Your Daughter Won’t Fly Forever

This post by Jason Larkins is a MUST READ for all cheer parents and athletes.

“My first year of coaching all-star cheerleading, on the first day of practice, we walked into our team of 20 girls ready to get things started. It was your typical first day of practice; we started off with introductions, eventually got into a little tumbling, and finally, it was time to stunt. Again, however, being our first day, we really didn’t know any of the athletes on the team; we didn’t know who the flyers were, who based, or anyone’s strengths, or weaknesses.

So we did the classic coach move, “Alright ladies, line up shortest to tallest.” That’s when we found out that most of our girls were the same height. Ok, plan b. “If you’re a flyer, step forward.” That’s when we found out that most of our girls were flyers as well. Hmmm… And this is not an exaggeration, every athlete who stepped forward as a flyer, who eventually didn’t fly on that team, resulted in a parent meeting, literally. Every. Single. One. And it’s been happening ever since, at every gym across America.”

Read more HERE.

 

 

Where Do I Max Out?

From Jay McCartney, Cheer Athletics Austin

Your athlete may be able to do the tumbling skills we are asking with perfect execution or may have the skills but have not perfected them. Your athlete may also be the one who can stunt at a higher level than tumble or vice versa. Please always remember this, team placements are based on every single aspect of this sport and not just a single category. We are looking for perfection and mastery of skills, not just attempt. Please remind yourself and your athlete of these things before tryouts and after tryouts to alleviate some pressure, stress and upset situations later on.

As placements come up, I want every athlete and parent to ask themselves these questions: Continue Reading

Happy Mother’s Day!

To all our cheer moms, and all the moms who step in to help us get through the season, thank you for all that you do! Our sport wouldn’t be the same without your love and dedication.

May-be Cover Up a Little!

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! It’s the end of season and summer is so close we can taste the popsicles, but did you know that more people are diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined?!

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the time they’re 70, so what can YOU do to prevent becoming a statistic this summer?

Sunscreen. Sunscreen. Sunscreen.

Sunscreens work by blocking ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) from reaching the skin. UVA and UVB damage the skin and cause signs of aging as well as increasing your risk of developing skin cancer. Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+ or more. Continue Reading

Louisiana Powerhouse is Family

We saw this post on Facebook and had to share their story. Howard and Jaycee, you’re everything that is right about our sport. Good luck at The Summit with Louisiana Powerhouse Cheer and we hope you are proud of your last performance on the blue mat.

By: Howard Harper

Ok. Anybody that knows me or has seen anything that I post on Facebook knows the story. In 2010 in the midst of a terrible divorce, my ex-wife enrolled my 8-year-old daughter in a cheerleading gym in a nearly abandoned mall that had been thrown together by a young woman who financed it with money she had won in a bikini contest. Anybody that was around me back then knows that I hated “all things cheer”. I refused to be a part of it or pay even one cent toward it. At the time both my kids were into rodeo which I viewed as a superior sport to this glorified tumbling class called cheerleading (boy was I wrong). Sometime after that my ex-wife had evidently decided it was a bad idea. My daughter, on the other hand, had decided it was a great idea. My daughter called one day crying about having to quit over the initial cost of it all. I reluctantly borrowed $100 from my dad and went to pay down on a uniform that was made up of less cotton than I had seen in the top of an aspirin bottle.  Continue Reading

Own a Part of the Cheer Industry’s Fastest Growing Tech

CheerLife is a great new all-inclusive social media app and full gym communication app all in one place. As gym owners, coaches and software-engineers, the founders of CheerLife wanted to create a one-stop, all-inclusive app for an entire gym within a safe, password-protected social media environment. They tasked themselves with the mission to redefine how we communicate as an industry, give gyms the opportunity to have a custom app experience for their customers, and incentivize athletes to work hard all season by tracking their actions to win prizes and rewards. Sounds good, right?

A few years ago, the founders recognized a need for change in the fragmented communication landscape within the community; they also saw the popularity of social media growing in young and younger athletes and were concerned about the negative effect this could have on young kids, as well as exposing them to unknown adults.

So, combining their years of experience as athletes and coaches, aligned with experts in the tech realm, they built a team of passionate experts to create a platform which will revolutionize cheer. Earlier this year, they began pitching the idea to big brands and so far Puma, Mophie, the LA Lakers and NASCAR have already seen the potential in early partnerships with CheerLife.

Where does this mean to you? Well, if you’re interested in owning a piece of CheerLife, they want the community of users to have an opportunity to become owners of a movement in positive communication they are thriving for. So, for a short time, you can join them in owning part of the fastest growing sport in the world!

If you believe in supporting a diverse and positive environment to foster the next generation of athletes; if you are looking for a bit of risk in a fast moving market with an early stage technology, head over to their campaign and take a look. CheerLife looks forward to having you as a member of their community and would love to have you as an investor.

Find out more HERE.

Define Your Own Win

We’d like to congratulate the following teams who hit a big zero in finals at the IASF/USASF World Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.

ACE Ignite

ACE Lady Chiefs

ACE Rouge

ACE Warriors 🥉

Allstar One Lady Bang 🥉

ATA Atomic

Brandon Allstars Senior Black 🥈

Brandon Allstars Smoke

California Allstars Aces

California Allstars Black Ops 🥇

California Allstars Rangers 🥇

California Allstars Sparkle

Cheer Athletics Cheetahs 🥉

Cheer Athletics Platinumcats

Cheer Athletics Wildcats 🥇

Cheer Central Suns Lady Suns 🥇

Cheer Extreme Coed Elite 🥉

Cheer Extreme Cougar Coed 🥈

Cheer Extreme Lady Lux 🥇

Cheer Extreme Passion

Cheer Extreme SSX 🥇

Cheer Intensity Lions

Cheerletics Royalty

Cheers & More Lady Rouge

Cheer Sport Sharks Great Whites 🥇

Cheer Sport Sharks Grey Reefs

Cheer St Louis Archangels

CheerVille Anarchy 🥈

CJA Bombshells 🥉

CJA Team Gunz 🥉

Core Athletix Pink Diamonds

Coventry Dynamite Ammunition

ECE Bombshells M5 🥇

Extreme All Stars X5

FAME Allstars Vengeance

Flames Rivals

Flyers Allstars Intensity

Flyers Allstars Lightning  🥉

Flyers Allstars Karma 🥇

Flyers Allstars Knockout 🥇

Flyers Allstars Notorious 🥇

Gymtyme Fever 🥇

Gymtyme Platinum

Halifax Cheer Elite Blue Crew

Indiana Ultimate Insanity

Infinity Allstars Royals

Intensity Cheer Extreme Ice 5

Legacy Xtreme Boomslang

Maryland Twisters Reign

OC Allstars Neon

PCT Temptation

Pennsylvania Elite Guardians

Platinum Athletics PAC5

Premier Athletics Rouge

Premier Athletics Venom Sharks

Prodigy Allstars Starlight

Prodigy Allstars Midnight 🥇

Rain Athletics Aqua

Regio Cheer Allstars Galaxy

Rising Stars Ellipse 🥉

Rockstar Cheer Beatles 🥇

Rockstar Cheer Grateful Dead

Stingray Allstars Apple 🥈

Top Gun Lady Jags 🥈

Top Gun Large Coed 🥈

Top Gun Allstars OO5 🥇

Twist & Shout Obsession 🥈

Vancouver Allstars Ice Queens 🥉

Virginia Royalty Athletics Diamonds

Wildcats Fame

Woodlands Elite Black Ops 🥈

Woodlands Elite Recon

World Cup Odyssey

World Cup Suns

World Cup Shooting Stars 🥇

USASF College Scholarship Winners

Every season, the USASF gives college-bound seniors the opportunity to apply for college scholarship funds, awarding the top ten at the USASF/IASF World Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. The USASF is looking for exceptional athletes who are also well-rounded in academics, leadership, integrity, and excellence.

Assessed on academic record, an essay, recommendations from coaches and program directors, and a skills portion, the finalists are invited to an in-person interview the Friday before Worlds begins. Professionalism, the ability to represent oneself and the community, and a demonstrated desire to succeed are all assessed to determine the final overall winner and runner up. All finalists receive a minimum of $2500 with the runner up receiving $5000 and the winner $10,000. With all that all-star teaches young people, to be awarded the scholarship is just icing on the cake!

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Workout Wednesday

WHO IS READY TO ROCK TRYOUTS WITH CONFIDENCE💁‍♀️?!?

Anxious, nervous, intimidated for tryouts?! Don’t sweat it… our friends @cheerfittraining are here to help!!

Get your #WorkoutWednesday on to feel CONFIDENT and #cheerfitstrong 💪 walking into tryouts like… oh I’ve got this NBD🙌!

For how-to videos for each exercise check out the full ✨Tryout Prep Plan✨here ~ cheerfittraining.com/PLAN

You Grow Differently

Worlds and Summit (and Summit) is right around the corner and that means… tryout season! Over the last few months, your focus has been on being the best teammate, the best base, back, flyer or tumbler, and doing your routine to the best of your ability. And during this time, you may have been taking tumble classes on the side, or privates, or going to open gym and working on the skills you don’t have to use in the routine. Or maybe you’ve been spending time outside the gym doing other sports, academics, band, dance… everyone isn’t obsessed with cheer and that’s totally ok.

We want you to remember that everyone is different and everyone develops skills at a different pace… AND THAT’S NORMAL. And entire Sr2 team won’t make Sr3 together the next year, your badass Sr4.2 won’t all stay together no matter how many banners you’ve won, and the girl who walked onto Y1 without any tumbling might have been working towards perfecting level 3 skills. Every athlete in cheerleading is needed, and with all the divisions we have, everyone can make a team. Understanding your own value as an athlete beyond the skills you physically put on the mat is extremely important and often overlooked.

For example, you might have been on a Sr3 team last season, and this year be placed on a Jr3. Firstly, it’s the same skill level so please don’t ever see changing age brackets as a reflection on your technical abilities. Secondly, the fact your coaches put you on a Jr3 was probably to foster your leadership skills and because they saw something in you that would bond, build and grow this new team. Everything happens for a reason, so trust the process!

And until then, ENJOY these last few weeks with your team. The banners and trophies and medals will all be packed away one day, but the memories you make will last forever.