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The NCAA gymnastics season is coming up, and we could not be more excited! First up is the Cali Grand Invitational and Collegiate Challenge, featuring eight NCAA teams alongside level 10 club gymnasts. The competition will be held Jan. 3-5, with the NCAA teams competing Jan. 4.
FloGymnastics has you covered with both a live stream and video replays, so you can watch all your favorite routines over and over again. The live stream will have a video of each apparatus, so you won’t miss a single moment.
Here are five main reasons why everyone needs to watch the Cali Grand Invitational & Collegiate Challenge. Tell us in the comments why you’ll be watching!
1. It’s the first meet of the year for many schools.
Although lots of gyms have intrasquads prior to this competition, the Cali Grand Invitational & Collegiate Challenge will be the first true meet of the season for these teams! Oklahoma, UCLA, Denver, Cal, Auburn, Stanford, Penn State, and Arizona State will all be competing, giving us a top-notch selection of teams to watch. The beginning of the season is always a fun time, and the excitement only gets bigger when there are so many teams ready to show up and show off. Watch these eight teams kick off their 2020 season at this competition!
2. See the defending NCAA champs in action.
There will be eight amazing teams at the Cali Grand Collegiate Challenge, but the focus will be on Oklahoma, the defending NCAA champion! In 2019 the Sooners proved they were the best in the country, but they will face a lot of tough competition this year as they attempt to defend their title. And it all starts at the Cali Grand! UCLA won the Pac-12 last year and Denver ended its season as one of the final four NCAA teams left standing, so anyone could come away with the highest score of the night. With three of the top four teams from the 2019 season competing, this is a huge one to see.
3. Promising freshman will be making their debuts and it’s the last first meet for 2020’s seniors.
The first meet of the season means that many freshmen are going to make their debut at the Cali Grand, and there are so many exciting names this year! These freshmen are ready to prove themselves and add to their team score, all itching to give their first performances. There are too many talented incoming freshman to name, but one gymnast fans will definitely be excited to see is Ragan Smith joining Oklahoma in Crimson and Cream!
We don’t even want to think about this just yet, but for the seniors, this is their last opening meet...ever! There are so many iconic gymnasts showing up for their last year, and you won’t want to miss a second of their performances. Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross will turn heads in their last opening meet for UCLA, as will Maggie Nichols for Oklahoma.
4. Keep an eye out for new skills.
NCAA gymnasts generally like to keep their new upgrades and routines a surprise, so we can’t be sure exactly which new skills we will see at this competition. But since the competitors have had the entire offseason to train new skills and perfect new routines, we are sure to see some new moves this season, and this will be the first opportunity to see them.
5. Club gymnasts get a chance to shine.
The most fun part about the Cali Grand Invite is that there are both NCAA and club gymnasts competing! There are many talented level 10s out on the competition floor this year that will draw attention, and who knows? Some of those very same gymnasts might be on college teams in the upcoming years!
Whether you see it in person or stream it on FloGymnastics, you won’t want to miss the Cali Grand Invitational & Collegiate Challenge!