Xcel Diamond Routine Requirements

Xcel Diamond is the fifth and last level in the Xcel gymnastics levels. To compete gymnastics in the Xcel Diamond Division, the gymnast must be able to do routines that meet these
requirements, as stated in the Xcel Code of Points, and have scored a 31 All-Around as a Platinum level gymnast. These requirements are paraphrased for easier comprehension; for precise information always refer to the official book published by USA Gymnastics.

The Xcel Diamond division is one level in the Xcel program; here is more information about all the gymnastics levels. The Xcel Diamond division is comparable in skill level to a Level 7 in the Junior Olympic program.

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

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Diamond Vault Requirement

Diamond gymnasts must perform a minimum of a front handspring vault.

Diamond Bars Requirements

Diamond gymnasts must have the following in their bar routine:

  1. 5 “A” & 2 “B” valued skills
  2. A clear support skill finishing a min of 45° from vertical
  3. Circling Skill – minimum of a “B” value
  4. A Release, Pirouette or 2nd Different Circling Skill — minimum of a “B” value
  5. A Salto or Hecht dismount from the high bar

Diamond Beam Requirements

Diamond gymnasts must have the following in their beam routine:

  1. 5 “A” & 2 “B” valued skills
  2. Minimum of 1/1 (360°) turn on one foot
  3. Dance series with 2 skills (they can be the same or different skills)
  4. One jump/leap that reaches a 150° angle (ex. straddle jump) — can be included in dance series
  5. One acro skill that has flight (ex. back handspring) that can be isolated or in a series AND an acro series with or without flight (ex. handstand, back walkover)
  6. Salto or Aerial Dismount

Diamond Floor Requirements

Diamond gymnasts must have the following in their floor routine:

  1. 5 “A” & 2 “B” valued skills
  2. Two separate acro connections each with a minimum of two directly connected acro flight elements (ex. front handspring, front pike and round-off back handspring back tuck)
  3. Two different saltos (can be isolated or in a series) and one must be a minimum of a “B” value (the front pike and back tuck from the previous requirement would fulfill this one)
  4. A dance passage with a minimum of two different leaps, jumps or hops, one of which is a leap with a 150° cross or side split — they can be directly or indirectly connected
  5. Minimum of “B” turn on one foot ( A 540 degree turn is a “B”)



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  • destiny December 10, 2016, 8:51 pm

    What happens after you compete diamond?

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    • gymnasticshq December 12, 2016, 6:52 pm

      You can then move on to compete in the JO program, the traditional levels 1-10.

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      • Cali October 14, 2018, 4:13 pm

        Actually, at a lot of gyms, you cannot go from Xcel to JO. But for those gyms that do allow the transition, if you have competed Diamond, you would probably be ready for Level 7 or 8.
        If you are at least 14, the coach could use video of your Diamond routines and other skills you have to petition you into Level 7. If you are under 14, you would have to score out of Level 4 and level 5 and then you could compete Level 7 (or also score out of Level 7 and compete Level 8).

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  • GymnastloverDanceatHeart December 16, 2016, 12:06 pm

    So you move to the JO program after Diamond, Did not know that till now!

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    • gracie January 9, 2017, 6:16 pm

      For most gyms xcel is a program that gymnasts can join if they still want to compete but can’t make the commitment required for JO. You can also move from JO to xcel if you can no longer make the commitment or because of an injury.

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      • Rachel April 2, 2017, 2:53 am

        Actually Excel is meant for a more relaxed setting and is not compulsory, every routine is more unique and they dont do the same skills

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    • Marisa March 30, 2018, 3:26 pm

      Yes, you can move to JO from Xcel. The Xcel program is mainly geared toward high school gymnstics and D3 colleges.

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  • Jennifer cipriani January 11, 2017, 10:52 am

    What if you compete Xcel diamond and score at least 31 but don’t want to go JO because of time commitment or other reasons. Can you just “stay” in Xcel diamond level through highschool?

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    • gymnasticshq January 16, 2017, 12:32 pm

      Yes, you can stay at Xcel Diamond if your gym will let you, but they might want you to move to JO.

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  • Emily February 24, 2017, 8:07 pm

    What level will you move into after Diamond? Im guessing level 7.

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  • Nevaeh February 27, 2017, 7:40 pm

    I’m a level 7 gymnast, could I move to Xcel diamond if I wanted to?

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    • gymnasticshq February 28, 2017, 10:33 am

      Yes!

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  • Sadie March 13, 2017, 10:29 pm

    I was recently a level 8 gymnast for two years, and now I want to switch to excel for inquiry and commitment purposes. I was wondering if I can compete a yurcanko pike for vault , a bhs layoutstepout on beam a double back on floor and also a double fly away,overshoot on bars?? Please replay and the main reason I am switching is too do the high school gymnastics team because my gym doesn’t allow you to do high school and JO so I would go to excel!! I am so scared to tell my coaches but states is Sunday so we will see how it goes-xoxo Sadie

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    • Delaney March 23, 2017, 3:51 pm

      Hi Sadie! I think you should tell you coaches and talk to your parents. There might be another girl on your team who wants to go to excel.

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    • alexa May 4, 2018, 8:37 am

      you can go to xcel diamond but will not be able to compete a double back, because that isnt allowed at the diamond level

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  • keeley March 26, 2017, 11:02 am

    if I wanted to move from xcel platniam to level 7, do you have to compete as a level 5 gymnast first before you go to an optional team? and I have the skills for level 7.

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  • Janie May 15, 2017, 1:09 pm

    I recently competed level 3 and I think excel would be fun but would it be like I’m givving up?

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    • Lily May 30, 2017, 6:20 pm

      Nope! My coaches put me on xcel bronze because I wanted to it doesn’t mean you are quitting!

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    • Amelia Bové June 16, 2017, 5:23 pm

      I’m moving to X-Cel next year and I have just completed level three. My coaches are putting me in gold so your coaches might move you to gold as well. You wouldn’t be giving up you are deciding. If you truly want to be in X-Cel you can be you will still be committed to your team. Good luck!

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    • Autumn August 6, 2017, 9:42 am

      No!!! Why would that mean your giving up?? It’s just different levels!!!

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  • Janie May 15, 2017, 1:10 pm

    I really want to go to excel but there are not many people in the program

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  • Kaitlyn July 15, 2017, 12:49 am

    I can go into Xcel Silver if I get my pullover and back hip circle by July 26th. I’ve been doing workouts for the whole week. I’ve been to open gym and it doesn’t feel like it’s helped. I’m going to be using a theraband for my back hip circle fears. Do you think I could do anything else to improve??

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  • staci baskins July 18, 2017, 4:00 pm

    About how many gymnast nationally compete in the Diamond Program

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    • Lucy Pace February 23, 2018, 3:32 pm

      Hi! The National Diamond Team is a complete different thing. It is in a program called TOPs, which is intended for young gymnasts ages 7-10

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  • Sarah August 21, 2017, 12:55 pm

    If a gymnast competes level 7 and then decides she wants to go to excel after an injury, can she compete platinum or does she have to compete as a diamond

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  • Gymnast November 1, 2017, 6:13 pm

    Hi I want to move to Simone next year but I’m worried my coaches won’t let me because of skill reasons do you have to have a giant on bars and does a giant count as a circling skill please answer me I really need to know I’ve been think about my future in gymnastics and have been wondering this for a while

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  • Gymnast November 1, 2017, 6:14 pm

    Hi I want to move to Simone next year but I’m worried my coaches won’t let me because of skill reasons do you have to have a giant on bars and does a giant count as a circling skill please answer me I really need to know I’ve been think about my future in gymnastics and have been wondering this for a while please and thank you

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    • Gymnast November 1, 2017, 6:14 pm

      I ment diamond

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  • Lelu January 8, 2018, 7:05 pm

    If you go to excel from the middle of JO then do you still have to do the other levels that you haven’t competed yet

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  • lainee snowardt January 22, 2018, 11:05 pm

    If I got to diamond and wanted to do JO Level 7 would I have to go all the way back down to Level 4 and get to Level 7 from there??

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  • Lainee January 22, 2018, 11:07 pm

    If I got to Xcel Diamond and wanted to switch to JO Level 7, would I have to start at JO Level 4 and work my way up to Level 7 from there???

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    • Shelby March 21, 2018, 5:48 pm

      Yes.

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    • Unknown April 9, 2018, 1:26 am

      No, you would have to do a meet at level 4 and 5 and then you can skip to level 7 .

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  • Alyssa March 23, 2018, 3:29 pm

    So technically on floor you don’t even have to do a back handspring? So it would just be a front handspring front pike and a RO back tuck.

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  • KK April 2, 2018, 1:01 pm

    Yeah, You can do two front passes, and u dont have to worry about back passes,
    you just need to meet the skill requirements for the amount of A B and C moves you do

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  • Anni April 12, 2018, 12:17 pm

    could i do one year of ecel diamond, then go to level 7 or 8? or do i have to do the JO program?

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  • Cathy Wright April 18, 2018, 8:23 pm

    My gymnast completed a year of level 7- she is a very competitive girls ice hockey player (juggling both sports since she was 7).. anyway wants to go xcel and told diamond level requirements are at least 1 giant on bars and bhs/bhs on beam? Can you verify requirements for me? Thx so much

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    • thatonerandomperson 012 September 1, 2018, 12:59 pm

      Her gym might specify these requirements but these are not the general USAG requirements. On beam she could complete a single back handspring as well as an acro series like a handstand-backwalkover. On bars she needs a B valued circling skill like a clear hip as well as either a pirouette (e.g. half turn), release (e.g. toe shoot), or another different B valued circling skill. This could be the giant or if she does a clear hip on the low bar and on the high bar in the Xcel Code of Points the same skill on the low bar and high bar counts as two different skills. If her gym won’t let her move to diamond without those skills, you could consider switching gyms.

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  • Emma November 1, 2018, 10:03 pm

    What is the deduction for overtime of a floor routine

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  • Booklover Gymnast November 1, 2018, 10:05 pm

    What is the deduction for overtime for a floor routine

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  • Deborah November 14, 2018, 8:07 am

    Hi I’m excel silver going In to gold I have all the skills just not a kip on bars after I do comp they will se if I can move so … I hope I get my kip I’m really close

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