The following are excerpts from the USASF’s “Cheer Parents 101”
“All Star cheerleading is a competition sport that involves boys and girls performing a 2 minute and 30 second routine composed of tumbling (gymnastics), stunting (groups of athletes elevating other athletes), pyramids (combinations of attached stunts), dance, and cheer segments. This routine is performed and scored against other competitive teams at various local, regional, national, and worldwide competitions.”
“Dedication to the sport, a commitment to hours of practice each week, and being a team player are all fundamentals of cheering for an All Star team.”
“Team members are athletes in every sense of the word and work hard to dispel any biased assumptions of what a cheerleader should be.”
“Parents and cheerleaders should be aware that cheering All Star is a large time commitment. It is akin to the commitment level of a club soccer team or a traveling baseball team.”
“…as a cheer parent, you will want to support your child with every up and down they experience in cheer; and there will be many of them. There may be skills your child masters in days and then there will be that one skill that takes two or more years to perfect.”
“The thrill of seeing your child perform a skill for the first time is incredible; while the pride of watching your tiny 5 year old daughter perform in front of thousands without any issues will bring tears to your eyes. There are great times and tough times but your support as a parent is priceless.”
“…cheer is unique in that it encourages individual development (i.e. tumbling) as much as team development (i.e. stunting, pyramids). Your child can feel pride in learning a skill completely on their own and at the same time learn the invaluable lesson of depending on their teammates to reach a goal. Likewise the confidence developed in performing in front of thousands of people is priceless.”
The USASF (U.S. All Star Federation) is a governing body that recommends and implements rules and regulations in the All Star cheer industry.
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