The Junior Olympic program was developed with the belief that all athletes, regardless of their potential, must have a solid foundation of basic skills in order to advance safely. The program allows the gymnast to advance at her own pace, competing at more than one level in a year, if she so chooses.

The Women's Junior Olympic Program is divided into three major segments.

1. The Developmental Levels 1 through 4 may be used as a non-competitive and achievement-oriented program for use within a gym’s pre-team program, or they may be used as an introductory/recreational competitive program. States may also offer State Championships for these levels.
2. The second part consists of Compulsory Levels 5 and 6. Both of these levels are progressive in nature, building upon the skills required at the previous level. Competitive opportunities are provided up to and including the USA Gymnastics State Championships.
3. The third segment is Optional Levels 7-10. Levels 7 and 8 have difficulty restrictions, while Levels 9 and 10 have no restrictions in the skill choice. Composition is evaluated at all Optional Levels, except Level 7.

Level 7 has competitive opportunities up to and including State Championships.
Additional competitive opportunities are provided for Levels 8-10, with the Level 10 competitive season culminating at the Jr. Olympic National Championships, Level 9 at the Eastern or Western Championships and Level 8 at the Regional Championships.

A non-competitive educational Jr. Olympic Dance Workout Program (Workouts 1-5) is also available to provide proper dance training for gymnastics. The text, videos and audiocassettes can be ordered through the Member Services Department or from the USA Gymnastics online store.

Junior Olympic competitions are conducted throughout the United States and are organized by the USA Gymnastics State and Regional Administrative Committees. Each state has the jurisdiction to determine its state calendar, according to the needs of its members.

A Jr. Olympic COMPETITIVE YEAR is defined as the period from August 1 through July 31.

A COMPETITIVE SEASON is defined as that period from the first designated qualifying competition through the culminating Championships at each level.