As we get closer to our 2020-2021 skill evaluations, and we are so excited and proud that you have decided to become #mgastrong.  The purpose of this email is to give you all the information you will need for your athlete’s clinic day, as well as their skill evaluation date.

 

What to Wear

 

All athletes should wear athletic shorts, a full-length t-shirt or tank top, shoes that lace up, and have hair pulled up in a ponytail with a bow.  During registration, each athlete will get an MGA T-Shirt and a plain white bow.  For Skill evaluations, your athlete needs to wear black athletic shorts, along with the MGA T-Shirt and white bow that was provided for them at registration.   

 

MGA Philosophy

 

It is the MGA philosophy that we will only choreograph 80% of the skills that our athletes have truly mastered into a competition routine!  It is this philosophy that helps make all of our athletes successful on the floor, resulting in excitement instead of nervousness on the day of competition.  

 

What Level Team Will My Child Be On With “fill in the blank” Skill?

 

MGA has set a  goal to have each team win a national competition, and take home a jacket!  Because this is a pretty lofty goal, we will look at the whole cheerleader and make sure each team is set up to be successful.  Competition companies evaluate our teams based on categories and certain drivers, this year we created a form using those same drivers.  Each athlete will be evaluated on the criteria below and their ability to earn the drivers.

 

  1. Standing Tumbling
  2. Running Tumbling
  3. Jumps
  4. Dance and performance
  5. Appearance
  6. Position your athlete does at the stunt camp.

 

You can download a sample of our 2020-2021 rubric form by clicking here.

 

List of Skills Per Level

 

While your child’s success does not depend on the level team he/she makes, MGA does like to help kids reach their goals.  We have comprised a rubric of the skills for each category and each level. We hope by providing you with this rubric your athlete has a better understanding of what their true level is.  Important: just because your child performs the skills for a certain level, does not mean he/she will be placed on that level team.  The staff will rank the athletes based on the levels and will place the best athletes on each team per level.

 

Flyers

We will rank each flyer based on the highest level of team they are eligible for. This means if I have 8 flyers trying out for 5 flying spots on a level 2 team, we will place the best 5 flyers on level 2 and the rest on level 1.  Flyers will be ranked based on flexibility, confidence, performance, how they attack the stunt, and their ability to maintain a good flyer line.

 

Suggestion- If being at the highest level is more important to your child, I would have them try out as both a base and a flyer.  

 

What Levels Will MGA Have?

 

MGA never promises which levels we will have until we place our teams.  Over our 24 years of experience, we have found that MGA is more successful when we set our teams’ level based on the athletes true level, instead of having teams that are certain levels and trying to make our athletes fit that level.  (Last year MGA had level 1-4, but we have fielded all level teams throughout our 24 years)

 

Athlete Feedback

 

At the teams’ first practice, your coach will hand out their evaluation form so they know the drivers they accomplished, and what they need to work on to make sure the team reaches its goals.  We will be happy to sit down and cover each child’s evaluation form with you after our first week of meetings and practices.

 

We are looking forward to an amazing 2020-2021 season and want to thank you for giving MGA the opportunity to be a part of your child’s village.  If you have any questions regarding our skill evaluation process, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

 

Cheerfully,

Jimmy Redus