Hi Bookworm, Please dont take that wrong.... what Im referring to are kids who are rushed through the lower levels and then get to Level 10 or "elite" and felt like they missed out on a lot of the fun that came from the lower levels, not to mention the basics being rushed through-you have seen it yourself Im sure bc you have been around a long time . I'm sure you DD continued to inprove her skill level- msot kids do. Nothing negative meant by that comment at all. The OP DD's is 5 years old- what I wanted to get across to the OP was that faster is not always better.I don't get the point of this comment...yes my daughter has been level 10 for a number of years but she just moved along with her skill level. It wouldn't have made any sense to keep her in compulsories just because of her age. It was always felt that she would progress along with her skills, and it was not ever age driven.
I remember having a conversation with a former jr, Natl champ (elite) while the compulsory gymnasts in the gym were doing a "warm up game"... she turned and looked at me and said- "you know what? I never got to do any of that. Even when I was that level- while the other kids were doing fun stuff, I was always either in another workout with older kids, or I wasn't allowed bc I had work to do. Its the ONLY regret I have in my gymnastics career." I will always remember that conversation bc it changed the way I coached young, talented kids. Thats all I meant in my post.