That’s because most parents already know the truth, which is that the life lessons their child will pick up while being part of a team are pretty much priceless.
Debora Spar, a professor from Harvard Business School said it best: “Sports, and particularly team sports, tend to give women and girls things that they otherwise have a hard time getting, like resilience, grit, knowledge of teamwork, knowledge of leadership. All of these things are crucial and they all are learned probably better on a sports team than anywhere else.”
What’s even more profound is that when it comes to young women, it seems that these intangible benefits have an even bigger impact on their lives!
A study in 2015 done on 400 female executives found that:
- 52% of the c-level execs surveyed played sport at the university level
- 80% of female Fortune 500 executives played competitive sports at one point in their lives
Clearly then, the benefits a young girl can receive by being involved in a team-based sport is second to none.
But here’s the sad news…
Based on data from Youth Sport Trust, The Guardian recently reported this startling statistic: “While girls recognized that being physically active is important, only 56% enjoyed taking part compared to 71% of boys. And only 45% of girls saw the relevance of PE to their lives, against 60% of boys, despite evidence demonstrating that a sporty background helps girls move up the career ladder.“
And that’s not all. In 2018, Sports and Fitness Industry Association found that only 31% of girls from the ages of 6-12 participated in sports and that they tend to give up on physical activity much sooner than their male counterparts.
So what can be done to not only help young girls get involved in team-based sports, but to stick with it?
According to Girls Active (a successful initiative which increases participation in sports among young females), they found that a girl’s peer group can have a big influence on the decisions she makes. And thus, any activity which can engage the entire peer group will help young women not only pick up sports, but stick with it for the long haul.
It’s the age-old phenomenon of “my friends are doing it, so I want to do it too!”
The question then becomes: Which activity can not only entice an entire female peer group to start playing, but keep them engaged for the long haul?
While most team sports have the potential to offer the benefits mentioned in the studies above, Allstar-Cheerleading is one of the rare few that helps intensify the trust and bond between friends right from day one!
To get a better idea of what we mean, take a look at the stunt sequence below performed by our younger athletes here at CheerCore…
As you can see, each child relies on their peer to ensure the sequence is successful. Best of all? Under the right coaching, something like this can be learnt in just a few classes, providing a well-earned feeling of accomplishment in a relatively short amount of time.
But what about those that strive for more? Does Allstar Cheerleading really have anything to offer the ones who get easily bored in the absence of a challenge?
Well here’s a stunt sequence performed by some our more advanced athletes…
What you just saw, is an example of trust between teammates taken to the most elite level. It is virtually impossible to execute a stunt sequence like that without dedication, trust, mental toughness and long term goal setting; the exact qualities all young women will need in order to become successful in their future.
How to find the right cheer club for your child
Generally speaking, most clubs will happily offer a trial class of some kind. This is a great way for your daughter to get her “feet wet” with cheer, especially if she’s new and feels intimidated.
Obviously, just being able to participate in a trial class doesn’t provide the complete picture. That’s why listed below are a few other factors that parents should consider when picking their new cheer home (because as you can probably guess, not every gym is created equal).
Does the gym follow safe progressions for all skills?
If they say “yes” (and many will) ask if they use a report card, a chart, or some kind of system where the progression of skills is clearly laid out. Allstar Cheerleading can be a very safe sport, but it can also be dangerous under the wrong instruction (just like any other acrobatic activity). Here at CheerCore, our system and philosophy is called Perfection Before Progression™
Are all the staff trained properly?
The one thing all great coaches have in common is that they are always looking to improve and grow. Here at CheerCore, all of our coaches either were, or currently are, high-level athletes who have been through rigorous in-house training using the most up to date safety techniques.
And to ensure that they stay on “top of their game”, our coaches visit industry conferences and clinics throughout the year.
Is the gym adequately insured?
This is a no-brainier for obvious reasons. If a club cannot provide proof of adequate insurance, we advise you run the other way!
How do the coaches actually coach?
If the gym has a viewing area, be sure to observe a few classes and see what’s going on. Are the coaches patient? Do they take the time to show and/or demonstrate what they want the athletes to do? Or do they just yell corrections and essentially “talk” kids to death?
Here at CheerCore, we understand that not every child learns the same way. That’s why we ensure that every athlete gets to experience skill development from an audible, visual and kinesthetic perspective.
Get feedback from current members
Having a great culture between athletes and parents should be a high priority for any cheer club. This not only provides a positive & productive environment for young athletes to grow, but is a vital factor to the long-term success of the club. That’s why we encourage you to talk to current members of the club you’re interested in, and see what they have to say. If the culture is great, you’ll notice that everyone is on the same page and shares the same values. Here at CheerCore, our cheer moms and dads will be more than happy to share their experience with you!
If a cheer club has been around for a while, don’t be shy when it comes to asking about their previous accomplishments. We’ve put this as the last factor because while winning competitions can be a good indicator of quality, it is not the end-all-be-all. As an example, we at CheerCore place a higher value on skill development and character building over collecting trophies.
What’s interesting is that taking this approach has yielded success at plenty of competitions! Here’s a small sample of accomplishments that we are proud of:
- 1st Canadian cheer club to win the coveted NCA title
- Multiple National Championship Titles
- Winning our division at Canadian Finals (invite only competition)
But at the end of the day, the one thing we are most proud of is the type of people our athletes have become. Caring, hard-working, respectful and loyal. The jackets, banners, tropies and rings they received are just the cherry on top!
Want to know more about Allstar-Cheerleading?
If you’re interested in having your daughter join cheer but don’t know where to start, be sure to check out our handy Starting Guide for all parents. Alternatively, if you have questions or would simply like to get in touch, please visit our Contact Page.
About The Author
Coach Sahil is one of the co-owners here at CheerCore Inc. He also founded TumblingCoach.com and Addicted To Tumbling — two influential resources that are followed by over 50k athletes & coaches. With his proven track record of training athletes all around the World, partnering with Sam to help our members experience the most cutting-edge tumbling program was a no-brainer. He is also the author behind the best-selling book The Cheer Diet.
© 2019 CheerCore Inc., All Rights Reserved. The tips and advice mentioned within is for entertainment purposes only. The author or its affiliates do not claim any warranties or responsibility. Before participating in any sport or physical activity, please talk with your doctor, and ensure you’re accompanied by a certified coach.