Xcel Bronze Requirements

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Xcel Bronze Gymnastics Requirements with FREE checklist


The Xcel Bronze gymnastics level is the first level in the Xcel program. To compete gymnastics in the Xcel Bronze Division, the gymnast must be able to do routines that meet these 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 Bronze division is one level in the Xcel program; here is more information about all the gymnastics levels.

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While these are requirements, some gymnasts compete in the Xcel Bronze level without being able to do all the skills listed below. For what requirements gymnasts don’t fulfill, the judges take deductions.

Bronze Vault Requirements

Bronze gymnasts must perform one of the following vaults:

  • Stretch jump onto mat and then kick to handstand and fall to flat back OR
  • Jump to handstand and fall to flat back

Bronze Bars Requirements

Bronze gymnasts must have the following in their bar routine:

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

An example of a routine that meets all the requirements would be: Jump to Front Support- Cast- Back hip circle- Cast off stand dismount.

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Bronze Beam Requirements

Bronze gymnasts must have the following in their beam routine:

  1. Minimum of 1/2 turn on one or two feet
  2. One jump or leap (ex. tuck jump)
  3. One non-flight acro skill (ex. forward roll)
  4. A dismount — not a salto or aerial dismount (ex. straddle jump off the beam)

Bronze Floor Requirements

Bronze gymnasts must have the following in their floor routine:

  1. Minimum of two directly connected acro skills (ex. roundoff – backward roll)
  2. A second pass with one acro skill (ex. cartwheel)
  3. A dance passage with two skills, one of which is a leap with a 60 degree cross or side split — they can be directly or indirectly connected
  4. Minimum of 1/2 turn on one foot

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The next Xcel gymnastics level after Bronze is Silver.


Xcel Bronze Gymnastics Requirements with free checklist

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  • Vicky Khvan March 28, 2017, 9:13 pm

    How can I get to Xcel Silver?

    • Husky 1 April 2, 2017, 4:38 pm

      You’re coach decides for you. You’re coach is mainly looking if, you pay attention, work hard, and make corrections.

  • Vicky Khvan March 29, 2017, 5:34 pm


  • Edina April 5, 2017, 7:23 am

    I’m 11 and can pretty much do all of the above but would I be to old to compete?

    • gymnasticshq April 10, 2017, 12:05 pm

      nope, you are not too old!

      • Duckling February 20, 2018, 6:09 pm

        You should never get someone’s hopes down like that I’m 11 and I just started the excel bronze program last summer so she could if her coaches think she is ready

    • Lola January 2, 2018, 5:57 am

      Hey! Im 11 Too!

      • Sara May 26, 2019, 2:18 pm

        Me too! And I’m in Xcel Bronze.

        • maddie December 22, 2020, 9:43 am

          im 10 and im in Xcel bronze!

          • Claire February 14, 2021, 12:50 pm

            I’m 11 and when I was 10 I was supposed to move up but couldn’t and I’m in rehab rn, but hopefully I can get back soon and be on xcel too! 😀

    • Alannah April 21, 2019, 11:09 am

      Yes I’m twelve and I’m and excel bronze

      • Chelsey November 14, 2019, 2:09 pm

        im 13..

        • lateeka July 27, 2021, 1:01 am

          im 14 lol im xcel bronze im just now starting

      • Allison Adamski January 3, 2020, 8:39 pm

        Hey I’m twelve too! I’m on excel gold though

  • Miranda July 19, 2017, 10:30 am

    So I’m 11 and I’ve been doing gymnastics for a couple of years but lately for some reason I have not been going!! But I will be heading back in august 1st will I still be in the team AAU Bronze will they teach me the things I for got how to do what if I for got how to do my back walkover (the team I was in before I left)

    • Ali July 30, 2017, 11:09 pm

      You may or may not be in the same level. My guess would be you would go in a lower level and they would teach you the stuff you forgot, and then once you got the skills, you could go back to bronze.

  • santi August 19, 2017, 9:28 am

    My daughter is in pre Xcel does she need a back handspring for Xcel bronze

    • Duckling February 20, 2018, 6:07 pm

      Most certainly not I am in Excel and I do not have my backhand spring

    • Alannah April 21, 2019, 11:10 am

      I needed my back handspring

      • Sara May 26, 2019, 2:20 pm

        It’s not too hard…

      • McKenzie November 25, 2021, 12:46 pm

        It is not hard to learn one i have 24 backhandsprings in a row and I am only 11

  • Sarah Austin October 23, 2017, 4:30 pm

    Is there a maxium number of skills a gymnast can do in a floor routine? And can you get deducted for skills being to hard on the value chart?

    • Marie October 4, 2020, 10:20 am

      Hey I have all those skills butt im in level 3
      Hi I’m 6 years old and I really want to get a round off back tuck but I just started to work on it

  • Rachel November 20, 2017, 8:09 pm

    I am in Xcel bronze and I do not have my backhandspring yet im kinda scared to go backwards but I can do a bak walkover do you have any tip or tricks for me?

    • Duckling February 20, 2018, 6:06 pm

      Yeah I do! It can be scary, but all you need is someone you trust to spot you.

    • Chanelle Tuccitto March 28, 2020, 9:23 pm

      I’m only ten and I’m in Exel platinum and just about to move to Exel diamond

  • Gymnast analyvia December 13, 2017, 5:07 pm

    So I can roundoff flick-flick, roundoff – tuck and I can handspring which grade will I be in

    • Jake from State farm November 20, 2020, 8:28 pm

      excel gold probably but dpinding on ur other skills excel silver-excel platinum

  • Frishonda February 7, 2018, 7:29 pm

    If I’m 10 can I still compete bronze

    • precious February 26, 2021, 10:43 am

      i am twelve , i can do all the bronze skills, if i can do most of the silver skills but back handspring will i be i still be in xcel bronze pr silver

    • Alexa February 27, 2021, 12:16 pm

      I,m eleven on excel gold…BOOM!

  • Duckling February 20, 2018, 6:04 pm

    I started when I was 11, and I ( if I do say so myself) good. You might be the oldest or tallest, but as long as you are having fun that’s all that counts

  • Jessica Carmel March 8, 2018, 10:18 am

    Is the xcel bronze level program a lower level of JO? And can you still advance to elite? Is this a competitive team in the hope of advancing to more competitive levels. Just trying to gage where this level goes? Would JO Team be a more competitive level?

    • Callia Logan May 20, 2019, 12:04 pm

      Bronze is not a lower level for JO. JO stands for Junior Olympics, Xcel and JO are two different programs when it comes to competitions.

  • Alicia Vonk June 9, 2018, 5:02 pm

    What is the age to be able to start xcel, i have a 5 yr old that is in our jr program and she has skills, but they are not moving her up and she is getting bored. She can do a standing back handspring, many leaps, a back hip circle around the bar, my only concern would be balane beam….she has not learned any form of dismounting. Thanks for your time!!

  • Claudio July 30, 2018, 1:36 am

    My daughter is 12 year old . She was a cheerleader in school . Went to gymnastic summer camp and got place in excel program. My question, is she to old for jo gymnastic levels

  • Michelle August 29, 2018, 5:45 pm

    Have these Xcel level requirements been updated with the new changes 2018-2022 or did this not affect the requirements.

  • Mariam October 7, 2018, 3:20 pm

    There isn’t an excel program in Canada, so what should i do? It’s so not fair, no one cares about gymnastics in Canada, all they care about is USA gymnastics. I wanted to order gymnastics equipment and they had to ship it from USA, because they don’t have any gymnastics equipment here in Canada ( they have them in gyms only ). I also had to buy my leotard from a strangers basement because they didn’t’t have any leotard stored!
    Sorry for the grammar….

  • Kate March 16, 2019, 11:38 pm

    What’s an A Value Skill? You mentioned it in bars.
    The only things I need are 4 A Value, Whatever those are. I also need a circling skill, then I’m good to go!

  • Charlotte Warmington April 2, 2019, 10:40 pm

    I am turning 13 this summer, but I am trying out for excel bronze in May, is there an age limit to any level to compete?

    • Shannon May 27, 2019, 11:31 pm

      Hey! Idk if you already tried out or not but no there is not a age limit

  • Grace April 29, 2019, 3:49 pm

    I’m 11 and can do all of the above and more but do you think I’m too old to compete?

    • GC May 19, 2019, 1:18 pm

      No, I competed Bronze as an 11 year-old last year. But if you can do many more advanced skills, talk to your coach about doing Xcel Silver instead.

      • Lucy August 22, 2019, 11:38 pm

        Did you need a birth certificate to sign up?

  • Nicole November 1, 2019, 11:17 pm

    i want to start xcel, probably in either bronze or silver. i took some rec classes from age 6-11, but i quit 2 years ago. i was wondering if there are any gyms near seattle, washington that don’t require invitation from coaches, does anyone know of any?

    • Alayna February 29, 2020, 11:36 pm

      Hi! I’m not sure of any gyms in your area (we are in FL), but I would suggest going to an open gym in your area to wake up those skills and scheduling a try-out with a few local gyms that you like. My daughter was out of the gym for a year (and it showed). She did end up joining Xcel Bronze for this competition season. If you have the skills, coaches should be willing to work with you to be competition-ready.

  • kitty November 3, 2019, 7:30 pm

    It basically means you need at least 4 skills on bar (like for instance a pullover back hip circle mill circle and a dismount.)

  • Reni January 27, 2020, 12:20 am

    Can you do a side handstand dismount in xcel bronze?

    • Alayna February 29, 2020, 11:37 pm

      You can! My daughter did one on beam today

  • kbelle March 19, 2020, 3:47 pm

    Don’t worry! I am 11 and I am the youngest and smallest, yet tallest and oldest in my class. I think i should be in silver or at least competing for my roundoff back handspring. Just keep working hard. It only took me a year to get on Xcel and I believe anyone can do it if they work for it!

  • Ann Onymous March 27, 2020, 10:09 am

    I can do all of these,I can also do everything on the Xcel Silver list except a back handspring.I don’t want to be in Bromze but will I be held back for not having this one silver skill?

  • Cupcaknight June 4, 2020, 9:06 am

    I really want to do gymnastics, but I’m 12. Am I too old to start competing?

  • Mistie Price June 14, 2020, 3:13 pm

    I am 16 and want to do gymnastics but feel I am too old to start on an Xcel bronze team the only 2 skills I have are my right good leg split and a backbend

  • Mistie Price June 14, 2020, 7:54 pm

    I am 16 and want to do gymnastics but feel I am too old to start on an Xcel bronze team the only 2 skills I have are my right good leg split and a backend and is there any advice I can get

  • KJ July 7, 2020, 12:21 pm

    Is there a deduction if your skills are “too difficult” for your level? And what would be considered “too difficult”? When I competed Bronze I did a RO BHS tumbling pass and a cartwheel swing thru handstand forward roll (basically a cartwheel and a HS forward roll connected). It says you’re supposed to have a pass with 2 connected acro skills, and then another isolated acro skill. I had 2 passes with 2 connected skills. Would that be a deduction (and if so, how much?) Thanks for any help/advice.

  • Cici August 3, 2020, 11:33 am

    Do you need a back hand spring to be in XCEL bronze? Thanks:)

  • Sophia.N November 2, 2020, 4:46 pm

    I’m ten and I go to open gym. Once I went to gymnastics classes for 1 month but I quit because it was to easy. when I go to open gym some of the coaches said I should try out for excel. I wanted to know if I am to old to get onto excel bronze, should I try out for silver?

  • Taylor November 7, 2020, 8:36 am

    I was wondering if a bronze gymnast can use grips in meets? Thanks

    • eeeyvuqyocyh3ycq3 November 20, 2020, 8:31 pm

      i am in excel gold and i dont where grips. i dont think you need them but you can wear them if u want

  • Xcel bronze gymnast January 20, 2021, 1:46 pm

    I am in xcel bronze I am 10 years old I compete in the team called

  • Pup1 February 17, 2021, 8:59 am

    At my gymnastics place there is Xcel purple, gold and platinum. Does that mean that Xcel purple is bronze? Also what is a “A” value skill?

  • nana February 18, 2021, 10:44 am

    i am 12 and just moved on to silver! i was in bronze for a few months i just turned 12 recently. my advice bronze is easy work hard and you will move to silver!


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