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Proposed Code of Points 2017-2020 - Part One

The FIG has released the proposed code of points that will be in effect for the 2017-2020 quad.

This code will be in effect through the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. So just what changes are they proposing? Is this good, bad, or just plain ugly? Keep reading to find out.

If you didn't already know, the code of points or CoP is the constitution of artistic gymnastics, this document provides the rules for the sport and the value of all the skills performed. We're headed into the Olympic year, which means that the FIG (Federation Internationale  de Gymnastique - the gymnastics governing body) is bored and needs a change that doesn't involve getting a new haircut. The FIG updates the code of points every quad and will make small changes throughout as new skills are added and clarifications are needed.

The current code of points - difficulty plus execution versus the maximum 10.00 code has been in effect since 2006 and was proposed after the 2004 Olympics.

There are many changes that the FIG is proposing for this new quad including one that seems to have been proposed specifically for one Miss MyKayla Skinner.  There are quite a few changes and to make it easier on myself and my readers, I'm going to break this analysis into three parts.

The reason for these proposed changes is:

1. The FIG is doing away with video reviews- their reason is that it slows down scoring times and live TV requires scores to be instantly available
2. To increase the variety of dance elements on beam and floor. 

It's a common complaint that this new code emphasizes tricks over artistry and dance and favors difficulty over execution. With the proposed changes, they're attempting to correct that issue. They've removed requirements for tumbling on beam and added an extra dance requirement. On floor, the FIG has combined requirements. They've also taken away the composition requirement for a dismount of a specific level (see tables below).  Instead, they've left it up to the execution judges to deduct for dismounts (I'll cover that in a separate post).

Previously, the composition requirements (added to the D score) were set at 2.5 points for all requirements being met. The FIG is proposing to knock off 0.50 off the composition requirements. Vault will still have assigned vault values, so that will not change (the values of certain vaults will change. That will also be discussed on another post).

Although - they are proposing a 2 point neutral deduction for failing to touch the vault with both hands (those E-panel judges are going to be watching MyKayla Skinner like hungry wolves).

For the change of composition requirements I created tables to show the specific requirement changes. All changes from new to old are highlighted in red under the "new" section.

Uneven Bars
New Old
Flight Element from HB to LB 0.5 Flight Element from HB to LB 0.5
Flight element on the same bar 0.5 Flight element on the same bar 0.5
Different Grips (no MT/DMT/Cast) 0.5 Different Grips (no MT/DMT/Cast) 0.5
Non-flight element with min 360* turn 0.5 Non-flight element with min 360* turn 0.5
2 Dismount
No dismount A or B 0
C dismount 0.3
D or higher 0.5

Balance Beam
New Old
Connections of 2 different dance elements at least 1 element must be a leap or jump with 180* split 0.5 One connection of at least 2 different dance elements,
1 being a leap, jump or hop with
180° split (cross or side), or straddle position
Mixed or 2nd Dance Connection 0.5 Turn (Gr. 3) 0.5
Turn 0.5 One acro series, min. of 2 flight* elements 1
being a salto (elements may be the same)
One Acro series, min 2 flight elements, 1 being a salto 0.5 Acro elements in different directions (fwd/swd and bwd) 0.5
2 Dismount
No dismount, A- or B-dismount 0
C-dismount 0.3
D or higher 0.5
max 2.5

Floor Execise
New Old
A dance passage composed of two different leaps or hops, (from the Code) connected
directly or indirectly (with running steps, small leaps, hops,
chassé, chainé turns), one of them with
180°cross/side split or straddle position. 
0.5. A dance passage composed of two different, leaps
or hops, (from the Code) connected directly or
indirectly (with running steps, small leaps, hops,
chassé, chainé turns), one of them with
180°cross/side split or straddle position
Salto with LA turn (min. 360˚)  0.5. Salto fwd/swd & bwd 0.5
Salto with double BA  0.5. Salto with LA turn (min. 360˚) 0.5
Salto Acro bwd and fwd within an acro line  0.5. Salto with double BA 0.5
2 Dismount*
no dismount, A or B dismount 0
C dismount 0.3
D or higher 0.5

Those are the changes to the composition requirements - I'll go over changes to connection values in my next installment. 


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