Level 6 Gymnastics Requirements

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Level 6 Gymnastics Requirements


To compete in level 6 gymnastics, a gymnast must be able to do the following skills on each of the four events.

In addition to the skills listed below, level 6 routines must each have 5 “A” skills and 1 “B” skill. In gymnastics, each skill has a value, A’s are the easiest all the way up to E’s, which are the hardest. So when the choreographer is choreographing the routine, he or she will need to make sure to add the right amount of skills and difficulty.

For an overview of the optional requirements you can check out this cheat sheet from the USA Gymnastics website.

Level 6 Gymnastics Requirements: Vault

You can do one of the following 3 vaults:

  • front handspring
  • 1/4-1/2 twist on (Tsuk entry), land on mat stack
  • Round-off entry (Yurhenko) onto table, land on mat stack

Level 6 Gymnastics Requirements: Bars

  • cast to minimum of 45° above horizontal
  • 1 bar change
  • one 360° circling element that is one of the following: underswing, clear hip circle, stalder circle or hecht
  • min “A” dismount


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Level 6 Gymnastics Requirements: Beam

  • either a non-flight acro series, or one acro flight element
  • 1 leap or jump requiring 180° split
  • 360° turn on one foot
  • min of “A” dismount

Level 6 Gymnastics Requirements: Floor

  • 1 Acro Series with at least 3 elements, 2 must have flight
  • 1 Salto or Aerial acro element
  • Dance passage with minimum of 2 different leaps, jumps, hops — 1 must be a 180° split
  • 360 degree turn on one foot


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Once a gymnast can perform routines that meet all these level 6 requirements, and she has passed out of level 5, she may compete in a level 6 meet. Level 6 may be skipped if a 32 AA was scored at Level 5.  After successfully completing level 6, she can move on to level 7.


Level 6 Gymnastics Requirements explained

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  • Elizabeth August 10, 2014, 11:16 am

    Is there any gymnastics places in South Korea?

    • gymnasticshq August 16, 2014, 10:30 am

      Hi Elizabeth,

      I would think there are, but honestly I have no idea 🙁 Sorry! Maybe someone else here can help?

    • Monica June 30, 2017, 1:45 am

      Yes!! Not many, but there are quite a few gyms for tumbling. (*Not many actual “gyms” with teams and all the apparatuses for artistic.) Rhythmic gymnastics is a lot more common so there are more competitions for rhythmic. I started off with rhythmic because I wanted to compete, then switched over to tumbling.

  • Katie November 22, 2014, 12:05 pm

    What gymnastics place did u go to

    • emma July 17, 2018, 10:28 am

      i go to west side academy of gymnastics in dent ohio

    • Mikayla October 25, 2018, 5:07 pm

      The Gymnastics place that I go to is Sunburst Gymnastics Union, New Jersey

      • Zyla March 7, 2020, 6:55 pm

        I go to World Champion Centre , which is Simone Biles gym it’s very nice there , you can make lots of friends also i’m a level 6 gymnast so its very nice.

        • Helya October 9, 2020, 11:39 pm

          I go to Universal Gymnastics, Mt. Juliet and I’m in level 3 competitive team

        • #gymnastreadyforchallenge December 31, 2021, 8:30 pm

          OMG!!! |U DO??? DAT MUST BE NICE

        • #gymnastreadyforchallenge December 31, 2021, 8:32 pm

          OMG!!! |U DO??? DAT MUST BE NICE.
          Btw I go to Impact Gymnastics Academy in NH. I’m a level 5 training level6

    • Helya October 9, 2020, 11:37 pm

      I go to Universal Gymnastics, Mt. Juliet and I’m in level 3 competitive team

    • Charlotte Wells December 30, 2020, 1:05 am

      I go to World of gymnastics and cheer, which is in Georgia.

    • Helya February 22, 2021, 6:57 pm

      I go to Universal Gymnastic in Mt. Juliet, TN

  • amy November 24, 2014, 11:53 pm

    love gymnastics

    • Blake May 13, 2020, 4:22 pm


  • Beth Martinez December 5, 2014, 12:03 am

    Many of our gyms.in our area don’t compete Level 6? Is that because this level can be skipped without a mobility requirement?

  • Emerica Polley November 25, 2016, 3:53 pm

    What if you can do a back handspring but not a back walkover

    • Rye January 14, 2017, 10:40 am

      Im pretty sure you need to get a back walkover because a back walkover is a very importent skil in gymnastics

      • Anonymous Girl February 25, 2021, 12:24 pm

        It is a good skill to have but no it is not required. I also have a BHS but not a BWO.

        • Amelia June 20, 2021, 10:46 pm

          I agree. I have both and it depends on the level. But after level 4 it is never a requirement. Especially in optional you choose skills that show off your strengths.

    • Emory February 5, 2018, 12:52 pm

      A back walkover is not a necessary skill. Most people in high levels compete a back handspring instead of a back walkover.

      • ari December 24, 2019, 11:55 pm

        it is necessary to have a strong back walkover that you can do at any time no matter circumstances in order to do backhand spring which is a whole different ball game

        • Grace January 17, 2021, 5:31 pm

          I think a back walkout is a unnecessary skill

          • Ciersten February 23, 2021, 1:23 am

            It’s actually really good skill to have since lots of level 5 gymnasts do it and level 7 gymnasts often do back-walkover back-handspring.

    • Geraldine June 3, 2018, 11:04 pm

      Unfortunately I dont know. But my daughter has the same issue. Her coach makes her do cartwheels instead of a back walkover. I just dont get it because she wont be going down a level so she is practicing for nothing.

      • ari December 24, 2019, 11:57 pm

        keeping basics strong creates a good gymnast a gymnast who can do crazy flips but no basics is toast in the competitive world

      • Amelia June 20, 2021, 10:49 pm

        Hi, cartwheels are very important. They teach basics. You need basics. For example you might be working a Roundoff backhandspring back tuck but if you don’t have a good hurdle you can’t do the skill correctly. Cartwheels teach landing on your bad leg, levering, hand placement, and help with upgraded dismounts for beam.

    • Ivet June 27, 2021, 9:21 pm

      You don’t need a back-walkover in level 6 as long as you have a flight skill to replace it so you can compete a backhand-spring instead of a back-walkover

  • Sami January 7, 2017, 9:47 pm

    How long do the level six floor routines have to be ?

    • Sage Peters June 9, 2018, 1:59 am

      I think 1minute and15 seconds. Not completely sure

      • Amelia June 20, 2021, 10:51 pm

        Ok between 50 seconds and 1 minute 15 seconds I believe 🙂

  • Margo January 31, 2017, 2:33 pm

    Do you have a list of what “A” and “B” skills are? My daughter is working on some of the dance portion of her floor routine with a dance teacher, not a gymnastics coach. We are trying to determine which moves are “poses” and which are considered “jumps/leaps”, and what their value is.

    • gymnasticshq January 31, 2017, 2:55 pm

      You can find this information in the JO code of points. Or my skill progression charts denote which skills are “A”s and “B”s

  • Josie March 26, 2017, 8:58 pm

    What does min “a” dismount mean and and acro series and acro element or salto basically all of this plz email and tell I’m a level 4 and hoping to skip to level 6 and I would like to know all the meaning of this

  • Morgan March 29, 2017, 2:42 pm

    Do you ever have to get a presshandstand ?

  • Carsen Boatman April 9, 2017, 10:08 pm

    I don’t know if I am level 5 or 6.

    • Isabella September 3, 2017, 11:01 am

      If you can do everything in Level six then you’re level six if not probably level 5 cause to be a level you have to be able to do everything in that level.

  • Isabel May 22, 2017, 10:34 pm

    I love gymnastics

  • Hailey July 4, 2017, 9:06 am

    Yes, I just looked it up it’s in Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea

  • Angel Wesley September 14, 2017, 7:01 pm

    Hey, I was wondering if there was any gymnastic places in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam? i’m moving there and gymastic is my dream… even though im 11 and i can’t do anything.

  • Annabelle February 24, 2018, 4:29 pm

    What do you mean by an “A” dismount

    • Elena December 10, 2018, 8:13 pm

      Yeah, I need that one answered also!

      • Michelle August 8, 2019, 1:16 pm

        “A” is the level of difficulty. A is the easiest. Then there’s B, C, D and I believe E. Once at the Olympic level.. I think it goes all the way up to H. But Olympic level gymnasts will mostly be performing D and E level moves… to give you some perspective. If you want to know what a particular skill is worth you could probably just google it or something.

        • Reni April 25, 2020, 5:48 pm

          In the Olympics it goes up to J

  • Mya April 24, 2018, 4:07 pm

    i am an level 5 gymnast and i am trying to get to level 6 what in need the most is a cast handstand on bars and i am happy because yesterday at open gym i have got my flyaway of the bars

    • ari December 25, 2019, 12:01 am

      if you can cast to where you body is vertical get a spotter who can help you get all the way up to a handstand and in no time the muscles you need to do a cast handstand should be ready

  • Olivia June 6, 2018, 6:15 pm

    Hi, I’m a young gymnast in level 6, and I’m moving soon. I’m moving to South Carolina, does anybody know good gyms there? thanks.

  • Anou June 17, 2018, 9:18 am

    The front handspring vault also must go up to the mat stack. The reason is to have kids be more ready to flip their vaults in level 8, gyms are now being forced to work the timers thoroughly

  • Lu June 18, 2018, 7:38 am

    The mobility scores were changed last year, it was raised from 31 to 32 to score out of level 5

  • Brenda Levell August 28, 2018, 1:10 pm

    I purchased the progression checklist in 2016 (I think). Has it changed?

  • Sage Peters October 7, 2018, 8:27 pm

    Hey Jess! Just wondering if this version is updated to the new code, as I may be going into lvl 6 and I am unsure if I am ready. Please respond soon!

  • Aleah November 4, 2018, 10:58 pm

    I’m trying to get a backbend can someone give me some tips on how to get it?

  • Gwynn February 13, 2019, 1:47 pm

    My daughter is competing level 6 this year and doing front HS to Front tuck can she change to Front HS to front layou? Or is that not allowed in 6?

  • Gymnast 101 July 16, 2019, 9:34 am

    I go to the YMCA of Thomasville. I will be on their competitive team in December

  • felicity July 20, 2019, 5:51 pm

    can you skip level 4 and 5 and still compete level 6

  • Julia December 4, 2019, 9:34 pm

    Hello! For the level 6 floor leap/dance pass, is it acceptable to do 3 chaine turns with the middle one having a jump in it, connected to a chasse straddle jump? I’d like to make it that instead of a switch split because my straddle is better, but I thought you’d have to do some type of leap (with a one foot take off) and not a jump. Thank you.

  • Julia December 4, 2019, 9:35 pm

    Hello! For the level 6 floor leap/dance pass, is it acceptable to do 3 chaine turns with the middle one having a jump in it, connected to a chasse straddle jump? I’d like to make it that instead of a switch split because my straddle is better, but I though you’d have to do some type of leap and not a jump. Thank you.

  • Gwynn Cook February 14, 2020, 4:19 pm

    Level 6/7 vault yurchenko entry can anyone answer the question when girls hit mat with feet and fall to back arms at side? Or finish high above head? I see so many different ways and been checking usag site for new video on deductions, so far nothing posted.

  • The_Gymnast February 17, 2020, 9:22 pm

    You have to get a 36 to score out

  • Hazel February 18, 2020, 5:31 pm

    I go to All Around gymnastics, GA

    • Anika May 28, 2020, 5:45 pm

      OMG SAME! what were the odds i find someone who goes to the same gym as me!!!!!!

      • Violet July 23, 2021, 11:50 am

        Same I am on level 6

  • Gaby Pfau February 26, 2020, 12:04 pm

    Are giants allowed on bars as the circling element? For example, could my bar routine be:

    kip -> squat on -> kip on high bar -> straddle handstand -> giant -> flyaway

  • Emmanuel Okeke September 3, 2020, 3:42 am

    PIease what are gymnastics level one steps.I don’t have any gym equipments and I don’t know any gymnastics steps.

  • fia December 9, 2020, 10:32 am

    how come i can do everything on this list, do 2 backhand springs on the beam for flight, can do a full, and can do giants but i’m on level 5? i feel like i could be on level 6 anyone have any opinions?

  • Anonymous Girl February 25, 2021, 12:20 pm

    I competed Xcel Bronze, and then Level 3, and then Xcel Silver, and then Gold. I want to switch back to JO and go to Level 6 next competition season. With having competed those levels in the past and having all the skill requirements for level 6, would I be able to compete 6 or would I have to score out of level 4 and 5 first?

    • Natalie July 13, 2021, 8:13 pm

      I go to GSA in Lancaster I’m a level 6

  • Jessica September 4, 2021, 4:52 pm

    My daughter is really good at gymnastics and is in level 4 but she can do a full twist


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