“What Level Should My Child Start In?”

Without a doubt, this is our most commonly asked question.

First of all, we want to stress that you do NOT need previous experience in order to start training at CheerCore. We often have parents who tell us that they are waiting to enroll their child because he or she has not obtained a certain skill yet… Well, we’re here to tell you that we have classes for every skill imaginable, and we would strongly prefer to build new athletes from the ground up! We love teaching from scratch, and our strongest cheerleaders today are those who came to us without any previous experience in this sport.

Step 1 – Build A Foundation With Rec Classes

Typically, the best way to get started is to register for our recreational classes. Here, your child will develop their physical strength and learn foundational tumbling skills with a strong emphasis on proper technique.

Our goal in these classes is to get your little one to master some basic tumbling and stunting in a no pressure, non-competitive environment. If they find that they love training with us and want to delve deeper, they can move on to one of our prep teams. 

With that said, there are circumstances where we might recommend your child move into our prep program right away should they have pervious experience with acrobatic sports or demonstrate above-average levels of athleticism. 

Step 2 – Join An All-Star Prep Team

Once your child can confidently perform handstands, cartwheels, round offs, and front and back walkovers, they will likely want to move into our all-star prep program. Becoming a member of one of our prep teams will show your child how their individual skills can contribute to the group when they are choreographed into a 1.5minute routine. Prep athletes will also learn more advanced skills in stunting, and they’ll start to develop a stronger tie to the important teamwork aspect of cheer. Most athletes will spend anywhere from 2-4 sessions in our prep program before taking the leap into the competitive realm of cheer. Others will find that the semi-competitive, team-based atmosphere of prep is a perfect fit, and they’ll stick to it for as long as the sport interests them!

Step 3 – Become A Competitive Athelte

If your child develops a strong passion for this sport, there is a good chance that they will start to ask about becoming a part of our all-star competitive teams. At this point, they should start training to get their back handspring and they may want to look into private lessons as well. Competitive team tryouts take place in May of each year. Training will have a heavy focus on individual skill development from May-August, and then shift to team-based training during our competitive season, which runs September-April. This program requires high commitment and a true competitive drive, but it is also where our deepest friendships and long-lasting memories are formed… For all of us who have been bitten by the ‘cheer bug’, the sacrifices we make for training are worth the thrill of competing together on the big stage!

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