My daughter is a first year optional level 7. She just turned 9. Her first two meets there has been no age brackets and the youngest competing by two years age 11 was the next youngest girls.. Is this something that is common? Should I get used to it! lol it just seems odd for a 9 year old to be up against girls as old as 16 +.. she still did well, but by far would have been 1st place on most events and AA if placed into age brackets.