Just like USAG,  AAU has different levels at which your child can compete, depending on ability.

AAU recommends appropriate competition levels for its athletes, but there are no specific eligibility or mobility requirements in order to compete at a specific level. The AAU program is a more laid back than the USAG program.


The Compulsory program was developed with the belief that all athletes must have a solid foundation of basic skills in order to advance safely.

The Xcel Program is designed to offer a broad-based, affordable competitive experience outside the traditional Jr. Olympic Program to attract and retain a diverse group of athletes.


Levels 6, 7, 8, and 9 have difficulty restrictions, while Level 10 has no restrictions in the skill choice.

This is where gymnasts can qualify for Elite teams. The Elite Program s designed to provide competitive experiences for athletes aspiring to the National Team or the Pre-Elite Training Squad.