Women's Elite/Pre-Elite/TOPs Program Overview

ATTENTION: Any information that used to be on the Elite/Pre-Elite/TOPs home page can now be found through the links in the left menu. Updates will now be on the front page in the Member Updates box as well as the Elite Member Updates page and Pre-Elite/TOPs/Hopes Member Updates page.

The Elite Program is designed to provide competitive experiences for athletes aspiring to the National Team or the Pre-Elite Training Squad. The National Teams (Senior and Junior) are selected from the USA Championships each year. These athletes represent the United States in international competitions. The Pre-Elite Training Squad is selected from the Challenge Meets each year.

The National Team Size can be up to 28 athletes. To address our country’s needs and mirror the quad age requirements, the junior and senior team sizes will change each year. The Support Programs for the National Team Members will be included in the National Team Handbook and will be presented each year at the National Team Meeting after Championships.

To ensure that support funds are awarded to those athletes who are representing our country at the highest-level meets:

  • The Senior funding slots will be determined after the final selection of the World or Olympic Team and then the remaining slots be awarded by the rank order at USA Championships.
  • The Junior funding slots will be determined from the rank order established at USA Championships.

Regional and National Elite clinics, training camps and competitions are conducted throughout the year to provide educational opportunities and the highest level of technique development to both athletes and coaches working within the Elite Program. Coaches who have an athlete that they believe is ready for the international Elite level competition may submit a DVD or a VHS video tape to the National Team Coordinator and request admission to a Developmental, Open, Pre-Elite, or a National Team Training Camp. If accepted, all costs associated with their attendance at camp are the responsibility of the gymnast and coach.

The Talent Opportunity Program (TOP) is under the direction of the National Pre-Elite Committee, with assistance from the National Coaching staff and the National Team Coordinator. This program provides early screening and identification of talented athletes. The TOP program offers State and National testing along with clinic opportunities and educational materials for its participants.

Pre-Elite, Hopes and TOP program athletes are NOT classified as "Elite" athletes.

Each year after the National Championships, Coaches' Representatives are elected by their peers to the International Elite Committee (IEC) which works closely with the National Team Coordinator to develop a strong training program for elite athletes.

Each Region has an elected representative to the National Pre-Elite Committee (NPEC) who is responsible for the development and the growth of the Pre-Elite program. The Women’s Program Director, in conjunction with the Regional Pre-Elite Chairman, appoints a TOP State Manager for the development and growth of the Talent Opportunity Program within their state. For those clubs entering the Elite/Pre-Elite Program for the first time, it is advised that they contact their National Pre-Elite Committee Chairman for the most current and accurate information.