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TRYOUT GUIDELINES

2017-2018 TRYOUT GUIDELINES

 

The only way that we can set our teams up for success throughout the competition season is by starting at tryouts with proper team placements (especially at levels 3-5). In order to help set expectations for team placements for next season, we wanted to provide you with some guidelines for tryouts. While there is a team for every athlete at Shockwave (from brand new to highly skilled), we want you to have realistic expectations regarding team placements for the season ahead. Allstar cheerleading is a competitive sport, and the athletes work very hard to gain new skills and progress at each level. Don’t worry, though – our priorities have not changed. Our number one priority has always been and will continue to be happy, confident, skill-building athletes. While winning is not our number one goal, it is definitely still an important goal, and picking teams that can be competitive at every level is very important to us.

Team placements for the 2017-2018 season will primarily be based upon tumbling and flying skill requirements, skill technique, age, and the overall best interests of the teams. Please note that this year we are especially going to focus on tumbling and flying skill and technique at tryouts – we will be demanding a higher level of execution for each athlete to make a particular level or team. This will result in better overall tumbling quality as well as higher execution and technique scores at competitions. For the 2017-2018 season, we will have a variety of Allstar teams and Allstar Prep teams at each level. There is no difference between mini, youth, junior, senior at each level. They are the same skill level, and the only difference is age. Athletes must have strong to excellent technique on each skill set for a particular level in order to be placed on a team at that level. Please be realistic when evaluating your child’s skills, and please don’t ask us to make exceptions for your athlete. The only way to have competitive teams is to maintain the same expectations for each and every athlete.

In the coming weeks, we will be posting videos of what we would expect skills to look like at each level (including jumps, tumbling and dance). We will also have examples of proper flying technique for a variety of skills. It is not enough to just stay in the air without falling. Flyers will be expected to execute skills with excellent technique, confidence and performance. We encourage you to share these videos with your athlete(s) so that they are clear as to what is expected to be placed at each level.

 

Please note that we have a spot for every athlete who wants to join a team – brand new cheerleaders with no experience at all are always welcome! The guidelines below are intended to help set expectations with regard to team placements for the 2017-2018 season.

 

TUMBLING REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH LEVEL

(to be considered a good candidate for each level) -

Level 1 prep - No tumbling requirements

Level 1 - Back walkover and Front walkover with excellent technique

Level 2 prep - Back handspring (Running or Standing) 

Level 2 - Back walkover back handspring and either roundoff double back handspring or front walkover roundoff back handspring with excellent technique

Level 3 prep - standing double back handspring and running tuck with average technique

Level 3 - Toe touch double back handspring and specialty to tuck (example: front walkover roundoff handspring tuck) with excellent technique

Level 4.2 - Back walkover Back handspring and either roundoff double back handspring or front walkover roundoff back handspring with excellent technique

Level 4 - Standing tuck and Toe touch two handspring tuck and running layout with excellent technique

Restricted 5 - Toe touch tuck and running full (without a specialty to full or standing tumbling to full bases under the age of 15 are not eligible for a worlds team)

3rd Strongest Worlds team - triple toe tuck and running full

2nd Strongest Worlds team - Triple toe tuck and either specialty to full or standing tumbling to full

Strongest Worlds team - Triple toe tuck and specialty to full and standing tumbling to full

 

 

FLYER REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH LEVEL

Being a flyer comes with a great deal of responsibility and requires a lot of work. It demands excellent flexibility, confidence, and skill. It also requires working on your flexibility and body positions at home.

 

Here is a list of the skills a flyer should expect to have to be considered a good candidate for each level -

Level 1 prep - No flying requirements

Level 1 - Average body positions, ability to perform the level 1 sequence

Level 2 prep - Average body positions, ability to perform the level 2 sequence

Level 2 - Above average body positions, ability to perform the level 2 sequence

Level 3 prep - Above average body positions, ability to perform the level 3 sequence

Level 3 - Excellent body positions, ability to perform the level 3 sequence

Level 4.2 - Excellent body positions, ability to perform the level 4 sequence

Level 4 - Excellent body positions, ability to perform the level 4 sequence

Restricted 5 - Excellent body positions, ability to perform the level 5 sequence

Level 5 Worlds team - Superior body positions, ability to perform the level 5 worlds sequence

Level 6 Worlds team - Superior body positions, ability to perform the level 6 worlds sequence