- Aug 7, 2018
What you are saying is like chasing the dragon, you will never catch it. I genuinely understand your position, but we can re-org, Excel, DP, etc, and there will always be individuals, coaches, gyms that will push for higher results all for various reasons. It's human nature, that is not going to change.I don’t like the ”everyone gets a trophy” notion, but the way this is set up is all kind of a hodge podge mess to me. Xcel is not being used for that purpose anymore, so quite a few gyms are now training high hours with the intent to eventually stream to the DP program. So there are now homeschooling xcel gymnasts competing against kids doing xcel recreationally.
Again, we can lament how youth sports has changed over the last 20 years, but it is also human nature. We as a society continue to push more and more, little league world series on prime time national tv, high school football players signing multi-million dollar NIL deals. All of it is feeding into this desire to perfect athletic prowess sooner rather than later. I feel ya, I really do, I just don't see it changing any time soon. We live in a small town with one gym and no L10s. The closest gym with competitive training is 2 hours away.We are doing youth sports with possible college aspirations, but to achieve that goal, it has gotten so crazy that kids have to devote their entire childhood to a sport and go elite to achieve that kind of like a full time job.