Level 3 Gymnastics RequirementsThese are the level 3 gymnastics requirements. Level 3 in gymnastics is not a required competitive level; learn more about the gymnastics levels here.

To compete in level 3 gymnastics a gymnast must be able to do the following skills on each of the four events and have reached her 6th birthday.
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I’ve starred the skills that are generally the hardest for gymnasts to learn and most often prohibit a gymnast from moving on to level 3.

Level 3 Gymnastics Requirements: Vault

  • handstand flat back onto mat stack

Level 3 Gymnastics Requirements: Bars

  • pullover*
  • front hip circle
  • single leg squat through
  • forward stride circle (mill circle) or single leg basket swing
  • back hip circle
  • underswing dismount

Level 3 Gymnastics Requirements: Beam

  • handstand
  • leap with 90 degree split
  • straight jump
  • side handstand dismount*

Level 3 Gymnastics Requirements: Floor

Once a gymnast can perform all of these skills and she has learned the Level 3 gymnastics compulsory routines, she is ready to compete in a Level 3 meet. The next gymnastics level is Level 4.

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  • Rosanna Carta November 9, 2013, 8:10 am

    My daughter is on Level 3 and can do all of these things already and we feel that she should be able to go on to the next level. They keep repeating easy things and we feel that she is being left behind and it’s hurting her skills.

    • gymnasticshq November 11, 2013, 5:03 pm

      Rosanna, I’m sure that’s very frustrating. I think Christy has given you some great advice!

    • Vicky January 24, 2017, 9:15 pm

      I know that’s how I felt in level two. I would recommend talking to the coach or someone else at the gym. That’s what I did and I got moved up to level three and since then, the coaches in the gym have really payed attention to these things!

    • ari August 26, 2017, 5:50 pm

      Im a level 7 gymnast! I think that you should talk to your gym manager and get her moved up on her classes! If your gym is realy sincire about what their trying to do for your child, i suggest that if their is no room in the next class, have her stat to practice the skills that are in level 4 in the level 3 class that she is taking!

      Thanks and I wish the best for you and your child,
      Ariana Kolah

  • Christy November 11, 2013, 9:34 am

    >>My daughter is on Level 3 and can do all of these things already and we feel that she should be able to go on to the next level.<<

    Some gyms keep their gymnasts in their current level until they achieve a certain score on each event or all-around. The best thing you can do is talk with your daughter's coach to A) let him/her know that your daughter is eager to advance and, B) discover if the gym/coach has specific criteria the gymnast must meet before moving up.

  • DivergentTobiasTris March 9, 2014, 7:59 am

    Hi. My first gymnastics meet is next weekend and I need some advice on how to not be so nervous, because all I can think about right now is the meet

    • Margaret December 2, 2014, 5:40 am

      the trick is just believing in yourself and hsving confidence

  • Nikki July 7, 2014, 8:12 am

    I can do all of the level 1 2 and 3 skills except for a round off back handspring. I am also a deft taught gymnast but I might join a gym soon, when they ask what level I am should I say I don’t have a level bc I’m a self taught gymnast for about 6 years now or should I say level 3 but I am working in my round off back handspring

    • Michaela July 14, 2014, 12:11 am


      Nikki, Most gyms test new comers to see where to place them so you won’t really need to explain yourself. You can just demonstrate what you can do! Also, they may place you in a lower level briefly before moving you up to polish the skills you’ve learned on your own. If you are interested in being involved in the competitive team at the gym, they look for kids who are very focused, are teachable, have beautiful form, and are STRONG. Something to think about 🙂
      Best of luck to you! I’m happy you are getting into a gym (if even just for safety!) I know you are going to love it!!!!

      • Nikki July 14, 2014, 10:58 am

        Thanks so much!!

  • Laura July 18, 2014, 1:44 pm

    Thanks for posting this! My daughter is 5 1/2 and has been in gymnastics for a year now. I just wanted to see whereabouts her skills lie, and she has a bit of work to do to get to competition level, which is fine. But, what is the typical age that a girl gets into competition at level 3? I would hate for her to be 8 years old competing with a bunch of 5 year olds. That just may have us concentrate more on a different sport, to be honest. For now, it’s fun, but as a former gymnast myself, I want to see her take it far! Thanks for your two cents.

    • gymnasticshq July 19, 2014, 2:41 pm

      Hi Laura,
      So the age of gymnasts at different levels really varies but honestly you are right that level 3 kids tend to be younger. However the minimum age to compete is at age 6, so there are no kids younger than that competing at level 3. Also that is not the only level gymnasts start competing at. Many gyms will start competing their slightly older gymnasts at either level 4 (minimum age 7) when they have learned those skills or they will compete them in the Xcel program. The Xcel program is a really great way for medium age to older kids to compete. It’s more flexible and in my opinion, more fun than compulsory gymnastics. So–I definitely would not be worried about her at age 5 or at age 8 being too old for the sport. In the Xcel program kids 5-15 have fun and compete with all the benefits of being involved in a sport.
      I hope that helps! Let me know if you have more questions 🙂

    • Terrie January 4, 2015, 2:41 am


      My daughter is 8years old and a level 3 gymnast. Most of her teammates will be 8yrs by competition time except two who are 7yrs. However, she also competed as a level one at 6years! Help that helps!


  • Salam September 26, 2014, 4:01 pm

    I’m 13 years old and I just started gymnastics a year ago. I’m a fast learner, but I feel hopeless because I just started. I truly love and enjoy gymnastics but my parents arent willing to take me more than once a week. Also they don’t really care about gymnastics.

  • Sophia November 12, 2014, 3:32 am

    Hi! I am a level 3 gymnast and I MUST practice my floor routine but I do not know all of it yet, do you know of a website where I could get the full floor routine in words? Thanks!

    • gymnasticshq November 12, 2014, 8:38 am

      Hi Sophia, you would have to pay for the compulsory book to get the full routine in words. I would suggest looking on YouTube at videos of other gymnasts doing the routine! Hope that helps.

  • Stephanie December 3, 2014, 8:36 pm

    I have a 12 year old girl who has been doing gymnastics and loving it since she was a toddler. She just made team and all of the sudden she wants to stop. When I asked if she wanted me to withdraw her she said no she wanted to think about it… Any advice? She has a big smile on her face when she practices. Feeling perplexed

    • gymnasticshq December 3, 2014, 9:32 pm

      Hi Stephanie,

      I don’t know–do you think she has a fear of competing ? If so you could try explaining to her that her scores at the meets don’t really mean anything ? Especially if she still enjoys her time in the gym…

  • Ari November 26, 2016, 9:29 pm

    Hi, I’m a 14 year old mostly self taught gymnast and I’ve been looking into which skill level I would fit into since I’m contemplating joining a gym again soon. From what I’ve seen so far I would fit best into level 3 or 4. Would that be mostly younger gymnasts at most given gyms? Would you have any suggestions for someone older like me with not as much practice in an actual gym to be able to train with people more my own age?

    • Laura May 5, 2017, 12:38 pm

      I was a level 4 at about your age. I started late 11/12, as gymnasts go. Yes, most of my team/classmates were much younger than me, but it didn’t seem to matter to them. And honestly, it didn’t really matter to me once we were all working on skills. I was there first and foremost because I loved it. If you love the sport, the age of your classmates really doesn’t matter. You can have fun with the younger ones, like you would a younger sibling, but you can also connect with your teacher in a way younger gymnasts don’t/can’t. Never let age determine what you can’t/won’t do. Do what you love!

  • Eliana December 2, 2016, 3:55 pm

    I just need my 5 glide swing dismount and round off back handspring. To be able to get into level 3. Any advice?

  • Morgan December 2, 2016, 5:28 pm

    Hi it’s morgan I’m 10 and I was wondering what age would level 1 students be ???!??

    • gymnasticshq December 5, 2016, 8:49 pm

      Gymnastics levels are based on skill, not age 🙂

  • Sarah December 7, 2016, 6:03 am

    Hey i was wondering what would be the start value in floor if you don’t d your round off backhandspring in level 3

  • Amaya December 28, 2016, 12:17 am

    Hi, I’m a 14 year old girl and me and my 13 year old friend really want to join gymnastics but we would be with like 6 year olds, any advice?

    • Hannah January 12, 2017, 8:25 pm

      Most gyms have different programmes for different ages, I only started gym last year at 14, but was put in a beginner tumbling class with most of my age group

  • Me!! January 14, 2017, 3:58 pm

    I recently just got diagnosed with mono. How long do i have to wait to continue this level?

    • gymnasticshq January 16, 2017, 12:12 pm

      You would want to ask a doctor!

  • Soph January 16, 2017, 3:29 pm

    Hi. I am 11 years old and I am a level two gymnast and when I’m older I really want to be a gymnast but I don’t think I can make it because I started to late

  • Daisy February 7, 2017, 4:21 pm

    Hi, I am 11 years old and I am overweight at my gym, can I still compete also I started late last year and I am not as good as some of the other girls my age.Any advice?

    • Giuli April 16, 2017, 5:50 pm

      Hello, I have good advice for you. When I first started out I was overweight but my solution was to stop eating junk for about 3 months and eating salad instead. Now my weight is normal and I practice gymnastics 2 hrs a day. Same here, I started out late and I am 9 now. I am a self taught gymnast at the moment but will start soon. Hope you succeed and become a accelerated gymnast, good luck!

  • helen February 27, 2017, 7:20 am

    I can not get my backhandspring please helpI done all other skills…

    • gymnasticshq February 28, 2017, 10:59 am

      Hi Helen, Maybe some of these tips and drills will help you–http://gymnasticshq.com/backhandspring/

      Good Luck!

  • Anastasia April 23, 2017, 11:24 am

    I am 11 years old and I started gymnastics when I was 6 but I have been on and off this sport. When I go back I am afraid that when I go back I will be with 7 year old!

  • chloe April 23, 2017, 2:58 pm

    what does the star mean

  • Madison Golding April 30, 2017, 5:34 pm

    I used to do gymnastics when I was little I got to level 2 with all the skills requirements but had to quit due to money issues after 3-2 years I started teaching myself gymnastics at the age of 12 I have learnt new skills on trampoline I can do back tucks front tucks Ariel (on a jumping pillow) front handspring backhand spring, backhand spring step-out and much more but I don’t know the names. I can do all the floor skills but the backhand spring. I have the skills with vault but I only have one skill for bars which is a pull over because I don’t have any equipment for bars but there is a gymnastics club I I’m going to be joining soon but I don’t want to go in to level 2 because its way to easy but I want to go into level 3 but I don’t know if ill be able to due to the lack of skills for it. (I want to compete) Would I be able to train for level 3 or stay in level 2 ( I’m 13 turning 14 on 12 of feb next yr)

  • Olivia June 5, 2017, 10:59 am

    I have all the skills they list(round off back handspring is rusty) and my first meet is in 6 days. This will be my first meet EVER IN MY LIFE!!!! It’s just a fun meet so we’ll get spot if we want, but, we’re getting medals and this determins if we can move up to copettitive level 3 instead of non compettitive level 3. I’m so scared I will mess up and get a bad score even though everyone thinks I’ll get 1st on bars. I need help to not be so scared. I’m 11 years old ans started gymnastics 2 1/2 years ago and spent 4 months in level 2.

  • Dylan Gould June 19, 2017, 3:16 am

    I jus started gymnastics and I’m 12 years old. I want to join the team and I know I would be either a 2 or 3. Am I too old?

  • Lexi June 27, 2017, 2:56 pm

    Is it to late to start gymnastics as an 11 year old? I would like to know if it’s weird or not :/

    • Lily July 30, 2017, 12:30 am

      its not I started when I was 12 🙂

  • Grace July 23, 2017, 10:45 pm

    I am a competitive majorette and dancer, and I am lacking in the gymnastics area of my sports. I have been considering joining a gymnastics class this fall but I am worried that I will feel too old in the class I would be put in ( I am 15). I have some experience dew to dance but I believe I would be somewhere around level 2. I live in a small town and my gym options are limited, the gym that I am leaning to only has classes that are 7+ or below that age. I would really appreciate any advice.

  • Grace July 23, 2017, 10:51 pm

    I am a competitive majorette and dancer, and I am concodering joining a gymnastics class to improve my strength, stamina, and my gymnastics skills. I have limited gymnastics experience from dance, and I believe I would me around level 2. The problem is that I think I would feel really old in a class with other level 2 girls (I am 15). I live in a small town so my gym options are limited, the highest age group at the gym I am leaning towards is 7+, I really feel that taking a gymnastics class is what I need to do to grow as a majorette and dancer though. I would greatly appreciate any advice!

  • Addison September 9, 2017, 6:24 pm

    I am in level 3and I can do everything except the round off back handspring. Can you help me .

  • Nunya Business September 17, 2017, 3:19 pm

    For the level three floor skills, it says roundoff back handspring. Why did the skill level jump up so high?

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  • Emma October 15, 2017, 9:29 pm

    I am 12 years old, and I want to start gymnastics. I fear I will be put with the little kids. What should I do


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