For More Information Please Contact

  • TOPS State Manager:  Audra Slife
  • Hotshots Manager:  Justin Slife

TOPS & Hotshots Overview & Testing Documents

TOPS (Talent Opportunity Program) is a talent search and educational program for female gymnasts ages 7-10 and their coaches.  Please see the USA Gymnastics TOPS pages on their website for more information.

Hotshots is a talent search and educational program for female gymnasts ages 8 – 12 and their coaches within the state of Wisconsin.  Hotshots allows athletes one to two years too old (or slightly behind the standard) for traditional TOPS to participate in a very similar program in-state only.  Hotshots also allows the uneven bars to be set at settings that exceed FIG settings (If an athlete plans on a future in the HOPES/Elite program or plans to switch back to TOPS in future years… it is strongly recommended that the bars remain at FIG settings).

The testing documents for both program are below…

TOPS & Hotshots Testing Dates & Clinics / Camps

All in-state testings and clinics to be performed by Justin & Audra Slife.  Volunteer testers may also be used if a test is large.  USA Gym WI will provide all coaches and athletes that participate in TOPS or Hotshots one Wisconsin Gymnastics t-shirt per year.

  • June 11th, 2017 at MWT-Hartland (602 Industrial Ct., Hartland, WI, 53029)
    • 9:00 am – TOPS State Testing ($50/athlete)
    • 9:00 am – Hotshots Summer Testing ($50/athlete)
    • Clinic immediately after testing – Uneven Bars For TOPS / Hotshots Clinic (FREE with testing athlete in either program.  Coaches interested in attending the uneven bar clinic without athletes should register for FREE by clicking here.)
  • July 22nd, 2017 at MWT-Hartland (602 Industrial Ct., Hartland, WI, 53029)
    • 9:00 am – TOPS State Testing ($50/athlete)
    • Time TBD – Hotshots Summer Testing ($50/athlete)
    • Clinic immediately after Hotshots – Balance Beam For TOPS / Hotshots Clinic (FREE with testing athlete in either program… $25/coach without testing athlete)
  • August 5th, 2017 at Scamps
    • 10:00 am – TOPS State Testing ($50/athlete)
    • Time TBD – Hotshots Summer Testing ($50/athlete)
    • Clinic immediately after Hotshots – Floor / Vault For TOPS / Hotshots Clinic (FREE with testing athlete in either program… $25/coach without testing athlete)
  • October 13th – 15th, 2017 at the US National Training Center in Texas (The Ranch)
    • TOPS National Testing
    • This is only for participants of the TOPS program that qualify through TOPS State Testing.  Hotshots participants cannot qualify to TOPS National Testing.
  • November 28th – December 2nd at the US National Training Center in Texas (The Ranch)
    • TOPS A National Team Camp
    • This is only for participants of the TOPS program that qualify through TOPS National Testing.  Hotshots participants cannot qualify for this camp.
  • December 2nd – 6th at the US National Training Center in Texas (The Ranch)
    • TOPS B Team Camp
    • This is only for participants of the TOPS program that qualify through TOPS National Testing.  Hotshots participants cannot qualify for this camp.
  • TENTATIVE:  December 10th, 2017 at MWT-Hartland
    • 9:00 am – 11:00 am – Hotshots December testing, unofficial TOPS National testing ($50/athlete)
      • MUST QUALIFY AT SUMMER TESTING FOR DECEMBER TESTING (qualifying standards will be released after June 11th testing)
    • 11:00 am – Noon – Lunch Time
    • Noon – 3:00 pm – Hotshots Camp
      • Athlete requirements
        • TOPS & Hotshots athletes that tested during 2017 are welcome (camp is FREE if they qualified and tested the morning of the camp)
        • Any athlete that has already competed Level 7 or above that is 12 years of age or younger the day of the camp ($50/athlete)
  • TENTATIVE:  February 4th, 2018 at MWT-Hartland (please email if interested in hosting at a different location)
    • 9:00 am – Hotshots testing, unofficial TOPS testing ($50/athlete)
    • Clinic immediately after testing – Prepare For 2018 TOPS / Hotshots Season – All 4 Event Review Clinic With Your Athlete(s) (FREE with testing athlete… $25/coach without testing athlete)

Athlete Registration

More Information

  • TOPS is for athletes ages 7 – 10 while Hotshots is for athletes ages 8 – 12
  • Athlete age is determined by their age on December 31st of the testing year
  • 7 year olds my test physical abilities only in TOPS & 8 year olds may test physical abilities only in Hotshots
  • Hotshots is a year round program
  • There will be an educational clinic / camp at each testing

Benefits Of TOPS & Hotshots

  • Discipline
  • Strength
  • Talent identification
  • Coach education
  • Additional revenue for club
  • Marketing
  • Hotshots Specific – The ability to get more athletes / coaches involved