Valley Twister Gymnastics - MAGA group

Pictured are members of the MAGA team at Valley Twisters. Front row from left: Zoey Johnson, Lainey Elston, Skylar Thornton, Emma Trapp. Middle row from left: Kinley Larson, Jaye Potratz, Lexi Heitzmann. Back row: Coach Courtney Mack. Not pictured: Coach Johnny Tobler, Jade Kramer, Nora Jacobson, Evelyn Jacobson, Chloe Liebersbach, Lauren Hoganson, Kaelyn Nadeau, Piper Johnson. Sheila Anderson photo

For years, the Valley Twisters Gymnastics club has competed in the USAG program. This year, the club will begin a transition into the Midwest Amateur Gymnastics Association.

According to Johnny Tobler, club director and head coach, one of the differences between the two programs is that MAGA trains to the athlete’s ability. In USAG, each level requires the attainment of certain skills.

“The benefit is that if an athlete progresses further on one event, she’s still allowed to compete,” Tobler said. “USAG teaches to the levels rather than teaching the skill.”

“I like to teach gymnastics to the athlete as they are able,” Tobler added.

MAGA runs the meets in a way similar to a high school meet, scoring from the National Federation for High School Gymnastics rule book. Each team competes in a specific division based on their average scores.

The fact that MAGA offers all athletes an opportunity to excel closely matches Tobler’s coaching philosophy.

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