Tumbling

 

Disciplin Tumbling

The judges and the scoring system

Seven judges, under control of the "Chair of Judge" and his assistant, judge the pass. The athlete will get an A-score for execution and a B-score for difficulty. Five of the judges take care of the execution and the two others the difficulty.

The judges will judge each skill independently.

The 5 execution judges give a mark over 10 points. They judge the right form, speed, rhythm, faults and special requirements for each exercise. The three medium marks are added to give the execution score. The two difficulty judges are adding the different values of the elements performed to give one difficulty score.

The total score for one pass is the execution score plus the difficulty score.


Judging - Interruption of a pass

If the gymnast stops his movement between two elements

If he touches the floor with any other part of the body than hands and feet.

If he touches outside the boundary lines of the tumbling track.

When such a problem occurs, the pass is interrupted and the gymnast cannot re- start the exercise. The execution judges give a mark for the elements performed only and deduct one full point for each missing element. The difficulty judges add only the values of the performed elements.


Difficulty of the elements

During a pass, the only elements that can be repeated are the round off, the flic flac and the salto tempo. If any other element is repeated, the difficulty value will not be counted.


The start of the pass

The gymnast, also called "tumbler" can run for 11 meters before to start his pass, then he must use the 25 meters of tumbling track and land the 8th element on the landing area.


Dimensions

Run up is 11 meters at the same height than the tumbling track.

Tumbling track is 1.70 m (+ 0.3 m) wide and 25 m (+ 1 m). The gymnast can perform on 1.5 m wide only.
Landing area is 3 m wide and 6 m long.


Calculation of the score

The highest and lowest of the five executions scores (A-Score) is deleted and the three remaining are added together. This sum is then added with the difficulty (B-Score) and gives the total score for the pass.

The score for the preliminaries is the sum of the score for the two passes in the preliminary round.

 

 
Example:
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Somersault pass:
 
Round off
0.2
Flic flac
0.2
Double back somersault straight
2.8
salto tempo
0.5
salto tempo
0.5
salto tempo
0.5
salto tempo
0.5
Tucked back
0.5
Double back somersault pike
2.4
     
Difficulty total

7.6

 
     

Execution judges

J1
J2
J3
J4
J5

8.9

8.8

8.7

9.0
8.7
 
Execution total

26.4

 
 
Somersault pass, total score  

34.0

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Twist pass:
 
Barani
0.8
 
salto tempo
0.5
 
Full twist
0.9
 
Full twist
0.0
(repeated element)
salto tempo
0.5
 
salto tempo
0.5
 
Flic Flac
0.2
 
Full in back out somersault pike
3.2
 
     
Difficulty total

6.6

 
 

Execution judges

J1
J2
J3
J4
J5

8.9

8.8

8.7

9.0
8.7
 
Execution total

26.4

 
 
Twisting pass, total score  

33.0

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Qualification total score
 


67.0

     
 
 

The Competition


Qualification round

There will be two passes. Each pass consists of 8 linked elements. Those elements must have at least 360° of somersault rotation. The gymnast can only touch the tumbling floor with hands and feet.

At World and European championships, the first pass is a somersault pass and must include at least three somersaults with no more than 180° of twist rotation; one of those must be the 8th element. The second pass is a twist pass and must include at least two twist elements (360° or more twist rotation), one of those must be the 8th element.


Finals

The 8 or 10 athletes, depending on the championship, with the highest scores in the preliminaries will go to the final. The gymnast must perform two voluntary passes. Each one is composed of 8 elements and must include at least three somersault elements.


Team competition

At World and European championships, a team is composed of 4 male gymnasts for men competition, 4 female gymnasts for women competition. The three best scores for each pass are added in the qualification round. The 5 best teams compete in the final. 
Only three gymnasts perform one voluntary pass. All scores from the final are added to give the team score.

All the finals start from 0.