The USASF recently released the 2012-2013 rules. These rules are dated May 18, 2012 and are the first release of the 2012-2013 rules. Changes from the 2011-2012 rules are noted below:
For Youth L5 Only
Tosses that involve more than 1 1/2 twist may not involve an additional skill (i.e. kick doubles are not allowed). Note – Youth L5 now follows Restricted L5 rules.
Tumbling skills involving flipping and twisting immediately into a double twisting tumbling skill are not allowed.
Twisting skills immediately out of a double twisting tumbling skill are not allowed.
In standing tumbling only, skills involving two twists (i.e. Double fulls) must be immediately preceded by a minimum of two backward traveling, non-twisting tumbling skills. One of these two skills must be a back handspring. (Jump skills are not considered tumbling skills. i.e. toe touch > back handspring > double full = illegal).
For the 2012 – 2013 season, Varsity All Star is making an adjustment to our scoring that allows coaches more wiggle room when selecting their team:
For Standing Tumbling Difficulty and Running Tumbling Difficulty, ‘squad participation’ will no longer require 100% of the athletes executing a given skill. ‘Squad participation’ will now be reached when just 75% of the athletes execute that skill. (Ex: a Level 4 team with 15 out of 20 standing back tucks will be evaluated equitably when compared to another Level 4 team with 20 out of 20 standing back tucks).
This new initiative should assist coaches as they select their team members, coach their athletes through mental blocks, and rework routines when last minute roster changes occur. From an athlete’s perspective, it should also relieve a little bit of the pressure they may feel to be perfectly well rounded. Our hope is that this ruling provides opportunities for athletes that wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to advance to the next level with the rest of their team.
Standing Double Fulls are not allowed, but Standing Single Fulls are.
Standing Single Back Handsprings into Double Fulls are not allowed, but Standing 2 or 3 to Doubles are.
Bounding Twisting skills into a Double Full are not allowed.
Twisting Skills out of a Double Full are not allowed.
Open (International) L5 teams will have the bottom age raised in one-year progressions to age 17 by the 2014-15 season as follows: (2012-13 Season – 15 Years & Older, 2013-14 Season – 16 Years & Older, 2014-15 Season – 17 Years & Older).
Keep Youth age as it currently is on the Age Grid (11 & Younger)
Thank you to everyone providing feedback on the rules announcement yesterday, especially the tumbling concerns. The Rules Committee is using this in developing the specific rules and implementation in concert with the NACCC. The result will be forwarded to all members at the earliest possible date.
Here are the changes the USASF will implement during the 2012-13 season:
Standing fulls and standing double fulls are not allowed
Double fulls are only allowed in running tumbling and must be preceded by a back handspring
Consecutive bounding, twisting skills are not allowed
All Open teams (5 and 6 [also Open 4 if it is added in the future]) must be 17yrs old and older
Eliminate the International age rule for U.S.A. teams. – All athletes on USA teams must be of the legal age according to the age grid by August 31st of that season. This includes Worlds. The rule, an athlete may be younger than the allowed age as long as he/she becomes of the legal age by the calendar year of the competition, no longer stands.
Eliminate Mini L3
Eliminate Youth 5 Restricted by placing additional limitations on Youth 5 (No tumbling double fulls, No kick doubles in baskets, Braced flips may not twist)
Youth top age is raised to 12
No longer separate Junior Coed 3 and 4 from their counterpart All Girl teams
Bottom age on Senior teams, Levels 1- 4 and Senior 5R, will be 10 years old