Gymnastics: Artistic & RHYTHMIC

September – June

About Artistic Gymnastics

Artistic Gymnastics Special Olympics established Artistic Gymnastics  in 1972. Artistic Gymnastics is a discipline of gymnastics where gymnasts perform short routines (ranging from approximately 30 to 90 seconds) on different apparatus, with less time for vaulting.

In an all-around competition, athletes must compete at the same level in all events. At the Program level, an artistic gymnast specializing in fewer events than the all-around total may compete on two different levels, with a one-level difference between. Special Olympics makes modifications for gymnasts with visual and hearing impairments, as well as modifications for athletes using canes or walkers. These modifications include coaching assistance, audible cues, and visual cues.

Events for Competition: 

Vault, Single Bars, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bars, Uneven Bars, Wide Beam, Balance Beam, Floor Exercise, All Around.

About Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhytmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport that combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, and apparatus manipulation introduced to Special Olympics in 1990. Gymnasts may compete in individual events or group (4-6 athletes). The hand apparatus used for individual and group are: rope, hoop, ball, clubs, and ribbon. There is also a Group Floor Exercise routine, which is performed without apparatus.

The Special Olympics Rhythmic Gymnastics program closely follow FIG rules, on a scaled down level of difficulty. In FIG, only females are allowed to compete in Rhythmic Gymnastics. At Special Olympics, males can compete in the lower levels. Special Olympics also offers a level of competition for athletes who perform seated, which is not included in FIG.

Training Schedule

Start Date
Kendrick Recreation Center 5822 Ridge Avenue
Katharine Wenocur

This training site is recommended for all athletes, but especially for younger athletes, ages 8-15 years

Competition Schedule

Athletes training for at least 8 weeks are eligible to compete in these tournaments.

  • Summer Games (Penn State University)


Artistic Gymnastics Rules and Regulations


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