The Gymnastics Guide

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Level 6 Floor Routine Requirements


Level 6 floor routines are always a lot of fun to watch! Level 6 gymnastics is the first level in which the gymnast gets to use their own choreography. Level 6 floor music can be chosen by the gymnast and coach. Also, the requirements are basic, with no composition deductions for skills that aren’t difficult […]

Top 5 Tips for Level 3 Vault 2021

Top 5 Tips for Level 3 Vault 2021


This post has been updated to reflect the 2021-2029 compulsory routine changes. In 2021, the Level 3 vault changed to a handspring over the mat stack, which you may have seen performed in Xcel Silver. The idea behind this vault is to prepare the gymnasts to perform the Level 4 and 5 handspring over the […]

How to Overcome a Mental Block in Gymnastics

How to Overcome a Mental Block in Gymnastics


If you watched any gymnastics in the 2020 Olympics, it was hard to miss the news about Simone Biles’ shocking withdrawal due to her mental health, specifically, a mental block. Some gymnasts call it “the twisties”. Others call it “getting lost in the air”. Sometimes, it’s an overwhelming fear of a skill, or a group […]

Olympic Gymnastics 2021

Olympic Gymnastics 2021


If you’re a women’s gymnastics Olympics fan, you’re in the right place! Keep reading for all of the latest Olympic gymnastics news and updates! Olympic Gymnastics Schedule NBC Olympics 2021 Olympic Gymnastics Schedule and Livestream Links Olympics.com Official Schedule and Results Latest Olympic Gymnastics News Olympic Gymnastics Scoring: How it Works Olympics.com Artistic Gymnastics Home […]

Olympic Gymnastics Scoring: How it Works

Olympic Gymnastics Scoring: How it Works


If you’re watching Olympic gymnastics, you may be wondering how, exactly, the judges come up with the scores. What’s a 14.333? Is that good or bad? Read on, and you’ll learn how Olympic gymnastics scoring works. General In Olympic competitions, FIG (International Gymnastics Federation) rules are in effect. FIG rules call for the combination of […]

USA Gymnastics Updates May 2021

USA Gymnastics Updates May 2021


Each year, USA Gymnastics makes updates and clarifications to the rules for competitive gymnastics. These updates typically take place in May during the annual meetings. Here is an overview of the USA Gymnastics updates from May 2021. This post was written July 13, 2021 and updated to reflect July 9 changes on July 20, 2021. […]