- Aug 16, 2008
Assuming that your gym is normal size and the pool of rec kids at this young age isn't extraordinarily big, the "specially picked" part seems bogus to me. Unless it's the water, why is that more kids are extra talented in your neck of the woods? As I pointed out before, a selection approach such as this is nothing more than a business tactic to invite parents to spend more money so that they feel good about being a part of an elite group.
Evidence has shown that other than the very few that advance to elite, the end results are very much the same between their TOPS kids and those from a much less aggressive program.
Well, I don't know about anything being in the water. Our group of little girls was the first "crop" of super-young TOPs kids picked in about 3 years. The last group picked is now 7 years old and just starting their testing this year. And as far as more money, our girls pay less tuition monthly than the regular L2's.
My daughter was born with a mild physical disability, which she is overcoming with LOTS of therapy and work. We put her in rec classes upon her doctor's advice. She blossomed and to our surprise she was picked for team and for TOPs. She is a very graceful and flexible kid...although not very strong at all. I have no ideas whatsoever about my daughter becoming an elite athlete. What she has gained from this program is an incredible amount of strength, balance, and most importantly----self-confidence. So I guess I approach the whole thing differently. I don't expect my daughter to do well at TOPs testing when she is 7. I don't expect her to win medals. But I also never expected her to be able to do any of the skills she is doing right now. So, for me, it's all good. She's happy, I'm happy.
I am sure there are one or two parents in our group who might think their girls are headed straight to elite after being chosen for TOPs. But our HC does NOT make this claim about the program either. All it is for us is a way for little ones with talent to advance up the levels faster (TOPs girls can skip levels). So...it is what it is.