Right now 25 hours / week level 6. Is it too much?
My daughters gym levels 3-10 all average mid 37 AA. Since 1997 they have a 100% full scholarship rate, we also produce elites and have National Team members. We’re the Top gym in Northern California and I’m saying those hours are high for a level 6I guess maybe because the gym is top 100 gym, close to elite gym. That is why they want lots of hours for gymnasts. They produce about 8-10 , level 10, and 80-100% all get college scholarships each year. That is their philosophy.
As a coach, I've had athletes in middle school tell me they're staying up until midnight doing homework. Why?! Middle school grades don't even count for anything! It is absolutely ridiculous. I'm currently pregnant with our first, but my husband and I are going to homeschool in part because of how troubled we are by the school system here.Most kids will resist change because they want to stick with what is familiar.
25 hours is excessive at level 6, and unnecessary. If she is complaining it’s too many hours now, it’s unlikely she will want to do Elite. And it’s rare fir a gym to ask for so many hours at this level unless Elite is the goal.
BUT the school thing is also a major issues. Of course the hours in the gym would burn her out if she is doing assignments until midnight. If she was getting enough sleep and recreation time then she might feel differently.
People are often quick to say “cut back in gym” but why not cut back on school work?
I would absolutely not allow my child to be staying up until midnight doing assignments. I would tell the school it’s not happening, I would allow for a reasonable amount of homework and then the books would go away.
Doing that much homework is VERY damaging for a child health. Sleep deprivation is deadly and will impact her growth. But in Order To develop well children need time for socialisation, imagination, sports and play, down time etc.
I know things are different in the US because homework is part of their grades and schools can force them to repeat grades. Neither of these things is the case in Australia. But that’s just unhealthy and crazy.
My wife was adamant that our daughter wouldn't go to school from the very beginning and she got so much crap from her family and friends ("what about YOUR life/dreams?!"), but she stuck to it and it was 100% the right decision.As a coach, I've had athletes in middle school tell me they're staying up until midnight doing homework. Why?! Middle school grades don't even count for anything! It is absolutely ridiculous. I'm currently pregnant with our first, but my husband and I are going to homeschool in part because of how troubled we are by the school system here.
This is an interesting perspective. Do you vary an athlete's hours depending where they are on the learning curve?The thing that is hard about hours is that they don't really correspond to levels that well. When an athlete is progressing and "riding the wave"... they can seemingly take high hours no problem. When they are not riding the progress wave (or highly motivated to make use of the hours)... then many of the hours tend to be wasted.
In my state... 25 hours / week for a Level 6 would be considered high (very high).