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USA Gymnastics announces launch of Xcel Sapphire Division Pilot Program in Regions 3, 6, 7 and 8 for 2022-23 season

USA Gymnastics is pleased to announce the launch of an Xcel Sapphire Division – Pilot Program for the 2022-23 season. The Sapphire Division will provide a division above Diamond for those upper-level gymnasts who want to continue in the sport.

"The National Xcel Committee is very excited to provide an opportunity for athletes to experience a more challenging division that will allow them to grow and progress within the philosophy of the Xcel Program. This will be a pilot year and we look forward to receiving feedback from the membership to help the program grow," said National Xcel Committee Chairman Claudia Kretschmer.

Regions 3, 6, 7 and 8 have volunteered to pilot the Sapphire Division next season. Formal Sapphire rules are in development and will be released this summer separate from the Code of Points. USA Gymnastics also plans to provide further information on the pilot program at upcoming Regional and National Congress events this summer.

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