Levels in USA

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Cellorosin

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Hello Friends:

What exactly does it mean to be Elite gymnast in USA? What is the distinction between level 10 and elite? It seems like they perform many skills of the same difficulty.


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BlairBob

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think of L10 as national and elite as international in rough terms.
 
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Cellorosin

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Thank you! How does the gymnast achieve elite status? Also, at what level in the us the routines stop being compulsory?
 
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BlairBob

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At L7 for girl's the routines become optional. At L10, if they score high enough they can compete as an elite.

Some gyms never bother with the compulsory path but just to score out of it. Their focus is on building strength, flexibility and technique ( basics ). This would be the Elite route often using TOPS or HOPES ( sort of a fast-trak program to Elite ). Some follow the compulsory to make elite or do compulsory/optional/TOPS at the same time.

For the guy's, L7 is still a compulsory level, L8 is a weird open level used by gymnasts who are typically older in junior high or high school ( think post pubescence ) and L9 and L10 is optional. L8 is as well.
 
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