Through my experience in competing and coaching I have found that a lot of girl’s gymnastics judges have been judging for a loooooong time.

One could think that these judges would prefer routine tracks to be more “old school”. However, I found this is not the case.  I often see judges visibly reacting more positively when a gymnast brings them something fresh and new unlike they have seen before.

They have seen many routines throughout the years and are looking for something fresh and exciting. After all  they are human. Bringing something new and fresh all starts with the music. If you want to impress the judges, don’t bore them with the same old music.  An energetic routine starts with high energy modern sounds much like the gymnastics tracks you might find here at GymnasticsTracks.com.

 

Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy
Founder/Principal
GymnasticsTracks.com

Dancing does matter! In my experience I have found that dance is just as important in a floor routine as the tumbling passes.

I put all of my efforts towards emphasizing my dance moves in hopes that it would help my score at least a little bit. It paid off.

Over the years of competing and coaching, I have been complimented many times on my routines. However, there is one particular moment that has stayed with me.  At the beginning of my senior year of high school, I had an incident that unfortunately left me with a badly sprained ankle. I struggled a lot with this because Floor was always my favorite event and I could not compete in the next few meets.  I worked very hard to eventually come back partially and decided to compete my floor routine without being 100%. Looking back, it probably wasn’t the best idea because my tumbling was very sketchy due to my injury and I was risking additional injury by doing so.  But, I did anyway. I went for my first pass and quickly realized that it was not going to be my finest performance. In mid-air I had to rework my tumbling run so that I would land on my feet instead of my head. After a rough landing, I decided that if my ankle was going to force me to water down my skills, I would have to make up for it in my choreography.  So that is exactly what I did. I put all of my efforts towards emphasizing my dance moves in hopes that it would help my score at least a little bit. It paid off.

When my routine was over I walked off the floor laughing at myself because I knew that it was nothing close to what I was capable of even though I gave it my all.

In the end, my score was flashed as a 9.3.  This was way higher than I deserved but I give my high energy dance all the credit.  The judge really appreciated my dance and clearly gave me the benefit of the doubt.

I try to stress the importance of the creativity and composition of a floor routine to all of my gymnasts because I have seen first hand the benefits when this is properly applied to the routine.

 

Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy
Founder/Principal
GymnasticsTracks.com

Over the years I have choreographed many floor routines to many different types of music styles for students with a wide range of dance abilities. The first ingredient to a great gymnastics floor routine is the music.  The music is going to determine what style you are looking to portray in your performance. A gymnast should always choose a music track that is going to fit their personality and style.

“Proper music plays a major part in a successful floor routine and high scores from the judges”

The goal in Floor Exercise is to combine tumbling and dance elements blended together with artistry. That is the job of the choreographer and without the proper music it would be impossible to accomplish.  Once I have the music for a floor routine, I listen to it repeatedly to help gather my ideas. Once I have a solid start I begin showing the gymnast the choreography.

We generally practice it several times during which I  offer them constructive positive tips on how to execute the moves properly.  Once the routine is complete I explain to the student that they don’t have to do the routine exactly how I show them and encourage them to make their routine their own and give it their own twist. This is important to give the student some ownership of the floor routine so that they will perform it with as much passion as possible. When you put it all together in the end you will find you have one great floor routine that you, the audience, and most importantly the judges will enjoy.

 

Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy
Founder/Principal
GymnasticsTracks.com