USA Gymnastics also provides a Junior Olympic program.
The levels of competition are Level 3 – 10. Levels 3, 4 & 5 are compulsory levels meaning within each level the same routines (combination of skills) are performed. The required skills are mandated by USA Gymnastics and progress in difficulty as the levels change. The compulsory season begins in September and continues through early December.
Level 6-10 are optional levels. In the optional levels, USA Gymnastics again has skill requirements for each routine/level but affords flexibility allowing each gymnast to perform her own unique routines that meet those requirements. The optional season begins middle December and continues through April or May depending on the level. As the gymnasts progress up in levels, the competition is much harder and requires a greater time commitment. Gymnasts that reach the higher optional levels can continue through the college level.