:rotfl:Well the Judge who is in charge of the Regional Optional program was in last night to review the music the girls have chosen. Our gym has her in about once a month to view all the levels and give her opinion by judging the girls routines and giving them advice on how to improve their scores - the girls love when she comes and she comes often enough to really know the girls. She offers this to any gym that wants her to come in but only our gym and one other actually has her in.
Last night she was there to view our one level 8 girl (we only have one at that level) as she is going to Regionals this weekend. After that the judge sat down and listened to all the new girls music choices and talked to each gymnast and mom as she listened to see how the music was chosen. She is really big on the girls having a say in their music. She too believes like our gym that if the girl feels she had some input into the selection process she will give her best preformance.
She said my daughters music was absolutely PERFECT for her and said it sooo fits her personality - playful but dramatic at the same time!! She was glad to hear that I (the mom) really gave daughter the freedom to pick and choose music with some minimal guidance. Daughter was SOOO happy when the judge told her it was perfect for her. Whew that's a relief.
The poor girl who is having a hard time choosing music had finally chosen one and the Judge said she just can't see it for this girl - just doesn't fit her personality she said the same for the 2nd choice. the Coach said to both mom and girl that this judge really knows what she is talking about and they should consider looking for music from the areas suggested by the judge but if they really feel strongly about this music she can have it. So the girl is just at a point now that she is tired of listening to the music and told the Coach just pick out what you think is good. I can see her frustration as everything she has chosen has been rejected. Mom took home some of the CD's with the suggested songs by the Judge and said they would listen to them over the April Vacation.
Another girl thought she really had her music set and the judge said the music didn't match her personality either and it was too old for this girl. ( I have to agree - I thought the same thing way too dramatic for a peppy 9yo) The judge suggested "Bewitched" The mom and girl listened to it and LOVED IT. Definitely fits the girls personality. The mom didn't even consider looking at TV themes when they first looked. She had daughter looking at classical and dramatic pieces. ( I think it would have fit the mom if she was competing - LOL) So we ended up with a happy camper!
Everyone else that had their music choosen already got the OK from the Judge. there were only 3 girls that still didn't have a clue as to what they wanted so the Judge suggested several options for them to listen to. she will be back in May to listen to the music of the 3 girls. She also does the coreographing of the Beam routines for our gym and will have that ready for the girls at that time. My DD can hardly wait. She is just so excited to be finally at the optional levels.
Oh and we never have this judge - judging our team at any of our meets. She makes sure she doesn't judge any gyms she assists this way.