Discussion in 'Parent Forum' started by LeoSwaplady, Nov 14, 2017.
The time to have held her back would of been much younger.
I do not know which NutterButter was referencing but many of the colleges have club gymnastics. It is a lot more laid back with a wide range of ability levels. It is a great way to continue a sport they love without all the excess demands of competing NCAA
Yes, I was primarily talking about club gymnastics. Also, the opportunity to be a coach or study to become a judge too.
So my DD was regional all-around champion at L7 when she was in 7th grade. Also a late starter with dreams of competing in college. Midway through the summer after L7 she was gaining skills quickly and coaches mentioned possibly moving to L9 mid-season if she continued to progress.
And then the freak injuries at the wrong time of the year and puberty hit. So now she is in 10th grade and has not competed a full meet since 7th grade. She is re-learning skills she was doing at 12 but with a 15 year old body. Her teammates are either retired or have shot past her. She still wants to compete in college but knows that the likelihood of walking on a team is very, very small. She is still in the sport but the future looks a lot different than 3 years ago. Now my only wish is for her to stay healthy and continue to love the sport. I am so, so happy that I have always told her school is number one and academic scholarships are hard to get but easier than getting a sports scholarship. Your daughter sounds like a very bright young lady. If she reaches L10 in 10th grade, great! If she doesn’t reach it until 11th or 12th - she will still be one of the very few. Best of luck!!!
BTW - Oklahoma just announced their two new signees for next year. One has been an elite for 4 years who has been given international assignments. The other reached L10 in 11th grade as a late bloomer but caught their eye at Nationals - so every gymnast has their own path and you never know where it’s going to lead!
Sounds to me like she's apt to go to school for an academic scholarship!
There is no harm in sitting down with the coach for a variety of "what if" questions. I would probably do that sooner rather than later. Not sure this will be an option but it is a lot easier to compete 7/8 in the same season (or score out of 7) than it is to do this in 8/9/10, just because the girls tend to need the full year to develop those higher level skills to competition ready.
as far as holding her back in school, as others have said, this is not realistic unless you are homeschooling her or switching her to another school. And since she appears to be doing well both academically and socially, it would not be helpful to her. I am doubtful many children would go for this in this situation either. My dd was homeschooled and we began her schooling a year early because she was ready. She did great academically but as time went on, particularly the middle school years, it became apparent that the social maturity wasn't there and I couldn't imagine sending her off to college a year early. So she "repeated" 7th grade. In essence, she continued her studies as normal, progressing to the next level in math, English, science and history. She had always been above grade level so that didn't matter. But again, this is more realistic in homeschooling where I could control the curriculum so she was challenged (not repeating the same level) and we didn't have to worry about her peer group.
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