NBAA TEAM PROGRAMS
The competitive gymnastics teams at NBAA are part of a comprehensive, well-established USA Gymnastics program. Promising gymnasts as young as three years old may be invited to participate in our Developmental or Pre-Team Program. Our Junior Olympics Competitive Teams provide our compulsory gymnasts (J.O. levels 3-5) with a solid and accurate foundation, while our higher level optional gymnasts (J.O. levels 6-10) compete locally and nationally. Many of our level 10 gymnasts go on to compete at the college-level. As an alternative to the more rigorous J.O. Program, NBAA also hosts a robust Xcel Program. Some of our most promising young gymnasts participate in our TOPs program, one of the most accomplished of its kind in Northern California. Team gymnasts train year-round with schedules ranging from 10.5 to 30 hours per week depending on their levels and the time of year.
Female gymnasts who demonstrate competitive potential may be invited to our Developmental Program for more intensive and structured training in preparation for the Junior Olympics Program.
(Gymnasts who demonstrate exemplary work ethic and strength may also be invited to join TOPs (Talent Opportunity Program) for specialized conditioning and testing.)
Pre-Team 1 (3-5 years)
The Competitive Director will invite young hopefuls showing potential from our preschool classes.Focus is on strength, flexibility, and precision.
Pre-Team 2 (4-6 years)
Gymnasts may advance when ready from Pre-Team 1, or they may be invited from preschool classes. Focus is on strength, flexibility, and precision.
Junior Team (5-8.5 years)
Gymnasts may advance when ready from Pre-Team 2, or they may be invited from preschool classes. Focus is on advanced strength & flexibility as well as skill progressions in preparation for J.O. competition.
The Junior Olympic program was developed with the belief that all athletes, regardless of their potential, must have a solid foundation of basic skills in order to advance safely through each level. Gymnasts train rigorously and compete on the four Olympic events: vault, bars, beam and floor.
The JO Program at NBAA is divided into competitive training cohorts:
Level 3 Compulsory Team
This level is an introductory competitive level. Gymnasts practice basic skills on all four women's events, and they compete in the fall season (August-November) up to and including the USA Gymnastics State (NorCal) Championships
Lvls 4-5 Compulsory Team
Each level is progressive and builds upon previous skills for competition on all four events, and they compete the fall season (August-November) up to and including the USA Gymnastics State (NorCal) Championships
Lvls 6-10 Optional Team
These levels require a higher skill set and routines are choreographed to suit the strengths of each individual gymnast. Level 6 has competitive opportunities up to and including State Championships. Additional competitive opportunities are provided for Levels 7-10, with the Level 10 competitive season culminating at the Jr. Olympic National Championships, Level 9 at the Western Championships and Levels 7 and 8 at the Regional Championships. The competition season falls between January and May.
The Xcel Program is designed to offer an alternative competitive experience outside the traditional Junior Olympic Program to provide gymnasts of varying abilities and commitment levels the opportunity for a rewarding gymnastics experience. Xcel gymnasts have competitive opportunities up to and including State Championships. The competition season falls between January and May.
For more information about the Xcel Program, check out the USA Gymnastics Website.
The Talent Opportunity Program (TOPs) is a nationwide, annual program to identify young gymnasts who have the ability to excel in the sport. During the months of June and July, thousands of gymnasts (ages 7-10 years) across the US participate in state or regional TOP testing. Gymnasts are evaluated on their abilities to properly perform handstands, press handstands, casts, leg lifts, rope climbs, leg lifts, as well as gymnastics skills on vault, bars, beam and floor.
The best 7-year-olds qualify for the National Diamond TOP Team based solely on their state or regional TOP test scores. The scores of more than three hundred 8-10-year-old gymnasts qualify them to move on to the National TOP Test conducted in October. The best gymnasts are named to the National TOPs Team and are invited to participate in the National TOPs Training camp in December under the National Team coaching staff..
NBAA Team Program Director and Head Coach Susie Goodmanson identifies and invites young gymnasts to participate in her TOPs training program based on their performance in current instructional or developmental program classes.
For more detailed information about TOPs, visit the USA Gymnastics website.