2019 USA GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

2019 USA GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tickets for the 2019 USA Gymnastics Championships, the national championships for acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling, in Des Moines, Iowa, are on sale now. The five-day championships includes both Junior Olympic and elite levels. Scheduled for July 2-6 at the Iowa Events Center, the competition will utilize the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Hy-Vvee Hall and Wells Fargo Arena.
 

Several different ticket packages are available, tailored to meet the varying needs of spectators. The all-session pass, which grants access to every competitive session, is $95. All-day session ticket package prices, which provide access to every competitive session that day at the Iowa Events Center, are: July 2 and 3, $35; and July 4-6, $45. Evening session ticket prices are July 4 and 5, $20; and July 6, $25. Advance tickets may be purchased at Hy-VeeTix.com, 844-55-HYVEE, the Arena Box Office or any Des Moines or Ames Hy-VeeTix.com location.For Group discounts, contact Kyle Starcevich with the Iowa Events Center at [email protected]. For special pricing for gymnastics clubs, contact Heather Williamson with USA Gymnastics at[email protected].

With approximately 1,600 gymnasts competing across all three disciplines and all levels, the five-day schedule is complex, and a simplified version is included below. Rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling will be held in the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (CCCU) and acrobatic gymnastics in the Hy-Vee Hall.  All three disciplines will also be held in the Wells Fargo Arena. All times are Central, and the schedule is subject to change.

July 2

CCCU Convention Center and Hy-Vee Hall

9 a.m.          Rhythmic gymnastics – Level 9; trampoline and tumbling – Levels 9 and 10

1:30 p.m.    Acrobatic gymnastics – Level 8; rhythmic gymnastics – Level 9; trampoline and tumbling – Levels 9 and 10

6 p.m.          Acrobatic gymnastics – Level 8; rhythmic gymnastics – Level 10; and trampoline and tumbling – synchronized trampoline, Levels 9 and 10, elite prelims

 

July 3

CCCU Convention Center and Hy-Vee Hall

9 a.m.          Acrobatic gymnastics – Levels 9 and 10; rhythmic gymnastics – Level 9; and trampoline and tumbling – Levels 9 and 10

1:30 p.m.    Acrobatic gymnastics – Level 8; rhythmic gymnastics – Level 9; and trampoline and tumbling – Levels 9 and 10

6 p.m.          Acrobatic gymnastics – Level 8; rhythmic gymnastics – Level 10; and trampoline and tumbling – synchronized trampoline elite finals

 

July 4

CCCU Convention Center and Hy-Vee Hall

9 a.m.          Acrobatic gymnastics – Levels 9 and 10; and trampoline and tumbling – Levels 9 and 10 finals

1:30 p.m.    Acrobatic gymnastics – 11-16 and 12-18 age groups; and trampoline and tumbling – youth, junior and open elite prelims

Wells Fargo Arena

1:30 p.m.    Rhythmic gymnastics – junior and senior B

6 p.m.          Acrobatic gymnastics – 13-19, senior; rhythmic gymnastics – senior A; and trampoline and tumbling – senior prelims

 

July 5

CCCU Convention Center and Hy-Vee Hall

9 a.m.          Acrobatic gymnastics – Level 7; rhythmic gymnastics – Levels 7 and 8; and trampoline and tumbling – youth, junior and open elite finals

1:30 p.m.    Acrobatic gymnastics – 11-16 and 12-18 age groups; and trampoline and tumbling – Level 8

Wells Fargo Arena

1:30 p.m.    Rhythmic gymnastics – junior/senior B

6 p.m.          Acrobatic gymnastics – 13-19, senior; rhythmic gymnastics – senior A; and trampoline and tumbling – senior prelims

 

July 6

CCCU Convention Center and Hy-Vee Hall

9 a.m.          Acrobatic gymnastics – Level 7; rhythmic gymnastics – Levels 7 and 8; and trampoline and tumbling – Level 8

1:30 p.m.    Acrobatic gymnastics – 12-18 age group; and trampoline and tumbling – Level 8

Wells Fargo Arena

1:30 p.m.    Rhythmic gymnastics – junior/senior B

6 p.m.          Acrobatic gymnastics – 13-19, senior; rhythmic gymnastics – senior all-around finals; and trampoline and tumbling – senior finals

For the junior and senior elite levels for each discipline, the athletes will vie for national titles. Performances in Des Moines also will determine berths on the junior and senior U.S. National Teams for acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling. The USA Gymnastics Championships is typically a part of the team selection process for World Championships and the Pan Am Games. The Junior Olympic division has several different levels, and national titles will be awarded for each level and age group for each discipline.

Catch Des Moines is the local partner for the event. USA Gymnastics staged the 2009 U.S. Classic and the 2015 U.S. Women’s Junior Olympic Championships in Des Moines.


“We look forward to a continued partnership with USA Gymnastics in 2019,” said Greg Edwards, president and CEO at Catch Des Moines. “Successfully hosting the U.S. Classic and U.S. Women’s Junior Olympic Championships in previous years has truly set the stage for us to host the 2019 Championships, and we are thrilled to be working with USA Gymnastics and our colleagues at the Iowa Events Center to bring gymnastics back to Des Moines.”


The USA Gymnastics Championships, one of the annual national championships organized by USA Gymnastics, was first held in 2014 at the KFC Yum! Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. Past sites are Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum Complex (2015, 2018), Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center (2016), and Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center and Wisconsin Center (2017). For more information on the USA Gymnastics Championships, please go to [usagymchamps.com]usagymchamps.com.


Acrobatic gymnastics combines the beauty of dance with the strength and agility of acrobatics. Routines are choreographed to music and consist of dance, tumbling, and partner skills. At the elite level, each pair or group performs a balance, dynamic and combined routine. Pyramids and partner holds characterize the balance routine, while synchronized tumbling and intricate flight elements define the dynamic exercise. An acrobatic gymnastics pair consists of a base and a top. A women’s group is comprised of three athletes – a base, middle and top partner – while a men’s group has four athletes, a base, two middle partners and one top partner.
 

Rhythmic gymnastics is characterized by grace, beauty and elegance combined with dance and acrobatic elements, while working with the apparatus in a choreographed routine to music. The five apparatusfive-apparatus used in rhythmic gymnastics are rope, hoop, ball, clubs, and ribbon. Rhythmic gymnasts may compete individually or as a group. The choreography must cover the entire floor with intricate apparatus handling, dance combinations, jumps, leaps, rotations, and balance difficulties. Each movement involves a high degree of athletic skill. Physical abilities needed by a rhythmic gymnast include strength, power, flexibility, agility, dexterity, endurance and hand-eye coordination.
 

Trampoline events involve athletes using trampolines that can propel them up to 30 feet in the air, during which they can perform double and triple twisting somersaults. Tumbling utilizes elevated rod-floor runways that enable athletes to jump at heights more than 10 feet and execute a variety of acrobatic maneuvers. For the double-mini competition, the athlete makes a short run, leaps onto a small two-level trampoline, performs an aerial maneuver and dismounts onto a landing mat. Trampoline was added to the Olympic Games in 2000, and at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the USA had its first athlete in history advance to the finals.

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