There are a ton of changes coming up in 2013 for the sport of gymnastics: rule changes, routine changes, level changes. The changes have now all been completely released. You can find more official information here on the USA Gymnastics Website.
The Compulsory Routines are Changing
When: June 10th 2013
The new compulsory routines will be in effect from the fall of 2013 through 2021. There is new music to go along with the new routines. The elements in the routines are changing also, although the elements are similar to the previous routines. Judges and coaches will learn them over the summer. The first two opportunities to learn the new routines were at the USA Gymnastics National Compulsory Workshops. For those interested (industry professionals) they will be held:
- May 31st-June 2nd in Orlando, FL
- June 7-9th in Reno, NV
After these two national workshops, the new routines are being disseminated on a regional and state level.
The first meets using the new routines and rules are usually in September, but can be as early as August.
The routines have been released and here are the new level requirements/the elements that make up the new compulsory routines:
- 2013 Level 3 Requirements/Routine Elements
- 2013 Level 4 Requirements/Routine Elements
- 2013 Level 5 Requirements/Routine Elements
The Gymnastics Levels are Changing
When: August 1st, 2013
The current gymnastics levels are changing. There will still be 10 gymnastics levels. Previously there were 6 compulsory levels and 4 optional levels, now there will be 5 compulsory levels and 5 optional levels (head over here for an explanation of the difference between Compulsory and Optional levels). Essentially levels 1 and 2 were condensed and an extra “entry” optional level was added.
Here is a basic chart of the new gymnastics level structure:
|Current (and soon to be Old) Gymnastics Level||New Gymnastics Level|
|Levels 1 & 2 (Compulsory)||Level 1 (Compulsory)|
|Level 3 (Compulsory)||Level 2 (Compulsory)|
|Level 4 (Compulsory)||Level 3 (Compulsory)|
|Level 5 (Compulsory)||Level 4 (Compulsory)|
|Level 6 (Compulsory)||Level 5 (Compulsory)|
|NO COMPARABLE OLD LEVEL.||Level 6 (Optional) NEW “Beginner Optional”|
|Level 7 (Optional)||Level 7 (Optional)|
|Level 8 (Optional)||Level 8 (Optional)|
|Level 9 (Optional)||Level 9 (Optional)|
|Level 10 (Optional)||Level 10 (Optional)|
The Optional Level Requirements are Changing
When: August 1st, 2013
The new optional level requirements (here is an example of the old level 7 requirements) will be in effect starting in August of 2013. The official rule book (the JO Code of Points) for the new optional gymnastics levels 6-10 has been released.
Here are the new optional level requirements:
The Xcel Program, called the Prep Optional Program in some states, is becoming a national program in 2013. So where before the regions, and in some cases states, had come up with their own rules, now there will be a national set. The national rules have not been published yet.
As more information is released, I will keep you updated!