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National Development Team – Future Stars Program

The Future Stars Program is an athlete development and education program. The Future Stars Program consists of five age groups: 8-year-olds, 9-year-olds, 10-year-olds, 11-year-olds, and 12-year-olds, who perform selected skills and compulsory routines on the six men’s events plus trampoline, strength and flexibility evaluations. The 8 and 9-year-old divisions participate up to the Regional level while the 10, 11, and 12-year old divisions can qualify to the National level.

The Junior National Development Team is determined through the use of a “Future Stars” National Championships/Evaluation held in the fall of each year. The competition targets the 10, 11, and 12-year old age groups of athletes and involves athletes being judged/evaluated on the six events using a basic skills compulsory routine composed of approximately ten basic skills elements placed together in routine form. In addition, there are events that involve evaluation on trampoline, flexibility, strength and body positions. The evaluations are done by a coach/Junior National Coaching Staff member and a NGJA judge working together to produce a score based on technique and execution.

The Future Stars Championships are divided into three age groups. The three age groups, the number of athletes who will be named to the National Development Team from the Future Stars National Championships and the number of athletes who will be invited to a special Development Team camp are below.

Age Division # To Team # To Camp
10 year old 18 9
11 year old 18 9
12 year old 14 7

Coaches Workshop Information

The Men’s National Coaches Workshop is the premier educational event for the Men’s Program. Open to not only the coaches attending the Future Stars Championships, but to all coaches in the nation, the workshop features lectures, technical presentations, and hands-on coaches’ sessions with Future Stars participants. Presenters include Junior National Coaching Staff members, National Team coaches, sports science experts, U.S. Olympic Committee staff and special guests.

The Future Stars Championships is held in conjunction with the Men’s National Coach’s Workshop. In November of each year, the most talented 10, 11, 12 and 13 year old male gymnasts in our nation gather at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the Future Stars National Championships. This unusual competition combines routines on the six Olympic Men’s events with special routines involving strength, flexibility and trampoline as these athletes embark on the road to elite development. The top athletes in this competition in each age division will comprise the U.S. National Development Team. Years of experience now tell us that the vast majority of our National Team members of the future will come from this group of extremely talented young gymnasts.