Hi all, I am hoping to help a good friend with a decision. Disclaimer: This is a question for a friend who does not live in the same region, I think they are region 3 but not sure. Here is a little background first. My friends dd is a year older than mine, almost to the day, so she just turned 8. She has been on pre team 1 hour twice a week since September. Just this week she was invited to team and her placement is Xcel Bronze. The plan is that she would start team in July and continue pre-team through June. The Bronze training hours would be 2.5 twice a week for the summer and then down to 2 hours twice per week for the fall. This is an Xcel only gym and they typically keep their kids at each level for 2 years (unless a kid is really ready to move in 1). This particular gym scores very very well, probably the highest scoring Xcel team in the area, kids always on the podium, all kids make districts etc. My friend says they credit this to attention to detail in form/technique and a strong conditioning program. Also 2 years per level probably helps. This gym is great with communication and just very encouraging overall and both my friend and her dd are very happy there. Her dd has a friend at a gym down the street who is also on pre team who will most likely be training level 3 JO this summer. She may have already started, not sure when compulsories are in this region. Now my friends daughter wants to try JO because her friend is going that route. So my friend set up an evaluation at her friends gym just to see what they thought and where they would place her. It went well and they said they would have her train level 3 as well this summer. She has not signed any contracts at original gym. The concern my friend has is that this gym doesn't score all that well. Level 3 girls score between 30AA and 35AA typically and rarely someone pulls off a 36-37. My friend has heard through the grapevine it is because they don't condition as much as they should and don't perfect the details/form/technique. Level 3 at this gym trains 9 hours per week over the summer and 9 hours during school year. She said the level 4's score much better 32- 37 range. The optional girls score between 34 and high 37's typically and they have sent at least 2 girls to division 1 in the last few years. Apparently this is the only option for JO for her dd, no other gyms close enough that they would be willing to drive to. SO now they are trying to make a decision. Do they stay or do they go? The dd wants to do JO but my friend really worries about injury on a team that doesn't condition enough. At least she knows the conditioning at the Xcel gym is great and the gymnasts there tend not to get injured. I told her I would think a JO program training level 3 9 hours per week would have at least as much conditioning as a top Xcel bronze team training 4-5 hours per week even if they score lower but maybe I am wrong? Thoughts on this? She says her dd would not do extra conditioning on her own so it's either at gym or not at all. She also worries Xcel gym would not take her dd back once she leaves so that is also a concern. What should I tell her? As for my dd, doing well on pre-team and hoping to train level 3 this summer! For the record I don't think my dd's gym has the best conditioning program either but I can't be sure as she is preteam so maybe the real conditioning hasn't started yet! Thanks everyone for your help.