American gymnastics | The second annual U.S. Gymnastics Men’s and Women’s Development Program National Championships begin Thursday at Mesa’s Bell Bank Park
MESA, Ariz., May 11, 2022 – The second annual USA Gymnastics Men’s and Women’s Development Program National Championships kick off Thursday and run through Sunday at Bell Bank Park in Mesa, Arizona. During the four-day event, more than 1,600 athletes, who represent the highest level of talent development in artistic gymnastics in the United States, will compete in the Women’s Level 10, Men’s National Junior 10 and men’s junior elite level 8, 9 and 10.
All-Around and Apparatus titles will be awarded in each division. A Women’s Super Team Regional Champion will be determined based on performances over the weekend, while the Tier 10 National Junior Men’s Regional Champion will be crowned in a special Thursday night session. Club titles are also up for grabs on the men’s side. The best clubs in each level – Junior Elite Levels 8 and 9 and Junior Elite and Junior National combined Level 10 – will be recognized.
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Participating athletes have qualified for the National Championships, which are the culmination of the Development Program competition season for both men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics disciplines, starting with the regional championships held earlier in the year. The 2022 USAG Collegiate GymACT Championships, a collegiate men’s competition, will take place on Saturday, May 14 concurrent with the event. An opening ceremony at the Tixr Yard adjacent to Bell Bank Park will close the first day of the men’s competition. The two-hour program, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. local time, will include a parade of athletes, appearances by 2020 Olympians Jade Carey and Shane Wiskus, an interactive panel on NCAA recruiting and a live performance by a special musical guest.
Male Development Program National Championships
Levels in the men’s program are determined by age and skill. Level 8 encompasses gymnasts 11-12 years old, while Level 9 competitors are 13-14 years old. Level 10 is divided into two age groups: 16-17 and 18-19.
Based on their performance, Junior Elite gymnasts in Levels 8 and 9 can earn spots on the Junior Men’s National Team in Levels 8/9, which will be named at the end of the event. Tier 10 elite junior athletes will seek to qualify for the 2022 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, scheduled for August 18-21 in Tampa, Fla., after which the Tier 10 Junior National Team will be announced.
The men’s competition schedule is described below in local time. The full schedule of events is available here, while attendees can be found here.
- Thursday May 12: Session 1 – Junior Elite Level 8 and 9 at 8:45 a.m.; Session 2 – Junior Elite Level 10 at 1:25 p.m.; Session 3 – Level 10 Junior National Team Competition at 6:05 p.m.
- Friday May 13: Session 4 – Junior National Level 10 at 8:45 am; Session 5 – Junior National Level 10 at 1 p.m.; Session 6 – Junior National Level 10 at 5:15 p.m.
- Saturday May 14: Session 7 – Junior Elite Level 8 and 9 Technical Sequences at 8:45 am; Session 8 – Junior Elite Level 10 Technical Sequences 16-17 and Options 18-19 at 1:35 p.m.; Men’s NCAA Recruiting Townhall at 6:15 p.m. at Fieldhouse C; USAG Collegiate GymACT Championships at 6:25 p.m.
- Sunday May 15: Session 9 – Junior National Final 16-17 at 8:45 am; Session 10 – Junior National Final 18-19 at 1:15 p.m.
For men’s artistic gymnastics, USA Gymnastics has nine state-determined regions: Region 1 – Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada; Region 2 – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington; Region 3 – Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas; Region 4 – Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin; Region 5 – Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio; Region 6 – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont; Region 7 – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia; Region 8 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee; Region 9 – Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming.
Women’s Development Program National Championships
The women’s divisions are determined by age, covering six junior groups and six designated AF designated senior groups. The top four all-around gymnasts from each division will be named to the 2022 United States Gymnastics Development Program National Team and invited to attend a national training camp in July in Texas.
In 2022, athletes who didn’t secure a spot on the regional team were given the opportunity to qualify for an all-new Wildcard competition session, which will kick off the women’s side on Friday evening. Nearly 150 gymnasts will take part in the inaugural competition after receiving invitations based on their performances at regional championships.
The full schedule of women’s competitions is summarized below. All times are local. Prize giving will take place at the end of each session. The full event schedule, which includes practice and warm-up times, is available here. Competitors are listed here by division.
- Friday May 13: Session I – Wildcard Competition at 6:45 p.m.
- Saturday May 14: Session II – Junior A and Senior A at 9:15 am; Session III – Junior B and Senior B at 2 p.m.; Session IV – Junior C and Senior C at 6:45 p.m.
- Sunday May 15: Session V – Junior D and Senior D at 9:15 a.m.; Session VI – Junior E and Senior E at 2 p.m.; Session VII – Junior F and Senior F at 6:45 p.m.
The Women’s Artistic Discipline Regions are determined by state as follows: 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