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.
The Gymnastics Fact Sheets provide general information on the sport’s background, popularity and statistics in the Special Olympics sports world. View the Artistic Gymnastics Fact Sheet and Rhythmic Gymnastics Fact Sheet.
Article 1 provides general principles established by the Special Olympics Official General Rules that are not found in sport-specific rules. When there is conflict between a sport’s official rules and the general rules, the general rules in Article 1 will be followed.
- 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)
- 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.
- Floor exercise (women)
- Hoop (women)
- Ball (women)
- Ribbon (women)
- Rope (women)
- All-around (women)
- Levels I, II: Compulsory
- Level III: Compulsory and optional
Special Olympics New Jersey strives to provide additional sport training to our athletes so that they are at their best when it comes time for training and competition. Please make sure to check back regularly for new and upcoming training resources!
Coaches are encouraged to use the resources below to be as prepared as possible for gymnastics training and competition.
- Coaching Guide – Artistic Gymnastics
- Coaching Guide – Rhythmic Gymnastics
- Special Olympics International Gymnastics Resource Center
If you have any questions on coaching, visit our coach section for information.
Additional Gymnastics Information