- Feb 16, 2016
my daughter is on her gym's TOPS Team and she is 8 and it is her first year doing TOPS Team. The gym's TOPS Team is given high priority in the gym with an eye towards State testing. However, the issue is the gym is not prepared to fully commit to State Testing every year as a matter of course but will only consider it when the girl(s) are ready to succeed at that level. Some parents scratch their heads at this as they believed the idea of the TOPS Team was that it provided the pathway to testing out each year. The gym doesn't want to take girls who they believe are not ready for the rigorous testing and potential embarrassment of performing poorly and possibility of having a setback with confidence. I'm not sure where I stand. I would like to see my daughter go through the experience of testing but certainly do not want the experience to be counter-productive and emotionally negative and simply not sure how to assess this situation. Curious if others have had their kids go through TOPS and how it was handled by their gyms. Also, from coaches and others as to whether in their view it is better to stay home and not test if the feeling is they may not succeed, which begs the question of how is success defined in this situation? Thanks in advance.