I think she was referring to the camps: TOPS A, B, DIC camp, etc. Parents were not allowed in the past to attend, and some of the children are as young as 8 years old.TOPS does not require this at all.
Yes... parents were not allowed to attend camp in the past... but many parents would be very close by.I think she was referring to the camps: TOPS A, B, DIC camp, etc. Parents were not allowed in the past to attend, and some of the children are as young as 8 years old.
I would agree with this. So many clubs hammer kids into the TOPS program well under 7 years old... no way to tell at that point. We didn't really get into the TOPS program until my daughter was 9. She was a sloppy level 7 as an 8 year old and suddenly the metal side of things started to click. It was a month before the first test and we cranked her into the program and made national testing. As a 10 year old she made A camp where we were told she was "too old" if she was there at age 10.I don’t see where TOPS is spectacularly predictive of high level gymnastics ability
I know that was intended to be the purpose of TOPS, but sadly that was not the case in our state. We have zero elite gymnasts in our state, so you would think starting TOPS over here would be really helpful. And a couple of gyms tried and failed to start a TOPS program. My girls were involved in the efforts to start a TOPS program twice, but the gyms couldn't seem to figure out how to successfully implement that kind of a program. For whatever it is worth, neither of my kids could ever hold a handstand for over a minute, yet they were ahead of the "skills requirement" for 8 and 9 year olds. And I have seen kids who could crank out 15 presses in a row, but have skills at around a level 4/5. So the kid that can hold the handstand 10 seconds longer but can't swing bars very well would get to go to the camp? It just doesn't make much sense to me. For whatever it is worth, I think these younger kids getting personal individual coaching at gyms and maxing out on TOPS physical abilities are going to burn out and kill their bodies. It's ridiculous. And if a child needs 30 hours of gym and TOPS at 8 and 9 years old with a personal 1:1 coach, I question if she really has elite potential in the first place. How would the same child do in a club with an established elite program and tops athletes if she isn't getting the exclusive 1:1 coaching? It would be an interesting experiment. I'm veering a little off subject, but it would really be nice to see TOPS come up with a more well-rounded conditioning program and changes to skill requirements. I hope it happens!TOPs is very helpful for clubs without a significant history of elites and dev/tops athletes. The program helps train coaches as much as it spots talented kids. Sometimes I see wildly talented young athletes with heads way out on bars, chopped roundoffs, and using their arms to make active split positions. Coaches working with coaches, or coaches working with athletes, can nip these problems in the bud and lead to a much more successful future. Is it required? Of course not. Is it helpful to certain athletes and coaches? Of course it is.