Yes, some days I'd be quite happy with a "great".
Instead I get...."Sally did her vault. But she landed crooked and Ms. X said that she had to go do it again. And then I got in trouble because of how I was doing my skin the cats. Oh, can we get a cat? I really want a cat and I would take care of it. Coach Y said we need to take care of the bar area better. We are using too much chalk but I have to chalk up between every turn if we are doing giant routines but if we are just doing kip routines I can get 2 routines in for every chalk up. I don't think I use too much chalk. Do you think I use too much chalk? You know who uses too much tape? Susie! Susie tapes something up every single practice and she doesn't bring her own tape so she has to use the gym's tape. But Mr. K said I wasn't allowed to use the gym tape and I have to bring my own tape but I don't think that's fair because I NEVER get hurt. Do I, mom? Mom? MOM?!?!?!? I never get hurt, do I? I split the beam and get rips but that's not really being hurt. Being hurt is like how Katie was with her ankle and how she hurt it every two months. I got so tired of hearing about her ankle. I have a bug bite on my ankle. It's really itchy. I wanted to itch it during my floor routine but that's probably a deduction at a meet. Is it, mom? If you REALLY have an itch, is it a deduction if you scratch it? Maybe if you could make it look like it's part of your choreography, they it would only be about one tenth or so."
And this goes on for the ENTIRE. 30. MINUTES.
Just imagine what the 4+ hours of practice are like with these kids. I frequently have to say "can we finish this story later?" While holding another child up in a cast handstand or something.