The Elite drop-back process can be found on page 78 of the R & P:
4. A US Elite gymnast (an athlete who has competed as a Junior or Senior International Elite in a Classic Meet, Junior World Trails, or higher) who wants to enter the DP Program MUST petition to drop back to the DP program, regardless of the year of competition, by completing the “reason for change” form (https://usagym.org/PDFs/Forms/Women/elitedropback.pdf) FROM HER COACH to the National DP Committee Chairman. For Information regarding Foreign Athlete (Elite or non-elite) participation in the DP, please refer to Chapter 2, page 26.
a. All petitions must be received at least three weeks prior to the Level 10 State Championships.
b. The National DP Committee will review the petition and the Chairman will notify the coach of the acceptance/denial of the petition and will copy the respective State and Regional Administrative Committee Chairmen and the Regional Technical Committee Chairman.
c. Accepted petitioned athletes may not re-enter the Elite/Pre-Elite Program during the Elite competitive year (through Championships of the year in which she competes Level 10).
d. Clarification: An elite athlete dropping back into the Development Program is considered a DP athlete when she enters her first USA Gymnastics sanctioned event as a Level 10 athlete AFTER the petition has been granted.
e. All scores obtained before the petition is granted are INVALID for qualification to State Championships and above in the current season.
5. Any gymnast who competed at the Pre-Elite level (at a Regional or National qualifier and/or Challenge competition) may choose to compete as a Level 10 in the following season, since she is considered as a Pre-Elite athlete. No petition is necessary.
In addition, the Elite Drop Back petition form can be found here.