- 1. The Feet:
- You may not know this but judges can deduct if you do not pivet on high toe in a tight releve position on beam. 0.10 can be deducted when you do not show this position.
- Point your toes on everything you do, from giants on bars to leaps on floor and beam. 0.10 can be deducted from flexed feet.
- 2. The Knees:
- Unless you are in "pile", your knees need to be straight on every skill and also in the standing position while dancing. Tight hamstrings can lead to consistent bent legs. Bent knees will also lead to 0.10 deductions.
- 3. The Abdominals, Rib Cage and Shoulders:
- Every gymnasts should stand with their hips under, abdominals and rib cage tucked in and shoulders pressed down. Deductions have been added to the code pertaining to the shoulders during your performance. Having your shoulders pressed down, and your back muscles pinched together, your neck will appear longer making your body look taller. Ballet dance classes are a great way to help you and teach you how to make a straight body line. Correcting a gymnasts "line" earlier in their career will better their gymnastics in the long run.
- 4. The Head:
- When performing, a gymnast should NEVER look down! Having your chin lifted and looking above eye level will make your presentation look 100 times better.
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