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Gymnastics/Floor connection value question


If each tumbling pass has a whip-salto in preperation for a E or higher element..does the gymnast get a .2 connection bonus each pass? 4 passes = .8 connection bonus?

Hello Gregg,
         I am very glad to help you.  I acquired the knowledge of an old friend who is a national ranked men's judge.  He has judged NCAA's etc.  His name is Ed Yakuchev.  He is a past Temple gymnast.  Okay here is your answer below.  I wish you the best of luck and take care -- Jack Leonard

From Ed Yakuchev:
 - All connections w/ at least one salto valued at "D" value or higher receive a +.1 bonus (an "A" value salto qualifies if part of the connection). If both saltos in connection are "D" or higher +.2  will be awarded.
     - Connection values are valued only on one side of connections to the benefit of the gymnast:

         For example: A+D+D will receive +.2 in bonus (i.e.+.2 on the D+D side of the connection. The A+D will not receive the +.1 connection bonus).

     - In addition it is not necessary for connection elements to be among the counting 10 best skills or top 4 counting in an element group.


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Jack Leonard


Former 5 time Natl. Tumbling Champ, 3 time Natl. Vaulting Champ, Natl. Floor Exercise Champ; Ass`t coach of Dominique Dawes for 6 years; Owner/Director/Head coach of Kauai Gymnastics Academy on the island of Kauai in Hawaii; Retired Physical Ed teacher; Childrens Fitness Expert; Expert Consultant for gymnastics litigation; Retired Mens & Womens HS Gymnastics coach for 32 years. National coaching honors for Men in 1981 & Women in 2001.


I value the following awards because they were given by acknowlegement through my peers: The Nissen/Grissold Award given to the outstanding Tumbling and Tramp Athlete(1972), National High School coach of the year in 1981 for men and 2001 for women, 10 time County Coach of the Year. Medal Award given at the first World Tumbling Championships in London, England for dedication to the sport. Lastly, having the opportunity to coach Wes Suter(1988 Olympian)in his intermediate years and Dominique Dawes(1992 & 1996)

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