Competition is divided into two elements: compulsory figures and original routines.
A panel of ten judges awards points from 0 to 10. Five judges award points
for technical merit and five judges evaluate artistic impression.
Technical Routine Elements
The technical routine has a number of required elements that are performed
in a set order, using the music of each competitor’s choice. The time
limit is 2 minutes, 50 seconds for the team competition and 2 minutes, 20 seconds
for the duet competition.
The times include a maximum of 10 seconds
for movements on the deck before entering the
water. Scores are the total of the technical
merit and artistic impression awards. The highest
and lowest awards for each one are canceled.
Then each is divided by the number of judges
minus two, and the technical merit award is
multiplied by six and the artistic impression
award is multiplied by four.
Except for the cadence action in the team
competition, deck movements and entry into
the water must be done simultaneously by each
team member. Ten seconds (plus or minus) are
the allotted time limits. For example, a technical
routine in the team competition is satisfactory
if its length is between 2 minutes, 40 seconds
and 3 minutes.
Original Routine Competition
Original routine competition execution, synchronization, and difficulty are
rated for the technical merit score, while the artistic impression score
reflects choreography, musical interpretation, and the manner of presentation.
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