USA Gymnastics is the national governing body overseeing the development of Jr. Olympic through Olympic level men’s gymnastics. The organization is continually seeking promote, improve and adapt to the ever-changing world of men’s gymnastics.
Most gymnastics club offer parent & toddler classes all the way up to youth recreation classes. Some clubs even offer adult level classes for those “big kids” at heart who have always wanted to learn gymnastics. The recreation program is an excellent place to learn balance, body awareness, strength, and flexibility, all of which develop strong foundations for most any sport.
Developmental Junior Olympic Program:
This progressive system from pre-team to level 10 is organized from basic skills to advanced skills on all six events: floor, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar. Incorporated into their training are basic skills in trampoline, strength and flexibility. Levels 4 through 7 comprise of compulsory routines (all gymnasts perform the same routines, with an option to add bonus skills for certain levels). Levels 8-10 are the optional levels where routines are more varied, incorporating required difficulty and elements, but allowing for creativity within an element category. Local, state, regional and national competitions are available at certain levels through age 18.
Future Stars Program:
The Future Stars program, currently for ages 8-13 yr. olds, was developed to foster strong foundations of proper skills and technique, strength and flexibility, which are desirable in order for the USA to remain competitive in the global Junior Elite and Elite levels.
Junior Elite Program:
Some gymnasts desire to make the leap from competing in the Junior Olympic division to the Junior Elite division upon reaching the optional levels (levels 8, 9 and 10) with the hope of securing a spot on USA’s Junior National Team. In order to qualify as a Junior Elite, gymnasts must perform technical sequence skills on each event and score well enough at regional championships to qualify to compete in the Junior Elite Division at Junior Olympic Nationals.