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

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

Men's artistic gymnastics floor layout


Men's gymnastic floor layout

Women's artistic gymnastics floor layout

Gymnastics women's artistic floor layout

Competition area for artistic gymnastics

Gymnastics competition area

Aerobic gymnastics

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

    Aerobic gymnastics competition area
  • 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 vaulting 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 TRATRA 1 trampoline (sync) 15 x 158m 10m-12m
TRA 2 double-mini tramp 5 x 35 6m 8m-10m
TRA 3 tumbling track5 x 455m
Acrobatic gymnastics
Acro 1 performance area18 x 18 7m


Fédération Internationale De Gymnastique (FIG) Apparatus Norms 2015.

Sport association details

Gymnastics Western Australia Inc

Rob Clement
Chief Executive Officer
State Gymnastics Centre, Loftus Recreation Centre Leederville WA 6007
PO Box 372, Leederville WA 6903
Telephone 61 8 9228 9399
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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.

Page reviewed 17 March 2021