My daughter (8yrs) will be competing this Autumn at Regional Level 5 (I think that's the right terminology?!). The rest of the squad her age are competing level 6 again - I can see that my daughter is very able (flexible, strong, determined and focused) but compared to other older squad members (some by 2 years) who are also doing level 5 she does not have the skills they have - she's just starting to learn moves they have already perfected - I trust the coaches completely just trying to prepare my daughter that this competition is going to be tough and very different to her last competition. I suppose what I'm asking is why is she being kept 'in age' when the competition seems beyond her reach (hands up I no nothing about gymnastics so probably can't see what they see!)? Although she's very strong and naturally flexible she's also of average height so gymnastics will be time limited - it's supposed to be a fun hobby - am I just being over protective (probably!)?