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NCAA Women's Gymnastics Rules


The National Collegiate Women’s Championships and all meets used to qualify will be conducted according to the FIG Women’s Code of Points, with the Junior Olympic (Level 10) modifications as of 12/17/01.  (Note:  If the value of a skill (JO) on events other than vaulting is raised after 12/17/01, it will be effective immediately.)  

All rules and guidelines for execution and compositional deductions as applied to the USAG-JO program (Level 10) will be used with the following collegiate modifications/clarifications:

0.30 deduction for competing out of order (taken from team score).

Collegiate Vault Table (Effective August, 2001)
Gymnasts will perform one vault, the score of which will count.  A gymnast will be afforded three attempts to go over the horse one time.  Touching the board and/or the horse, without going over the horse, counts as one of the three attempts.
 1.00 deduction for touching the horse with only one or with no hands.
 1.00 deduction for failure to land on feet first.  (includes fall)
 1.00 deduction for spotting assistance during the vault.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (taken off of the start value as always):
1. Two bar changes
2. One flight element minimum of “C”
3. A different flight element minimum of “B”
4. “C” dismount with the following modifications:
a. “B” dismounts will receive a .10 deduction (not .2)
b. “C” dismounts preceded by the same two  “B” elements or lower will also receive a .1 deduction (not .2)

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (taken off of the start value as always):
1. Acro series, minimum of 2 flight elements, both must start and finish on the beam
2. Dance or Dance/Acro series of 2 or more elements
3. Minimum of 360 degree turn on one foot or knee
4. Leap, jump or hop requiring 180 degree split (front or side)
5. “C” dismount or “B” dismount preceded by and directly connected to any “C” element (acro or dance) with the following modification:
a. “B” dismounts not meeting the connection requirement will receive a .1 deduction  (not .2)
Note:  A minimum “C” element performed a  third time(no VP) may be used to fulfill  S.R. 5 on beam.

1. #2.307  Stag-ring leap or jump = D
2. #8.301  Salto forward take off from one leg = D
3. #8.304  Salto backward stretched with step-out = D
4. #8.305  Gainer salto backward stretched, also with leg change in flight = D
5. #8.404  Salto backward stretched with legs together = E
6. #9.108  Gainer salto stretched with ½ turn, to side of beam = B (tuck and pike “A”)
7. #9.208  Gainer salto stretched with 1/1 turn, to side of beam = C (tuck “B”)
8. #9.407  Double salto backward tucked or piked = E
B+D Acro Flight
a. BHS (any with 2 arms) + Layout step-out = no connection value
B+E Acro Flight
a. BHS (any with 2 arms)+ Layout with feet together =  +.10 (not +.20)
        B+B+D 3 Acro Flight Elements
a. Any variation or order of 2 BHS’s  (any with two arms) and a layout step-out =  +.10 (not +.20)

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (taken off of the start value as always):
1. One acro series  (3 flight elements, 1 a salto)
2. Another acro series, with 2 saltos  (same or different)
3. 3 different saltos within the exercise
4. Minimum 360 degree turn on one foot (“B” not required)
5. Dance series of 2 or more leaps, jumps or hops (one foot take off not required)
6. “C” dismount with the following modifications:
a. “B” dismounts will receive a .10 deduction (not .2)
Note:  Minimum of “C” salto performed as the last isolated salto or in the last salto connection.
? All 1 ¼ saltos to prone landing will be valued one level higher than landing on feet.


1. Bar height adapters may be used for regular season competitions.

2. If the bar height adapters are used during regular season competition, the gymnast will be allowed to place the springboard on two regulation size landing mats (up to 24 cm) to mount.  The use of 20 cm-2 cm mats is acceptable.

3. Low bar must be adjustable to 165 cm and the high bar adjustable to 245 cm without the bar height adapters.

4. ½” plywood may be used under the springboard for mounting bars and beam.

5. If a gymnast has a broken/torn grip, she may repeat her routine as the last team competitor or after the all-around competitor (specialist).  If this does not allow for a sufficient amount of time to change grips or enough time to prepare, the gymnast will repeat the routine as soon as it is safe to do so.  However, the time should not exceed five minutes.  [Note:  Common sense and safety must always prevail.]

6. A chalk arc line may be placed on the corners of the floor exercise mat.

7. Except for a small mark, chalk may not be applied directly to the beam.  A small amount of chalk may be applied to the gymnasts’ hand and feet as needed for safety.

8. If a mat used on floor exercise exceeds the boundary lines, the mat must be clearly marked with tape or chalk to indicate the actual boundary lines.  Failure to mark the mat will result in a .10 deduction taken off the average.

9. The maximum run distance for mounts on uneven bars and balance beam during championships competition is 27 ½’.  If more than 27 ½’ of matting exists, the maximum run distance must be marked.

1. Reminder: Landing deductions are taken for lack of control and/or movement occurring prior to presenting to the judges.  (e.g., celebrating on the mat prior to presenting to the judges, failing to show a controlled landing prior to turning to present to the judges)

1. Open scoring is required and start values must be flashed.  [Note:  judges are to sit apart; all judges’ scores will be flashed, simultaneously, with only the average raised.]
2. Reminder:  The allowable score range between the two counting scores follows JO.

1. During the 2002 championships, long-sleeve, short-sleeve or sleeveless one-piece leotards are permitted.  Swimsuit apparel is prohibited during practice, warm-up, and competition at championship events.

2. Deduction of .10 for leotard above the hip bone.  A warning must be given first.

3. There is no deduction for a matching (i.e., color of leotard or nude in color) sports bra that is exposed.

4. Backless leotards are permissible.

5. During championships competition, gymnasts must wear trunks that match the color of the leotard or be nude in color.

6. A gymnast who does not meet the uniform policies will be instructed by the meet referee that she is “out of uniform” and must comply with the uniform rules prior to returning to the competition.

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