Level 8

Welcome to the Level 8 page! Here you’ll find information for all events and bonus articles to make those Level 8 routines the best they can be!

Event-Specific Articles

Level 8 Vault

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How can a Level 8 gymnast perform her best vault? Check out this article to learn all about Start Values and deductions for Level 8 vaults!

Level 8 bar routine

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What does a Level 8 gymnast need to include in her bar routine? This article will show you all the requirements, including composition!

Level 8 beam walkover

***UPDATED FOR 2022-2026***

Check out this article to read all about what to include in a Level 8 beam routine, with examples of how to avoid composition deductions.

Level 8 gymnast doing ring leap on floor

***UPDATED FOR 2022-2026***

Learn all about the compositional requirements in a Level 8 floor routine, complete with plenty of examples!

what's your bar angle

Want more information about bar angles? What’s Your Bar Angle reviews all of the angle deductions that can be taken on bars.

Gymnast doing back tuck in chalked up

Is this beam series connected? This article demonstrates the different types of broken connections on beam. Are you guilty of any of these?

General Information for Level 8 Gymnasts

Optional General Deductions

After assessing the technique and routine composition, what else do judges look for in a routine? General deductions are used to measure the routine as a whole, and to separate the good from the great.

How to develop artistry in gymnastics

If you’re looking to spice up your beam or floor routine, you’ll want to read this article about how to perform your routines with exceptional artistry.

Does your gymnast need a pair of grips? Read The Ultimate Guide to Gymnastics Grips to determine which pair is right for her!

the essential guide to a great vault run

If you’re struggling with vault, chances are that your run could use some work! Read on for some tips on improving your vault run.

Equipment and Gifts for Your Gymnast

Best gifts for gymnasts

Perfect for birthday, holidays, or anytime! This gift list for gymnasts is continually updated to bring you the best gifts for your gymnast. There’s even a section for coaches’ gifts!

Gymnasts doing splits, bars, handstands at home

Does your gymnast want some equipment for home practice? This article has an overview of several types of gymnastics equipment for home use. If there’s a specific type of equipment she’s interested in, take a look at the articles below which address more specifics.

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