Transitioning from Flyer to Base

by Kayla Wygal

 

There is a physically and emotionally draining time in everyone’s life when everything begins to change. Mere mention of these changes is awkward and uncomfortable. Some experience these changes earlier than others, and in rare cases, some need assistance from doctors to “change.” Girls and boys alike go through this time period; once it hits, there’s no going back. So, what are these awful-sounding changes? You guessed it – puberty. Continue Reading

Cheerleading: Is It Worth It?

by Teighlyr Sullivan and Shane Womack

 

Cheerleading is competitive. Cheerleading is difficult. Cheerleading is unpredictable.

That’s why it’s time to recognize that this sport will give back as much as you put into it. Athletes all over the globe become ‘obsessed’ with the sport because it’s challenging, inspiring, and constantly evolving. Seasoned cheerleaders would also agree it’s one of the few sports that you actually have to come together as a team to be truly successful. All these reasons are exactly the reason why it was recently recognized with potential Olympic sport status. Continue Reading

If Your Child Doesn’t Make The Team

The roster is posted.

Your child didn’t make the team.

All of his or her friends did.

Despite staring at the results for several minutes, their name does not magically appear. Your child is devastated. Your heart breaks for them.

This is a monumental parenting moment.

7 Must-Do’s When Your Child Doesn’t Make the Team

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Is Cheer Losing its Transparency?

by Bill Presson

Imagine a football game where the crowd can’t see the score until it’s posted on a website later in the week.
Imagine a basketball game without any box score showing totals for baskets or free throws or fouls.
Imagine a baseball game without statistics on hits, runs or errors.
Imagine a gymnastics meet without announcing the score after each routine.

It’s ridiculous and none of us would accept any of the above situations under any circumstances. But that’s what parents and fans of all-star cheer face every single competition. Continue Reading

The Power of Consistency

BY: CHRIS WINIECKI

At Navarro Junior College, every single day leading up to NCA College Nationals, Coach Monica Aldama would have the entire team warm up in the exact same order and manner. After warm up we would take the speaker and walk to the campus clock tower. The reason we walked to the clock tower was to prepare us; soon it would be the day of competition when we would walk to the band shell and take the floor. We were being conditioned. Nothing about the day of the competition in Daytona Beach would be different than the consistency of our countless practice days. We would warm up the same way, walk the same way, do our routine the same way and there was no reason to be nervous because we had already lived and practiced this day over and over again in Corsicana, TX.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

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Trust the Process

by Lisa Aucoin

 

If you’re even a little bit involved with cheerleading, you’ve probably seen the phrase “trust the process” everywhere on your timelines this week. Many of you may look at this and see it as reassurance that everything will be ok. If you are a coach, you may repeat it to a parent – hoping they will understand there is a bigger plan at stake. You may overhear it between parents saying it to each other as they try to understand why their child didn’t make the team of their dreams. In some cases, it may even come out of the mouth of the children we coach who are encouraged to celebrate every step of the journey, as they should!

But this buzz word/catch phrase for all its pleasant intent is really a battle cry. A plea if you will. The fact that we even have to use it at all, is quite sad. Continue Reading

New Divisions Added to Cheerleading Worlds

Each year following The Cheerleading and Dance World Championship, the Worlds Advisory Board (WAB) reviews successes, opportunities for improvement, and new ideas for the following year. Because 2017-18 team placements and tryouts are in process, this new information is time sensitive as programs plan for next season. (Dance Worlds Divisions and Categories for 2018 will be released in early June.)
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The Large Senior Curse Lives On

For years, rumors have swirled around the cheer industry about a “Large Senior Curse” for the L5 Large Senior All Girl division.

The curse is fairly simple: “If you win NCA, you won’t win Worlds.”

After a very successful season of not only winning NCA, but taking the Varsity Triple Crown (winning CHEERSPORT, NCA and UCA All Star titles) this season, it looked as though Orange would be on track to take home the coveted win in this division at the 2017 Cheerleading Worlds. Continue Reading

The Large Senior Curse Lives On

For years, rumors have swirled around the cheer industry about a “Large Senior Curse” for the L5 Large Senior All Girl division.

The curse is fairly simple: “If you win NCA, you won’t win Worlds.”

After a very successful season of not only winning NCA, but taking the Varsity Triple Crown (winning CHEERSPORT, NCA and UCA All Star titles) this season, it looked as though Orange would be on track to take home the coveted win in this division at the 2017 Cheerleading Worlds.

The Orange Rays were going into Finals in third place, which isn’t uncommon for any team in this division to go in as an underdog on Day 1 and swoop in with a buzz worthy performance on Day 2. But, after a few stunt falls in finals, it was clear that the curse lived on for our Orange Rays.

World Cup Shooting Stars ended up on top as World Champion this season, but let’s be honest, it’s almost always a toss up in the Large Senior L5 division when these ladies put on a show. This Worlds Championship was one for the history books as we saw amazing performances from Senior Elite, Panthers, AND F5.

2017 Cheerleading Worlds Results

The USASF Cheerleading Worlds Championship is held annually at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Twelve divisions make up the elite championship for all star cheerleading for Level 5 and Level 6 athletes from around the globe. Continue Reading