Gymnastics Judging Symbols and Shorthand Guide - Part 3

In this final section of our shorthand guide, we look at bars. The shorthand symbols for uneven bars build on the concepts you learned when studying tumbling and turns. If you missed those, they can be found here (tumbling) and here (turns).

You will find that the same symbols for tucked, piked and layout are used. For example, you will remember that this is the symbol for a back layout .

So, it will not surprise you that this is the symbol for a Pak salto, which is really a layout between the bars .

You'll find the symbols for most dismounts to be straightforward. All the symbols are preceded by a "giant swing" -  


Double tuck


Ok, so what about bar skills that have nothing to do with saltos?

Obviously there are many skills in this category. The easiest way to begin is by memorising the symbols for five core skills ending in handstand:

NOTE: Though we did not cover this in the other articles, the handstand is shown as an exclamation mark - for example, the handstand as a hold on balance beam .

This becomes very important on bars as so many skills require the gymnast to finish in handstand and you'll find the "exclamation point" used repeatedly.

Cast to handstand

Clear hip

Giant circle backwards


Toe-on toe-off

What about variations on these core skills?

This is not very difficult, because the notation uses the same additions to symbols that we found in turns.

Here is a stalder 540

And here is a Shaposhnikova, which is a free hip low bar to high bar transition:

Now that you are comfortable with these core skills, you can look at some "parts" to symbols which depict movements found on bars. The important here is flight across the bar.

First, the Tkachev, or a giant swing that crosses the high bar

The horizontal arrow is also used for the same flight movement out of a stalder and other core skills.

And here is Georgia-Mae Fenton's move which includes a half-turn.

So far these symbols all represent skills found in the code of points. But as a judge, there is more.

You're talking about devalued skills, right?


As we noted above and as you know, many skills which should finish in handstand are devalued if they miss this mark.

Let's take the clear hip to handstand. If the gymnast misses handstand, this skill can be devalued to a B.

If you see this happen when judging, simply skip the exclamation point when writing down the skill.

Like this

Then when you look back at your notes to calculate the score, you won't have to remember whether the gymnast hit handstand or not, because your notes will show that she did not.

Finally, here are a few more symbols you'll need to know

Glide kip and long-hang kip

Toe shoot

Front giant

L-grip giant Pay attention to how the leading "tail" extends lower than in a front giant!

And of course, the Nabiyeva , because well, you're that good!