Scoring at a Calisthenics Competition
Part of the fun of being in the audience at a calisthenics competition is keeping track of the scores to monitor progress towards the Aggregate title.
The dancers backstage are aware (but not focused on) the scores as they prepare for subsequent items. Out in the audience, the results encourage discussion amongst parents and conversations between different clubs. It adds a social element to the competitions for those who sit for hours silently watching the performances.
In our division (grading level), the items are assessed by a single adjudicator. She generally views the performances from an elevated angle and refers to a document with specific criteria. She awards points and provides comments for review by the coach and students. Specified rules are in place which if not followed can cause adjustments to the score. These rules cover elements such as time limits, team numbers, treatment of props and execution of certain movements.
There is an element of subjectivity in adjudication so different adjudicators are used at various competitions.
The audience use a running sheet with a scoring component. For each item, the team with the highest score is awarded 1st place, followed by 2nd place etc.
- 1st place counts as 6 points towards the aggregate total. 2nd place is represented by 4 points, 3rd place by 2 points and Honourable Mention by 1 point.
- Highly Commended and Special Mention placings may optionally be awarded, but do not count towards points.
- If multiple teams receive the same placing, they each receive the allocated number of aggregate points.