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Rhythmic Gymnastics

Three athletes pose while a coach assists with hand techniques.

Coaching Guide 2008

Warm-Up and Cool-Down Guides and Videos

Warm-Up (PDF)

Cool-Down (PDF)

Warm-Up and Cool-Down Videos

Dynamic Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs are an important part of every workout, training session, or competition. Follow along with these videos to learn how to perform the different exercises in the sport-specific warm-up and cool-down guides. Questions? Please email



  • Overview of the Coach Development Model This video is an overview in English of the coach development model. It is about 4 minutes long. DOWNLOAD MP4
  • Coach Development Model Our volunteer coaches help Special Olympics athletes reach their best level of skill and performance. These resources can be used by Program sport directors to recruit and train coaches to reach their own heights of achievement.

Sport Rules

  • Sport Rules The heart of Special Olympics is competitions, the races, matches, tournaments and games for people with intellectual disabilities. In many ways, these competitions are like sports run by any other organization, but there are some key differences.
  • Sport Rules Article 1 The Official Special Olympics Sport Rules (“Sport Rules”) provide standards for Special Olympics training and competition. Sport Rules Article I provides general principles established by the Special Olympics Official General Rules (“General Rules”) that are not found in the sport-specific rules.

2023 – 2031 Rhythmic Gymnastics Rules

2023 – 2031 MRG

NOTE: All content below this point is for 2016 – 2023 and will be removed June 2024.

2016 – 2023 Rhythmic Gymnastics Program


Group Floor and Hoop Forms
Download and print for judging these routines
Judging Courses
The Rhythmic Gymnastics Judges Courses are designed to help judges be as objective as possible when tabulating scores to rank the athletes for the purpose of divisioning and awards. These courses will educate potential Special Olympics judges and provide trained rhythmic gymnastics judges with guidelines for evaluating the routines according to Special Olympics Rules.


Guides, videos and judging materials for rhythmic gymnastics from 2016 – 2023

Floor Routine

View the routine from front and back views
Routine (MP4): 
Music: Mermaid (MP3)


View the routine from front and back views
Routine (MP4):
Music: Ghostbusters (MP3)
Level 4
Level 4 routines are optional routines, using music and choreography chosen for each gymnast. For this reason, there are no videos for Level 4.
View each routine from front and side views within one video.

Special Olympics Gymnastics: 50 Years! A History and Appreciation

Kate Faber Hickie brings us through the history of Special Olympics Gymnastics, from it’s induction into the Special Olympics World Games to each of the milestones hit, Kate has been there every step of the way. See the growth of gymnastics in the movement over the past 50 years. With contributions from Cindy Bickman.
Rhythmic Gymnastics


This page draws together rhythmic gymnastics-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.