MCGA Girls PreTeam program focuses on building strength and perfecting form in order to succeed in competitive gymnastics!
Girls may join PreTeam by signing up for one of our tryouts (held several times/year), be given a special card by her recreational coach for an evaluation or by personal invitation from the director (Coach Eva).
Once in PreTeam , your gymnast will be challenged physically with longer hours and more structured practices. The girls are expected to be focused, willing to work hard and have a great attitude. We work with them to develop flexibility, strength and skills as well as perseverance, team spirit and good sportsmanship.
PreTeam is the most common path to our entry level competitive team, however there are a couple of invitation only classes that offer a parallel path.
Options to Competitive Team:
HOT TOTS to TOPS to Level 3
HOT TOTS to PRETEAM to Level 3
PRETEAM to Level 3
If your child is invited to a Hot Tots or TOPs class, they are already showing potential and how they progress in those classes determine their continued path to our competitive team.
Once a year we also hold a Level 3 tryout, however we highly recommend attending PreTeam first!
Progression in our invitation only and PreTeam is solely based on the individual gymnasts accomplishments in skills, focus and effort. It is not unusual to spend more than 1 year in PreTeam.
Our PreTeam girls do not compete outside our gym, but we do a showcase or in-house competition every year that they get to learn a routine for. The girls usually have a lot of fun with it, and they love showing off their official team leotard!
Talent Opportunity Program
For Girls 5-8 yrs old
What is TOP's?
The Talent Opportunity Program (TOP’s) is offered in gyms across the country through USA Gymnastics, the governing body for gymnastics in the U.S. TOP’s is a talent search and educational program for female artistic gymnasts and coaches. We have taken many elements from this national testing program and modified it to meet the needs of gymnasts at MCGA. Our coaches focus on the basics of gymnastics/ general fitness: strength, flexibility and correct body alignment. These are the fundamentals that will help gymnasts learn more advanced gymnastics skills in the future. TOP’s is a pre-team program and is intended for girls who have the desire to be on one of our competitive gymnastics teams in the future. For more info contact our TOPs director Eva Buchel
Benefits of the TOP's Program
Increased Strength & Flexibility
Time Management Skills
Improve Posture & Alignment
Meet Lots of New Friends
Boost Self Confidence
Great Physical Fitness
(Beat the boys at pull ups!)
It's A Lot of FUN!
Who can be in TOP's?
This program is available for girls between the ages of 5-11 years who love gymnastics, have a strong desire to learn, and have the ability to practice several hours per week (multiple days).
How does my daughter get into TOP's?
This is a by invitation program. Some girls will be invited by our TOP’s coaching staff. We also offer free TOP’s Evaluation Clinics several times per year. If you are interested in having your child in TOP’s, please contact Eva
Do TOP's kids compete?
TOP’s Teams practice year round and compete in six, fun TOP’s meets here at MCGA– one meet every two months. The kids are randomly placed onto teams. There are 9 stations set up to test the kid’s physical fitness abilities. Every milestone of each student is celebrated by our staff, parents and other gymnasts! This is a great way for the gymnasts to get a taste of competition and to feel good about their accomplishments. Awards are based on personal achievement!
What expenses can we expect?
In addition to monthly tuition, competition fees are charged for the six, in-gym mini-meets. Each gymnasts is required to have at least one TOP’s leotard ($45 plus tax each). MCGA has a great parent run Booster Club. Fundraising is available to pay expenses (excluding tuition).