UPDATE: The content of this article has been updated and republished to reflect the rules of the new JO Optional Code for 2018-2022. Updates are made to the code all the time. I do my best to keep up but please double check with this most current version of the code for the latest information.
Today we are going to explore the construction of a level 9 floor routine. For the next several posts we will take a look at floor routine construction as a follow up to the previous floor composition post. In addition to all the basic requirements and connection bonus values that we will discuss in this article, make sure to check out the floor compositional deduction post. At level 9 compositional deductions come into play in a bigger way.
I have to say as a parent of a level 9 gymnast I remember thinking level 8 was a whole new ball game after level 7’s relative simplicity. But, level 9 and 10 just are on a whole different level. The combination of very difficult skills, the bonus structure and compositional deductions just add a tremendous level of complexity and can drive the score in a plummeting spiral for what used to be in level 8 a basic error.