Common Gymnastics Deductions (Compulsory Levels)

Here is a list of some of the most common or most used gymnastics deductions taken by judges. These deductions are applicable to compulsory gymnastics levels 1-5. If you are looking for ways to improve your gymnastics score this might be a good place to start. By being more aware of what deductions judges are looking for, you can work hard to make sure you don’t earn them! The error is listed first followed by the deduction that is taken from the start value. When the deduction listed is an “up to” deduction, the judge uses their discretion to decide how much should be taken, up to the maximum value. Also remember that in compulsory gymnastics deductions are taken on any mistakes you make in performing the routine as well as any mistakes made in the execution of the skills. So knowing the exact routine is important!

Update 7/27: These HAVE been updated for the new gymnastics rules for 2013-2021.

General Compulsory Gymnastics Deductions:

(These apply on Uneven Bars, Beam and Floor Exercise.)

  • Toes not pointed on major skills: each time .05
  • Legs separated when they should be together: up to .20
  • Not maintaining tight body position on skills: up to .20
  • Bent arms or legs: up to .30
  • Balance errors- small, medium,large: up to .30
  • Fall: .50

Uneven Bars Compulsory Gymnastics Deductions:

(The general deductions apply as well as these specific Uneven Bars deductions.)

  • Extra cast or swing: .30
  • Extra arm swing after landing dismount: up to .10
  • Taking steps after landing dismount: each .10 (max .40)
  • Very large step or jump after landing dismount: .20
  • Additional upper-body movements to maintain balance on landing dismount: up to .30
  • Squat upon landing dismount: up to .30

Balance Beam Compulsory Gymnastics Deductions:

(The general deductions apply as well as these specific Balance Beam deductions.)

  • Failure to kick leg horizontal or above when required: up to .10
  • Uneven leg separation in leaps/jumps: up to .10
  • Insufficient split when required: up to .20
  • Extra kick up to handstand: .30
  • Grasping beam to avoid a fall: .30
  • Swinging arms upon landing of dismount: up to .10
  • Taking steps after landing dismount: each .10 (max .40)
  • Very large step or jump after landing dismount: .20
  • Additional upper-body movements to maintain balance after landing dismount: up to .30
  • Squat upon landing dismount: up to .30

Floor Exercise Compulsory Gymnastics Deductions:

(The general deductions apply as well as these specific Floor Exercise deductions.)

  • Failure to kick leg horizontal or above when required: up to .10
  • Uneven leg separation in leaps/jumps: up to .10
  • Insufficient split when required: up to .20
  • Extra kick up to handstand: .30

I haven’t listed vault deductions because the deductions are different for each compulsory gymnastics level. And for the other events, this is not a comprehensive list of the deductions gymnastics judges use to score compulsory gymnastics routines, these are just some of the most commonly used. I hope this helps to give you a better idea of how gymnastics routines are scored. Here is a list of common optional gymnastics deductions.



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  • Jennifer November 9, 2014, 12:41 pm

    Thanks for sharingf. What is the deduction for undergarment showing?

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    • gymnasticshq November 10, 2014, 8:10 pm

      Hi Jennifer,

      Most judges would ignore a slip of underwear or bra strap, but if it’s blatant and a clear violation then there is a .2 deduction for incorrect attire. Let me know if you have more questions 🙂

      Jessica

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  • Margaret November 12, 2014, 2:52 pm

    What about music and nail polish deductions?

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