Xcel Gold Requirements

Xcel Gold is the third level in the Xcel Gymnastics Program. To compete gymnastics in the Xcel Gold Division, the gymnast must be able to do routines that meet these requirements,

xcel gold level requirements gymnastics 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 Gold division is one level in the Xcel program; here is more information about all the gymnastics levels.

While these are requirements, some gymnasts compete in the Xcel Gold 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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Gold Vault Requirement

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

Gold Bars Requirements

Gold gymnasts must have the following in their bar routine:

  1. A minimum of 6 “A” value skills
  2. A clear support skill finishing at horizontal or above (ex. cast to horizontal)
  3. A Circling Skill (not the mount or dismount)
  4. A Dismount from the high bar

Gold Beam Requirements

Gold gymnasts must have the following in their beam routine:

  1. Minimum of 1/1 (360°) turn on one foot
  2. Two different dance skills, can be isolated or in a series (ex. split jump and straight jump)
  3. One jump/leap that reaches a 120° angle (ex. split jump with 120° split)
  4. Two acro skills and one of the skills must achieve or go through vertical (ex. cartwheel and backward roll)
  5. A dismount (ex. roundoff off the beam)

Gold Floor Requirements

Gold gymnasts must have the following in their floor routine:

  1. Minimum of two directly connected acro skills, both must have flight (ex. front handspring, front tuck)
  2. Either a 2nd pass of 2 directly connected acro skills with flight or an aerial or a salto(ex. roundoff back handspring back tuck or a side aerial)
  3. A dance passage with two skills, one of which is a leap with a 120° cross or side split –they can be directly or indirectly connected
  4. Minimum of 360° turn on one foot

The next Xcel gymnastics level after Gold is Platinum.


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  • Geneva Jewl December 1, 2016, 12:31 pm

    Quick question, on the bar routine do you need to get up on the high bar?

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    • gymnasticshq December 5, 2016, 8:52 pm

      Yes, you do!

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  • Laura Sherif December 10, 2016, 6:46 pm

    can you compete a roundoff back handspring for 1 pass and a front tuck for the next? Thanks.

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    • Nicole January 15, 2017, 12:02 pm

      Yes

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 11:01 am

      A roundoff is not considered an acro skill, so you will have to add a back tuck to the end of your roundoff bhs. The front tuck is fine though.

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      • Emma August 21, 2017, 9:10 am

        You can do a RBHS without a back tuck, because I am competing that this year and I am in gold level. Not trying to be rude tho it might be different at your gym.

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  • deedee January 23, 2017, 5:15 pm

    hi

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  • wes January 23, 2017, 9:38 pm

    My daughter is under the impression that on the beam routine that there is a maximum amount of skills they can do. For instance.. She can do a cartwheel and a backward roll but isn’t allowed to have a hand stand in the same routine. Is this true?

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    • Kaitlyn January 27, 2017, 10:11 pm

      I think so, yes. Also, having less skills gives her less of a chance of falling. There won’t be any benefit to the score from having 3 acros.

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      • wes January 27, 2017, 10:32 pm

        So just a follow up if you have any thoughts. What if she fell doing the first skill but did the second and “third” right. She would get deduction for the fall but wouldn’t she get points for completing the other two skills.

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    • gymnasticshq January 31, 2017, 2:42 pm

      There isn’t a maximum number of skills they can do, but most coaches choose to limit the skills because as Kaitlyn said, it will help her have a higher score since there are less chances for her to earn deductions.

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 11:12 am

      No, but coaches will likely only include her two best acro skills in the routine. If you would like her to have all three, you can just talk to her coaches about that.

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    • Keara December 3, 2018, 11:03 am

      You can have a handstand in your routine. my two acro skills are cartwheel and a handstand. You do NOT need a backword roll you can have one but you dont need one. You only NEED a cartwheel and a cartwheel.

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  • Shaunte Monti February 3, 2017, 11:02 am

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  • Kendra February 5, 2017, 6:15 pm

    On a Gold Bars routine there are 6 A level skills required. We have:
    1. pull-over
    2. cast back hip circle
    3. cast
    4. stoop-on
    5. tap swing
    6. tap swing
    7. tap swing dismount
    Are each of the above considered A level and, if so, are we getting a deduction for having an extra A level skill?
    Thank you.

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 11:03 am

      No, but you can get very tired from doing extra skills, so you should stay away from that.

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    • Ann January 22, 2018, 2:09 pm

      Is it possible to have to many non A skills there for getting a deduction for having bar skills beyond the xcel Gold level? . Ex. my daughter’s routine for xcel Gold is Kip – squat on – high bar kip – cast to 90 – back hip circle – fly away.

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  • Lboggie April 19, 2017, 11:33 pm

    Hello! I’m curious, do gymnasts ever do the level 4 or 5 compulsory floor routines in Excel by choice? My daughter is 8 years old and an Excel Gold gymnast. Her gym doesn’t do JO until level 7, but I would love for her to progress to level 7 the right way.

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 11:06 am

      The gymnast is allowed to, since the xcel levels allow you to have your own routines, but you are not required to and coaches likely will not give your daughter those routines unless it it is requested by you.

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  • Abby April 22, 2017, 5:36 pm

    Can you do a round off-back handspring for one pass and an ariel for the other?

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    • Beth May 2, 2017, 6:33 pm

      No u have to have at least one salto (backtuck or frontuck)

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      • Keara December 3, 2018, 11:05 am

        You do NOT need a back tuck. back tucks are optional until level4/5 and above. You are allowed to do a tuck but it is not required.

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 10:56 am

      You’ll have to add a back tuck to your roundoff back handspring, because it is required to have a pass of two acro skills that both have flight, and a roundoff is not considered an acro skill. You can do a regular aerial though, because you are required to have a pass of either an aerial or a pass with a salto (back tuck and front tuck) included.

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      • Jill October 6, 2018, 7:01 am

        A round off is a flight skill. The hands and feet leave the floor/beam at the same time. So is a dive cartwheel for that matter. There are many options for passes. Xcel is all about getting creative.

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    • SB November 5, 2017, 12:10 pm

      Yes, because an aerial is a flight skill. I’m competing a round off back handspring back tuck for my first pass and then a front tuck for my second pass, but you don’t need a back tuck. I competed a round off back handspring and front tuck and got first place with a 9.4

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  • Avrie April 25, 2017, 5:57 pm

    Can an Xcel Gold gymnast do a switch leap for their leap?

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    • Beth May 2, 2017, 6:34 pm

      Yes they can do a switch leap as long as it reaches a 120 degree angle

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 11:08 am

      You can do any kind of leap (including switch leaps), as long as it reaches a 120 degree angle.

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  • Beth May 2, 2017, 6:32 pm

    @abby no u have to have at least one salto (backtuck or front tuck)

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  • Daniela May 16, 2017, 11:05 pm

    Hi, I am a silver gymnast, I don’t have a back walkover on beam or a kip on bars , will I still be able to get to compete gold this upcoming season. Thank you!!!

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 11:09 am

      Yes, you can!! Instead of a kip, you can do a pullover, and instead of a back walkover on beam, you can do a cartwheel or backward roll.

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  • Zoe June 4, 2017, 8:05 pm

    @Daniela yes i am exceal sliver gymnast as well and you can do a back ward roll insted of a back walk over and a pullover instead of a kip

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  • Payton June 27, 2017, 11:06 pm

    Do you have to do a kip

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    • Autumn July 3, 2017, 10:59 am

      No. You can do a pullover instead, but just know other girls will probably have a higher score for doing a kip, so you might want to learn one just in case.

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      • Marisa November 23, 2017, 11:25 pm

        No, they won’t get a higher score if they do a kip rather than a pull-over because they are both considered “A” skills.

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  • Addison July 21, 2017, 6:29 pm

    What levels are Xcel Gold equivalent to?

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    • Ali July 30, 2017, 10:43 pm

      Xcel gold is about equivalent to level 4 but mostly level 5, depending on the difficulty of the skills you do.

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    • Ali July 30, 2017, 10:45 pm

      Xcel gold is about equivalent to level 5, maybe some level 4 depending on the difficulty of the skills you do.

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  • rain July 24, 2017, 7:08 pm

    Is a roundoff over the vault table an acceptable Xcel gold vault?

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    • Ali July 30, 2017, 10:39 pm

      Yes, that would be a half on and you are allowed to do that. However, there would be deductions if your hands aren’t fully turned around when you hit the table.

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  • Daisy July 27, 2017, 2:54 pm

    Do you have to have a back handspring?

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    • Ali July 30, 2017, 10:40 pm

      Yes, on floor you do have to. You would have to do a round off back handspring back tuck, but there are some other things you could do if necessary.

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      • Sophie October 15, 2017, 10:20 pm

        Actually you don’t have to. In my routine I do a round off back tuck and an side aieral and I don’t get deducted

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      • Keara December 3, 2018, 11:09 am

        YOU DON’T NEED A BACK TUCK. YOU ONLY NEED ROUNDOFF BACK HANDSPRINGx2

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  • Ali July 30, 2017, 10:37 pm

    I am competing xcel gold this year. Am I allowed to do round off back handspring back tuck and front handspring front handspring connection for my tumbling passes?

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    • Lizzie August 20, 2018, 7:07 pm

      Yes, I am an excel gold gymnast and I compete a round off back handspring and a front handspring step-out front handspring to two foot

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  • The talented one August 12, 2017, 2:17 am

    Could you do a front toss for a tumbling pass

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  • Maia September 13, 2017, 11:49 pm

    Hi what are some passes without a backhandspring

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    • Ali September 14, 2017, 3:43 pm

      Front tuck, aerial, front handspring, front handspring front tuck, round off back tuck, etc

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  • Lianna October 14, 2017, 10:30 pm

    I am competing as an Xcel Gold gymnast this year, but some of my teammates don’t have a salto or aerial in their routine. I am concerned that they’re starting score will not be high, but my coach says it will be fine. Should I take action or just go with what my coaches say?

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    • Keara December 3, 2018, 11:11 am

      Coaches are correct. You do not need an aerial or salto in your routine you can do a front step out fronthandspring or front step out roundoff

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  • Sophie October 15, 2017, 9:26 pm

    I kept falling off the beam with my cartwheel is there any chance I could do a handstand and backward roll instead? I only have to reach vertical in my handstand right?

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    • SB November 5, 2017, 12:03 pm

      Yes you can. I’m competing a cartwheel and a backwalkover, but you only have to have a skill that passes through vertical and one other skill.

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  • Eva October 17, 2017, 2:10 pm

    Can I compete a back walkover back tuck dismount (connected) off of beam?

    Also is a beat jump aloud in my jump series?

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  • Marisa November 23, 2017, 11:27 pm

    Hi, I was just wondering if i could do a Round-off Back tuck for my fist tumbling pass and a front tuck (or potentially a front-handpring stepout into a round-off) for my 2nd pass.

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  • karen brooks November 29, 2017, 10:53 am

    can you do round off backhand spring backhand spring

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  • Sunset Siliver December 14, 2017, 5:46 pm

    I’M WILL BE IN XCEL GOLD IN 2019

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  • Sunset Siliver December 14, 2017, 5:48 pm

    I’MWILL BE IN XCEL GOLD IN 2019
    I’M IN XCEL BRONZE

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  • Alexa January 20, 2018, 10:41 pm

    My coach is a certified judge for USAG Gymnastics and she said we cannont do a roundoff handspring tuck is that true. And will two connected back walkovers be good enough for beam acro. Also how do ou get rid of an arch in your vault????

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    • Eva January 21, 2018, 2:58 am

      You are aloud to do a roundoff back handspring back tuck in Xcel Gold

      And yes a back walkover back walkover series would work fine. The requirements for acro in Xcel Gold is two acro skills with (at least) one going through vertical.

      Also the best way to not arch on vault is to do a arm circle into it (and squeeze the whole time), that will get your chest back and make it easier to hollow off the table.

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    • Ali January 21, 2018, 10:20 am

      Yes, you can do a round off back handspring back tuck. You cannot do a back walkover back walkover because you need to have two different acros. Only one has to pass through vertical. And you can make your front handspring not arch by right when you pop leave your feet up and try to stay in the same position you were originally.

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    • Geneva January 22, 2018, 2:46 pm

      You can do a double back walkover, you just need to have two acro skills with at least one of those skills going through vertical.

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  • Taylor January 27, 2018, 9:47 am

    Hi! I’m an xcel gold gymnast and i can do cast handstand so is that allowed in the routine ?

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    • GC August 6, 2018, 1:24 pm

      Is cast handstand an “A” value skill? You could include that in your required 6

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    • Keara December 3, 2018, 11:14 am

      No you cannot. That is not an “A” level skill. Its is a “B” level and is not allowed in gold. You can do it in level 4 though.

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  • Jennifer January 27, 2018, 10:19 pm

    2 questions on excel gold can a spot be used on the floor for front tuck and can a backwards roll be done as an acro skill on the bean along with an cartwheel.
    Thanks

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  • Ellie March 10, 2018, 11:36 pm

    So, I’m confused about the floor requirements for tumbling. Does a roundoff back handspring meet the requirement of two connected acro skills with flight? And can the second pass be the same as the first or do you need different skills? Thanks!

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  • Anna Baumgaertner April 8, 2018, 9:00 am

    Can an xcel bronze gymnast skip to gold if she has already completed all of the Silver skills in a season? In other words, by the end of her first year in broNze she has actually completed all of the silver skills as well

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  • Ava April 17, 2018, 12:04 am

    Can I, in gold, have my first pass be a side aerial and the second and last pass a front tuck?

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  • Mary April 29, 2018, 10:18 pm

    For a bar routine could you do:
    1. Kip
    2. Cast back hip circle
    3. Squat on
    4. Jump to high bar
    5. Pull over on the high bar
    6. Cast back hip circle
    then to the 7. Fly away?

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  • Mary April 29, 2018, 10:19 pm

    For a bar routine could you do:
    1. Kip
    2. Cast back hip circle
    3. Squat on
    4. Jump to high bar
    5. Pull over on the high bar
    6. Cast back hip circle
    then to the 7. Fly away

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    • thatonerandomperson 012 September 1, 2018, 12:11 pm

      Mary – I know this is a late response, but yes you can do that bar routine. You don’t need to do the back hip circle twice though. If you did:
      1. kip
      2. cast to horizontal
      3. back hip circle
      4. squat on
      5. long hang pullover
      6. cast off to flyaway
      you would meet all of the requirements.

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  • Ana May 19, 2018, 4:45 pm

    My daughter is currently in the excel program and competes on the gold level. I am trying to decide if we need to stay with the excel program or move to the compulsory program. Pros and cons please. Thank you

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    • Lisa July 10, 2018, 12:45 pm

      @Ana My daughter completed level 4 in compulsory’s. Her coach suggested Excel Gold instead of Level 5 for her to get ready for optionals (Levels 6-10). Her thought process is that she will enjoy this season & it not be so repeatious from Level 4. Someone else may correct me if I’m wrong, I’ve heard from some parents of athletes who aspire to be a college gymnasts, that college coaches prefer Optionals over Excel Platinum.

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  • Kaitlyn May 21, 2018, 11:23 pm

    So I recently had tryouts for my gyms xcel team. Since the requirements are changing this year I don’t know if I would still be in silver. But I competed at another gym the yer before that did not have sanctioned meets, so even though I competed as a silver before I cannot count that season because the meets weren’t sanctioned. So, is there any way I could compete at one meet as a silver, and qualify for gold out of that, and become a gold for the rest of the season?

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  • Mona June 1, 2018, 12:10 am

    Are you allowed to do a back handspring step out on beam for Gold?

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  • Gold June 13, 2018, 4:25 pm

    No

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  • Emma June 27, 2018, 9:47 pm

    How long does your floor music need to be in xcel gold?

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    • Lisa July 10, 2018, 12:47 pm

      Your floor music must be 1 minute max

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  • Marissa July 25, 2018, 12:57 am

    Is it required to have a tuck in your routine? Or could I do a roundoff back handspring back handspring, and an ariel or front handspring?

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    • Keara December 3, 2018, 11:06 am

      You do not need a tuck.

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  • Georgette July 30, 2018, 10:37 am

    Are the requirements above correct? I know there was an update to the Code of Points July 2018. My gym is waiting on the copy with the updates and my daughter has an appointment this week to create her floor routine.

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  • Allison August 2, 2018, 11:31 pm

    Hi, I have a question about the tumbling passes. Could I do a round off double backhand spring and then a front handspring, or would I have to do either a front tuck, back tuck, or ariel in one of the passes? Thanks so much.

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    • GC August 6, 2018, 1:19 pm

      I think it has to be two DIFFERENT connected acro skills, so you would not be able to do that. But you may have to look at others’ routines to make sure You should check on USAG’s official rules site and see first.

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    • thatonerandomperson 012 September 1, 2018, 12:14 pm

      You can do a roundoff two back handsprings but your second pass can’t be a single acro skill that isn’t a salto/aerial. So you could either do a front handspring stepout front handspring or do a front tuck/side aerial for your pass.

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  • Kim August 9, 2018, 4:32 pm

    Does a dive roll qualify as a flight requirement for Gold?

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  • Michelle McKelligan September 7, 2018, 6:34 pm

    Hi. In regards to the Xcel level requirements for composing the routines. I notice that the Bronze and Silver were just updated in Aug I’m assuming because of the release of the new code of points. But the Gold, Platinum, and Diamond have not since 2014 and 2015. Is this because there has been no changes to these levels.

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  • Sarah September 17, 2018, 11:49 pm

    Can I do a front handspring with a half twist entry for my vault?

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  • Dedra Kearson October 20, 2018, 4:39 pm

    When were these requirements last updated?

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    • gymnasticshq October 21, 2018, 11:16 am

      This summer. They are the new rules.

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  • beth December 2, 2018, 12:25 pm

    am i able to do a switch leg leap for my leap pass on floor.

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  • beth December 2, 2018, 12:26 pm

    can i pick any floor music for gold level

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    • Keara December 3, 2018, 11:25 am

      Yes but it has to be at least and at most 1 minute long

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  • Keara December 3, 2018, 11:22 am

    On beam you can do:
    Backwalkover, cartwheel, handstand, backward roll. Must do Cartwheel and handstand. Can do level four dismount, Round off dismount, side aerial dismount, and front tuck dismount.
    On floor you can do:
    Front tuck, Aerial, Leap to 120 degrees, switch leap to 120, round-off 2 back-handspring, round-off back-handspring back tuck, front handspring step out front handspring two feet, front handspring front tuck.
    On bars you can do:
    Pull over, Kip, cast back hip circle (cast must be horizontal), cast squat on, 3 tap swings to a tap swing dismount or flyaway, you can do long hand kip to cast back hip-circle under swing with 3 taps to tap dismount.
    On vault you can do:
    Front handspring over table off of TABLE, round-off/half on off of the table, and you can do a half on half off.

    Thanks for reading!! Hope this was helpful!!!

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  • Kim December 7, 2018, 10:26 pm

    What is the deduction amount if you do a round off backhanspring and omit the back tuck? My daughter keeps freezing on it.

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    • GC December 9, 2018, 11:32 am

      You don’t need the back tuck. There are some girls from my gym that are only doing the ROBH. On the 2nd pass they are doing a front-handspring step-out to a round-off.

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