AMA & TX UIL MAKE BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS

Progress is being made in the cheer world. One day in the near future, Cheerleading may be accepted as and given, the title so many feel it deserves as a SPORT.

Earlier this month, the American Medical Association (AMA) made the decision to designate Cheerleading as a sport. While there was much debate regarding the subject, many made the push for change citing the high level of injury involved in the ever growing sport. This new designation will help to ensure proper safety training for coaches and athletes along with providing improved safety guidelines.

While this is a move in the right direction for Cheerleading as a sport, there is still a way to go. The debate is still going strong in Texas, but some tentative first steps have been made. The UIL or University Interscholastic League who responsible for overseeing educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests, made the decision today (June 11) to give Game Day Cheer a chance at joining their list of official activities. The board initially turned down a proposition to test a program in the 2014-2015 school year citing budgetary concerns but immediately turned around and approved a motion to try the pilot program in the following school year, 2015-2016

Many coaches, parents, and cheerleaders, have pushed for official recognition of Cheerleading and the athleticism involved. These initial steps will hopefully increase awareness and acceptance of these athletes as well as, provide oversight and important safety guidelines for the protection of future athletes to come in the SPORT of CHEERLEADING.

 

AMA Announcement: http://www.medpagetoday.com/SportsMedicine/EliteSports/46236

UIL Announcement: http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/high-schools/headlines/20140610-texas-high-school-cheerleader-competition-may-get-uil-tryout.ece

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FIVE Expert Tips to Prepare your Middle School Squad for Cheer Camp!

Cheerleading camp is one of the most exciting times of the cheer season.  But for new middle school squads (and parents) that have never experienced it before, it can be overwhelming.  Here are some tips to prepare your squad for camp:

#1 – Prepare the cheerleaders (and parents)!  Hold a camp meeting with cheerleaders and parents to go over the daily schedule and let the parents know when they are invited to attend.  Prepare your cheerleaders for long hours.  Encourage parents to bond as a team (just like your squad).  They can wear spirit shirts and make signs for support, which can be used again during football season.

#2- Decide on your squad’s goals for camp!  Is your squad going to camp to learn new cheers, chants and dances, or are you there to win a bid to a national competition?  Or maybe you just want your new cheerleaders to bond as a team?  Decide with your squad, ahead of time, what the most important thing is that they want to accomplish at camp and remind them of these goals whenever their energy is lacking.

#3- Practice a little bit of everything!  Camp will be a time of major learning for your middle school team members, but a few days of practice beforehand can really help improve their confidence.  Review basic motions, jumps and stunts.  I also had my squad practice chanting and yelling as a team, during any transition time, just like they do at camp.

#4- Prepare an emergency kit!  Even though there should be a medic at the camp, pack a bag with extra medical supplies. Band-aids, tape, sore muscle cream, etc. can be very handy.  Also include extra bows, briefs, socks, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, hair spray, rubber bands and anything else you think your squad might need (or forget) at the last minute.  Pack yourself something for a headache- 8 hours of screaming cheerleaders will definitely give you one!

#5 – Focus on the Fun!  Camp can be long hours for everyone and keeping your squad’s energy and enthusiasm up can be quite the task.  Recognize when your squad needs a break, and give them time to be silly and take a break from the serious stuff.  Keep your squad focused on the fun of camp and the success will follow!  These camp experiences will be remembered for a lifetime!

~ Carrie, guest blogger

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Introducing: Carrie!

Our newest guest blogger!

Carrie - Our latest Blogger

Carrie has been in the cheer and dance world for 25 years as a participant, coach and more recently, cheer mom. She was a cheerleader in elementary, middle and high school and coached middle school cheer for 10 years. She is a middle school history teacher and currently the East Texas Sales Rep for Cheerleading Company. We are pleased to have Carrie on board!

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CHEEROBICS!

CHEER + FITNESS = Fat Burning Fun!
Become a Cheerobics Instructor!
CROB11 Cheerobics DVD and Pom Package
Cheerobics® returns for another Instructor Training tour, this time stopping by Las Vegas, San Diego, Austin, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Boston! After being featured on the Dr. Oz show last November, the team at Cheerobics® have had increasing demands to add more classes for adults and kids around all of the USA.  Because of this demand, they are recruiting more cheerleading coaches, dance teachers and fitness instructors to join their team of Instructors and also Regional Reps and Master trainers.
Cheerobics® is an amazing cheerleading fitness class that burns up to 700 calories per session, gets anyone of all ages and levels to love cheerleading, and also improves stamina, conditioning and motion technique. This is your opportunity to train as an instructor with Jessica Zoo, founder of Cheerobics®!
Cheerobics® is expanding fast, so this is your chance to get involved – they are still looking for Instructors to be selected as Regional Reps & Master Trainers (aka Cheerobics® Allstars) – and this could be your chance to represent and grow your own community of classes and grow your cheerleading program through a variety of additional classes and activities for adults and kids.
Classes are perfect for:
  • Anyone who always wanted to know how to be a cheerleader, but never had the opportunity to
  • Anyone who wants to become a cheerleader, and needs to start from zero before attending tryouts or join a team
  • Moms and friends of cheerleaders who want to get a bit more involved in the cheer activities (they can get fit while the kids go to training!)
  • Anyone who wants to improve their fitness and join an exciting, fun class
  • Cheerleaders: a complementary training focused on improving cardiovascular fitness as well as muscle strength and endurance
  • ‘Retired’ cheerleaders: offering relevant fitness class which they can continue all their life
For more information please visit http://www.cheerobics.net/#!instructor-courses/c1vi2.   If you want more information about the Cheerobics® Home DVD Experience, please visit http://www.cheerleading.com/cheerobics.php.
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SPOTLIGHT ON: CHEER XPLOSION ALLSTARS !

 

We are a small gym with a super large heart! That is attributed to one thing. The coaching staff. I believe athletes are taught what they learn and see around them. That was evident by a couple teams that we faced at competitions this past season. Telling our girls that they sucked and that “they got this”. Our girls never once retaliated even though they ended up taking second by .4.  It showed when our girls went on to win the sportsmanship award for their presentation.

 

Our coaches always teach the girls that it doesn’t matter what the outcome is or the hardware that you bring home. Sure that is the awesome perk. What matters is that you bring your best to the mat, leave any frustrations on the mat and most of all have fun. We’ve had a great season this year and come home with three national titles and a couple grands, but in those competitions where they didn’t quite hit that stunt or nail that tumbling pass our coaches told them to keep their chins up. It’s no one persons fault. You win as a team, you lose as a team.

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Being the mother of a flyer that really makes me feel better that these girls are not being taught that any one person can ruin the routine. My daughter goes out with confidence when she flys and if she makes a mistake she is upset, because she feels she let her team down, not because she’s going to be yelled at or pulled from the stunt. We’ve been there going on 7 years now and have never once felt unloved or unappreciated.

 

Hats off to the coaches at Cheer Xplosion Allstars in Denver, NC

Dawn Reep

Haley Furr

Kyle Sain

Kelsey Williams

Submitted by : ~Lynn~

 

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2014 WORLDS results

A HUGE shoutout to ALL the teams that participated at Worlds 2014 this past weekend! Congratulations Top 5!

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Meet our CheerCo WORLDS Correspondents

BIANCA

Bianca is a cheerleader at University of North Texas and will be competing at WORLDS this year with Cheer Athletics Lady Cats.

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BLAKE

Hello! my name is Austin Blake Alonzo, and I go by Blake. I have been on NCA staff for 4 years, and my first time to work Worlds. I won worlds in 2012 with Spirit of Texas Medium Coed. My intstagram and twitter names are @baustinlake if you would like to tag to anything! Thank you so much!

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Long time, no see!

Hello Cheer Friends,

Welcome to our new and improved BLOG!   We have missed you!   In the coming weeks, you will be seeing new cheer articles, postings, pictures, you name it!   Be sure to check back often for exciting tidbits and cheer tips. Also, be sure to check our previous blogs.   They are a great resource!

This weekend is the crème de la crème of cheerleading events – WORLDS!!!   We have two seasoned WORLDS correspondents who will be sharing their insights and behind-the-scenes views from the 2014 Cheerleading WORLDS.    Stay tuned to our Facebook page and this blog for more info this weekend! We are also looking for guest bloggers!   Are you a cheer mom, coach or high school, college, and/or All-Star cheerleader?   We want to hear from you!  If interested, please send a brief bio and a short writing sample to social@cheerleading.com.

-Cheers from your friends at Cheerleading.com!   We SPEAK Cheer!

                                                                                                           

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Experience the Majors

Over the past decade, all-star cheerleading has become one of the most competitive sports in the country, and it is quickly spreading across the globe! As new programs and gyms pop up annuall,y the demand for competitions has rapidly grown, leading to a plethora of competition companies claiming to host the best of the best! In recent years, the true test of the elite in competitive cheerleading has played out at the annual cheerleading Worlds competition hosted by the U.S. All Star Federation (USASF). January 2012 marked the inaugural year for the The Majors competition, the closest rival to the USASF World competition.

To participate in the USASF World competition, a team must receive a bid at a qualifying national competition. Contrary to this method of eligibility, The Majors prides itself it being the most selective elite all-star competition to date. Participates are hand selected based on past performances, popularity, and overall program success.

In 2012, a total of nine teams were selected from seven programs. The competition included only two divisions (arguably the two most popular and entertaining divisions), level five large all girl and level five large co-ed.

The competition took place January 14, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana in conjunction with the sponsoring organizations Super Nationals. Each team performed once, and awards were announced immediately following the competition. The participating teams are listed below in order of how they ranked (final scores are listed in parenthesis).

 

Level 5 Large All Girl Level 5 Large Co-ed
1. Cheer Athletics (93.50)        1. Cheer Extreme (92.22)
2. Maryland Twisters F5 (92.21)        2. Cheer Athletics (90.24)
3. Cheer Extreme (90.50)        3. Top Gun (89.67)
4. Fame (89.46)        4. ACE (89.08)
5. Maryland Marlins (87.08)

 

The Majors also differ from other competitions in that each team is chronicled through multiple video posts. This gives fans a peek inside these elite teams while they are practicing at their home gyms. The event is a must-see for any fan of competitive cheerleading or elite sports. During most competitions, audience members make an effort to watch these teams no matter how much extra time must be spent in the arena awaiting their performance. The Majors gives you the best of the best, one after another, all in one setting! It doesn’t get better than that!

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Raising Cheerleaders to have Positive Body Images

Cheerleading is a sport that, by default, centers a lot of focus on weight and body shape. Flyers are expected to be dainty, and bases are expected to be strong and have a body that can easily support flyers. It is easy to see how, without careful attention, cheerleaders can develop very dangerous complexes about their body. Below you will find tips that every parent, coach, or friend can use to ensure that your cheerleader is confident in her own skin.

1. Talk about who your cheerleader is and what your cheerleader does versus what she looks like. If you are constantly reinforcing that actions and character are more important than appearances, your child will act accordingly. This message must also be backed up by your own actions.

2. You are the first line of defense, and in many cases you will be your cheerleader’s first introduction into body image. Children in general are largely shaped by what they see on television and in magazines. Take time to discuss these images with your cheerleader. Let them know what are realistic images, and share facts about healthy body weights. Be aware of what your cheerleader is reading or watching, and discuss it openly. Encourage your cheerleader to talk about and question what is both seen and heard.

3. Be conscious of what the clothes your cheerleader is wearing say about her body. Allowing young children to wear clothing that is too tight or too sexy can open them up to unwanted scrutiny.

4. Don’t shy away from the tough topics. Explain the effects of puberty and genetics. Make sure your cheerleader understands that weight gain is a normal part of development, especially during puberty. Explain that body shape also is largely influenced by genetic factors.

5. Set a good example. Explain to your daughter that you eat a healthy diet and exercise for your health — not just to look a certain way. Also, think about what you read and watch as well as the products you buy and the lessons your choices send.

We hope that you will take these tips and incorporate them into your life, as well as share them with other parents and coaches. Cheerleaders that have unaddressed negative body images are subject to many harsh consequences. Prevention is always the best solution.

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