There’s a new Division in USAG Xcel in 2022 – Xcel Sapphire!

A number of coaches and gyms have been asking for an Xcel Division higher than Diamond, and it is finally coming!

This new Division is piloting during the 2022-23 season, and during this season, it’s only available in 4 regions. The pilot will take place in Regions 3, 6, 7, and 8.

Which states are part of the pilot?

Here are the states in the regions that are piloting the Sapphire Division of Xcel in 2022-23:

Region 3: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming

Region 6: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Region 7: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

Region 8: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Who is the Xcel Sapphire Division for?

This Division is for gymnasts who are able to meet the Diamond requirements, and can perform skills beyond those requirements.

These gymnasts may be former Level 8, 9, or 10 gymnasts who have dropped back to the Xcel program. They may also be gymnasts who have come up through all of the Xcel Divisions and are looking for a greater challenge.

Sapphire Division gymnasts may be preparing for NCAA Acro or Tumbling competition, or they may desire to compete in College Club gymnastics (NAIGC).

To compete in the Sapphire Division, a gymnast must be at least 12 years old, AND they must have scored a 34 at Diamond, competed Level 8, 9, or 10, OR submitted a video and petition to their regional chair.

Requirements for the Xcel Sapphire Division

All Xcel Sapphire routines (bars, beam, floor) will start from a 9.60, with bonus opportunities to achieve a 10.0 Start Value.

Each routine is required to have 3 A’s, 3 B’s, and 1 C skill.

Bonus is awarded for the following:

  • 1 D skill = +0.10 (additional D’s allowed, but do not receive bonus)
  • Any C skill = +0.10 each (bonus only given once per skill)
  • Any B+B combination = unspecified amount of bonus

The B+B bonus combinations can include any connected skills, such as mounts, dismounts, dance, or acro. This includes indirect acro connections on floor.

No E skills are allowed in the Xcel Sapphire Division.

Special Requirements for the Xcel Sapphire Division

xcel sapphire gymnast on beam


There are 4 Special Requirements for Xcel Sapphire Bars:

  1. Minimum B skill finishing in clear support at vertical
  2. Minimum B 360° circling skill
  3. Minimum B release, turn, or 2nd 360° circling skill (different from #2)
  4. Minimum B dismount OR C skill connected to A dismount


  1. Minimum 360° turn on 1 foot
  2. Dance series AND 180° leap/jump (isolated or in series)
  3. Acro series w/min. 1 flight (at least 1 skill must achieve or pass through vertical)
  4. Minimum B dismount OR Acro flight skill connected to A dismount

I’m still trying to figure out what acro flight skill DOESN’T go through vertical (since dive rolls don’t count as flight)… seems a little redundant to me. Although who knows, maybe that will change once the official rules come out?


  • One acro pass with 2 saltos, same or different
  • Three different saltos, one a minimum of B
  • Dance passage with minimum 2 elements, directly or indirectly connected, 1 element is a leap with 180° split
  • Minimum B turn on 1 foot

Are the Xcel Sapphire rules available yet?

The official rules for the Xcel Sapphire Division will be released in summer 2022. They will not be included in the new Xcel Code of Points, which is due out in the spring of 2022. USA Gymnastics has a Google form you can fill out to receive updates about the Xcel Sapphire Division. Click here to read the article on their website and fill out the Google form.

Check back often to read new updates about the Sapphire Division, as well as the other levels and divisions in women’s gymnastics!

Further Reading

Xcel Home Page

Compulsory Home Page

Optional Home Page


USA Gymnastics Sapphire Rules Overview

2 thoughts on “Xcel Sapphire Division Rules – New in 2022!”

  • Marianne Miller says:

    Where did you find the info that says for level 8 beam you basically must have a single Acro skill as well as 2 Acro tumbling skills as well. I’m not finding that anywhere. Did you find it in the new 2022-24 changes or are you just rationalizing it’s necessary to cover all possible beam deductions. Thanks 👍

    • It’s in the Appendix of the Code of Points, under Beam Acro Composition (Appendix 15 Page 1). For no composition deductions, a gymnast needs an acro series with 2 B flights, along with two additional acro skills, one of which needs to be a B.

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