New to this site, but have been following the threads for a little over a month (site's email server was down, so couldn't reply or post anything until accepted).
Just wanted to say thanks to all those for the info on the new age requirements. Learned more on here than from our gym coaches on the subject. I have a son who competed as a 10yr old level 7 last year and was itching to go to 8 this year. With these changes, he's a little heart broken, but he'll get over it. Our gym, for some reason, stopped doing future stars a couple years ago and only had one level 10 do the TS this year (all did TS a year ago, but the one this year is a HS senior and a P&G regular). There's a slight chance he could do JE 8 as he'll be 11yrs old next May, but not sure if he's ready for it....or if our gym will even attempt to push him that way. Looking at the JE 8 11yr olds at nationals this year, only 30 competed, so I don't feel all that bad. But, I'm not sure another year at 7 will be more beneficial to him than a tough year as an 8.