USA Gymnastics is the governing body for gymnastics in this country. Sonshine Gymnastics participates in competitions that are sanctioned by the USAG. Levels 2 – 5 are Compulsory levels. These gymnasts perform the same routine on each event and build by level 5, to more difficult skills and routines. Level 6 is an Optional level. These gymnasts are required to fulfill Compulsory requirements through original choreographed routines. Gymnasts who attain a qualifying score are invited to compete in the State Championship at the end of the season. Levels 7-10 also fall under the category of Optional gymnastics. This means that gymnasts have requirements for certain degrees of difficulty that can be fulfilled using various skills within originally choreographed routines. Competition includes a minimum of 5 meets in the winter months at various locations. Our higher levels may continue to qualify to State, Regional and National competitions.