Level 3 Gymnastics RequirementsThese are the new level 3 gymnastics requirements starting August 2013.  These are the skills that make up the new level 3 compulsory routine. Level 3 used to be a very entry gymnastics level that not all gyms chose to compete. However, many of the level 3 requirements are the old level 4 requirements, so this level should be competed more this year than in years past. For more information about how the gymnastics levels have changed read my article about the Upcoming 2013 Gymnastics Rule Changes.

To compete in level 3 gymnastics a gymnast must be able to do the following skills on each of the four events.

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

  • split jump
  • handstand forward roll
  • handstand to a bridge to a kickover
  • leap with 90 degree split
  • backward roll to a pushup position
  • round-off back-handspring*

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.

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    • gymnasticshq November 11, 2013, 5:03 pm

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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    • Michaela July 14, 2014, 12:11 am

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      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!!!!

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      • Nikki July 14, 2014, 10:58 am

        Thanks so much!!

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  • 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.

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    • 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 :)
      Jessica

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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    • 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.

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