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USAG has specific skills and requirements in each gymnastics level. Here is a list of the required level 5 gymnastics skills, requirements, and deductions for gymnastics uneven bars.
STRADDLE GLIDE KIP OR PIKE GLIDE KIP- Must take off of both feet at the same time. Feet must lead in the glide. Must extend body at the end of the glide. If you straddle you must close your legs together at the end of your glide.
FRONT HIP CIRCLE- you must show a straight hollow body position with straight arms while going around the uneven bars.
CAST-This cast must be connected to the front hip circle. Must stay hollow in your cast, you cannot arch. Cast must reach a horizontal height. You need to show a straight line from shoulders to feet. Maintain straight arms throughout and return to the uneven bars in a controlled front support.
CAST SQUAT ON OR CAST PIKE ON- Make sure you cast fulfills the same requirements listed on the cast above. When you squat or pike on you must place both feet on the bar at the SAME time. You must lift your hips only when doing the squat/pike on.
JUMP TO HIGH BAR LONG HANG KIP- Be sure to swing near horizontal before you kip. Maintain straight arms.
CAST ON HIGH BAR- make sure you meet the same requirements that are listed for low uneven bar.
BACK HIP CIRCLE- maintain a straight hollow body position during the entire back hip circle. Your hips or thighs must maintain contact with the uneven bars the entire time.
UNDERSWING-once again you must maintain hip/thigh connection with bar and a straight hollow body throughout.
1st COUNTER SWING- Hips must to a minimum of 30 degrees below the height of the high uneven bar. Make sure to show a straight line from your hands to your hips while maintaining a hollow position.
TAP SWING- show a slightly arched body position at the bottom of the swing. Maintain a straight hollowed body position on the upswing. On the tap swing your feet must reach the height of the high uneven bar
2nd COUNTER SWING-hips must reach a minimum of 15 degrees below the height of the high bar. The same body position from counter swing 1 is required.
HALF TURN DISMOUNT- must reach a minimum of 45 degrees below the height of the high bar. Complete a half turn before re-grasping the uneven bars. After the half turn is complete you must re-grasp the bar with free hand.
Uneven bars are one of four gymnastics apparatuses. Gymnastics uneven bars are only used and competed in women’s gymnastics. Bars are by far the hardest event for the majority of all women gymnasts; bars take a great amount of upper body and core strength.
Uneven bars have a frame made out of steel or metal that provides immense strength, support and stability for gymnasts of all sizes and skill levels. The actual bars on a set of bars are made out of fiberglass with a wood covering. These materials combined give the bars vast flexibility; allowing the bars to move with the gymnasts body and not break. The outside wood covering is rough enough that the gymnast won’t slip off continuously, but not too rough were it will tare up their hands.
Each uneven bar is about one and a half inches wide and about eight feet long. The height of both bars on the top and bottom are adjustable. The width of gymnastics uneven bars is also adjustable. Meaning the top and bottom bar can be spread apart from one hundred and thirty to one hundred and eighty centimeters. Each gymnast may have a different bar setting depending on their power, strength, jump, and height.
All gymnasts up to level five will only use and compete on the low uneven bar. Gymnasts that are levels five and up are required to jump from the low bar to the high bar. Once you get to level eight you have to switch back and forth between the high and low uneven bars. Every gymnast in America has the same bar routine until they become a level seven. Once they are a level 7 they will have their very own unique bar routine to compete.
On score sheets at gymnastics competitions or gymnastics meets, the uneven bars are abbreviated as UB so you won’t get it confused with the balance beam (BB).
When practicing or competing on the uneven bars many gymnast wear grips. Grips are made out of heavy duty leather. Grips cover your palms to help stop you from getting rips or tares on you hands. They are also designed to help you grip the bar better which will lower the chances of pealing (slipping) off.