My daughter is going to be 10 next month. She was in recreational gymnastics from 4 years old to 8 years old. At age 8 she did pre-team Xcel and at age 9 she competed Xcel Bronze. She has expressed her desire to move to JO for the past year. I asked the director of her program at her current gym and she said they tend to not move girls from JO from Xcel and that she would be too old to be with the L3 girls. A gym mom friend advised me to get a second opinion. I contacted another local gym and they were able to evaluate her. The coach said that she would need some work (especially on upper body strength) but it wasn't something that couldn't be done. She would just have to work harder. The coach did mention the age difference as she would be 10 and most of the L3 are 7-8 years old. Next step is a possible try out. We are waiting to hear back. I'm conflicted on what to do. She loves her current gym and team mates but she really wants to be in JO and she knows it will require more of her time, effort and a lot of hard work.