Adult Cheer Teams

This is a brand new team for season 6! This team is a great way to start cheerleading, join the Ultimate Cheer family and meet new people. Card Sharks will compete at level one for stunts and tumbling.Wild Card was our first-ever competitive cheerleading team! Having won two national championships, as well as being undefeated in their first-ever season! This season they have put out a fantastic routine, choreographed by worlds athlete and next-level coaches.

4 of a Kind is our highest-level competitive team, they train twice a week and also have monthly sessions with top-notch external coaches. Their routines always wow, and that is down to their fierce stunting, beautifully choreographed routines, and sassy performances
Many athletes coming from university teams join this squad, to continue their favorite sport, and perfect their skills. This team is ideal for progression if you are looking to cheer competitively and strive for higher levels. So many athletes who have joined this team have learnt new skills that they are so excited to show off at competition!

Are you confused about the U16, U18, etc. division names? Here’s an explanation of the name change: IASF Announces Changes To Worlds 2021 & New Division Names
Note: this is not a complete list of USASF divisions, only the max age limit. Click here to see the full list of USASF divisions, levels, and age requirements.

Remember that the age requirements depend on the event producer, country, and more. Feel free to share any thoughts or questions in the comment section below.Allstar cheerleading age requirements can be hard to follow, as they can vary based on divisions, country, and event producer. The age grids also typically change every few seasons, making everything even more confusing. If you’re past the age limit for Senior teams, but can’t or don’t want to join an open, global, or international team – you still have some other options! TheCheerBuzz is a cheerleading media company all about providing fun and interesting content to everyone who loves cheer. A place where everyone – no matter the level, gym, age or gender feels represented and appreciated.Note: this is not a complete list of IASF divisions, only the max age limit. Click here to see the full list of IASF divisions, levels, and age requirements. This means that some divisions at The Cheerleading Worlds have an age limit of 18-19, while other divisions don’t have any age limit. It’s never too late to compete at Worlds! Event producers not affiliated with the USASF or IASF are not obligated to follow the same age grids, rules, and requirements. Make sure to look up the specific requirements for any competition you are attending.

For example, in some countries, there is no maximum age limit in any senior divisions! That means there’s no age limit on a Senior level 2 team for example.Some gyms offer recreational teams with no age limit, for those who want to practice cheerleading for fun. Some gyms and competitions also offer a “masters” division open for anyone over the age of 25!

From the 2023 Cheerleading Worlds, the IASF will also add U18 level 5 and U18 Non-tumbling divisions. Athletes in those divisions will have a maximum age of 18.In this article, we will have a look at the maximum age limits for cheerleading competitions following the two main governing organizations – the USASF and IASF.

Generally speaking, there is no maximum age limit for Allstar cheerleading athletes. People of any age can participate in the sport! However, this depends on the division and level a team is on. Some divisions have a maximum age limit, while others do not. Keep reading to see which divisions have no age limit, and which do.
What happens to cheerleaders when they grow up and find themselves pining for the fun of—or at least the bodies sculpted by—flipping across a mat, tossing one another into the air, or piling into a human pyramid? They join ATL Adult Cheer. “When I created the group, I’d been away from the sport for almost 10 years,” says founder and erstwhile high school cheerleader Ashley Nealy. “As a teenager, I was pretty fearless. Flying in the air as an adult is definitely scarier. But once you stick a stunt, the feeling is as radiant as it always was.”The group meets on Sundays for cheer practice and on Tuesdays for tumbling. Most members are in their mid-20s to early-30s, and many have a cheerleading or dance background, though beginners are welcome. This year the team put together a routine that they showed off at an April showcase and at a national competition the same month—where they took first place. If you’ve watched any amount of the Netflix series Cheer, you’ve no doubt come to realize that modern-day cheerleading is a serious (albeit incredibly intense) sport. For the uninitiated, watch ASAP; this real-life documentary series will defy the ditzy stereotypes and dramatic reality shows you may associate with the sport. You’ll be wowed by their high-flying stunts, stunned by their dedication, and warmed by the way that cheerleading has given deeper meaning to some of the athletes’ lives. Balancing a lawyer’s life with charity cheerleading: I work for the Children’s Law Center, which is a not-for-profit that represents children in all sorts of situations. A lot of people in my industry don’t know anything about bodybuilding or cheerleading. Some people will then look up Cheer New York, and it’s usually a shock. They’re like, “you do that?” I guess it’s partially because of my age and partially because of my profession. A lot of people see a lawyer and they don’t see a happy person — they see a person that’s just out for money and that doesn’t really give back. So when they see what I do, it’s like, “wow, you’re not like a regular lawyer.”The mental and physical demands of the sport: Some people still associate cheerleading solely with pom-poms and sideline cheering, but the sport has evolved significantly in the last 10 years. It’s shocking how much stamina it takes to make it through a two-minute routine or a parade comprised of non-stop stunting, tumbling, jumping, dancing, and cheering. You have to be fit both mentally and physically to make it through, to retain all the counts and timing of everything you’re doing, and to work collaboratively with your teammates to pull it all off. Even if you mess up, you need to keep going so you don’t throw off your teammates.

Navigating breast cancer as an athlete: When I was 32 years old, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cheerleading requires detailed body awareness and I believe that my training helped me realize that I hadn’t been feeling quite right in the months leading up to my diagnosis. It’s certainly been challenging, but I’ve found unconditional support from my teammates — we’re truly a family and they prove that time and time again. They’re always there to accompany me to doctor’s appointments or send meals to my apartment. They remind me how physically and emotionally strong I am even when I am scared. And they give the best hugs!
Read on to meet some of the outstanding members of the team and learn about how they found cheerleading at various stages of life, what the team and sport mean to them now, and what it’s like to give back to such an important community in New York City.How she found cheer: Freshman year of high school, I joined varsity gymnastics — and then, because I could tumble, I was recruited to join the cheer team. I fell in love with the sport immediately! I ended up cheering throughout high school and college for my school teams as well as for multiple all-star teams. During my senior year of college, I became an instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association and traveled along the east coast teaching camps and clinics. After college, I coached cheerleading for several years but never thought I would be able to cheer again myself. I joined Cheer New York because I missed cheerleading and wanted to give back to the community.

Are there Level 7 cheer teams?
Teams compete on different levels that allow different skills. The level system starts with level 1, followed by level 2, and so on. Level 7 is the highest level in cheerleading, where the most skills are allowed.
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You can also catch them making appearances on TV (on shows such as Worst Cooks In America and Total Bellas) and at corporate events (such as Shape’s Women Run the World summit in New York City). Any and all profits they earn at these events are donated back to local charities. All this, in addition to living very “regular” lives working in finance, law, education, medicine, and more.
On cheerleading and motherhood: My three daughters were 18, 16, and 14 when I joined the team. Although all three were former all-star [club] cheerleaders themselves, I don’t think that they had any concept of the high-performance level or the time commitment that would be required on CNY. As they started to see the amazing things that we were doing and met some of my teammates (and as they got a bit older and went to college!), they really started to realize what a very cool thing this is to do.From fitness competitor to charity cheerleader: I love to learn new things, I’m always hard on myself, and I try to be the best at everything — but learning to cheer has given me a newfound respect for cheerleaders. It’s an amazing sport and the level of training that’s required is so much more than what I experienced as a bodybuilder and fitness competitor. Because yes, you need muscular strength, but you also need endurance and flexibility. When I started stunting, I was flabbergasted — it’s so challenging. How she found cheer: I’ve been involved with cheerleading for over a decade. I first tried out for my high school squad as a junior and fell in love with the sport. This carried over to a couple of years in college, and then I joined Cheer New York in 2013. I love the charity aspect of the team and being involved in something bigger than myself. In the six years I’ve been on the team, we’ve donated more than $100,000 to various LGBTQ+ charities in NYC. The evolution of cheerleading in her life: Cheerleading was the center of my life for many years. As an adult, I have other priorities, but I’m so grateful I can still make time for it. As an educator, I feel especially motivated by the number of children and young people who come to our events. I love that our team’s diversity can inspire them to live their dreams and be themselves. In the past, I cheered for my school and my team, and to win competitions. Now, I cheer for our mission and for anyone who needs our spirit and encouragement, and it’s even more fulfilling. How she found cheer: I started taking dancing and gymnastics when I was 2 years old, then segued into rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 9, becoming Texas State Champion on my 14th birthday. In college, I was captain of the cheerleading squad at Columbia University, which was my first time cheering. When I tried out for Cheer New York in 2016, I hadn’t cheered or danced (except for a brief stint as a flier on a parents’ team at my girls’ gym) in 24 years. Leading off the mat: Cheerleading helped me grow into the leader I am today. I learned teamwork and the importance of collaboration, which I use in my job every day. As an assistant principal, I need to work with my teachers and fellow administrators to ensure we’re supporting our students. Cheerleading has also given me a zap of energy and spirit that I bring to my school; I greet our students each morning with a big smile and literally cheer for them when they reach a goal. The joy I emulate helps to create positive energy in our school and has contributed to my success as a teacher for many years and now an administrator.These adult cheerleading stars don’t do their thing at football or basketball games or spend all their time practicing for a competition; instead, they cheer at LGBTQ+ community events, including New York City’s Pride March and the NYC AIDS Walk, as well as other walks and races, such as the Brooklyn Half Marathon and the Walk for Hearing.

How she juggles work and cheer: It can be tiring, but it’s so worth it! On the surface, emergency medicine and cheerleading may seem totally different, but I love the fast-paced, action-packed, and ever-evolving nature of both activities. They both require a full commitment to teamwork and the mindset that no one individual is more valuable than another. As an ER doctor, I can’t take care of patients without effective communication between myself and the nurses, techs, and administrative staff. As a cheerleader, there is no way I could fly through the air without the support of fully committed bases, back spots, and coaches. Both have made me a better teammate and given me a new level of humility.How she found cheer: I’ve always been into sports — I grew up running track and playing basketball, and tennis — but I never saw myself as a cheerleader. In college, I wasn’t playing any sports, but I still trained like an athlete, lifting weights and running. When I moved to New York City for law school, I saw a bodybuilding competition for the first time and decided to try. For 12 years, that’s what I did; I set a goal of competing at the Olympia [one of the most notable competitions in bodybuilding], which I achieved in 2015.

How she found cheer: I grew up competing in gymnastics through high school and started cheerleading in my freshman year of college. I cheered for all four years, took a 10-year hiatus, and ultimately joined Cheer New York in the fall of 2016. I missed the athletic challenge of cheerleading but, more importantly, I wanted to be part of a team with members from different backgrounds that worked toward a collective goal. The fact that Cheer New York was a charitable organization was the icing on the cake.
On being the oldest female member: What I get back from charitable cheerleading is so very much more than I put in. I’ve gained an enormous amount of confidence. I’ve found the supportive extended family that I’ve been searching for all of my life, and I have more strength and agility than I did when I was half this age. I’m so proud of the work that we do and the people that we help, both through the money we raise and through the joy and positivity that we bring to events. At the end of the day, I love telling fans of our team that I’m 50. There are 13 teams nationwide in the Pride Cheerleading Association, and I’m the oldest female member. I hope that this inspires other women to keep doing what they love, no matter how far-fetched their dreams might seem.

Can guys be in a cheer team?
While cheerleading remains a female dominated sport in the middle school and even high school years, the fact is that male cheerleaders make up approximately 50% of cheerleaders at the collegiate level.
At that point, I was ready to be done with it. I wanted to devote myself to other things and get back into sports, which I couldn’t do while bodybuilding. One of the social workers at my firm is on Cheer New York and she was telling me about the team, showing me pictures of the stunts…but it wasn’t until she told me about the charity aspect and organization as a whole that I decided I wanted to try out. After going to the practices and learning the sport, I’ve come to absolutely love it.People ask me all the time if I’m “the mom” of the team. Nothing could be further from the truth. Somehow, all of these teammates who could biologically be my children have become my peers. We’ve celebrated birthdays and engagements, cried through breakups and family deaths, and traveled the world together. I’m an only child, and all of my family lives in Canada. It’s an amazing and unexpected gift to have nearly 100 people who have my back, who encourage me, and who make me feel so loved.

On the team mentality: People’s lives are on the line with some of the moves we perform, so it requires a substantial level of focus. Trust is an essential element required for basket tosses (the aerial tricks where a flyer gets thrown into the air and immediately comes back down). When your teammates are throwing you 20+ feet into the air, you need to have faith that they’ll catch you no matter what happens. The trust goes both ways, though; the bases are counting on the flyer to stay as tight as possible since it’s much easier to catch a controlled body than flailing limbs falling from the sky. While in the air, body awareness and having a tight core are essential to hitting the tricks at the right time to keep everyone involved as safe as possible.
Meet five members of Cheer New York, a charitable adult cheerleading team with nearly 100 athletes supporting LGBTQ+ nonprofits in New York City. The organization is part of a larger network of similar teams, called the Pride Cheerleading Association, raising money in major cities across the country. Cheer New York welcomes anyone over the age of 21 to try out — no prior cheer experience necessary — and join the team performing stunts, tumbling, jumps, basket tosses, cheers, and dances.You may think of cheerleading as one of those things that you age out of since it’s so closely tied to high school and college sports — but adult cheerleading is a thing. Those who participate are out there throwing stunts at 30, 40, and even 50 years old, and some are even raising money for charity in the process.

Can you do All Star Cheer after 18?
Allstar cheerleading age requirements can be hard to follow, as they can vary based on divisions, country, and event producer. The age grids also typically change every few seasons, making everything even more confusing. Generally speaking, there is no maximum age limit for Allstar cheerleading athletes.
The two are so different in other ways as well: In fitness competitions, it’s cutthroat, and there’s no trusting other people — you’re out there all alone, and the whole thing is based on the impression you make for 10 seconds vs. your skill or overall well-being. Cheerleading is all about the team, about taking care of your body and your teammates. It’s about trust and working together — because if you don’t, everything falls apart.If anyone had told me 10 (or 20!) years ago that I would be a member of a high-level cheer team, performing at events all over New York City and competing in Paris at the Gay Games [a global LGBTQ+ sports competition], I would have laughed until I cried. That said, for anyone who has ever performed or competed on a sports team, you know what a hole is left in your life when it’s over. My first practice on CNY brought with it such a sense of coming home, a feeling of returning to something that I thought was lost forever. And after my first performance? I couldn’t even believe how lucky I felt to be a part of this amazing group. I’ve never lost that feeling.And the team is a serious commitment. Of course, there are days when I have to rush from court to make it to practice and it can be hectic, but it’s so worth it. Not only is it an outlet, but it’s new friends and it’s giving back to the community — and it’s also the aspect of working under a team. When other people expect things of you, it keeps you grounded. Okay this is nuts but here we go. I’m 24, I’ve never done cheer before and here I am looking up adult cheerleading classes and there’s almost none that exist and hardly any information on cheer as an adult. I don’t want to do competitions,I know there’s none for people my age, but what are my options? I found a gym that does 1 on 1 training but is that weird to do? I know most cheerleaders are in high school but I’m doing this solely to empower myself and work through something personal if that makes sense. I respect the hell out of this sport and I want in, what can I do? By accepting all cookies, you agree to our use of cookies to deliver and maintain our services and site, improve the quality of Reddit, personalize Reddit content and advertising, and measure the effectiveness of advertising.

There is always a strong temptation to lapse into a stale familiarity and we unconsciously begin to take our spouse for granted after marriage, but we have to remember that nothing that our spouse does for us is expected of him or her. Our spouse could have easily chosen to be unhelpful or disinterested. Every act of kindness that your spouse shows to you is a conscious choice that he or she has made. Have this in mind and be grateful for every little thoughtful thing that your spouse does for a closer bond with him or her.Every child needs a hero. A son needs a man he can imitate, and a daughter needs a man who will make her feel protected and secure. Who better to be that hero than Dad? You can also go up another notch and initiate doing things for your spouse even when you have not been asked to, like making your spouse a cup of coffee when he or she looks a little tired or taking the initiative to keep the children quiet when your spouse is having a conversation over the phone. Begin with the little things, do them often and be amazed at how much closer you and your spouse will feel towards each other. Does this sound familiar? Do you often get into “attack” mode with your spouse whenever you communicate? Funny how it seemed second nature for many of us to be a “cheerleader” during our courting days, when being supportive, polite, and thoughtful came so naturally to us. Fast forward a couple of years or for some of us, just months into marriage, and we wonder where all the love, kindness, and gentleness has gone.Question: Should we be concerned about a child who doesn’t like to take risks? For example, our eight-year-old consistently avoids scary roller coasters. My husband

Being our spouse’s number one cheerleader entails us learning to speak gently when we disapprove of something our spouse has done or failed to do. Use plenty of “we-” and not “you-statements”. When you say, “Why do you keep doing that?” what your spouse hears is, “You are a lousy decision maker.” When you say, “Can you please help?” what your spouse hears is, “You are not helping at all,” and when you say, “Can you think about me and the children when you do that?” what your spouse hears is, “You are being extremely selfish.”
It takes practice to speak from a “we-perspective”. Let your spouse know that you want the both of you to be a team. Show that you take full responsibility for your actions, too. Assure your spouse that you are not looking to correct him or her or to prove that you are right about things but that you genuinely want to work together because you care about him or her and your family, too.Do you give in to your child’s every wish? Do you feel like you are a “pushover parent?” Find out what turns parents into pushovers and how to avoid it from happening to you.Thanking your spouse for everything that he or she does daily for you and the rest of your family will give a real boost to your marriage. For example, when your spouse gives the children a bath, or tucks them in or helps you pick up your dirty laundry from the floor and throws it into the wash for you, showing that you’re thankful will make your spouse feel valued and reassures him or her that his or her efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Plenty of accusatory statements tend to automatically spew from our mouths when we feel anxious, frustrated, tired, and hurt but we must learn to exercise self-control and speak graciously by using more ‘I’ and ‘we’ statements. For example, “It would be great if we could do this differently,” “Can we work on this together?” or “I’d really love it if we could …”
Starting a new year is always exciting. As a married couple, there are certain things you can do together to start the year right. Read more to find out what these things are.Teens enter into this phase we like to call “Neither World”. Encourage your teen to strike a healthy balance between their ideals for independence and the reality of their dependence.

Being quarantined together doesn’t help some couples grow closer. The added strain makes existing problems worse. Can you improve your relationship instead of filing for divorce?Do give it a shot at being your spouse’s number one cheerleader and be overjoyed at how much more you’ll have to cheer about as you and your spouse develop an even closer, more deeply satisfying relationship with each other.

Is 18 too late to start cheerleading?
It is absolutely never too late to become a cheerleader!
Save your admiration for your spouse only. Be generous with compliments and encourage your spouse every chance you’ve got. Sometimes, your spouse needs that much more of a push to be more involved in your relationship. So take the time to encourage your spouse with words of affirmation like, “I think you are really good with the children. They laugh so much when they are with you,” or “You are really sweet. You give me the best back rubs even when I know you’ve had a hard day yourself.” Giving your spouse a pat on the back every now and then will encourage him or her to be that much more vested in your relationship.Start by simply making the effort to stop doing the very things that annoy your spouse. If your spouse likes the tube of toothpaste capped after use, make a mental note to do it. If you know that it irks your spouse to be late for appointments, then make the effort to keep to schedules.

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Set aside time for just the two of you. Make your spouse feel like you’re his or her number one fan by showing that you are perfectly capable and willing to put everyone and everything else aside to have time exclusively for each other. Put away your mobile devices, resist the urge to say yes to another appointment if it clashes with your time with your spouse and give your undivided attention to your spouse even if it is for a couple of hours, once a week. Add it into your schedule and stick to it.Some of you might ask at this point, “Why should I be my spouse’s cheerleader when my spouse doesn’t give me much to cheer about?” But you’ll surprise yourself if you first work at being your spouse’s cheerleader, you’ll find there’ll be more to cheer about and you might soon find your spouse being your number one cheerleader too.Teams compete on different levels that allow different skills. The level system starts with level 1, followed by level 2, and so on. Level 7 is the highest level in cheerleading, where the most skills are allowed. 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 stunting skills are the same as level 4 (see below) and the tumbling skills are the same as level 2 (see above). A routine is simply a combination of the two levels.The biggest difference in tumbling compared to level 6 is that a back handspring to double is allowed. On level 6, a minimum of two back handsprings must be performed before a double.

Teams are also allowed to do up to 1 twist to extended one-legged stunts and 1 ½ twist to prep level one-legged stunts. We also start seeing more advanced inversions, such as handstands and back handspring ups. Two skills are allowed in basket tosses, like double twists and kick fulls.

For pyramids, flyers are allowed to be lifted on two legs at an extended level. This is only if the flyer is braced by another flyer on prep level or below.
Note: these are NOT the full rules of all levels, but a very simplified version. Please check the rules that apply to your team before competing. Click here for more scoring information.

One-legged stunts are allowed on extended level and do not need a brace. Teams are also allowed to do up to a ½ twist to extended one-legged stunts and 1 twist to prep level one-legged stunts. For basket tosses, flyers can perform one skill, like a full twist or toe touch.

For stunts, the flyer is not allowed to be held higher than prep level (exception for pyramids, see below), which is by the base’s shoulders. One-legged stunts are allowed but must be braced if on prep level. A brace is not needed for one-legged stunts below prep level. Up to a ¼ twist is allowed in stunts.
Teams competing on level 1 have the most restrictions when it comes to skills. Despite the strict rules, many routines are very creative and teams perform difficult skills!As flyers are allowed to flip in baskets, many different skills are allowed. Level 7 features baskets like double fulls, pike open fulls, kick triples, and many more. Throwing a flyer from one stunt group to another is even allowed!

For stunting, teams are allowed up to 1 ½ twist to extended two-legged stunts and 1 twist to extended one-legged stunts. Flyers are also allowed to do a double twist dismount from extended one-legged stunts. Up to three skills are allowed in baskets, except for kick doubles.
Another big difference on level 7 is that pyramids are allowed up to 2 ½ stories high. That means a flyer on prep level can hold up another flyer! Teams use different creative ways of getting that top flyer up, often using flips and twists.Level 4.2 combines level 4 stunting and level 2 tumbling in the same routine. This level is not as common as the others, but still a part of events like The Summit and D2 Summit.

Free flipping (where the flyer has no contact with a base or braces) stunts and dismounts are allowed on level 7. Skills like rewinds and back handspring full ups are allowed to both extended one and two-legged stunts.Two-legged stunts are allowed on extended level and one-legged stunts don’t need a brace on prep level. Teams are allowed up to ½ twist to extended two-legged stunts and prep level one-legged stunts. Basket tosses are also allowed, but only “straight rides” where the flyer does not perform a skill in the air. A common belief is that the higher level a team is on, the better it is. That is not true! The level does not indicate how good a team or athlete is. Athletes on all levels are incredibly skilled and teams are just as competitive on level 1 as level 7. For pyramids, flyers are allowed to be lifted on one leg at an extended level. This is only if the flyer is braced by another flyer on prep level or below.

Gyms can choose to have teams on any level – there are no specific requirements to compete on a specific level. However, being on the level that best matches a team’s skill abilities is often the best option. Having a team with mostly level 3 skills compete on level 5 would probably only lead to more problems than the “glory” of being on a higher level!
The level represents the overall skill level of the whole team, not just individual athletes. For example, an athlete with level 4 skills may compete on a level 3 team. In the same way, an athlete with level 1 skills may compete on a level 2 team.Disclaimer: the level system can look different depending on where in the world you are. This explains the USASF/IASF level system that is most commonly used. Learn more about the difference between the two here: The USASF, IASF & ICU – What Are They and What’s the Difference?We hope this article helped you learn more about the different levels in cheerleading, all the way from level 1 to level 7! Please consider sharing this information with others who might find it helpful.

In this article, we will cover levels 1-7 and explain how they are different from each other. You will also find video examples of skills and routines on each level so that you can easily see the differences between them.
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.

How to be a cheerleader for your boyfriend?
How to be Your Spouse’s #1 CheerleaderUse “I-” or “We-statements” … Do thoughtful little things for each other frequently. … Thank your spouse daily. … Encourage your spouse as often as possible. … Keep couple-time sacred.
For pyramids, full-ups to extended level are allowed for one-legged stunts as well, if braced. Skills like ball-ups and braced flips are also allowed to some extent.While cheerleading remains a female dominated sport in the middle school and even high school years, the fact is that male cheerleaders make up approximately 50% of cheerleaders at the collegiate level. Just like everyone on a squad, male cheerleaders are committed to training and making the routines perfect for competitions and performances.

Not only was cheerleading started by male cheerleaders, traditions were also perpetuated by men like Lawrence Herkimer and Fred Gastoff. Lawrence Herkimer founded the National Cheerleaders Association and invented the herkie jump, along with contributing many other “firsts” to the sport of cheerleading. Fred Gastoff invented the vinyl pom pon.
The year was 1898. Johnny Campbell was a fan of the Minnesota Gophers, and his team needed some encouragement. Down on the sidelines, he turned to the crowd and began to lead the first ever cheer, and thus cheerleading was born.

Like all cheerleaders, the men on a squad need to practice for routines, but their stunts in college are different than those of the women. There is less focus on flexibility and splits and usually much more tumbling in the form of flips, pikes and handstands. This requires a great deal of core strength as well as very strong legs.

Earley also said in an article from the Daily Utah Chronicle that having men in the squad helps to “mediate” some of the tempers and strong wills that can cause problems in an all female squad. Contrary to popular belief, even though the men do have their hands holding up the cheerleaders like a chair, there is no sexual tension or awkwardness. Male cheerleaders learn to respect their female counterparts, who learn to trust the men, and all work together to make their routines better and better.
Also, the men on a squad often fill the position of bases as well as spotters. There is even a saying that many of them chant with pride: “Any man can hold a cheerleader’s hand, but only the elite can hold her feet!”. Some cheerleaders coming from all-girl squads in high school find that the larger hands and stronger arms of college male cheerleaders make them feel more secure. Morgan Earley, a cheerleader for the University of Utah, spent a year in high school recovering after a drop. However, when she got to college she reportedly noted that she had never been dropped by a guy.There are some traditions that come along with the presence of male cheerleaders on your squad – for example, the University of Utah and Brigham Young University cheerleading squads have a “Cuple” contest where each squad compete to see who can hold a cheerleader up with one arm for the longest time. Aside from a show of strength and trust, they also work other moves into the simple stunt, turning it into a routine.

Is 30 too old to start cheerleading?
There is no age limit to joining a competitive cheerleading team. However, the majority of teams don’t start until the 8th grade, or around age 13. This is just before high school and is a great way get involved in a high impact sport after school.
Many famous men have been cheerleaders – Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, and George W. Bush, actors like Steve Martin and even super-tough-guy Samuel L. Jackson. Still, even though more and more high schools are beginning to see more male cheerleaders, they still don’t get the respect they deserve. Thankfully their squad mates can always let them know that they are a valued part of the school spirit.

What's the oldest age for competitive cheer?
Traditionally, here is the breakdown:Tiny: Ages four through six.Mini: Ages five through eight.Youth: Ages five through 11.Junior: Ages five through 14.Senior: Ages 11 through 18 (Depending on the level. This minimum age is increasing next year)
We are a group of adult cheerleaders who are just as passionate about fundraising and helping our community as we are about flying through the air and entertaining a crowd.Tryouts are held every August and our season runs from September until the end of June. If you missed tryouts and have an interest in joining our team, please contact us at [email protected] to find out about attending an open practice, or use the form below and someone from our totally awesome Operations team will be in touch.

What's a male cheerleader called?
Previously, male cheerleaders, more popularly known as yell leaders, had their own section on the sidelines at athletic competitions, but due to a decrease in interest, yell leaders became a thing of the past until this year.
Our Production Volunteers are the creative, logistical, and marketing masterminds behind our performances. This is a perfect way to join the team and support your local community if you’re looking for fun, friends, and philanthropy! Production Volunteers sport CHEER Seattle uniforms and fundraise along with the rest of the team.

Our Performing Volunteers stunt, flip, dance, and cheer while fundraising for charities in and beyond our local community. No prior experience is required (really!) but stamina, adaptability, a positive attitude, and an ability to repeatedly count to 8 will prove very useful.
Yes! Our adult teams have the opportunity to compete four to six times each year. Participants may even choose to travel during their competitive season. At Supernatural All Stars, we believe competitive cheerleading should be available to people of all ages who wish to participate.

Is 25 too old to be a cheerleader?
18 years and older: It’s never too late to try cheer!
For most athletes, their love of sports and physical activity doesn’t disappear when they become adults. At Supernatural All Stars, we want to cater to adults who still wish to participate in cheerleading. We know you have many more commitments and obligations than when you were a student-athlete, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your passion. Our instructors are excited to welcome you to our adult athlete program right here in Central Massachusetts.Here at California Spirit our goal is to encourage a good sense of self-esteem, discipline, teamwork, leadership, and physical strength. Athletes will be taught routines that will exemplify these skills and will showcase these routines at regional and national competitions.We here at California Spirit strive to deliver a safe learning environment, while maintaining a fun, challenging and competitive feeling. Our athletes will work under the direction of caring coaches who can assist each student in succeeding to the best of their ability. We hope to bring recognition to cheerleading being a competitive sport.

California Spirit Elite offers an ample choice of programs to suit every child’s and parent’s needs. We offer a number of recreational programs including boys and girls recreational levels programs in cheer, gymnastics, tumbling, and dance. During the summer, we offer summer camps and team training for school cheer programs. We also offer birthday parties for your child’s special day.
Our Cheer Gym is centrally located in Dublin, CA and has the most modern equipment to provide the safety and success of gymnastics and cheer instruction. We are home to All Star Cheerleaders from all over the Tri-Valley; Danville, Dublin, Castro Valley, Livermore, Hayward, Pleasanton, Livermore, Pleasanton, Fremont, Alameda, Oakland, San Leandro, San Ramon, Lafayette, Orinda, Walnut Creek, Patterson, Tracy and more!

This overlap also creates the ability to craft more competitive teams. A young flyer may be put on a senior team because she is easier to lift, especially if she has the maturity to thrive with her peers. It is a GOOD thing to have your child be at the top age requirement of a team, however. This means they will be leaders, and that they will have a chance at succeeding in competition. No matter what, the age division is mostly based on uncontrollable factors, like your daughter’s height and age.
As you can see, there is some overlap. In general, this overlap is designed to help gyms of all sizes make the most competitive team possible. Some smaller gyms may have two 13-year-olds try out with a group of nine-year-olds. While these two both qualify to be on a junior or senior team, they do not have enough athletes to make a team. So, the nine-year-olds may join them to make a Junior level team.With tryouts mostly behind us, new and experienced cheer parents alike may be left scratching their heads with their child’s results. “Junior level 1? Is that good?” Today, we at WSA Cheer hope to clarify a few things in regards to your child’s division. Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with your child’s coach or the gym director. When it comes to why your child made a certain level, they will be able to give you a more detailed and specific answer.

Does U18 go to worlds?
IASF introduced five new Worlds divisions for teams under 18 (U18). Previously, IASF Worlds divisions had no maximum age. For the first time, there are IASF international divisions limited to athletes who are under 18 for both level 5 and level 6.
We hope this has clarified some of the confusion around levels and divisions! No matter what team you are on, even if you didn’t make the one you hoped for, we know you are going to have an incredible season filled with growth. We’ll see you in the fall for competition season!The level is a bit more straightforward. The number indicates what your athlete is legally allowed to perform on the competition floor. Now, this does NOT mean that they are incapable of throwing higher skills, and it also doesn’t mean that they have every skill required for that level. Their level usually indicates the most that both they and their peers can perform together in order to make the strongest possible team. Your child may be throwing level three skills, but until they can do all of their level three skills with a group of athletes who also are in their age group, they may not be on a level three team. Every gym is different when making these decisions, but again, keep in mind — your level does not always indicate your ability. It indicates the overall best abilities of your team. When you hear Tiny, Mini, Youth, Junior, or Senior, these are all simply referring to your child’s age division. Typically, it is that simple. However, USASF officials tend to change the minimum age requirements for the divisions every few years or so, so this can shift over time. Traditionally, here is the breakdown: Includes men and women from 20 years old and up. This is a beginner adult cheerleading team that focuses on all aspects of competitave cheer. Team members work on jumps, tumbling, strength, flexibility, stunts, motions and dance. This is a great way to learn what your child is learning or to simply stay in shape. It is a super fun team, low-key but also competitive. The team competes or exhibitions at two to three local competitions and one local National.Team members may join at any time. But like any team; must be commited. You do not have to have any experience or even a child at Intensity. Any adult can join. Low monthly rate, please call for pricing.

With a true family feel and focus on developing its athletes, LDC offers a space for everyone to experience the world of cheerleading – whether it’s for your first year or tenth!
London Dynasty Cheer is an adults-only allstar cheerleading programme based in South West London. Accommodating all athletes and abilities, London Dynasty Cheer offers a range of options including flexible commitment, recreational teams as well as successful competitive teams from levels 1- 6, which includes a level 6 Worlds Team.The Cheerleading Worlds 2023 will host 34 divisions, including 14 USASF divisions and 20 IASF divisions. The USASF Limited Senior 6 divisions were introduced during the 2021-2022 season and do not compete during the regular season. The divisions only compete at Worlds and only programs with one Worlds team are allowed.IASF introduced five new Worlds divisions for teams under 18 (U18). Previously, IASF Worlds divisions had no maximum age. For the first time, there are IASF international divisions limited to athletes who are under 18 for both level 5 and level 6. Teams from the United States continue to be ineligible in all level 5 divisions and the non-tumbling 7 divisions. For the United States, IASF only introduced two new divisions, IASF U18 Level 6 Non-Tumbling and IASF U18 Coed Level 6 Non-Tumbling.560 teams are scheduled to compete as of April 17, 2023. US-based teams with at-large bids in Senior Open Small Coed 6, International Open Non-Tumbling 6, and International Open Non-Tumbling Coed 6 must compete in a Prelims round. The top 10 teams from each division will move forward to the Semi-Finals round. In IASF divisions, the top three teams from each country will advance from Semi-Finals to Finals. In USASF divisions, the top ten teams will advance to Finals, if there are fewer than 40 teams. If there are more than 40 teams, 15 teams will advance.

Our number one favourite part of adult teams are the friendships and enjoyment we see in our parents at a time in life when so much of our focus is usually on our children.
Why should the kids have all of the fun? Our Adult cheer and dance teams are a great way to get fit whilst having fun and always include plenty of laughs!

The older you get, the more competitive and physically demanding cheerleading is. There is a lot expected of you beyond memorizing the cheers and dances. You’re expected to be flexible, perform stunts, be capable of physically supporting your fellow cheerleaders, and so much more. This isn’t being said to deter you, cheerleading is a blast and if you want to, you should pursue it! If you have no background in gymnastics though, you might want to consider starting there and then moving up to the team!
Competitive youth cheerleading teams are a great way to get involved in sports and meet new people. However, the requirements for joining a competitive team can vary from school to school. Some schools require an elitist drive and competitiveness in one’s school work, while other schools value natural talent. Many students feel that the effort it takes to compete in athletics can be rewarding; some even say that the rewards are worth it. This is because with practice, dedication, and hard work comes success.There is no specific age to start cheerleading. It is up to the child and the parents to decide when they are ready. However, the recommended age is no earlier than 8 if they plan to get involved in stunts. There are many benefits of starting cheerleading at a young age, such as developing better coordination, self-confidence, and body awareness. However, some kids need more time to get acclimated to the sport.

However, cheerleading isn’t just about tumbling and cheering – it’s also about leadership skills, teamwork and discipline. These skills are vital for future success in the sport and even in their day to day lives. They’ll learn how to speak up when they reach their limit, when they’re afraid, and when they have suggestions. Learning the ropes early on can help them develop social skills and physical attributes to better them in their life later on.Cheerleading is a sport that requires you to be physically active, social, and full of energy and “pep”! Sometimes, kids at a young age just can’t focus well enough to participate. This lack of focus can lead to significant injury. Additionally, if your child isn’t quite social enough yet and you enroll them in the sport, you may actually end up deterring them from wanting to continue. You have to follow their lead for this one! Cheerleading is an athletic activity that consists of a person who performs a series of jumps, chants, and motions with the aim to lead the audience to cheer, It’s often done at a sporting event and is one of the most social and exciting activities for kids to get involved in! There’s a lot to consider when it comes to whether your child is ready to join a cheer team. One of the most popular concerns is age. Is your child old enough and what options do they really have? This article will give you all the information you need to decide if your child is at the best age to start cheerleading. There is no age limit for cheerleading so technically you can start cheering at any age! The minimum age requirement to be a cheerleader for most school’s is 6 years old, but the best age to start cheerleading is at least the age of 8. However, there really isn’t much of a cap on this. If you’ve never been a cheerleader and you find yourself in high school just dying to be part of a team, you can try out! However, there are a few things to keep in mind.Fun fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children wait until they are in elementary school before joining a team. This is because elementary school age is the best age to start cheerleading due to having a lower risk of injury, and the skills needed for cheerleading can be developed more fully at this age. When you enroll your child in the sport too young, you run the risk of them not being able to progress as they would if they waited until they are at least 8 years old.

Cheerleading is a sport that is enjoyed by people of all ages. A person can start cheerleading at any age, but it is recommended to start when they are in elementary school. This is the best age to start cheerleading as their bodies are still growing, they adapt quicker to the flexibility requirements, and they’re often more eager to be active! However, you can start cheering at any age, so don’t be afraid to get out there and try out for your local team!Cheerleading is a sport that requires a lot of physical strength and agility. This is why it is important to start kids in cheerleading when they are young, but physically ready. They will get the hang of the moves, learn how to tumble and develop the physical strength needed for the sport.

There is no age limit to joining a competitive cheerleading team. However, the majority of teams don’t start until the 8th grade, or around age 13. This is just before high school and is a great way get involved in a high impact sport after school.
Have you always wanted to try cheerleading but never gone out for the squad? Or maybe you’ve never really given cheerleading much thought, but recently started thinking it looked fun? Just because you didn’t start cheering when you were a child doesn’t mean you can’t be a cheerleader!One of our blog contributors started cheering in high school after having chosen quiet, indoor activities her whole life. She ended up loving it, of course! Some cheerleaders don’t even start cheering until college. Many colleges have cheerleading squads you can join. Depending on the college, the skill requirements might be something you need to take some time and work toward rather than trying out for the team on a whim, but some sideline squads might focus more on choreography and chants than tumbling and stunting. In that case, with a little work, you can be ready for the team in no time! Just attend some games or research the cheer squad you are interested in to see if it would be a good fit for you. There may even be cheerleading opportunities for you after college! Remember the story about the woman who tried out for the New Orleans Saints’ cheer squad as a 40 birthday gift to herself? Now she’s an NFL cheerleader. Technically, there may be some teams that have age requirements, but you can always find a team to try out for. Many cheerleaders decide to go out for the team their senior year of high school and have a great experience even though they’ve never cheered before. Cheerleaders are kind and helpful athletes who will help you learn the ropes quickly!It is absolutely never too late to become a cheerleader! Check out lots of tips on this blog to learn everything you need to know, from chants and cheers to basic stances and motions and even tumbling and stunting. Then, start preparing for tryouts!