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I. Mission Statement

The mission of USA Gymnastics Trampoline & Tumbling judges is to promote and support the sports of Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini through ongoing professional education and development. Judges will use their knowledge to offer unbiased and professional evaluation of their respective disciplines.

II. Code of Ethics

As a USA Gymnastics Trampoline & Tumbling judge you agree to abide by the Judge's Code of Ethics. When you accept your rating you agree to the following:

  1. A good judge is an individual who is educated to evaluate a performance based on technical execution and to pass fair and unbiased judgment on that performance without any outside considerations.
  2. Judges are expected to be objective, professional, and free from prejudice. The following should not affect your evaluation:
    1. Reputation. The past performance of an athlete should have no bearing on your score. Judge only the skills you see.
    2. Relationship. Personal relationships with an athlete, coach, parent, etc., whether positive or negative, should not be reflected in your scores.
    3. Warm-up. The warm-up should have no bearing on the score for the actual performance.
    4. Difficulty. Judge each skill fairly, using the same criteria, regardless of it's difficulty.
    5. Peer pressure. Use your own judgment. It is crucial to maintain a consistent judging method. If you are influenced by a remark and alter your scores, you are not being fair to those who have gone before or to those who have yet to compete.
    6. Appearance. The athlete's appearance should not affect your score. Judge only the execution of the skills performed.
  3. Skill Identification - a competent judge should be as knowledgeable as possible in recognizing skills at the level(s) he or she will judge.
  4. Behavior - a professional manner and appearance will win the respect of those observing a judge at work.
    1. Dress Code - navy blazer, white blouse or shirt, navy skirt or slacks, and dark dress shoes. No denim.
    2. In the interest of fairness, judges must be allowed to perform their duties without distraction. Therefore, while judging, you are off-limits to all unauthorized persons (including your children).
    3. If, for any reason, you feel you are unable to deliver an objective score, it is your responsibility to disqualify yourself. The Superior Judge may either average the remaining judges' scores or replace you for the entire group.
    4. Do not discuss the scores of other judges with coaches or spectators. Undermining other judges lessens the credibility of all judges.
  5. Judging Efficiency - professionalism is important. The growth and excellence of the sport depends on the professional manner of each judge.
    1. Arrive on time and be fully prepared. If a meeting is scheduled, failure to attend can result in your replacement. Bring your own Code of Points, paper, pencils, etc.
    2. Return from breaks on time. An athlete who is warmed up and ready should never have to wait to compete.
    3. Have the current Code of Points. Once certified, it is your responsibility to remain current. A yearly continuing education course is required in order to retain your rating (see IV. Judging Requirements below). At this course you will discuss all rule changes and any new required interpretations. Be prepared to update your Code of Points at this time.
    4. Be prepared to justify your scores. An execution score may not be protested except for a possible numerical error. However, you should be able to explain the deductions you made to arrive at your score.
  6. Experience
    1. Time in the gym - watching athletes develop skills will help you improve as a judge.
    2. Skill Identification - familiarity with different techniques used to perform skills will help you concentrate on the actual technical execution of those skills. You will also become better acquainted with the natural progressions of skills.
III. Panel Selection Procedures
  1. Panel Selection
    1. INVITATIONAL
      1. Eligibility only - The Meet Director is responsible for seating panels at eligibility only competitions and is accountable for verifying judge's memberships and certification.
      2. Mobility/Eligibility - The State Technical Representative is responsible for seating panels at competitions for the purpose of athlete mobility and is accountable for verifying judge's memberships and certification.
    2. STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - The State Technical Representative is responsible for seating panels at the State Championships and is accountable for verifying judge's memberships and certification.
    3. REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - The Regional Technical Committee Chair is responsible for seating panels at the Regional Championships and is accountable for verifying judge's memberships and certification.
    4. NATIONAL - The USA Gymnastics Trampoline & Tumbling Technical Committee is responsible for seating panels at all national events and is accountable for verifying judge's memberships and certification.
  2. All panels must be seated with certified judges who are up-to-date in their annual requirements.
  3. All judges must be currently registered Professional Members of USA Gymnastics Trampoline & Tumbling.
  4. Use of improperly certified judges can jeopardize the event sanction and threaten the eligibility of the meet (i.e. the event sanction for a national qualifier can be withdrawn, effectively voiding the national qualification status of all qualifying athletes).
IV. Judging Requirements
  1. Eighteen (18) years of age or older: Must be a Professional Member of USA Gymnastics. Safety Certification is required to be a Professional Member.
  2. Sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years of age: Must be a Junior Professional Member of USA Gymnastics. Safety Certification is required to be a Junior Professional Member.
  3. Must receive certification at a USA Gymnastics Trampoline & Tumbling Judge's Course.
    1. A candidate may take the Judge's Course at age fifteen (15), however, he/she must be at least sixteen (16) years of age and have met all other requirements in order to judge.
  4. Certification and Annual Requirements
    1. The table below shows the requirements for certification, continuing education and annual requirements.
CATEGORY
LEVELS
ANNUAL REQUIREMENTS*
UPGRADE TO NEXT CATEGORY
 
IV
Levels 1-4
Judge 2 sanctioned events
Must be current Category IV
 
 
Continuing education course
Pass Category III course
 
III
Levels 5-7
Judge 2 sanctioned events
Must be current Category III
 
 
10 hours of in-gym observation
Judge 2 sanctioned events
 
 
Continuing education course
15 hours of in-gym observation
 
 
 
Pass Category II course
 
II
Levels 8-10
Judge 2 sanctioned events
Must be current Category II
 
 
15 hours of in-gym observation
Judge 2 sanctioned events
 
 
Continuing education course
20 hours of in-gym observation
 
 
 
Pass Category I course
 
I
Junior Elite
Judge 2 sanctioned events
Must be current Category I
 
Senior Elite
20 hours of in-gym observation
Judge 2 sanctioned events
 
 
Continuing education course
20 hours of in-gym observation
 
 
 
Nominated by USA Gymnastics
 
 
 
Pass FIG International Judges Course
 
FIG
International Brevet
For complete FIG requirements, please refer to the FIG Code of Points
 
 
 
Copy of current passport and electronic picture required on file at USAG National Office.
 
 
V. Disciplinary Procedures
  1. Failure to maintain annual requirements will result in a loss of your judge's rating.
  2. Changing scores
VI. Course Costs
  1. All course participants are responsible for purchasing the current Code of Points
  2. The table below shows the cost of each course.
COURSE
COST
*At the beginning of the Olympic cycle, the fee for a Continuing Education course may increase to a minimum of $25.00.
Continuing Education Course
$15*
Category IV Course
$0
Category III Course
$45
Category II Course
$45
Category I Course
$45
Re-Testing Fee
$30
VII. Minimum Pay Scales (updated 1/10/11)

Execution & Difficulty Judges

CATEGORY
PAY SCALE
IV
8.00 / Hour
III
12.00 / Hour
II
14.00 / Hour
I
17.00 / Hour
FIG
23.00 / Hour

Superior Judges

CATEGORY
PAY SCALE
(Category IV Judges can NOT be Superior Judges)
III
14.00 / Hour
II
16.00 / Hour
I
19.00 / Hour
FIG
25.00 / Hour
VIII. Leader Level Judges
  1. In order to become a Leader Level Judge who is certified to teach the Category 4, 3 or 2 Judges' Course:
    1. Submit application for approval by the Trampoline & Tumbling Technical Committee.
    2. Must be USA Gymnastics Professional Member.
    3. Must attend the Leader Level course.
  2. In order to maintain Leader Level status:
    1. Must attend the Leader Level course annually.
    2. Must complete and submit all required reports and tests.
  3. A Leader Level Judge may be removed by the National Technical Committee for any of the following:
    1. unethical behavior
    2. failure to attend the annual Leader Level course
    3. failure to complete and submit all required reports and tests.

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