Region J Gymnastics

What Is Gymnastics?

Gymnastics combines the skills of strength, flexibility, and artistry. Competition is offered in men’s and women’s events in artistic gymnastics utilizing beams, bars, rings, vault, and floor exercise equipment.

As in all Special Olympics Illinois sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate. In gymnastics, athletes also compete in specific levels.

Athletes in Illinois who participate in gymnastics compete locally at a region qualifying event. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to state championships at the Summer Games held in Normal in June.

Gymnastics Events Offered in Illinois

Women’s Artistic Events

  • Floor exercise
  • Balance beam
  • Vault
  • Uneven parallel bars
  • All around

Men’s Artistic Events

  • Floor exercise
  • Parallel bars
  • Vault
  • High bar
  • Pommel horse
  • Rings
  • All around

Rhythmic Gymnastics

  • Rope
  • Hoop
  • Ribbon
  • Ball
  • Clubs
  • All around

Competition Information

Athletes will compete in their divisions based on the rotation schedule. Divisions will be determined based on entry scores.

Facility Information

World Class offers two full floor mats to run rhythmic and artistic events at the same time. Restrooms and concession stand are on-site. Parking is in the front of the building.

Event Details

Please check back closer to the event for more information.

Volunteer Information

Please click here to register as a volunteer.


Individual water bottles are strongly encouraged.


Awards will be given based on place in each division and apparatus.


Bottled water and Powerade will be available.

Special Guests

Athlete Leaders from the region will be on-hand to help with key portions of the event.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all state championship competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, which supports Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.

Who We Are

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 9,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.

COVID Procedures

Unless a venue has specific COVID protocols in place, Special Olympics Illinois is following Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC COVID protocols and guidelines. Please refer to event specific information or website page (if applicable) to determine if the venue has any specific COVID protocols. 

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible. While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority. All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines. 

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:



Apr 16 2023


9:00 am - 1:00 pm




World Class Gymnastics
2346 Mascoutah Ave, Belleville, IL
Steve Whitlatch


Steve Whitlatch
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