- Apr 5, 2017
My 10 year old wants to switch gyms so that she can be on a JO team. She just finished competing her first season as an Xcel silver. She is very driven in that she is required to practice 6 hours a week, and she religiously attends an optional extra 6 hours. She says she wants to go to JO because she wants the extra conditioning they get so that she can do her skills properly. JO is not an option at her current gym because she is too old and doesn't have the body type that they are looking for (she is tall and skinny). She has level 4 skills, but not the conditioning/strength to execute them perfectly. She tried a level 3 practice at another gym last night and said she liked it and wants to switch. It looked like a whole different world to me--she is the tallest girl in the group (there are two others her age but they are shorter), most of the girls are very young and were actually rather rowdy, which would NOT have been allowed, even in the Xcel practice at her current gym. They spent more time conditioning and less time on skills. I realize this is to be expected coming from Xcel to JO but I worry that she will lose skills--she has a nice kip, for example, that took a lot of work to get, so it would hurt to lose it due to lack of practice. JO3 at the new gym would only be 8 hours week when she is used to 12, however 6 of those current 12 involve minimal supervision/coaching, as they are "extra" practice. Another thing that made me go "hmmm" was when the coach at the gym where she was trying out came over to introduce himself, he said, "You can relax, this is not (insert gym we are coming from)". I feel like as a parent, I should be driving this bus and making the decision, not her, but I really feel that she's the one spending all the time there and her gymnastics goals belong to her, not me, so she should have some say. One worry I have is that if she gives up skills to go back to 3 for conditioning, she will have a harder time getting those skills back later due to fears. Any thoughts?