Level 4 Competitive Gymnastics Bar Routine Requirements

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Level 4 Competitive Gymnastics Bar Routine Requirements
The Level 4 routine is performed on the low bar or minibar only. (redstart on gymnastic bars image by wrangler from Fotolia.com)

The Level 4 competitive gymnastics bar routine consists of seven skills that must be performed in the following order: glide swing, pullover, front-hip circle, single leg shoot through, forward stride circle, single leg cut, back hip circle and underswing dismount. These skills are performed on the low bar or minibar only. While minibars are specifically designed for small children, low bars are typically adjustable, from 30 to 60 inches in height, and can support up to 56.7kg.

Glide Swing and Pullover

In order to correctly perform a glide swing, a gymnast must take off from two feet, present full-body extension past the bar, and land on two feet with straight arms and hands remaining on the bar. While a springboard or mat can be used to reach the bar, it must be removed after the gymnast has mounted the bar. The pullover is the Level 4 mounting move. Legs and feet should remain together, and arms should be straight at the end, if not throughout the entire move.

Front Hip Circle

The front hip circle is performed with a tight, hollow body and is immediately followed by a connecting cast. Points are deducted for unconnected casts.

Single Leg Shoot Through

The cast should connect the front hip circle to the single leg shoot through. At the end of this move, arms should be straight and the body supported in a stride position above the bar. In other words, only the gymnast's hands should be touching the bar.

Forward Stride Circle

The forward stride circle---also known as a mill circle---is correctly performed with straight legs and arms throughout the circle. At no time should the leg touch the bar, or the knee hook the bar. Prior to performing the forward stride circle, the hands must be turned around backward on the bar.

Single Leg Cut

After turning the hands forward again, a single leg cut is performed by swinging the front leg over the bar to meet the back leg, keeping the arms straight an ending in a front-support position. Deductions are given for bent arms and legs.

Back Hip Circle/Underswing Dismount

Though essentially two moves, the back hip circle and underswing dismount are considered one move for competitive purposes. In order to correctly perform this move, the gymnast begins by casting and swinging the legs under and around the bar, keeping the arms and legs straight and feet together. After the circle is complete, the body should extend fully as the bar is released. Dismount landings should be "stuck," meaning the gymnast's feet remain planted after striking the mat. Additional steps or a fall results in deductions.

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