Xcel Platinum Requirements

xcel platinum gymnastics level requirementsXcel 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.

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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

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


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.

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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?


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