Level 4 Gymnastics Requirements

Level 4 Gymnastics RequirementsThese are the level 4 gymnastics requirements; level 4 is the fourth level in the USA gymnastics level structure.  Level 4 is a compulsory level so each gymnast competes the same, identical routine. These are the skills that make up the new compulsory routine. Level 4 is the first required competitive level. Refer to my article outlining the gymnastics levels, for more information on how they work.

To compete in level 4 gymnastics a gymnast must be able to do the following skills on each of the four events and have reached her 7th birthday prior to the first competition.

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 4.

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Level 4 Gymnastics Requirements: Vault

Level 4 Gymnastics Requirements: Bars

  • straddle or pike glide kip
  • cast to horizontal
  • squat on
  • long hang kip
  • back hip circle

Level 4 Gymnastics Requirements: Beam

  • cartwheel
  • split leap to 120 degrees
  • handstand
  • split jump to 120 degrees
  • cartwheel to side handstand, 1/4 turn dismount

Level 4 Gymnastics Requirements: Floor

Once a gymnast can perform all of these skills and she has learned the Level 4 gymnastics compulsory routines, she is ready to compete in a Level 4 meet. After passing out of level 4, gymnasts move on to Level 5.

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  • Candace June 29, 2013, 12:03 pm

    If my daughter competed the old level 5 for two years scoring high enough to compete at state would she be allowed to compete the new level 4? I know it’s an odd question but it’s a long story.

    • gymnasticshq July 13, 2013, 11:07 am

      She would be allowed to compete either the new level 4 or the new level 5 compulsory levels. The new level 4 would be essentially staying at the same level, so she would probably want to compete the new level 5.

  • Sam February 27, 2014, 5:34 pm

    I am a gymnast. I used to compete in the level 4 but not anymore since they changed it. Is there any way I can compete in just vault and floor?

    • Tina March 5, 2014, 1:39 am

      I don’t think do sorry :-/

  • Mckayla July 17, 2014, 2:08 pm

    I really want to be a gymnast and I can do a lot of skills but what level are 12 year olds that have been in gymnastics since the age of like 2 usually compete in?

  • gymnasticshq July 17, 2014, 6:35 pm

    Hi McKayla,

    It really depends–there are gymnasts of all ages competing at pretty much every level. If you want to be a gymnast, I say go for it! Regardless of age.

  • Deziree July 21, 2014, 12:34 am

    I wanna do gymnastics im 15 and i can a back bend and then i can kick over then i can touch my foot to my head and i can do cart wheels and and round off

  • yolo25 July 28, 2014, 10:25 pm

    Hey I was a gymnast when I was four but decided to quit I came back when I was nine I was a level two gymnast it’s been a year I am ten years old and I can do a backhandspring,round off back hand spring, a front walk over, back walk over, front hand spring, splits, handstand ,and other things

    • Kate March 27, 2017, 6:10 pm

      You should ask your coaches after the last meet of the season if they can help you try to reach the level 4 skills

  • yolo25 July 28, 2014, 10:33 pm

    Hey I was a gymnast when I was four but decided to quit I came back when I was nine I was a level two gymnast it’s been a year I am ten years old and I can do a backhandspring,round off back hand spring, a front walk over, back walk over, front hand spring, splits, handstand ,and other things I just need to know what level I am so I can see if I need to tryout for usag in spring please respond

    • Awesome Gymnast March 2, 2017, 12:32 pm

      Your probably a level 3, and you could probably compete level 3 if you get the bars valt and beam skills and it already looks like you have all the floor skills

  • Antonio August 2, 2014, 6:49 pm

    I have always wanted to be a gymnast. I could be a level 6, floor, if I back tuck my back extension roll. I have never been professionally trained and I am 15. What should I do this point?

    • gymnasticshq August 16, 2014, 10:30 am

      I think its never too late to take a class!

  • vpgcjess August 16, 2014, 3:51 pm

    I can do some but not all of these I took an online quiz because we dont have levels at my gym that said i was level 6 or 7 but i cannot even do all the level 4 requirements?! Im on a floor and vault squad by the way.

    • vpgcjess August 16, 2014, 3:52 pm

      I live in England if that helps anything

      • Margaret November 29, 2014, 9:09 am

        Don’t trust quizzes. If you can do all the requirements for passing out of level 1, you’re a level 2. If you can do that PLUS the requirements for passing out of level 2, you’re a level 3. If you can do the requirements for passing out of level 3, you’re a level 4 and so on and so forth.

        But since you live in the UK, look up the UK requirements and do the same thing. Listed above and on this website are USAG requirements

  • Briana Clarke September 5, 2014, 12:46 pm

    I did gymnastics for 4 years but my teacher quit when I was 8 so I stopped, I’m at a level 5 floor but haven’t done anything else, I can’t take lessons cause I cannot afford them what should i do?

    • gymnasticshq September 6, 2014, 1:42 pm

      Hi Briana,
      I would say keep practicing at home! Doing conditioning and practicing the basics (like handstands) will help you improve. And maybe the high school you will go to will have a gymnastics team which would probably be free or at a low cost 🙂

  • Beth November 12, 2014, 5:00 pm

    Briana, If you have a YMCA gymnastics program in your area you can talk to them. They offer financial assistance to girls whose families can not afford gymnastics, and this does include competitive teams.

    I would not recommend practicing at home. It can be dangerous and isn’t going to properly train you to compete in gymnastics. Certified instructors are trained to spot you when you’re learning a new skill as well as teach you how not to get hurt. Also, if you “teach yourself”, then begin training at a gym, you will have o be re-trained in proper technique, making it more difficult to learn the right way to do things.

  • Gwynn cook December 4, 2016, 10:50 am


    Is there height requirement for the vault table at level 4 meets? My daughter is struggling at a height setting of 2 we dropped down to a 0-1 height and she does great…..trying to get her confidence back. Are we allowed to set the vault at any number we find appropriate? Thank you!

    • gymnasticshq December 5, 2016, 8:47 pm

      Yep, the vault table can be at any height!

  • sara December 12, 2016, 11:45 am

    I am 11 years old an I am about a level 4 but still 3 am I too old to be at level 3

  • sara December 12, 2016, 11:45 am

    I am 11 years old am I too old to be at level 3

    • gymnasticshq December 12, 2016, 6:51 pm


  • Sarah Blair January 6, 2017, 9:22 pm

    I have loved gymnastics since I was six or seven years old. I stopped classes when I was little and started again this fall. I am on pre-team this semester and will be team in fall 2017. Right now I’m level 4 but I would love to be higher by fall. Do you have any tips?

  • Rachel February 6, 2017, 3:41 pm

    I am a level 4 going in 5 gymnast, but where I live we don’t have very serious gymnastics. I have never done a meet I have only done s,all club floor competitions, my dream is the go to the olympics but I am the on any competition teams, my club doesn’t do them. I went to a club that did do it but they never gave me a chance to show them how good I was, I can do roundoof backhandsoing and nearly an areal, how could I get them to give me a chance to try out for the gymnastics competition team because it is my dream to get in it, but what we were doing was easy stuff for me and we weren’t doing stuff to challenge me?

  • Hailey April 22, 2017, 10:15 am

    I can do almost everything except the round-off back-handspring back-handspring. Any tips?


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