USAIGC Competitive Gymnastics Program
Levels and advancements are based on skill accomplishment on vault, beam, uneven bars and floor — with more flexibility and individuality (choices) in their routines. With lower recommended practice hours, this program is ideal for girls who wish to develop the skills at a slower pace and pursue their collegiate gymnastics dream.
Athletes in the USAIGC Program do not need previous gymnastics experience. Many come from our gymnastics recreational classes – all levels and age groups – when they are ready for the challenge of competition.
The USAIGC Program is under the leadership of Meghan Shaddow, a competitive gymnast with 10 years coaching experience. She takes girls from all ages and skill levels and turns them from raw talent into a competitive gymnast so fast your head will spin!
Copper Level. Primary entry level for recreational gymnasts with no prior competitive experience. The focus here is on basic core skills and developing strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. This level has specific skill requirements for successful completion. For example:
- Floor Exercise – One series with two or more elements (cartwheels, round-offs, walkovers)
- Uneven Bars – Low-bar only with mount, circling element and choice of dismount
- Balance Beam – Handstand, isolated leap and two element dance series
- Vault – Handspring to mat stack
Bronze Level. Gymnasts with competitive experience, meet skill requirements or successfully competed as Copper Gymnast. Bronze level has specific skill requirements such as:
- Floor Exercise: Acro series with a minimum of 2 fast flight elements, dance series with minimum 2 elements including leap with 120 degree split, a mixed (dance/acro) series and full 360 degree turn on one foot.
- Balance Beam – One non-flight element that passes through vertical (front, back, or side), isolated 90 degree leap, dance series with two elements (one 90 degree leap, hop or jump) and any “A” dismount option.
- Vault – Handspring OR ½ On Repulsion Off
- Uneven Bars – Minimum one bar change, horizontal cast, ‘A’ value circling element and under-swing, sole circle, tuck, pike or layout flyaway dismount.
Silver Level. Intermediate level for gymnasts who successfully completed bronze level or have basic skill requirements, including:
- Floor Exercise – Three element minimum acro series with a salto, forward acro series of 2 or more non-flight or flight elements, dance series OR passage with a minimum of 2 elements including a leap with a minimum of 135 degree split, “B” turn on one foot.
- Balance Beam – Acro element with flight, dance series of two elements with one being a leap, hop or jump showing a minimum 120 degree split, full 360 degree turn on one foot and salto / aerial dismount
- Bars – Minimum one bar change, cast 30 degrees above horizontal, circling element, Salto dismount.
- Vault – Any group 1 collegiate vault or 1/4-1/2 on repulsion off vault
Gold Level. Intermediate -advanced level for gymnasts who successfully competed at Silver level. Gymnasts with necessary skill requirements and minimum two years competitive experience from another competitive program may begin at Gold Level.
- Uneven Bars – minimum one bar change, circling element finishing 60 degrees above horizontal, “B” element with flight or turn and salto (A,B or C) dismount.
- Balance Beam – Acro series of 2 elements on beam one – 1 with flight, minimum 360 degree turn on one foot, dance series of two or more elements, one of which is a leap/jump with a minimum of 135 degree split, minimum “B” element in a series prior to an “A” dismount.
- Vault – Collegiate vault options at 9.9 or less
- Floor Exercise – Double salto series with a minimum of 2 elements, acro series of 3 or more flight elements with one salto, fully connected dance series or passage with a minimum of 2 elements including a leap with a minimum of 150 degree split, minimum of a “B” turn on one foot.
Platinum Level. Advanced level for gymnasts who master the Gold level skills. Requirements are modified rules of the NCAA Collegiate Competitive Rules.
To learn more about the USAIGC, click here to visit their website.
Acceptance into the USAIGC program is by invitation or evaluation. To learn more or schedule an evaluation, call us at (609) 261-1140.