Hi I am a new gym parent. My daughter is 6 and started gymnastics when she was 5. She has been dancing since she was 3 as well. I put her in gymnastics basically for another activity and she wound up liking it. Last year she was in a rec class and wound up meeting someone from her kindergarten class who she became best friends with. Most of the girls in the class were new (couldn’t do a cartwheel, handstand, etc) except for my daughters friend who has been taking it since she was 2. The rec class was basically playtime and they would do this silly obstacle course where they wouldn’t really practice any skills. My daughter practiced a lot during quarantine (basically to do something but she also seemed to like it as well). She isn’t a natural by any means but she can now do a straight cartwheel, handstand, bridge kickover, backbend, forward and backward rolls, pullover, back hip circle. She got most of these skills at home while practicing. She also did private lessons in our backyard over the summer with her friend. I put her in a rec class a few weeks ago and it was basically playtime again where they would swing on the bars, jump in the foam pit. I asked if they had different levels and she said they just go by age. So I looked at another gym in our area and she tried tried the pre-team class and made it. She is definitely not the best one in the class but she has expressed interest in competing in the future. They are working on all level 2 skills which I believe she has except a round off and mill circle (which they work on in class). They said preteam does not compete which I’m happy about because she isn’t ready. I am trying not to become that crazy gym mom but she does not have natural flexibility, struggles with pointed toes, straight legs, etc. I remind her at home and I know she is only 6 and just started a year ago. I guess my question is can someone who does not have any sort of natural talent have a shot at competition? She isn’t terrible by any means but I see other girls her age and sometimes I feel like I should steer her away. She does love it and now she goes to the gym twice a week for pre-team. I appreciate any advice or insight!