The FIG has released the code of points for 2022-2024, which will go into effect on January 1, 2022 and (because of the everything) will last for just three years instead of the usual four—the triennium leading up to and including Paris 2024.
I did a side-by-side read of the 2017-2020 (2021…) code compared to the new code to account for all of the new rules, both big and small. Surprise, I already have strong opinions about all of them.
Maximum 1 wolf turn per routine – In typical FIG fashion, they looked at what everyone was talking about 8 years ago and said, “Check it out, we’ve just had a great idea.” But I’m not complaining. A new rule for 2022 prohibits gymnasts from performing more than one wolf turn in any single beam or floor routine. All subsequent wolf turns will not be counted.
It’s a wildly important development to eliminate all those insufferable back-to-back wolf doubles and wolf triples. Now, I would have also liked to see the wolf turns on floor downgraded by a tenth, but we can’t have everything.
Upgrade of clear-hip hecht 1/2 – This may seem like a random thing to list among the headlines, but changing the value of the clear-hip hecht 1/2 from C to D should help vary bars composition by introducing an element that can be connected out of a bail handstand and back tothe high bar for useful bonus.
After the elimination of the connection bonus for the bail handstand + stalder shoot, bails rapidly disintegrated from top elite routines as there wasn’t any real scoring incentive to doing them. The hope, at least, is that this will provide another viable transition option so that everything isn’t Pak + Shaposh.
The clear-hip hecht 1/2 has also been added to the list of exceptions for empty backswing deductions, like the Shaposhnikova skills.
Dismount Bonus – This is kind of a weird one. On bars, beam, and floor, a 0.2 bonus will now be awarded for (hit) dismounts rated D or higher. This isn’t necessarily bad thing—I’m in favor of encouraging difficult dismounts—but it’s going to take some getting used to and is strange because they JUST got rid of the composition requirement for D dismounts. This was presumably done to allow people who didn’t have a D dismount but had difficulty elsewhere to remain competitive. And then exactly what everyone knew would happen (slash the entire point?) happened and tons of gymnasts started dismounting beam with a 2/1 because they could. Now the FIG is like, “Oh wait never mind, do a double tuck please.”Continue reading The 2022 Code is Out!