Xcel Platinum Requirements

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Xcel Platinum Gymnastics Requirements
Xcel Platinum is the fourth level in the Xcel gymnastics levels. To compete gymnastics in the Xcel Platinum 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 Platinum 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 Platinum level without being able to do all the skills listed below. For what requirements gymnasts don’t fulfill, the judges take deductions.

xcel platinum skills list

Platinum Vault Requirement

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

Platinum Bars Requirements

Platinum gymnasts must have the following in their bar routine:

  1. 6 “A” & 1 “B” valued skill
  2. A clear support skill finishing above horizontal
  3. A Circling Skill (not the mount or dismount)
  4. A Kip
  5. A Dismount from the high bar

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Platinum Beam Requirements

Platinum gymnasts must have the following in their beam routine:

  1. 6 “A” & 1 “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) or an acro series with or without flight (ex. handstand, back walkover)

Platinum Floor Requirements

Platinum gymnasts must have the following in their floor routine:

  1. 6 “A” & 1 “B” valued skills
  2. Minimum of two directly connected acro skills, both must have flight and one must be an “A” or “B” salto (ex. front handspring, front tuck)
  3. Either a 2nd pass of 2 directly connected acro skills with flight or a  “B” salto (ex. roundoff– back handspring– back tuck or a front pike)
  4. A dance passage with two skills, one of which is a leap with a 150 degree cross or side split –they can be directly or indirectly connected
  5. Minimum of 360 degree turn on one foot

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The next Xcel level in gymnastics after Platinum is Diamond.


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  • Ellie December 26, 2014, 6:45 am

    I’m English so I can’t compleat in this comp but can do harder stuff than the stuff abive

  • Erika November 17, 2016, 7:09 pm

    Are yurchenkos with no flip alowed in Xcel Diamond

    • Autumn Christie December 23, 2016, 2:36 am

      Yes they are

  • Juliette LeBlanc January 1, 2017, 11:02 pm

    I have all of the reqierments for excel platinum but then I would be the only girl in platinum at my gym. I want to ask my coach if I can move to platinum, but would I be allowed to compete on my own?

    • gymnasticshq January 2, 2017, 10:58 am

      Yep! You can be the only gymnast in a level at a gym.

      • OOFY January 18, 2021, 12:57 pm

        I can’t do a back handspring (or a bridge kickover (I know lane)) but I got moved to xcel gold I is xcel gold anyways
        Do I need a back handspring by now

        • Brenna January 26, 2021, 5:58 pm

          No, you don’t need to have a back handspring for Xcel Gold. There’s a few people in my group who don’t have back handsprings and were able to compete Gold just fine.

          • Gymnast February 1, 2021, 10:40 pm

            But the bhs is needed a lot in the future on multiple events and there aren’t really anyways around them, so it would be good to get it really soon.

          • Grace McClean May 28, 2021, 8:12 pm

            There are actually many ways around back handsprings. I am a former JO level 6 gymnast (I am switching to Xcel platinum for more freedom) and I cannot do back handsprings because I have shoulder issues and I have many options for tumbling still. My tumbling passes last year were front handspring step out, round off, back tuck and front pike.

  • Eva April 13, 2017, 12:57 am

    Would a kip, cast (above horizontal), clear hip, kip, squat on, jump to high bar, tap swing, counter tap swing, flyaway, work?

    • Emily Summers May 27, 2017, 8:13 pm


  • Kate June 4, 2017, 10:08 pm

    Would a kip cast above horizontal backhip circle squat on Jump to high bar kip cast under swing dismount be allowed?

    • bob March 24, 2020, 10:59 am

      no it wouldn’t you need a clear hip

  • Monica Armstrong June 18, 2017, 7:07 pm

    My daughter is in Xcel Platinum

  • Ash July 10, 2017, 10:55 am

    Where can i find the A and B valued skills

  • Anonymous July 11, 2017, 4:55 pm

    I’m trying to go platinum and all I need is vault any tip’s?

    • Ellie August 13, 2017, 2:04 pm

      In platinum the rules have changed you need to compete and half on half off

      • Anonymous September 4, 2017, 12:32 pm

        Good I just got my half on half off!!

        • Lilly March 11, 2018, 7:25 pm

          What is a half on half off?

          • Lilly March 16, 2018, 10:19 am

            It’s like a round-off jumping with two feet onto the table and then twisting halfway to end facing the wall in front of you

      • Mars December 13, 2020, 7:59 pm

        You don’t need a half on half off, just some vaults will give you a lower start value.

        • Anonymous March 8, 2021, 3:22 pm

          you start out of a 9.8

  • Anonymous July 11, 2017, 4:58 pm

    Can you do a front handspring and a half on or half on and half on half off?

    • Lilly March 16, 2018, 10:20 am


  • Karen Hassig July 11, 2017, 11:00 pm

    Is there a required # or limit on the amount of hours per week of practice for an excel platinum gymnast?

    • Anonymous July 12, 2017, 5:54 pm


    • Lisa July 27, 2017, 9:41 pm

      Mine goes 16 hours a week

      • Sofia Lloret August 15, 2018, 5:30 pm

        Jeez… I’ve met level 8’s and level 10’s who train less hours

        • Ella Kallay June 22, 2019, 1:06 am

          me to …. our xcel team only trains 3 hours a day

          • Amelie June 15, 2021, 9:42 pm

            I’m moving to excel from level 6, The excel team at my gym only practices 2h 30 minutes…

  • ashley ames September 8, 2017, 11:50 am

    would a kip, cast (above horizontal), mill circle, jump to high bar, kip, front hip circle, cast, flyaway work???

    • Lilly March 11, 2018, 7:26 pm


    • Reni March 24, 2020, 12:03 am

      No you need a B value skill

  • Sophia September 30, 2017, 10:05 am

    For beam, since you can do an acro series with or without flight, would it be possible for me to do a backwalkover back tuck dismount because it is a connection and has flight it would just be my dismount. Can that be allowed?

    • Izzy January 6, 2019, 3:04 pm

      Yes it would count, you may get deducted points for it depending on whether the judge is nice or not but its allowed. I used to do a handstand, back walkover, back tuck and it just depends on the judge.

  • Libby November 26, 2017, 11:44 pm

    My coach said that a flyaway with a half twist counts as a B skill for platinum bars. Is that true?

    • ali December 13, 2017, 10:16 pm

      yes thats correct

      • Beth February 8, 2020, 4:35 pm

        So, does this mean if a gymnast dismounts with a flyaway half, they wouldn’t have to do a free hip?

        • anonymous March 8, 2021, 3:33 pm

          yes because it’s a b value skill.

  • Aimee R Hobbs January 28, 2018, 10:01 pm

    Has the cast requirements changed ? Judges keep saying that our girls are not meeting cast requirements and they all at least parallel.

    • Marisa March 30, 2018, 3:54 pm

      I think it needs to be at least parallel (horizontal). But in the code of points it says horizontal or above. Make sure to check that their toes aren’t below their waist in the cast. when i was competing, my coach said that my toes were not parallel with the rest of my body, so i got a 0.5 deduction.
      Hope this helped,

  • Victoria February 4, 2018, 7:08 pm

    I have all the requirements to be an xcel platinum, and I am one, but I am going to nationals in Florida this year, and I want to know if I need a certain all around score to get into regionals? If not how do I get in?

    • Anonymous March 29, 2018, 1:23 am

      Platinum needs a 35.50

  • Marisa March 30, 2018, 3:48 pm

    Hi! I’m moving to Xcel Platinum for the 2018-2019 season. Would these skills qualify to be in my routines?
    Vault: Front Handspring 1/2 twist
    Bars: Kip, cast back hip circle, squat-on, jump to high bar, long hang kip, cast-away, flyaway.
    Beam: Split jump, Back walkover (maybe a switch leg), Cartwheel, and back tuck or branny dismount.
    Floor: Roundoff Back handspring back tuck, front tuck roundoff (or front pike), full (360 degrees) turn, Split leap side leap.
    P.S. Does anyone know a good youtube channel or website for Xcel floor music? If so, do they have any sassy ones?

    • Hailey July 21, 2018, 8:53 pm

      It is fine except for the back walkover on beam; it says you need to have a skill with flight, like a back handspring on round off, or a series that can either have flight or not

  • Jorja Lubiejewski July 23, 2018, 4:31 pm

    I am almost 14 years old and I am a level 8 gymnast who is now diamond Xcel it you have any questions I am also a coach and I have been training for a long time

    • Laura October 18, 2019, 3:34 pm

      I’ve been reading A and B skill lists on the internet, and have seen both split jump and split leap on the beam classified as B skills. Is this correct?

      • Anonymous March 8, 2021, 3:26 pm

        as long as the split jump hits 180 and the leap hits 180 without kicking into it.

    • Briannah Howard October 4, 2020, 10:04 am

      Can you compete round off backhandspring back full In platinum? I’m new to excel.

  • Emily October 30, 2018, 10:58 am

    vault: half on
    bars: kip cast(above horizontal) clear hip, kip, squat on, high bar kip, cast down, flyaway
    beam: leap backwalkover, backwalkover series, front tuck, straight jump, tuck jump, handstand
    floor: round off back handspring back tuck, front pike, full turn(360), leap.

    Is this good for Xcel Platinum?

    • thatonerandomperson 012 November 22, 2018, 11:26 am


    • anonymous March 8, 2021, 3:30 pm

      Yes for bars, beam, and floor. Vault you need a half on half off or with a half on you start out of a 9.8.

  • Claire Headman November 29, 2018, 3:26 am

    I have girls from England coming over to do a comp in the Bahamas – is there somewhere we can download a copy of the Xcel Code of Points? We think we’re ok with the routines but need to check a couple of things, like is a changement jump allowable on beam as a link in the jump series?

  • Isla December 5, 2018, 4:28 pm

    Can you do a roundoff backhandspring backhandspring for a pass on floor & still make requirements for the first pass?

  • Anonymous January 6, 2019, 11:10 am

    I do sports 17 and 1/2 hours a week.

  • Leanne January 9, 2019, 11:10 pm

    Can I compete two front handsprings and either a front tuck round off or front pike in platinum.


  • Lily January 28, 2019, 4:17 pm

    Is there any alternative to a kip ? For platinum

  • Madelyn February 20, 2019, 10:28 pm

    Hey I need help do I meat all the requirements
    Backhand spring
    Split jump
    Beat jump
    Full turn
    Front tucl dismount

    Roundoof layout
    Full and a half turn
    Switch leap
    Tuxk jump
    Front tucl or Pike

  • Anonymous February 24, 2019, 6:02 pm

    Can you compete a kip, cast, clear hip, kip, squat on , long hang pullover backhipcircle , cast away fly away?

  • Mikayla March 23, 2019, 2:22 pm

    For floor can I do a roundoff full and a front pike as my 2 tumbling passes?

  • Marie April 4, 2019, 9:45 pm

    Can you have a platinum floor routine without any back tumbling passes?

  • Sarah April 20, 2019, 8:57 pm

    Can you do a giant in Platinum. My daughter is working on her giant, her coach says yes she can, but im seeing some things that makes me think otherwise.

  • Gymnast.7 May 19, 2019, 11:45 pm

    I am from Australia and the programs are different but platinum (I think) is around my level.
    Kip cast to horizontal back hip circle, cast stoop on swing swing swing pullover under swing swing swing swing 1/2 turn dismount.

    Roundoff back handspring. Split leap split leap 180 degrees. Full turn. Back walkover. Split jump sizone. Front tuck.

  • ———— July 11, 2019, 2:11 pm

    Do you have to do a fly-away?

  • Courtney July 31, 2019, 1:36 am

    You don’t have to fly away but you can’t half turn dismount dismount must be an A value (undershoot , flyaway etc)

  • Anna September 15, 2019, 5:06 pm

    Can you compete a front layout front tuck in platinum?

  • ashley October 2, 2019, 12:13 pm

    Do you have to compete as a gold to be a platinum? I competed level 5 and went to 6 but moved to Xcel because of my after school schedule the Xcel schedule fit better.

    • anonymous November 23, 2019, 9:38 pm

      If you come from level 5 JO then you can get into platinum without a 35.50. And other gyms have other expectations, so like my gym has a different requirement.

    • crystal November 23, 2019, 9:40 pm

      No you don’t, I came from level 5 and switched over to platinum. You just have to have all or most of your skills

  • Brooke Sopsk December 2, 2019, 6:17 pm

    So as one of my passes I do roundoff back-handspring back tuck, can I compete a roundoff back tuck as my other pass?

  • abby March 27, 2020, 11:14 am

    can excel platinum compete a yurchenko twist off or yurchenko with no flip

    • Gracie July 24, 2020, 12:18 am

      I think so, I know you can in level six but I don’t know about platinum

  • Sanai April 21, 2020, 12:17 pm

    Can you do a double full turn on floor

    • mars December 13, 2020, 8:10 pm

      yes you can

  • anika May 18, 2020, 2:01 pm

    Hi I was wondering if gymnastics hq could reply telling me if these rountines are ok for xcel platium.
    roundoff backhdspring layout
    front pike
    squat on
    fly away

    handtsand backwalkover
    back tuck dismount

    front handspring
    I would REALLY apprceiate it if someone could anwser telling me if these are ok. Thanks

  • Kaylee May 23, 2020, 10:28 pm

    Can I just do a half on or do I have to do a half on half off?

  • Bob July 19, 2020, 11:57 pm

    Instead of eoing a long hang kip in platinum can i do baby giant

  • Taylor July 25, 2020, 1:52 am

    What’s a 6 “A” & 1 “B” valued skills

  • Taylor July 25, 2020, 1:54 am

    What’s a 6 “A” & 1 “B” valued skills

  • lily August 15, 2020, 10:46 pm

    for the floor for the tumbling passes would a front handspring step out roundoff back handspring step out, and a front pike work?

  • Hannah October 18, 2020, 3:21 pm

    What are some B skills on beam if I don’t have a back handspring yet?

    • Sydney November 12, 2020, 1:26 pm

      Vertical handstand (no hold) – back walkover ( it’s a connection )

    • mars December 13, 2020, 8:14 pm

      – roundoff
      – dive cartwheel
      or you can do a connection
      – backwalkover balkwalkover
      – handstand backwalkover
      – cartwheel cartwheel
      – cartwheel handstand
      front walkover handstand
      – front walkover front walkover

  • Sienna James October 30, 2020, 7:43 am

    Can I do a suke? (sorry if I didnt spell it right) Or is that too high of a skill?

  • Sophia.N November 4, 2020, 12:25 am

    is a giant a B valued skill ?

    • Mars December 8, 2020, 2:50 pm

      A giant is a C

  • 22222 November 12, 2020, 6:56 pm

    hi where would my cast need to by in excel platinum ?

    • mars December 13, 2020, 8:15 pm

      your cast has to be above horizontal.

      • Echo March 27, 2021, 9:38 am

        Yes it does

  • Mars December 8, 2020, 2:44 pm

    Hi, currnetly I am working a front full and am close to doing it on the floor. Would I be able to do this in Platinum or will I just have to to a front pike or front layout?

  • kendal sills January 13, 2021, 7:20 pm

    On floor, can I do a front tuck or front pike as my front pass?

  • Liv January 23, 2021, 9:27 am

    So you don’t have to have a flyaway?

    • anonymous March 8, 2021, 3:31 pm

      you don’t but the only other dismount for bars is an underswing dismount and it’s hard to get credit for that.

  • Emma February 14, 2021, 2:51 pm

    What are The most common a and B valued skills

  • Pup1 February 17, 2021, 11:44 am

    Is a back hip circle a circling skill?

    • anonymous April 1, 2021, 8:24 am

      Standing Back Tuck
      Round off BHS Tuck
      Round off tuck
      Round off back handspring layout
      Front Tuck
      Front Handspring
      back handspring back tuck

      Full turn
      back tuck as dismount
      backwalkover on beam

      Front Hand Spring

      Close to a kip
      Back hip circle
      squat on
      jump to highbar
      tap swinging
      tap dismount

      Plssss tell me if these would be alright to go to Platinum

      • hailey June 15, 2021, 7:23 pm

        i would say excel gold would be better. you do not meet all the requirements and even if you work hard on them you will still be struggling throughout the season.

    • Jess July 7, 2021, 10:35 pm

      Yes it is but it is not a clear circling skill. In a clear circling skill your hips do not touch the bar.

  • anonymous April 1, 2021, 8:11 am

    Ok, so i havent done gymnastics in 2 years but im going back soon and i have a lot of skills on floor like a round off back handspring tuck,standing,tuck, front hand spring..but i havent done bars in a while. However, I want to be on Platinum with my best friend. Do you think I could get into Platinum if i had a front tuck on floor, a RBHS tuck, backwalkover,back tuck as dismount on beam,front handspring on vault,and a kip on bars??

  • Jackie April 20, 2021, 1:15 am

    What value is a front full, and can u compete it in platinum?

  • Erin April 20, 2021, 6:01 pm

    Can a gymnast compete Platinum, qualify for state and regionals, and then be moved down to xcel Gold for the next season?

  • Emma August 20, 2021, 12:25 am

    Is sole circle count as a circling skill in platinum


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