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In its first year, only gyms with one Worlds team were eligible for the XS All-Girl and XS Coed divisions. This included satellite and franchise locations of “mega-gyms” although often the subsidiaries were smaller and less-established than the original gym.
For the 2018-19 season, these two divisions have opened up to everyone, regardless of size or Worlds teams, which has been met with mixed reactions from the cheer community.
When initially introduced, there was some reticence that the winners could be true “World Champions” without facing the best of the best. After closely watching the division all season, including an absolutely stunning display of skill and technique at Worlds, there were few who would say these gyms could not hang with the big dogs. Miss Silver from Cheer Express had an undefeated season taking home the first ever gold globe in XS All-Girl, and University Cheer Force Firestorm taking the honors in XS Coed. Continue Reading
May 14th-20 is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
For 2018, the Mental Health Foundation has chosen “stress” as their focus. As many cheerleaders end a season and prepare for tryouts for a new season, a new gym or hoping for a new level, it’s important to remember that cheerleading is supposed to enhance our lives, not be stressful or detrimental.
Here are some tips to keep yourself grounded during this time—and any time you need a little self-care! Continue Reading
Did we hear you say WORKOUT WEDNESDAY??
Yes, it’s that time again and this week @CHEERFIT is focusing on UPPER BODY strength for F-L-Y-E-R-S!! 💪 Complete each exercise for 12 reps x 3 rounds and get your how-to videos in the CHEERFIT Club #ambassadorperks 👉cheerfittraining.com/club👈WOOO are you ready or what??
Oh tryout season! That magical time of year where every athlete seems to be gaining new skills, gym owners seem a little more on edge and parents are wracked with stress hoping “little precious” makes her dream team for the upcoming season. It’s at this time of the year that I probably love my job most. No stress, no tough decisions, no heartbreaking conversations. That having been said, it is the time of year where we do field questions from parents (some thoughtful, others within inches of sanity) and always end up comforting poor gym owners/coaches who are left feeling attacked, pressured or let down by the tryout process despite their best efforts. As you head into tryouts for the 2018/19 season I thought I’d share some of my best advice on setting realistic expectations, truly gaging the level of your athlete, preparing for tryouts, when cross-competing is justified and coping with the decision to leave/switch programs. Continue Reading
Uhhh who forgot to shop for Mother’s Day gifts in the craziness that is the end of the cheer season?! Check out our guide for some quick and special gift ideas to thank mom for all she does!
All good things must come to an end. And, sometimes they end sooner than we would like. Or, maybe they can’t end soon enough. But, no matter what your reasons are for leaving, there are good and bad ways to leave your gym. You’ll want to make sure you do it in a good way because going through life burning bridges is a sure fire way to destroy valuable relationships.
Below are some tips you can utilize to help you make a graceful exit. Continue Reading
The World Championships are full of proud parents, evidenced by the hugs and wiping away of tears… and the beer carts around every corner at ESPN—spectating is stressful, y’all! But for some athletes, having your family come to Worlds to support you is a rare thing. For international athletes, having just one parent to make eye contact with as you set on the floor is an honor. When it can cost $1800 for a flight, and another few hundred dollars for accommodation to fly in early to deal with jet lag, the price to watch your kid fulfill their dreams is just beyond their budgets.
For Sam on Unity Allstars Ruby from the UK, and her mom Felicity back in Australia, this was going to be their reality. FaceTime, virtual hugs and WhatsApp were the only things keeping them connected, oceans apart. Continue Reading
You. Do. Not. Want. To. Miss. This. You know the Ice Queens, now witness the SPICE QUEENS.
The Vancouver Allstars IO5 team are taking the stage this year to showcase what they believe we need more of: Girl Power.
In the summer, trying to find a theme for the season that would inspire this fairly new group of girls to feel consistently driven and confident on the long road to Worlds, one of the coaches remembered the iconic British pop group, the SPICE GIRLS! Five unique women coming together to build friendships and encourage young women to be comfortable with who they are. What could be more perfect?!
Of the 24 girls on the team, only three were almost old enough to remember these Brit icons… so, how do you build a theme based on something these athletes had never experienced? Continue Reading