Personally I like the idea of doing one meet at level 6 to get a qualifing score then compete the rest of the season at 7. This what my dd also 9 is doing. Some of the girls in our gym to do this while others go through a season of 6 and a season of 7. I do know that some of the girls that have done this have been stressed out, but do fine by the end of the season. So far my DD is thriving but we are still months away from competion season. Skipping 6 doesn't neccesarily mean that they need to repeat 7.