My daughter is 10 yrs. old and a level 8. Her coach recently decided to take some girls to TOPS testing. She was under the impression that she was going, but was told she was not (without any reasons why!) She is upset because she thought it would be a great experience. We pretty much stay out of the gym and do not bother the coaches, but I needed to find out what was going on. I mean, she does spend 5 hours a day there. He just said it wasn't for her; with no other reasons. We think it is possibly becuse of her upper body strength. She has a very muscular build and is 4'9". My husband thinks that might cause her to have some issues pulling up her body when doing bars such as cast handstands. She did say she can only do 5 press handstands instead of 10, which is apparently what is needed. She is an incredible gymnast. She can tumble all over the two that are going. Is TOPS the true way to elite gymnastics. She may never be an elite (she's barely 10 right now), but she is required to spend many hours at the gym (and LOVES it). We don't know if there is something she can do to build more upper body or if we should just encourage her to go to the gym and continue to work hard and show all she can do. We kind of questioned if this is the right sport for her or not. She has a true passion for gmnastics!