We hosted a meet this weekend and all went well but I'm still confused by the vault is judged for the women's USAG program. I try to train the front handspring vault as if the vaulter plans on flipping someday be it a front front or tsuk. I coach a short preflight for a higher vault that actually has some rotation. ( I won't go into any further detail as it would take too long ) I'll use my own girls as examples for my question about how the heck do the judge the front hand spring vault. First I set the table with my "Goal" vaulter. This is what I'm trying to train toward. She's about 5'4", the table is set on 6 and the board is 1'9" away. At our meet she did a front front at level 9 and scored a 9.575 She enters with a tight arch with nearly no preflight with her shoulders not quite completely open when she hits the table the opens for more block. This puts her regular front hand spring 6 to 7 feet above the vault table. Here are my example vaults from the meet Vaulter A: Table is low for her height due to fear issues. She hits the springboard, preflight with a slightly more than hollow shape, reasonably low entry angle, stays on the table a bit long for my taste, low block, ok distance. She score 8.75 I think Vaulter B: Table is a good height for what I can tell. She has a similar vault to my goal vaulter with a slight arch (more of the butt sticking out than an arch) during the post flight and scores 8.4 Vaulter C: Normally similar vaults to my goal vaulter. Nice block good entry and so forth. She vaults and admits that it didn't feal like she got much block and the vault felt bad. She scored 9.375 Vaulter B: had a better vault than A but A had cleaner shapes. The best I can tell is the judges want the girls to vault with power but do the entire vault in a hollow shape. The last time I looked, front handsprings weren't hollow. Any thoughts are welcome.