Level 5 Gymnastics Requirements

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Level 5 gymnastics requirements


Level 5 is  the second gymnastics level that gymnasts are required to compete. Level 5 is a compulsory level, so each gymnast does the same routine. To compete in level 5 gymnastics, a gymnast must have reached her 7th birthday before her first meet and be able to do the following skills on each of the four events. She also must have scored a 34 AA as a level 4 at a sanctioned gymnastics meet.

level 5 gymnastics skills

The checklist and skills below have been updated based on the new routines for 2021.

Level 5 Gymnastics Requirements: Vault

Level 5 Gymnastics Requirements: Bars

  • kip*
  • cast to above horizontal
  • clear hip to above horizontal or back sole circle to clear front support or back stalder circle to clear front support*
  • squat on or back sole circle
  • long hang kip*
  • long hang pullover
  • tap swings
  • flyaway dismount*

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Level 5 Gymnastics Requirements: Beam

  • back walkover or back extension roll or front walkover or back handspring step out*
  • straight leg leap with 150° leg separation
  • full turn
  • split jump
  • sissonne
  • cartwheel
  • back tuck dismount

Level 5 Gymnastics Requirements: Floor


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Once a gymnast can perform all of these skills and she has learned the Level 5 gymnastics compulsory routines, she is ready to compete in a Level 5 meet. And once she successfully completes Level 5, she can move on to learning Level 6 skills.


Level 5 Gymnastics Requirements

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  • Lucinda October 8, 2013, 2:49 pm

    I have a question about the new level 5. Will the girls be scored different if one does a back walker, or a back handspring. Are their starting scores higher if they do the more difficult tricks.
    What score is needed to qualify for states?
    Thank you for your time.

    • gymnasticshq October 10, 2013, 12:04 pm

      Hi Lucinda,

      There is no change in start value for choosing to do either a backwalkover , a back extension roll, or a backhandspring step-out (on beam). So, in other words, they won’t be scored differently. In higher levels starting scores change for doing more difficult tricks,but not in compulsory levels.

      And as far as score needed to qualify for states–that is decided by the state for level 8 and below. But, frequently it is around 31 or 32.
      I hope this helps.

  • gymnastics April 14, 2014, 8:31 pm

    hello i was put in the wrong lower level when i can do all the level 5 skills what should i do? i have perfected all my skills and am ready to move on.

    • MaicKaila Maceintire April 16, 2014, 5:03 pm

      You should talk to your coaches or district coordinator and see about it then at the next level test try for a higher level.

    • Anonymous November 13, 2018, 7:44 am

      If it’s level 4 then that is a required level

  • gymnastics April 22, 2014, 9:16 am

    I am currently in Xcel and want to join Compulsories. I can do all of the level 5 skills. How can I join compulsories?

    Thank you,

    • gymnasticshq April 24, 2014, 6:18 pm

      Hi Lindsay,
      You would need to ask your gym about doing Compulsories. If your gym doesn’t offer it–you might want to check other gyms in the area.

      Good Luck!

    • jessica July 7, 2014, 3:13 pm

      actually your coaches are probably keeping you in that level so you can perfect the skill because come meet season you get all 1st place

  • Sharon Gross September 10, 2014, 6:41 pm

    When a gymnast is ready to qualify out of level 5 does it have to be done at a state qualifier meet or is there another way it can be done so she can move up to optionals without having to wait until the meets start

    • gymnasticshq September 13, 2014, 11:35 am

      Hi Sharon,

      Some gyms host mobility meets, which are small meets specifically for moving gymnasts from one level to the next. But they are still USAG sanctioned meets. Any meet which is USAG sanctioned will work for qualifying out of a level 🙂 Hope that helps!

      • Ella February 20, 2021, 1:52 pm

        I am a self-taught gymnast at level 5. How do I know when I’m ready to advance to the next level?

  • Jeneen Mason January 12, 2015, 12:46 pm

    Is there a certain score they need to reach to quality out of Level 5?

    • gymnasticshq January 21, 2015, 7:06 pm

      Hi Jeneen,
      They need a minimum of 31 All-Around to qualify out of Level 5. This has to be at a USA Gymnastics sanctioned meet.

      • Anna Joy November 14, 2018, 5:32 pm

        I’ve heard that you have to score above a 34 AA to move to level five, do you know if it has changed?


        • gymnasticshq February 14, 2019, 8:21 pm

          Yes, it has changed to 34.00 to qualify up to Level 5.

  • Frank bresnahan January 20, 2015, 11:07 pm

    I have a question concerning level 5 vault … Is there a regulation hieght for vault to be set at ? My daughter is very short for her age and vaults very well when vault is set at lowest position , she can vault when it is raised but does better when it is at lowest setting . I just want to know if the vault can be set there or if there is a specific hieght it needs to be set at? Thanks

    • gymnasticshq January 21, 2015, 7:05 pm

      Hi Frank,
      No, there is not a regulation height for the vault–the coach is allowed to change the vault settings for each gymnast. I hope that answers your question. 🙂


  • Bobby Caron December 5, 2016, 1:07 pm

    Hi Jessica,

    Is there a choice for your leap pass on level 5? Most gyms in our area are doing a switch leap but we don’t ours is more like a hopping pass? Thanks


    • gymnasticshq December 5, 2016, 8:46 pm

      Hi Bobby,
      Level 5 is a compulsory level so all gyms must do basically the same routine, however there is an option in the leap pass to either do a regular split leap, or a switch leap. So I’m guessing your “hopping pass” is the straight leg leap. 😉 Hope that helps! – Jessica

  • Rachel February 6, 2017, 3:44 pm

    I can do everything g in level 5 except for the back tuck, Any tips???

  • sydney McDowell March 1, 2017, 11:46 am

    Are u sure these are all the skills my child needs to know for lvl 5 because we are working up to competition in her gym thx bye

  • April March 7, 2017, 1:29 am

    Hi im am a self taught gymnast currently level 2 but im planning for more kevels right now is that good?

  • April March 7, 2017, 1:30 am

    And im only doing ones that i kmnow I can do

  • Sammy May 8, 2017, 12:16 pm

    My 8 yr old daughter was a level 3 last season and she did well. Really well. But her gym is priming her to be a level 5. I guess my question is how do you feel about skipping levels, is 4 a very important level. She’s young it won’t hurt her to go to each level. I’m just afraid she’ll be bored. She’s got almost all the level 5 skills they need perfecting but the 4 skills are basically mastered. Thanks

    • gymnasticshq May 22, 2017, 12:21 pm

      If she has already mastered the level 4 skills–then I would say there is no reason to worry about skipping a level. You definitely don’t want her to be bored! 🙂

  • Sara Martin August 7, 2017, 5:41 pm

    Hi! My daughter is 8 years old and on level 4 and I was just reading this to see what skills she would need for level 5, and I was just wondering why you have to be 7 years old to compete in a level 5 meet? I know it doesn’t affect her but I was just wondering.


  • Jard September 17, 2017, 1:56 am

    The move-up scores changed, level 4 to 5 is a 34 AA I believe now

    • gymnasticshq February 14, 2019, 8:23 pm

      Yes, you’re correct. It did change to 34.00.

      • Tammie Herring April 23, 2021, 12:23 am

        What is the AA to test out of level 5?

  • Sofia November 18, 2017, 10:36 pm

    I just finnished my level 3 state competition today with a 37.4 AA. I have already mastered level 4 skills, and I am 13 years old. I was wondering if it is possible to skip level 4 and go directly into level 5. I have all of my level 5 skills but they just need a little cleaning up. With the score I got at state is it possible to skip level 4 and go directly into level 5? Or must I score out?

    • Kelly April 20, 2021, 10:28 pm

      From what I know, you have to score out of level 4 first.

  • Anna Wyse January 21, 2018, 3:43 pm

    My daughter is 8 and working at level 5, which she will do this July. Will she be in age or out of age?

  • Ahsan February 11, 2018, 4:27 pm

    hi, my name is AHSAN TAUFIQUE I was wondering if I were a gymnast what level I would be here are the following skills I could do: arabesque, arched handstand, backward roll, bridge(almost), cartwheel, candlestick, dive roll, dive cartwheel, forward roll, front tuck, handstand, hand splits, all of the jumps, kick, leap, needle, needle kick, one-handed cartwheel, one-legged cartwheel, roundoff, somersault, and SPLITS!!!!!!!! so plz tell me which level I would be by, ahsan.t

    • noname December 6, 2021, 3:29 pm

      Probably about a level 2

  • Alyssa February 16, 2018, 4:08 pm

    If a gymnast scored out of level 5 with a 31 is she allowed to skip level 6 and move right to level 7?

  • Sapphire February 23, 2018, 1:34 pm

    My coach says that I’m ready to go to level 6/7 but my head coach says that my bars and flips need too improve. Should I go to level 6/7, 5/6 or stay on level 5.
    P.S My sister says I should go to level 5/6 (I have competed.

  • Tina April 1, 2018, 9:52 am

    Hi! Love your website! How is your $19.99 Skills Progressions Checklist different from the free Skills Checklist (ie Level 3, Level 4, etc.)? Thank you!

  • maddie April 4, 2018, 8:31 am

    Hey, i am 14 and i am currently still working on my straddle jump any advice ?

  • Morgan June 19, 2018, 1:39 am

    I am 11 and have all the skills for level 5 am i to old

  • Audrey January 21, 2019, 9:21 pm

    Hey, for floor, the ending pose. Do you hips have to be on the ground or can they be off the ground?

  • Katherine January 23, 2019, 4:39 pm

    I was wondering, what is the usual age for level 5?

    • Elle December 23, 2020, 5:03 pm

      i heard the average age for level 3 is 8 so if you moved up 1 level per year then you would be 10 at level 5. but the average is about 10-13 im asuming. but remember its not about age its about skill level. 🙂

  • Jayden Corson January 25, 2019, 6:35 pm

    If it says like level 5 requirements does that mean you have to be able to do all of these to be on level 5 or does it mean you are learning this in level 5?

  • shannon February 13, 2019, 10:00 pm

    hey I am 12 and want to go into competitive gymnastics and it says I need to have scored a 34 AA as a level 4 at a sanctioned gymnastics meet am I too old, and also I was wondering If I feel I would go into level 5 could i ?

  • Emma April 20, 2019, 12:10 pm

    Hi! I’m currently 15 and a level 4. You’re definitely not too old! If you’ve mastered all of the level 4 skills and can make most or all of the level 5 skills, then I’d say you are ready- but that’s just how my gym does it. Check with your gym and see if you can meet all of their level 5 requirements, and if so, talk to your coach and they might just move you up 🙂

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  • Allie Snode July 16, 2020, 7:56 pm

    Hello, my name is Allie and I have been doing gymnastics for almost 4 years. The only reason my coach won’t move me up to level 5, is because of my round off backhand spring. I’ve been working on it SO much for the past 3 and a half years, but my bhs keeps going SOOOO high. I really need to fix it, but my coach doesn’t help me. Thank you for your time.

  • Jess September 13, 2020, 5:06 pm

    I can do all of these skills but I really do not like doing back handsprings I just get really scared I’m going to break my wrist when I have been able to do one on air tracks and floor for ages what shall I do to overcome my fear

    • AnonyMous Person October 18, 2020, 9:06 pm

      Same! I used to be really scared of doing back handsprings. But, once you just go for it, it’s not THAT scary. Besides, I would suggest practising it on a mat or a trampoline. (These are just my personal opinions!)
      Good luck!

    • Random gymnast October 18, 2020, 9:09 pm

      Same! I used to be really scared of doing back handsprings. But, once you just go for it, it’s not THAT scary. Besides, I would suggest practising it on a mat or a trampoline. (These are just my personal opinions!)
      Good luck!

  • Winter October 8, 2020, 7:38 pm

    Hi I just wanted to know what the average age is for a level 6 gymnast I just turned 11 is that fine?

  • Allegra Smith October 15, 2020, 5:25 pm

    Hey I got a 9.3 on my level 5 bars and I am excited are you excited for me…

    • Lily October 18, 2020, 9:10 pm


  • Lilly October 26, 2020, 9:39 am

    Hi i’m starting gymnastics at 13 is that too old?

    • Elle December 23, 2020, 5:07 pm

      no its not old. you can start whenever dont be discoraged 🙂

    • Elle December 23, 2020, 5:09 pm

      you are never to old to start gymnastics

  • Emma December 5, 2020, 1:18 am

    I am 10 and tommorow is my mobility meet, any tips?

  • April December 5, 2020, 1:20 am

    No, 13 is a perfectly fine age to start at. I personaly started when i was 12 so you should be fine

  • Elle December 23, 2020, 5:08 pm

    i heard the average age for level 3 is 8 so if you moved up 1 level per year then you would be 10 at level 5. but the average is about 10-13 im asuming. but remember its not about age its about skill level. 🙂

  • Libby February 7, 2021, 7:25 pm

    I am in level 4 and I struggle with tumbling and back extension rolls. Any tips for level 5 tumbling and back extension rolls?

  • Lynne March 1, 2021, 11:26 am

    Hello! I am on a competition team and recently tried out for top gun. I´m a ending level 5 gymnast and the last thing I need to advance to level 6 is my round off series handspring to a tuck, Is there any tips to not get tired out after a round off handspring 2? Because I can never get to the back tuck, I can do a standing and a round off back tuck but I always either fall or just scare myself. Any tips to help?

  • hdoowe March 5, 2021, 3:55 am

    um so i dont really know

  • Madison March 22, 2021, 8:16 am

    I am a self taught gymnast but…..
    Where do I do a back and front tuck in my house!?!?
    With out the inside going boom!
    Ok I know u should do it out side

  • Emma June 23, 2021, 8:51 am

    I’m a level 4 trying to skip level 5 and go to level 6. But I need my backhand spring on beam any advice

  • -Shantelle August 5, 2021, 5:40 am

    Hii!So I’m a self taught gymnast training to be level 5- Do you have any tips for learning a back handspring and a back walkover?

  • Ikem September 2, 2021, 12:56 am

    Hi I’m almost ending level 5 but I need my back tuck any tips

  • Mishka September 8, 2021, 4:43 am

    Isn’t a back handspring step out harder than backwalkover (on beam)
    But it shows backhandspring = backwalkover (on beam)????????

    • Anna October 28, 2021, 3:52 pm

      Hey so you can either do a backwalkover on beam or a backhandspring step-out or back extension roll I would say the hardest one is a back extension roll but for the back handspring and backwalkover they are probably both just as hard they are more mental than skill you have to think about your hands landing in the right place, not arching to much and stuff like that in level 5 you have the option or doing either of those

      Sorry this is kind of confusing hope it helps a little


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