My daughter is in a pre-team program at a gym that just announced that they’re dissolving their JO program and training for Xcel only. They had JO and Xcel, but few athletes at Level 7/8/9. The advanced pre-team group will now be Xcel Bronze, and will include some really young girls who used to stay in JO pre-team until Level 3 or 4. They said they are trying to maximize revenue from the recreational programs which subsidize the competitive programs, which makes sense since the gym has barely any optional girls, but it is disappointing. Anyway, I’ve really appreciated reading these experiences with xcel for younger kids. It will be an interesting year and I’m not sure what girls will do who want to stick with JO training. We don’t live in an area with a ton of options and I can’t imagine there is much space at the more competitive gyms.