Publisher’s Note: The National Federation of State High School Associations is the only source of official high school interpretations. They do not set aside nor modify any rule. They are made and published by the NFHS in response to situations presented.
Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, Publisher, NFHS Publications © 2021
SITUATION 1: A gymnast uses a mounting block to mount the uneven bars. The chief judge does not take a deduction. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: A board/folded panel mat/mount trainer mat and a mounting block are all acceptable mounting apparatus and must be removed following the mount to avoid a 0.30 chief judge deduction for failure to remove the board. (7-1-3a, 7-3-7k)
SITUATION 2: A gymnast’s body passes around the side at approximately 60 degrees from the vertical plane during a handspring full vault. The judges deduct 0.30 for failure to pass through the vertical. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: Vaults must pass through the vertical plane to avoid an up to 0.30 deduction. (6-4-2a)
SITUATION 3: The judges deduct 0.05 in Composition for a routine that does not include a forward circling element. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: A routine must include both forward and backward circling elements. [7-3-3(1)]
SITUATION 4: The judges deduct 0.30 for a routine that lacks a variety of acro elements. RULING: Incorrect procedure. COMMENT: The maximum deduction for a routine that lacks a variety of acro elements is 0.15. [8-3-3(1)]
SITUATION 5: The judges deduct 0.15 for a lack of forward and backward tumbling in a routine. RULING: Incorrect procedure. COMMENT: The deduction in Composition for lack of acro elements in each of two different directions is 0.10. [9-3-3(7)]