My daughter just did her TOPs testing today. She was only able to try at this final testing, so hope it went well enough! I have no idea what kind of score will be necessary to make it--aside from seeing some IG tinies getting like 57s, I don't have any idea of how the scoring distribution looks. Guess we'll find out in about a week!
Thanks! It's very strange doing it in a year where everything is revamped and where you have to qualify from physical abilities to get to do skills testing. No one really has any idea what the cutoff score will be--a 48 (basically an average of 8/10 for each physical ability), which it seemed like were maybe some of the cutoffs for in the prior iteration? Or much lower, like a 35 or 40, to give girls a chance to go to skills testing in the spring, which will be followed by another culling process to make it to national testing? It's all a huge mystery.
Yeah though interestingly there were only 240 available testing physical abilities testing slots each weekend and five weekends. So a max of 1200 testing and most kids I suspect tested 2 or 3 times. So probably more like 600 did physical abilities testing, whereas I understand that the prior system had thousands at the state level (which doesn’t exist anymore—it’s all been centralized). So I’m curious whether this is what was expected or if there was less participation. I’m guess this is a bit of trial and error and it’s a learning experience for next year?Interesting... not very many involved at this point. Definitely opposite of how they were running it before. It looks like there are less than a couple hundred even testing skills.
The IEC met last week to discuss the TOPS program and expectations moving forward. It was determined that all athletes who qualified from the physical abilities testing with the minimum score of 30.00 will be invited to attend TOPS National Testing in June 2023.
What does this mean: For the 2022-2023 TOPS season, skills testing will take place at TOPS National Testing and NOT at invitationals, Elite Qualifiers or Nastia Liukin Cup qualifiers. By delaying the skills testing to the spring, the IEC is hopeful that this will allow participating athletes and coaches the opportunity to properly prepare for TOPS National Testing.
Additionally, it is strongly encouraged that State Committees invite the TOPS State Managers to attend meetings as voice, no vote. This will ensure that the TOPS program information is being communicated efficiently.
As the number of qualifiers per state were very small