Proposed Compulsory Skills for 2021-2029

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USA Gymnastics has given a sneak peak at the proposed new skills and “probable” routine sequences for Levels 1 – 5 for 2021-2029.

Listed below are the proposed skills and sequences by event for each level.

VAULT

Level 1:

  • Straight jump onto min. of 16″ mat, kick up to HS, fall to flat back

Level 2:

  • Jump to HS onto min. of 16″ mat stack
    • No block required

Level 3:

  • Handspring over min 32″ mat stack with mat stack turned sideways
Photo: davisenterprise.com

Level 4:

  • Handspring over vault table

Level 5:

  • Onto a mat stack –
    • Either –
      • Handspring
      • Tsuk timer
      • Yurchenko timer

BARS

Level 1:

  • Back hip pullover
  • Cast
  • Back hip circle
  • Dismount –
    • Either –
      • Cast straddle on sole circle dismount
      • Underswing dismount
Photo: youtube.com

Level 2:

  • Back hip pullover
  • Cast, Back hip circle
  • Single leg cut forward
  • Either –
    • Forward stride circle*
    • Single leg basket swing*
  • Single leg swing backward
  • Cast, dismount –
    • Either –
      • Squat OR pike on, piked sole circle
      • Underswing dismount

*Hooking knee on the bar on the upswing to complete either element circle is allowable

Level 3:

  • Glide swing out (straddle or pike) and return to stand with feet together, back hip pullover OR glide kip*
  • Front hip circle, small cast, return to support
  • Cast, single leg shoot thru
  • Stride circle forward OR a single let basket swing (both legs straight throughout)
  • Single leg cut the leg backward
  • Cast
  • Back hip circle
  • Underswing dismount

*Both a 10.0 SV

Level 4:

  • Glide kip (straddle or pike)
  • Cast to horizontal and return to support (legs together)
  • Cast squat or pike on
  • Long hang kip
  • Cast to horizontal (legs together), back hip circle
  • Underswing
  • Counter swing to 30 degrees below horizontal (straddle allowed on the back swing)
  • Tap swing forward
  • Counter swing to 30 degrees below horizontal (straddle allowed on the back swing)
  • Tap swing forward with 1/2 turn dismount

Level 5:

  • Glide kip (straddle or pike)
  • Cast to above horizontal (no specific degree)
    • Straddle cast allowed at Level 5
  • Clear hip circle to above horizontal (no specific degree) OR backward sole circle to clear support OR backward straddle circle to clear support
  • Glide kip (straddle or pike)
  • Cast squat or pike on back tuck sole circle jump to high bar OR squat or pike on, jump to high bar
  • Long hang kip, cast to above horizontal (no specific degree)
    • Straddle cast allowed at Level 5
  • Long hang pullover
  • Underswing
  • Counter swing to 15 degrees below horizontal (straddle allowed on the back swing)
  • Tap Swing forward
  • Counter swing to 15 degrees below horizontal (straddle allowed on the back swing)
  • Tap swing forward to flyaway in tuck, pike, or layout

BEAM

Level 1:

  • Jump to front support
  • Releve lock position, hold
  • Arabesque – 30 degrees below horizontal (no hold)
  • Stretch jump
  • Lever, hold
  • Step, leg swing, step, leg swing
  • Leg balance in forward passé on flat foot (mark
  • From kneel on one leg, cartwheel to partial handstand, lower to stand facing beam

Level 2:

  • Mount without a board
  • Swing to pushup, jump to tuck stand
  • Arabesque – 30 degrees below horizontal (hold)
  • Stretch jump
  • Level to beam, “hiccup”*
  • Front leg swing, close, back leg swing, close to stand, plié releve lock
  • Leg balance in forward passé, (hold 2 seconds)
  • Pivot 180 degree turn
  • Cartwheel to handstand, lower to stand facing beam

*Actual term used in routine

Photo: Thompsons Gymnastics Center

Level 3:

  • Mount without a board
  • Pivot turn, step, pivot turn
  • Arabesque (>45 degrees) below horizontal
  • Straight leg leap (90 degrees) to plié arabesque (hold)
  • Cross handstand (mark)
  • 1/2 (180 degrees) heel snap turn in forward passé
  • Stretch jump, stretch jump
  • Cartwheel to side handstand (mark), 1/4 turn dismount

Level 4:

  • Mount without a board
  • 1/2 (180 degrees) turn in forward passé
  • Cartwheel
  • Scale (at horizontal)
  • One step entrance, straight leg leap (120 degrees)
  • Cross handstand with legs together (hold 1 second)
  • Split jump (120 degrees), stretch jump
  • Cartwheel to side handstand (hold 1 second), 1/4 turn dismount

Level 5:

  • Mount without a board
  • Full turn in forward passé (arms in crown)
  • Back walkover OR back extension OR back handspring step out
  • Scale (above horizontal)
  • One step entrance, straight leg leap (150 degrees), stretch jump
  • Cross handstand with legs together (hold 2 seconds), step down backward releve walks
  • Split jump (150 degrees), sissone
  • Cartwheel to side handstand (hold 2 seconds), 1/4 turn dismount

FLOOR

Level 1:

  • 3/4 handstand
  • Forward entry cartwheel to 1/4 turn in
  • Backward roll tuck
  • Candlestick
  • Forward roll tuck
  • Forward passé balance (mark), press to releve
  • Forward chasse
  • Stretch jump
Photo: thoughtco

Level 2:

  • Handstand
  • Power hurdle OR 1 step hurdle, round off
  • Backward roll to push up position
  • Candlestick
  • Bridge, back kick over
  • Forward chasse, straight leg leap (60 degrees)
  • Passé, releve, heel snap 1/2 turn
  • Split jump (60 degrees)

Level 3:

  • Split jump (90 degrees)
  • Stretch jump
  • Handstand bridge, back kick over
  • Forward split
  • Chasse, split leap (90 degrees)
  • Backward roll tuck with straight arms to push up position
  • 1/2 (180 degree) turn in forward passé (arms in forward middle or crown)
  • Handstand forward roll (with straight arms)
  • Round off, back handspring, rebound, stick (no specific # of running steps)

Level 4:

  • Straddle jump (120 degrees), stretch jump 1/2 (180 degrees)
    • Not connected
  • Front handspring step out, cartwheel step out, running steps backward to lunge finish
  • Backward roll with straight arms to handstand
  • Forward split
  • Split leap (120 degrees) dance passage
  • Full turn in forward passe (arms in forward middle or crown)
    • Turn direction optional
  • Back walkover (150 degrees)
  • Round off, 2 back handsprings, rebound, stick (no specific # of running steps)

Level 5:

  • Straddle jump (150 degrees), stretch jump 1/1
    • Not connected
  • Two front handspring step outs, cartwheel step out, running steps backward to lunge, finish
  • Forward salto tucked OR front or side aerial
  • Backward roll with straight arms to handstand
  • Forward split
  • Split leap (150 degrees) or switch leg leap (150 degrees) dance passage
  • Full turn in forward passé (arms in crown)
    • Turn direction optional
  • Round off, back handspring, back salto tuck, stick (no specific # of running steps)

Sources: USA Gymnastics, Region 8 Congress

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2 thoughts on “Proposed Compulsory Skills for 2021-2029

  1. We train and compete Level 1 and up and I am so very glad the Level 3 vault is changing. 2 levels in a row with the same vault did nothing to prepare them for the table.

  2. I am noticing that they are changing from front series to a front to back in Lv 4 & 5 I train this, must be a progression for punch front step outs?

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