USAG Developmental Level 5
The athletes are part of their team for the entire season. Teams form in summer, and the girls attend the team camp along with various team-building and fundraising activities.
Gymnasts perform two vaults, a bar and beam routine, plus a floor routine to instrumental music.
Team members receive individual scores on each event, their all-around score, and at competitions with multiple teams, their team score and ranking.
At the beginning of the competitive season, the USAG Developmental Team Level 3 attends a practice meet at Spokane Gymnastics where they receive their scores with basic information on deductions from the judges. Besides an opportunity to get their jitters out in a supportive and encouraging environment, the purpose of this meet is for the gymnasts and their families to receive feedback and get clarity from the same officials who will judge future meets throughout the northwest.
The USAG Developmental Level 5 Team competes at meets in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon and if they receive a qualifying score in the regular season have the option to compete at the State Championship meet. The season concludes with a team banquet and sleepover after the final competition, typically late Spring.
The next step from the Level 4 team is either from Level 5 or skipping that level and going directly to Level 6 Optionals. The path is dependent on the specific strengths and goals of each gymnast. Some athletes do test (receiving a qualifying score at a sanctioned meet) out of Level 5 to advance to level 6. This is based on coach recommendation; factors include maturity, skills, the commitment and goals of the athlete and their support network, and ultimately what is in the best interest of each individual gymnast. It is not unusual for athletes to continue with the same team for multiple seasons.