Life in a Leo Episode 16: What are the requirements to start from a 10.0

May 04, 2018

Life in a Leo Episode 16: What are the requirements to start from a 10.0

Happy Friday! In this episode, I explain how to get a level 9 or 10 routine to start from a 10.0. I felt inspired by Easterns and Westerns taking place this weekend and JO Nationals next weekend. I thought it might be helpful to the audience to better understand the requirements and nuances that go into designing a 10.0 start value routine. 

There are three main buckets to consider, special requirements, value parts, and bonus. I hope my explanation and examples provide a bit of clarity as you cheer on your friends and family. 

First, you have your value parts.  These are the values assigned to each skill performed. Skills can be valued as A's, B's, C's, D's, or E's. Basic skills are typically A's and as they get more difficult, they are higher in the alphabet. Level 10's are the only athletes in the JO program that can receive credit for the value of D and E skills. Each skill value is assigned a numerical value as well, so A's are worth 0.1, B's are 0.3 and C's are 0.5.  D and E skills receive bonus if completed without falling. However, they can only receive difficulty bonus one time. 

Next, we have special requirements.  I list off the specific special requirements during the episode.  There are four special requirements for every event (except vault).  Each special requirement is worth 0.5.  Another way to think about it is if you are missing a special requirement, you lose 0.5 from your start value.  

And finally, bonus. In level 9 if you have all your requirements you start from a 9.7 and you need 0.3 of bonus to get to that 10.0 start value. As a level 10, if you meet all your requirements, you start from a 9.5.  Level 9's can only get bonus from specific connection combinations, whereas level 10's can receive connection bonus but they can also receive difficulty bonus. For a level 10 to start from a 10.0, they need bonus from both categories. If they don't at least have 0.1 from both categories, the highest score they can start from is a 9.9. If a fall occurs during a bonus skill or combination, the bonus is not awarded. However, the skill (if it is at least completed before the fall) will receive the value part credit and special requirement credit if it is being used for those purposes as well.  

When you watch the judges calculate the score, you should see them flip a start value chart on their table. This is why you might see something that says 9.8 on the table and wonder what that is. That is the start value the routine has been rewarded. It also means that's the number the judges start deducting from. Sometimes, it makes more sense for the athlete to intentionally start from a lower start value, especially if they can perform a stronger, cleaner routine. This is usually determined by the coach and the gymnast.

If you have any questions, please email me, Good luck to everyone competing! We hope you have a wonderful, safe and fun meet. Don't forget to point your toes...


 Ravin Salazar level 9 beam routine - posted 2/12/18 - 10.0 Start Value


Ciello Magsanide level 10 bar routine - posted 1/15/18 - 9.8 start value and scored a 9.075 (a good example of a nice routine that doesn't need to start from a 10 to be performed well and score well). 


Kyana George level 10 floor routine - JO National Championships, 2017 - 10.0 start value


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