1949 Code of Points

1949: The Very First Men’s Code of Points

Gym nerds have heard of a magical 12-page Code of Points. But few have seen it.

Well, good news: We, the gymternet, now have it in our possession thanks to Kathi-Sue Rupp and Hardy Fink. 

A lot of gymnastics history goes back to the very first Code of Points from 1949.

For example, why do we call it a perfect 10? 

Because the 1949 Code of Points called it “exécution parfaite” (“perfect execution”). (Though, the phrase “exécution parfaite” had been used in previous rules, including the ones in place in 1924, during the first perfect 10 in Olympic history.)