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My daughter is a level 4 team gymnast but not competition at her gym. I took her to another gym that is closer and I think will push her a little more, because that is when she does better. The coach at the new gym is an Olympic gold medalist and evaluated her and said she is a level 2. Why would there be such a difference from gym to gym?

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Hi Jeff,

You wrote, "Why would there be such a difference from gym to gym?" - with respect to team levels.

First, this year the compulsory routines have been updated. A simple explanation would be that every routine has dropped down one level. The old level 5 routine is now the new level 4 routine and so on throughout the system. Your coach may not be holding her back just placing her at a competitive level that is appropriate with the new routines.

Next, there is no one way to coach, there is only the way that is best, and or familiar, to the coach, the training system, the equipment, and the coaches of a particular gym. The coach may be placing your daughter in a training program he/she feels is most appropriate for the good of the whole training program.

Obviously, these are only my speculations, you would need to speak with the coach directly for the best information.

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Coach Rik

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I can answer questions regarding all levels of the sport of women's gymnastics, the business of gymnastics, and the marketing of gymnastics programs.

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I am the author of "Gymnastics: A Guide for Parents and Athletes" currently being published by McGraw-Hill. I am also a ghostwriter and co-author of the Gymcert series of books "Levels 1-3 Gymnastics Coaches Certifications Manuals" for recreational gymnasts, and the "Levels 4 - 6 Skills and Drills" books as well as Safety Basics for Gymnastics Instructors. I have written several other books on the sport of gymnastics for Richardson Publishing, the latest of which is titled, "Back Handsprings: The Secret Techniques." Oh, and by the way, I was a competitive gymnast through high school and college (Temple University), gymnastics club owner for 10 years, and women's gymnastics coach for 30 years working with gymnasts at all competitive levels

Organizations
USA Gymnastics National Writer's union Florida Writer's Association

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USA Gymnastics magazine Technique magazine International Gymnast magazine several newspaper articles

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Temple University - Health Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Norwich University - Bachelors of Arts in Writing & Literature

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Several state and national level gymnastics champions in different systems of competition.

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Gymnasts, coaches, and club owners nation-wide.

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