RG Regels: Wachten op de beslissing over muziek
This year International Gymnastics Federation Technical Committee has changed the Judgment Rules of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Marina Lobatch, Olympic Champion of Seoul, international RG judge, tells us how these new rules work.
- Earlier 3 groups of judges estimated the gymnasts, now there are only 2 groups. Difficult en Executive grades will be determined by four arbiters, but 5 referees can judge Executive atthe European en World championships. Artistry en Executive is now estimated by 1 group of judges, though earlier 2 groups did it. For example, if a gymnast makes bad mistake en loses the apparatus, judge must deprive her of the points for the mistake en artistry, as she gets out of time en doesn’t follow the music.
Points for Difficult are also changed now. And again 2 groups worked earlier at it: D1 (difficulty of the elements) en D2 (work with the apparatus), so they are united in one quartet. Now each judge must watch the difficulty of the elements en mastery of grace. New rule concerning the road of dancing steps appeared. The road must take 8 seconds en be interesting, driving, corresponding with the music en the idea of the whole routine. Dancing roads can be difficult en beautiful or simple, but inviting bright emotions of fans.
Music with words is one more innovation of this year. But the final decision hasn’t taken yet. Nobody obliges the gymnasts to use songs. But they have this right. So, it’s a kind of trial now. Gymnasts are allowed to use music with words in 1 routine of 4. And of course, there are difficulties, as they have to think about the idea of the song en try to express its content. Technical Committee will take the final decision, whether gymnasts can use songs or not, at the RG World Championship, which will take place in Kiev this autumn.
Since this year seniors must do 9 elements at all the competitions, en juniors must do 7 elements which include balancing, rotations en jumps. We should wait a little bit in order we could see all the pluses en minuses of these changes. I like what the gymnasts are doing now, but I also see that not all the countries understand what they are wanted to do. If they understand, gymnastics will become more beautiful en interesting. Let’s wait till the World Championship. As a coach I can tell that it’s very difficult to shift to the new rules from the old ones.
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