Level 9 & 10 Regional Meet Information
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Xcel Floor Clarification
I have gotten permission from Claudia Kretschmer, National Xcel Committee Chair, to send out this Xcel Floor change/clarification effective immediately. The official Errata for this has been submitted and will be posted online soon.
On Bronze Floor
Rules Chart (Pg 139) Clarifications Box: Add "Straddle jump (any split angle) = "A" VP"
Add "Side leap (any split angle) = "A" VP"
On page 141, II. A., 2., add "c. Straddle jump (any split angle) = "A" VP"
On page 141, II. A., 2., add "d. Side leap (any split angle) = "A" VP"
This means that even if a Bronze gymnast performs a straddle jump or side leap with a split angle such that it could receive a "B" VP, she will receive "A" VP credit and it may fulfill a SR credit, if applicable. There would be no deduction for an unallowable element.
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Xcel Code Errata and Code replacement pages
The latest Xcel Code Errata and Code replacement pages are now available.
USA Gymnastics has sold out of the first printing of the Xcel Code! The second edition (incorporating all the errata up to this point) is being printed now.
Some clarifications of questions I have received:
A mini-tramp is not an "alternative springboard apparatus." An "alternative springboard apparatus" is a none-brand-specific term for an aero-board. Mini tramps may not be used in USA Gymnastics sanctioned competitions.
Bars & Beam
A panel mat may be used for mounting. Xcel follows Rules & Policies using Compulsory guidelines as a minimum standard (R & P, page 80 VI., A.). Rules & Policies, page 66, G., 5., a. states "At Levels 1-5, any manufactured mat....may be used for mounting purposes."
When performing the glide swing, punch, pullover connection to mount, any board or mounting mat must be pulled immediately after the jump into the glide. The punch for the pullover must be done off of matting that is acceptable to be under the apparatus for the entire routine. Reference Rules & Policies page 66, 6, b, circle bullet point and Xcel Code, page 194, II., C., 3., Example.
A round-off is a valid "A" dismount. It is considered a cartwheel with a 1/4 turn dismount. Please reference skill 9.103 on page 135 in the Xcel Code.
A cartwheel-cartwheel series is NOT impossible to connect. This series should not be "pre-judged" as "going to be broken." Yes, the feet should not pivot. However, gymnasts who have worked cartwheels entering and exiting sideways could do quite well at this connection.
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