National Judges Cup

Competition Information

  • 1.  General Information

The 27th annual National Judges Cup Gymnastics Championships will take place in Virginia Beach, VA on Friday, January 6 through Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.  The National Judges Cup is the only traveling national invitational in the country and continues to grow each year as we visit different states and cities.

Join us in Virginia Beach to help us celebrate the 27th anniversary of the National Judges Cup and the New Year at this 2017 event.  

  • 2.  Registration Form and Deadlines

Official National Judges Cup Registration Form and/or the Hold Your Spot are required for registration. The completed form and total registration fees due must be received by December 1, 2016.  Any fees received after this date will be accessed a $10.00 late fee per gymnast. Team rosters are requested to be sent by email in excel format to or online through USA Gymnastics by the final registration deadline date. 

  • 3.  Participants and Registration Fees

All USA Gymnastics athlete members Levels 1-10/Open and Xcel are eligible to compete at the National Judges Cup Championships for individual and team titles.


Level 1 - 5   $75.00
Xcel     $75.00
Level 6-10/Open $95.00
Team Entries - All teams with 3 or more gymnasts per level eligible for team awards **No Team Fee Required
Spectator Admission $15.00 per day 

  • 4.  Competition Venue


Virginia Beach, VA



  • 5.  Competition Dates and Times

Times are tentative until final entries received. Levels per session will be determined by December 11, 2016

2017 Competition Schedule - Click Here

*Traveling teams must commit to 2 days of competition and must note which days on the registration form - Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday.  All attempts will be made to assign teams as requested but may not always be possible.


SPECIAL NOTE: Teams with more than 17 gymnasts per level will be split into 2 different squads requiring a minimum of 2 coaches.  Teams with more than 18 gymnasts per level will be split into 2 different sessions competing at different times.  Teams may determine their own split of gymnasts in either scenario and note splits on team roster. If teams split into different sessions for the same level only one team fee is due and team will be entered into team competition for both sessions.  There will be no additional team fee for split teams.

  • 6.  Competition Format

The 2017 National Judges Cup Championships will consist of a modified capitol cup format for all levels.
MODIFIED CAPITOL CUP FORMAT: The open stretch, timed warm-ups and competition are conducted in one gym in which there are two (2) 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. 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.

See Level 7 State Team Challenge information for the competition format being used for those sessions.


7.  Team Competion

NO TEAM FEES REQUIRED.  All teams with three (3) or more gymnasts per level will be eligible for team awards.  Team rankings will be determined by the total of the top three (3) scores from each event for each team registered in each session. There is no designation of team members.  


  • 8.  Hotel Information








  • 10.  AWARDS

ALL participants of the 2017 National Judges Cup Championships will receive an all-around award and be recognized on the awards stand. Placement awards will be given for all levels up to half the number of participants in each age group.  A special all-around award will be given to all 1st place AA winners in each age group of each level per session.

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


All equipment will be American Athletic, Inc. Any specific equipment questions should be directed to the equipment representative on site.

  • All current rules of USA Gymnastics J.O. Program will be used for all levels of competition.
  • Xcel rules will follow the USA Gymnastics National rules
  • Floor Exercise Music: Coaches are responsible for bringing their gymnast's music to the designated music table, properly cued and 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.  All MP3 players and CDs will be able to be played.


For any questions regarding the 2017 National Judges Cup Championships contact Linda Barclay, Competition Director at