WAG German gymnasts' outfits take on sexualisation in sport

Carabistouille

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Here are the deductions you are allowed to take according to the FIG COP :

On beam, all of those worth .1 :

- Insufficient artistry of performance throughout the exercise including :
  • confidence
  • personal style
− Rhythm & Tempo
  • Insufficient variation in rhythm & tempo in movements (no DV)
  • Performance of the entire exercise as a series of disconnected elements & movements (lack of fluency)
- Insufficient use of entire apparatus:
  • Insufficient use of entire length of beam
  • Lack of side movements (NO DV)
  • Missing combination of movements/ elements close to the beam with a part of the torso (including thigh, knee or head) touching the beam (element not necessary)
─ Insufficient Complexity or creativity in the movements (A complex and creative movement is one that requires training time, coordination and previous preparation)

− One-sided use of elements: More than one ½ turn on 2 feet with straight legs throughout exercise

- Excessive preparation
  • Adjustment (unnecessary steps & movements)
  • Excessive arm swing before dance elements
  • Pause (apply at 2 sec.)
Poor Body posture/Amplitude throughout (maximum elongation of the body movements) –
  • Head, trunk, shoulder and arm positions
  • Feet not pointed/ relaxed/ turned in
  • Lack of work in relevé
  • Insufficient amplitude of leg swings/kicks
 

Geoffrey Taucer

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Here are the deductions you are allowed to take according to the FIG COP :

On beam, all of those worth .1 :

- Insufficient artistry of performance throughout the exercise including :
  • confidence
  • personal style

And this is the part I think should be removed. Confidence and personal style are not objective criteria.
 

Carabistouille

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I actually disagree about confidence, especially on beam. We use FIG and modified FIG at lower levels and some kids really do look like they are about to fall at any moment of the routine, including in between skills, while others look, well, confident.

Personal style is just stupid though, I never take it.
 
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Carabistouille

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On floor, worth .1 unless otherwise noted :

- Insufficient artistry of performance throughout the entire exercise
  • Lack of Expressiveness
  • Inappropriate gesture or facial expression (mimic) not corresponding to the music or to the movements
  • Failure to engage the audience
– Inability to reflect musical theme, to play a role or a character throughout the performance

– Performance of the entire exercise as a series of disconnected elements & movements

- Composition – Incorrect selection of movements for particular music (Example : “Tango” music, but “Polka” movements) : .1 or .3

– Insufficient Complexity or creativity of movements (A complex and creative movement is one that requires training time, coordination and previous preparation)

– Missing movement touching floor (including min. trunk, or thigh, or knee or head)

- Music and Musicality : Editing of music (e.g. no opening, ending, or accents) : No structure to the music

– Musicality
  • Lack of synchronization between movement and musical beat during a part of the exercise : .3
  • Lack of synchronization between movement and musical beat at the end of exercise
  • Background music (the exercise is connected to the music only at the beginning and end of the exercise) : .5
– Excessive preparation:
  • Pause (apply at 2 sec.) (each time)
  • Adjustment (unnecessary steps) (each time)
  • Excessive arm swing before dance elements (each time)
– Poor Body posture/ Amplitude (maximum elongation of the body movements) throughout
  • Head, trunk, shoulder and arm positions
  • Feet not pointed/relaxed/ turned in/flat
  • Insufficient amplitude of leg swings/kicks
– Distribution of elements
  • Exercise starts immediately with an acro line/ acro element
  • Subsequent acro line performed after previous line along the same diagonal without choreography in between (long acro line allowed)
  • More than 1 Subsequent acro line
  • Exercise ends with acro element (no choreography after last acro)
  • Lack of variety in choreography into corners
Edit : I think floor is probably a little more subjective than beam and I could do without some criterias (the disconnected elements thing ? failure to engage the audience maybe ?).
 

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I really like the idea. Especially for adolescents when they are already so self conscious about their bodies. And there's the inconvenient thing called menstruation that they are still getting used to. Permission does not mean acceptance, however, so I still see repercussion at competitions.

Ballet dancers are all about artistry and they wear tights. I don't think bare legs would be as pretty.
 
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Learning Parent GB

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I think coverage is a great option.
I didn't think the black legs on the suits worked well with the lighting. I think they should sort the lighting.
I was just as disappointed in the flesh panels down to the navel on a bodysuit as I am on a leotard, but if it is personal choice then gymnasts can have a different opinion to me.

Speaking to gymnasts we imagine it harder to get a good fit on a bodysuit so it would be interesting if there are more available to try on without having to spend a fortune to find it doesn't fit.
 
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They are generally much more expensive than leotards, obviously with so much more material in them.
 
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Here are the deductions you are allowed to take according to the FIG COP :

On beam, all of those worth .1 :

- Insufficient artistry of performance throughout the exercise including :
  • confidence
  • personal style
− Rhythm & Tempo
  • Insufficient variation in rhythm & tempo in movements (no DV)
  • Performance of the entire exercise as a series of disconnected elements & movements (lack of fluency)
- Insufficient use of entire apparatus:
  • Insufficient use of entire length of beam
  • Lack of side movements (NO DV)
  • Missing combination of movements/ elements close to the beam with a part of the torso (including thigh, knee or head) touching the beam (element not necessary)
─ Insufficient Complexity or creativity in the movements (A complex and creative movement is one that requires training time, coordination and previous preparation)

− One-sided use of elements: More than one ½ turn on 2 feet with straight legs throughout exercise

- Excessive preparation
  • Adjustment (unnecessary steps & movements)
  • Excessive arm swing before dance elements
  • Pause (apply at 2 sec.)
Poor Body posture/Amplitude throughout (maximum elongation of the body movements) –
  • Head, trunk, shoulder and arm positions
  • Feet not pointed/ relaxed/ turned in
  • Lack of work in relevé
  • Insufficient amplitude of leg swings/kicks
Lord almighty. I wonder how much of a confidence my DD received on beam over the years!
 

Gymsanity

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So abuse comes from the clothes they wear/don't wear?? Sure, makes sense to me. At the next meeting I'll propose that all athletes be required to wear burkas. That should solve all problems as these problems don't happen in Islamic countries. Lets make sure they also wear them for diving, swimming, beach volleyball, etc. We can stop abuse in it's tracks! Great idea!
 
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I don’t think anyone has said that clothes lead to sexual abuse. I think that being needlessly required to wear extremely revealing clothing is, of itself, a form of coercive control when people arent comfortable with it. Many people are just fine in leotards, but also lots of girls arent.

So if gymnasts come out and say ‘we feel safer, less sexualised and less vulnerable in these leotards and we want other girls to know they’re an option’ who are we to be sarcastic and disparaging about the comment? They know how they feel, why not........believe them?
 

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It's all about giving athletes greater autonomy and choice. The more the athletes are empowered to speak up and voice their opinions, whether it's about attire, training hours, skill choice, or coach preference, the greater the chances are that they'll speak up if they're being mistreated. The culture of "shut up and do as you're told" might create obedient gymnasts but it does not create human beings who are able to stick up for themselves. So no, no one's saying that clothing causes abuse. If my DD's gym turned around tomorrow and said they're requiring everyone to wear unitards in order to prevent abuse, I'd have a big issue with that because it would be an obvious case of blaming what the kids were wearing rather than the choices adults make. The point, as I read it, is that gymnastics doesn't have to be done in a skimpy leotard, so each athlete should be able to choose for herself what type of gymnastics attire makes her most comfortable and feel empowered to voice that opinion without fear of backlash.