No they are not committed. And there are multiple coaches coming in the next month, this one just happened to be scheduled to come on a day when not all the gymnasts practice. It was the only time this particular coach could come. Nothing underhanded.
My daughter maxes out at 25 hours per week, she will be attempting to qualify as a first year elite in January. She has done 2 years of Hopes and is a 3rd year level 10. She is 13 and in 8th grade. She started down the HOPES/elite path at 9 years old.
Those were my questions as well. What's to stop someone from seeing a routine on youtube and copying it? I know of JO gymnasts who take their routines from college gymnasts. They see it, they like it and they learn it.
Yes they do. I also know that sometimes they will move a kid from A camp straight to invite camp. When they do that spots will open up as well. Though some choose to still go to A camp since it's free while they would have to pay for invite camp.
Our gym passes down music and routines. The routine is always taught by the gymnast who had it most recently. We very often have former gymnasts come back to teach their routines to whomever is getting it. The gymnast is usually paid $50-$100 for teaching the choreography.
That is really sad, all of our top Tops girls have moved onto HOPES and a few are either junior elite or training junior elite. Granted there are only 5 but they are all still in the sport and are thriving and no major injuries or burnout.