USA Gymnastics has two tracks for competitive gymnasts: Junior Olympic and Xcel. Junior Olympic has been the traditional route for competitive gymnastics (Levels 4-10 & Elite). JO gymnastics is extremely regimented and time consuming; it offers little flexibility in terms of skills performed and for the athlete that has other interests or financial constraints.
The new track of Xcel is wonderful because it gives many gymnasts the chance to compete that may not have had the opportunity in the past. Xcel is much less regimented than JO in terms of physical attributes, commitment level and financial obligations.
Xcel is made up of five competitive levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond) and West Valley is proud to offer one of the most successful programs in northern California. Our Xcel girls compete in 4-5 sanctioned meets throughout the year and their season culminates with the State Meet and Regional Meet.