2022-2026 Xcel Gymnastics Requirements


Every four years, the rules change for Xcel gymnastics under USA Gymnastics. Sometimes there are a lot of changes, and other years, the Xcel gymnastics requirements stay pretty much the same. There’s always a lot of talk about what these changes will be. This article will be updated with the changes as soon as we […]

How to Excel in Level 9 Vault


Level 9 vault – this is where it starts to get fun and exciting! Most gymnasts are performing flipping vaults, or more complicated twisting vaults. But what exactly are the judges looking for in a Level 9 vault? Let’s find out. Vault Basics Let’s first go over some terminology that will be used in this […]

2022-2026 Optional Gymnastics Requirements


This article has been updated to reflect the 2022-2026 DP Code of Points changes. Every four years, the rules change for optional gymnastics under USA Gymnastics. Sometimes there are a lot of changes, and other years, the optional gymnastics requirements stay pretty much the same. As of April 2022, the new rules for 2022-2026 have […]

How to Set Gymnastics Goals


If you’re a gymnast or a gymnastics coach, you’re in this because you want to improve your skills, or your gymnasts’ skills. But it’s hard to do that without a plan! How do you set that plan? To do it, you need to know how to set gymnastics goals. Why Set Gymnastics Goals? As Yogi […]

How to Excel in Level 8 Vault


Level 8 vault… this assignment used to (and sometimes still does) strike fear into the hearts of judges. Would all the gymnasts make it through without crashing? I always consider it a success if I don’t gasp or jump out of my seat during a Level 8 vault session. As the first level that gymnasts […]

10 Amazing Personalized Gymnast Gifts


This post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you click on a link and make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Are you looking for personalized gymnast gifts this year? You’re in luck! There are some really cool […]

Level 7 Floor Routine Requirements


This post has been updated to reflect the 2022-2026 Code of Points. Level 7 floor routines are some of my favorite routines to judge. Level 7 gymnastics is the second optional level in gymnastics. This means that the gymnast gets to use their own choreography. Level 7 floor music can be chosen by the gymnast […]

Level 6 Floor Routine Requirements


This article has been updated to reflect the 2022-2026 DP Code of Points changes. 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. […]

Top 5 Tips for Level 3 Vault 2022


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 […]