Cheerleading has evolved over the years to encompass several different aspects of the original sport. There is sideline cheering, competitive cheer, and recreational cheer. Here at Parrish Elite, we have two out of the three: Competitive Cheer and Recreational Cheer.
All Star cheer is the most competitive type of cheer. This is the most athletic as well. This type of cheer teaches athletes a routine that has tumbling, jumping, stunting, and dance.
The cost of any program depends on a few things: Which gym you are at, and which program you are enrolled in.
Our Recreational cheer program starts at $75/month, our highly elite teams that travel can run up to $4000/year.
The USASF governs our age groups. Most ages start at 3 or 4 and run typically up to 18 for most programs. Open programs through the ISASF don't have an upper age for their adult teams.
Ummmm... well that depends on your definition of hard. For the majority of our athletes; no. However, it's not for the faint of heart either. Competitive Cheer does require a certain level of dedication and time. We do condition our athletes to build strength and to prevent injuries. I would say that's probably the hardest part.
In 2021, the answer is a resounding yes! Even at Pop Warner cheer (a recreational league), they have competitions. The older you get, the more involved you get, the more competitive it gets. I'll start anyone at a level 1 team, to get on an elite level 2 team is a whole different story. That being said, we will absolutely work with any athlete to get them where they want to be.
I can't speak for every gym, but as for us, we teach cheer and life lessons. We have an "Above the Line" coaching philosophy. We have no room for B.C.D.E- blaming, complaining, defensiveness, or excuses. These things will never change your situation so giving them energy will never move you forward. As far as cheer is concerned, everything starting at the basics to the very advanced.
Tumbling is floor gymnastics. Although I will say, cheerleading had gotten away from the very basics of tumbling and went to a "just throw it" teaching style. We don't do that here... we start with basic body shapes and form and go from there.
There isn't one. You should start when you show interest. I have kids that start at 3 and never get past a back handspring, and on the contrary, kids that start at 12 and can twist now... I mean, of course we have the kids that have been with us since they were two and are just amazing tumblers... but they are weird and I can never get them out of the gym on time... LOL