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2022-2023 TOPs Physical Abilities List
posted on 06/08/2022

Virtual physical abilities testing and times: (maximum of 60 athletes per session).

    • September 10
      • 9am EST
      • 11am EST
      • 2pm EST
      • 4pm EST
    • September 17
      • 9am EST
      • 11am EST
      • 2pm EST
      • 4pm EST
    • October 1
      • 9am EST
      • 11am EST
      • 2pm EST
      • 4pm EST
    • October 15
      • 9am EST
      • 11am EST
      • 2pm EST
      • 4pm EST
    • November 5
      • 9am EST
      • 11am EST
      • 2pm EST
      • 4pm EST

The minimum score for an athlete to advance to skills testing will be communicated to all participating clubs no later than Monday, November 14, 2022. Eligible athletes will be allowed to participate in the skills testing portion of TOPS from January-April at invitational competitions. A complete list of participating invitationals can be obtained by contacting your State Administrative Committee Chair.

The goal for the TOPs physical abilities is to focus on form. The below physical abilities test will be judged based on the body shapes and form your athlete/athletes show during their testing.

HS Hold

  • 8-year-old: 30 seconds
  • 9- and 10-year-olds: 1 minute
  • If fall within the first 5 seconds of first attempt get another chance
  • May be performed on the beam or floor
  • Score will be on a scale with execution deductions

Leg Lifts

  • 8-year-old: 5 1/2 immediately followed by 5 full leg lifts / touching a stick or similar
  • 9- and 10-year-olds: 10 1/2 immediately followed by 10 full
  • Back of the head, shoulders and upper back remain against the rack.
  • Leg lifts will not be timed
  • Deductions will be per leg lift

Casts

  • 8-year-old: 5 casts to 45 degrees Legs together
  • 9- and 10-year-olds: 5 casts to handstand Legs together
  • Each cast will be worth 2 pts
  • For 9- and 10-year-olds 1 pt will be awarded for casts above 45 degrees with good form and 2 pts will be awarded for a cast all the way to handstand with good form

Flex

  • Performed on beam may use low beam, same for all ages
  • R Leg Split (square hips arms out to side at horizontal 2 sec. )
  • L Leg Split (square hips arms out to side at horizontal 2 sec.)
  • Middle split (knees to the ceiling, heels on the beam and hips pressing forward.) may use hand support 2 sec.
  • Bridge (press shoulders over wrists legs can be bent or straight 2 sec.
  • Each flex testing will be worth 2 pts.

Presses

  • 8-year-old: 5 press to HS
  • 9- and 10-year-olds: 5 press to HS
  • If you tip your first attempt over or backward you may start again
  • Each press is worth 2 points.

Rope

  • 8-year-old: 12 feet rope climb with legs out to the side in pike position
  • 9- and 10-year-olds: 12 feet rope climb with legs out to the side in pike position
  • Timed / points awarded by scale