected to see the British ladies keep their higher level dismounts, on bars and floor some already used the dismount for connection bonus. With beam dismounts also now eligible for connection bonus, we will likely see more big triple twist (F), double Arabian (G), and full in (G) skills for 0.2 FIG bonus. If they come from a roundoff flick, or a flick flick, there is also 0.1 series bonus available.

Even though the code allows it, far from dropping the dismount level down, we will likely see it rise.

Floor

0.1 BONUS on floor for a stuck landing on D+ arco line/element ONLY (No award for D+ acro with leap added on)

0.3 DEDUCTION if one foot or hand is out of bounds on floor

0.5 DEDUCTION if both feet are out of bounds on floorOn floor

The British team are very competitive on floor, in the last two world level international championships, they have qualified two to the world final (Ellie and Claudia), and one to the Olympic final, of course resulting in Amy Tinkler’s Olympic bronze. They were also the second highest scoring team on this piece  in the Rio team final, despite not being at their absolute best.
GB have powerful tumblers capable of big skills, and promoting accuracy even more should help boost this strong piece to become even stronger.

There is another significant change in the code, this time under landing deductions. Whereas perviously a ‘very large step or jump’ receiving 0.3 deduction was judged as being shoulder width, now the distance has been expanded to over a metre. On the surface, this looks like a change that favours the gymnast, bigger error allowed for the same deduction,  however the concern here is that gymnasts won’t necessarily focus as much on landings, which could mean bigger more costly mistakes, and skills that aren’t quite ready in terms of consistency.

The bonus will also serve to really focus training on accurate landing  which I for one am very pleased to see as it means E score is being prioritised. With the strongest floor workers all using D or above tumbles, nailing the accuracy and upping the E scores is going to lead to even more finals, even more success.

It is the same with the deductions, one foot or hand out in the code is 0.1, two feet 0.3. By upping those deductions by 0.2 apiece, again the call for accuracy, for minimising deduction, for staying in bounds, for raising overall scores.

European Championships comes less than a month after the British, the aim will be to get two gymnasts into the final fighting for medals. The more precise and accurate the difficult tumbling can be, the more likelihood for success. A European floor title is a real possibility this year.

Vault

0.20 BONUS for stuck vaults over 4.8 Difficulty

Another bonus focussed on accuracy and gaining as much as possible from E score, GB have some very powerful vaulters to call on, but too much power, and it’s easily a 0.3 landing deduction for a big bounce or step. As I think we’re going to see the start of the big vaults coming from the top girls this year, vault is also looking likely to be one of the pieces that the British team bring some of the highest totals on when team competition starts again in 2018. The cleaner those big vaults are with stronger landings, of course the higher the scores.

Bars

0.1 BONUS if a 1/1 element is completed within 10° of handstand

Pretty self explanatory this one, on bars there is a composition requirement for a non flight element with 360° turn. Some gymnasts use more than one, but all have to use at least one.  Skills used are turning giants from different grips, clear circle full, toe on full, Stalder and In bar Stalder full. I can’t think of anyone doing a cast full at the moment, or the Wieler kip full as yet, but both would also fulfil the requirement.
The penalties for late turns can come from the D panel devaluing or not crediting the skill, and from the E panel deducting for any turns later than 10° from handstand from 0.1 to 0.5. With this in mind, giving bonus for completing the skill within the range that incurs zero deduction makes total sense.

So there we have it, keeping the high difficulty we have seen the British gymnasts build over the last quad, while rewarding those that can perform it most cleanly with extra incentive. For me very wise changes for the progression of the British squad on the international stage.

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