The Women’s Development Program (WDP) was created with the belief that all athletes, regardless of their potential, must have a solid foundation of basic skills in order to advance safely. The program allows the gymnast to advance at her own pace, competing in more than one level in a year, if she so chooses.
In order to compete in a sanctioned competition, an athlete must be a registered USA Gymnastics Athlete Member.
A gymnast may compete in a maximum of two (2) State Championships per competitive year (one per season), either at the same or higher level.
The WDP is divided into three major segments; developmental, compulsory, and optional.
WDP competitions are conducted throughout the United States and are organized by the USA Gymnastics State and Regional Administrative Committees. Each state has the jurisdiction to determine its state calendar, according to the needs of its members. A competitive YEAR is defined as the period from August 1 through July 31. A competitive SEASON is defined as that period from the first designated qualifying competition through the culminating Championships at each level.
Please see Chapter 8 of the Women’s Program Rules & Policies for more details.