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Rhythmic Gymnastics Scoring

The FIG Code of Points governs all competitions in regard to floor area, time limit, musical accompaniment, attire of the gymnast and the judges, listed elements of difficulties and deductions for poor execution or imperfect composition.

The apparatus-rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon-are governed by rules regarding the size, weight, color and material. Each gymnast's equipment is measured and approved before competition. Presently, national and international competition involves individual routines and group routines for five gymnasts performing simultaneously. In the group exercise, there is a required minimum number of exchanges and formations.

Rhythmic gymnastics involves body movements and dance of varying type and difficulty combined with the handling of small equipment. Certain pre-acrobatic elements, such as rolls, are permitted, providing the gymnast shows no flight. Not more than three pre-acrobatic elements are permitted per routine. Handsprings and aerials are not permitted.

The equipment must be handled harmoniously with the body and music throughout. The exercise is done with music, and the time limit for individual exercises is 60 to 90 seconds and for group exercise, two to two-and-a-half minutes. The competition area is a carpet, 41 X 41 feet in size.

Each routine must contain a minimum of four elements of"B"difficulty and four elements of"A"difficulty. In the hoop, ball and ribbon events, one of these difficulties must be performed with the left hand. The choreography must cover the entire floor and contain a balanced choice of the groups of elements including jumps, leaps, pivots, balances and flexibility movements.

There are two panels of judges for each routine. One panel judges the composition, or what the gymnast does, and the other panel judges the execution, or how the gymnast performs the routine.

The base score of an individual exercise is 9.60 points. For exceptional performances, it is possible to award bonus points up to a total of 0.40 points for seniors and 0.20 points for juniors. Thus, senior competitors can receive a maximum of 10.00 points while juniors can receive a maximum of 9.80.

The base score of a group exercise is 19.20, and the maximum score, including bonus points, is 20.00.

Oympic Competition Order
The international competition order is decided by the FIG. For rhythmic gymnastics it is rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon.

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