These are the level 9 gymnastics requirements with the new changes that go into effect on August 1, 2018. Level 9 is an optional level; learn more about the gymnastics levels here.
To compete in level 9 gymnastics a gymnast must be able to do most of the following skill requirements on each of the four events, have scored a 34 All-Around at level 8 and have reached her 8th birthday. If her level 9 routine does not have all the following requirements, deductions will be applied.
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In addition to the following requirements, level 9 routines must have 3 “A” valued skills, 4 “B” valued skills and 1 “C” valued skill.
Level 9 Gymnastics Requirements: Vault
- A vault from the Level 9 Vault Chart
Level 9 Gymnastics Requirements: Bars
- Minimum of 2 Bar Changes
- One flight skill that is a minimum of “B” value (can’t be dismount)- an example would be a straddle back
- A second different flight skill that is a minimum of “C” value (can’t be dismount) or one skill with a longitudinal-axis turn of 180° or more with minimum of “B” value (can’t be the mount or dismount) — an example would be a giant circle backward to a 180° turn in handstand
- A minimum of “B” valued salto dismount — an example would be a flyway with 360° twist
Level 9 Gymnastics Requirements: Beam
- One Acro Series with a minimum of 2 flight elements (excludes the mount and dismount) — an example would be back handspring, back layout step out
- One leap or jump with an 180° split
- Minimum of 360° turn on one foot
- Aerial or Salto dismount, skill must be a minimum of “B” value — an example would be a front layout dismount
- Dance series with 2 skills — can include mount, leaps, jumps, hops, turns
Level 9 Gymnastics Requirements: Floor
- One acro series with 2 saltos or 2 directly-connected saltos (can be the same or different) — an example would be front tuck- roundoff– back handspring – back layout
- Three different saltos within the floor routine
- Dance passage with a minimum of 2 different leaps, jumps or hops, one of which is a leap with a 180° split
- The last salto in the routine must be at least a “B” valued salto — an example would be the last salto being a back layout full.
- 360° “B” valued turn on one foot
Once a gymnast has successfully scored a 34 All-Around at Level 9, she may move on to Level 10.