- Jan 27, 2009
We have just finished States as you may have seen from former posts. DD has not been told yet what the next year will bring. She just completed level 7 at 11 1/2 years old. She started when she was 71/2. She did summer rec. and went to 4 that season. She has not yet repeated so she did 4/5/6 and just finished 7. I read here that some repeat and some don't. My question is, what is the best level to repeat? DD has done very well although never consistently won (top 3 in each event through out the entire season) at any of her levels to date. Is there more of an advantage to repeating and gaining that confidence to consistently place or is it more advantageous to continue through the levels and arrive at the final destination, whatever that may be, and get all the skills behind you to be able to excel at whichever level is her final destination. We have kids at our gym who repeat levels each move and do very well the second year then move on. Seems like there are advantages to both methods. Just wondering what are the determining factors the coaches look at to make these decisions to move them or not. I have read here that the older you get, the more scary the skills become. With that being said, seems progressing through would make more sense. On the other hand, repeating and getting that confidence also seems the right thing to do. I hope this is not a stupid and obvious question that someone of my limited knowledge should know. I'm sure whatever decision her coaches make will be the correct one for her, I would just like a little prior insight from you guys.