Grassroots Gymnastics offers two different programs for gymnasts who wish to compete. The Junior Olympic (JO) Program, and the Xcel program.
Each of these programs has its own set of rules and guidelines, and gymnasts who wish to participate in either Team should schedule an evaluation. Gymnasts in Grassroots Recreational Program will be invited to join the Xcel Team once they have successfully completed their skill chart in Girls 4.
USAG JO Program
The Junior Olympic program was developed with the belief that all athletes, regardless of their potential, must have a solid foundation of basic skills in order to advance safely. The program allows the gymnast to advance at her own pace, competing in more than one level in a year, if she so chooses. The Women’s Junior Olympic Program is divided into three major segments; developmental, compulsory, and optional.
The Developmental Levels 1 and 2 may be used as a non-competitive and achievement-oriented program for use within a gym’s pre-team program, or they may be used as an introductory/recreational competitive program. States may offer State Championships for these levels.
Compulsory Levels 3 - 5. Both of these levels are progressive in nature, building upon the skills required at the previous level. Competitive opportunities are provided up to and including the USA Gymnastics State Championships.
Optional Levels 6-10. Levels 6, 7, 8, and 9 have difficulty restrictions, while Level 10 has no restrictions in the skill choice. The composition is evaluated at Levels 8, 9, and 10. Refer to the Jr. Olympic Code of Points for a complete explanation of Level 6-10 rules.
USAG Xcel Program
The Xcel Program is designed to offer a broad-based, affordable competitive experience outside the traditional Jr. Olympic Program to attract and retain a diverse group of athletes.
Xcel is a great program for gymnasts that:
Are a variety of levels, abilities, ages, and commitment levels and want to enjoy all the benefits that gymnastics has to offer while having more flexibility than the Junior Olympic program.
Have a passion for gymnastics and want to stay involved in the sport for the long term, while not striving for the goal of being a Level 10 or elite gymnast.
Cannot be in the gym the number of hours that the Junior Olympic program requires because of other activities or sports but still want to be a competitive or non-competitive gymnast.
Have fears of skills that the Junior Olympic and Compulsory programs require them to have. In Xcel, requirements are more flexible.