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The FIG's rules in the Code of Points aren't restricted to element values, requirements, connection bonuses, and deductions. Sometimes a certain skill or combination is so overused (or even dangerous) that the FIG has to ban it.

Specific Rules

Rule Change Example 1 Example 2
no more than three root skills can be used in an uneven bars routine (e.g., Stalders, toe ons, hip circles, piked Stalders, etc.)
Lauren Hernandez - Uneven Bars - 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships – Sr

Lauren Hernandez - Uneven Bars - 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships – Sr. Women Day 1

Viktoria Komova - London 2012 Olympics UB TF

Viktoria Komova - London 2012 Olympics UB TF

on floor exercise, gymnasts may not use a free or side aerial to fulfill the requirement for acrobatic elements in different directions Ezgif-3-a7c7a82b0d48 Ezgif-3-c661f2cb7df8
also on floor exercise, gymnasts may not leap or jump out of more than one tumbling pass
2012 Olympics EF Aly Raisman Floor

2012 Olympics EF Aly Raisman Floor

Lauren Mitchell (AUS) 2011 Worlds AA FX

Lauren Mitchell (AUS) 2011 Worlds AA FX

gymnasts may not wear "excessive makeup"
Celine Van Gerner. 2018 European Championships. EF

Celine Van Gerner. 2018 European Championships. EF. FX

gym fans call this the "Van Gerner rule"

Requirements

There are some requirements that are technically not worth anything towards the start value. However, failing to meet these requirements results in execution deductions.

Requirement Example 1 Example 2
on balance beam, gymnasts must show elements or choreography low on the beam Ezgif-3-a0b35c305c08 Ezgif-3-b260640b57e3
also on balance beam, gymnasts must show elements or choreography sidewards on the beam Ezgif-3-3205d2d9bbdf Ezgif-3-3e728c960e8a

Banned Skills

When some skills are doable but either overdone or carry risk of injury, they're usually downgraded. In the case of these skills, they were banned outright for being too dangerous.

1¾ flip with 1½ twists
ending in a forward roll
(Thomas salto)
Thomas-salto banned after 1992
carried serious injury risk
resulted in Soviet gymnast Elena Mukhina becoming paralyzed
standing on high bar,
layout backflip to regrasp high bar
(Korbut)
Korbut banned after 1985
involved standing on the high bar
standing on high bar,
layout backflip with full
twist to regrasp high bar
(Mukhina)
Mukhina banned after 1985
involved standing on the high bar
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