- Jun 21, 2018
My daughter competed level 3 this year as a 6 year old (turned 7 a few days ago). She ended the season with a 37.25 at state - First on bars (9.775) and low 9s on the other events, 6th all around. Her current gym decides levels in April (before state) and it was decided she would repeat 3. There were about 30 level 3 girls and at least half are repeating. My initial thoughts were she’ll be with her friends and have an amazing year as a second year 3 but as time went on she has started feeling bored and not very challenged. They worked 4 skills for about a month but once summer started it was back to 3 skills and very little time spent on 4. She has her kip, cartwheel on Beam and a few other 4 skills but very little time is spent working on them. Vault will be a definite challenge because she is small. Her best gym friend quit and a few other girls have quit or moved gyms. I spoke with a gym just down the road from current gym and she would train 4 all summer there along with all their girls who just completed 3 and they don’t decide levels until fall. Season starts November. So she may end up a level 3 there again if she can’t get the 4 skills competition ready by then but at least she had the chance to try for 4. She is ok with repeating at that point because she feels like she was given a chance and will know what skills she does not have. Current gym said she does not have the grace and technique to move up a level even if she has the skills. There is no option to train 4 and compete 3 if not ready at current gym. I have already brought up my concerns to her coaches about her being bored and not challenged. They were surprised she was bored and said they can’t move every bored 7 year old up a level and repeating levels is very common. I’m not asking for her to be moved up, I know it’s not my decision. I just want her to be challenged. I also know repeating is going to happen but why not save it for the years she will struggle or have a mental block, etc? She practiced at new gym yesterday and loved it so I think our decision is probably made but in your opinion is this a reason to switch gyms? Should I trust her current coaches? I don’t want to be that mom that thinks she knows better than the coaches!