Gymnastic Grades and Levels

The grades competition normally takes place in March in most regions. There are 3 different paths of grades and the gymnast will work to the grade which their coach thinks is fit for them. Gymnasts may only compete one grade per year.

Compulsory Grade Elite Level

There are 5 levels of compulsory grade. Compulsory 5 is strictly a regional competition as the requirements vary from the different regions, compulsory 4 and 3 follow on to nationals finals as long as the gymnast competes them in age. Compulsory 2 and 1 are individual grades classed as national competitions and they can be competed in age or out of age. Gymnasts can cross over from the club grade and national grades over to compulsory levels, and compulsory levels can cross over to the appropriate national grade level.

Age 8: Compulsory 5
Age 9: Compulsory 4
Age 10: Compulsory 3
Age 11: Compulsory 2 (Must pass compulsory 3)
Age 12: Compulsory 1 (Must pass compulsory 2)

Compulsory 4,3,2 and 1 can be competed at an older age being classed as out of age. Gymnasts do not have to compete in any grades before competing in compulsory 3 as long as they are at the correct age or older, however to move onto compulsory 2 there has to be a pass at compulsory 3.

National Grades

National grades all follow on to national finals if the gymnast makes the top 4 in the region. There is no in age or out of age for the national grades just a minimum age that they can compete it at. The gymnasts score will include all 4 apparatus scores plus range and conditioning and it will be the top 4 that make the team and then they will follow on to compete range and conditioning at national finals.

Regional Grades

All regions compete the same requirements for the different levels of grade. All regional grades have to compete range and conditioning and will go towards their final score. The gymnasts coaches will have looked at all paths compulsory, national and regional and will have worked out for each gymnast which is the best grade to compete in for the best development and progression of the gymnast.

Grade Structure
Age Compulsory Elite Levels National Grades Regional Grades
Min Age 8 Comp 5 Club Grade 6 (previously 14)
Min Age 9 Comp 4 Club Grade 5 (previously 13)
Min Age 10 Comp 3 National 4 (Previously 8)
Gymnasts are not eligible if a pass at compulsory 3 2 1
Regional 4 (Previously 12)
Gymnasts are not eligible if a pass at compulsory 4 3 2 1 National 4 3 2 1
Min Age 11 Comp 2 National 3 (Previously 7)
Gymnasts are not eligible if a pass at compulsory 2 1
Regional 3 (Previously 11)
Gymnasts are not eligible if a pass at compulsory 4 3 2 1 National 3 2 1
Min Age 12 Comp 1 National 2 (Previously 6)
Gymnasts are not eligible if a pass at compulsory 1
Regional 2 (Previously 10)
Gymnasts are not eligible if a pass at compulsory 4 3 2 1 National 2 1
Min Age 13 Comp 2 National 1 (Previously 5)
Gymnasts are not eligible if a pass at compulsory 1
Regional 1 (Previously 9)
Gymnasts are not eligible if a pass at compulsory 4 3 2 1 National 1


Levels will take place throughout the year following grades. County competitions and regional competitions will work on levels requirements.

Levels are done in and out of age in the region. In age level 4 and level 3 gymnasts have the chance to make the regional teams for national. Like grades the top 4 are eligible to make the team. When a gymnasts reaches level 2 in age the one way in which they can make it to national finals is by passing their compulsory 3 grade previously there is no team for level 2 national finals it is just an individual competition. If the gymnast has completed their compulsory 2 and 1 they can then move on to doing Espoir’s at the British Championships as well as in the region and move to juniors then to seniors. Gymnasts that have not done their compulsory grades are able to do their level 2 however will not be able to compete down national finals they will then have the chance to go to challenge cup to compete as a Espoir, junior or senior. From challenge cup there is a chance to cross over to the British Championships if the gymnast is to score the desired score. Levels within the region can be competed at any age and will be put into the different age group categories. The same level can be repeated for following years to make sure gymnasts are not doing skills they are not ready too. Each level has certain requirements that gymnasts are desired to reach before moving up through the levels.

Gymnastic Levels


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