Hi there everyone. I'm new here, and very new to gymnastics (though I enjoyed it as a kid, I never did it at a high level), so I know basically nothing about how any of it works! My eldest dd is 7 and really enjoys gymnastics. She goes one hour a week to a recreational class at our local leisure centre, but would love more. However, having read around the internet a bit, streaming for competition squads seems to happen at a younger age than she is now. What options are there for a child who is very keen, but won't be on an elite track, etc (most information I read on the internet was about children being identified early for elite gymnastics, and to be honest I couldn't work out what would happen to an older/less able kid)? Do the kids compete the levels at all different ages? Do they have teams for older/less able kids, or is everything geared towards identifying those really able kids? Sorry if these are silly questions- as I say, I have no clue, but would love to work it out, so my dd can spend more time doing gymnastics which she really loves! It did look like there are more opportunities for kids of all levels to do floor and vault competitions, but she really loves beam and bars and would like to do more of all four, so if there is an option for that, I'd love to hear about it. How do you go about accessing something more than a recreational gymnastics (as in slightly more 'serious' than recreational classes at a leisure centre- with shaping drills and conditioning and all that stuff, which they don't do in her current class)? Take her to a rec class at a proper gym and hope they invite her to take more classes? Take her to a proper gym, start a rec class there, but explain that she'd like to do more/be in their team at some point in the future? Do gyms have try outs for team places/ more serious classes? Any advice on this would be really appreciated!