INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 15, 2022) – High school athletes participating in women’s gymnastics now have additional uniform options beginning in the 2022-23 season.
The change to Rule 3 – Uniforms was one of many changes recommended by the National Federation of Secondary States Associations (NFHS) Girls’ Gymnastics Rules Committee at its meeting in Indianapolis and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
Among the changes adopted were an expansion of acceptable uniforms, procedures for correcting scoring errors during a competition, the safety of athletes after a fall, the re-evaluation of vaults and beam vaults that land in a side position, and adding a dance pass and a turn. the floor exercise requirements of the event.
“The Women’s Gymnastics Rules Committee adopted the new uniform changes to reflect current unifrom trends in the sport as well as to accommodate cultural and religious norms,” said NFHS Director of Athletics Julie Cochran and liaison with the committee.
According to the 3-3-1 rule, gymnasts will now have the option of wearing black underwear, unitards, ankle leggings, tights or fitted shorts which can be worn with the leotard provided the garment meets color requirements. Additionally, head coverings worn for religious reasons were added as part of the acceptable uniform. Procedures for correcting clerical errors during a competition have been added to Rule 5-1-5. The rule specifies the conditions under which a head judge is allowed to make score adjustments. Once the score is submitted to the scoring system, a score cannot be changed unless there is a request. The procedure also specifies that any changes made to a gymnast’s score must be reported to the coach of the competitor concerned.
Rules 6-2-1, 7-2-2 and 8-2-1b have been amended to provide a clear procedure to follow when a fall occurs on Vault, Bars and Beam. The change clarifies the 45-second fall time that begins when an athlete stands. This risk minimization procedure also gives gymnasts the opportunity to assess their condition before continuing.
“The continued focus on athlete safety is a focus of the rules committee,” Cochran said.
Jumps and jumps that land in side position on Balance Beam have been re-evaluated. Due to the added difficulty of landing sideways on the beam, specific jumps and jumps were given a higher value.
Finally, the requirements of the dance events on the floor exercises have been modified. A dance turn and pass have been added to not only reflect current floor trends, but also to provide an expanded opportunity for a competitor to use dance as an interpretation of movement and music.
A complete list of changes to the Women’s Gymnastics Rules will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the homepage and select “Gymnastics-Girls”.
Women’s gymnastics had 18,658 participants at 1,578 schools, according to the NFHS’s most recent high school athletics participation survey.