Xcel Gold Requirements

Xcel Gold is the third level in the Xcel Gymnastics Program. To compete gymnastics in the Xcel Gold Division, the gymnast must be able to do routines that meet these requirements,

xcel gold level requirements gymnastics as stated in the Xcel Code of Points. These requirements are paraphrased for easier comprehension; for precise information always refer to the official book published by USA Gymnastics.

The Xcel Gold division is one level in the Xcel program; here is more information about all the gymnastics levels.

While these are requirements, some gymnasts compete in the Xcel Gold 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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Gold Vault Requirement

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

Gold Bars Requirements

Gold gymnasts must have the following in their bar routine:

  1. A minimum of 6 “A” value skills
  2. A cast to horizontal
  3. A Circling Skill (not the mount or dismount)
  4. A Dismount from the high bar

Gold Beam Requirements

Gold gymnasts must have the following in their beam routine:

  1. Minimum of 1/1 (360 degree) turn on one foot
  2. Dance series with 2 skills (they can be the same or different skills)
  3. One jump/leap that reaches a 90 degree angle (ex. straddle jump)
  4. Two acro skills and one of the skills must achieve vertical (ex. cartwheel and backward roll)
  5. A dismount (ex. roundoff off the beam)

Gold Floor Requirements

Gold gymnasts must have the following in their floor routine:

  1. Minimum of two directly connected acro skills, both must have flight (ex. front handspring, front tuck)
  2. Either a 2nd pass of 2 directly connected acro skills with flight or an aerial or a salto(ex- roundoff back handspring back tuck or a side aerial)
  3. A dance passage with two skills, one of which is a leap with a 120 degree cross or side split–they can be directly or indirectly connected
  4. Minimum of 360 degree turn on one foot

The next Xcel gymnastics level after Gold is Platinum.


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  • Geneva Jewl December 1, 2016, 12:31 pm

    Quick question, on the bar routine do you need to get up on the high bar?

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    • gymnasticshq December 5, 2016, 8:52 pm

      Yes, you do!

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  • Laura Sherif December 10, 2016, 6:46 pm

    can you compete a roundoff back handspring for 1 pass and a front tuck for the next? Thanks.

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    • Nicole January 15, 2017, 12:02 pm

      Yes

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 11:01 am

      A roundoff is not considered an acro skill, so you will have to add a back tuck to the end of your roundoff bhs. The front tuck is fine though.

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      • Emma August 21, 2017, 9:10 am

        You can do a RBHS without a back tuck, because I am competing that this year and I am in gold level. Not trying to be rude tho it might be different at your gym.

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  • deedee January 23, 2017, 5:15 pm

    hi

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  • wes January 23, 2017, 9:38 pm

    My daughter is under the impression that on the beam routine that there is a maximum amount of skills they can do. For instance.. She can do a cartwheel and a backward roll but isn’t allowed to have a hand stand in the same routine. Is this true?

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    • Kaitlyn January 27, 2017, 10:11 pm

      I think so, yes. Also, having less skills gives her less of a chance of falling. There won’t be any benefit to the score from having 3 acros.

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      • wes January 27, 2017, 10:32 pm

        So just a follow up if you have any thoughts. What if she fell doing the first skill but did the second and “third” right. She would get deduction for the fall but wouldn’t she get points for completing the other two skills.

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    • gymnasticshq January 31, 2017, 2:42 pm

      There isn’t a maximum number of skills they can do, but most coaches choose to limit the skills because as Kaitlyn said, it will help her have a higher score since there are less chances for her to earn deductions.

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 11:12 am

      No, but coaches will likely only include her two best acro skills in the routine. If you would like her to have all three, you can just talk to her coaches about that.

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  • Shaunte Monti February 3, 2017, 11:02 am

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  • Kendra February 5, 2017, 6:15 pm

    On a Gold Bars routine there are 6 A level skills required. We have:
    1. pull-over
    2. cast back hip circle
    3. cast
    4. stoop-on
    5. tap swing
    6. tap swing
    7. tap swing dismount
    Are each of the above considered A level and, if so, are we getting a deduction for having an extra A level skill?
    Thank you.

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 11:03 am

      No, but you can get very tired from doing extra skills, so you should stay away from that.

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  • Lboggie April 19, 2017, 11:33 pm

    Hello! I’m curious, do gymnasts ever do the level 4 or 5 compulsory floor routines in Excel by choice? My daughter is 8 years old and an Excel Gold gymnast. Her gym doesn’t do JO until level 7, but I would love for her to progress to level 7 the right way.

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 11:06 am

      The gymnast is allowed to, since the xcel levels allow you to have your own routines, but you are not required to and coaches likely will not give your daughter those routines unless it it is requested by you.

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  • Abby April 22, 2017, 5:36 pm

    Can you do a round off-back handspring for one pass and an ariel for the other?

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    • Beth May 2, 2017, 6:33 pm

      No u have to have at least one salto (backtuck or frontuck)

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 10:56 am

      You’ll have to add a back tuck to your roundoff back handspring, because it is required to have a pass of two acro skills that both have flight, and a roundoff is not considered an acro skill. You can do a regular aerial though, because you are required to have a pass of either an aerial or a pass with a salto (back tuck and front tuck) included.

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  • Avrie April 25, 2017, 5:57 pm

    Can an Xcel Gold gymnast do a switch leap for their leap?

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    • Beth May 2, 2017, 6:34 pm

      Yes they can do a switch leap as long as it reaches a 120 degree angle

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 11:08 am

      You can do any kind of leap (including switch leaps), as long as it reaches a 120 degree angle.

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  • Beth May 2, 2017, 6:32 pm

    @abby no u have to have at least one salto (backtuck or front tuck)

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  • Daniela May 16, 2017, 11:05 pm

    Hi, I am a silver gymnast, I don’t have a back walkover on beam or a kip on bars , will I still be able to get to compete gold this upcoming season. Thank you!!!

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 11:09 am

      Yes, you can!! Instead of a kip, you can do a pullover, and instead of a back walkover on beam, you can do a cartwheel or backward roll.

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  • Zoe June 4, 2017, 8:05 pm

    @Daniela yes i am exceal sliver gymnast as well and you can do a back ward roll insted of a back walk over and a pullover instead of a kip

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  • Payton June 27, 2017, 11:06 pm

    Do you have to do a kip

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 10:59 am

      No. You can do a pullover instead, but just know other girls will probably have a higher score for doing a kip, so you might want to learn one just in case.

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  • Addison July 21, 2017, 6:29 pm

    What levels are Xcel Gold equivalent to?

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    • Ali July 30, 2017, 10:43 pm

      Xcel gold is about equivalent to level 4 but mostly level 5, depending on the difficulty of the skills you do.

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    • Ali July 30, 2017, 10:45 pm

      Xcel gold is about equivalent to level 5, maybe some level 4 depending on the difficulty of the skills you do.

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  • rain July 24, 2017, 7:08 pm

    Is a roundoff over the vault table an acceptable Xcel gold vault?

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    • Ali July 30, 2017, 10:39 pm

      Yes, that would be a half on and you are allowed to do that. However, there would be deductions if your hands aren’t fully turned around when you hit the table.

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  • Daisy July 27, 2017, 2:54 pm

    Do you have to have a back handspring?

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    • Ali July 30, 2017, 10:40 pm

      Yes, on floor you do have to. You would have to do a round off back handspring back tuck, but there are some other things you could do if necessary.

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  • Ali July 30, 2017, 10:37 pm

    I am competing xcel gold this year. Am I allowed to do round off back handspring back tuck and front handspring front handspring connection for my tumbling passes?

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  • The talented one August 12, 2017, 2:17 am

    Could you do a front toss for a tumbling pass

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