- May 28, 2019
My daughter's gym closed as the owner decided to retire. Some of the coaches from the gym decided to open their own facility. We decided to tryout there as she felt like she would be comfortable knowing the coaches and a lot of the kids from the closing gym were going, allowing her to still see friends. The gym ended up having a lot of athletes come out and is able to field 9 "elite" teams, 4 prep teams (in the tiny/mini range) and even a special needs team. We were so excited for the new gym and its owners to see such success their first season. Team reveal was last night. Each kid got an envelope with their team on a certificate, but it was chaotic and you couldn't really tell what teams were being fielded. My daughter was horrified by the placement, but I told her it was quite possible, despite the many teams, this was the only one she could really do based on age. Then we saw the team lists posted on Instagram and it was not. She politely declined the team placement, explaining that she felt she would not be a good teammate or put in effort and commitment to the team it deserved. She went on to say that her favorite part of cheer is tumbling and she felt she could not remain committed to the level team they had placed her on because of it's lack of even close to level appropriate tumbling for her. They responded saying, well, we really wanted you on our non tumble team, but you said you didn't want a level 6 team. She politely replied again, that her primary interest in cheer skills lies in the tumbling and she would in fact not be interested in the non tumble team for the same reason as the other offered team. Looking at the formed teams there was a level appropriate, age appropriate team formed. The tumble coach from the old gym is one of the new owners here. The night before at her private they were adding tricks into her level 6 tumble skills, so they know her tumble ability (and she has always been close to, if not the last pass for tumbling). They clearly think she has the level 6 stunt ability if they wanted her on the non tumble team. So why place her on a level 1 team? Would you think this was a polite way of saying the gym just doesn't want you?