In the United States, rhythmic gymnasts are split into competitive levels ranging from 3-10, with Elite Status as the highest. Gymnasts are placed into each level based on age, interest, skill, dedication, and coach's recommendations.
Level 2: ~This is the introductory level to competitive gymnastics.
~The girls will learn and perform a floor (RFX) routine, as well as 2 apparatus routines while developing fundamental apparatus handling and body skills.
~This is the first competitive level. Athletes build their competitive confidence and develop new skills as they compete in 3 routines, a floor (RFX) and 2 apparatus routines.
~Gymnasts from the same team may use the same music and will compete 2-4 gymnasts from the same team on the carpet at a time.
~Athletes at this level continue to develop higher level competitive gymnastics skills and apparatus technique while competiting 3 routines, Floor (RFX) and 2 apparatus routines, with 1-2 gymnasts on the carpet.
Level 5 and Level 6:
~Athlete responsibility, sportsmanship, and self-discipline become more important as the girls progressively develop higher leveled body skills and apparatus handling. ~The gymnasts in these levels compete 4 routines, floor (RFX) and 3 apparatus routines. They can compete one or two gymnasts on the floor at a time.
Level 7 - Level 8:
~Athlete responsibility, sportsmanship, and self-discipline are required as gymnasts in these levels are to be scored using the FIG code of points.
~Advance body skills and pre-mastery apparatus handlings are expected in each of the 4 routines, floor (RFX) and 3 apparatus routines.
~Gymnasts in this level may perform routines choreographed for the team or just the individual.
Level 9- Level 10 (Elite): ~At this competitive stage, the gymnast must master difficult skills and risk tossing maneuvers.
~Each individual competes in 4 apparatus events with one gymnast on the carpet at a time.
~Gymnasts earn Level 10 status upon achieving a qualifying score within the top 24 gymnasts at the USA National Qualifying Competition.
~Those girls that are striving to gain Elite National Team Ranking must then achieve a qualifying score within the top 12 at the USA National Finals competition.
Gymnasts in levels 4-5 (Beginner Group), levels 6-7 (Intermediate Group), and levels 8-9 (Advance Group) combine to learn 2 group routines, one floor (RFX) and 1 apparatus. Each routine includes, 2-5 gymnasts from the same team performing together using collaborations, rhythmic dance steps, and required body and apparatus elements. In advance group, the apparatus routine typically combines 2 apparatuses to add variety and difficulty.