- Feb 16, 2022
We have 2 or 3 travel meets every year, and this is our second year competing. I have 2 kids in the DP (3 and 5), and they usually have a meet one day apart (e.g. Fri/L3 and Sun/L5), which means more expense for the hotel. The first travel meet was close and next to our state, so it was drivable. The next one cost us about $2500 in total (3.5 hours of flights), and another one coming up with 6 hours of flights will cost us $3500 in total (hotel, rental car, food, flights). My children are nowhere on the elite route although they are thriving, and our gymnastics is not so the top level/intense gymnastics around here. Granted the travel meets are more of a 'reward' and bonding event for the hard-working gymnasts, it's too much for my family. I would like to be honest and message this to the owner and cancel the last travel meet (we pay for everything on time, so it is just simply this meet expense we want to save). I feel already bad enough for my children as they are the only ones that are not going out of all DP gymnasts, but they are also mature enough to understand where we are at financially. The owner makes it sound as if participating in all the meets is mandatory (although the expense is not stated in the team handbook), and I don't want my children to be kicked out of this gym as they love this sport, their gym friends, and coaches. As you can probably tell by this point English is my not my first language and I am afraid I message this in a wrong manner ending up offending the owner. How should I word the situation to the owner and gain their understanding? Any thoughts? Please help.