INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA and USA Sports Production are teaming up to host the inaugural NCAA Youth Gymnastics Challenge at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, April 15-16.

The two-day open invitational will be held in conjunction with the National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships, also at the Fort Worth Convention Center, and is open to Level 2-7 and Xcel gymnasts.

“The inaugural NCAA Youth Gymnastics Challenge will provide gymnasts around the nation with the opportunity to compete in their sport and attend the 2016 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships,” NCAA Director of Championships and Alliances Jeff Jarnecke said.  “We’re excited about working with USA Sports Production to create a youth event that will build lifelong memories for participants, parents and guests. In addition, our hope is that these types of youth events will continue to build on the passion participants and fans have for the sport of gymnastics and the commitment of these great athletes.”

“We are very excited to partner with the NCAA on this exciting youth competition,” Linda Barclay, President of USA Sports Production added.  “With former USA Gymnastics National Team Members, including World and Olympic Champions, continuing their gymnastics careers at the collegiate level the quality of gymnastics at the NCAA championships is amazing.  This youth event will provide our participating gymnasts with the opportunity to experience the NCAA team spirit and competition up close and be part of a great weekend of gymnastics.”

Participant registration for the NCAA Youth Gymnastics Challenge includes admission to the National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships.  Event winners from the Challenge will also be recognized during the NCAA’s Super Six team finals on Saturday evening.

For more information about the NCAA Youth Gymnastics Challenge, contact Linda Barclay at or by phone at 866-891-9800. Additional information is available at

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