This is a follow-up from: https://chalkbucket.com/forums/threads/getting-evaluated-at-another-gym.60026/page-8#post-525811 Thanks to everyone that has helped steer me (and my dd) in the right direction. I’m absolutely certain that without the guidance and support that I’ve received from all of you here on CB, my dd wouldn’t be where she is today. Proud Dad Alert!!! A week from today, my 8yo dd will, fingers crossed, accomplish a goal that she set for herself a long time ago, when she walks into her gym, proudly wearing her sparkly leotard and matching ginormous bow, to compete in her first meet. I’m so proud of her for her perseverance: overcoming a significant injury, taming her fears and regaining her confidence after her (old) coaches gave up on her (all before she was even on a team). For anyone that’s interested (and hasn’t read my previous threads), here‘s a brief recountal of my dd’s journey to her first meet: At 6, she was shaken up when she saw a friend slip off bars and badly break her elbow. At 7 she joined JO2 pre-team, I joined CB the same week smile 4 months later, my dd broke her elbow falling from a CW on beam For 9 weeks, she was restricted to conditioning, but she only missed a few practices. 2 ½ months after her return she was evaluated for team and “invited” to advanced rec with the explanation that she has to get herself past her fears so that they can coach her. I researched for weeks then called the gym that I had selected for my dd. A few hours later, we were at the gym and my dd was at her best. I was caught off-guard when she was offered a spot on their team (I guess I was expecting that the HC would get back to us). As we left the gym, either there was a lot of chalk dust in the air or I teared up knowing that I had found someone else that believes in my dd. I thought everything was going great until two weeks later when her coach questioned whether my dd really wanted to be on the team. She had been sidelining herself during certain skills and drills. My dd got very emotional when I discussed this with her the next day and I suggested that she might need to reconsider a non-competitive track. Something changed for my dd that evening. Her coach told her for the first time that she had a great practice and then followed up a couple weeks later to tell me that she’s proud of her. 3 months later, my dd passed her gym’s final prerequisite to compete, her last official hurdle other than actually stepping onto the floor when they call her name. I hope that she enjoys her big day and that she doesn’t put too much pressure on herself. After all the candy-grams have been delivered and the chalk dust has settled, I want her to be proud of herself no matter what the scoreboard says. Back in July, right after my dd made the team, her coach mentioned that her team was about to head to Reno to compete in USAIGC Worlds. After we left the gym, my dd said that she would like to compete at Worlds next year (goal # 2?). We’ll see if she still feels this way after she’s been to the rodeo a few times. If she does, score permitting, I’m going to make sure that she’s there, along with her sparkly leotard and her matching ginormous bow.