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My daughter is in season as a level 7 and is suffering from tiny wrist fractures on her growth plate in both wrists. She is fighting through the pain but cannot perform her back walkover back handspring on beam. She is currently performing two back walkover and a front tuck off beam for dismount. She needs another skill ( I think a B skill) to raise her start value without compromising putting pressure on her wrists ( or minimal pressure). Any other skills she can perform to at least raise her start value to a 9.5? Maybe a front walkover to front tuck dismount??
Thanks Tammy

Hi Tammy,
she needs a tumbling series AND a flight skill.  She combined them into her original series.  With back walkover-back walkover she has fulfilled her "series" requirement.  She is still missing her "flight" requirement. Front handspring, back handspring, round-off are the most common flight skills used.

The back handspring is a "b". Level 7's are required to have 2 B's. She may or may not have a 2nd b by removing the back handspring.  Her coach should be addressing this situation.

Hope that helps.


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I can answer questions about technique, choreography, skill values for both Women's USAG JO rules and NFHS rules. I have been in this sport for 35 plus years as an athlete and a coach. I have been a judge for 15 plus years.


I have been in the sport for 30 plus years, as a gymnast, coach, choreographer,pre-school gymnastics instructor, and official.I was the gymnastics director for 10 years at a summer day camp

I have a USAG level 10 judges rating. I am also a NJSIAA judge which uses the NFHS rules.

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