I actually did not notice this the first time I read it but you’re exactly right.
What does petite even mean? How many inches is petite? Is that height? Weight? Do you have an exact number of pounds in mind? Inches? Are we turning away kiddos who are skilled but an inch over 5’0 or a lb over 100? Are you requesting photos?
I mean, I am not naive. I understand how cheer works and obviously a 5’8 kid on a junior team is probably best candidate for backspot and not a flyer on Mango.
But when you use words you end up having to define/operationalize them and that is a slippery slope.
I had heard about smoed a few weeks ago. I have paid almost no attention to global and have no clue who the top competitors are, though I suppose smoed will be on that list now.
Yes this makes sense at larger gyms. But so hard at small d2 gyms. With only 3 teams we have J1 Sr2 and Sr3.while I don’t disagree that the junior age grid is less than ideal, international actually is tighter than standard junior.
But- I have 16 year olds on my junior teams this year. As a coach, it’s silly not to push the high end of the age grid, in any age division. We absolutely put kids in their last year of eligibility on teams of it matches their skills. They’re likely gonna be some of the strongest assets to that team. I have 9 year old minis, 12 year old youth kids, and 16 year old juniors. But I’m also putting my bomb 9 year olds who fly and tumble on a team that is level appropriate for them even if it’s bumping them up an age group or two because it’s also way easier to stunt them.
Our gym places athletes right after tryouts- with the note that all teams are in flux throughout the summer. And it seems to work fine. There is definitely movement but it all seems to work out. Teams are fully set by choreo.This is what my gym does.
After tryout you get but in groups, they don't stick a level to it though. But we are not dumb, we know what group is what lol. The groups then practice for 2 weeks, the coaches have always said it is to see how consistent kids' skills are, see how the new kids receive coaching and corrections, see us conditioning, and get more abt our skill level than any 1 hr tryout can give.
From a coaching perspective, it makes sense.
From an athlete's perceptive, it causes weeks of stress and anxious feelings about what team you will get.
After SMOED left small coed 6 division, I could see that BSB is going to dominate the division very well
I really cannot think of other teams in that division that may defeat BSB now