CHANGES IN JUDGING DIFFICULTY
E elements will be introduced as the highest level of difficulty in straight-line and spiral. In these disciplines, the best 8 difficulty elements will be counted. This will also be the case for routines performed to music.
In order to promote variation in gym wheel routines, the current system of structure groups will be revised. There will be 10 structure groups for each discipline, and all elements in the difficulty catalogue will represent at least one of these groups. The difficulty judge(s) will give a bonus for every fulfilled structure group. Stenographic symbols will be developed for each structure group in order to make it easier for the difficulty judges to write down the routines. This new system of structure groups will replace the current composition requirement, which forms part of the execution score.
As is the case today, a gymnast will be able to combine different elements within one judging unit in order to perform a move that represents more than one structure group.
In vault, the current difficulty catalogue will be revised so that the maximum difficulty in vault will be equal to the maximum difficulty in straight-line and spiral. The vault catalogue will be updated at regular intervals in order to incorporate more difficult vaults as and when there are gymnasts who perform them. In between updates, however, gymnasts will not be rewarded for performing a more difficulty vault than the ones listed in the catalogue.