Dynamic Gymnastics offers training for the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic (JO) Program, which includes competitive levels 4-10. Gymnasts compete in their respective age groups, and may begin competition at the age of 6. The Dynamic Boys team is proud to have State and Regional Champions.
Levels 4-7 are considered compulsory levels, in which athletes perform prescribed routines that are the same nationwide. Levels 8-10 are considered optional levels, and require gymnasts to include specific types of skills in their routines. For athletes that show exceptional promise at a young age, they may participate in the Future Stars Program to prepare them for Junior Elite (JE) Program.
For more information about the Men’s Junior Olympic Program, please visit the USA Gymnastics website at: http://usagym.org/pages/men/pages/overview_joprogram.html
Dynamic Gymnastics is proud to offer two different competitive team pathways under USA Gymnastics. Olympic (JO for short) and Xcel. Both are competitive programs that participate in many of the same gymnastics meets all over the country.
JO has a longer history and is the more traditional track that consists of levels 1 – 10. JO was created with the purpose of producing elite level gymnasts, such as Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas. Junior Olympic can be seen as a more rigid, compulsory style program in which all gymnasts learn the same skills and routines. Levels 1 and 2 are the introductory levels of JO, however the does not compete these levels (meaning our gymnasts begin competing at Level 3). Levels 3 – 5 are known as compulsory levels because each gymnast learns the exact same routine on each apparatus and is required to compete on every event. Levels 6 – 10 are called optional levels, and at that point individualized routines are created for the gymnasts that highlight their strengths while continuing to include skill requirements for that level. At Dynamic our competitive JO gymnasts practice three to five days a week, after school.
Xcel was created recently because the industry realized that only a tiny percent of gymnasts are ever going to be elite level and every gymnast deserves a chance to have a competitive experience (if that’s what they want of course!). Levels in the Xcel program go in this order: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond, and Platinum. In the Xcel program there are no compulsory routines – coaches and gymnasts work together to create individual routines that highlight the gymnast’s strengths. At Dynamic our Xcel gymnasts practice two days a week between 5-7 hours total, depending on the level. Currently our Bronze level trains Tuesdays from 4:30 – 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 11:30 – 2:00 pm. Our Silver and Gold levels practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 8:00 pm.
Now let’s talk about the pros and cons of each program. JO requires a higher level of commitment and is more costly because there are a higher number of practice hours a week. Xcel is a bit more flexible and allows for participation in other activities outside of gymnastics, as there are fewer practices per week. JO is also more rigid in its skill requirements. However routines aren’t tailored for individual gymnasts until Level 6, so if a gymnast doesn’t have a particular skill or is weak on a certain event they’ll simply receive lower scores in competitions. Xcel allows for individualized routines in every level, so if a gymnast struggles with a particular skill they can highlight another skill instead during competitions. Xcel typically provides a good base for kids who want to compete on their middle or high school gymnastics teams. Overall the gymnasts are coached the same way in both programs and work on many of the same skills, there’s just more flexibility in the Xcel program than in JO. Neither program is better or worse, harder or easier than the other, they’re simply different and cater to different needs.