That probably varies by region and meet, but for some comparison, my son's former teammate, who skipped from L6 to L8 and competes as a 12-yr-old, scored a 67.2 and came in 5th among a pretty solid group of 11- and 12-year-olds this weekend. I also know the kid who came in 4th with a 69.15, he's an 11-yr-old L8. The winner (a second year L8, 12-yr-old) scored 75.45. This is in region 7.
Could not agree more. As a 12 yo L8, my son was LAST in the state. As a 1st year 9, he was bottom 3rd. Now he is a 2nd year 10, and doing much better.BUT -- don't worry about scores. Really don't for L8. The question is whether he's hitting his skills and progressing toward what he needs to be competitive later on. My kid stunk at L8. Stunk at L9. Maybe will be middle of the road if all goes well this year at L10. The goal is to be ready to make the great leap forward when his man strength arrives. He is working on many things at the gym that aren't routine ready and probably won't be this year, but he'll have the foundation there, hopefully, to move forward with the skills when his body is ready.
Optionals is such a different world. First each boy will have different start values based on their skills. From their the goal is as few deductions as possible. Ask your boys what his start values are, and what his goals are and then keep that in mind as watch him.So what would be a good score for a first-year JO level 8 kid? I have no idea... Scores seem to be all over the place.
Could not agree more. As a 12 yo L8, my son was LAST in the state. As a 1st year 9, he was bottom 3rd. Now he is a 2nd year 10, and doing much better.