Cheerleading is one of the fastest growing sports in high schools with opportunities to learn:
- Dance Choreography
While high school cheerleading is fun, there is also a separate genre of cheerleading called All Star Cheerleading. If your child is interested in cheerleading but isn’t sure which kind they’d like to participate in, Gold Medal Gyms breaks down the fundamentals of both cheerleading categories.
High School Cheerleading
When you think of cheerleading, high school cheer is probably the type that comes to mind. A cheerleaders role in high school is to bring school spirit to sporting events such as football, basketball, soccer, as well as other sports.
Tryouts for a high school cheer squad are held in the spring. Students are required to perform different performances, stunts, and combinations to show off their skill set. The decision of adding your child to the team is left up to the coach or coordinator. There can also be different divisions of cheerleading at the high school level such as junior varsity and varsity depending on grade and skill level. Because cheerleaders represent the student body, features such as grades, leadership abilities, and student conduct are factored into choosing the right squad members.
Practices can be held as much as several times a week or as little as once a week. Cheerleaders are often expected to go to many of the school’s sporting events and required to commit to events during and after school hours. During certain times of the year, a high school cheer team may even travel to compete in state, regional, or national cheer competitions.
All-star cheerleading is strictly competitive based cheer. This type of cheer is done outside of school, and squad members practice to compete in multiple cheer competitions a year. All-star cheerleaders generally have a higher skill level than high school cheerleaders and take classes focused on tumbling, gymnastics, and cheerleading to advance their skill set. They do not cheer for sports teams or other events, so the cheers are more performance-based rather than boosting school spirit.
To join an all-star squad, there is a demanding tryout process that will push your child to the limit. They must be able to demonstrate exceptional abilities in tumbling, stunts, gymnastics, and cheer to be considered. Once your child makes the team, they will be put in an exclusive class for only all-star members.
All-star cheerleading requires practices nearly every night of the week and may cause your child to miss school for competitions. Most likely if your child is on an all-star team they will not be allowed to participate in high school cheerleading. Some cheerleading teams may also expect your child to take additional classes to improve their skill set in particular areas.
Become An All-Star At Gold Medal Gyms
Gold Medal Gyms has a premier all-star cheer program created to teach and challenge athletes with the fundamentals of cheer and tumbling. Whether you wish to take private lessons or join one of our competitive teams, we’d be glad to have you. If your child wants to go for the gold, contact us at (417) 732-4100 or have them enroll in one of our many cheer classes.