FIG Apparatus Norms for Rhythmic Gymnastics, valid from 01. January 2018

Parents often ask me: «Why should I buy FIG Approved apparatus if my child is not competing at international level?»

The answer is:

A) Because it is safe and durable and can handle intensive use.

B) Because it is reliable. A SASAKI ball always has an even thickness guaranteeing a stabile bounce. A quality rope is just slightly heavier right in the middle helping it hold its’ shape when thrown. SASAKI clubs when thrown up parallel always fall down at the same pace, etc.

I also tend to say that the world’s top gymnasts could probably get 15 points using a beach ball instead of a SASAKI one. But if you are just starting then you need all the help you can get and a top-quality apparatus just means one less thing to worry about before stepping onto the carpet.

FIG has revised its’ Apparatus Norms in December 2017.

Here is a short summary of the most important parts for rhythmic gymnasts.

Purpose and Principles

The purpose of the FIG Apparatus Norms is to ensure fairness and safety at all competitions worldwide and guarantee the quality of apparatus after intensive use.

All apparatus used at official FIG events, the Olympic Games and the World Games must have a valid FIG certificate. FIG has a dedicated Apparatus Testing Institute responsible for testing every type of apparatus thoroughly before certificates are issued and partnerships created with manufacturers. A FIG certificate is valid for 2 years after which the entire testing process is repeated.

Types of Apparatus in Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG)



All hand apparatuses used at FIG sanctioned events shall have unremovable markings according to FIG rules.


  • Material: hemp or similar
  • Length: optional
  • Thickness: uniform or reinforced in the centre
  • Shape: Both rope-ends, with or without knots. Without wooden handle. May be wrapped with a thin non-slip material in a length corresponding to the width of a hand.
  • Colour: optional, bright colour preferred


  • Material: wood 🙂 or synthetics
  • Weight unwrapped: 300 g minimum (260 g minimum for Juniors)
  • Inner diameter wrapped: 800-900 mm Senior gymnasts, 700-900 mm Junior gymnasts
  • Colour: optional, bright colour preferred


  • Material: rubber or soft plastic, antistatic
  • Weight: 400 g minimum
  • Diameter: 180-200 mm Senior and Junior gymnasts
  • Colour: optional, bright colour preferred


  • Material: wood 🙂 or synthetics
  • Length: 400-500 mm Senior and Junior gymnasts
  • Weight unwrapped: 150 g min
  • Shape: bottle shape
  • Diameter of the head: 30 mm max
  • Colour: optional, bright colour preferred, can be wrapped.
  • The head of the clubs must be fixed firmly to the neck and not rotate.


  • Material: satin or similar
  • Length: total length 6 m (min) in one piece (5 m for Juniors). The part at which the ribbon is attached to the cane is doubled in a length of 0.9 — 1.1 m.
  • Weight: 35 g minimum, without the cane (30 g min for Juniors)
  • Width: 40-60 mm
  • Colour: optional, bright colour preferred


  • Material: wood, bamboo, fibreglass or synthetics
  • Length: 500-600 mm
  • Diameter: maximum 100 mm at the thickest point
  • Shape: cylindrical or conic. The handle may be wrapped in a thin anti-slip material with a length of 100 mm max.
  • Colour: optional
  • Fixture material: cord, nylon-thread or similar item, or moveable ring resp. a swivel attached to the cane
  • Fixture length: 70 mm max

For the full FIG document click HERE.