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!!!!!

  • 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!

  • 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.


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