So, as we are nearing competition season as first time optionals, what do i need to know? My daughter finished competing Level 5 this pas spring and is now a level 7 "optional"... Is it more competitive? Judging different? I have heard that starting in optionals is when it "weeds" out a lot of girls because of the hours, competitiveness, skills etc. My daughter just turned 9 ( gasp ) a week ago, and is becoming a more and more confident athlete. I am proud of what she has accomplished and most of all her perseverance. She set her goal to work hard after level 5 and make level 7.. Well we are here, and competition season is nearing! Advise? Interesting information?