These deductions can be applied to more than one event.
crossed ankles in twist
bent knees in twist
leg separation in twist
leg separation in tuck (cowboying)
lacking flexibility in split (up to 20°)
insufficient arch position in ring leap or jump
front leg below horizontal in split leap or jump
back foot at head height in ring leap or jump
insufficient arch in sheep jump
feet between head and shoulder height in sheep jump
insufficient hip extension in sheep jump
insufficient bent legs in sheep jump
bent knees in laid out skills
lack of precision in leap
lacking flexibility in split (up to 45°)
leg separation in tuck, with knees wider than shoulder-width apart
back foot at shoulder height in ring leap or jump
knees bent at 90° in laid out skills
These deductions can be applied to all four events.
If there's no fall, the maximum deduction cannot exceed 0.80.
legs apart on landing
staggered legs on landing
extra arm swings
loss of balance
chest down (body posture fault)
large loss of balance
large step (wider than one meter)
large hop (wider than one meter)
chest close to knees (body posture fault)
dismount too close to the apparatus (on uneven bars and balance beam)
support on apparatus with one hand
support on apparatus with two hands
fall on mat to knees/ hips
fall on apparatus
fall against apparatus
fall off apparatus
leg separation in first flight
bent knees in first flight
landing to either side of the center line
lack of height
insufficient distance from the vault
piking down a laid out twist
leg separation in first flight (up to 90°)
twisting when contact is made with the vault table
Blocking off the table with one hand instead of two is a 2-point deduction.
If a gymnast begins to run down the runway and stops, without touching the vault table and springboard, she is permitted another attempt but has to take a 1-point deduction.
If a gymnast begins to run down the runway and stops by touching the vault table and springboard, she is given a zero.
Failure to land feet first results in a zero.
If the vault is so poorly executed that the intended vault can't be recognized, she is given a zero.
Uneven Bars Deductions
missed handstand (10° to 30°)
loss of rhythm
arch in handstand
lack of height on release move
catching a release move with bent arms
catching a Pak salto at 30° to 45°
missed handstand (up to 45°)
severe lack of height on release move
large arch in handstand
catching a release move with arms bent at 90°
catching a Pak salto at 45° or more
excessive arch in Pak salto
hitting foot/ feet on bar
missed handstand (more than 45°)
Kips out of Shaposhnikova transitions and variations when the gymnast finishes facing the low bar are considered empty swings and incur a 0.50 deduction. However, kips out of Shaposh-half transitions and variations when the gymnast finishes facing away from the low bar incur no deduction.
Balance Beam Deductions
pause in preparation of element (longer than two seconds)
insufficient side movements
insufficient movements or elements close to the beam
attempt without performance of an element
grasping the beam to prevent falling off
Excessive arm swing between acrobatic skills in a series results in the connection between the skills not being credited.
Yes, the FIG considers this "excessive".
Floor Exercise Deductions
falling out of a turn
pause in preparation of element (longer than two seconds)
adjustment (unnecessary steps)
adjustment (unnecessary arm movements)
excessive arm swing before dance element
starting immediately with a tumbling pass
back-to-back tumbling passes along the same acrobatic line
no choreography after last tumbling pass
artistry deduction: lack of expressiveness
artistry deduction: lack of synchronization with the music during part of the exercise
artistry deduction: the exercise is not connected to the music itself
Starting a skill out of bounds causes the entire skill to not be counted towards the routine's start value.
Music is allowed to have human voices (vocalizing, humming, whistling, etc.), but actual words/ lyrics results in a 1-point deduction.
Lack of music also results in a 1-point deduction.
Finishing the routine after the music ends is a 2-tenth deduction.
Downgrading of Skills
If a twisting skill is underrotated to the point of not fully completing the twist, it's downgraded to the next twist (i.e., an incomplete triple twist is downgraded to a 2½ twist).
The same applies to turns, paying attention to when the heel drops in the turn. If the heel drops too early, the turn is downgraded.
If a laid-out vault is severely piked or tucked in the air, it's downgraded to the piked or tucked variation, depending on the body position in the air.
On vault, if the feet and any other part of the body (i.e., butt) touch at the same time on a Produnova, it's downgraded to a front handspring front tuck.
On beam, back layouts must maintain a stretched position in the air or will be downgraded to a D skill.
If a switch ring leap lacks an arch in the back, it's downgraded to a switch leap (rated C).
If a split leap lacks flexibility past 45°, it has no difficulty value and therefore is not counted towards the start value.
If a sheep jump lacks an arch in the back and a release of the head, it has no difficulty value and therefore is not counted towards the start value.
If the feet are at shoulder height or below in a sheep jump, it has no difficulty value and therefore is not counted towards the start value.
Neutral deductions are taken off the final score.
stepping outside the corridor with one foot on vault
one foot stepping out of bounds on floor exercise
warming up on the podium prior to the routine
finishing a balance beam or floor exercise routine past the 90-second time limit
stepping outside the corridor with two feet on vault
two feet stepping out of bounds on floor exercise
landing out of bounds with both feet on floor exercise