Judging is final. No discussion of judges’ decisions will be permitted. This includes online forums.
Aerialympics leadership and competition staff will not respond to email requests for explanations of judging feedback and scoring.
We make every effort to qualify judges. We understand that their comments and perspectives of your work might not align with yours or your coach’s but we urge you to accept judge comments as an opportunity to improve.
Each division is judged by a minimum of 3 judges who evaluate competitors in the entire division in order to increase fairness. You may receive points and deductions that are quite a bit higher or lower from one judge to another. This is due to individual judging styles and perspectives and is found in all subjective competitions.
Judging considers the following criteria:
Difficulty of Individual Moves
Difficulty of Combinations
Difficulty/Uniqueness of Transitions
Controlled Toes (Pointed or Flexed)
Control of Apparatus
Flow—Tricks/Spins/Floor to Apparatus, etc. and Musicality
Stage Presence Throughout with Character and/or Emotion
Balance of Program (Tricks/Spins/Strength/Flexibility)
Variety of Movements
Effectiveness of the Interpretation of the Music
Not Meeting the Criteria for Specific Division
Use of Unsecure/Unsafe Moves
Other (as specified by judges)
* Composition scores are used to resolve ties.
Total Points Possible Per Level
All Star: 135 points/judge. 405 points total max.
Advanced: 102 points/judge. 306 points total max.
Intermediate: 80 points/judge. 240 points total max.
Novice: 58 points/judge. 174 points total max.
Deductions & Disqualification
Depending on severity and entirely at the discretion of Aerialympics senior staff, any of the following may result in deductions or disqualification.
Exceeding maximum performance time
Disregarding instructions from competition staff, including volunteers
Disregarding instructions from the head rigger
Touching rigging (intentionally or otherwise)
Costume malfunction (intentionally or otherwise)
Intentional stripping during non-exotic performance (immediate disqualification)
Falls and slips (depending on severity—judges may stop performance)
Doing a move you are not executing properly, creating a safety concern (similar to falls and slips—judges may stop performance)
Performing a restricted move
Violation of the Code of Conduct
Plagiarism of choreography on your apparatus or on floor work
Disrespectful or demanding language or actions toward or about judges
Deductions are at the discretion of the judges and the amount deducted may vary between judges, just as the amount granted per criteria may vary between judges