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.)
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.gif Ezgif-3-c661f2cb7df8.gif
also on floor exercise, gymnasts may not leap or jump out of more than one tumbling pass
gymnasts may not wear "excessive makeup" 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.gif Ezgif-3-b260640b57e3.gif
also on balance beam, gymnasts must show elements or choreography sidewards on the beam Ezgif-3-3205d2d9bbdf.gif Ezgif-3-3e728c960e8a.gif
on both beam and floor, gymnasts must show complex and creative choreography Ezgif-6-7cc99df08146.gif Ezgif-6-518903440ef6.gif

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.gif banned after 1992
carried serious injury risk
resulted in Soviet gymnast Elena Mukhina becoming paralyzed
any tumbling pass ending
in a forward roll
Roll-out-pass.gif banned after 1992
carried serious injury risk
standing on high bar,
layout backflip to regrasp high bar
(Korbut)
Korbut.gif banned after 1985
involved standing on the high bar
standing on high bar,
layout backflip with full
twist to regrasp high bar
(Mukhina)
Mukhina.gif banned after 1985
involved standing on the high bar
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