At level 8 and above, the way a routine is constructed can incur compositional deductions. We have previously discussed compositional deductions for uneven bars. Today let’s take a look at floor exercise.
At each optional level, there is a basic level of skill requirements. These are called special requirements. At level 9 and 10 these special requirements are a very basic set of skills and to achieve a full 10.0 start value, the gymnast must add difficulty for bonus through connections and at level 10, very difficult skills. At level 8, 9 and 10 there are also requirement for routine composition. These add variety and balance in skills and difficulty to a routine. There are a lot of moving pieces in a high scoring, well constructed routine.