is one of the most beautiful of all sports with its competitors
being renowned for their grace, athleticism and ballet qualities.
This sport is a combination of dance, gymnastic movements and apparatus
of aristocracy and the stuff of romance – fencing today is the
culmination of a centuries old art and it is accessible to
There are five apparatus - the rope, hoop, ball,
clubs and ribbon, but only 4 of these are used in competition at one
time. Routines are performed to music and last between 75 - 90
seconds. The music should contain changes in mood and tempo, but
only one piece can be used in each routine
Women only compete in Rhythmic Gymnastics.
All routines are performed to music, of one or more instruments.
Vocals without lyrics are allowed as music accompaniment.
Inappropriate noises - engine noises, police sirens, the sound of
the breaking of objects etc. are not allowed. The penalty for music
not conforming to regulations is 0.50pts.
The time limit for individual exercises is 1.15’ to 1.30’, while for
the Group exercises it is 2.15’ to 2.30’. The penalty for each
additional or missing second is 0.05points.
The floor area is a carpeted surface measuring 13 x 13 meters,
surrounded by a one-meter wide security border. Any crossing of the
boundaries of the floor area by one or two feet or by any part of
the body, or apparatus is penalized by 0.20 pts. No penalty will be
applied if the apparatus, or any part of the gymnast’s body passes
the boundary of the floor area without
touching the ground