JUNIOR OLYMPIC COMPETITION
Levels 1 through 10 are considered Junior Olympic (J.O.) levels. At the J.O. level, athletes are governed by a specific set of rules (the J.O. Code of Points) that apply only to USA Gymnastics sanctioned competitions which occur within the United States. The regular season extends from January through April, with the post-season culminating in June or July. At all regular and post-season meets, competitors are divided by gender, age group, and level.
Levels 1 through 4 are considered to be developmental levels, and are designed for beginner students to learn basic techniques and progressions and enhance their abilities to execute skills properly. These are compulsory levels, in which athletes perform the same, prescribed routines with little to no variation. Athletes at this level may compete at all USA Gymnastics sanctioned meets during the regular season, up to and including the State Championships, providing they meet the minimum of two meets per season required by USA Gymnastics to qualify to the State meet.
Levels 5 through 10 promote systematic development of more advanced skills and techniques. Levels 5, 6, and 7 are also considered compulsory levels. Levels 8, 9, and 10 are regarded as optional levels, in which athletes perform their own choice of routines based on pre-set guidelines. Athletes who are level 5 and above must again compete in at least two meets per season in order to qualify to the State Championships per USA Gymnastics guidelines. Athletes at these levels must then meet a qualifying score at either State or Regional Championships in order to qualify to and attend the J.O. National Championships.
All competitive athletes are required to hold a current USA Gymnastics membership to be eligible for competitions and special training camps.
Elite competition is governed by FIG (Federation Internationale de Gymnastiques), and is bound by the FIG Code of Points. FIG is an international committee that oversees elite competitions all over the world, including the Olympics, World Cup, World Championships, and World Games.
The US National Team is comprised of twelve Youth Elite, Junior Elite, and Senior Elite athletes (six male, six female) in each event. Youth Elite athletes must be between the ages of 11 and 13, Junior Elite athletes between the ages of 14 and 17, and Senior Elite athletes are ages 17 and older. The US National Team athletes are ranked by accruing points at specific Elite qualifiers or International, FIG sanctioned meets. Team members are announced following National Championships. As members of the US Team, athletes are required to attend special training camps and competitions throughout the year.
US Team members may also be given international assignments, where they represent the USA at various competitions around the world.
Legacy T&T hosted the Go For the Gold gymnastics meet
On March 29th and 30th, 2014, Legacy T&T hosted the annual Go For the Gold T&T gymnastics meet. Here are a few images from the second day of that event.