GYMNAST ELIGIBILITY RULES
1. ONLY USAIGC/IAIGC Gymnasts with a Current IGC Athlete Number may participate in any sanctioned USAIGC/IAIGC competition or event providing their Club is a USAIGC/IAIGC Club Member in Good Standing with a current Club Membership & 100% Background Check.. 2. ALL Athlete Memberships end July 10th regardless of date of enrollment.
3. USAIGC/IAIGC Gymnasts are posted on our USAIGC-IAIGC Web Site for Club Owners, Coaches and Meet Directors to verify the athletes with a password provided by the USAIGC/IAIGC. 4. Competitive Level Placement is determined by the Coach and based on the Gymnasts current competitive skill competency and previous (if any) gymnastic experience. 5. USAIGC Gymnasts cannot compete USAIGC and USAG simultaneously, (in the same season) with the exception of USAIGC Level 8,9 &10 gymnasts who HAVE NOT SCORED a 34.00 in a USAG Competition may register into the USAIGC as follows: Level 8 & 9 may only enter the Platinum Level and Level 10’s may only enter the Premier Level. 6. MEMBERSHIP TERMINATION
The USAIGC/IAIGC can prohibit/terminate a Coach/Club Owner/Club from participating in any sanctioned USAIGC/IAIGC competition and event for unethical conduct, unprofessional behavior, inappropriate dress or blatant rudeness.
7. OFFENDER LIST: Our NGB posts the names and faces of individuals who may not be in the presence of minors. The USAIGC recognizes and enforces the NGB’s list of undesirables. Any individual whose name appears on the NGB list MAY NOT participate under any circumstances in the USAIGC/IAIGC Program. The USAIGC instructs Club Owners check the NGB website four times a year for the protection of our gymnasts and their businesses and to be vigilant with their USAIGC required mandatory background check on ALL Employees, including club owners throughout the year. The USAIGC/ IAIGC has MANDATED a 100% Employee BACK GROUND CHECK for ALL USAIGC/IAIGC Clubs. This includes EVERY Club Employee, including Owners that DO NOT have a current background check. Once a Club successfully completes our Mandatory background check a 100% designation is posted on our Club Directory Page. Failure to complete the 100% Background Check within the prescribed time period will automatically terminate the Club and all of its gymnasts. The USAIGC/IAIGC has raised the bar for Child Safety in our Gymnastic Clubs. GYMNASTS ENTERING THE USAIGC/IAIGC COMPETITIVE PROGRAM
The USAIGC follows the Amateur Athlete Act, allowing all interested gymnasts to participate in our Competitive Program. Gymnasts with previous competitive experience MUST be placed in the appropriate competitive level by their coach. The critical factors for placement include: gymnast’s current skill level, current competitive level in the previous gymnastic program, their competitive history and competency on the USAIGC/IAIGC rules and skill requirements for the level they are entering. Any coach who has a questions pertaining to the level of their gymnast can e-mail Mary Bakke, Technical Director M143BNY@AOL.COM
USAIGC / IAIGC COMPETITIVE LEVELS. A USAIGC/IAIGC Gymnast can start on any competitive level. Placement is the responsibility of the Coach based on Gymnasts age, mastery of basic core skills and skill requirements for the competitive level they wish to enter. USAIGC/IAIGC Gymnasts do not have to compete on every competitive level in progression. A Gymnast that has mastered the necessary skills to compete safely on any of our competitive levels may move into that competitive level. The Coach makes the decision. SIX (6) COMPETITIVE LEVELS TRAINING HOURS* FOR USAIGC/IAIGC ATHLETES* Copper 1: Practice Time up to 5 hours per week. Copper 2: Practice Time up to 6 hours per week Designed for second year USAIGC Copper Level Gymnasts as a more challenging level with additional skill opportunities and options on FX. Bronze: Practice Time up to 7 hours per week.
Diamond: This is a new level open to all gymnasts moving from any level below, however any Bronze gymnast who scores 36.4 by April 15th must move into this Diamond level for States and all subsequent Championship meets.
Practice Time up to 8 hours per week. Silver Level: Practice Time up to 10 hours per week. Gold Level: Practice Time up to 12 hours per week. Platinum Level: Practice Time up to 16 hours per week. Premier Level: Practice Time up to 18 hours per week. FYI: Collegiate Gymnasts now compete up to 20 hours per week. *stretching & conditioning are separate from “skill training hours”. Mandatory Move Up Score: Any gymnasts who scores a 37.85 TWICE in the same Competitive Season must move to the next competitive level WHEN that score is attained for the second time. Our Competitive Season must end by the last weekend in May. World Championship entries will be accepted beginning May 1st.
TRAINING & COMPETITION
Our Competitive Program revolves around an intelligent training model using long-term skill development throughout the competitive season. An “intelligently planned competitive season” is critical for success. Gymnasts need: time to learn, time to improve skills/routines. Adequate recovery time is essential for continued skill development. Down time (rest) for anything but Gymnastics. Our Competitive Season ends on or before the last weekend in May. A minimum two-week summer break is recommended, followed by an optional “summer training program”. Burn out is the biggest factor in gymnasts leaving our sport.
USAIGC – IAIGC Competition Levels: (1) Gymnasts competitive level is determined by the Coach not a score but based on mastery of basic core skills, the skill level/ requirements for the competitive level, the gymnast’s strength, flexibility, previous (if any) competitive experience. A Gymnast that has mastered the necessary skills to compete safely on any of our competitive levels may move into that competitive level with the Coaches approval. Gymnasts do not have to compete on every competitive level in progression. They may skip a level but not go back a level. Gymnasts crossing over into USAIGC must be placed in the appropriate Competition level. USAG Gymnasts who compete in a USAG State, Regional or National Championship may not enter our State, Regional or World Championship. Mandatory Move Up Score: Any gymnasts who scores a 37.85 TWICE in the same Competitive Season must move to the next competitive level WHEN that score is attained for the second time by April 15th. Rule Clarifications before our State, Regional & our World Championship. (1) Gymnasts competitive level is determined by the Coach not a score based on: mastery of basic core skills, the skill level/ requirements for the competitive level, the gymnast’s strength, flexibility, previous (if any) competitive experience. A Gymnast that has mastered the necessary skills to compete safely on any of our competitive levels may move into that competitive level with the Coaches approval. Gymnasts do not have to compete on every competitive level in progression. They may skip a level but not go back a level. CROSS-OVER: Gymnasts who compete in a USAG and compete in a USAG State, Regional or National Championship may not enter our USAIGC State, Regional or World Championship! * new rule allows 8,9,10s who have not scored a 34 into Platinum & Premier levels. See eligibility rules (2) Our Competitive Season must end by the last weekend in May. (3.) World Championship entries will be accepted beginning May 1st. STATE, REGIONAL & WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION
1. State Championship: from ANY Sanctioned USAIGC/IAIGC Competition. 2. Regional Championship: 1.0 point higher than their State Championship Qualifying Score attained at their State Championship OR International Competition. 3. World Championship: from State, Regional or International Competition. (see each level for qualification scores to the World Championship). SANCTIONED USAIGC/IAIGC COMPETITIONS: 1. Must have at least one additional Member Club for the competition to count as one of the three required competitions needed for qualification to State/Regional Championships. 2. Required Number of Sanctioned Competitions. Copper thru Premier Gymnasts must compete in a MINIMUM of 3 sanctioned competitions
QUALIFICATION STATES, REGIONALS & World Championship 1. Scores need to be obtained once in a sanctioned USAIGC/IAIGC Competition. 2. World Championship qualification score needs to be attained at a State, Regional Championship or an International IAIGC Competition. Our USAIGC High School Club Invitational, Team Cup & Individual Event Invitational may count as one of the required competitions. **If a gymnast does not compete in a USAIGC/IAIGC sanctioned competition during the current competitive year they CANNOT attend a State/Regional Championship nor qualify to the World Championship. Petitions will be addressed on an individual basis.. Age Determination – two choices The gymnasts age is determined by their date of birth. A gymnast may compete on their current age division until their next birthday and then move into their new age division OR they may compete in the age division that they will be (older) through the State, Regional or World Championship. Skill Identification
Copper, Bronze, Diamond, Silver & Gold Competitive Levels: USAIGC Rules: Value Parts and Elements. ( I’s thru C’s)
Platinum & Premier Competitive Levels: USAIGC RULES /NCAA Value Parts with Level 10 Modifications Level. ( NCAA & USAG value Parts C/D’s) Petitions: State, Regional & World Championship. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org **A USAIGC/IAIGC athlete who has not participated in any USAIGC sanctioned competition during the season WILL NOT be allowed to petitioned to the State, Regional or World Championship unless the gymnast participated at the previous year’s World Championship and has a doctor’s note for no gymnastic competition since that time.
Drop Back: A Coach may petition the USAIGC:, email@example.com to drop a gymnast back one level prior to the start of their second competition. Gymnasts who successfully competed in the previous year’s World Championship may not drop back a level.
Mobility Rules the Coach decides when to move their gymnast up to their next level OR to any competitive upward level the gymnast is prepared to successfully compete in. MANDATORY MOVE-OUT: 37.85 AA SCORED TWICE BY A GYMNAST ON ANY LEVEL MUST MOVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL. Bronze 36.4 once by 4/15 MUST move to DIAMOND!
Competing On Two Consecutive Competition Levels. Individual Event Specialist: The USAIGC/IAIGC promotes and encourages Individual Event Competition at all competitive levels with the same qualification procedures as our AA Gymnasts. Collegiate Gymnastics is built upon the Individual Event Specialist. Individual Event Specialists may compete on two different consecutive competitive levels for a maximum of 4 events. FYI: IF an Individual Event Specialist competes on four different events on the same competitive level during the competitive season on their next consecutive level up and attains the State Qualifying Score on the higher competitive level that gymnast must move up to the higher competitive level. ( as long as that level up has different requirements/rules)
All Around Gymnasts may compete on one level as an All Around Gymnast and their next competitive level up as an Individual Event Specialist on no more than two events for a maximum total of six events. Coaches MUST UNDERSTAND that IF this gymnast during the current competitive season attains scores on Four Competitive Events on their higher competitive level that equals the State qualifying score on the higher competitive level that gymnast must compete as an All Around Gymnast on the higher competitive level. All Around Qualification Scores
Copper One: 28.50 AA from Local to State Championship* 29.50AA from State to Regional Championship
30.50AA from State or Regional Championship to World Championship *Gymnasts who do not attain a 28.00AA DO NOT have to move to Copper 2 Copper Two: 30.00 AA from Local to State Championship 31.00AA from State to Regional Championship
32.00 AA from State or Regional Championship to World Championship Bronze Level: 32.00AA from Local to State Championship 33.00AA from State to Regional Championship
34.00 AA from State or Regional Championship to National
Diamond Level: 33.50 AA from Local to State Championship 34.00 AA State to Regional Championship 34.50 AA State/Regional to World Championship Silver Level 31.50 AA from Local to State Championship 32.50AA from State to Regional Championship
33.50 AA from State or Regional Championship/World Championship Gold Level 31.00 AA from Local to State Championship 32.00 AA from State to Regional Championship
33.00 AA from State/Regional Championship to World Championship Platinum Level 31.00 AA from Local to State / Regional Championship
33.00 AA from State / Regional Championship to World Championship
Premier Level 32.00 AA from Local to State / Regional Championship
33.00 AA from State / Regional Championship to World Championship All Around Gymnasts not qualifying to their All Around State Championship may enter the State/Regional Championship as an Individual Event Specialist on a maximum of two events if they have scored the individual event qualification score once in an USAIGC Sanctioned Qualification Meet Individual Event Specialists Qualification Scores Copper 1 & Copper 2, Bronze, Diamond, Silver, Gold, Platinum & Premier
8.0 per event from Local to State / Regional Championship 8.5 per event from State / Regional to World Championship