Xcel Diamond

Xcel Diamond is the highest of the five Divisions of the Xcel Program. In Xcel Diamond, gymnasts can perform even more challenging skills, and there is more variety allowed in the routines. Check out the articles below to learn more about Xcel Diamond!

Xcel Diamond Requirements

***UPDATED FOR 2022-2026***

Want to know what the requirements are for Xcel Diamond in all events? This article gives an overview of all of the requirements.

Event-Specific Articles

gymnast performing xcel vault

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Get information about the allowable vaults and the required technique for Xcel vault in all divisions, including Xcel Diamond!

Gymnast on xcel platinum bars

Here’s an overview of the requirements and key points for Xcel bars in the Platinum and Diamond divisions.

Xcel Beam how to score big

***UPDATED FOR 2022-2026***

Take a look at this Xcel Beam article to understand what a gymnast should be doing at each division, including Xcel Diamond.

Gymnast doing pose on xcel floor

What makes a great Xcel floor routine? Take a look inside this article for lists of requirements and tips for each division, including Xcel Diamond.

General Information for Xcel Diamond Gymnasts

Optional General Deductions

After assessing the technique of the major skills, what else do judges look for in an Xcel 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.

gymnastics mats for home

If your gymnast needs a mat for all of the handstands and cartwheels she does around the house, look no further! This article describes the different types of home gymnastics mats and helps you select the right one for your space.

the best gymnastics beams for home

If you’ve got a gymnast constantly practicing her skills on the curb or the back of the couch (IYKYK), you’ll want to read up on some balance beams for home. This article will help you select the perfect one for your gymnast.

gymnastics bars for home

Your gymnast is swinging from the railings and towel bars? She just might need a safer place to practice her swings! Check out the recommendations here for the best gymnastics bars for home.

Other Xcel Divisions

Xcel Bronze Page

Xcel Silver Page

Xcel Gold Page

Xcel Platinum Page

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