The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel recently approved two revised rules modifications that it had initially referred back to the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Committee for further review.

One of the newly approved modifications permits the use of three-judge panels.

If a three-judge panel is used, one judge will determine the start value and two will determine performance score. During the meet, judges should switch duties sometime so each has both experiences. The other provisions regarding judging protocol remain the same as originally considered.

The second altered modification relates to the number of participating gymnasts who compete for a team. As first considered by the committee, prior to the Winter Cup (Feb. 8-10, 2013) six gymnasts would perform per event, with the top five scores counting toward the team score.

After the Winter Cup, five gymnasts would perform per event, with all five scores counting toward the team score.

Under the revised modification, the committee decided that through the last day in February, six gymnasts may perform per event with the top five scores counting toward the team score, and beginning March 1, five gymnasts may perform per event, with all five scores counting toward the team score, which extends the amount of time during which six gymnasts may compete per event.

In previous seasons, teams had six gymnasts perform in each event, but only the top four scores counted in team competition.