About Level 6 – 10

Level 6 – 10 has competitive opportunities up to and including State Championships

Level 6 – 10 Team competes in the Junior Olympic competitions are conducted throughout the United States and are organized by the USA Gymnastics State and Regional Administrative Committees. Each state has the jurisdiction to determine its state calendar, according to the needs of its members.

The JO COMPETITIVE YEAR is defined as the period from August 1 through July 31. See the complete schedule for the 2013-14 year.

The Men’s Junior Olympic Age Group Competition Program provides training and competitive opportunities for beginner to elite gymnasts from ages 5 to 18.

The Junior Olympic Program is organized into 10 different levels of training or competition. Each level has multiple age groups and opportunities for participation and competition. Competition is carried out at the local, state, regional and national levels through USA Gymnastics sanctioned invitational meets and championship level meets. For Levels IX and X, the season culminates at the Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships held in May of each year. For elite level athletes, the culminating event is the USA Gymnastics National Championships.

Age Group Competition Program 
The Junior Olympic Age Group Competition Program consists of seven levels. The first three levels, IV through VI, continue the BSAP’s progressions from simple to more complex movements. The intermediate level, VII, encourages the transition from compulsory to optional routines at an appropriate age. These routines require a specified level of difficulty but instead of imposing the FIG combination requirements they require event specific skills. These skills provide logical bridges between the lower and higher level routines. The advanced levels, VIII, IX and X require the gymnast to fulfill most FIG requirements. — USAGym.com


Skill Requirements

  • Level 8 boys need to fulfill only 3 element groups and perform a “B” value dismount.
  • Level 9 boys need to fulfill all 5 element groups and need perform a “B” value dismount.
  • Level 10 need to fulfill all 5 element groups and need to perform a “C” value dismount


Event Descriptions

Event Descriptions can be found here


Practice Schedule

Level 6-10 gymnasts can practice 2, 3, or 4 days a week.

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Level 6 – 10 Coaches

Judah Arnold is the head coach for all compulsory levels, Judah is supported by Mike DeCavitch. If you wish to schedule a private lesson with your coach, please feel free to Schedule one


Meet the Boys

In 2008, Gabe Perz was watching the USA Men’s Gymnastic Team compete at the Olympics on television. He saw an athlete perform the Iron Cross on the still rings, and he knew then and there that he wanted to be a gymnast. Today, eight-year-old Gabe is working on that very skill as the lone member of the level 6 boys’ team at Emeth.

When asked how he liked being the only boy currently at level 6 Gabe replied, “I like it because I get to work out with both groups – levels 4-5 and levels 7-10. I get to know everyone that way and have a lot of friends.”

One of the teammates that Gabe gets to work out with is his ten-year-old brother Collin who competes at level 5. “We have handstand wars at home,” says Gabe. “If we have a still handstand war we usually tie, but if we are allowed to walk I always win!”

Gabe learns as much from the older boys in levels 7-10 as he does from his coaches. “Judah is great!” says Gabe. “He is really good at explaining to me how to fix what I’m doing to make it better. He helps me set and reach my goals. The older boys are always helping me and showing me how to do new skills too.”

On the topic of goals, Gabe isn’t the only one working toward mastering the Iron Cross. “A few of the older boys and I are having a contest to see who gets it first,” laughs Gabe. “Judah says he will give $20 to the first one who gets it. I’m getting that $20!”

Gabe’s parents are grateful for the positive influence that the boys’ program at Emeth has had on Gabe’s life. “I’m amazed at how far he’s come and how much he can do now,” says Gabe’s father, Mike. “He’s good at gymnastics, and he enjoys it so much.”

“When Gabe started gymnastics, we thought it would be just like any other rec sport,” elaborates Gabe’s mother, Jaime. “It wasn’t like that at all. He loved it and wanted to stick with it. It’s not just the quality coaching that has made this a wonderful experience for us. Gabe has learned more than just gymnastic skills. He’s learned life lessons about the kind of man he wants to become. The quality of character of the people at Emeth – from the head coach to the assistant coaches to the team members – is tremendous.”

Highlighted Gymnast or Accomplishments


For a complete list of all of our gymnasts accomplishments, click here