This is kind of a spinoff of the college recruiting post. I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were about peaking too soon with regards to competing in college? Do you think it's a concern? The reason I ask is my daughter and I were talking about some gymnasts she knew that were/are trying to be recruited right now. There are a few that surprised me with their choices, but my daughter matter of factly told me that the reason they weren't being recruited as heavily was because their gymnastics had more or less peaked. They had been competing level 10 since 6th grade I think and had had a lot of early success. But the last season or two they were actually scoring lower, losing difficulty and/or just struggling to maintain. It did make me think about what would be involved mentally and physically to compete level 10 for 7+ years before even going to college. Which also makes me wonder what's the rush for gymnasts that want to compete in college, but not do elite. Is the risk of burnout worth it? I do understand that with recruiting happening after sophomore year, it's important to be very competitive by 10th grade. So it seems 4 years at level 10 is probably expected. I just wonder if it would be better to pace the super talented littles so that they were not starting level 10 in 5th/6th grade to help keep them healthy and not too worn out to compete in college? I do know that hopes and elite is a whole different thing btw.. I'm just referring to non elite gyms/gymnasts. Do you think sooner is better to gain experience or a slower pace might be for the best with regards to actually competing in college.