Thursday, January 12, 2017

Understanding The 2017-2020 CoP In A Very Simple And Detailed Way: Balance Beam

By Silvia Vatteroni



We are now officially in 2017, hence, it is time for us to explain to you guys the 2017-2020 CoP in a very simple and detailed way. So if you are not CoP smart, don't worry.

We will begin with balance beam.

What should be mentioned first is the change in composition requirements. Each event, well of course except vault, had five composition requirements in the past CoPs. Whenever a gymnast fulfills a requirement, she gets awarded 0.5 points. 

Now instead of five, there is four composition requirements. You can see with GIFs the four requirements here. The fifth requirement was a D or more rated dismount. 

How I feel about the FIG taking out the D or more rated dismount in the composition requirements: It is not really going to change much since ALL gymnasts rely on their dismount being counted as a part of their D score and you don't really see gymnasts struggling to upgrade their dismount to a D rated one. So meh! However if that made us see double twisting back layouts as dismounts, I am gonna get my bazooka.

Another change I feel meh about it, is the content of exercise. So as we know that the top highest eight skills are counted towards the difficulty score. It used to be maximum five acrobatic skills and minimum three dance skills. Now it must be a minimum of three acrobatic, three dance and two optional elements.

Why I feel meh about it?

Because gymnasts would still be able to perform their old routines, if their routine consisted  of five acros and three dance, they won't need to change it, and if you are thinking about the Dutch gymnasts, who are known for being the official spokespersons of the kingdom of spins, and how they relying more on turns blah blah, sorry to break that to you but they actually perform the kind of routines that fit the content of exercise of the current CoP and the past ones. They rely on both acrobatic and dance skills when it comes to balance beam (NOT FLOOR).

Like seriously, have you ever seen a Dutch gymnast do one or two acrobatic skills and the rest of her routine consists of dance elements! I haven't.

Sanne Wevers does five acros and three dance (the highest skills counted in the D score)




Lieke and Eythora do four acros and four dance.







The most provocative change that literally drove me nuts is ...... well let me first explain this to you.

In 2009-2012 CoP, doing D rated dismounts in combination like two back handsprings to double back tuck was worth 0.1 bonus while two back handsprings to an E or more rated dismount was worth 0.2 bonus.

In 2013-2016 CoP, doing a C or more rated dismount in combination is worth 0.1 bonus.

In this CoP EMBRACE YOURSELF doing a round off immediately to an E rated dismount is considered a combo that is worth one tenth





and a round off immediately to an F or G rated dismounts is considered a combo that is worth two tenths.




You know gymnasts don't do standing dismounts, they either do it after a round off or in REAL combination. So giving bonus to a basically non existent combination is so not right.

And if you think about, it is like they have introduced two new difficult categories exclusively for dismounts.

If you do an F rated dismount (worth 0.6), it will be like doing an H rated dismount (worth 0.8).  If you do a G rated dismount (worth 0.7), it will be like doing an I rated dismount (worth 0.9).

And doing an E rated dismount is like doing an F rated one from the previous CoPs.

So this is worth a D = 0.4





that one a D = 0.4 + 0.1 series bonus, total: 0.5





E= 0.5 + 0.1 connection bonus, total 0.6




E=0.5 + 0.1 connection bonus + 0.1 series bonus, total 0.7




F=0.6 + 0.2 connection bonus, total 0.8




F=0.6 + 0.2 connection bonus + 0.1 series bonus, total 0.9





G= 0.7 + 0.2 connection bonus, total 0.9




G=0.7 + 0.2 connection bonus +0.1 series bonus, A FULL POINT.






In 2009-2012 CoP, connection bonus was awarded to acrobatic combos in same





 and different directions.




In 2013-2016 CoP, the connection bonus was awarded to acrobatic series in only same directions





 and acrobatic series done in rebound.




In 2017-2020 CoP, all connections must be rebounding in order for a gymnast to receive connection bonus. 

So this series won't get any connection bonus only a series one.




That one will because it is a rebound.





In 2013-2016 CoP, a series bonus was introduced to acro combos which have to be at least B+B+C in any order including mounts and dismounts. In this CoP, they introduced the series bonus to mixed (acro-dance) combos which again have to be at least B+B+C. 

Like this one



 
A D rated acrobatic element to an A rated dance one will no longer receive connection bonus 






unless the A rated element is a scale



It has been replaced with a B to D. 

Also a C to C mixed will no longer receive connection bonus. 




In order to get a connection bonus for C to C or more, the combo has to be a dance one.




Now we move on to the upgraded, the downgraded, the new and the missing skills. 

The downgraded

The sheep jump has been downgraded from a D to a C. Most balance beam routines include sheep jumps, hence we are getting bored. So, I am not mad they downgraded it. But then I remember Russia's Viktoria Komova's sheep jump and I sob.


GIF by 

Two and a half wolf turn has been downgraded from an E to a D. That means we will either see triple wolf turns (E) or double ones which has basically the same D rating as the two and half.




Front side walkover downgraded from a D to a C. It is not like anyone is doing it anyway in order for them to downgrade it.


k-ohashi

The gainer salto dismounts have all been downgraded. The tucked/piked from C to B.
The layout one from D to C.




The layout with full turn from E to D.





Honestly, I am in favor of this. This type of dismount looks way too easy for elite gymnastics plus I have always felt they are cheating it. The layout is too piked. Unless they do it like Lia Parolari of Italy, they have no business calling it a layout.





The missing skills:

From side stand - jump to cross over split with body arched and head dropped bwd AKA side Yang Bo Jump is missing from the table elements but mentioned in the named after one.



Planche with support on one or both bent arms (2 sec), also legs in cross split position has been moved from holds and acrobatic non flights to mounts.




See the complete list of the downgraded skills and the ones which are no longer in CoP, here.


The upgraded skills

TONS AND TONS of skills have been upgraded; fifteen mounts - sixteen leaps, jumps and hops - one turn, six holds and acrobatic non flight - two acrobatic flights and two dismounts.

It is impossible for us to GIF all of these upgraded skills, however here are the most important upgraded skills:

Beam mounts:

3 flying flairs, upgraded from a C to a D.




Round off to Onodi, upgraded from an E to an F



Round-off in front of beam – jump with ½ twist (180°) to near side hstd – lower to optional position, upgraded from a C to a D.




Round-off at end of beam – salto bwd tucked





 piked 






or stretched with step-out to cross or side stand, upgraded from a D to an E.




Round-off at end of beam – salto bwd stretched to cross stand, upgraded from an E to an F.




Leaps, jumps and hops

Split leap with 1/1 turn (360°), upgraded from a D to an E.





Split jump (leg separation 180°) from cross position, upgraded from an A to a B.




The one with half turn got upgraded from a B to a C, the one with full turn got upgraded from a C to a D.

Straddle pike jump (both legs above horizontal), or side split jump from cross position, upgraded from an A to a B, the skill with half turn has been upgraded from B to C and the full turn, upgraded from C to D.




Pike jump from cross position with 1/1 turn (360°), upgraded from a C to a D.




Stretched jump/hop with 1/1 turn (360°) from cross position, upgraded from a B to a C.




The one and a half turn has been upgraded a C to a D.

Cat leap with 1/1 turn (360°), upgraded from a B to a C.



Tuck hop or jump with 1/1 turn (360°) from cross position, upgraded from a B to a C.




Wolf hop or jump with 1/1 turn (360°) from cross position, upgraded from a C to a D.




Turns:


1¼ (450°) turn on back in kip position (hip-leg angle closed), upgraded from a C to a D.





Acrobatic flights

Jump bwd (flic-flac take-off) with ½ twist (180°) to handspring fwd land on 2 feet, upgraded from a D to an E.



Jump fwd with ½ twist (180°) – salto bwd tucked or piked, upgraded from an E to an F.




Check out here all the upgraded skills.

Check out here the new skills added to the CoP

Written by Gigi Farid


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