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Hello,
I have been coaching for over ten years and have been appointed to start a new TOPS Program
. I've done a lot of research but am still unsure of how to train these girls making sure they are getting the adequate training, conditioning, and flexibility while maintaining a safe environment. I'm not sure how many hours or if I should develop a type of conditioning program that peaks and plateaus at the right times.  How much is too much? Or how many hours is necessary? Anything would be helpful since I'm starting from scratch.
Thank you so much for your time.

K

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Hello Kami,
         I have been out of the tops program for a while now.  I believe the best strategy is to contact USAG and see what information they offer and who can help you there.  The info is below.  I wish you the very best and take care -- Jack Leonard

1)   www.usa-gymnastics.org

2)      USA Gymnastics Headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind.
       1-317 237 5050
3)   Merchandise
       1-800-345-4719

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Former 5 time Natl. Tumbling Champ, 3 time Natl. Vaulting Champ, Natl. Floor Exercise Champ; Ass`t coach of Dominique Dawes for 6 years; Owner/Director/Head coach of Kauai Gymnastics Academy on the island of Kauai in Hawaii; Retired Physical Ed teacher; Childrens Fitness Expert; Expert Consultant for gymnastics litigation; Retired Mens & Womens HS Gymnastics coach for 32 years. National coaching honors for Men in 1981 & Women in 2001.

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I value the following awards because they were given by acknowlegement through my peers: The Nissen/Grissold Award given to the outstanding Tumbling and Tramp Athlete(1972), National High School coach of the year in 1981 for men and 2001 for women, 10 time County Coach of the Year. Medal Award given at the first World Tumbling Championships in London, England for dedication to the sport. Lastly, having the opportunity to coach Wes Suter(1988 Olympian)in his intermediate years and Dominique Dawes(1992 & 1996)

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