Knowing and seeing kids getting it done doesn’t qualify?
Exactly what experience would qualify?
I have to agree with JBS. Watching from the parent’s viewing section and even hearing from gymnast and parents is a world of difference between truth and fact. Some kids and parents underestimate or exaggerate training info. In addition, you indicated your gym doesn’t have Level 9s or 10s. It is a huge jump from even Level 9 to Level 10. I may agree 6.5 practice hours may be ok to maintain Level 8 and below skills but not enough to maintain Level 10 skills with 10 Start values and the coveted E skills. Being actively involved in the training (i.e., a coach) and training the Level is definitely more reliable and qualified.
To OP, my daughter was also a 6 year level 10. Unfortunately, she had so many injuries and surgeries throughout her gymnastics career. So I’m privy to long breaks, limited practice hours and getting skills back. She is a junior in an Ivy team right now. The Ivy teams are not the strongest in the Div 1 teams because the pool of gymnasts that can apply is smaller because of SAT and GPA requirements but also once in the team, the coaches give academics a priority. Pressure from coaches to do well, attend all practices, work through pain is almost non-existent. Ivies, at least the team my daughter is in also strictly adheres to the NCAA 20 hour practice rule which includes not only actual practice but any time the team gets together even if it is for a fun activity. So, they probably average about 15 hours of actual practice. I will say while this is enough to “maintain” their skills, the execution suffers. They have team members who have done very well in JO but skills and execution has suffered because of the less hours.
I think it is so wonderful that you are supporting your daughter. Rock climbing is a great sport. My son did not do competitive rock climbing but is (or was, two falls from a mountain, one his equipment saved him, the other he was airlifted by two helicopters changed that-but so grateful he is fine) a rock climber. But as far as your daughter’s gymnastics is concerned, college gymnasts have been doing the same skills for 4-8+ years. So muscle memory kicks in and they get the skills back pretty quickly. Two years? The skills may or may not still be in the vulnerable stage. But I am guessing your daughter is pretty talented and she’ll be fine taking a year of less practice hours. Let me also say however that college scholarships are even more competitive than ever and she’ll be vying for spots against gymnasts who have not taken a break. All these may or may not be an issue, but worth considering. Good luck to your daughter. She has a good support system in you.