Trampoline Judges & Spotters Rules & Regulations
During a gymnastics trampoline event, the judges and spotters follow the rules and regulations put forward by the regulating body to ensure a fair outcome and the athletes’ safety. An athlete's spotter must avoid making contact with the gymnast unless necessary, as this leads to the deduction of points from the total score. Judges must watch the routine closely, as their interpretation of the routine leads to the declaration of a winner of the event.
Number of Judges
Each event has a minimum judging panel present. An individual trampoline event must have one Chair of Judges Panel, one Degree of Difficulty Judge and five Execution Judges. The synchronized events must have one Chair of Judges Panel, one Assistant to the Chair of Judges panel, two Degree of Difficulty Judges, four Execution Judges and up to three Synchronization Judges.
Scoring begins with the degree of difficulty. Each maneuver planned for the routine adds points to the degree of difficulty score, including 0.5 point for a single somersault, up to 2.2 points for a quadruple somersault. Competitors do not receive any degree of difficulty points for side somersaults unless they involve a twist. Judges do not count any repeated elements in the scoring. After determining the degree of difficulty, the judges determine the execution of the routine. Deductions from the starting value of the routine come from having poor form, lacking stability, touching the trampoline with anything except your feet, stepping off the trampoline, missing elements or exceeding the routine's time limit. The final score comes from adding the degree of difficulty score to the execution score. In a synchronized event, judges add the synchronization score as well.
Every athlete has the option to have four spotters present, although you can only use one or two spotters at one time during an event. The spotters use spotter’s mats, which helps protect the gymnast from a fall. If the spotters make contact with the gymnast at any point, judges rule it an interruption of the pass. When this occurs, the gymnast does not receive any credit for the pass. If a spotter communicates verbally or otherwise with the gymnast during the routine, it leads to a deduction of 0.3 points.
Spotter Dress Code
All spotters must wear a track suit and running shoes or something similar. Other members of the team must wear the same uniform during an event.
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