We are excited to announce the new rules for women’s competition for the 2016-2017 season as well as the division structure for the men’s competition at NAIGC Nationals. The goals of the Women’s Rule Changes this year were heavily weighted by the results and responses of the 2016 Nationals Survey distributed earlier this year.
NAIGC Levels for Women’s Competition
The following levels are recognized for NAIGC competitions. Nationals will provide competition opportunities for level 6, 8 and 9. Meet hosts are encouraged to choose the levels that best meet the needs of their meet.
Women’s Level 9- Remains the same. This level will use FIG JO (Junior Olympic) skill values (from the 2013-2017 FIG JO Code of Points) and Level 9 requirements. There will be no difficulty restrictions, including no limit to the number of D’s or E’s. Judges should use both level 9 and level 10 bonus to the advantage of the gymnast. D’s and E’s will be given additive value of 0.1 and 0.2 respectively and recognized in connection value. On bars, level 9 connection bonus will be used as this is to the advantage of the gymnast. (These are the rules that have been used at Nationals for years).
Women’s Level 8- This level will use FIG JO (Junior Olympic) skill values (from the 2013-2017 FIG JO Code of Points) and Level 8 requirements. New: USAG JO Level 8 difficulty restrictions will also be enforced. Difficulty restrictions are summarized as:All A and B skills allowed. All C level dance allowed on floor and beam. All allowable C’s on uneven bars include: Cast handstand ½ pirouette, clearhip/back stalder/pike sole circle (toe on) to Handstand or ½ pirouette. One additional C level skill other than those indicated above may be performed. Each unallowable element will deduct -0.5.
Women’s Level 6-New- This level will use FIG JO (Junior Olympic) skill values (from the 2013-2017 JO Code of Points), Level 6 requirements, and Level 6 difficulty restrictions. There will be no finals session level 6, however athletes will still be eligible for awards based on a combined ranking of all level 6 athletes.
All links to requirements and bonus can be found on the NAIGC Website here- http://www.naigc.net/RulesWA.php.
NAIGC Team Composition Rules for Women’s Competition
In addition to the Women’s Rules level changes, the number of scores counted for the team competition will drop from 4 counting scores to 3 counting scores. In preliminary sessions, each team may have up to 8 individuals compete on each event with the top 3 scores counting towards the team score. In Team Finals, each team may select up to 5 individuals on each event, with the top 3 scores counting towards the team score. In Level 6 sessions, each team may have up to 8 individuals compete on each event with the top 3 scores counting towards the team score.
NAIGC Divisions for Men’s Competition at Nationals
As announced previously, the Men’s competition will offer two competitive levels: Modified NCAA and NAIGC Developmental. Furthermore, the men’s competition has two divisions: Collegiate and Open (renamed from the Classic division). The eligibility rules for each division are the same as in previous years. Participation in the Collegiate division is restricted to teams representing a single school and current students (undergraduate or graduate) whereas the Open division has open participation. The divisions offered at Nationals will be as follows: Modified NCAA Collegiate division, Modified NCAA Open division, and NAIGC Developmental Open division.
Good luck this season in your training and new routine construction.
For the Love of the Sport,
NAIGC | Board of Directors