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If you're thinking about competing, you may have wondered, "what level gymnast am I?" We have sample routines for you here to show you what routines look like at the various levels. We have selected routines that start from a 10.0, meaning that they meet all the requirements of the particular level listed.
Note that it is certainly not required to have routines that meet the 10.0 start value (SV). However, if you struggle the meet the 10.0 SV on all of the events you will be competing, you may prefer to move to the level beneath the one you're struggling to meet if you're interested in obtaining the highest scores. For example, if you lack one of the special requirements or enough skills at the difficulty level for your chosen level, you may start from a 9.5 or a 9.0. That means, even if you do everything perfectly, that is the highest score you can achieve. It's common for gymnasts to have a 10.0 SV on some routines but not others if you have stronger or weaker events.
Adult gymnastics tends to have more athletes who don't start at the 10.0 SV, so you likely will be in good company if you find yourself having lower SVs on certain events. And if you don't want to compete all the events you don't have to. What you will do in that instance is "scratch" the event(s) you wish to skip. That usually involves saluting the judge, touching the equipment briefly, then saluting again. You will get a 0 for your score which will keep you in the meet. You still will be eligible to receive an award on the event(s) that you did compete, but you likely won't place in the all around, which is where all the events are added together for a total score.
Note as well that the levels shown below are optional levels, meaning that you can pick and choose the skills you will compete as long as they fit into the guidelines set forth by the level. The routines shown are examples but you should strive to choose skills that maximize your own personal abilities and strengths while hiding your weaknesses if you would like to obtain the highest score.
If you would like to learn more about how to construct competitive gymnastics routines, check out this page.
I would love to show more of the Xcel levels, so if you have routines for me to show on this page please contact me to let me know!
If you have other levels of NAIGC competition routines that you'd like to share with me, please contact me. I'd love to feature them on this page! 10.0 SV routines are preferred for the example's sake but certainly not required.
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Disclaimer: Adult gymnasts and coaches give advice and suggestions on this page. By reading and implementing the information, you assume all liability for injury. The advice given is for educational purposes only. Please check with your in-person coach and ensure that you have the proper pit, mats and/or spot available before trying any suggestions. If you don't agree to these terms, do not attempt anything that you see on this page.
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