Level 5 Gymnastics Requirements

Level 5 Gymnastics RequirementsLevel 5 is  the second gymnastics level that gymnasts are required to compete. Level 5 is a compulsory level, so each gymnast does the same routine. To compete in level 5 gymnastics a gymnast must have reached her 7th birthday before her first meet and be able to do the following skills on each of the four events. She also must have scored a 31 AA as a level 4 at a sanctioned gymnastics meet.  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 5.

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Level 5 Gymnastics Requirements: Vault

Level 5 Gymnastics Requirements: Bars

  • kip*
  • cast to above horizontal
  • clear hip to above horizontal
  • back sole circle to clear front support or back stalder circle to clear front support
  • backward sole circle*
  • squat on
  • long hang kip*
  • long hang pullover
  • tap swings
  • flyaway dismount*

Level 5 Gymnastics Requirements: Beam

  • back walkover or back extension roll or backhandspring step out*
  • straight leg leap to 150 degrees
  • split jump
  • sissonne
  • cartwheel to side handstand, 1/4 turn dismount

Level 5 Gymnastics Requirements: Floor

Once a gymnast can perform all of these skills and she has learned the Level 5 gymnastics compulsory routines, she is ready to compete in a Level 5 meet. And once she successfully completes Level 5, she can move on to learning Level 6 skills.

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  • Lucinda October 8, 2013, 2:49 pm

    I have a question about the new level 5. Will the girls be scored different if one does a back walker, or a back handspring. Are their starting scores higher if they do the more difficult tricks.
    What score is needed to qualify for states?
    Thank you for your time.

    • gymnasticshq October 10, 2013, 12:04 pm

      Hi Lucinda,

      There is no change in start value for choosing to do either a backwalkover , a back extension roll, or a backhandspring step-out (on beam). So, in other words, they won’t be scored differently. In higher levels starting scores change for doing more difficult tricks,but not in compulsory levels.

      And as far as score needed to qualify for states–that is decided by the state for level 8 and below. But, frequently it is around 31 or 32.
      I hope this helps.

  • gymnastics April 14, 2014, 8:31 pm

    hello i was put in the wrong lower level when i can do all the level 5 skills what should i do? i have perfected all my skills and am ready to move on.

    • MaicKaila Maceintire April 16, 2014, 5:03 pm

      You should talk to your coaches or district coordinator and see about it then at the next level test try for a higher level.

  • gymnastics April 22, 2014, 9:16 am

    I am currently in Xcel and want to join Compulsories. I can do all of the level 5 skills. How can I join compulsories?

    Thank you,

    • gymnasticshq April 24, 2014, 6:18 pm

      Hi Lindsay,
      You would need to ask your gym about doing Compulsories. If your gym doesn’t offer it–you might want to check other gyms in the area.

      Good Luck!

    • jessica July 7, 2014, 3:13 pm

      actually your coaches are probably keeping you in that level so you can perfect the skill because come meet season you get all 1st place

  • Sharon Gross September 10, 2014, 6:41 pm

    When a gymnast is ready to qualify out of level 5 does it have to be done at a state qualifier meet or is there another way it can be done so she can move up to optionals without having to wait until the meets start

    • gymnasticshq September 13, 2014, 11:35 am

      Hi Sharon,

      Some gyms host mobility meets, which are small meets specifically for moving gymnasts from one level to the next. But they are still USAG sanctioned meets. Any meet which is USAG sanctioned will work for qualifying out of a level 🙂 Hope that helps!

  • Jeneen Mason January 12, 2015, 12:46 pm

    Is there a certain score they need to reach to quality out of Level 5?

    • gymnasticshq January 21, 2015, 7:06 pm

      Hi Jeneen,
      They need a minimum of 31 All-Around to qualify out of Level 5. This has to be at a USA Gymnastics sanctioned meet.

  • Frank bresnahan January 20, 2015, 11:07 pm

    I have a question concerning level 5 vault … Is there a regulation hieght for vault to be set at ? My daughter is very short for her age and vaults very well when vault is set at lowest position , she can vault when it is raised but does better when it is at lowest setting . I just want to know if the vault can be set there or if there is a specific hieght it needs to be set at? Thanks

    • gymnasticshq January 21, 2015, 7:05 pm

      Hi Frank,
      No, there is not a regulation height for the vault–the coach is allowed to change the vault settings for each gymnast. I hope that answers your question. 🙂


  • Bobby Caron December 5, 2016, 1:07 pm

    Hi Jessica,

    Is there a choice for your leap pass on level 5? Most gyms in our area are doing a switch leap but we don’t ours is more like a hopping pass? Thanks


    • gymnasticshq December 5, 2016, 8:46 pm

      Hi Bobby,
      Level 5 is a compulsory level so all gyms must do basically the same routine, however there is an option in the leap pass to either do a regular split leap, or a switch leap. So I’m guessing your “hopping pass” is the straight leg leap. 😉 Hope that helps! – Jessica

  • Rachel February 6, 2017, 3:44 pm

    I can do everything g in level 5 except for the back tuck, Any tips???

  • sydney McDowell March 1, 2017, 11:46 am

    Are u sure these are all the skills my child needs to know for lvl 5 because we are working up to competition in her gym thx bye

  • April March 7, 2017, 1:29 am

    Hi im am a self taught gymnast currently level 2 but im planning for more kevels right now is that good?

  • April March 7, 2017, 1:30 am

    And im only doing ones that i kmnow I can do


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