Attack of the Side Leap

In 2016, the split jump 1/2 and straddle jump 1/2 on beam both had B value.

Oh, what simple times those were.

Carefree almost.

For 2017, both the split jump 1/2 and straddle jump 1/2 have been revalued and bumped up to C elements.

At the same time, the one-tenth difficulty bonus for leaps beginning and ending in side position has been expanded to include those leaps with just a 1/2 twist.

Add it all up, and what does that spell?

It spells that the split jump 1/2 from side position and straddle jump 1/2 from side position, elements that 9 months ago would have been B skills, are now D skills.

THIS WILL BE GREAT FOR UPGRADES.

WHAT A COOL AND TRENDY D-SCORE HACK.

NOTHING COULD GO WRONG.

NOTHING AT ALL.

THIS IS GOOD AND NORMAL.

EVEN RAGAN SMITH IS FINE WITH IT.

BEAM WILL NEVER BE THE SAME IN A GOOD WAY.

7000 WORTH-IT POINTS FOR EASY SIDE LEAPS.

IT’S SO SIMPLE DO THE DANCE.

THE FUTURE IS SIDE LEAPS.

 

 

 

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19 thoughts on “Attack of the Side Leap”

  1. isn’t this kind of an endorsement of the upgrade though? surely if a gymnast does one of those in a way that doesn’t look hideous, they deserve a D?

    of course the problem is that they look like this and don’t get enough deductions to make them not worth it, but then we can blame the judges

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  2. I feel like they should get connection bonus for connecting it to an immediate arm wave with your butt in the air lol. I think my eyes would bleed out of their sockets if someone did double & triple wolf turns with both of those leaps all in one routine. Please say no one’s done that yet. Please.

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  3. I love how Carina Jordan in that last GIF hit a solid 90-degree split. Petition to change the beam code to just “Routine must consist of only wolf turns and side leaps.”

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  4. I hate this upgrade in the new code! There’s just no way to put those leaps into a routine without destroying the whole fluency and artistry of the routine. ;(

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  5. I don’t see anyone from the GIFs above who didn’t incur at least 0.3 in deductions from a combination of missed splits and wobbles. I think Ragan got away with 0.1 (based on her D-score) but she was still pretty hunched over on her landing.

    There legitimately needs to be a score analyst on the U.S. national team. Someone who knows enough to say “Yes, you get an extra tenth from starting this element sideways, but lose 0.6 for your not-even-close-to-a-split leg position and for doing the hokey pokey upon landing. Please do a normal jump to keep your D-score out of the 7s.”

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  6. I wonder how long it will take this trend to catch on elsewhere? America is usually ahead of the curve when it comes to ugly but code-savvy dance elements on beam.

    Although I agree anyone who can actually make this look good deserves a D.

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    1. I’d actually be surprised to see very many people attempt this combo. For one thing, it would be extremely difficult to actually connect those two. I can’t imagine many people would be able to consistently execute this smoothly enough to receive connection value. Additionally, this seems like a ton of risk for a little pay off. US Classic showed us that people are having a heck of a time doing these leaps by themselves without massive deductions/falls, let alone trying to do them in connection with a side somi. You can get the same amount of connection value out of one of those front aerial + two B jumps combos, and those seem a lot less likely to end disastrously than side somi + split/straddle jump from side.

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  7. I want to see: strattle jump+split leap+ front aerial+ yang bo+ split jump+ side somi+ teza (leap)+teza (1/1 yurchenko loop)
    Talk about originality and epicness!

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