Just so everyone knows that I don't have any "sour grapes" issues, my daugher was already too old to be included in her old gym's TOPs program... well, at least the way it's SUPPOSED to be run. No one could ever figure out WHAT the heck they were doing since they were including 11 and 12 year olds into the "program." The "TOPS" training was one extra session per week. There was no strength or flexbility training that we could see. All they did was practice more and more on their routines for competition!!! We all looked at each other in amazement (at least the parents who had an idea of what TOPs was SUPPOSED to be). I felt bad for the parents of the kids who thought what a great idea this all was!! They just sucked the money from the parents and didn't give them the promised return on their investment!! I do know that some of the parents finally pulled their kids from the program, but since we are no longer at that gym, we have no idea what's going on with it now.
I've been to other gym's websites in the past, as well as USA Gymnastics, so I DO know how it's supposed to work, I just don't think it necessarily works that way at every gym. ESPECIALLY when gyms are trying to be everything to everyone (please don't "flame" me about the economy and trying to earn a living... I'm fully aware of all that, but then again, you haven't seen the way the two gyms I'm referring to have operated over the last 2 years), and as a result, NOTHING gets done the right way.
My bottom line still stands tho... strength and flexibility training SHOULD be incorporated in any gymnastics training program. It only benefits the girls with their skills, and consequently the gym's reputation!!