Snowboarding Half Pipe
By: Shannon Retzloff
How It Is Played
Snowboarders strap on their boots, get on their board, and get ready for a wild ride. They go on courses with railings or pipes to slide on, they also have many opportunities to catch some air and impress the judges. Each run is scored on a scale of 0.1 to 10.0 by a panel of five judges. One judge scores standardized moves. A second judge scores amplitude, or height. Another judge scores quality of rotations. The fourth and fifth judges score overall impression. Falls and other mistakes lead to point deductions. The point deduction on the half pipe follows as below.
0.1 to 0.4 for unstable body, flat landings or lost air
0.5 to 0.9 for using your hand for stability
1.0 to 1.5 for minor falls or body contact with the snow
1.6 to 1.9 for complete falls
2.0 for a complete stop
gain speed snowboarders pump their legs against the G-forces.
Now get out there and have some fun!