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GYM MASTERS CLASSIC V

JUNE 6, 2004

OFFICIAL COMPETITION RULES AND GUIDELINES

Registration Information

 

General:

Competitor Age Requirements

Competitive Events

Award Categories

“NO-Score” Performance Option

“All-Around” Category

“Team” Category

 

Registration and Refunds:

Registration of Competitors

Refund of Registration Fees

 

Competition Rules and Scoring:

General Rules of Competition

General Scoring Guidelines

Rope Climb

Tumbling

Tumble Track

Women’s and Men’s Vault

Balance Beam

Uneven Bars

Women’s Floor Exercise

Men’s Floor Exercise

Pommel Horse

Still Rings

Parallel Bars

Horizontal Bar

 

 

GENERAL:

 

Competitor age requirements:

The Gym Masters Classic V is a gymnastics competition open to any adult 18 years old or older.  To compete, an individual must have completed his or her 18th birthday on or before the day of the competition.  Prospective competitors who have not yet reached their 18th birthday by the day of the competition may register to perform as an exhibition, on a “no score” basis. 

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Competitive events:

The Gym Masters Classic V competition consists of gymnastics competition in the classic Olympic gymnastics events.  For women, there are four events consisting of the vault, the uneven bars, the balance beam and the floor exercise.  For men, there are six events consisting of the floor exercise, the pommel horse, the still rings, the vault, the parallel bars, and the horizontal bar.  In addition, the Gym Masters Classic V competition includes three competitive events not considered a part of the Olympic events and that are open to both men and women: rope climb, tumbling and the tumble track. 

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Award Categories:

Gym Masters Classic V competitors will compete for awards based on age groups.  Ten age groups have been identified as follows: 18-24 , 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, 70+.  For each age group, in each event, awards will be made for first, second, and third place finishers based on their final score for that event.  In addition, for each event, regardless of age group, an award will be made for the highest score.  This applies to the separate category of “All Around” and “team” as described below.  Awards will not be made to performers who elect to perform under the “no score” option.

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No Score Performance Option:

A participant who elects the “no score” option, may ask to have a score given to his or her performance for personal reference.  In this case, the score given to the performer will not count in the competition for awards.  Such performers will not be eligible to receive first, second, or third place medals, nor will the performer be eligible to receive a highest overall score award for the performance.  A performer may elect to receive a score for one or more events, while also opting for the “no score” option for one or more other events.  Such a performer will compete for and receive awards only in the events for which he or she elected to have scored.

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All Around Category:

Women

As in the Olympics, the Gym Masters Classic V includes an “All-Around” competitive category.  For the women, the All Around competition is scored by adding the scores from the four Olympic events, except that, for women 40 years old and older, the All Around score is calculated by adding any three scores from the four Olympic events.  Any reference scores from “no score” events will not count towards the All Around score.

 

First, second, and third place All-Around awards will be made to the top three finishers in each age category.  In addition, an award will be made for the highest overall score attained in this category, regardless of age group.  Women 40 years old and older may compete in all four events and have their scores added to count towards the Top All Around award.

 

Men

For the men, the All Around competition is scored by adding the scores from the six Olympic events, except that, for men 40 years old and older, the All Around score is calculated by adding any four scores from the six Olympic events.  Any reference scores from “no score” events will not count towards the All Around score.

 

First, second, and third place All-Around awards will be made to the top three finishers in each age category.  In addition, an award will be made for the highest overall score attained in this category, regardless of age group.  Men 40 years old and older may compete in all six events and have their scores added to count towards the Top All Around award.

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Team Category:

In 2004, the GMC will begin awarding first, second and third place awards in the “team” category.  In order for team awards to be made, a minimum of three teams must register in the team category, in either the men’s or women’s brackets, as described below.  Depending on number of participants and at the discretion of the Meet Director, separate awards will be made in the “team” category as follows. 

 

Women

When three or more participants claim to represent one team, they may compete for the team award, provided a minimum of three women’s teams have registered as teams.  In order to compete in the team award the team participants must declare themselves to be a team on their registration forms by indicating the name of their team followed by the word “team.”  Team scores will be calculated from the top three scores generated in each of the four Olympic events by the team members.  Thus, the maximum team score possible is 3x10.0x4 Olympic events = 120 pts.  Team scores will be automatically calculated from individual scores.  However, each team is expected to utilize its team members for maximum team effect.  For example, if a team only has three members, such a team would be expected to ask its three members to compete in all four events, regardless of skill level, in order to accrue as many points as possible in the team category.  Note that any reference scores from “no score” events will not count towards the team score.

 

Men

When three or more participants claim to represent one team, they may compete for the team award, provided a minimum of three men’s teams have registered as teams.  In order to compete in the team award the team participants must declare themselves to be a team on their registration forms by indicating the name of their team followed by the word “team.”  Team scores will be calculated from the top three scores generated in each of the six Olympic events by the team members.  Thus, the maximum team score possible is 3x10.0x6 Olympic events = 180 pts.  Team scores will be automatically calculated from individual scores.  However, each team is expected to utilize its team members for maximum team effect.  For example, if a team only has three members, such a team would be expected to ask its three members to compete in all six events, regardless of skill level, in order to accrue as many points as possible in the team category.  Note that any reference scores from “no score” events will not count towards the team score.

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REGISTRATION AND REFUNDS:

 

Registration of competitors:

In order to compete, prospective competitors must register by filling out the proper registration form, filling out and signing the proper release form, and paying the appropriate fees by the deadline indicated.  Competitors must register by the day of the competition in order to be permitted to compete.  Once the competition begins, no one will be permitted to register as a competitor.  Competitors will not be permitted to compete or perform on any event for which they have not properly registered.  Competitors are held responsible for properly completing the registration process as described here.

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Refund of registration fees:

Registration fees will be refunded when the competitor withdraws prior to the beginning of the competition, or, when a competitor is scratched from competing in one or more events for which the competitor registered.  When a competitor is scratched from competing in one or more events for any reason, that portion of the fees associated with the particular events from which the competitor is scratched shall be refunded to the competitor.  If a competitor begins a performance on any event, the fees associated with that event cannot be refunded, even if the competitor falls and withdraws without completing the intended performance.  Refunds can also be made at the discretion of the meet Director for any reason, including acts of God and other significant events that may prevent the meet from taking place. 

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COMPETITION RULES AND SCORING:

 

General Rules of Competition:

Generally, the Gym Masters Classic V competition will proceed in Olympic order or events, except that non-Olympics events, Rope Climb, Tumbling and Tumble Track will take place first.  For the women’s events, the following order will take place: women’s Vault, Balance Beam, Uneven Bars, and Floor Exercise.  For the men, the following order of events will take place: men’s Floor Exercise, Pommel Horse, Still Rings, men’s Vault, Parallel Bars, and Horizontal Bar.  Depending on the number of registered competitors, the women’s and men’s events will alternate, or they may be run concurrently.  The order of events listed here is tentative and is subject to change at the discretion of the meet Director for any reason.  The final order of events will not be decided until the beginning of competition.

 

Each competitor is expected to come prepared to compete in every event for which the competitor registered.  If a competitor is unprepared to compete at the time that he or she is called to perform on an event, the competitor will receive no score and will forfeit the fees for that event, except at the discretion of the meet Director, who may permit additional time to prepare.  Once an event is completed and the following event is begun, no competitor will be permitted to perform in the already-completed event, except at the discretion of the meet Director.

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General Scoring Guidelines:

Each competitive event at the Gym Masters Classic V will be controlled by a judge who will witness each performance and determine a final score for each competitor in that event.  Generally, the judge will score each performance according to FIG scoring guidelines, with some modifications as described here and as determined prior to the beginning of the competition.  Once a judge has determined a final score for a competitor, the score cannot be altered or appealed. 

 

Scores awarded at the Gym Masters Classic V will follow these general guidelines.  A base score will be established for all competitors in all events.  The base score will be set prior to the beginning of the competition by the meet Director in consultation with the judge(s).  The highest possible score in any event is 10.0.  Additional scoring guidelines, including handicapped scores based on age groups, may be established by the meet Director in consultation with the judge(s) prior to the beginning of the competition.  All Gym Masters Classic V competitors who register agree to abide by the scoring guidelines set forth here and established prior to the beginning of the meet.  All scores awarded to the competitors are considered final and cannot be altered or appealed.

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Rope Climb

The rope climb competition for men and women will consist of three timed climbs of the 20-foot rope from the floor to the cymbal near the ceiling.  For each competitor, the best time (shortest time) from the three climbs will be counted in determining first, second, and third place awards.  The competitors must begin from a sitting position on the floor, and time is measured from the moment a movement is made upwards.  At the discretion of the event director, competitors may be permitted to begin the climb from a standing position.  Re-starts can be made only with approval of the event director.  Exceptions to these guidelines can only be made by the meet Director with appropriate penalties determined by the event director.

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Tumbling

The tumbling competition for men and women will consist of three tumbling passes made across the floor exercise area from one corner to the opposite, diagonal, corner.  After getting approval from the judge to begin, the competitor will execute three tumbling passes, each pass consisting of at least three gymnastics tumbling skills.  The three tumbling passes should demonstrate forward and backwards tumbling skills and combinations.  Round-off is considered a combination skill but is not considered either a backward or forward tumbling skill.  Following generally accepted guidelines for awarding points, point deductions will be made for improperly executed skills and for missing or omitting skills requirements.  Exceptions to these guidelines, including tumbling on a ski floor or tumble track, can only be made by the meet Director with appropriate penalties determined by consultation between the meet Director and the Judge(s).

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Tumble Track

The Tumble Track competition for men and women will consist of three tumbling passes executed along the length of the tumble track, each terminating onto a landing mat. After getting approval from the judge to begin, the competitor will execute three tumbling passes, each pass consisting of at least three gymnastics tumbling skills.  As with the tumbling competition, the three tumbling passes should demonstrate forward and backwards tumbling skills and combinations.  Round-off is considered a combination skill but is not considered either a backward or forward tumbling skill.  Unless established by the meet Director in consultation with the judge(s) prior to the beginning of the competition, a performance on the tumble track will not take the place of the tumbling or vault competition.  Following generally accepted guidelines for awarding points, point deductions will be made for improperly executed skills and for missing or omitting skills requirements.  Exceptions to these guidelines can only be made by the meet Director with appropriate penalties determined by consultation between the meet Director and the Judge(s).

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Women’s and Men’s Vault

The Vault competition for both men and women will consist of no more than two vaults over the vaulting table.  After getting approval from the judge to begin, the competitor will execute a properly recognized vault over the vaulting table.  Unless established by the meet Director in consultation with the judge(s) prior to the beginning of the competition, no vaulting will be permitted over a vaulting horse or into a pit.  However, performers will be allowed to prepare the landing area to accommodate safe landings of high risk, high difficulty skills.  Following generally accepted guidelines for awarding points, point deductions will be made for improperly executed vaults.  Exceptions to these guidelines can only be made by the meet Director with appropriate penalties determined by consultation between the meet Director and the Judge(s).

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Balance Beam

The Balance Beam competition will follow generally accepted guidelines of gymnastics competition.  After getting approval from the judge to begin, the competitor will execute a series of acceptable gymnastics skills as prescribed by the FIG.  The maximum time of the Balance Beam performance shall not exceed 90 seconds.  Performances that exceed this time will receive point deductions as prescribed by the FIG.  Following generally accepted guidelines for awarding points, point deductions will be made for improperly executed skills and for missing or omitting skills requirements.  Exceptions to these guidelines can only be made by the meet Director with appropriate penalties determined by consultation between the meet Director and the Judge(s).  However, performers will be allowed to prepare the area around the Balance Beam for improved safety.

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Uneven Bars

The Uneven Bars competition will follow generally accepted guidelines of gymnastics competition.  After getting approval from the judge to begin, the competitor will execute a series of acceptable gymnastics skills as prescribed by the FIG.  Following generally accepted guidelines for awarding points, point deductions will be made for improperly executed skills and for missing or omitting skills requirements.  Exceptions to these guidelines can only be made by the meet Director with appropriate penalties determined by consultation between the meet Director and the Judge(s).  However, performers will be allowed to prepare the area around the Uneven Bars for improved safety.

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Women’s Floor Exercise

The women’s Floor Exercise competition will follow generally accepted guidelines of gymnastics competition.  After getting approval from the judge to begin, the competitor will execute a series of acceptable gymnastics skills as prescribed by the FIG. The maximum time of the women’s Floor Exercise performance shall not exceed 90 seconds.  Performances that exceed this time will receive point deductions as prescribed by the FIG.  Competitors are responsible for insuring the proper working order of accompanying music.  Following generally accepted guidelines for awarding points, point deductions will be made for improperly executed skills and for missing or omitting skills requirements.  Exceptions to these guidelines can only be made by the meet Director with appropriate penalties determined by consultation between the meet Director and the Judge(s).

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Men’s Floor Exercise

The men’s Floor Exercise competition will follow generally accepted guidelines of gymnastics competition.  After getting approval from the judge to begin, the competitor will execute a series of acceptable gymnastics skills as prescribed by the FIG.  Following generally accepted guidelines for awarding points, point deductions will be made for improperly executed skills and for missing or omitting skills requirements.  Exceptions to these guidelines can only be made by the meet Director with appropriate penalties determined by consultation between the meet Director and the Judge(s).

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Pommel Horse

The Pommel Horse competition will follow generally accepted guidelines of gymnastics competition.  After getting approval from the judge to begin, the competitor will execute a series of acceptable gymnastics skills as prescribed by the FIG.  Following generally accepted guidelines for awarding points, point deductions will be made for improperly executed skills and for missing or omitting skills requirements.  Exceptions to these guidelines can only be made by the meet Director with appropriate penalties determined by consultation between the meet Director and the Judge(s).

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Still Rings

The Still Rings competition will follow generally accepted guidelines of gymnastics competition.  After getting approval from the judge to begin, the competitor will execute a series of acceptable gymnastics skills as prescribed by the FIG.  Following generally accepted guidelines for awarding points, point deductions will be made for improperly executed skills and for missing or omitting skills requirements.  Exceptions to these guidelines can only be made by the meet Director with appropriate penalties determined by consultation between the meet Director and the Judge(s).  However, performers will be allowed to prepare the area underneath the rings for improved landing safety.

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Parallel Bars

The Parallel Bars competition will follow generally accepted guidelines of gymnastics competition.  After getting approval from the judge to begin, the competitor will execute a series of acceptable gymnastics skills as prescribed by the FIG.  Following generally accepted guidelines for awarding points, point deductions will be made for improperly executed skills and for missing or omitting skills requirements.  Exceptions to these guidelines can only be made by the meet Director with appropriate penalties determined by consultation between the meet Director and the Judge(s).  However, performers will be allowed to prepare the area around the Parallel Bars for improved safety.

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Horizontal Bar

The Horizontal Bar competition will follow generally accepted guidelines of gymnastics competition.  After getting approval from the judge to begin, the competitor will execute a series of acceptable gymnastics skills as prescribed by the FIG.  Following generally accepted guidelines for awarding points, point deductions will be made for improperly executed skills and for missing or omitting skills requirements.  Exceptions to these guidelines can only be made by the meet Director with appropriate penalties determined by consultation between the meet Director and the Judge(s).  However, performers will be allowed to prepare the area around the Horizontal Bar for improved safety.

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