National Judges Cup

Patty J. Shipman Level 7 State Team Challenge


This competition was created especially for the National Judges Cup and has become one of the premiere sessions of the competition. The State Team Challenge has been named for Patty Shipman, NAWGJ National Judges Cup Director (1990-2020) who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer this past year.  She was a true advocate of the National Judges Cup and the State Team Challenge and is greatly missed. 


The Level 7 gymnasts in teams of six (6) members representing their respective state compete for the title of  Patty J Shipman Level 7 State Team Challenge Champion. Up to twenty five (25) states have been represented at past National Judges Cups and this number continues to grow. Selection of state teams are done in various ways from state judges cups to designated qualifying competitions to one club being selected. Each state is different, but there are Level 7 State Teams that are supported and backed with partial or full financial assistance by the State Judging Director or SACC in the respective states. For more information on how to qualify or form your own Level 7 State Team contact your State Judging Director for assistance.

  • 1.  General Information

The official and prestigious Patty J Shipman Level 7 State Team Challenge will be held in conjunction with the annual National Judges Cup Gymnastics Championships on Saturday of the competition during the last two sessions of the day. Each state through the State Judging Director is responsible for setting their own qualification procedures for their represented team.  

  • 2.  Participants and Registration Fees

Any USA Gymnastics registered Level 7 athlete member is eligible to participate on a Level 7 State Team as long as they meet the qualification procedure set forth by their state. Each state is responsible for setting their own qualification procedures for their state team. Contact your State Judging Director for more information on the qualification procedures for your state. If there is not one in place teams may form their own state team. Teams consist of six (6) team members. All six compete with the top five (5) scores counting towards the final team total.

PJS Level 7 State Team Registration $115.00/participant
Team Entry $60.00

State Team Registration can be done on or by emailing roster and coaches list to and sending a check payable to USA Sports and mailed to PO Box 29185, Indianapolis, IN  46229.

  • 3.  Competition Date and Time
    Saturday, January 9, 2021      
The Patty J Shipman Level 7 State Team Challenge will take place the last two sessions on Saturday.  Specific session times are tbd and will be based on number of state teams entered.  

  • 4.  Competition Format

The Patty J Shipman Level 7 State Team Challenge will be conducted in a modified capitol cup format. The number of sessions will be determined based on the total number of state teams entered.

  • 5.  Awards

ALL team members will be eligible for individual placement awards based on the recommended age groups of USA Gymnastics. All team members will receive an all-around medal and be recognized on the awards stand. Team awards will be awarded to 1st to 10th place teams. Each team member will receive an award for their team placement. Team rankings will be determined by the total of the top five (5) scores from each event.


For any questions regarding the National Judges Cup Championships contact Linda Barclay, Competition Director at