Of course our system works totally different from all yours. We have level 17 till level 1. 17 is the easiest. Then you have different divisions. My daughter used to do recreational for 2 years, which was level 14 and that was just 1 competition a year with just 3 other clubs in the area. When she was 7, she won a silver medal and wanted to learn more. But that wasn't possible then in the recreational part. So, I got in contact with the trainer of the selection team. Talitha was tested with a few more girls, all a year or more younger than her. This was end of last year/season. Although she is somwhat behind in her technique, she was allowed to stay. She trained just 1Â½ hour a week at first, but trainer decided 3 of the new girls, including Talitha, could start with competitions already, in division 5, which means it is just for the one province we live in. Her group had just 9 girls of her age and level, only 2 of our club, Talitha and another girl, and she ended 5th, which we didn't expect, since she couldn't do her handsprings properly yet. The 2nd competition she was 9 from 9. She was quite sad, but she did better than last time, she landed on her feet with the handsprings this time. So all this is in level 11. She didn't make the semi final, so her competition year is over. She is going to do level 10 next year. She will go on a 5 day Christian gymnastics camp this Summer, so we hope she can do some preparation for that and get her basics up.
For her the most important is, that she gets to do gymnastics, she loves it. If she could she would love to do it more, but that is just not possible in our town. It is just a small club with 19 girls in the selection team of ages 7 till 22.