- Aug 7, 2018
What is becoming apparent to me this season, in my humble opinion, is how much the vaulting rotation is impacting the teams in their ability to win and potential national championship aspirations. Teams that hope to compete for a title better have 5 or preferably 6 competitive 10.0 SV vaults. Kudos to Michigan for seeming to be the first team to figure this out and make such an emphasis on having solid 10 SV vaults. Now there seems to be a race by the power programs (Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama, etc) to get 6 10 SV vaulters. A couple of observations/discussion points I would love comments on:
- I think the rule changed in 2016 where Y-full was no longer 10 SV, why did it take so long for teams to take advantage of this change in scoring? Or maybe I was/am oblivious till now lol
- Why is it still seemingly so difficult for teams to find a Y-1.5? Even many of the ex-elites seem to just do the Y-full. I know talking with my daughter, it is a real challenge to have that air awareness to turn an extra half versus one. But still, I am surprised at how many teams at best have 2-3 gymnasts doing a Y-1.5 or some other 10 SV vault.
- Do judges scoring seem Yurchenko focused? Seeing that this is the most prevalent vault by far, the judging seems really wacked on these vaults (more than other events). Such a discrepancy between a stuck vault and others, where a y1.5 seems to get a 10 regardless of form at least from one judge. Seems like when judges see different vaults they have a difficult time scoring them or taking deductions from the 10 vaults.
- Obviously the change was put in because Y-fulls had become so standard and difficult to differentiate between other teams. Do you think they should make similar changes to other events? Maybe certain elements on floor, which seems to be where everyone gets high scores?