I’ve never seen anything like that, as we don’t have College gymnastics here. But I don’t think it’s a big problem.
A fun personalised leotard idea for little ones with big dreams.
I don't think the leotard alone is what people are talking about. It did sound strange to me, but the poster who linked to the chalk warriors camp collection I think explained why they exist. So I agree that that may just be a fun leotard from a popular leo brand.
But I do agree with some of the others that I think what is happening in some gyms with the push by parents to train huge hours, skip levels, gain followers etc mainly for social media fame, and with coaches and gyms encouraging or, at least, not discouraging, it is a big problem. I really try and stay out of it because it truly doesn't affect me. I don't tend to comment on posts often, I almost never go in the gym anymore, I don't engage with other parents about any of this stuff. But my feelings are that it's really kind of insane out there and I think 99% of the time, it's the parents.
And from a personal standpoint, my daughter who is a level 10 now, does not speak favorably about the ones I know about at our gym that are young, ambassadors for leotards, have lots of followers, the mom is always in the gym recording, etc. My daughter says they tend to think very highly of themselves and can be really obnoxious and disrespectful. She's a level 10 and has had some compulsory level gymnasts tell her to get out of their way, to imply that they are better than her and to roll their eyes and say rude things to her if she asks them to, for example, move off the vault runway when she is about to vault. Now I know you can't stereotype an entire group based on her interactions, but it's been pretty upsetting for her. I laugh when I read about people saying the little ones look up to the older ones and worship them. Not at our gym.. instead some of the younger ones say how they are going to reach level 10 younger and do better than the ones already there.. to their face.
And I think, as others here have said, it's in large part caused by the parents who are encouraging this culture with their kids. Just my opinion of course.