Teams

Tiny Expo: Introduction to All star cheer, ages 2-6yrs old.

The focus is on welcoming new athletes to All Star and making sure they have fun, feel safe and make friends! This program is a FUN, low-pressure, non-competitive, technique-centered progressional path for first-time cheer athletes to learn about All Star Cheer and prepare to transition to competitive teams as they’re ready.


Novice

Novice teams are for athletes who are new to All Star but ready for performance-based teams that are evaluated at events. Novice teams focus on strengthening technique and performance skills that help prepare athletes for more competitive teams. Novice is a modified version of Level 1 and is offered to all ages except Open & Adult. Novice division is for beginner All Star Cheer teams. This may include brand new teams or beginner teams within an established program.


PREP

Prep teams offer athletes an opportunity to experience the excitement of All-Star cheer with fewer practice days and less financial obligation while still focusing on skill progression and team bonding. It is also a great start at building a solid foundation for those interested in becoming an Elite All-Star athlete. Teams will learn a 2min. routine which will include tumbling, jumping, stunting, and dance.


ELITE

Elite teams are a year round program from June-May and practice 2-3 days a week. Elite teams are from 5-18 years old, Levels 1-5.

Elite teams are for individuals with cheer training and technical ability. These teams are comprised of athletes who are ready for competitive performance levels.


WORLDS

Highest level: only teams who have earned bids get to compete at Worlds. Worlds is exclusive, as only teams in senior age divisions are able to compete. Youth and Junior teams are not allowed to compete and have other main end-of-the-season competitions. Senior Levels 6 & 7.


What level is my child?

When being evaluated for a team, the question that you need to ask is…. has my child  “truly mastered” the level?  Is my child at the high end of that level, therefore being able to fully participate in every aspect of a routine?  Yes, there will be exceptions, such as a certain position needed for a team that is needed for a higher level stunt etc… but those are few and far between. Has your child mastered the level?  Can they do the hardest stunt?  Can they be center dancer?  Can they be front row of jumps?  Can they be last tumbling pass? Are they physically AND more so mentally ready to move/level up?

LEVEL 1

Most ELITE level 1 athletes have beautiful back walkovers, front walkovers, round offs, cartwheels, bridge kick overs and specialty skills that can be showcased in Level 1 elite/prep. They could be the first pass or the last pass. Self discipline has improved and they can now concentrate on perfecting their stunts, jumps, and dance, but can be 100% a successful part of a level 1, 2 1/2 minute routine including all stunting!

LEVEL 2

A level 2 ELITE athlete has “mastered” the standing BHS and the round off BHS series with great execution.  They can incorporate all level 1 skills into their level 2 combinations with ease.  They are fully a part of the routine and even have their moments to shine. The stunting gets harder here so it is imperative that tumbling technique is not an issue.  At this level, more time will be used to progress into elite stunting than tumbling.  The athlete should be able to focus on a fast paced routine and stunting without any issues on the back handspring.

LEVEL 3

A level 3 ELITE athlete has mastered not just the round-off bhs tuck, but beautiful standing series BHS, a punch front and an aerial should be mastered as well.  Jumps to BHS and elite level 2 stunting progressions are a must here.  They should be mentally ready for an ELITE level 3 routine.  The routine will be fast pace and difficult.  Stunting will be above the head and require much more strength and flexibility.  The mental aspect of the coaching is raised even more, and the athlete should have great self discipline.  This is one of the largest jumps in the levels with both tumbling and stunting.

LEVEL 4

Level 4 athletes are throwing a hollow body, technically beautiful layout, a solid standing tuck over and over again, are capable of doing any part of a true level 4 routine.  They have solid execution on BHS tucks, Jump BHS tuck, cartwheel tucks and whip specialty passes.  A true level 4 athlete should be able to master any level 1, 2 or 3 combination into a technically sound layout.  This level requires extreme mental and physically capabilities.  At level 4, every lower level skill in both stunting and tumbling should be mastered.  At level 4, the commitment from athlete and parent truly changes.  Everyone must be all in and ready for extra work, extra practice, and anything it takes to get the job done.

LEVEL 5

Level 5 athletes are working higher, more elite twisting skills, can land a solid jump to back tuck with their feet together, double back handspring layout beautifully and the straight fulls they will throw in the routine are technically gorgeous.  They are mentally capable of hitting a fast paced, high energy routine with multiple tumbling passes.  They will put many extra hours in the gym and be willing to mentally push themselves to the limit.  This athlete should be in their top physical shape and extremely team oriented.  At this level, practice should be their number one.

LEVEL 6

Level 6 athletes perfected their level 5 skills.
Double-ups are allowed to both two-legged and one-legged stunts. Flyers can also double twist down from a stunt, where up to 2 ¼ twists are allowed. Up to three skills are allowed in basket tosses, like the kick doubles most teams perform. The level 6 tumbling skills also double, since double fulls are allowed! Almost any tumbling pass is allowed to end with a double full so it is one of the main level 6 skills we see in tumbling. For standing tumbling, it is also allowed to perform standing fulls.

In pyramids, flyers are allowed to twist in flips and release moves on level 6, unlike level 5 and below. IASF rule: international level 6 teams are allowed to perform rewinds to extended level.

If the athlete has not mastered a level completely, then why put the stress on an athlete to attempt to do tumbling skills at a level they have not mastered and then be expected to elite stunt, jump, and dance for a full 2 1/2 minutes?  Why not allow them the year to be the shining star, to build their confidence, master their skills on their level and feel a full part of the routine.

 The other side of the coin…. “my child has all level 3/4 tumbling and they want to level up”. Do you truly want your child on a team doing complex elite stunts at the risk of hurting herself or others around her.  Just because we are a successful tumbler, doesn’t mean they know the proper progressions of safe stunting, jumps, choreography, standing and running combinations, or performance at that same level.  Do they TRULY have all of the next levels tumbling needed for that particular level. Trust the coaches to put your athlete where she/he will do best. 

There will always be exceptions to the rule, but again, those are few and far between. As coaches and parents, we have to look at the bigger picture. Yes, we want to challenge the athlete, but we also want to consider what that challenge is and how it will impact them.  99% of the athletes we ask would want to be on a team where they are 100% involved and the shining star rather than going up a level where they may not be in the tumbling section or jump section, and may only stunt a little… they want to be on the team they can be 100% involved in.  They want that moment…

Please remember athletes are not required to level up each season. Please DO NOT expect that to happen. They need to master each level and skill before leveling up.

Trust the process… you don’t have to agree with the process, but you have to trust it.  This sport is hard enough, but if it’s not fun and at the same time building confidence, then your child will not continue with the sport. Again, Trust the process!

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