Is it possible to change gyms right before meet season? Will the new gym suggest gymnast simply train and sit this meet season out or can the gymnast compete given that choreography, etc is from the previous gym? How does this work?
It happens all the time. I have actually never heard of a gym telling a new member they have to sit out a season because of the time of year they switched. If their standards are higher than the previous gym, they might say you can't compete at the level you were hoping to compete at or might have you scratch an event that is not up to par, but that would not be because you switched right before season it would be because of their "competition readiness rules" that would apply to their existing team members.
We just had three athletes switch 4-6 weeks before our first meet. They were also switching from development to Xcel, two of whom were compulsories (2nd year Level 3s), but we got them music and choreography, and have them all ready with their requirements and routines. One of them probably could have been a higher Xcel level if she had switched at the beginning of summer, but we had to go with what skills she already had, not ones she could train and have in a few months. All three girls are so happy and are great fits with their groups, so we are glad to have them and excited to have them compete with us.
One issue no one seems to have mentioned is space. With these three, we are 100% full with our ratios for each level, so we absolutely cannot take anyone else. We do typically shut off requests about trialing with us from January-May so that we can focus on our season.
My daughter’s gym lets gymnasts join mid season, they just don’t guarantee that they will be able to be added to each meet depending on if it is full but they try hard to get them in. They typically have a few extra competition leotards just in case.