Level 7 Gymnastics Requirements

Here are the level 7 gymnastics requirements that came into effect in August 2013.

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To compete in level 7 gymnastics a gymnast must be able to do the following skills on each of the four events. Level 7 is a mix between compulsory gymnastics and optional gymnastics–so while the routines aren’t set like in compulsory gymnastics, the requirements are very specific.

In addition to the skills listed below, level 7 routines must each have 5 “A” skills and 2 “B” skills. In gymnastics each skill has a value, A’s are the easiest all the way up to E’s which are the hardest. So when the choreographer is choreographing the routine, he or she will need to make sure to add the right amount of skills and difficulty.

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 7.

For an overview of the optional requirements you can check out this cheat sheet from the USA Gymnastics website.

Level 7 Gymnastics Requirements: Vault

  • front handspring

Level 7 Gymnastics Requirements: Bars

  • 1 cast- minimum of 45 degrees from vertical*
  • 2 360 degree clear circling elements–they can be the same or different (an example of this would be a clear hip or a giant)
  • one of the clear circling elements must be a “B” valued element*
  • salto  or hecht dismount, minimum “A” value.

Level 7 Gymnastics Requirements: Beam

  • an acro series with a minimum of two elements (ex. backwalkover, backhandspring)
  • one acro flight element (this can be included in the series) (this could be the backhandspring in the previous example)*
  • one leap/jump requiring 180 degree split
  • 360 degree turn on one foot
  • aerial or salto dismount that is at least an “A” element

Level 7 Gymnastics Requirements: Floor

  • one acro series ( 3 or more flight elements) which includes a back layout (back salto stretched to two feet–this basically means a back flip in the straight position)-this could be round-off back-handspring back-layout*
  • a direct connection of two or more forward acro elements with flight (one element must be a salto or an aerial)–this could be front handspring-front tuck*
  • dance passage with minimum of two different elements one a leap with 180 degree split
  • 360 degree turn on one foot

Once a gymnast can perform all of these skills and she has passed out of level 6 she can compete in a Level 7 meet.

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9 comments… add one

  • Yolie June 28, 2013, 8:33 am

    If someone was a level 6 in 2012 and scored higher than a 32, can they go straight to level 7, or do they have to do the level 6 optional first?
    Thank you

    • gymnasticshq July 13, 2013, 11:05 am

      Because the levels are changing, for this year the gymnast can either choose to compete level 6 optional or level 7.

  • Cudutch August 27, 2013, 6:22 pm

    Can a level 7 do more than 2 b skills? Can they do more b’s and they count as A skills?

  • Joy October 2, 2013, 11:12 pm

    can a gymnast who has met the required score last season in the old level 5 compete one meet the new level 5 and then test out to go to the new level 6 optional?

    • gymnasticshq October 8, 2013, 6:03 pm

      Hi Joy,
      Yes, She may mobilize out of the new level 5 to compete level 6 optional as long as she obtains a minimum 31 all-around score.

  • Shahbaz December 8, 2013, 6:56 am


    Is the beam compulsory for men? We got a couple of balls to worry about. Can a person just skip tumbling on a beam like girls do and promote to upper levels.


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