The disciplines recognised by Federation International de Gymnastique (FIG) and Gymnastics Australia are:

  • Gymnastics for all
  • Artistic gymnastics
  • Rhythmic gymnastics
  • Trampoline
  • Aerobic gymnastics
  • Acrobatic gymnastics

For further technical specifications see the FIG Apparatus Norms Guide 2015 available on their website.

Men’s artistic gymnastics (MAG)

There are six competitive apparatus in the MAG:

  • Floor
  • Pommel horse
  • Rings
  • Vault
  • Parallel bars
  • Horizontal bar

The standard performance area for both men and women is 12m x 12m. The border is 100cm minimum and where there is a delimitation strip between the performance area and the border, the strip is 5cm wide and included as part of the performance area.

Landing mats

Preference should be given to uniform colours. The thickness of the mats for pommel is 100mm and for all other events, 200mm.

Womens Artistic Gymnastics (WAG)

There are four competitive apparatus in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics:
  • Vault
  • Uneven bars
  • Beam
  • Floor
Mens artistic gymnastics floor layout
Womens artistic gymnastics floor layout
Competition area for artistic gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics

Rhythmic includes five apparatus: rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. However, only four of these areRhythmic-gymnastics-competition-area used in a two year competition cycle.

The performance area is slightly larger than artistic gymnastics, a 13m x 13m square. The surface is horizontal, even and without gaps.

The border is horizontal, even and at the same height as the performance area. It is 50cm in area.

The safety zone is kept totally free as a surrounding zone around the performance area and the border. It is horizontal, even and without gaps. The safety zone is 200cm.

Aerobic gymnastics

Aerobic Gymnastics requires the ability to perform continuous complex and high intensity movementAerobic-gymnastics-competition-area patterns to music, which originates from traditional aerobic. Aerobic gymnasts can compete in following classes:

  • Individual Men’s, Individual Women’s, Mixed Pairs, Trio, Group (of 5 gymnasts), 
  • Aerobic Step (8 gymnasts)
  • Aerobic Dance (8 gymnasts)

The performance area for single events is  7m x 7m and the performance area for duo, trio and groups is 10m x 10m. The competition area is surrounded by a black delimitation strip.

The border is horizontal, even and at the same height as the performance area. It is 100cm in area. The safety zone is also 100cm.

Trampoline gymnastics

Trampoline gymnastics has three apparatus:

  • Individual trampoline (TRP) and synchronised trampoline (SYN)
  • Double-mini trampoline (DMT)
  • Tumbling (TUM).

Section 2.5 (pages 101 to 122) of the document FIG Apparatus Norms 2015 provides the technical information for each apparatus. These norms include safety padding, platforms (end decks) and mats.

Acrobatic Gymnastics

Acrobatic gymnastics has the same performance area as Women’s Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Below is a summary table of surfaces of apparatus, safety zones and total surfaces for the various gymnastics disciplines: 

Table of surfaces of apparatus, safety zones and total surfaces
Discipline Apparatus Floor area (m) Height of hall Height of
hall (international)
Mens artistic gymnastics (MAG)


MAG floor 18 x 18 7m 8m-10m
MAG pommel horse 4 x 4
MAG rings 6 x 6
MAG vaulting table 3 x 35
MAG uneven bars 6 x 12
MAG high bars 6 x 12
Womens artistic gymnastics (WAG) WAG vaulitng table 5 x 35 6m 8m-10m
WAG uneven bars 6 x 14
WAG balance beam 6 x 18
WAG floor 18 x 18
Rhythmic gymnastics (RG) RG performance area 18 x 18 8m 10m-12m
Aerobic gymnastics (AG) AG performance area 18 x 18 6m 8m-10m
Trampoline gymnastics TRA TRA 1 trampoline (sync) 15 x 15 8m 10m-12m
TRA 2 double-mini tramp 5 x 35 6m 8m-10m
TRA 3 tumbling track 5 x 45 5m
Acrobatic gymnastics
Acro 1 performance area 18 x 18  7m

5 x 45 

5 x 45 

Sport association details

Gymnastics Western Australia

Ruth Gibbons
Executive Director
State Gymnastics Centre, Loftus Recreation Centre Leederville WA 6007
PO Box 1204 Leederville WA 6900
Telephone 08 9228 9399


The information in this guide is general in nature and cannot be relied upon as professional advice concerning the design of, or marking out for, sporting facilities and playing areas. No assurance is given as to the accuracy of any information contained in this guide and readers should not rely on its accuracy. Readers should obtain their own independent and professional advice in relation to their proposed sporting activity.