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  1. ReluctantGymMom

    For Parents D1 path

    Just wanted to say it’s a little wild that 11/12 is old for level 6/7. My daughter is 11 in level 7 and has never once been out of junior A, at states she’s going to be in the 4th youngest age group out of 24 groups. They have time as long as they don’t get stuck at level 8 and 9, we know a...
  2. ReluctantGymMom

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

    If she was at the wrong gym, she likely would have been stopped by her lack of back tumbling. Our gym has level 10s that do not do back anything but at our other location they never would have made it out of level 6
  3. ReluctantGymMom

    For Parents Is two hours to much for a four year old

    You’re saying squad so it sounds like you’re in the UK? In that case you don’t actually have as much time as in the US to get back on team track but at 4 if she’s saying it’s too much for her, it’s too much and a gym that complains that a 4 year old is unfocused doesn’t understand child...
  4. ReluctantGymMom

    For Parents Advice- jealousy of parents

    My daughter has a teammate who struggles a lot with ongoing backwards fears but she freaking kills it at meets. She is an amazing competitor, and while we moved from the location she’s in, I’m very familiar with her struggle. To some parents though, it 100% comes across like ugh another 9.9...
  5. ReluctantGymMom

    WAG Toe-hand question (Toe Hand 101 / Late Drop)

    Ah she’s never been spotted on strap bar, I’m hoping they have time to spot them on the bar after season Is there any benefit to an arch snap? That’s exactly how my kids looks if she gets her feet on that way
  6. ReluctantGymMom

    WAG Toe-hand question (Toe Hand 101 / Late Drop)

    Love it, I’m guessing this is why her coach told her to work on late drops initially - he told her two feet toe on that has feet on the bottom of the bar will be better for releases. She’s not thinking long term obviously because she finds it frustrating that she can’t go around fully if she...
  7. ReluctantGymMom

    WAG Toe-hand question (Toe Hand 101 / Late Drop)

    Very nice! I see she got that late drop down! I’m happy as long as it doesn’t make it harder for her to transition to regular bar :) she can pretty consistently do them on strap bar but it’ll be a little bit before she can think of moving it
  8. ReluctantGymMom

    WAG Toe-hand question (Toe Hand 101 / Late Drop)

    Ahh okay! She’s got a while to go before she can do single bar releases, and or toe fulls! She’ll be ecstatic if she can compete the toe hand for level 8, she’s very much over 2 years of CH HS. If she develops the later drop as she gets better at it, I’ll leave her be, I just didn’t want her to...
  9. ReluctantGymMom

    WAG Toe-hand question (Toe Hand 101 / Late Drop)

    So she insists her coach said it’s fine that she’s putting her feet on the top (I’m dubious, the man is a stickler for details) - is it possible to compete a -good- toe hand this way? What’s the benefit of the late drop?
  10. ReluctantGymMom

    WAG Toe-hand question (Toe Hand 101 / Late Drop)

    That would be awesome! They have a block behind the strap bar so she doesn’t usually practice all the way from handstand but from close to handstand - should she start lower?
  11. ReluctantGymMom

    WAG Toe-hand question (Toe Hand 101 / Late Drop)

    So my kiddo is working on her toe hands right now on strap bar and she can pretty consistently hit hand stand from near handstand. BUT I noticed that she puts her feet on the very top of the bar, she said her coach said it’s fine for now but had told her ideally she wants to get them on at the...
  12. ReluctantGymMom

    For Parents Instagram Highlights and Skills

    Not saying it’s the case, but I see a lot of gyms focusing only on promoting the youngest kids in the highest levels or doing cool new skills while being tiny
  13. ReluctantGymMom

    Anon Qualities of Compulsory Gymnasts that Predict Successful Level 10/Collegiate Careers

    No, I really don’t think so. You can’t predict mental blocks, injuries, and what puberty will do to her body and her skills. Those middle school years wreak havoc on everything. One very bad fall is all it takes sometimes to develop a block and you can never predict that (Sometimes a block...
  14. ReluctantGymMom

    For Parents Easier, more difficult events L8 to L9

    The most scratches we’ve seen at our meets for level 9 where bars, beam then vault. The release on bars and the layout on beam are a huge deal and basically all of our 8s repeated 8 because they couldn’t get over the mental hurdle
  15. ReluctantGymMom

    Anon Featured Anxiety Medication and Gymnastics

    Zoloft as an SSRI antidepressant has no positive effects on performance; it’s more of a hindrance. Adderal on the other hand…
  16. ReluctantGymMom

    For Parents Lacking Team Support

    So we have exactly the same situation. Our gym has a few locations, we were at one that was outrageously far but my daughter was friends with the girls (she was mid age range there) and I was friends with the parents. I couldn’t keep doing the drive though, so we moved to a closer location...
  17. ReluctantGymMom

    For Parents Help

    Ouch what a terrible mistake to make for the other kid
  18. ReluctantGymMom

    Anon Which skill is harder?

    I don’t think one is harder than the other, just one might be harder for the gymnast. Plenty of gymnasts get mental blocks on the back handspring and then the RO BT becomes way easier. I think if you’re ok on the back handspring, all the momentum makes it easier to go into the back tuck.
  19. ReluctantGymMom

    Anon Featured Anonymous Posting

    Yes!! its frustrating trying to read a post and it’s all anon replies to anon