WHAT IS TOP’S?
The Talent Opportunity Program (TOP’s) is offered in gyms across the country through USA Gymnastics, the governing body for gymnastics in the United States. TOP’s is a talent search and educational program for female artistic gymnasts and coaches. We have taken many elements from this national testing program and modified it to meet the needs of gymnasts at the National Academy. Our coaches focus on the basics of gymnastics and general fitness: strength, flexibility and correct body alignment. TOP’s is a rigorous program with high expectations of work ethic. This program focuses on the fundamentals that will help gymnasts succeed with more advanced skills in the future. Almost every gymnast on the 2008, 2012 and 2016 US Olympic Teams have been on the TOP’s program at some point during their career.
WHO CAN BE IN TOP’S?
This program is available for girls between the ages of 5-10 years who love gymnastics, have a strong desire to learn, the physical ability to stand out in the sport, and have the ability to practice several hours per week (multiple days) on top of their normal practice schedule.
HOW DOES MY DAUGHTER GET INTO TOP’S?
This is a by invitation program. TOP’s candidates will be invited by our TOP’s coaching staff. We also offer a free TOP’s Evaluation Clinic twice per year.
Do TOP’s kids compete?
TOP’s kids practice year round and will compete during their teams regular J.O. competition schedule. This is a supplement to their regular team’s practice schedule. Those who excel in the TOP’s program and demonstrate proficiency in required elements for TOP’s testing will participate in TOP’s state testing. Those who place in the Top 100 in the country (score is determined at State Testing) will be invited to attend the National TOP’s testing clinic at the National training center in Texas during the beginning of October.
WHAT EXPENSES CAN WE EXPECT?
In addition to monthly program tuition, there are also competition fees charged for those who excel in the TOP’s program and demonstrate proficiency in required elements to attend TOP’s testing. NAAG has a great parent run Booster Club. Fundraising is available to pay expenses and can include tuition after all other fees have been paid.
Tuition is $65 per month per child
Saturday’s from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (Fall Schedule)
TOP’s Staff – Kira, Lee, Jami and Linda (Consultant)
2018 Elite Meet Schedule
January 12-14th – Palm Springs Elite Compulsory Qualifier in Palm Springs, CA
February 8-11th – Salcianu Elite Compulsory Qualifier in Las Vegas, NV
May 24-26th – Auburn Gymnastics National Elite Qualifier in Auburn, WA