More 6's, less 5's

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Our younger girls who move from Level 4 do a full season of Level 5. If they are in 7th grade or up (and were on the middle school team), they have the option to score out (twice) of Level 5 and then move to Level 6 using their middle school routines.

This year, we are trying to get as many of last year's Level 4s into level 5 (fewer repeaters than usual) so they can get into Optionals before the Compulsory Routine changeovers.
There are a few L4s that have decided to go the Xcel route instead (struggled in L4 and nowhere near ready for L5), so they will compete Xcel Gold if we have a season.
 
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My DD competed a whole season of Level 5 (and I'm grateful for it), then skipped 6- went right to 7. I think the compulsories (while boring for parents to watch - and listen to over and over and over lol) are important for teaching discipline and fundamentals and actually attempt to give everyone a more even playing field. If you just skip to the skills you like, you can miss out on perfecting a basic that will benefit you as part of a harder skill later on.
 

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Tom Koll (the voice on the DVDs/CDs) says the new routines are going to be so good that nobody will want to skip anymore! :) I can’t wait to see them.
 

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Tom Koll (the voice on the DVDs/CDs) says the new routines are going to be so good that nobody will want to skip anymore! :) I can’t wait to see them.
Please tell me they have hired an actual composer to create the music this time.
 

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Tom Koll (the voice on the DVDs/CDs) says the new routines are going to be so good that nobody will want to skip anymore! :) I can’t wait to see them.
I hope so. I have a daughter who will end up competing the new L5. All seems ok except the floor seems vastly different to me with the skills and I have never seen our gym work anything remotely similar to the new front tumbling pass. I wonder what the style for choreography will be for both beam and floor.
 

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The two front handsprings and front tuck (or aerial)? Isn't that the same as the current routine? Or do you mean that they added a cartwheel step in to the front of the back extension roll?
 

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The two front handsprings and front tuck (or aerial)? Isn't that the same as the current routine? Or do you mean that they added a cartwheel step in to the front of the back extension roll?
The way they make it sound in the preview of elements, the pass is:
Two Front handspring step outs, Cartwheel step IN backward roll with straight arms to handstand (all in the same pass), which would explain the second FHS also being a step out.
And considering the L4s will be doing: Power hurdle or one step, Front handspring step out, Cartwheel step IN backward roll with straight arms to handstand as a pass, it makes sense.
 
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Oh wow! The way the line breaks were in the document, I assumed they were two passes. Theoretically, none of the elements involved are particularly hard for level. I feel like this is going to look terrible in practice though.
 

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Yes, I was referencing to me the awkward first tumbling pass. To go from current L4 to this will be a learning curve. Once new L4 is competed it’s not much change to add in the extra FHS. I do know in the gym they sometimes do a cartwheel to your bum to work on snapping feet under for BHS so I guess that would be the same feel for entry into back extension roll.
 
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