There are marketing materials circulating in the community regarding a 2018 Xcel Championships Invitational. It is important to understand that this invitational is NOT supported or endorsed by USA Gymnastics as an official Championship of any kind. The qualification requirements to this event ARE NOT governed by USA GymnasticsWomen’s Rules and Policies. The athletes competing in the competition are participating in an Invitational, NOT a USA or National Championship.
If you have questions, please let me know. Thank you, Annie
ANNIE HEFFERNON USA Gymnastics Women's JO Program Director 130 E. Washington Street, Suite 700 Indianapolis, IN 46204 p: 317.829.5659 | usagym.org
8/17/16 Xcel Code of Points Revised PagesRevision date is at the bottom of each page, but some pages were NOT revised in July 2016 but are included so you can print double–sided and then three-hole punch to put in a binder.
Kentucky State Meet Qualifying Rules: Xcel gymnasts MUST compete in at 2 least KQ meets and achieve the qualifying score (31.00 or equal event score average) in at least 1 KQ meet to qualify to State meet. Event Specialist: Xcel gymnast may enter KY State meet as an event specialist. The State committees will not require that the gymnast needs to designate that they are competing as an individual specialist in pre-state meet competitions. Coaches must declare on the State Entry Form if the athlete is an event specialist or all-around, and they MUST compete that way at State and above. Late Qualifiers: List athletes who are attempting to qualify at the bottom
Late Qualifiers: List athletes who are attempting to qualify at the bottom and list the competition that they will attempt qualifying in. DO NOT pay their fees if they haven’t qualified. On the Monday following the qualifying meet, you must call the meet director and let them know if they qualified. A check must be postmarked on the Monday following the qualifying meet or you will owe the late fee! Individual Awards: Individual events will go out 50% per age group. All-around Awards will go out 100% per age group.
Team Awards: The top 3 scores per event will be used to calculate all team awards. There must be three or more gymnasts to be considered a team. Every team that pays a team entry fee will receive a team award.
Clarifications: Bars, Beam: Same as JO The board, mounting block, or additional panel mats MAY be placed on an 8" mat for bar and beam mounts for bronze, silver and gold only. Bars: The tap swing 1/2 turn is an allowable dismount for Gold. Same as JO: from Tom Koll) Any supplemental device (board, mount trainer mat, or panel mats) used for mounting that is placed on top of the 8" mat or on the regular matting must be removed immediately after the mount. This would also apply to Xcel as it is an R & P clarification. Example of how this applies to Xcel bars: If a gymnast is doing a pullover from a stand (without doing a glide first) then she can stand on the mounting device for the skill. However, if a glide is performed before a pullover, the mounting device must be removed BEFORE the pullover is performed. The gymnast cannot return to the mounting device to perform the pullover regardless of whether she performs the pullover from a punch action or comes to a complete stop before the pullover. If a gymnast mounts (board is removed) and does several elements then falls, can the board be put back in so she can remount without an improper equipment deduction? After clarification from Connie, Tom and Linda...the answer is yes. No deduction is taken. Vault: Not the same as JO: If clubs are using the alternative springboard option for bronze, silver, gold athletes please check the equipment specifications and be sure the device they are using meets the standards. This is found in the Womens' R & P under the Apparatus Specifications Section 1. H 1.b on p. 54. It is not in the Xcel Code in either the print or digital version. There is no deduction for using the alternative board for Bronze or Silver. Start value is 9.5 for Gold Division if alternative board is used.
XCEL AGE/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND MOBILITY SCORES OVERVIEW CHART
C. Entry into Xcel Divisions 1. Gymnasts that have no previous competitive experience may enter at Bronze or Silver, at their coach’s discretion. The Gold Division is NOT an entry division. The Mobility Score from Silver to Gold is 31.00 AA or 8.0 IES. 2. Gymnasts currently competing in the Xcel program must follow the chart above for mobility. 3. Any athlete who has previously competed in the Xcel, but has been inactive for one or more years, must contact their State Administrative Committee Chairman for proper entry regulations. The options are: a. Remain at the Division at which they last competed. b. Move up one Division if they achieved the mobility score during their last season. c. Move down one Division without petitioning. 4. Any gymnast who has had previous competitive experience in programs outside of USA Gymnastics must petition to enter at Gold and above by submitting a formal written request to the State Administrative Committee. 5. Any gymnast who has had previous competitive experience in USA Gymnastics and who is a minimum of 14 years of age OR is at least a freshman in High School is eligible to petition by submitting a formal written request to the State Administrative Committee for entry into Platinum or Diamond. The petition must be accompanied by a video that demonstrates her skill level. • Athletes (US citizens or Non-US Citizens) who have resided outside the US, have competitive experience outside the US, and now reside in the US, are eligible to petition by submitting a formal written request to the Regional Xcel Chairman for entry into the Xcel Program at Platinum or Diamond. The petition must be accompanied by a video that demonstrates the skill level for which Chapter 6 49 she is submitting the petition and proof of residency outside the US. For additional information on foreign athlete participation, please refer to Chapter 2, page 23. 6. Since the Xcel program is an alternative/separate program, IT CANNOT BE USED TO SATISFY MOBILITY REQUIREMENTS IN THE JO PROGRAM. D.Dropping Back through the Divisions 1. The State Administrative Committee must determine, prior to the beginning of the competitive year, a designated " declaration" date for each division. The highest division in which the athlete competes in a sanctioned competition after the “declaration” date designates her division for the remainder of the current season. 2. If the athlete competed at an Xcel State Championships (or higher) and wishes to drop back through the divisions, her coach must submit a “reason for change” letter. a. For Bronze, Silver, and Gold Divisions, the “reason for change” letter is sent to the State Administrative Committee. b. For Platinum and Diamond Divisions, the “reason for change” letter is sent to the Regional Technical Committee. E. A Level 10 JO gymnast may petition for entry into the Xcel program by sending a “reason for change” letter FROM HER COACH to the National Xcel Committee Chairman. 1. All petitions must be received at least two weeks prior to the Xcel State Championships. 2. The National Xcel Committee will review the petition and the Chairman will notify the coach of the acceptance/denial of the petition and will copy the respective State and Regional Administrative Committee Chairmen and the Regional Technical Committee Chairman. 3. Accepted petitioned athletes may not re-enter the JO Program as a Level 10 during the JO competitive year (through JO National Championships of the year in which she competes in the Xcel program). 4. Clarification: An athlete is considered an Xcel athlete when she enters her first USA Gymnastics sanctioned event in an Xcel division. F. If a JO Level 9 or below athlete wishes to enter the Xcel Program in a Division below the allowable Division, her coach may submit a “reason for change” letter to the Regional Technical Committee Chairman for approval. • Valid reasons would include injury, illness, or other extenuating circumstances that would have prevented the athlete from continuing to train at the level at which they previously competed. III. Other Competition Experiences Competition Experience Policies A. Individual Event Specialists: the mobility score for advancement to the next division for Individual Event Specialists at Gold is 8.0 per event to move to Platinum, and at Platinum is 8.0 per event to move to Diamond. B. Athletes who are limited in the number of events in which they can perform due to a permanent physical handicap (verified by a physician) may petition to qualify to higher division by achieving an average score equal to the average of the All-Around qualifying score for that division.
Get in Touch! Please let us know if there is anything we are missing! Contact information