In Australia, there are two different streams for Rhythmic Gymnastics: national and international (elite).
Please note that the information below is currently being modified for the new 2017-2020 cycle.
The national stream gymnasts usually move up through the levels one at a time until reaching Level 10, according to their ability, with no limits on age or the length of time spent at any one level.
It is possible to move between national and international streams as long as gymnasts meet requirements. If the coaches feel that a gymnast would benefit from moving to the International stream, a conference would be undertaken with the gymnast, parents and coach so that the expectations and level of commitment can be made clear to everyone involved.
Level Changes and Selection Process
Any level change is done at Head Coaches discretion. In all cases of level changes and selections parents are consulted with.
International (Elite) Stream
The international stream, however, has strict age limits at each level, and therefore gymnasts have to move levels according to their age as well as ability and hours of training undertaken.
The international stream gymnasts start at International 5 through to International 9 and then into Junior International in the year they turn 13. At this point they are able to qualify for the Australian National Squad. Junior International gymnasts may progress to Senior International in the year they turn 16.
As the international stream is based on age, gymnasts need to be able to progress at the rate required to meet the national regulations. If at any time a gymnast in international stream is unable to maintain the required standards, a suggestion of moving to the national stream may be made.
The age requirements for each level in the international stream are as follows:
*Junior levels 5/6 are recognised at State Level (not on National Level).