Competitive Teams

Girls DP Team

Our DP (Developmental Program) Team is for young girls between the ages of 6 and 18 years old with a high level of dedication to the sport, positive attitude, exceptional athletic ability and demonstrated desire to learn and succeed in gymnastics. A majority of our team members come from our Pre-Competitive Program,The Mights. We hope our talented young ladies enjoy the years of rigorous training, and feel a great pride for Mini-Hops each time they compete with us.

The Mini-Hops Team Program is dedicated to providing the coaching excellence required to develop an array of individual and group characteristics among its team gymnasts. In teaching and conditioning our young people to execute great athletic skills, we strive also to:

  • Create a powerful sense of pride and self-confidence
  • Develop a strong sense of team and a genuine, open support for others to do well
  • Develop the ability to challenge one’s self and focus on achieving one’s personal best
  • Develop happy, healthy, athletes with strong gymnastics technique and skill
  • Cultivate a good-sport attitude including personal grace in the face of disappointment and gratitude when accepting awards for great success
  • Recognize, enjoy and celebrate successes big and small
  • Respect organized gymnastics and the traditions of the institution
  • Teach respect for teammates, coaches, Mini-Hops staff and families
  • Build life-long friendships and family connections
  • Learn life skills such as time management, self discipline, and healthy living
  • Create mentally and physically, well prepared gymnasts

If you would like more information regarding our Girl’s Developmental Program, please contact David Ward at: David.Ward@Mini-Hops.com

Boys DP Team

The Mini-Hops Boys (DP) Developmental Program Team is for boys between the ages of 6 and 18 years old with a high level of dedication to the sport of gymnastics and their team. The majority of the Boys Competitive Team comes from the Mini-Hops Pre-Team Program, but we also welcome any gymnast to try out for our program.

The Mini-Hops Boys Team staff is dedicated to teaching safe, progression-based gymnastics where a Boy’s Team member can:

    • Develop strong gymnastic technique and skill
    • Develop dedication to not only a sport, but to a team
    • Strive for mastery and understanding of progression in skills
    • Recognize challenges and work towards overcoming them, whether it is fear based or achieving a hard to reach skill
    • Develop life skills such as time management, work ethic, healthy eating, self-discipline, and teamwork
    • Build life long friendships with teammates and coaches
    • Create a sense of self worth and self-confidence
    • Create a sense of pride for a team and support for team members
    • Teach respect for the sport, teammates, and coaches
    • Encourage a graceful reaction to disappointment and humble acceptance of success
    • Create mentally and physically well prepared gymnasts that compete well

If you have any questions, please contact Kostya Kolesnikov, Boys Team Head Coach at kostya.kolesnikov@mini-hops.com.

Trampoline & Tumbling DP Team

Our newest competitive program, this team is a year-round, co-ed team for those kids that want to fly high. We are a newer gymnastic discipline, and of our four events, currently only Individual Trampoline is an Olympic event. (The others are Synchronized Trampoline, Double-Mini Trampoline, and Tumbling.) Although a Develpment Program (DP) team that could lead to national and international competition, training hours are similar to our Xcel program, allowing our athletes to more easily participate in other sports and activities if they wish.

If you would like more information about our Trampoline & Tumbling Development Program Team, please contact Aaron Vanderwall at: Aaron.Vanderwall@Mini-Hops.com

Xcel Team

The Xcel program is a year-round, invitation-only competitive team that follows USA Gymnastics rules. This program is geared towards athletes who participate in other sports/activities who also want to be competitive gymnasts, as the training hours are less than that of the DP team’sand offer more individual flexibility to its athletes. The Xcel program is mostly comprised of athletes from the MHG pre-competitive team. In addition, the Xcel team can be a stepping stone into the DP program for those who want to dedicate more time to the sport. There are six different levels of Xcel: Bronze being the novice, then progressing upward in skill level to Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Sapphire.

If you would like more information regarding our Xcel Program, please contact Keyla Hughes at Keyla.hughes@mini-hops.com

Special Olympics (SOMN) Team

MHG Special Olympics Gymnastics Competitive Team (SOMN

Participation in this team is open to every person with intellectual disabilities who is at least eight years of age and registers to participate in Special Olympics as required by the Special Olympics General Rules, and is working to participate in the two or more competitions we have each year.  There is no maximum age limitation for participation. SOMN has other age appropriate programs for children who are under 8 years of age and/or you can participate in the MHG Adaptive recreational program.

Female athletes participate in either Rhythmic, Artistic Gymnastics, or both, while men participate in Artistic Gymnastics only.

Participation in the MHG Special Olympics Competitive Team Program is open to all persons with intellectual disabilities regardless of the level or degree of that person’s disability, and whether or not that person also has other mental or physical disabilities.  See the SOMN website for more information on eligibility requirements https://specialolympicsminnesota.org/

Our SOMN Team Program is for athletes with a high level of dedication to the sport, positive attitude, and demonstrate desire to learn and succeed in gymnastics. Our talented athletes enjoy  years of training, feel pride for Mini-Hops and create great relationships with their team mates and their coaches.

Our coaching team is entirely made up of volunteers from the community.  They are dedicated to providing the coaching excellence required to develop an array of individual and group characteristics among its team. In teaching and conditioning our athletes to execute great athletic skills, we strive also to:

  • Create a powerful sense of pride and self-confidence
  • Develop a strong sense of team and a genuine, open support for others to do well
  • Develop the ability to challenge one’s self and focus on achieving one’s personal best
  • Develop happy, healthy, athletes
  • Cultivate a good-sport attitude including personal grace in the face of disappointment and gratitude when accepting awards for great success
  • Recognize, enjoy and celebrate successes big and small
  • Teach respect for teammates, coaches, Mini-Hops staff and families
  • Build life-long friendships and family connections
  • Learn life skills such as time management, self discipline, and healthy living.

If you would like more information regarding participation or volunteering for our Special Olympics Team Program, please contact Michaela Chelberg at: Michaela.chelberg@mini-hops.com

Performance Team

The Performance Team is a co-ed group of athletes who perform exciting and dazzling routines at local and private events.  The goal of this team is to develop and progress skills in dance and rhythm, acrobatic/tumbling, theater and various stage performances while learning life lessons along the way.  We will use these skills to learn routines to perform for different occasions throughout the year.  This may include recitals, sporting events, community gatherings, and other fun and exciting venues.  The doors and windows of opportunity are wide open due to the eclectic genres we explore.  It is a great opportunity to gain experience in performance, team bonding/building, gain confidence and strength inside and outside of oneself.

 

If you would like more information regarding our Performance Team auditions, please contact Raye Kennedy at: raye.kennedy@mini-hops.com

Girls Pre-Comp

Mini-Hops Gymnastics Pre-Competitive (Pre-Comp) Program is an invitation only, accelerated learning program offered to selected students from our recreational program(s) that have shown special aptitude or ability in the sport of gymnastics and have a desire to invest further in their gymnastics training. The objective is to provide a more wide-ranging exposure to gymnastics skill building and knowledge, build confidence in each athlete and prepare each of them for a place in a Mini-Hops Pre-Comp Competitive Team program.

There are two levels of participation in the Pre-Comp program. Athletes starting in the program will practice twice per week for two hours each practice (4 hours per week) then move to three times per week for two hours each practice (6 hours per week) as they progress through the program.

If you would like more information regarding our Girl’s Pre-Comp Program, please contact Kelly Blake at: kelly.blake@mini-hops.com

Boys Pre-Team

This is a two-level program for young boys with a higher level of athletic ability, concentration, dedication, and a fearless personality. These young boys want to learn gymnastics at a fast pace while starting to condition their bodies with strength and flexibility training. The two levels are Boys Elite (Ages 4-5) and Boys Training Team (Ages 5-7). These boys are chosen from either Mini-Hops pre-school programs or recreational programs with the expectation to compete for the Mini-Hops Boys Team after training appropriately.

For more information please contact Kostya Kolesnikov, Boys Team Head Coach  at kostya.kolesnikov@mini-hops.com.

We foster the development of students who are looking to pursue athletic excellence and the challenges that intensive competition brings. Our rigorous year-round practice curriculum and dedicated coaches prepare athletes to be excellent competitors both on and off the mat. A child who commits to one of the Mini-Hops teams will become a more mature and well-rounded individual who can take pride in his or her achievements and take home a lifetime of experiences and memories. We offer several options for both boys and girls competitive gymnastics.

One of the first questions we get about any team program is: What is the difference between the recreational program and the team programs?

Choosing the right time for students to enter pre-team is the first key. We look for students who are good listeners, have the ability to make quick corrections, have advanced skills for their age, and are physically strong. From there we evaluate the child, and afterwards, we can determine if a team program would be a good fit for the family, the child, and the program. The five main differences between our team programs and the recreational program are:

1) The amount of strength and flexibility training that a child will/must be able to do.

2) The ability to work through fears.

3) The demand for a higher quality of skills, and a concentration on mastering the skill.

4) The commitment to year-round training.

5) Team building events that create a sense of awareness and connection to the competitive team.

Our Team programs are invitation only. If you are asked to join the pre-team program and accept, you are accepting the responsibility and commitment of a year-round athletic program.