In Lindsay's defense, she's thirteen and those girls up front are probably the varsity squad so they're at least 16 years old. (if not older since my high school's varsity cheerleading squads were almost always senior and juniors.) Three years is quite a gap in childhood development. If she started working towards it I see no reason why she couldn't make the team when she gets to high school. And she's no doubt nervous about learning a new unfamiliar routine with a camera recording her every move. I would be nervous and I'm almost three times her age.
Agreed. I thought Dolvett introduced those girls as members of the high school squad, not of Lindsay's middle school squad (i.e., they weren't the same girls who had been mean to her). Also, from my experience, the set-up (what we saw anyway) wasn't at all like tryouts. It looked like the squad was just doing a routine, and Lindsay was invited to jump in and do the best she could to keep up with them. At tryouts, though, you would spend some time learning the routines, then put it all together. Depending on how competitive your school's squad is, tryouts might last a week or two, with participants learning cheer routines, jumps, tumbling, and stunts. Admittedly, my tryout experience was limited to the university level (I was a dancer/gymnast before college, but had never cheered). Over a few weeks we learned two different routines to music, complete with partnering and stunts, plus a number of jumps, then had to perform at tryouts. What was I thinking?
In other news, I hate the trainer drama, but am pleasantly surprised so far this season with the lack of drama among the contestants. Sure, there are some people I'd like to know more about and some that seem to get a bit too much air time, but I'm generally interested in everyone at this point. As for the kids and weight loss, I agree that when you compare the segments from this episode with some of the earlier footage, all of the kids look like they've lost some weight. Biingo actually looked pretty spry on the baseball field, even with his little boot on (and yes, you can do a bit of running in a boot, as long as you don't decide to set off on a distance run or a hike or something). And his pitching skills seemed pretty good for a kid his age. As a vertically-challenged person myself, I also think that any weight loss Biingo might be experiencing will be less noticeable than the same loss (in pounds) in a taller child. Seriously, 5 extra pounds on me is a lot more noticeable than 5 extra pounds on a friend who's 5'9" (I'm 4'11"). Fortunately for Biingo (but not for grown-up me), he'll start to slim down even more when the growth spurt really kicks into high gear.