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How to Excel in Level 9 Vault


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

2022-2026 Optional Gymnastics Requirements

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

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

How to Excel in Level 8 Vault


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

10 Amazing Personalized Gymnast Gifts

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

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

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 […]

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 […]