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Unified Artistic Gymnastics & Decathlon

Introduction

The goal of Unified Artistic Gymnastics (UAG) and Decathlon is to open all events in the sport of gymnastics to any participant regardless of gender or sex. Broadly speaking, under Unified Gymnastics a gymnast may compete in any combination of events from among the ten available Artistic Gymnastics apparatus (WAG: Vault/Uneven Bars/Balance Beam/Floor, MAG: Floor/Pommel Horse/Rings/Vault/Parallel Bars/High Bar). The gymnast may combine any level of WAG with any level of MAG (but must stick to a single level within each discipline). Decathlon is now a special subcategory of Unified Gymnastics for those wishing to compete all 10 apparatus in a single competition (aka: Super All-Around) and is still restricted to the High Level (MAG Modified NCAA and WAG Level 9) and Low Level (MAG Modified Developmental and WAG Level 8) combinations due to logistical constraints. Please see the link below for a detailed description of the rules regarding this new format:

2020 Unified Artistic Gymnastics and Decathlon National Championships Format

Awards & Qualification

All participants will be eligible for finals and awards with the following exceptions:

  • Male* gymnasts cannot contribute to the team score on WAG vault in prelims or finals.  Male gymnasts are not eligible for individual event finals in WAG vault.
  • A single gymnast may only compete in all-around finals for one discipline. For any gymnast registered for all-around in both disciplines, they must select during registration in which discipline they would prefer to compete all-around if they were to make finals in both.
  • Gymnasts may not qualify for more than 6 individual event finals.
  • Male gymnasts cannot displace Female athletes from qualifying for WAG floor. If participation warrants, a separate awards category for Male participants on WAG floor will be created.
  • Gymnasts may only compete in one level per discipline.
  • Gymnasts may only compete for a single club.
  • Gymnasts may only compete for a single team (this means that gymnasts scores will only count towards a team score in their primary discipline).

*See Definitions section below for definitions of Male and Female

Logistics

In prelims, gymnasts will compete their WAG events in one session and their MAG events in another session. The order of sessions does not matter and sessions may be performed on same or different days.

If a gymnast is participating for finals in both disciplines, it is the responsibility of the gymnast to be present when they are required to compete. No exceptions will be made for rotation schedules, and no judges will be delayed due to a gymnast competing in the other discipline. If the gymnast’s rotation ends and they have not competed, they will receive a score of 0.0 for that event.

Decathlon

The NAIGC offers TWO levels of gymnastics decathlon:

  • High Level Decathlon: MAG Modified NCAA and WAG Level 9
  • Low Level Decathlon: MAG Modified Developmental and WAG Level 8

Your Decathlon score will be 5*WAG All-Around + MAG All-Around.

Please email rules@naigc.org if you have any questions. You can also learn more about the gymnastics decathlon by joining the NAIGC Decathlon facebook group.

Registration/Fees

The fee to compete in more than one discipline (either general UAG or Decathlon) is an additional $20 on top of the regular individual registration fee. To register for UAG or Decathlon, first register for the discipline for which you would like to be counted for a team score (your “Primary Discipline”). This is also the discipline for which you would be eligible to qualify to all-around finals. Next, register for the other discipline in the “Nationals 2020 (Unified Gymnastics)” meet, and select the events you’d like to compete. If you are competing the Decathlon, select the relevant Decathlon level (and make sure you’re registered for the right level in your primary!).

Definitions

Female

All gymnasts assigned female at birth or who have been on Estrogen Hormone Therapy for at least 1 year (taken at the word of the gymnast).

Male

All gymnasts assigned male at birth or who have been on Testosterone Hormone Therapy for at least 1 year (taken at the word of the gymnast).

Other

Any gymnast that does not fit into category A or B should reach out via email to nationals@naigc.org to determine eligibility.

UAG and Decathlon FAQ

If you want to be eligible for Decathlon awards, you must compete all 10 events. Otherwise, no. Now that Unified Artistic Gymnastics exists, you do not need to compete all events in order to compete across disciplines.

Scoring and rules between MAG and WAG is so different that athletes may compete different skills in their MAG and WAG versions.

Although athletes are encouraged to compete both sessions on the same day, they may chose to compete one session on each day.

We want to encourage people of all genders to explore everything the sport of gymnastics has to offer!

5*WAG All-Around + MAG All-Around. We did a lot of math to try to determine a formula that is most fair for MAG gymnasts trying WAG and WAG gymnasts try MAG.

No! The NAIGC welcomes all levels, including in Decathlon. If you take a good look at the rules, there are lots of skills for beginners to try.

MAG has no uniform deductions, so wear proper attire for doing gymnastics. WAG gymnasts should compete in a leotard or singlet. Shorts are allowed, but should be black or match the main color of your top.

Contact

Please contact rules@naigc.org with questions, comments, changes, etc.