After going to a school sporting event last night my daughter keeps talking about joining her school cheerleading team. Last year they allowed the 4th graders to join. My daughter will be in 4th grade next year. She will also be competing as a level 5 in gymnastics and will be practicing 4 days a week for at least 13 hours plus doing about 10 meets. I told her she could try to fit in the cheerleading but gymnastics has to come first if she wants to remain on the team. I am paying over 3,000.00 a year for her to do competitive gymnastics and her gym is very strict about missing practices, plus she will be spending 5 days a week this summer in the gym. I feel bad being this way and I know she probally just wants to hang out with her friends from school. The cheerleading team is very low key it's a small Catholic school they do only a couple of competitions a year. Honestly I think she will be bored the cheer dance the team did was not very challenging and I think only one of the older girls is the only one who can do a roundoff backhandspring and it was not very good. My other concern is that they are parents and older kids who are coaching and I was woried that my daughter could get injured at least I know in the gym the coaches are professionally trained and saftey certified. How would you handle the situation and would you make your daughter miss a cheerleading competition for a gym meet ( we are talking about a local grade school cheerleading competition vs a USAG meet) Would it be fair for the other girls on the cheer team for my daughter to skip practices and competitions because her committment to gymnastics is more important? Any thoughts?