Direct connections are connections that need to be done within just a few seconds of the last skill being completed without having an transitional skill (like an extra giant or a back handspring) in-between skills on bars and floor.
Indirect connections are only applicable on floor and can be performed in a series with back handsprings in between.
Aly Raisman's first pass would receive .4 on CV. .2 is for her indirect connection of a 1.5 Layout (C) through to a Double Arabian (E). The other .2 CV is for the direct connection of the Double Arabian (E) to the Punch Front Layout (B).
Unless specifically noted in the code, combinations can be competed in any order. This is the reasons that the romanian girls have been adding back tucks to their tumbling passes. That fulfills the A/B+E direct connection on floor, even though it's flip flopped.
Connections also explain the reason why gymnasts perform leaps out of tumbling passes. If a gymnast connects the leap to a D or higher tumbling skill, she'll receive a .1 CV Bonus. (Like Aly did on her final tumbling pass).
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