My daughter used to go to a gym that had that philosophy. She started taking classes at age 6, and by the spring was moved to preteam and then by summer to team. As a 7 year old she started to compete in the Mason Dixon League as a level A and by January was invited to the USAG team. She worked on the Level 5 routine and started testing at home meets until she tested out and then did the same for level 6. We went to no level 5 or 6 meets except the home meets for the purposes of testing. Meanwhile, she was getting competition experience through Mason Dixon. As soon as she tested out of 6 (which happened by that December), she immediately started to compete as a seven--literally like 3 weeks later. But all along, the focus had been the level 7 skills, so she was ready and had a fairly successful level 7 season. She was moved up to 8 the next year. She had all her skills, but had never mastered some of the straight knees, etc. and had only a moderately successful level 8 year--rarely medalling. Still the thought was to move her up again with the plan being to start working on pre-elite testing. What I was told the "rush" was, was to teach her the difficult scary skills before puberty--when both fear issues and body changing issues makes everything harder. I guess I will never know for sure how the plan would have worked out.
My husband ended up losing his job and we had to move to another state and hence another (very small) gym. This gym has neither the knowledge nor the desire to train for the elite level. She has repeated level 8 and worked on "perfecting" some of her skills. Her current coach says she has gaps from how quickly she went through the levels. For example--she releases too early on her flyaway--which doesn't cause any problem on her flyaway but made learning a double back really hard. She still struggles with bent knees. However, she has learned a lot of really difficult skills without fear.
I do think she has talent, but rushing through the compulsories was the philosophy of her old gym for any talented gymnast and she wasn't the only one who went through quickly. One of the fast tracked girls was very successful--making it to level 10 nationals by age 11. Another was level 9 by age 10, but warned by a coach from another gym that she didn't really have the arm strength for working front giants and would hurt her arms. This year she has sat out with arm injuries. Connected--I don't know?
I will always wonder if our path would have better or worse if she hadn't been rushed through. My daughter is a 10 year old level 8 that may or may not be good enough to qualify for regionals this weekend. She is slated to move up to level 9--she has all her skills, but I suspect those bent knees will dog her entire career. However, if she hadn't been fasttracked, she might still be a level 5 or 6, still struggling with bent knees and discouraged due to lack of success at those levels when everything has to be perfect, and wanting to give up on gymnastics.
I guess we never get to know the path not taken.