With the US classic and Hopes Championships coming up this weekend, I thought I would take a few minutes to explore the differences between Hopes competition and Elite competition. The different streams and levels of competitions can be confusing so lets break it down.
The short of it is that there are several different streams and scenarios.
JO is levels 1-10. JO has its own set of rules and requirements and its own scoring system out of a 10.0.
TOPS is a developmental strength and skill aquisition program made to maximize early gymnastics development and identify gymnasts not already in the big elite gym stream who have the talent to pursue elite gymnastics.
Hopes is a modified lower level of competition within the tops/hopes/elite stream that is basically a practice ground for future elites to compete on podium and under the FIG scoring system.