- Jun 14, 2019
Professional hair for meets? If a girl or her mom can't do it, then another teammate or a parent will do it. We have had lines of kids lined up pre meet getting hair done. Camps, trips to see elite and college gymnasts are great, but certainly not required to be a fantastic gymnast. My daughter has seen one elite competition (it was held in our hometown) and one college meet (one of her older teammates was a commit there and our gym set up a team outing to cheer her on for signing). She has never been to a camp. She is no further behind than any other optional level gymnast. Granted she isn't "ahead" like some her age and she doesn't home school or do shortened school days. She doesn't do 2 a day practices. We buy leos (she loves bling) but we resell the ones she has outgrown that are in good condition so she understands the concept of money. She does get new grips fairly often and she does see fantastic doctors (she has a slipped disc in her back and a fracture they are watching, so medical care I will certainly agree is necessary). However, this sport IS super expensive and travel and competition costs drive it up even more. We have 3 kids, only 1 is a gymnast, and the other 2 have their passions as well. So is she entitled? No. Are we supportive, yes. Does she have to help contribute to her gymnastics expenses? Yes. She works as a volunteer coach for our rec program and gets 10% off her monthly tuition and she is being trained so that when she is old enough to start coaching on her own, she will have been "working" and training already.At a minimum a competitive gymnastics needs a ride to practice and far away meets and a lot of money. My gymnasts, who I consider a very nice girl, gets that plus the best medical care anytime she is hurt, homemade high protein smoothies for breakfast and a pregym snack, more leos than she could wear in a month, trips to see elite and college gymnasts, expensive camps in the summer, professional hair for meets sometimes. It's franky a lot. I am happy to do all of that for her but I would also like her to stay grounded.