How long is the warm up time for Level 8 - 10 gymnasts?
In recognition of the skills being competed, Level 8, 9 & 10 gymnasts will be allowed a 45 second warm up at competition.

Do all gymnasts that are in Levels 9 & 10 only have the option of doing competitions (rather than challenges)?
At this stage we will only be offering a competition style of event for Levels 9 & 10 as we believe there is not yet enough demand to viably run both challenges and competitions. We also feel that gymnasts that have progressed to this level would prefer this kind of event. However we will be more than happy to reconsider this for next year if there are enough interested clubs.

Is there a default height for bars, vault and beam at Gymstar comps?
There isn't any standard height for each of these pieces of equipment at Gymstar comps, if you'd like to know the usual and adjustable heights of equipment at a particular venue please contact the Gymstar Coordinator. 

Do you need to register leotards for Gymstar competitions?
Leotards do not need to be registered to be worn at Gymstar events. Further specifications of what can be worn at competitions can be found in the manual. 

For the front saulto vault, is this performed from a beatboard to a crashmat?
That's correct, a mini tramp is not permitted to be used for this vault.

(Gymstar 5) When it says handspring flatback to 3 crashmats, can we decide if we use a tramp or springboard? It doesn't specify.
All vaults are with a beat board unless a mini tramp is stipulated, so this vault must be performed with a beatboard.

For cast star skills (for example, a 45 degrees below horizontal cast star skill) does this need to be a separate element, or will it be paid if it is the cast before their back-hip circle?
As the cast back hip circle is a single element and the cast to 45 degrees star skill is its own element, it would need to be performed separately. 

On bars, if gymansts choose to climb on instead of popping on is the climb on judges? And if so, what is the ideal execution of this skill?
The climb on is judged. In terms of ideal execution, the choice of climb on technique is up to you – most gymnasts start from front support, lift one foot to a ‘perch’ position, place the other foot on (so they end up with feet on the outside and hands on the inside) then jump to the high bar. Ideal execution requires control to be shown throughout. The only specific deduction listed in the judges manual is for falling towards the high bar rather than jumping on.

When boys compete, are they able to use the metal high bar rather than uneven bars?
Both boys and girls are able to compete on the high bar, however we would advise contacting the Gymstar Coordinator to confirm that the venue you are competing at has a metal bar available.

(Gymstar 2) The manual specifies that they can have assistance for their pullover. If we had hypothetical child A and hypothetical child B, both A and B performed flawless bar routines, but A had assistance with their pullover, will they receive the same score?
In the scenario you have mentioned they would receive the same score. It would be better for the child to do a nice pullover with assistance.

(Gymstar 4) We have a couple of girls in our gymstar 4 class that are a bit on the taller side and so was wondering if they are allowed to compete their bent knee (tuck) swings on the high bar instead of the low bar?
Absolutely, if your gymnasts would hit their knees on the floor by swinging on the low bar they can perform these on the high bar.

(Gymstar 5) Also in gymstar 5 can a gymnasts perform pull over, cast back hip circle, climb feet on to the bar, jump to high bar, 2 x swings and then drop down at the back of last swing to land as a dismount?
The Gymstar 5 routine you have mentioned will fulfill all their requirements. So long as the drop down at the back is shown to be a deliberate controlled landing it will satisfy the dismount requirement.


Does a handspring off beam fulfill the dismount with flight requirement?
Yes, as long as the dismount demonstrates a clear flight phase.

In a half-half turn on beam (one feet then two feet), do they need to stay in releve after their passe 1/2 and step their foot down in front still in releve and then do their half on two feet? Or another way of wording this, will they get deductions for going down onto a flat foot at the end of the passe 1/2 and then going back onto their toes again for the two foot half?
They will need to maintain a relevee moving between the first phase and the second phase so that continuous movement is shown.


(Gymstar 3) For the scorpion handstand, in the technical description it says they have to go from lunge position with hands on the beam and then kick their legs. Are they able to do a scorpion handstand without pausing on the beam? That is, lunge and kick their legs at the same time they place their hands down? Will they be penalized?
That’s fine they can do it without a pause (more like a mini handstand than the described scorpion).​

(Gymstar 6) Can the second jump be a straight jump?
Yes, so long as the other jump in the routine is a large leap or jump (i.e. not a flutter jump or a straight jump).

(Gymstar 7) Does a forward roll mount on beam count as an acro skill? Will it receive a forward roll bonus at Gymstar 7?
The forward roll must start and finish on the beam in order to receive bonus and also to receive bonus and to count as an acro skill.​

Shoulderstand roll through on P-bars - does this count as a star skill which is written as shoulder stand forward roll or does it need to finish in straddle?
Can roll through or finish in straddle – both will receive bonus.

(Gymstar 9) If a gymnast at Level 9 does a full kip on P-Bars, will she get bonus? The star skill is half kip, does this mean a full kip would be paid as a star skill?
No, only listed star skills will recieve bonus.


Is chin-up on rings a static skill?
Yes, provided it is held for a minimum of 3 seconds.

(Gymstar 2) For the GS2 Rings routine, can the swings x2 be up to the inverted tuck and then once they lower down through tuck they can go into one swing and dismount out the back?
If gymnasts need to do 2 swings to get to the inverted tuck that’s fine, but they will still need to perform 2 swings out of the inverted tuck as well.

(Gymstar 3) Swing to inverted hang and basket are required skills. Can gymnasts swing straight to basket or would it be better to swing to tuck or candle before going into the basket shape?
Gymnasts will have to swing to inverted hang first as per the requirement, then lower into the basket. The reason for this is so the basket hang skill can be performed more slowly and with more control.​

(Gymstar 5) The requirement of “2 swings to inverted and back to 1 swing” - is this just one element or does it count as 2 given that there are swings and an inverted hang? 
The sequence of 2 swings to inverted hang and back to 1 swing would technically contain 3 elements – each swing would be counted once as an element (as a skill can be counted to a maximum of 2 times as an element) and the inverted hang would also count as an element. 

(Gymstar 7) Regarding the cast from basket on rings in the Gymstar 7 routine. Is the correct execution of this skill to go from a basket hold, through inverted hang (but not stopping in inverted hang) into a swing?
That’s correct, the gymnast comes down into basket hang, then kicks out through an inverted hang shape to drop down into swing.


Does a bonus turn that is more than the required turn fulfill the skill requirement? For example, in Gymstar 8 does doing the 1 1/2 turn also fulfill the skill requirement for a 1/1 turn or does the gymnast need to perform both?
Where a bonus turn includes the skill requirement (as in the example above), the skill requirement will be fulfilled. 

Where there is an arabesque requirement, can boys perform a scale?
Yes, that’s fine and this update will be added to the manual.

Can the turn on 1 foot be amended to a jump 1/1 turn for boys to perform?
Yes, this will also be updated in the manaul.

I am assuming to get the star skill bonus for a walkover on floor, it is allowed to be a part of their acro series?
The walkover can be performed on its own or in the acro series to gain bonus.

There is a close to floor requirement and a bonus for splits with no hands. Can the splits fulfil the close to floor requirement?
No, the splits will not count as the close to floor requirement as it doesn’t fit the definition in the glossary, however we will consider this for 2016.

Will a backwards roll to angry cat incur a 'fall' deduction as the gymnast will be rolling through to their knees?
As long as the gymnast demonstrates a clear intentional landing to their knees through an angry cat, no fall deduction will be taken.​

When boys compete floor at Gymstar, should it be a WAG routine done by boys or do boys perform MAG style routines?
There are no limitations to what either girls or boys may compete at Gymstar as long as all the requirements are being met. Music is optional for both boys and girls.

(Gymstar 7) Does a backwards roll to handstand count as a handstand skill for Level 7 Floor requirement?
Yes, so long as a clear handstand phase is demonstrated.

(Gymstar 8) If a gymnast does a handstand in their mixed series, will it count for the mixed series requirement and also the handstand requirement?
Yes this is correct.

(Gymstar 10) For the press to handstand star skill, does it have to be performed from sit to recieve bonus?
No, it can be performed from stand to recieve bonus as well.