i have a 5 year old and am moving to the charlotte area. probably north of there around the cornelius area. any suggestions on a good gym?
A word of warning: don't judge a gym by how they do at lower level competitions; lots of level 4, 5, and 6 wins could mean they train strong basics, but it could just as easily mean they hold kids back until they're guaranteed to win at the lower levels.
Talk to whatever coaches and parents you can, and look at how the gym does at the upper levels (8, 9, 10, elite).
I don't mean to specifically target Everest; I don't know their coaches very well, and I don't know how they're doing at the upper levels, so I am in no position to comment either positively or negatively about their program. All I mean to say is that there are many gyms in NC (and up until relatively recently, my gym was among them) that sandbag kids for high scores at low levels. Be wary of this, as those sorts of gyms really aren't a good place to send your kids, in my opinion.