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Level Requirements by Apparatus

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Sling

Competitive

  • Inversions not required, inversions from sitting/floor permitted.

  • No inverting from a standing position in the sling.

  • No double drops permitted.

  • No ankle hangs permitted.

  • Spin not required.

  • Standing in the sling permitted.

  • Slack drops and bomb drops permitted.

  • Single rotation drops permitted.

Advanced

  • Straight leg inversion from the floor expected.

  • Standing in the hammock or at a similar height is required.

  • A minimum of 2 different mounts required.

  • Must display 1-2 different kinds of flexibility moves.

  • Must display 1-2 power or strength moves.

  • Minimum 1 drops required.

  • Double rotation drops/stacked permitted, but not required.

  • Ankle hangs permitted.

  • Spin utilization during performance required.

Elite

  • Minimum 2 different mounts required.

  • Minimum 1-2 aerial inversions required. (Straight leg inversion required)

  • Must display a minimum 3-4 different kinds of flexibility moves.

  • Must display a minimum 3-4 power or strength moves.

  • Minimum 2 drops required.

  • Different drop families required, multiple rotations permitted.

  • High level of showmanship expected.

  • Spin utilization during performance required.

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Silks

Competitive

  • Inversions not required.

  • Foot lock skill required.

  • Inversion from the floor permitted.

  • No double drops permitted.

  • No ankle hangs permitted.

  • No neck belay/neck hangs permitted.

  • Expected to perform bulk of routine in lower silk range.

  • Spin not required.

Advanced

  • Minimum 1 inversion from the air required.

  • Foot lock skill required.

  • Minimum 1 drop required.

  • Slack drops and bomb drops are permitted.

  • Single rotation drops permitted. (No more than 450 degree rotation.)

  • No open drops permitted. No double drops/stacked drops permitted.

  • Ankle hangs permitted.

  • A minimum of 2 different types of climbs required.

  • Expected to perform bulk of routine in mid and lower silk range. 

  • Spin utilization during performance required.

Elite

  • Minimum 2 straight leg aerial inversions required. (With no assistance from wrap.)

  • Minimum 2 drops required. (Different drop families are encouraged)

  • Double drops permitted, but not required.

  • No open drops permitted.

  • No full release moves permitted.

  • Must display at least 1-3 flexibility moves.

  • Must display at least 1-3 power or strength moves.

  • Must display a variety of climbs. (2-3 suggested.)

  • Expected to use full silk. (Floor to approx. 18’)

  • High level of showmanship expected. 

  • Spin utilization during performance required.

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Lyra

Competitive

  • May utilize the span set.

  • May go to the top of the hoop - however not level required.

  • No drops permitted.

  • Must demonstrate proper technique in mounting and executing moves both in the hoop and under it.

  • Spin not required.

Advanced

  • Minimum 1 inversion required.

  • May perform basic hip drops from top bar and ankle hangs

  • Drops not required for level. 

  • May utilize the top of the hoop and span set.

  • May perform release moves on top of the hoop.

  • Must display at least 1 flexibility move.

  • Must display at least 1 power or strength move.

  • Must demonstrate proper technique in mounting and executing moves under, in, and on top of the hoop. 

  • Spin utilization during performance required.

Elite

  • Minimum 2 inversions required, must invert to the top of the hoop at least once.

  • Minimum 1 drop required.

  • Must utilize the full hoop and span set.

  • Must display at least 2-3 flexibility moves.

  • Must display 2-3 power or strength moves.

  • Must demonstrate proper technique in mounting and executing moves under, in, and on top of the hoop.

  • High level of showmanship expected.

  • Spin utilization during performance required.

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Trapeze

Competitive

  • No standing on trapeze inversions permitted.

  • Inversions from floor or seated permitted, but not required.

  • Standing permitted, but not required.

  • No drops permitted.

  • No ankle hangs permitted.

  • Expected to perform the bulk of routine under and on the bottom bar.

Advanced

  • Inversion from the floor required.

  • Single rotation drops permitted, but not required. (No more than 450 degree rotation.)

  • Ankle hangs permitted.

  • Drop and unrolls permitted.

  • Standing transitions expected. 

  • Expected to perform a balanced use of the trapeze: under and on bar, standing and rope use.

  • Spin utilization during performance required.. 

Elite

  • Minimum 2 different mounts required.

  • Minimum 2 inversions required - 1 must be in the ropes. (Straight leg inversion required.)

  • Minimum 2 drops/unrolls required.

  • Must display at least 2-3 flexibility moves.

  • Must display a minimum of 2-3 power or strength moves.

  • Expected to perform a balanced use of the trapeze: under and on bar, standing and rope use.

  • High level of showmanship expected.

  • Spin utilization during performance required.

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