Twisters is proud to have one of the top USAG programs in the State of FL! There are 10 competitive levels in the USAG program. There are Levels 1- 5, which are Compulsory levels that require all gymnasts to perform the same routine, and are judged according to a model of perfect execution and presentation. Level 6 has Compulsory Elements that must be performed, however the Coaches determine Choreography of the routines. Levels 7, 8, 9, 10 and Elite are Optional levels, in which gymnasts perform routines based on difficulty, execution and composition. We also participate in the USAG XCEL program as a bridge between levels 5 and 7. Each level in the J. O. Program has its own rules regarding age and minimum standards for mobility. In addition to a minimum entry age, there are also various age divisions within a level.
TOPS at Twisters
Fifteen years ago the USA Gymnastics Federation initiated a TOPs (Talent Opportunity Program) for the purpose of identifying young gymnastics talent throughout the United States. For the past 3 years, Twister's has had a specific in-house TOPs training program in place, in an effort to prepare children for the annual State and National testing. Heather Zayac, our Team Head Coach is responsible for setting up and implementing the criteria and training for this group.
There are usually very definite and difficult criteria used for the selection of this group, based on age related results of strength, flexibility and skill testing. However, this past year has shown us that all compulsory level girls can benefit from the TOPs training. Therefore, the TOPs program will be “open” to anyone interested in getting an extra day of training that is TOTALLY devoted to the development of strength, flexibility and “air sense.” This is a “strength, flexibility and air sense” developmental program and is completely independent of the “competitive” USAG “levels” structure. The girls will still continue to compete at their various levels along with their teammates.
Please see the Handbook for additional information and visit www.usa-gymnastics.org for additional information on USA Gymnastics and its programs.
A subsidiary of Twisters, USA Competitions hosts numerous gymnastic meets throughout the nation. Twisters Competitive team participates in all of these meets.