My daughter is just beginning to compete L6, and many of the L7 parents and gymnasts are telling her the judging is significantly tougher, with lower scoring on every event. is this accurate, and any tips how to score higher?
Good Morning -
First off, the judging is going to vary from State to State, so take advice appropriately.
My daughter recently finished her first L6 season and I can say without doubt that yes the judging was harder. I will characterize it this way - it appears that they are trying to sort the wheat from the chaff; the serious from the not-so serious. The judging was much more critical of the little things that make a big difference in the next level and beyond. In other words, I think they are trying to get the girls to focus on things that will make them successful in L7 and beyond.
Once the girls figure this out you will see a steady progression thru the season. Bars: body form is critical; free hip to 30 degrees above horizontal is critical; tap swings are critical; connections (no pauses); casts at 30 degrees above horizontal or more. Beam: body form is critical; back walk over will
kill if not done correctly; dismount will also hurt the score if there is no pause between the two handstands. Vault: amplitude, tight body, punch off the table are all key. Floor: everything needs to be landed with proper form - no reaching for the floor; dance passes need to be proper form; front tuck and back tuck - no steps after.
Hope this helps and good luck!