Xcel Silver Requirements

The Xcel Silver division is the second level in the Xcel Program. To compete gymnastics in the Xcel Silver Division, the gymnast must be able to do routines that meet these requirements,gymnastics xcel silver level requirements 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 Silver 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 Silver level without being able to do all the skills listed below. For what requirements gymnasts don’t fullfill, the judges take deductions.

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Silver Vault Requirement

Silver gymnasts must perform the following vault: Handspring onto Vault Table with repulsion (blocking) to flat back landing on stacked mats. The mats are stacked behind the vault, with enough mats stacked to reach the height of the vault table.

Silver Bars Requirements

Silver gymnasts must have the following in their bar routine:

  1. A minimum of 5 “A” value skills
  2. A Cast (hips must leave the bar)
  3. A Circling Skill (not the mount or dismount)
  4. A Dismount

Silver Beam Requirements

Silver gymnasts must have the following in their beam routine:

  1. Minimum of 1/2 turn on one foot
  2. One jump or leap that reaches a 90 degree angle (ex. straddle jump)
  3. One non-flight acro skill (ex. cartwheel)
  4. A dismount (ex. roundoff off the beam)

Silver Floor Requirements

Silver gymnasts must have the following in their floor routine:

  1. Minimum of two directly connected acro skills, one must have flight (ex. round-off – back handspring)
  2. Either a 2nd pass of 2 directly connected acro skills (no flight required) or 1 acro with flight (ex- roundoff backward roll or a front handspring)
  3. A dance passage with two skills, one of which is a leap with a 90 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 Silver is Gold.

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  • Jediah miller March 6, 2016, 12:38 am

    It’s not fair I wanna sign up but cant because I don’t know a few skills I’m in a high quaility class will y’all still accept me!? For who I am? I was self taught since I was 4 and starting from 2 months ago I’ve been doing gymnastics

    • Jessica February 12, 2017, 3:56 pm

      Life isn’t fair… xD

    • Jessica February 12, 2017, 3:57 pm

      Life isn’t fair… xD Lol your probably a kid

  • Jeanine Flork November 30, 2016, 10:12 pm

    I would like my daughter to compete but she just started gymnastics at bronze level at 13 and is 5 ft 7. The bronze level is more like a recreational class and you learn different skills. Is there anyway she can get on the road to competing? If so, at what level does she start to compete since bronze doesn’t compete?

    • gymnasticshq December 5, 2016, 8:50 pm

      Some gyms do compete bronze, so it really depends on your gym at what level they start competing.

    • Ali July 30, 2017, 10:49 pm

      I would say that if she can get all her silver skills then she can compete silver. I started out in silver. There is also preteam, (at least at my gym) and there is level 3. Preteam is just like level three but they don’t get scores at competition. So I would recommend starting either in level three or xcel silver.

  • Marc Bowman January 28, 2017, 2:17 pm

    Are there deductions for doing too many “gold” skills in a routine. Our coach said she she can do a round off back tuck and a front hand spring in the same routine

    • gymnasticshq January 31, 2017, 2:37 pm

      There are restrictions for the difficulty of skills that can be done in Silver routines. On floor you are only allowed to do 1 salto or aerial per routine. A back tuck would count in this category, a front handspring wouldn’t. The coach could also be concerned about doing too many difficult things and making errors on them which would result in deductions, when an easier skill could be done error free. Hope that helps.

  • Kaitlyn January 28, 2017, 7:55 pm

    Is a round off bhs back tuck too advanced for silver? Also, can you move up a level during competition season? I really need an answer!

    • gymnasticshq January 31, 2017, 2:40 pm

      You could do a roundoff bhs back tuck in silver, although most gymnasts wait until Gold. And yes you can move up a level during competition season, although gyms rarely do this.

  • Traci February 17, 2017, 10:53 pm

    My daughter just got her summer recommendation and it is silver/ bronze, what exactly does that mean and Will she ever be able to do regular levels?

    • gymnasticshq February 28, 2017, 11:08 am

      Hi Traci,

      You can read more about the Xcel program here– http://gymnasticshq.com/gymnastics-xcel-levels/ but yes she will be able to do the regular “JO” levels again. The Xcel program is a different option than the the JO levels, but it can be a more fun option since they get their own routines, as opposed to having to learn compulsory routines.

      Hope that helps!

  • Ann-Marie March 28, 2017, 9:43 pm

    I was wondering if you could do a front tuck in silver. The other acro/tumbling skills in my routine are a front walkover, a cartwheel roundoff and a roundoff, which I would like to change to my front tuck. I’ve been having extreme mental blocks on back skills after having a hard fall on my neck:) Thanks!!

    • Lola S April 24, 2017, 7:52 am

      Yes, you can do a front tuck in silver. Do not be scared! have confidence and work through it with your coaches!

  • Autumn July 3, 2017, 10:48 am

    My daughter was in bronze last year, and she is supposed to be in silver this year. She has all of the skills in the silver level and does them with very good form (I know that because I was a gymnast when I was a little girl). She also has some of the required gold skills. Can she skip the silver level, train for gold, and maybe even compete gold if she gets all the required skills? Please reply.

    • Ali July 30, 2017, 11:00 pm

      Hi Autumn, I believe she might be able to skip silver, but if she can I still don’t think it’s wise for her to do that. I did two years of sliver and now I am going to gold, which payed off. I got much better scores and placed a lot better in my second year. If she has good form right now in silver, I would keep her in silver for one year just to do better and learn right techniques. Then after that she could move to gold. She can go to gold if she really wants, but I would advise staying in silver.

  • Maddy July 12, 2017, 1:53 am


  • Maddy July 12, 2017, 1:54 am

    Hi my friend is in the silver level and I want to be in it I’ve never done gymnastics before except for when I was younger but I wasn’t very goo I was wondering if I could start gymnastics at the silver

    • Ali July 30, 2017, 11:04 pm

      If you would like to be in silver, I would start with the recreational classes first. They are much less demanding and cost way less money. Once you got better and go all your skills for silver, you could go to xcel bronze if they have that at your friend’s gym. And I would advise you to go to an actual gym, if you want to compete and learn the right technique for everything.

  • Maddy July 12, 2017, 1:59 am

    I don’t have a gym in mind to compete at but I was thinking I could think I can compete in my dad’s basement he has a weightlifting room but my dad hates it when I use it because one day I must drop to 1 pound weight on my foot and I am most died LOL I bet I would be the strongest person on the team. My friend thinks I’ll fail but I’m gonna prove her wrong

  • Jami September 5, 2017, 3:06 pm

    Hi, my daughter is 7 and has been in gymnastics for about a year and a half now. She stared out with rec classes and quickly progressed, skipped a level or two and joined the pre-team practices.

    She practiced with pre-team for about 5 months and started team practice at the begging of summer in June.

    They have recently placed her in a “Silver Plus” group which meets 3 days a week, 4 hours per day. Silvers are 3 days, 3 hrs/week.

    Silver plus is not an actual level in gymnastics is it? And would anyone know what the purpose of having this separate class would be? Just asking as I am paying by hours per week and just wondering what the point of this class is or what it is leading to.

    • Jill October 23, 2017, 9:39 am

      If your daughter hasn’t competed before the only level she can start with is bronze or silver due to the xcel entry rules. Most likely they feel that she will do well and move up to Gold next year and silver plus is probably to start working on some of those skills for the next level.

  • Emily Noble October 21, 2017, 10:24 am

    How long do silver routines have to be I’m a gymnast and I am just making sure I have the right amount of time in my routine

    • Allison Gonyo January 15, 2018, 6:34 pm

      hey m don’t stress it i know your a great gymnast silver floor and beam routines are about the same length as a bronze routine just don’t stress it you are beautiful #gonyo-noble

  • Haley Hull October 23, 2017, 12:16 am

    I’m in platinum but really want to go to compulsory would I have to go straight to level 4

  • Aly_Marie November 4, 2017, 12:03 pm

    I have all my skills for xcel Gold. Am I aloud to switch to gold in the middle of the year?

  • jfjfnrn rhrhrjje November 27, 2017, 3:55 am

    I have to do a layout and a tuck for silver . Also a front front ? but this is different .

  • Mary January 19, 2018, 1:07 pm

    can anyone explain to me the “A” listed in the jo code of points?


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