Compulsory gymnastics consists of specific routines that the gymnast must learn exactly. This is done in levels 1-5. USA gymnastics created the routines with the goal that the gymnasts have a strong gymnastics foundation before advancing to the optional levels. The Superior Compulsory team starts at Level 2 where gymnasts begin competing in local competitions throughout North Carolina. Compulsory at Superior goes up to Level 4.
Optional gymnastics are Levels 6-10 and each gymnast has their own unique routine for each event. There are certain skill requirements for each event, therefore the gymnasts will be judged on the execution of such skills. Scores are based on how well she performs the skills in the routine, whether she has all the requirements and whether the overall routine is enjoyable to watch.