Switch leap 1/2 (Balance Beam)



Balance beam

Skill type

Known as
Switch 1/2
Switch leap 1/2
Switch split 1/2
Change-leg 1/2 (chiefly British)

Why why why dear god why.

The ugly stepsister of the switch leap, the switch 1/2 is similarly popular in too many routines because of its status as a rarefied D dance element. It’s frequently used immediately following the switch leap in an attempt to receive connection value in a pause-a-tron series. This behavior is indulged by the judges and code of points, and I don’t care for it. Because of the irresistible lure of its D value, the switch 1/2 is often performed by gymnasts who cannot remotely do it, contributing to its identity as a hideous trash skill.

I truly don’t understand. You have to know you are incurring more in execution deductions than you’re gaining for the skill and potential connection.


Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

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