Requirements for Rhythmic Gymnastics Leotards


Close-up of Natalia Garcia’s (ESP) embellished leotard

Based on the updated code of points, a rhythmic gymnastics leotard must accomplish the following rules:

  • Non- transparent. Some parts in lace will have to be lined from the trunk to the chest. It must be tight fitting in order to enable the judges the correct positions.
  • They can have sleeves but narrow straps are not allowed.
  • Leotards for groups must be identical. However, if the leotard is made of a patterned material, some slight differences due to the cut may be tolerated.
  • The neckline of the front and back of the leotard must be no further down than half of the sternum and the lower line of the shoulder blades.
  • The cut of the leotard at the top of the legs must not go beyond the fold of the crotch (maximum); undergarments worn beneath the leotard should not be visible beyond the seams of the leotard itself.
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Viktoriia Onoprienko’s (UKR) red leotard fitting with the music

From 2017, the code of points also allows:

  • Tights under the leotard
  • Gymnasts may perform their exercises with bare feet or gymnastics slippers.
  • Forbidden: to wear jewellery or piercings which jeopardize the safety of the gymnast. Also a skirt that does not fall further than the pelvic area over the leotard, tights or the unitard is allowed.

Fabrics of a leotard


Bandages or support pieces are made of skin colour

Penalties by Coordinator Judge:

Leotards  will be checked prior to the entrance of the gymnast in the competition hall and if this does not conform to the code of points, a penalty is applied by the Coordinator Judge.

  • -0.30 points for individual gymnast and one time for the Group at fault.
  • -0.30 points if emblem or publicity not conforming to official norms.
  • -0.30 points in case of bandages or support pieces are made of colors (it must be of skin color)

Anastasiya Salos (BLR) wearing a fluor leotard

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Ekaterina Selezneva wearing a leotard in the same colour as her ball


Leotards in groups


Some part of the leotards could be transparent