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Event Information

The National Gymnastics Challenge (NGC) will take place on the campus of the University of Georgia at the Ramsey Student Activity Center in Athens, GA on Friday, March 4 - Sunday, March 6, 2016 (Turn-by-turn Directions and Area Map).  This competition will be part of a multi-event weekend featuring all levels of women's gymnastics from USAG Levels 2-10/Open/Xcel to Collegiate.

Friday, March 4th - UGA GymDogs will face off in a regular season showdown against Auburn on Friday, March 4th at 7:00pm. Tickets for NGC participants will be available for a discounted price on a first come, first serve basis.  Click here for Group Ticket Order Form.

It's a gymnastics packed weekend you won't want to miss!


PARKING - is available in the East Campus Parking Deck E04 adjacent to Ramsey Center.  Parking fee is $5.00 on Friday only.  Free on Saturday and Sunday.  It is recommended that you park in the parking structure and not in the lot in front of the Ramsey Center.  This is a permit only lot and will be subject to parking tickets on Friday. 

Registration Form and Deadlines

HOLD YOUR SPOT - To reserve your spot and pre-register for this competition complete the Hold Your Spot registration form online.

Official National Gymnastics Challenge Registration Form

Team Rosters are requested to be submitted in an excel format by email to or online through USA Gymnastics.  Rosters will also be accepted with the official registration form by fax to 317-891-8226 or mail to P.O. Box 29185, Indianapolis, IN  46229.  The completed form and total registration fees due must be postmarked by February 1, 2016. Any fees received after this date will be accessed a $10.00 per gymnast late fee. A full refund will be given if cancelled in writing by February 4th. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER FEBRUARY 4, 2016. 

GRADUATING SENIORS - will be recognized during their session in the opening introductions.  If you have a graduating senior please note the name(s) on your team roster and include a short bio to be read during the recognition.  Special awards will be provided to be presented by the team coach.

Participation and Registration Fees

All USA Gymnastics athlete members are eligible to compete at the National Gymnastics Challenge for individual and team titles. The following levels will be contested at these Championships:

Level 1 - 2 


Level 3 - 5


Xcel - Bronze/Silver/Gold

Xcel - Platinum/Diamond



Level 6 - 10/Open


Team Entries



$15.00 per person per day

Children 5 and under Free

Competition Venue

The Ramsey student Center - uga campus

201 Ramsey Student Center
Athens, GA 30602
Telephone: (706) 542-5060

Competition Dates and Times


2016 Competition Schedule

Day 1

Friday, March 4, 2016


Competition Session Times-Ramsey Center


UGA vs. Auburn Collegiate Competition - Stegeman Coliseum 7:00pm

Day 2

Saturday, March 5, 2016


Competition Session Times-Ramsey Center


Day 3

Sunday, March 6, 2016


Competition Session Times-Ramsey Center


Competition Format

The 2016 National Gymnastics Challenge will consist of a modified capitol cup format for USAG Levels 7-10 and either a modified traditional or modified capitol cup format for all other levels.

MODIFIED TRADITIONAL FORMAT (warm-up; compete): The open stretch, timed warm-ups and competition are conducted in one gym in which there is only one set of apparatus. The timed warm-ups immediately precede competition on each event (this format eliminates the requirement of a 30-second touch warm-up).


MODIFIED CAPITOL CUP FORMAT - Two sets of apparatus in one gym and where the first four squads (Flight 1) have timed warm-ups and competition on one set of apparatus, while the second four squads (Flight 2) have timed warm-ups and competition on the other set of apparatus.   As soon as the squads in Flight 1 finish timed warm-ups on their first event and begin competition, the four squads in Flight 2 begin their timed warm-ups on their first event. Once Flight 1 completes competition on the first event, the judges move to the other set of apparatus to judge Flight 2. The two flights continue to alternate between warm-up and competition until all eight squads have completed all four events. 2)Since the timed warm-ups are conducted on the competition apparatus immediately preceding the competition on the event, 30-second touch warm-ups are not required.

Team Competition

Registration for the team competition is $50.00 per team per level as indicated on the Official Registration Form. Team rankings will be determined by the total of the top three (3) scores from each event for each team registered. There is no designation of team members unless clubs enter more than one team. Teams with more than 10 team members will be separated into different groups and start on different events and possibly different sessions. It will be necessary to provide a minimum of 2 coaches with team members over 10 members.  If placed in two different sessions the one team entry will be valid for both sessions.  No additional fee is necessary.


Each participant will receive a NGC participant plaque based on all-around placement.  Event placement awards will be given for half of the age group up to 10 places and 100% All-Around and be recognized on the awards stand.  

Team awards will be awarded to 1st to 3rd place teams for all sessions and all levels. A National Gymnastics Champion banner will be awarded to each first place team.

Miscellaneous Competition Details

A. All current rules of USA Gymnastics J.O. Program and Xcel Program will be used for all USAG levels of competition. 

B. Floor Exercise Music: CDs, MP3 and ipods/ipads will be accepted for this competition. Coaches are responsible for bringing their gymnast's music cued to the designated music table in competition order. The coach is responsible for giving the Music Coordinator the start cue. All Floor Exercise music must be clearly marked with the Athlete's first name, last name and team name.

For any questions regarding the 2016 National Gymnastics Challenge contact Linda Barclay, Competition Director by email to