DS (almost 10) had a great season of division 1 l4. He was brand new to the sport but immediately fell in love with it and picked up skills quickly. Scored well and placed high all the way through. His gym has lost a coach, and they seem to be a bit overwhelmed at the moment. DS has been doing pretty high hours this summer training l5, but his coach is telling me that he will repeat because he (the coach) hasn't had time to work on shaping or to teach this group the next level routines. He is a really nice man and a committed coach and shared his philosophy about levels being meaningless and that gymnastics is just what they do in the gym, not what they do in meets- and I appreciate that point of view. Still, I'm feeling frustrated that DS will repeat, not because he doesn't have the skills, but because they are short staffed. The coaches are nice, the gym has a good reputation, but I'm starting to think we'll look around during this season with an eye to move after States if they continue to say they don't have the resources to coach kids to the next level. Boys programs are few and far between- we have a couple of options, but they require more driving. How would you make a decision on something like this, esp. since it's still early in the game/low level?