Junior Olympic Competition Format and Rules Overview
posted on 01/31/2008

The Junior Olympic Program is organized into ten different levels of training or competition. Each level has multiple age groups and opportunities for participation and competition. Competition is carried out at the local, state, regional and national levels through USA Gymnastics sanctioned invitational meets and championship level meets.

The competition levels are organized in the following manner:

Levels I, II and III
These three levels make up the Basic Skills Achievement Program which is designed to help advance a gymnast from the day he enters the gym until he is prepared to fully participate in the Age Group Competition Program. The BSAP levels include basic skills which can be combined into a simple compulsory competition routine for club or local competition.

Levels IV, V, VI and VII
Levels IV, V and VI use compulsory routines. A compulsory routine refers to routines which are predetermined and performed by all of the athletes. These routines are developmental in nature and are designed to help prepare athletes for higher level skills and skill sequences. Level VII is a transitional level to help prepare for optional level competition where the athlete performs a compulsory routine but has some skill choices within the exercise.

Levels VIII, IX and X
Levels VIII, IX and X compete using the basic principles found in the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Code of Points with some junior program rule exceptions. These rule exceptions are developmental in nature and are designed to allow the athlete to compete in a progressive program where he can develop all the way to elite level competition.

Rules and Support Materials:

Rules and support materials for the Men’s Junior Olympic Program can be found in the Men’s Program section of the USA Gymnastics Online Store at: http://usagym.sportgraphics.biz.

The BSAP Program materials are items #51, #52, #53 and #55. The current 2009 – 2012 Junior Olympic Age Group Program is item # 1202