Switch Ring (Balance Beam)



Balance beam

Skill type

Known as
Switch ring (leap)
Change-leg ring leap

Among the most heavily scrutinized elements on beam, the switch ring boasts the irresistible siren song of an E value. For a dance element. Mama want the precious.

Yes, the switch ring is a risky proposition both for falling and for downgrades. Also for ugliness. Oh the ugliness. Only a handful of gymnasts who perform the skill show anything verging on an actual ring position, though that doesn’t stop them from doing it. Most opt for a drunken U or a switch-arthritic-snake.

The requirements for credit of this skill include showing upper back arch and head release and that the back foot reaches at least shoulder height. If not, it will receive a downgrade to another element. Other faults in position simply result in execution deductions.


Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

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