The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

Straddle Jump 1/2

Balance beam

Skill type

Known as
Straddle 1/2
Straddle jump 1/2
Straddle pike 1/2

Want to hear something crazy? When I first made this skill database in late 2016/early 2017, I didn’t include a page for the straddle jump with 1/2 turn because it didn’t appear in any routines. Doing a straddle jump 1/2 from side position just wasn’t a thing. Now, it’s the only thing.

Item #1: The straddle jump with 1/2 turn was upgraded from a B to a C element in 2017. Item #2: Jumps that begin and end in side position (above) receive an extra letter grade. Those two items combine to mean that the previously lowly straddle jump 1/2 can now be used for D value when done from the side, and everyone has jumped on that bandwagon. In nearly all cases, it is horrifying and wobbly, though not as bad as the split jump 1/2. If you’re going to do it, I’d rather you do a straddle.

C (2017-)
B (-2016)

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