Once a gymnast reaches level 7 they are known as an optional gymnast. Optional means that the routines and music are no longer the same. Each routine is original and choreographed to fit the gymnast’s individuality, style, skill and gymnastics dance ability. Not having a standard routine allows gymnasts to emphasize their talents, strengths and personality while minimizing their weaknesses. Optional gymnasts are also allowed to select their own gymnastics floor music that best fits their style gymnastics dance.GASG offers the following optional teams:
The first optional gymnastics levels, GASG level 6/7s compete from December - April . These gymnasts typically train 15 hours per week.
These gymnasts train 16+ hours per week and compete from December - April. Level 8 gymnasts culminate their season in a State competition, with qualifiers moving on to Regional competition.
These gymnasts train 19+ hours per week and compete from December - April. Level 9 gymnasts culminate their season in a State competition, with qualifiers moving on to Regional and Eastern National competitions.
The first optional gymnastics level, GASG level 7's compete from December - April . These gymnasts train 19+ hours per week. Level 10 gymnasts culminate their season in a State competition, with qualifiers moving on to Regional and National competitions.
ABOUT OPTIONAL GYMNASTICS
Gymnastics level 6-10 have a few required skills and a specific degree of difficulty they must put into each routine to avoid deductions and receive a start value of a 10.00. Optional level skills have 5 categories, A, B, C,D and E. The skills are categorized by difficulty, A being the easiest and E being the hardest. Levels 6-10 have a specific amount of skills from particular categories that they are required to incorporate in their routines. For example, a level 7 must include 5 A’s and 2 B’s in their balance beam routine to have a 10.00 start value.
Optional levels 6, 7 and 8 have skill and difficulty restrictions. One small example is a level 7 and 8 are not allowed to perform any E skills in their routine. If they do they will receive a big deduction. Gymnastics level 9 and 10 do not have any skill restrictions. They are allowed to put any skill in their routine as long as they meet the requirements.
There are age and score requirements for each level. In order to compete as a level 7, a gymnast must have reach her 7th birthday and had to receive an all-around (AA) score of a 31.00 as a level 6 at a sanctioned gymnastics meet. To compete as a level 8, the gymnast must reach her 8th birthday and have received a minimum AA score of a 31.00 as a level 7 at a sanctioned meet. To be a gymnastics level 9, a gymnast must also be at least 8 years old and had to have received an AA score of a 34.00 as a level 8 at a sanctioned meet. A level 10 must be at least 9 years of age and had to receive an AA score of 34.00 at a sanctioned level 9 meet to be able to compete.
All of these rules and guidelines are established by USAG.