2018 Clarification for Fitness Teams TR

We are excited and looking forward to seeing your routines this year which of course will be using the new Fitness Teams Technical Regulations.  One of the goals of the new regulations was to try to make the interpretation of the rules easier, which you will agree is tricky with a multi-language organisation.  As you know, implementation of the regulations is for the period 1st January 2018 to 21st December 2020.  If necessary, during this period, possible amendments or minor changes will be informed via FISAF official special bulletins. 

There are a few questions and suggestions regarding the Technical Regulations that have come up recently and it is necessary to share these with you as they are effective now;

Clarification for Fitness Teams Technical Regulations

1. The following is from the current Technical Regulations; 


A gymnastic move in which a strong propulsion off the front leg and propels the body through a inverted position. The hands then push off the floor so that the body moves through an aerial supine position to land upright.. A handspring is unacceptable due to the nature of the movement being associated with a gymnastic movement. A handspring done on the forearms (with the hands also on the floor) is still considered to be a handspring and is an unacceptable move for Fitness Grande routines.

Handspring with hands/forearms not touching the floor

The nature of the gymnastic move changes, if the move is assisted by team member/s and not performed directly on the floor. If this is done, it will be defined as a lift, support or propulsion and it will be classed as an acceptable move in Fitness Grande and Performance routines. 

2. New element added to the FISAF skill list

As a result of submission of an ‘own’ move, there is the addition of a new skill element; Alternating straddle/pike press.  The following is the description and technical index value of the element including pictures.  This element has been added to the FRF skill list.

Alternating straddle/pike press

Family: Horizontal presses

Description without a turn:

An alternating straddle / pike press can be done starting from a straddle or pike position.  When done without a turn the element starts in either a straddle (both hands front) or pike position.  The arms and legs then change to pike or straddle press position and return to their start position.  For example, when starting from a straddle position (hands in front of the body), the arms and legs change to a pike press (hands at the sides of the legs), then returning to the straddle position with hands in front.

Description with a turn:

When executing this press with a turn of 180 or more, the change from the original position to the chosen press happens during each 180 turn.  For example, when starting from a straddle position (hands in front of the body), the arms and legs change to a pike press (hands at the sides of the legs), while the body turns 180.  The arms and legs then return to the straddle position with hands in front. The finishing position is must be the same as the starting press position.

These elements can also be done with 360°, 540°or 720° turns, but must be performed from starting in either straddle press or pike press position and the arms and leg positions must change after every 180° turn to pike/straddle position.


  • Alternating straddle/pike press = 2 points
  • Alternating straddle/pike press 180° turn = 2, 5 points
  • Alternating straddle/pike press 360° = 3 points
  • Alternating straddle/pike press 540° = 3, 5 points
  • Alternating straddle/pike press 720° = 4 points

Icon for Alternating straddle/pike press 360° turn:

Alternating straddle/pike press 360° turn



Palms are too far back behind hips during Pike press. Hips are not behind arms and no abdominal lift is shown

The body is sitting on the hand during the pike press (no hip elevation from the floor)
The distance between the legs during the straddle press is between 46° – 90° The distance between the legs in the straddle press is less than 45°
The arms are squeezed into the sides of the body thereby holding the body up in the pike press Changing of position of palms is not finished within 180° turn
The legs do not remain horizontal to the floor throughout the entire element