Cheerleading

photo of cheerleaders in blue and white uniform

WHAT IS ALLSTAR CHEERLEADING?

AllStar cheerleading is a competition sport that involves boys and girls performing a 2
minute and 30 second routine 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. 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. Lastly, the cheer portion is a part of the routine that team
members perform precise coordinated motions while chanting a gym cheer.

The main difference between High School cheer and AllStar cheer is that a High
School 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?

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.All Star cheerleaders are dedicated to the sport of cheerleading and it being seen as such to the public. 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. Normally, seasons begin with tryouts 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. Some gyms offer a ½ year or compacted season but a typical commitment is 10-11 months long. Practices can be 2-3 hours long and as often as 2-3 times a week. These practices are usually mandatory since many elements of a routine cannot be done without everyone there. In addition, most gyms require and/or encourage tumbling sessions or other private sessions to improve skills. Most teams will attend 5-10 competitions a season which usually consist of a total weekend commitment if not more. This being said, it is a full schedule for the average child to balance both All Star cheerleading and school commitments. Many have a hard time managing other sports while cheering All Star.

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.

WHAT ARE THE AGE REQUIREMENTS, DIVISIONS, AND LEVELS?

There are many different combinations of age groups, divisions, and levels. So many sometimes that they can be quite confusing! These were all created to ensure that like ages were competing with like skill sets. Levels were designed to make sure that each team competes and is judged by how well they demonstrate a standard set of skills expected for every team competing at that same level. The levels range from 1-6 in All Star cheerleading with level 6 being the highest and most difficult. Often the younger cheerleader competes at the lower levels, but there are also many cheerleaders that enter All Star cheer leading in their teens that may start at level 1 or 2 as well. Remember that levels are purely based on skill, not on age. In addition, you may find your child has been placed in a level that is above or below what you expected. Coaches make these type decisions based on many different criteria.

Divisions also determine which group a team will compete. These are based on the age of the cheerleader as of August 31st, however other divisions have been included that incorporate the number of male cheerleaders allowed on each team. These age ranges are very strict and must be adhered to by each gym.

TIME COMMITMENT

Currently we practice 5 hours per week with times being 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

COST

Per month – $125.00 (practice only – excludes competition, uniforms, travel etc)

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