Friday, June 25, 2010

Q: How quickly can I move up?

How quickly can I move up levels?

I get this question a lot. And the answer is: It depends on the person and his/her individual pace in the sport. It will be easier to move forward quickly in the earlier levels. Some girls only take a few months to progress from level 2 to level 3, then from 3 to 4. Level 8s, 9s, and 10s, however, might spend one, two, or even three years perfecting their skills at that level. Generally, a gymnast will spend one year per competitive level - The competitive season for performing at that level, and the summer for preparing routines and skills for the next. However, there is no rule that says you must advance at any particular speed; if you want to compete two levels in one season, that's just fine, but it's not commonly found.

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