Level 8 Gymnastics Requirements

level 8 gymnasticsLevel 8 is the first completely optional level of the Junior Olympic gymnastics levels. You can learn the difference between optional and compulsory levels here.

To compete in level 8 gymnastics a gymnast must be able to do the following skills on each of the four events. If a gymnast’s routine doesn’t have all of the requirements, deductions will be applied.

In addition to the requirements below, all level 8 bars, floor and beam routines must have 4 “A” valued skills and 4 “B” valued skills.

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Level 8 Vault Requirement

Level 8 gymnasts must perform a minimum of a front handspring vault.

Level 8 Bars Requirements

Level 8 gymnasts must have the following in their bar routine:

  • Minimum of 1 Bar Change
  • 1 Element (minimum of “B”) with flight (the mount is ok) or turn (cannot be the mount or dismount)
  • 1 Element (minimum of “B”) which is from one of the following groups of elements:  underswings, clear hip circles, stalder circles, circle swings or hechts
  • A Salto or hecht dismount which is a minimum of “A” value

Level 8 Beam Requirements

Level 8 gymnasts must have the following in their beam routine:

  • Minimum of 1/1 (360 degree) turn on one foot
  • Acro series with 2 elements, one must have flight (Both of the skills must start and finish on the beam)
  • One jump/leap that reaches a 180 degree angle split (can be included in dance series)
  • Aerial or Salto Dismount (minimum of “A” value)

Level 8 Floor Requirements

Level 8 gymnasts must have the following in their floor routine:

  • One Acro Series with 2 saltos or 2 directly connected saltos (the saltos can be the same or different)- An example would be front tuck- round offback handspring– back tuck
  • Three different saltos (can be isolated or in a series)
  • A dance passage with a minimum of two different leaps, jumps or hops, one of which is a leap with a 180 degree cross or side split–they can be directly or indirectly connected
  • The last isolated salto or last salto connection must have at least an “A” valued salto element (A front or back tuck is an “A” valued salto)

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  • Annalese January 10, 2017, 8:51 am

    This helped me alot!!!!!

    • Madysyn February 26, 2018, 12:27 pm

      this is amazing I learned so much

  • Luna Black February 15, 2017, 7:11 am

    The solo much this helped I am level six not five

  • Gaby March 13, 2017, 8:57 pm

    This helped me so much

  • Caitlin March 15, 2017, 5:11 pm

    I live in NY and i want to start gymnastics again any ideas?

    • gymnasticshq March 15, 2017, 8:08 pm

      Are you looking for a gym? What area of NY do you live in? I live on Long Island.

  • Bev March 27, 2017, 9:10 pm

    Im only level 3 and i have no idea what any of this means!

    • Maddy May 8, 2017, 12:48 am

      Im a level 3 too

      • Sadiebell November 11, 2017, 5:05 pm

        Same here!!

      • Amber January 4, 2018, 5:45 pm

        Hey level 1-7 grades this is level 8 most of this you won’t be able to do

  • Sy April 5, 2017, 5:58 pm

    Hi!thanks for all your helpful posts. Where can I find information on skill values- like which are A,B or C skills for optional levels?

    • gymnasticshq April 10, 2017, 11:38 am

      You can buy the JO Code of Points or my Skill Progression Checklists have which skills are As, Bs

  • Riley McCarthy April 6, 2017, 12:01 am

    I’m a level seven and I’m ten. I skipped 5 and 6. I find get this.

    • Gigi April 14, 2018, 10:04 pm

      Same I am in level 7 now. I skipped 5 because the competition score was an all-around 36.0 exactly. I am also hoping to get into level 8.

  • Samantha slichter May 7, 2017, 11:17 pm

    This helped me a lot and I am only 11 in level eight thank you

  • Imy 123 July 8, 2017, 7:21 am

    I wish

  • Imy 123 July 8, 2017, 7:22 am

    I have just done the Great British frequency gymnastics level one and two

  • mariella August 14, 2017, 5:10 pm

    i’m level 5

  • erika August 18, 2017, 1:28 pm

    this helped me a lot! i found out i am a level 6 not 5.

  • Rachel September 24, 2017, 11:15 am

    I’m a level 4 gymnast in Canada.

  • Brooklieghn September 24, 2017, 5:45 pm

    This helped me a lot thank you so much I was level 5 and then I read all of these and now I am level 7

    • gymnasticshq September 24, 2017, 9:08 pm

      glad to hear it!

  • Sidney Matthews October 15, 2017, 1:18 pm

    Thanks this helped so much! I’m a level 8!

  • Lizzie October 22, 2017, 5:08 pm

    Yay this helped me I know that I’m a level 2!

  • Lucy November 6, 2017, 7:28 pm

    I am i level 10 about to go into level 10 meet with my friend alai so wish luck to get into level 11

    • Bailey November 14, 2017, 8:41 am

      There is no such thing as level 11 unless you mean elite, or you are just lying.

    • Aimee December 27, 2017, 5:07 am

      There is know level 11 when you mo

  • Lucy November 6, 2017, 7:29 pm

    I am at level 10 going to level 10 meet with my BFF Alai so wish me luck level 11 here I come

    • Geez December 2, 2017, 1:08 pm

      There is no level 11

      • Yita February 20, 2018, 5:15 am

        I think there is in some other country…I am not sure though…

  • Mandy :P January 21, 2018, 7:32 pm

    Is back tuck a flight element? Because if it is you can do bus bus which is two flights so could u do back tuck back tuck? Just wondering 🙂

  • Kaitlin April 6, 2018, 7:56 am

    I am level 4 training 5

  • taylor April 14, 2018, 12:29 pm

    i am really good at gymnastics but i still can not do a back handspring inless it is on a trampoline

  • taylor April 14, 2018, 12:29 pm

    this helped me alot

  • Lola April 20, 2018, 8:15 pm

    I’m a self-taught gymnast – I think I’m level three at age twelve

  • Sammie May 20, 2018, 9:09 am

    This helped a lot! I am a USAIGC gold gymnast and I am moving gyms to compete USAG, and I really wanted to know if I would be level 8 or level 7, which I would be level 8 based off this article. Thank you!


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