Level 8 Gymnastics Requirements

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Level 8 Gymnastics Requirements

These are the new requirements in effect starting on August 1, 2018.

To compete in level 8 gymnastics, a gymnast must be able to do the following skills on each of the four events. If a gymnast’s routine doesn’t have all of the requirements, deductions will be applied.

In addition to the requirements below, all level 8 bars, floor and beam routines must have 4 “A” valued skills and 4 “B” valued skills.

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Level 8 Vault Requirement

Level 8 gymnasts must perform a minimum of a front handspring vault.

Level 8 Bars Requirements

Level 8 gymnasts must have the following in their bar routine:

  • Minimum of 1 Bar Change
  • 1 Skill (minimum of “B”) with flight (the mount is ok) or turn (cannot be the mount or dismount)
  • 1 Skill (minimum of “B”) which is from one of the following groups of elements:  underswings, clear hip circles, stalder circles, circle swings or hechts
  • A Salto dismount which is a minimum of “A” value

Level 8 Beam Requirements

Level 8 gymnasts must have the following in their beam routine:

  • Minimum of 1/1 (360 degree) turn on one foot
  • Acro series with 2 skills, one must have flight (Both of the skills must start and finish on the beam)
  • One jump/leap that reaches a 180 degree angle split (can be included in dance series)
  • Aerial or Salto Dismount (minimum of “A” value)

Level 8 Floor Requirements

Level 8 gymnasts must have the following in their floor routine:

  • One Acro Series with 2 saltos or 2 directly connected saltos (the saltos can be the same or different)- An example would be front tuck- roundoffback handspring– back tuck
  • Three different saltos (can be isolated or in a series)
  • A dance passage with a minimum of two different leaps, jumps or hops, one of which is a leap with a 180 degree cross or side split — they can be directly or indirectly connected
  • The last isolated salto or last salto connection must have at least an “A” valued salto element (A front or back tuck is an “A” valued salto)


Level 8 gymnastics requirements

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  • Annalese January 10, 2017, 8:51 am

    This helped me alot!!!!!

    • Madysyn February 26, 2018, 12:27 pm

      this is amazing I learned so much

  • Gaby March 13, 2017, 8:57 pm

    This helped me so much

  • Caitlin March 15, 2017, 5:11 pm

    I live in NY and i want to start gymnastics again any ideas?

    • gymnasticshq March 15, 2017, 8:08 pm

      Are you looking for a gym? What area of NY do you live in? I live on Long Island.

  • Bev March 27, 2017, 9:10 pm

    Im only level 3 and i have no idea what any of this means!

    • Maddy May 8, 2017, 12:48 am

      Im a level 3 too

      • Sadiebell November 11, 2017, 5:05 pm

        Same here!!

      • Ife August 18, 2018, 12:14 pm

        I am twelve in level one is it bad

        • Hi March 22, 2020, 2:56 pm

          No I’m almost 13 I’ve done gymnasts for 1 year and I’m level 2 your fine

      • Ife August 18, 2018, 12:17 pm

        I am twelve in beginners level is can i improve(advise needed)

      • Mikayla December 1, 2018, 12:21 pm

        Being twelve and level isn’t bad at all. I started at eleven and was a level 1 (recreational). Now it hasn’t been more than 3 months and I am now a rec level 3. I’m switching gyms soon and was already told that at my new gym I will be competing xcel silver. As for advice I would say you need to really practice a lot and decide what you goals are and if they’re reasonable. I mean, most of the competitive kids at levels like USAG levels 1-4 the kids are pretty young same thing with xces. l bronze-gold (but at my new gym the xcel kids are quite a bit older than the USAG kids.) Another thing I would say is when you get mental blocks you just have to go for it. I had major mental blocks when I was learning my back handspring and my back walkover on beam but eventually I got over it. Just try your best, I hope this helped!

        • Em02 August 21, 2020, 6:04 pm

          I am 10 and im a level one and I feel like I am going to move up soon. Practice will help so much. If you have at equipment at home that’s great, but if not that’s ok to! For beam you can use a tape line on the ground, for floor you can use the grass or a soft surface! I hope this helped! Have a great rest of your summer!

  • Sy April 5, 2017, 5:58 pm

    Hi!thanks for all your helpful posts. Where can I find information on skill values- like which are A,B or C skills for optional levels?

    • gymnasticshq April 10, 2017, 11:38 am

      You can buy the JO Code of Points or my Skill Progression Checklists have which skills are As, Bs

  • Riley McCarthy April 6, 2017, 12:01 am

    I’m a level seven and I’m ten. I skipped 5 and 6. I find get this.

    • Gigi April 14, 2018, 10:04 pm

      Same I am in level 7 now. I skipped 5 because the competition score was an all-around 36.0 exactly. I am also hoping to get into level 8.

    • Emma October 17, 2018, 5:26 pm

      Well I’m 13 and jr elite!!

  • Samantha slichter May 7, 2017, 11:17 pm

    This helped me a lot and I am only 11 in level eight thank you

  • Imy 123 July 8, 2017, 7:22 am

    I have just done the Great British frequency gymnastics level one and two

  • mariella August 14, 2017, 5:10 pm

    i’m level 5

  • erika August 18, 2017, 1:28 pm

    this helped me a lot! i found out i am a level 6 not 5.

  • Rachel September 24, 2017, 11:15 am

    I’m a level 4 gymnast in Canada.

  • Brooklieghn September 24, 2017, 5:45 pm

    This helped me a lot thank you so much I was level 5 and then I read all of these and now I am level 7

    • gymnasticshq September 24, 2017, 9:08 pm

      glad to hear it!

  • Sidney Matthews October 15, 2017, 1:18 pm

    Thanks this helped so much! I’m a level 8!

    • Emma October 17, 2018, 5:27 pm

      I’m jr elite!!

  • Lizzie October 22, 2017, 5:08 pm

    Yay this helped me I know that I’m a level 2!

  • Bailey November 14, 2017, 8:41 am

    There is no such thing as level 11 unless you mean elite, or you are just lying.

  • Geez December 2, 2017, 1:08 pm

    There is no level 11

    • Yita February 20, 2018, 5:15 am

      I think there is in some other country…I am not sure though…

  • Aimee December 27, 2017, 5:07 am

    There is know level 11 when you mo

  • Mandy :P January 21, 2018, 7:32 pm

    Is back tuck a flight element? Because if it is you can do bus bus which is two flights so could u do back tuck back tuck? Just wondering 🙂

  • Kaitlin April 6, 2018, 7:56 am

    I am level 4 training 5

  • taylor April 14, 2018, 12:29 pm

    i am really good at gymnastics but i still can not do a back handspring inless it is on a trampoline

  • taylor April 14, 2018, 12:29 pm

    this helped me alot

  • Lola April 20, 2018, 8:15 pm

    I’m a self-taught gymnast – I think I’m level three at age twelve

  • Sammie May 20, 2018, 9:09 am

    This helped a lot! I am a USAIGC gold gymnast and I am moving gyms to compete USAG, and I really wanted to know if I would be level 8 or level 7, which I would be level 8 based off this article. Thank you!

  • Jami July 16, 2018, 9:06 pm

    What are the upcoming changes for level 8?

  • Marie September 1, 2018, 4:28 pm

    Can a gymnast compete level 8 after testing out of level 5 or do they need to compete 6 and 7 first?

  • Ashley September 1, 2018, 4:32 pm

    Can a gymnast compete level eight after testing out of level five or do they need to compete level six and seven first?

    • thatonerandomperson 012 November 22, 2018, 11:20 am

      You need to score out of L7, but L6 can be skipped.

  • Anonymous November 21, 2018, 11:33 am

    I used to do gymnastics but quit. I have been self taught over the years and want to go back. By the looks of it, it seems I would be in level 7. I am 14 years old but feel ashamed to be so old with much younger people.

    • Lisa M Regan January 6, 2019, 7:40 am

      Anonymous – never be ashamed to pursue your dreams and goals. I am a gymnast mom and attend a lot of meets, based on the meets I attend you would not be the oldest level 7 or even level 6. Go for it!

    • Emily January 16, 2019, 1:02 am

      Don’t feel ashamed. I am 17 years old and I compete with kids under 10. Just know that you will improve by joining and by improving you can be put higher up with people your age. You’re still young so keep up your gymnastics!

    • Cate Koehmstedt June 10, 2019, 3:13 pm

      I think you’d be great! If I started right now, I’d be a level one and eleven years old! (Laughs at myself for being so ridiculously pathetic with flexibility and strength.) I believe in you!

  • carolyn January 30, 2019, 6:47 pm

    my daughter can do all levels from here and down and she is a level 2 gymnast and been there for 2 months just becuase she cant do a round of backhandspring becuase she just sprained her arm.

    • carolyn January 31, 2019, 4:15 pm

      i meant level 3

      • gymnasticshq July 5, 2019, 10:03 pm

        So sorry to hear about your daughter’s arm. We hope she is feeling better.

  • Ariella March 20, 2019, 1:01 am

    Wish I had found this when I was still doing gymnastics. I quit when I turned ten and would have been in level 8. I live in Australia though so the levels are different.

  • Ellie October 12, 2019, 3:50 am

    Hi! So.. Could anyone please tell me what skills you learn in level 8 and what skills you need to know in order to graduate to level 8, please??? I have the checklists for the 1-4 and the 5-7 levels but I cannot figure out which/if one of the other checklists has something to do with level 8????????

  • Olivia Coe November 26, 2019, 7:33 pm

    Im in level 6!!!

  • Makhira December 31, 2019, 11:26 pm

    I live in Philly and I would love to enter gymnasticshq.

  • Wareesha April 28, 2020, 10:52 pm

    Hi! Iam level 4 but can do most of this, Thank you!

  • Wareesha April 28, 2020, 10:53 pm


  • Audrey Easton June 18, 2020, 11:24 am

    Does this apply to Canada? I am trying for 8 next year, and think a minimum of a flipping vault is required, so I wanted to know if the rest of the requirements would apply thanks!


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