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  1. M

    For Parents Meets question

    I don't disagree with you about the value of attending big meets. The OP hasn't responded again, I'm curious what she thinks of this discussion. :) Literally, yes the OP did say gas prices, which taken alone is still not a huge expense and does seem like a bad excuse. I think some of us are just...
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    For Parents Meets question

    I know the OP specifically mentioned gas prices, but I definitely think you have to look beyond that when you are talking about travel meets bring more expensive next year. First $1 a gallon is from current prices maybe, but had in my area was ~3/gallon last January. Currently is $4.60 and it’ll...
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    For Parents Meets question

    This is definitely true. I think we are from the same state.. there hasn't been a meet that we have attended that we weren't in the same session as some of our local gyms. And we travel to all our meets. I think part of the reason our gym targets Nastia qualifiers is they usually have a...
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    For Parents Meets question

    Are the meets in your state very small? Part of me is jealous, because I can't imagine how expensive meet season is going to be for us next year. I do think my daughter (also a second year level 10) would be disappointed to only do small local meets though. We usually only go to 1 local meet and...
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    For Parents Popular websites, blogs, podcasts…for gymnastics, what do you follow???

    In addition to here and the parent facebook groups, there is a reddit that I look at https://www.reddit.com/r/Gymnastics/ I think there are a lot of knowledgably fans there and often some good discussions but, imo, there is a lot of very critical/judgmental posters there too. So I personally...
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    For Parents How big is your gym?

    My daughter’s gym has around 100-120 in the dp program and maybe 40 or so in Xcel.. we also have a t&t team with around 20. I think we are a medium large team. We have a lot of upper level optionals right now and at the meets we went to last year, we often had one of the largest level 9 and 10...
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    For Parents Training hours and cost

    Level 10, ~23 hours/week, $430 a month for tuition only. Coaches fees additional per month during season. Plus meet fees, Leo/warm-up, choreo, etc.
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    For Parents L10 gymnast (The Reality Of College Gymnastics)

    I was going to ask about that. I know in my state there were only 81 level 10s at the state meet this year. Of course a lot of level 10s were probably injured or missed due to illness. Or maybe didn't qualify. I'm not sure if the numbers were for this season, but the chart had 123 total for my...
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    For Parents Open Gym

    My daughter's gym doesn't have open gym either..
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    For Parents Always hurting?

    Yes, I agree. That's why I was hoping that it isn't true that most gymnasts are always in pain/have something hurting. I was surprised to read it and to see that most people agreed when someone suggested it was true (in a different group). I don't think all chronic pain or soreness can be...
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    For Parents Always hurting?

    I think injuries are definitely different. And I definitely understand the impacts of growing and puberty. I've just read in various places around the internet that everyone hurts at that level, and I don't think that is true. I thought I'd see what the consensus was here. I am sure a lot of it...
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    For Parents Always hurting?

    She's 14 and level 10. She's been on team since she was 6. :) I know she's been lucky, but just wondering how unusual it is to be an upper optional and not always in pain. I hope it's not that uncommon.
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    For Parents Always hurting?

    My daughter looked at me like I was crazy when I asked her if she was often/always in pain after reading a comment about it. She hasn't experienced that, at least not yet, and we don't do anything special to avoid it honestly. So no massages, special diet, chiro visits, etc. The only PT she has...
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    For Parents Always hurting?

    Since we have had a lot of upper optional postings lately, here's another topic I've been wondering about. I've seen on lots of posts here and in other groups where people say once you reach level 9/10, there is always something hurting and to expect regular pain, etc. Has that been your...
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    For Parents L10 gymnast (The Reality Of College Gymnastics)

    While I do agree with you for the most part, I think you'd be surprised how many hours even compulsory kids are doing at many gyms. It's mind boggling. I'm not sure that this is really true anymore about level 7 or 5th grade being when hours typically go to 20 hours. Even gymnasts with...
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    WAG Creating a Level 10+ Focused Team Program (Finances / Coaching / Athlete Selection / Facility / Etc)

    I'll bite, but unfortunately I don't have a whole lot of inside knowledge at our gym. We have a large number of level 10s, but do not train elite in any form (no tops/hopes/elite). I think out coaches consider the gym a college prep type gym and that is their goal. Almost all the gymnasts that...
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    For Parents Spin off - level 9 versus 10

    I’ve been following the discussion about level 10, but there are so many parts to it and whenever I think of responding, it’s gone off in a different path. Lol. So I thought I’d start a new thread about this because I’m curious. I think the changes to level 9 are great and I definitely see how...
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    For Parents L10 gymnast (The Reality Of College Gymnastics)

    I agree with what you are saying @gym_dad32608. Selfishly, I wish that the “average” level 10s didn’t have to compete with the ones training elite, but I don’t think it should be any other way. It’s a competitive sport, period.
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    For Parents L10 gymnast (The Reality Of College Gymnastics)

    I know from what you’ve said here that your state is very difficult for higher level gymnastics so I see where you are coming from. But I don’t think it’s quite as bad as that. There are still a lot of girls that are competing at D1 schools that never trained elite. Are they at Oklahoma or...
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    For Parents L10 gymnast (The Reality Of College Gymnastics)

    We have a lot of level 10s and their school hours/type are all over the board. We have a day group where the girls either go to a local charter school that is flexible or a public school that is specifically for athletes/performing arts/etc with a heavily modified schedule, either way not a...