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USA Gymnastics, as the governing body for the sport in the United States, is responsible for the granting of sanctions for those events, as defined in the USA Gymnastics Sanctioning Policies and Procedures. USA Gymnastics sponsored events may include:


  • Exhibition
  • Local Meet
  • Invitational
  • State Meet
  • Regional Meet
  • National Meet

  • Workshops
  • Camps
  • Clinics
  • Judging Exams

Domestic sanctions are needed for events without foreign athletes, coaches and/or judges participation.

Foreign sanctions are required for any event including the participation of foreign athletes, coaches and/or judges.

Virtual sanctions are available as a type of sanction. Please note, each discipline has a Virtual Playbook in which the rules & policies of the playbook must be followed for virtual sanctions. Click here to view the Virtual Playbooks.

Once a sanction has been granted, the appropriate USA Gymnastics Rules and Policies must be followed. For sanctions with athlete participation, all participating athletes, coaches, judges and meet directors must be members of USA Gymnastics. For sanctions without athlete participation (i.e. judging exams), membership is not required.

Secondary insurance coverage is provided for all USA Gymnastics members participating in a sanctioned event.

Who Can Apply For A Sanction?

It is the Meet Director's responsibility to apply for the USA Gymnastics sanction.

Meet Directors must be an active USA Gymnastics Meet Director member in the discipline for which they are applying for sanction. Please note, that meet directors for women and acrobatic sanctioned events, must also complete a meet director certification exam to be eligible to host a meet. Meet Directors must be affiliated with an active Member Club, University, Event Production or Judging Association.


Sanction Terms

USAG Sanctioned Event Toolkit