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If you've ever attended a men's NCAA Championships in recent years, it is high energy and loud. More vocal chords are strained than hamstrings. A season's worth of emotion erupts with every stuck landing, especially since the gymnasts receive a 0.20 bonus for a D-value or higher dismount (0.1 for vault). And when that perfect landing happens, many gymnasts start screaming and pumping their fists. Then they run off to high-five their screaming teammates. The crowd loves it.

The judges don't.

In Article 2.3, Duties of the gymnast, the Code of Points clearly states: To present himself in the proper manner (arm/s up) and thereby acknowledge the D1 judge at the commencement of his exercise and to acknowledge the same judge at the conclusion of his exercise.

IG polled coaches, gymnasts and a judge at the men's NCAAs in Norman, Okla., in April. Following are three of the 10 responses to this trend.

Stacey Ervin/Michigan Gymnast (pictured)

I think it depends on the degree in which you’re celebrating. I’ve been known to celebrate pretty big, and, to me, so long as you keep your feet planted and you’re celebrating, I think it’s OK. But if you’re celebrating, moving around, and then present to the judge, I think that is where the problem begins.

Rick Tucker/Judge

Finishing a routine in a proper manner is like putting your signature at the end of a page. You have to do it or else people really don’t know that you’re done. So you’ve got to put your arms up, you’ve go to turn to the judge. Then you can celebrate.

Randy Jepson/Penn State Coach

You have to present yourself to the judge. In fact I had a guy two years ago not make the final because the judge didn’t think he looked at him when he turned, and he made a deduction. So my guys, yeah, you finish, you turn and look at the judge. Then you celebrate. The rules are clear: you must present at the beginning of the routine and at the end of the routine. And trust me, I know, because it cost our guy an All-American spot.

• Greg Marsden retired after 40 years as head coach at Utah. In an interview, we asked him if men's collegiate gymnastics should go back to the 10.

Well, I would recommend that all of gymnastics go back to the 10. Look, I’m a gym coach but I’m a marketer, and the most idiotic thing we ever did … [was] to give up the brand 10. I mean, the world knows gymnastics as the 10. That is a brand that you could not pay a billion dollars to have some marketing company come up with. And to walk away from that was the most ridiculous thing gymnastics ever did.

It might be wise to listen to a guy who averaged nearly 15,000 fans at his home meets this season. The gate at the men's NCAA team finals was 2,560.

Russian gymnast Natalia Bobrova passed away in April from stomach cancer. Yelena Grosheva shared some beautiful words with IG about her former roommate: “I spent a few years in the same room with Natasha, and what I remember the most is that she was very positive, light and always ready to smile and laugh, a girl with whom I was so lucky to spend great moments of my gymnastic life. She was an angel and she will always stay in my memories as a ray of sunshine, and I’m sure she will send her light and hope to her children and protect them through their life.”

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