Cheerleading hotel prices

When my daughter first started cheering 11 years ago, we would travel and stay at a hotel that gave our team the best group rate. We actually had a great parent volunteer who made endless calls to negotiate free parking, complimentary breakfast and more – at a great rate! About 5 years ago it all started changing. As Varsity took over more and more of the little event producers things began to change. Registration fees and spectator fees went up. And the larger competitions came with lodging requirements. Now, virtually all the competitions through Varsity require that you get lodging through their “stay to play”Read More →

Gym closes

Competitive cheer is a sport that forges bonds between coaches and athletes, and even closer between athletes and teammates.  When you’ve competed with the same gym for a number of years you are more than just teammates, you’re family.  And when cheer gym closes, it feels like a huge loss of community and support. I have firsthand experience with gym closings. The first cheer gym my daughter ever attended closed when the owner couldn’t find coaches.  We had left just before the closing.  We are still friends with some of the parents and girls at that first gym. This week, the gym where my daughterRead More →

Cheer Goals

This year is coming to a close.  Most gyms are about 1/2 way through the cheer season.  Looking back there are undoubtedly things you might think you would want to do differently or change up a bit.  Now is a great time to look forward and think about getting to the ultimate end game: Summit & Worlds! Here are some ideas to make your new year cheerleading even better: Think of each practice as a step towards the goal.  There are times you don’t feel like being there. There are days you are more sore than others. But you know, the minute you hit theRead More →

Everyone involved in competitive cheer has at least seen an athlete using crutches, wearing a boot, avoiding practice due to a concussion or some other injury.  During my tenure as a cheer mom I count my athlete fortunate to have only had a sprained wrist and 2 broken fingers (on separate occasions).  Although we’ve had teammates with ankle injuries and even concussions.  You might find it shocking but looking over a 23-year stretch, annual emergency room visits by cheerleaders has increased 189 percent.   There are over 4 million cheer leaders from elementary school through college and more than 70 countries participating in cheer leading.  And withRead More →

By Jessica Yeager via OdessyOnline May 29th, 2015 For as long as I can remember, I have been a cheerleader. I started out in the Pop Warner travel programs, progressed into the All Star world, and finally finished off my career at my high school’s varsity team. Through all of these different programs, I have learned the most by far through All Star cheer leading. I wasn’t the best in the gym, and I wasn’t there from age three to age 18, but it still gave me some of the best memories and experiences I have ever had. Some of the best life lessons IRead More →

One thing about all star cheer – it’s a 365 day sport.  And many of those days are spent at practice.  As the saying goes, practice makes perfect and when you know the whole routine inside out, upside down there is a better chance for scoring high at competition. But there’s more to practice than just routine. Practice is a time to develop a team effort, encourage others and learn how to get along with people that you may not like outside of practice.  Cheer practice is a great beginning to the life skills that will make successful young adults and beyond.  You want toRead More →

New to cheer? Need a few good hacks to help this season? We got your list right here!  Everything from practice to the competition mat and after – these are the best cheer hacks on the net. Practice Time For higher jumps, practice with ankle weights When stretching, stretch both legs keeping your hips even. This will avoid hip / back pain. Pull your heel stretches in front of your body, not to the side. Positive thoughts about your skills will help you tumble, stunt & dance better. Keep your arms locked when stunting, this will help you avoid bobbles. A perfect handstand helps produceRead More →

Before my first cheer competition, a more experienced cheer mom (okay it’s Rhonda) told me about saving seats.  We were sitting at practice waiting, a few days before the first competition of the season.  It was, I thought, a very strange conversation.  “You’ll have to be sure someone stays with our seats when we go to the floor to watch up close, otherwise other teams will come in and just move your stuff and take the seat,” she said. You can sum up everything about cheer leading by the fact that some people are fanatical about saving seats.  The same enthusiasm for cheer leading isRead More →