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Acrobatic Development Program

This program is the result of actions taken by the USA Gymnastics – Acrobatic Gymnastics National Development Committee and Program Committee to construct a coordinated program which will prepare athletes for the highest levels of competition.

Level 1 (Acro Pre-team program) provides training in beginning skills for recreational activity and in preparation for competition at higher levels (coming soon)

Levels 2-5 perform one combined compulsory exercise. Level 2-4 commences the competitive program for athletes with no previous exposure to competitive acrobatics. Exercises are fully choreographed, and artistic impression and some additional choreography are allowed.

Levels 6-7 athletes choose different elements from balance, dynamic, and individual categories. These elements are choreographed into an exercise of the athletes’ and coaches’ choosing.

Levels 8-10 perform two exercises, balance and dynamic. At Level 8 combines the choice of elements from compulsory skills provided in Specifications, and optional elements. Elements for Levels 9 and 10 are selected from the optional elements contained in the FIG Tables of Difficulty. For each of these levels, special requirements and restrictions are specified for each exercise as well as minimum and maximum difficulty ranges.

More information regarding competition format and rules for the Development Program can be found in the Code of Points (below) and Rules and Policies for Acrobatic Gymnastics.

Code of Points

The 2022-24 Development Code of Points is now available below.

Compulsory Routine Videos and Music

Click here for the development program compulsory routine videos and music. You must be logged into this site with an ACTIVE competitive coach membership to access the page.

XCEL Blocks

XCEL Blocks is a coordinated program that is used to promote athlete participation within the Acrobatic Gymnastics discipline and develop skills within many gymnastics disciplines.

The Acrobatic Gymnastics Program wishes to thank Sarah Thomas (National Development Committee Chair) who wrote and created this program, and Carisa Laughon (Program Committee Chair) who helped develop the Code of Points for this new program.