My DD is 12 and currently a level 7 working towards level 8. She is just starting 7th grade, so has PLENTY of time to get to level 10, yet at our old gym, there was a race to get to level 10 (You're the youngest level 10 I have ever had! You can be level 10 by 10!) This was the common refrain from the HC. There was only value in you if you are young and willing to put in tons of extra hours (morning practices, privates, on top of 5 days a week or more of scheduled practices in the evening. If you, as a parent, were not willing to pay for private lessons, pull your kid out of traditional school your athlete didn't get spotted, didn't get offered extra drills, got no feedback in the moment. Your athlete would get "assignments" and spend the entire practice with their squad of teammates while the coaches rotated with the superstars. There was the occasional shout across the gym to "fix it!" but nothing helpful to actually make corrections. My DD is likely repeating 7 this year, but that sounds better than chucking 8 skills she had to learn on her own without any coaching, feedback, or proper training.
And yes, my daughter felt worthless which is why we left.