The USA Gymnastics – Gymnastics for All program has recently released the new Regulations for the competitive TeamGym program. In TeamGym, squads of 6-16 athletes compete together as a unit on two different events, Group Jump and Group Floor.
In the new regulations, there are now 10 different levels with Level 1 designed as an introductory level for recreational athletes and with subsequent levels progressing up to Level 10 for highly skilled and experienced athletes.
One feature of the new program is that Levels 1 and 2 have been written to be completely inclusive for Athletes with Disabilities or other Special Needs (ADSN).
In TeamGym, the squads may consist of all girls, all boys, or girls and boys working together. Within the new system, the ADSN athletes may compete as their own squad or simply be integrated within any of the other gender groupings.
Levels 1 and 2 are evaluated and scored by a panel of judges, but the awards are based on specified achievement. For example, any squad that earns a score of 18.00 to 20.00 points for their two events, will receive a blue ribbon award. Squads receiving a score of 17 to 17.99 receive a red ribbon.
- I am thrilled that USA Gymnastics has included athletes with disabilities and special needs in the Group Gymnastics program! In the United States, there are over 6,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities competing in Special Olympics. Many clubs have included athletes with physical disabilities, but there is currently no competitive outlet for them. Congratulations to USA Gymnastics for expanding the program to make our sport truly Gymnastics for All!
– Cindy Bickman, USAG Advisory Council (Special Olympics representative)