All-Star Cheerleading is a sport that has been rapidly growing internationally, especially in Canada. It is a fast-paced, exciting performance sport where teams compete routines 2:30 min long composed of acrobatic stunting, tumbling, jumps and dance. Routines are performed to customized music for each team. Teams are scored by a panel of judges and ranked against teams of the same level and age division. Difficulty levels in all-star cheer range from 1-6. You will find that Cheerleading competitions are an extremely exciting and friendly atmosphere.
Stunting levels start with level 1 which are typically performed at shoulder height or below. Level 1 allows the introduction of twists, inversions, and dismounts at safe heights. Stunts get progressively higher with less bases and more twisting, flipping, and intricate loads and dismounts as the levels get higher.
Tumbling levels start off with level 1 which require a constant point of contact with the performance surface, including forward and backward rolls (somersaults), cartwheels, front and back walkovers and round offs. As with stunting, as the level increases so does the difficulty of the tumbling skills, with full flips introduced at level 3 and twisting flips introduced at level 5.
Our coaches have an abundance of knowledge when it comes to teaching these skills and always put safety first. Our gym is the only gym in the Lakeland equipped with a sprung competition floor which is safer than plain mats for learning these skills. We also have an abundance of skills mats and tumble tracks that provide safe tumbling progression, and our coaches have plenty of experience in spotting new skills.
Nov. 2, 1898, is the official birth date of cheerleading.
The very first cheerleading team was composed of all boys! The team was at University of Minnesota, who still use the original 1898 cheer.
Cheerleading was granted provisional Olympic Status in December, 2016.
The Women's Sports Foundation did a study in Jan 2018 which found that Cheerleading is in the top 6 most popular sports for girls.
It also found that it is in the top 4 best sports for building self-esteem in girls and the top 5 most likely to lead to a university degree.
Canada had 16 top ten placements and two world champion teams in 2018.
The International Cheer Union has over 4.5 million registered athletes and 100 national governing bodies.
Cheer Force is the first All-Star Cheer program in the Lakeland.
Only 2% of females aged 12-17 in Canada get enough physical activity, though the majority of Canadian parents believe their children are active enough.
Females make up only 38% of Canadian children who take part in summer activities.
Team Canada placed Bronze in the coed division, 4th in the All-Girl division, and Silver in the Junior coed division at the 2018 ICU World Championships.
5 Canadian All-Star teams placed top 3 and 16 teams were in the top 10 in their division at the 2018 USASF/IASF World Championships.