Special Olympics New Jersey offers artistic gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics. Artistic gymnastics is a discipline of gymnastics involving short routines on different apparatus. Rhythmic gymnastics combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, dance, and apparatus manipulation.

Gymnastics is a summer sport where athletes train and compete from January through June.

Gymnastics Guidelines

Available Artistic Events

  • Floor Exercise (men and women)
  • Vaulting (men and women)
  • All around (men and women)
  • Pommel horse (men)
  • Parallel bars (men)
  • High bar (men)
  • Rings (men)
  • Uneven bars (women)
  • Balance beam (women)

Available Artistic Levels

  • Level A (Women only) – Floor exercise, vaulting, wide beam, single bar
  • Levels I, II, III: Compulsory
  • Level IV: Compulsory and optional

Coaches will determine in which level of competition to place their athletes. Special Olympics gymnastics athletes must be able to safely perform all skills in their chosen level of competition. Athletes must compete at the same level in all events in order to be eligible for all around competition. Optional routines may be performed only by level IV gymnasts in all events after they perform their compulsory routines.

Available Rhythmic Events

  • Floor exercise (women)
  • Hoop (women)
  • Ball (women)
  • Ribbon (women)
  • Rope (women)
  • All around (women)

Available Rhythmic Levels

  • Levels I, II: Compulsory
  • Level III: Compulsory and optional

2020 Sectional Competition

  • There will be no Sectional competition for 2021.

2020 State Competition

  • Summer Sports Finals
    • Dates- June 12-13
    • Location:  Schafer Sports Center, Ewing

Participation Information

  • All practices must align with the current SONJ RTA guidelines.
  • Masks MUST be worn at all times by all participants.
  • For athletes that utilize chalk, they must provide their own gallon size Ziploc bag with chalk.
  • Refer to the “Gymnastics Guidelines” at the top of the page for more information.

Criteria for Advancement

  • There will be no sectional competition.
  • Programs must practice and submit qualifying scores to be eligible to attend Summer Sports Finals in June.

General Guidelines

  • No more than fifty (50) total individuals at a venue at one time.
    • This includes athletes, partners, coaches, volunteers, and spectators.
  • While at the venue, ensure all participants practice social distancing and maximum group number limitations as outlined in the current RTA plan.
  • Programs must use minimum number of volunteers possible for training/practice. Spectators are discouraged to attend training/practices.
  • Athletes must provide their own gymnastics attire. Men should wear shorts and a t-shirt, a men’s tank step-in, or gymnastics stretch pants and white socks. Women should wear a leotard with bare legs and bare feet. Beam shoes are optional.

2019 Summer Games Results

Use the button below to download results from the 2019 Summer Games held June 7-9, 2019 at The College of New Jersey.

Results by Athlete 

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