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Utah gymnastics: Coaches’ complaint – No one’s judging the judges
Gymnastics » U.’s Marsden and others say they have no recourse when challenging decisions.

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Southern Utah coach Scott Baumann said he thinks the judging is better this year, but knows what it is like to draw the ire of a judge, having received a red card in a meet in 1995.

"I still think they look at me wrong," he said, half-jokingly. "The thing is, Greg has been around and he knows what to do. Sometimes you have to stand up and fight for your athletes, you just can’t sit back and let them get hosed and accept it. You can sit there and show them something is wrong and they won’t change things. I find that to be odd, but that is what we have to deal with."

At a glance

The basics of gymnastics judging

College meets are judged using the Junior Olympic and U.S. age group rules with some modifications for collegiate gymnastics. Judges receive their ratings based on the Junior Olympic/age group rules but are not required to have a separate certification to judge collegiate gymnastics. Judges can take practice tests and view examples of routines through the judges’ assigning system website, and an additional 12-15 hours of judging seminars were available at the 2011 judging national symposium. Neither chief judges nor the meet referees are allowed to change another judge’s score. If judges are out of range, a conference is called and the scores are brought into range. Judges do not have to agree on the start value of a routine.

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