For Coaches Another Deduction Question

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Jan 17, 2008
There is a bit of debate going on among parents at my gym.

Is there a deduction for putting a 8 inch mat under the beam during a routine in optional competition?

Thank you!


I am almost sure it is...but I will double check and get back to you. ; )

Geoffrey Taucer

Former Admin
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Former Gymnast
Jan 21, 2007
Baltimore, MD
No deduction at compulsory levels. I don't know if there is at optionals, but it seems fairly likely that there would be.


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Former Gymnast
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Jul 5, 2007
One 8 inch mat under the beam, no deduction. There will be the harder regulation mats, but you can put an 8 incher on top of that under the beam. If you're mounting off a board or panel mat, that may not be placed on top of the 8 inch mat. But really the head judge is not going to take equipment deductions without a warning anyway. I suppose they can but I have never seen that happen. They always give a warning that you have to move X here or whatever. The only way you can go wrong is to choose to ignore the warning and take the deduction, but you can place an additional 8 inch mat over (minimum) regulation competition mats in USAG optional competition. I think you can have 16 inches total but I might have made that up in my head. It makes sense though.

If the gymnast is hitting the mat with her foot in any part the routine (such as a straddling skill), that will be a problem, so that would be a consideration when determining how and when to place additional matting.
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