Gymnastics

2017 J.O. Nationals Highlights

The 2017 edition of J.O. (Level 10) Nationals for the women was held May 6-7 in Indianapolis.

This year, the age breakdown was those born February 17, 2001 and later competed as juniors; those born before that date competed as seniors. The gymnasts were split up into 12 age groups: 6 junior groups and 6 senior groups arranged A-F for each division, with A denoting the youngest gymnasts and F denoting the oldest.

Each division competes only with itself so you end up with 12 National Champions for each of the 5 individual events: AA = All-Around, VT = Vault, UB = Uneven Bars, BB = Balance Beam, FX = Floor Exercise.

The competing gymnasts also earn points towards team titles for their respective regions in each of the 12 divisions. The regions are:

Region 1 – Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah
Region 2 – Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
Region 3 – Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming
Region 4 – Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Region 5 – Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio
Region 6 – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
Region 7 – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Region 8 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

The team winners from this year were:

Junior A: Region 1
Senior A: Region 1
Junior B: Region 3
Senior B: Region 1
Junior C: Region 5
Senior C: Region 7
Junior D: Region 1
Senior D: Region 1
Junior E: Region 3
Senior E: Region 3
Junior F: Region 5
Senior F: Region 4

For this year’s J.O. Nationals recap, I’ll start with 5 gymnasts I’m looking forward to seeing in collegiate competition starting in January 2018.

The first incoming freshman I’m looking forward to seeing is Lauren Navarro (Senior D; 2nd – AA, T-4th – VT, T-15th – UB, 1st – BB, T-2nd – FX). Not as heralded during her time as her time as an elite as others, she’ll be a nice addition to Stanford’s roster.
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My Favorite J.O. Nationals Routines 2016

The 2016 edition of Junior Olympic Nationals, or J.O. Nationals, held May 7-8 in Fort Worth, Texas was the biggest yet.

With 684 competitors, which I believe is a record, there were even more divisions added this year. The gymnasts were split up into 12 age groups (compared to 8 total last year): 6 junior groups and 6 senior groups arranged A-F, with A denoting the youngest gymnasts and F denoting the oldest. There were 7 athletes per group for each of the 8 regions. Plus, there were an additional 12 gymnasts because of ties in the qualifiers.

For the record, the regions are:

Region 1 – Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah
Region 2 – Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
Region 3 – Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming
Region 4 – Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Region 5 – Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio
Region 6 – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
Region 7 – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Region 8 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
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Becoming a U.S. Elite Gymnast

UPDATED: January 21, 2017

Quite a few visitors to the blog get here by search terms such as “level 10 to elite.” So here’s an overview of the process for becoming an Elite gymnast in the United States.

For the women, gymnasts reach the Elite level by successfully completing 2 steps. (Note: the point totals listed below are current as of the beginning of 2017, and reflect the reduction in required element points placed into effect for the 2017-20 Code of Points. Minimum qualifying scores are subject to change.)
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5 Gymnasts That Stood Out at J.O. Nationals 2015

Last week, the Level 10 Nationals – also known as J.O. (Junior Olympic) Nationals – took place in Des Moines, Iowa. In the United States, Level 10 is the level just below elite — the level from which the world and Olympic teams are chosen. The competition is always a showcase of how deep the gymnastics talent pool is in the U.S.

The states are divided into 8 region teams. Each region has 56 gymnasts. Those 56 team members are further broken down into 8 age groups (7 in each group). Here were the age breakdowns for 2015:

Junior A – July 1, 2001 and later
Junior B – June 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001
Junior C – September 1, 1999 to May 31, 2000
Junior D – January 1, 1999 to August 31, 1999
Senior A – June 1, 1998 to December 31, 1998
Senior B – November 1, 1997 to May 31, 1998
Senior C – April 1, 1997 to October 31, 1997
Senior D – March 31, 1997 and earlier

Despite there being so much talent and good gymnastics happening, a number of gymnasts inevitably find a way to stand out. Here are 5 that stood out to me.

I’ll start with a couple of “babies”: Eliana Lazzari of GymNasti and Alyssa Al-Ashari of Twistars. Both of whom were Junior As this year. Continue reading “5 Gymnasts That Stood Out at J.O. Nationals 2015”