- Jan 31, 2008
I know many have focused on the 36 requirement - but as a coach, this stuck out to me. That is essentially the equivalent of 12+ falls and would indicate that perhaps your child would benefit from having another season in level four. This would ideally improve her current skills and prepare skills for the next level while building her confidenceShe will have to repeat the level (which is completely OK) since she never hit a 36 in any competition. She hit 34 once but our gym doesn't have level 5.
I know many mention fact how winning is not important - but having success and personal 'wins' is great for confidence.
For every compulsory gymnast with low scores that went on to do well in the higher levels their is also a child who repeated along the way and succeeded.
Allie repeated level five (what is now level four)
Are the other gymnasts having success? - has your gym got upper optional gymnasts who are doing well? If the answer to these is yes - I would put faith in the gym that they are doing what is best for your child. Stopping your child from participating in an activity because the are not as good as others can send a concerning message - because in life most of us will not be the best at what we do.We also feel like quite a few of her teammates have seen a lot of growth this season...but our DD hasn't. I realize I'm probably sounding crazy, I just don't want my kiddo to miss out on opportunities to participate in something she excels in because gymnastics eats up so much time. Your thoughts?
Perfect! If she loves it - don't take it away. It's her sport and unless you can't feasibly support it anymore regardless of her success don't upset her.I need to let her guide this journey. My kiddo is so coachable and she really does love this crazy sport!