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Confused about levels in competition.

Tulip811

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in region5. Ive noticed that some girls switch back and forth between competing jo and xcel. For example first two meets at level 3 a couple meets at bronze, another level,3 meet and then xcel state championships. How does this work? Does a gymnast have to declare a track? Or can she successfully compete jo and excel in the same season?
 

ldw4mlo

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They can compete both. But can only compete in 1 state per season
 

moogacat

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They can compete both. But can only compete in 1 state per season
That's definitely how it works in my state (also Region 5). There's a declaration date late season where you have to pick your level for state meet purposes. You don't see a lot of drifting back and forth between Xcel and JO during the season here, but you do see some people move up or even down levels in both JO and Xcel prior to the declaration date.
 

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While there are mobility rules when moving from JO to Xcel, that's more for the end of the season if moving tracks. For example, if you have competed level 4, you can move to Gold or Platinum, but not Silver without an extenuating circumstance. In your example, it sounds like that gymnast is given the opportunity to try level 3 in the season without committing to it. That is fairly common. Even within JO, it was somewhat common for a level 7 to do one level 8 meet "to try it out" but still stay level 7 the rest of the season. OP - Perhaps the girl you mentioned is considering moving to JO next season and coaches wanted to give her a flavor for it.
 
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