VAULTING TABLE IN GIRLS GYMNASTICS TO BE REQUIRED IN 2005-06
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Girls Gymnastics Rules Committee changed the vaulting table recommendation it made in 2002 to a requirement for the 2005-06 high school girls gymnastics season.
The committee met January
31-February 2 in
The official change, made to
“Since the rule was made in
2002 allowing vault tables to be used along with the vaulting horse, we have
been tracking what state associations are doing,” said
True said the committee believes the vaulting table will reduce the risk of injuries, which is a key focus of all NFHS rules committees.
with that focus, a major theme of this year’s meeting was the emphasis on risk minimization.
“The committee is always trying to adjust and add rules to reduce the risk of injuries,” True said. “Risk minimization remains a top priority.”
In the case of time infractions in Rules 2-2-1b(12d), 8-3-7b and 9-3-7c, the committee changed the penalty to read overtime, so that a short routine is not penalized if it meets all other requirements.
Changes to sections of Rule
5 regarding coaches’ inquiries were another focus of the committee this year. Rule
Rules 7-4, 8-4 and 9-4 were all adjusted to be consistent with current trends in gymnastics. “Basically, revisions and additions were made to the difficulty values on bars, beam and floor,” True said.
Of those changes, the rule regarding the balance beam was the topic of much discussion at last summer’s NFHS Girls Gymnastics Rules Interpreters Meeting.
In the last rules book, either a roundoff with a flight or back handspring needed to be directly connected to a tumbling skill to raise a gymnast’s value to a high superior. With the change now, the roundoff with a flight or back handspring needs to be connected to a superior tumbling skill.
Other changes included adding
on hands (with a 0.1 deduction up to 0.3) to Rule