All of gymnastics until the elite level is a money grab, really. If we are being honest, the elite stream is separate and the JO and xcel streams of competition are not needed for international competition at all, and not until L9 for college purposes. Everything before that could be much cheaper with in-house meets or little/no meets. I know many won’t agree with me on that, but it’s how I see it. People pay because they want to. People love to take their kids to states/regionals/nationals/IGC worlds because it’s fun and because it conveys some form of bragging rights to say your kid is a state/regional/etc champion. I’m not immune, but I do see it for what it is.