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Posted 26 November 2013 - 05:06 PM
Welcome Karkat - Serenity & Slinky…
My DD is will be 8 in Jan - she started gym when she was 5 - started competing NDP 1 when she was 6 - she trained 6 hours a week for 1 and then level 2 was 9 hours - next year level 3 will be 12 hours...
They just seem to cope - there is NO way she would do it if she complained or whinged about it..
The hours just seem to slip up and up!!
It is a wild ride...
Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:42 PM
SlinkyM - I think your dd would cope fine with 1.5hr gym on Tuesday and 1hr ballet on Thursday. As you said, it is spread out. An option you could explore with the gym is your dd doing casual classes in first term i.e. explain that being FYOS you're not sure how well she's able to cope so would like to see if she can trial the classes in that manner and then make a decision at the end of the term as to whether you'll commit.
Wow, Mards, I have to say that's a lot of gym hours your dd is doing. I'm sure even the senior squad at our club don't do that many hours. But, you're right though about them being able to cope just fine. If anything, dd here wants to do more and funnily we do notice that when she's active, she's also a much more alert child. She seems to get a bit lethargic and listless come Sunday afternoon but on weekdays with school and either dance or gym, she gets her homework done, sleeps well and is just full of energy. Saturday, the same with back to back gym 2.5hrs and then ballet 1hr. Go figure
Posted 27 November 2013 - 06:09 AM
I know baby girl! Most people go WHAT!! - but then i know clubs training up to 18 hours a week level 3! - it just seems to be the way it is…
The minute it affects her schooling we will have to reconsider - but her teachers say that the gym is good for focus etc etc.
Posted 30 November 2013 - 04:32 PM
Wow, our club seems quite different to what I'm reading here. DD did 1 year of kindergym (before starting school), then 2 years of general gym which is 1 hour per week. Next year she goes into a development program which is 2 hours per week (at age 7) until she is ready to go into the competition levels.
We were also encouraged to take a term or two off when she started school to help get her settled into school and not be too overwhelmed by it all.
I am happy at the slower rate that our club takes, and it seems to work for the club as one girl at our club just received 1st for level 10.
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