TOPs (Talented Opportunity Program) State Testing will be finished as of July 31st. That means less than two weeks of testing left and then the waiting for the cut-off score begins! New to the TOPs gymnastics program? Wondering what a cut-off score means? Wondering what happens next? Let’s gab about it! Here are the basics . . .
How Many Athletes are testing?
Approximately 2,000 – 3,000 athletes across the country will test in the TOPs gymnastics program this year. Athletes are divided into 7, 8, 9, & 10 year old age groups (determined by their age as of December 31st, 2014).
What is being tested?
All gymnasts (ages 7-10) are tested on Physical Abilities (Rope Climb, Press Handstands, Leg Lifts, Handstand Hold, Casts, and Flexibility/Holds). Gymnasts (ages 8-10) will also be tested on three Skill Sets (Bars, Beam, & Floor).
How does the scoring system work?
Each Physical Ability is worth 10 points, except flexibility/holds which are a combined total of 12 points. A perfect score for Physical Abilities is 62. Each Skill Routine is worth 24 Points for a combined total of 72 points. A 7 year-old’s overall score is a total of all points awarded during the Physical Ability testing. A perfect score for a 7 year old is 62 points. An 8-10 year old’s overall score is the combined score of their Physical Abilities (weighted 40%) and their Skill Routines (weighted 60%). A perfect score for an 8-1o year old athlete is 100 points.
What is done with the scores after testing?
All scores are sent to the National Office and ranked within each age group. If a gymnast tests multiple times they will be awarded their highest score and ranked accordingly. After all athletes are tested (July 31st) and scores are sent to the National Office, a cut-off score will be determined by the 100th place gymnast’s score in each age category (8-10). The top 100 athletes from each age group will qualify to compete at TOPs National Testing in October. The Top 50 7-year-olds will be named part of the TOPs Diamond Team and be rewarded a TOPs official jacket and qualify their coach to attend National Testing.
Top 100 10 year olds make National Testing
Top 100 9 year olds make National Testing
Top 100 8 year olds make National Testing
Top 50 7 year olds make Diamond Team
Hope this information helps! Let me know if you have any other TOPs gymnastics related questions. You can also find more info on my previous TOPS Gymnastics 101 Post!