How to Become a Gymnastics Judge

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Think you have what it takes to be a judge?

Well, the point of this website is to help you get started as an official in any sport, right?

So here is the information I’ve found about becoming a Gymnastics Judge. It’s compiled from a few different sources. All of these sources can be found in the RefPlanet Resource Database (link takes you directly to the Gymnastics Section).

There are several Ratings for Judges: 5/6 (Compulsory), and ratings 7-10 which are optional (but higher in stature). One can earn a rating as a gymnastics official through a series of tests, both Written and Practical, administered under the auspices of the USA Gymnastics Judging Accreditation Program.

Contact your NAWGJ (National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges) State Judging Director for information about upcoming clinics, exams dates, etc. It is very helpful to attend a judges’ training clinic prior to taking judging tests. Contact information for 12 of the state directors can be found in the Resource Database (so far!).

In order to officiate women’s gymnastics under USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic rules, judges must have knowledge of the rules and regulations included in the following publications (and addendums):

  • USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Compulsory Handbook
  • USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Code of Points
  • USA Gymnastics Women’s Rules and Policies
  • Gymnastics Technique Magazine, which includes minutes from the USA Gymnastics Women’s Technical and Junior Olympic Program Committees.

All technical materials may be ordered from the USA Gymnastics on-line store at http://usagym.sportgraphics.biz/ or by calling 1-800-345-4719.

In order to officiate International or U.S. Elite competitions, judges must have knowledge of the rules and regulations included in the following publications:

  • FIG Code of Points
  • FIG updates published by the FIG Technical Committee
  • Current FIG Technical Regulations (for International Competition)

Ratings Levels Overview and Requirements

Compulsory Level (5/6)
Minimum Age: 16
Written Exam Score: 70%

Optional Level (7/8)
Minimum Age: 16
Written Exam Score: 70%
Practical Exam (Video) Score: 70%

Optional Level 9
Minimum Age: 18
Written Exam Score: 76%
Practical Exam (Video) Score: 75%
Must hold a Level 7/8 rating for at least 12 months
Must take 12 hours of CPE (Continuing Professional Education), with a minumum of 6 clinic hours

Optional Level 10
Minimum Age: 20
Written Exam Score: 80%
Practical Exam (Video) Score: 80%
Must hold a Level 9 rating for at least 12 months
Must take 16 hours of CPE (Continuing Professional Education), with a minumum of 8 clinic hours

Brevet and National Judges
By invitation only

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