8.1 Scoring Formation
8.1.1 A scoring formation is a formation that is correctly completed and clearly presented either as a random formation or within a block sequence as depicted in the dive pool, and which, apart from the first formation after exit, must be preceded by a correctly completed and clearly presented total separation or inter, as appropriate.
8.2.1 A grip consists of a handhold on an arm, leg, foot, or head of another jumper as shown in the Definition of Symbols. As a minimum,
a grip requires stationary contact. A foot grip must be on or below the ankle bone. A head grip consists of hand placement on
the top of the head; the grip must be above the line that goes around the head passing at or above the jaw-line.
8.2.2 For MFS grips only: A depicted grip by hand A on arm/hand B of another jumper may be substituted with a grip by hand B on
arm/hand A, or by both grips simultaneously.
8.3.1 An inter is an intermediate requirement which must be performed as depicted in the block portions of the dive pools.
126.96.36.199 A subgroup consists of an individual or two or more jumpers linked by a grip or grips.
188.8.131.52 When shown, each subgroup must remain intact as a subgroup from the break of the previous scoring formation in the sequence until the correct completion of the next scoring formation in the sequence.
184.108.40.206 Where degrees are shown, (180°, 270°, 360°, 540°), this indicates the approximate degrees and direction of turn required to
complete the inter as indicated. The degrees shown are approximately that amount of the circumference of the subgroup’s
center point to be presented to the center point(s) of the other subgroup(s). For judging purposes, the approximate degrees
and direction of turn of subgroups’ center points will be assessed using only the two-dimensional video evidence as presented.
Degrees of turn performed must be in a single direction.
220.127.116.11 Contact is allowed between subgroups during the inter of a block sequence. If an inter requires an orientation change by a
subgroup, no grip may be taken between that subgroup and any other subgroup during the orientation change.
18.104.22.168 Where subgroups are shown, they must remain intact as a subgroup with only the depicted grips on other jumpers in that
22.214.171.124 Assisting handholds on other bodies in a scoring formation are not permitted.
126.96.36.199 Handholds by the jumper on their own body within a subgroup or a scoring formation are permitted.
188.8.131.52 A subgroup’s center point is one of the following:
- The defined grip or the geometric center of the defined grips within a subgroup within linked jumpers
- The geometric center of an individual’s torso
8.5 VFS “Grip line”
8.5.1 This is the line linking the torsos of two competitors via their arms or legs and feet and the grip that joins them.
- Clarification regarding random O: There is an imaginary vertical plane passing through the handgrips, with outside competitors having hand grips on one side of the vertical plane and the competitor taking the leg grip on the other side of the vertical plane. No grip line may cross the vertical plane within the formations.
8.4 MFS/VFS Orientation
8.6.1 “The Vertical”: An imaginary line running parallel to the relative wind (see diagram).
8.6.2 “The Horizontal”: An imaginary line running perpendicular to the relative wind (see diagram).
8.6.3 “The Flyer’s Line”: An imaginary, straight line of infinite length, roughly following the flyer’s spine, from the center of the flyer’s
hips through the center of the flyer’s head and beyond “The Horizontal”: An imaginary line running perpendicular to the relative
wind (see diagram).
8.6.4 “The Hourglass”: The acceptable range of deviation from The Vertical that a flyer’s Line may take when meeting an orientation
requirement (head up or head down). A flyer’s orientation shall be judged with The Vertical and The Horizontal intersecting at
the flyer’s hips.
8.6.5 MFS/VFS“Upright”: orientation requires that Flyer’s Line must fall within, and remain within, the upper portion of the Hourglass.
8.6.6 MFS/VFS“Head down” orientation requires that Flyer’s Line must fall within, and remain within, the lower portion of the Hourglass.
8.6.7 MFS“Mixed Round” is a round that may include belly, back, head down or upright formations.
8.6.8 “Bellyflying” or “Belly to Earth” orientation requires that the competitorrsquo;s torso is in a horizontal (prone) position, with the front
of the torso toward the earth.
8.6.9 “Backflying” orientation requires that the competitor’s torso is in a horizontal (prone) position, with the back of the torso toward
8.7.1 An incorrect or incomplete formation which, apart from the last point at freeze frame, is followed within working time by either—
- A total separation or
- An inter, whether correct or not
8.7.2 A correctly completed formation preceded by an incorrect inter or incorrect total separation
8.7.3 A formation, inter, or total separation not clearly presented
8.8.1 A formation or inter is missing from the drawn sequence.
8.8.2 No clear intent to build the correct formation or inter is seen, but another formation or inter is presented, and there is an advantage to the team resulting from the substitution.
8.19.1 In 2-way, 4-way and 8-way sequences, total separation is required between whole blocks, between random formations, and between whole blocks and random formations.
8.9.2 Total separation is when all competitors show at one point in time they have released all their grips and no part of their arms are in contact with another body.
8.9.3 In 16-way sequences, teams are allowed free transitions between random formations, between block sequences, and between block sequences and random formations.
8.10.1 Point of the celestial sphere located vertically above the head of an observer