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    Anon What level do you actually need talent to be a competitive gymnast?

    I’m assuming most kids can compete level 1-4 and xcel bronze/silver. At what level, both xcel and DP, do you think a gymnast actually has to display talent/athleticism to continue to move forward? My daughter has some past teammates who haven’t progressed past lower levels after multiple years...
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    Anon Just curious

    At my daughter's gym this would be a scratch, no question. They err on the side of safety and would not substitute skills during a meet. In optionals, gymnasts are required to make 10 routines on each event in the week before a meet. If they can't make the routines they don't compete that event...
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    Anon Xcel only gym that refuse to add diamond (just curious what you think)

    I'm hoping the same for sapphire. My gym has 2-3 diamonds that would probably be ready. My Dd is on the younger side for platinum and I think she'll make diamond in another year or 2. She may top out there, but it'd be nice for sapphire to be there if she gets the skills and it gives her more...
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    Anon Travel meets are too much for us and I don't know how to explain that to the coaches... Do we get kicked out?

    Updates - I talked to the coaches last night and they offered to message our decision to the owner. It appears there's no problem and we can stay in the same gym next year. Thanks everyone for chiming in and sharing your thoughts. I agree this many travel meets are insane for my lower-level...
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    Anon Just curious

    That would be a good call in some situations and the wrong call in other situations. Hopefully, the coach makes the right call. That’s their job.
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    Anon Timing of ADHD meds

    OP here. I just wanted to say thank you for the responses. I appreciate those of you who took the time to clear up misconceptions about ADHD meds. For the record, she definitely has an ADHD diagnosis (as well as a whole list of alphabet soup for which there are no medications). Good luck to...
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    Anon Qualities of Compulsory Gymnasts that Predict Successful Level 10/Collegiate Careers

    As an anecdote, when Dd was a L2 our gym told us she'd never make it to L3 and if she wanted to keep competing she should do XB and maybe she'd make it to silver one day if she was lucky. We took her to be evaluated by another gym where they immediately offered her a spot on the L3 team. She...
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    Anon Timing of ADHD meds

    She had to provide documentation that she has a diagnosis of ADHD, which she provided. This is because stimulant medication is a controlled substance and is intended for use in individuals with ADHD. If she has the diagnosis, it is not considered a PED. I give my daughter her medication on...
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    Anon Qualities of Compulsory Gymnasts that Predict Successful Level 10/Collegiate Careers

    Agreed. There was always a few gymnasts at each level that we knew were gonna drop out for various reasons. Some of them lasted longer than expected due to parental pressure
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    Anon Timing of ADHD meds

    My child is not functional without his medication. His meds only work for about 8 hours and after that he’s DONE doing anything that takes a modicum of attention or impulse control. My ADHD kid is a competitive swimmer and his medications slow him down a bit but they also allow him to not miss...
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    Anon Qualities of Compulsory Gymnasts that Predict Successful Level 10/Collegiate Careers

    It’s a lot easier to tell who *won’t* be able to reach a high level in the sport than who will be able to do so.
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    Anon Timing of ADHD meds

    You might not think of ADHD meds as a PED but there’s a reason why Simone Biles needed to get a therapeutic use exception so that she wasn’t banned from competition for using it. I’m not saying kids shouldn’t take it. If they need it, they should take it. I take it. What I AM saying is that...
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    Anon Experiences with Bridgeway Academy or similar? (homeschool)

    I'm interested in hearing about anyone's experiences with any of their programs, how common this is in the gym homeschool community, advice you have, or alternatives to consider! Any info at all :) We are trying to figure out a plan for alternative high school learning for our gymnast (we...
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    Anon Qualities of Compulsory Gymnasts that Predict Successful Level 10/Collegiate Careers

    I think it’s too hard to predict with most. In level 3, my daughter competed against the top ranked level 3 in the country at states. She scored in the high 39s in AA. A few years later at DD’s first L6 meet, she ended up competing against her again. This was this girl’s second year of 6 and she...
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    Anon Qualities of Compulsory Gymnasts that Predict Successful Level 10/Collegiate Careers

    Thanks. This is really interesting. We've always been told she's incredibly strong. She has a ton of power vaulting and flipping and she also does really well on bars with her upper body and core strength.