With compulsory season approaching, for those that follow the age group gymnasts, there are some big changes to the Compulsory level 4-1 routines for 2018-2021. As well as the skills required, there are also changes to qualification scores for individuals, as well as the pass marks.
At compulsory levels four and three, gymnasts compete for their regional team, with the top four gymnasts from the regional qualification competition representing their region, and the fifth placed gymnast selected as reserve.
Gymnasts that did not finish in the top five are also able to compete at national finals as individuals representing their clubs, should they score a high enough qualifying mark.
At both levels, the qualification mark has now been raised.
Compulsory 4 – Qualification mark for individuals 60.000 (previously 59.000)
Compulsory 3 – Qualification mark for individuals 57.500 (previously 56.000)
For compulsory 1 gymnasts must have achieved the pass mark at compulsory 2, and to graduate to British Espoirs, gymnasts must have passed compulsory 1.
Pass marks have been raised at each level, two whole marks per grading, apart from level one where there is a raise of a single mark. D scores remain the same, routines start from 14.000 with certain bonuses available as they were before, but there is more demanded from the gymnast now to achieve the grade.
Compulsory 4 pass 52.000 (previously 50.000)
Compulsory 3 pass 52.000 (previously 50.000)
Compulsory 2 pass 55.000 (previously 53.000)
Compulsory 1 pass 57.000 (previously 55.000)
I have opted not to include the E panel specific apparatus deductions here, to try to keep the post to a reasonable length. If you do have any questions about deductions, please feel free to send them in.
Lets take a look at the skills for the different levels, and the changes from the previous requirements.
Compulsory four is taken by ‘In Age’ gymnasts the year they turn nine, and although there are regional level five compulsories, they are set by the regions and can vary in terms of requirements. Level four is the first national level.
The biggest change to the compulsory 4 vault, is that there are now two vaults as opposed to one, and both must be performed. The straight front remains, now joined by a roundoff straight back, both onto the matting setup detailed below.
Bars remains on the strap bar, and very similar to the previous routine, only there is now bonus to be collected for additional close bar elements, whereas previously only the clear circle was allowed.
A few changes on beam. the Russian lever remains, as does the cartwheel tuckback dismount. There is now a held split handstand linked to back walkover, or to flick for 0.2 bonus, or to back walkover flick for 0.4 bonus. A shuffle about of the leap/jump requirements, now split leap to straight jump to straddle jump, then the split jump remains, but is now linked to a series of held relevés on alternating feet finishing with a full spin.
A lot of changes on floor, only the full spin linked to full spin on opposite foot remains. Definitely a tougher set for the gymnasts.
Two new tumbles, front somi rebound/jump into hurdle step handspring to one handspring to two. Then keeping on a straight line in front of the judges, roundoff flick tuck from a hurdle step.
In the dance requirements, a new cat leap free cartwheel connection, as well as split leap to fouetté hop, to split leap on the opposite leg.
Range and Conditioning
Range and Conditioning retains the standing leg circles, and then loses the forward roll through shoulder stand, replaced by a straight armed backward roll to front support. The pike press to handstand is replaced by a straddle lift to handstand to controlled lower to bridge which begins a similar handstand and split handstand sequence as the previous routine. The jump sequence at the end now finishes with a jump full turn as opposed to a straddle jump, the straddle jump moves to the beginning of the sequence.
Compulsory three for gymnasts competing ‘In Age’ is for those that turn ten within the year.
For Compulsory 3, gymnasts are now expected to vault two different vaults. The Yurchenko entry fall to back lying on mats from the previous compulsories remains, gymnasts must now in addition select either a Tsukahara or Handspring entry onto the vault (then falling to front or back lying depending on which) . The scores of both vaults will be averaged for the final score.
Bars for Compulsory three almost remains unchanged, just the addition of a 0.50 bonus available for clear pike circle to a minimum of 45°.
On beam, the previous forward walkover-cartwheel-stretched jump is replaced by forward walkover-catleap-cartwheel. There is a new split leap-sissone-jump half turn series, and the added option of a straddle jump into the flick to two feet, as opposed to just the split jump. The spin series is actually slightly watered down, with a half instead of a full spin to begin. The dismount remains the same.
On floor the opening tumble remains the same, but the second of the tumbles required goes from a handspring to tucked front, to having an extra skill added, so that now the gymnast may either perform handspring to one-handspring-tucked front, or handspring-flyspring-tucked front. The third tumble of hurdle step into roundoff three flicks tuck back, is upgraded to require a straight back instead.
The single free walkover is replaced with either cat leap cartwheel, or for 0.2 bonus, cat leap free walkover.
The first spin of the two connected spins can now be either with the leg maintained above horizontal, or held at vertical.
The leap requirements for the dance passage have been raised to include a change leap on BOTH legs now, and gymnasts may chose add in either the change to side, or now a tour jeté
The choice of full turning W, straddle, of split remains.
Range and Conditioning
The Range and Conditioning routine takes the new compulsory 4 and extends what is expected from the gymnast. The leg circle held in front, side, and arabesque positions must include a relevé, the back roll to front support goes through handstand. The split handstand holds come before the lower to bridge, the gymnast must then pull fronm bridge back to handstand showing control by holding the position. The jumps are the same, straddle-split-split, then finishing with a jump one and a half turn.
Compulsory 2 for gymnasts competing ‘In Age’ is for those that turn eleven within the year.
The compulsory 2 vault almost remains the same, in that there are the three entry options to chose from still, and the gymnasts fall to either front or back lying. Previously the gymnast picked one vault only.
The change comes in that gymnasts must now vault the Yurchenko entry, and must also now perform a second vault, selecting either the handspring or the Tsukahara entry, and the scores are averaged.
The change in this routine comes with the close bar elements. Previously there was just one required, now there is still a requirement of one, but with bonus option available for consecutive close bar elements for 0.3 bonus each. The clear pike circle to a minimum of 45° earns a 0.5 bonus, and does not need to be performed consecutively with the other close bar elements.
The first change to the beam routine is that from the forward walkover step change leap, the gymnasts may perform either a flic to two, or a Korbut flick instead of just a flick to two. The full spin-full spin is now half spin half spin, one of which much finish with the knee held up for a two second hold. The other change is an additional dance element, a sideways jump minimum B value.
The round off flick full twist remains, the second tumbling requirement has a bonus option now, gymnasts can add a tucked front rebounding from the handspring straight front for 0.20. The tuck/pike front walkout to round off flick straight remains.
The free walkover/free cartwheel into or out of optional dance element remains, as does the double spin. The dance passage has changed, previously
Change leg split leap into one of the following
• Change leg ring leap
• Change leg side leap
• Change leg half turn leap
• Tour jeté
Now gymnasts may only select the change half, or the Tour jeté ½
Range and Conditioning
A lot of changes in the order of this routine, although much of the content remains the same. The back walk over to finish in splits, rotating fully through box to the opposite leg splits moves to the beginning of the routine, this then leads into the Russian lever to straddle lever to straddle lift to handstand from the previous routine. There is a new back roll to handstand with half turn which is followed by the pike fold to needle stand on alternating legs to forward walkover finishing with the free leg held at a minimum of horizontal, then pulled to vertical.
The split jump split jump half to straddle jump remains, there is now a back tuck to finish the series.
Compulsory 1 for gymnasts competing ‘In Age’ is for those that turn twelve within the year, and it will now be held in February. These gymnasts will also be first year Espoirs, and are recommended to be entered into the British Espoir Championships taking place in the March, as should they pass the grade, they have completed the compulsory system, and are now eligible to compete at the British.
As with the rest of the compulsory levels, vault has changed from the one vault only required. For compulsory 1, gymnasts compete either the same vault twice, or can opt for vaults from two different groups (salto vaults only) for 0.7 bonus, this same bonus is available at British Espoir Championships.
The basic bar routine remains the same, but there are additional bonuses available. In the previous Compulsory 1 routine there was bonus to be gained for Mo transition (0.3) and double tuck or one and a half twisting fly away (0.3). There are now six options for bonus available, see blue box under routine. This could create quite a variety in bar scores, as there is the option for gymnasts to really build bonus on this piece.
For beam, the basic routine also remains the same, however there is additional bonus available. The double spin for 0.5 remains, there is now bonus to encourage more difficult mounts, dismounts, and gaining series bonus as per the FIG code of points changes for this quad.
The requirements remain the same within the routine, the 0.5 bonus remains for the double back replacing the double twist , there is also a 0.5 available should the gymnast perform both the double back and the double twist.
Range and Conditioning
The range and conditioning routine continues to develop from compulsory 2, and is almost identical, except the added difficulty of the full turn required from the backward roll to handstand. The handstand then lowers to front support, and the gymnast goes from there to the pike position which precedes the needle stands we see in the previous routine.