Countless times we have watched a gymnastics competition, or maybe we have heard of it, especially from the previous Rio 2016 Olympic Games and with Simone Biles or Laurie Hernandez making such noisy names right now. We often get awed once the almost perfect scores are printed on the screen or announced, but do we really know how the gymnasts garnered these points?

The scoring points in gymnastics, rhythmic specifically, really all just come down to the judges’ tastes. The gymnast moves too fast for our untrained eyes to notice every single move, but the judges are trained to catch precisely the smallest mistakes and the smallest perfects so they could give out the scores based on what the athlete deserves.

However, it’s not all just tastes as there are some pointers the judges’ keep their eyes on. Before talking about the scoring process, let us just familiarize with the types of rhythmic gymnastics competition.


Olympic Competitions

There are two types of Olympic gymnastics competitions and they are Individual All-Around and Group. For the Individual All-Around, an athlete competes on four of the five rhythmic gymnastics events and the total score is added. For the Group, five gymnasts compete on just two different routines. On the first routine, all of the athletes use the same pieces of apparatus. On the second routine, the gymnasts use two different pieces of equipment. For example, three gymnasts can use hoop, and the other two can use ball. Each routine is scored just once, and the scores for those two routines are combined for a total score in the group all-around.



1) E – This is the Execution Score of the gymnast. It starts at 10.0 and deductions are taken for technical faults like catching the equipment incorrectly or losing it.

2) A + D – The Artistic Score has a maximum of 10.0 and is based on the music and choreography, while the Difficulty Score starts at 0 and accumulates to a maximum of 10.0 depending on the skills performed. These two scores are added and then divided by two.

For each event, rhythmic gymnastics only has a maximum score of 20.0. The final score from A+D/2 is added with the score from E to come up with the final score.

On the next article, we are going to introduce to you what is called the “Code of Points” which is used as a basis for scoring rhythmic gymnasts’ performance, particularly the Artistic Score and Difficulty Score. Be the first one to read it by regularly visiting our blogs and official social media sites. Learn gymnastics from the best sports academy in Singapore, enroll today at Bianka Panova Sport and Art Academy! Join us and learn gymnastics for kids with us!