Formerly the Elite Regional Championships, first held in 2014, and now referred to as the Elite Team Cup, this premier event features nine men’s Regional Teams, each consisting of six junior elite gymnasts and one senior elite athlete. Team scores for the Elite Team Cup will be based on five athletes competing on each event with the top four scores on each event counting. In addition, there is prize money for the results in the Senior Elite All-Around (all six events counting). Finally, results will be kept for the junior-athlete-only Regional Elite Team results – based on the top three junior elite scores on each event – that will serve as the basis for the 2018 draft.
The senior men are vying for total of $6,000, which will be distributed to the top six finishers in the senior all-around standings: 1. $2,000; 2. $1,500; 3. $1,000; 4. $600; 5. $500; and 6. $400.
The nine senior gymnasts will be invited to compete based on the all-around results at the 2017 Winter Cup Challenge, Feb. 15-17, in Las Vegas, Nev. The senior gymnasts will be aligned with a regional squad via a draft. The lowest-ranked region based on the 2017 Elite Team Cup results will have the first pick and continue in reverse-rank order. Each region’s chairman will represent his region in the conference call draft.
The junior elite gymnasts must be between 13-18 years of age as of May 31, 2018, and will be selected from the Regional Elite Team Program. The Junior Elite gymnasts will follow the USA Gymnastics Level 10 Age Group Competition Program rules, with the senior gymnasts competing under the International Gymnastics Federation rules.