- Jun 20, 2022
Hi, everyone! This is my first post. I have an 11 year old daughter who is training level 5/6. We just made a gym change at the end of May because her former gym shifted to an all-Xcel model for the compulsory levels. The new gym has set practice days for each training group and her group trains for 12 hours per week over three days. We had some gymnastics camps that were already scheduled before the gym change so she has missed two weeks of practice this summer thus far. The gym is closed the week of August 22nd and then the fall training schedule starts the week of August 29th. My daughter has been invited to go on a beach vacation with one of her best friends for next week. Originally when the parents discussed it with me, she was invited for a few days. Now it is for the entire week. Of course they mentioned it to my daughter without asking me first (love that) so she is excited and wants to go for the whole week. I am annoyed because she would miss another week of practice--the last week of practice for summer training. If it was the week that the gym is closed, I would have no problem with her going. But the timing is really bad given some short term goals she has (she is trying to have the chance to test out of level 5 and move up to 6--we aren't sure how the training groups factor in and the coaches are still getting to know her, plus in the handbook they mention that advancement is dependent on attending practices). Beyond that, she (like most gymnasts) has big dreams for college and all the rest but is on the older side--started rec at age 5, competed (starting at age 7) one year each of levels 2 and 3, and just finished her second year of level 4. I told her that this is her sport and these are her dreams/goals but that I thought it was a mistake to miss the week of practice given these goals and the timing. She still wants to go so I am struggling with how to proceed. I appreciate any thoughts/perspectives.