Update – Meet #2
I promise, I’m not planning to post updates after each of my dd’s meets
. Many of you have helped me (and my dd) work through some issues so I wanted to send a follow-up for anyone interested. After this post I’ll fade into the CB background.
My dd said that her first meet wasn’t as scary as she had expected and that she won’t get as nervous next time. In response, I told her that her second meet (6 days later) would be at her old gym. She was mostly nervous about running into her old pre-teammates and coaches. I told her that if that happens she should say hello and be polite. She didn’t mention anything about the beam. I called her coach the next day to share my dd’s concern.
Her coach pulled my dd and aside at the next practice for a chat about her sloppy hair. Then she told my dd that she knew that she was concerned about going to her old gym and said that she would look out for her at the meet but if she didn’t feel comfortable going that would be okay. My dd said that her response was something like. Yes, I’m a little nervous but why wouldn’t I go?
Thanks to everyone that provided ideas for my dd’s hair, we decided the best option would be to sew the bun in (Thanks MILgymFAM
). We had all of the supplies on Friday but my dw didn’t have time to practice. Saturday morning the needle was missing (long story). I literally dug through the garbage and found it. My dw did a great job sewing down the bun and slicking her hair down with göt2be ultra glued and then loading on the spray.
This meet was an even smaller than the last one. We got there super early and got front row seats LOL. We also sat with some other parents from our gym. There's still no FB group but it was nice to finally chat with some of the other parents. Anyway, for warm-ups my dd happened to be standing right in front of us. When she got to our side of the floor, she told me that the beam was much higher than usual. I assured her that the beam was at a standard height, she insisted that it wasn’t. I told her to talk to her coach. I was hoping her coach would reassure my dd. About 10 minutes later, I noticed that they lowered the beam. It hadn’t occurred to me that the beam might actually be higher than regulation. I don’t know if they were planning to lower it anyway or why it wouldn’t have been at the right height.
I didn’t know until after the meet that she was competing against a few of the girls that were on her pre-team. (I wasn't sure b/c she was being evaluated at her old gym for JO3)
My dd started on beam. She practiced on one beam and then did her routine on the other so one of those beams had to have been the one she fell from. If she was extra nervous about it, I couldn’t tell. She looked great to me and more confident than the last meet.
Next she was on floor (she wasn’t first up this time (second
). Again, she looked a little more comfortable than the last meet. She continued to look happy and confident at her next two events. It was also nice that I had a better idea about where to look and caught all of her scores this time. I also knew when she was just practicing vs when she was competing (look at the judges
During the meet, I noticed her coach said something to my dd. My dd later told me that her coach had complemented her on her hair.
She ended up 2nd AA. For anyone interested, on three of the events plus AA, she scored higher than anyone from her old gym, so yeah, that felt good. Oh, and her team outscored her old gym’s team at every level.
Her old coaches said hello to her and were very friendly. One of the coaches commented to my wife in a friendly way that we should have stayed (maybe she forgot that my dd had been cut from the team?).
Anyway, overall it was another huge success.