Xcel Diamond Routine Requirements

Xcel Diamond is the fifth and last level in the Xcel gymnastics levels. To compete gymnastics in the Xcel Diamond Division, the gymnast must be able to do routines that meet these
requirements, as stated in the Xcel Code of Points, and have scored a 31 All-Around as a Platinum level gymnast.   These requirements are paraphrased for easier comprehension; for precise information always refer to the official book published by USA Gymnastics.

The Xcel Diamond division is one level in the Xcel program; here is more information about all the gymnastics levels. The Xcel Diamond division is comparable in skill level to a Level 7 in the Junior Olympic program.

While these are requirements, some gymnasts compete in the Xcel Diamond level without being able to do all the skills listed below. For what requirements gymnasts don’t fulfill, the judges take deductions.

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Diamond Vault Requirement

Diamond gymnasts must perform a minimum of a front handspring vault.

Diamond Bars Requirements

Diamond gymnasts must have the following in their bar routine:

  1. 5 A & 2 B valued skills
  2. A cast 45 degrees from vertical (here are tips for learning how to do a cast handstand)
  3. Circling Skill- minimum of a “B” value
  4. A Release, Pirouette, or 2nd Different Circling Skill minimum of a “B” value
  5. A Salto dismount from the high bar

Diamond Beam Requirements

Diamond gymnasts must have the following in their beam routine:

  1. 5 A & 2 B valued skills
  2. Minimum of 1/1 (360 degree) turn on one foot
  3. Dance series with 2 skills (they can be the same or different skills)
  4. One jump/leap that reaches a 150 degree angle (ex. straddle jump)- can be included in dance series
  5. One acro skill that has flight (ex. backhandspring) that can be isolated or in a series AND an acro series with or without flight (ex. handstand, backwalkover)
  6. Salto or Aerial Dismount

Diamond Floor Requirements

Diamond gymnasts must have the following in their floor routine:

  1. 5 A & 2 B valued skills
  2. Two separate acro connections each with a minimum of two directly connected acro flight elements (ex. front handspring, front pike and round-off back handspring back tuck)
  3. Two different saltos (can be isolated or in a series) and one must be a minimum of “B” value (the front pike and back tuck from the previous requirement would fulfill this one)
  4. A dance passage with a minimum of two different leaps, jumps or hops, one of which is a leap with a 150 degree cross or side split–they can be directly or indirectly connected
  5. Minimum of “B” turn on one foot ( A 540 degree turn is a “B”)

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13 comments… add one
  • destiny December 10, 2016, 8:51 pm

    What happens after you compete diamond?

    • gymnasticshq December 12, 2016, 6:52 pm

      You can then move on to compete in the JO program, the traditional levels 1-10.

  • GymnastloverDanceatHeart December 16, 2016, 12:06 pm

    So you move to the JO program after Diamond, Did not know that till now!

    • gracie January 9, 2017, 6:16 pm

      For most gyms xcel is a program that gymnasts can join if they still want to compete but can’t make the commitment required for JO. You can also move from JO to xcel if you can no longer make the commitment or because of an injury.

      • Rachel April 2, 2017, 2:53 am

        Actually Excel is meant for a more relaxed setting and is not compulsory, every routine is more unique and they dont do the same skills

  • Jennifer cipriani January 11, 2017, 10:52 am

    What if you compete Xcel diamond and score at least 31 but don’t want to go JO because of time commitment or other reasons. Can you just “stay” in Xcel diamond level through highschool?

    • gymnasticshq January 16, 2017, 12:32 pm

      Yes, you can stay at Xcel Diamond if your gym will let you, but they might want you to move to JO.

  • Emily February 24, 2017, 8:07 pm

    What level will you move into after Diamond? Im guessing level 7.

  • Nevaeh February 27, 2017, 7:40 pm

    I’m a level 7 gymnast, could I move to Xcel diamond if I wanted to?

    • gymnasticshq February 28, 2017, 10:33 am


  • Sadie March 13, 2017, 10:29 pm

    I was recently a level 8 gymnast for two years, and now I want to switch to excel for inquiry and commitment purposes. I was wondering if I can compete a yurcanko pike for vault , a bhs layoutstepout on beam a double back on floor and also a double fly away,overshoot on bars?? Please replay and the main reason I am switching is too do the high school gymnastics team because my gym doesn’t allow you to do high school and JO so I would go to excel!! I am so scared to tell my coaches but states is Sunday so we will see how it goes-xoxo Sadie

    • Delaney March 23, 2017, 3:51 pm

      Hi Sadie! I think you should tell you coaches and talk to your parents. There might be another girl on your team who wants to go to excel.

  • keeley March 26, 2017, 11:02 am

    if I wanted to move from xcel platniam to level 7, do you have to compete as a level 5 gymnast first before you go to an optional team? and I have the skills for level 7.


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