Subjective Judging and the Home Advantage in Female Collegiate Division I Gymnastics

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the home advantage in female collegiate Division I gymnastics by apparatus and determine the performance effect of the Judges’ Assignor System (JAS) introduced in 2005 on each apparatus. Participant teams (N = 15) were selected based on their ranking in the top 25 nationally at the end of each regular season from 2003 to 2007. A repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) revealed home scores for each apparatus were significantly higher than their respective away scores, with the largest differences occurring in the uneven bars and floor exercise. Additionally, a repeated measures ANOVA to assess the JAS impact on scores revealed that home performances yielded higher scores than away for all apparatus, and scores for all apparatus were lower both at home and away since the introduction of JAS. Results are assessed based on current research, and application for judges and coaches is discussed.

Timothy Baghurst Department of Health Science, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Dance College of Education and Health Professions 308 HPER Building Fayetteville, AR, 72701 E-mail: baghurst@sbcglobal.net Phone: (479) 575-3208 Fax: (479) 575-3119

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