- Mar 3, 2022
Like many gymnasts, my 7 yo has high aspirations for her gymnastics career (college and beyond). She has also been talking about wanting to switch to the JO team since last year, when she was on Xcel Bronze and saw the JO team practicing in the gym. On Xcel Silver this year, she has placed 2nd consistently in the AA with scores from the mid 37s to the low 38s. DD is the kind of kid that looks at her lowest score from her most recent meet, puts extra practice in at home for that event, and then places 1st on it in the next meet. This has happened with vault and bars this season. She is also a dancer (although gymnastics is her main passion), and her form on floor and beam reflect this. She has received scores as high as 9.85 and 9.75 in those events. We will be meeting with her coach in a few weeks to talk about the possibility of her switching to the JO team. We realize this switch would result in more hours in the gym (which she is asking for), a greater financial commitment, as well as lower scores and less time on the podium most probably (which would be an adjustment). My daughter has mentioned the possibility of competing one more year on Xcel Silver before making the switch, but I think it may be best to make the transition this year instead of waiting if the coaches are on board. Thoughts? She is 7, will turn 8 after the state meet this spring, and is currently the youngest on her team. Xcel Silver has fewer hours in the gym than JO 3, so I am concerned that waiting a year would put her skills further behind, making the transition more difficult another year out. A couple of girls from her gym have successfully moved from the Xcel to the JO team in the past few years, although transitioning from Xcel to JO is not the norm at her gym. I would assume she would have a decent level of success in JO 3 next year, where she would probably be the oldest on her team, and that JO 4 next year (which would have girls her age) would be a stretch for her current skill set. She has a ROBHS and an inconsistent cartwheel on the beam, although she has not competed with either and does not have her ROBHSBHS or KIP yet. Thoughts on making the switch and when/what level, assuming her coaches are open to the idea. Also, I have loved her Xcel experience and we love her coach as well. Her Silver coach also coaches the JO 4 girls. I am afraid that if she does not try training and competing JO, she will regret it if she sticks with gymnastics. I would appreciate any insight and feedback, thanks!