Level 7 Gymnastics: What to know about the requirements

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Level 7 gymnastics
An understanding of the requirements needed to be proficient in Level 7

As with all levels, a gymnast must be proficient in her previous level in order to be able to compete at the higher. Proficiency is at the advice of her coach, and in obtaining the required mobility score from the previous level.

As a Level 7 gymnast, which is the second of the Optional Gymnastics levels, and the first optional level required, a gymnast must have received a minimum of a 32.00 All-Around in either Level 5 or Level 6 as well as have reached her 7th birthday.

Level 7 gymnasticsLevel 7 gymnasts are required to perform a minimum of 5 “A” skills and 2 “B” skills per event (with the exception of vault which gives you a choice of the type of vault that is accepted). Below is a list of the minimum requirements necessary to compete in Level 7.

Vault

There are three types of vaults allowed at Level 7. All worth a 10.0 Start Value.

  • Front handspring onto a min. of two 8 in. mats
  • Yurchenko timer onto a mat stack
  • Tsuk timer (1/4-1/2 twist on) onto a mat stack

Uneven Bars
In order to start the routine at a 10.0 it must be constructed of a minimum of 7 elements. Allowed are 5 ‘A’s, 2 ‘B’s and 0 ‘C’s at Level 7. More ‘B’ than ‘A’ elements are allowed to fulfill the 7 element requirement. Additionally, the following requirements on bars are required:

  • One cast to handstand
  • Two 360° circling elements (same or different) without hips on bars. (Ex.clear hip circle to a minimum of 45°)
  • Minimum of an ‘A’ salto dismount. (Ex. layout flyaway)

Either the cast to handstand or the circling element must hit vertical to fulfill a special requirement for bars.

Balance Beam
In order to start the routine at a 10.0 it must be constructed of a minimum of 7 elements. Allowed are 5 ‘A’s, 2 ‘B’s and 0 ‘C’s at Level 7. More ‘B’ than ‘A’ elements are allowed to fulfill the 7 element requirement.

A Level 7 beam routine as a maximum time allotment of 1:20 seconds. If overtime, a .1 deduction will ensue.

Additionally, the following requirements on beam are required:

  • One acro series with OR without flight. (Ex’s. back walkover- back walkover OR back walkover- back handspring)
  • One acro flight. If the series does not include an element with flight, there is a requirement that a single flight element be performed in addition to the series with no flight. (Ex’s. back handspring OR round-off)
  • One leap OR jump that meets 180°
  • One 360° (Ex. full turn with free leg in any position)
  • Minimum of an ‘A’ dismount. (Ex. back tuck)
Floor

In order to start the routine at a 10.0 it must be constructed of a minimum of 7 elements. Allowed are 5 ‘A’s, 2 ‘B’s and 0 ‘C’s at Level 7. More ‘B’ than ‘A’ elements are allowed to fulfill the 7 element requirement.

A Level 7 floor routine has a maximum time allotment of 1:30 seconds. If over this time, a .1 deduction will occur for “overtime.”

If a gymnast steps out of bounds during the routine (outside the square tape mark) she will receive a .1 deduction each time.

Additionally, the following requirements on floor are required:
  • One acro series with a minimum of three directly connected flight elements, one a back layout. (Ex. front tuck step-out, round-off, back layout)
  • Two directly connected flight elements. (Ex. front handspring, front pike)
  • A dance passage with two elements, one of which must fulfill the 180° split requirement. (Ex. switch leap connected to a straddle jump)
  • One 360° turn on one foot.

 Here is the Levels 6-8 cheat sheet from USAG.

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