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USA Gymnastics Announces Addition of Sapphire Division to the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Xcel Program Unleashing New Growth Opportunities for Athletes, Clubs, and Coaches

USA Gymnastics is pleased to announce the national launch of the Xcel Sapphire division beginning August 1, 2023. Sapphire is a new division of Xcel for athletes who want to advance beyond Diamond.

“The National Xcel Committee is very happy to announce the addition of the Sapphire division. This division will provide additional growth opportunities for our athletes, clubs, and coaches,” said National Xcel Committee Chairman Claudia Kretschmer.

Following a one-year pilot program, the National Xcel Committee and Technical Committee voted to add the Sapphire division to all eight regions. Sapphire will be incorporated into the Code of Points and Rules and Policies documents prior to the competitive season. Pilot Program rules will be used for the national program and will remain available to the membership on the Xcel page until the division is formally incorporated into these documents in the fall.

For further information on Xcel Sapphire contact your Regional Xcel Chair or Regional Technical Chair. Committee Minutes are available on the USA Gymnastics website.

About Xcel

The USA Gymnastics Xcel program is an alternative competitive program offering individual flexibility to coaches and gymnasts. The goal of Xcel is to provide gymnasts of varying abilities and commitment levels the opportunity for a rewarding gymnastics experience. The program allows a wide choice of skills to meet requirements so that selection may be based on an individual athlete’s strengths. Click here for more information on Xcel.

The National Xcel Committee is dedicated to the advancement and growth of the Xcel gymnastics program. Comprised of industry experts, experienced coaches and judges, and passionate individuals, this committee works tirelessly to create an inclusive and supportive environment for athletes, clubs, and coaches across the nation.