What is Competitive Cheerleading?
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what is All Star Cheerleading?
All Star cheerleading is a competition sport that involves boys and girls performing a 2 minute and 30 second routine (Prep team routines are shorter) composed of tumbling, stunting, pyramids, dance, and cheer segments. This routine is performed and scored against other competitive teams at various local, regional, national, and worldwide competitions. When we refer to tumbling, we mean gymnastic type skills like cartwheels and back handsprings. Stunting refers to a group of two or more individuals that elevate another cheerleader in the air. This also includes co-ed stunting that may only include one base and one flyer. Pyramids are a form of stunting but are done as a large group and are interconnected. Dance is a portion of a routine that consists of choreographed high energy dance moves.
What is the difference between recreational Cheering and All Star Cheering?
The main difference between High School/Rec cheering and All Star cheering is that a High School /Rec cheerleading team’s primary purpose is to support a local school’s sports team and keep the crowd excited. An All Star team performs purely for the challenge, thrill, and competition of the sport. Other differences include All Star cheerleading seasons can be as much as a year long, All Star cheerleaders are not required to be from the same school or area, and in many cases the skill set required for All Stars is much more difficult.
What does it take to be an All Star Cheerleader?
To be an All Star Cheerleader, dedication to the sport, a commitment to hours of practice each week, and being a team player are all fundamentals of cheering for an All Star team. Members are not chosen based on popularity, attractiveness, or familial status but on the skill they can offer the team. Team members are athletes in every sense of the word and work hard to dispel any biased assumptions of what a cheerleader should be.
Parents and cheerleaders should be aware that cheering All Star is a large time commitment. The season begin with tryouts/evaluations in the spring with light to heavy practices in the summer followed by a competition season running from fall to the spring of the following year. Practices can be 2-3 hours long and as often as 2- 3 times a week. These practices are mandatory since many elements of a routine cannot be done without everyone there. In addition, we encourage tumbling sessions or other private sessions to improve skills. Most teams will attend 7-8 competitions a season, which usually consist of a total weekend commitment if not more.
Lastly, every All Star cheerleader should be aware that this is a team sport. Decisions are made based on what is best for the team and the performance. There may be times when a parent or athlete may question a coach’s decision. Before discussing these issues with any gym staff, you should always ask yourself whether this decision was better for the team even though your child may not be in the position they had hoped. There will always be ups and downs in an All Star cheerleader’s career, but rarely are these decisions made with any bias.