dynamite allstars

competitive cheer

 

 

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About our Allstar Program

At Dynamite, we believe that true athletes are born of hard work and perseverance. Our highly-trained coaches teach skills through breaking them down into progressions and help athletes to build strength and flexibility for maximum progress and success. In the interest of safety and longevity in the sport, we ensure our athletes have a strong foundation before they compete. 

We believe that being successful requires more than just skills. We emphasize the positive values of fair treatment of all athletes, along with dedication, perseverance, good sportsmanship, respect for others and a respect and care for oneself. The key to successful team cohesion and confidence is trust. Equal treatment, mental and physical preparedness, treating others with kindness and respect and disallowing destructive behaviors lays the groundwork for our athletes to build solid friendships, have a strong support network and feel good about themselves. Our model prevents issues such as the demoralization and infighting that inevitably occurs when some athletes are given preferential treatment over others, or the unkind behaviors more skilled athletes can inflict on “weak link” athletes when disappointed by losses at competitions.

JOINING OUR PROGRAM

Athletes who are interested in joining our program must be evaluated either during Full Year or Half Year Team Tryouts, or by contacting us for an appointment. We may ask a prospective athlete to join our Team Track practice first. Observing an athlete during a Team Track practice enables us to evaluate not just skill levels, but an athlete’s work ethic, teachability, and overall team cohesion.

After being evaluated, the athlete may be placed directly on a team, or invited to join specific classes (see our Instruction page or our CheerFusion page), or our preparatory Team Track; however, athletes will only be placed on a team when they can safely and consistently demonstrate the requisite skills for their level. The majority of our competitions are local. 

The minimum skill requirements for athletes wishing to compete in the 2019-2020 season include: forward roll to stand, backward roll on cheese mat, cartwheel, bridge down on floor (backbend) to kickover. Athletes should be able to hold their handstands against a wall with straight backs (not arched) and demonstrate adequate flexibility, strength and ability for jumps, stunts and dance.

FULL AND HALF-YEAR TEAMS

Athletes accepted to our Half-Year team for 2019-2020, should expect to compete in a minimum of three to four local competitions. All practices are mandatory.

Athletes may enter our Team Track program throughout the year, but must have the requisite skills by mid-July 2019 for placement on the 2019 - 2020 full-year competitive team and by October 1, 2019 for placement on the 2019 - 2020 half-year competitive team.

Dynamite Allstars competes under the umbrella of U.S. All Star Federation (USASF), which has six designated levels, and specific rules regarding team size, ages and gender composition. 

Practices are typically 1.5 - 3 hours per day, 2 - 3 days per week depending on level. 

This program is Invitation Only. Please call 301-977-7007 or send an e-mail to hello@dynamite2.com to arrange an evaluation or to learn more.

 

Team, Team Track, or Classes?

Allstar Cheer is a team-centered sport that combines tumbling, dance, jumps, and stunting. We accept all athletes and are eager to teach them this amazing sport!

Dynamite2 offers a way to learn all areas of cheer without the pressure and cost of being on a competitive team. Our standards for competitive athletes are high; therefore, we offer many ways to train in this multi-faceted sport. In most cases, cheer gyms place athletes, regardless of skill or experience level, on competitive teams with the expectation that the necessary skills for that team level, will be learned over the few months (frequently in additional classes), prior to competing in venues against other teams. We believe that this model,

  1. incurs unnecessary costs to parents who don’t even know if their child will like the sport;

  2. usually requires an additional investment in private lessons, since team practices are for learning the routine, not skills;

  3. doesn’t allow for the time necessary to learn skills properly and safely, causing athletes to develop bad habits that are extremely difficult to unlearn; and

  4. forces athletes to perform before they are truly ready to get out and compete.

Our approach to cheer is both safer and more holistic than other gyms: we believe that allowing a growing athlete to train at his or her own pace, learning skills while building strength, agility, flexibility, and the proper shapes and forms for all the different skills that cheer requires, is the best way to build a truly successful athlete, who can keep competing through the college years, and even beyond!

Competitive Teams

We welcome all athletes to attend our evaluations in late spring (or arrange an appointment anytime during the year) and apply to be on our competitive teams! We are an Allstar Cheer program, which is judged more competitively than Recreational Cheer. Our standards for competition are high, and we expect our athletes to be dedicated, willing to accept instruction, and be great team players. Dynamite cheer athletes must be able not only to perform the requisite skills for the team level, but to do so at the highest standard. Our program boasts the direction of a certified Allstar cheer judge, who will ensure that everyone on Team can go up against any other gym’s athletes with every chance of success.

Team athletes will train a minimum of two days a week, three hours per day, with the option of a third day strictly for tumbling and conditioning. Athletes deemed not yet ready to compete will be invited to train in our Team Track program.

Team Track

Athletes aspiring to be competition-ready will train just like our Team athletes: a minimum of two days a week for three hours per day. Team Track is challenging and is best for athletes who love training and are committed to learning the correct way to execute skills, as well as engage in the work required to learn and execute skills safely. Athletes demonstrating the strongest work ethic will be invited to compete that much sooner!

CheerFusion Classes

Starting at age 5, our classes are the best place to learn cheer skills without the pressure of being on a competitive team. We teach all levels, from beginning through advanced. We have classes every day and on the weekends! We recruit for competitive teams from the pool of athletes participating in our CheerFusion classes. See our CheerFusion page for more information.

Full-Year Competitive Teams for 2019-2020

Team practices have begun! Athletes, now is the time to work hard on refining your skills and jump-starting your training for the competitive year ahead. Athletes (excepting Tiny team) are expected to appear at two practices a week, as well as three evenings in mid-August for choreography.

Our Allstar Cheer program is a competitive, year-round program. Once competition season ends, athletes are expected to continue training throughout the summer (accommodations will be made for vacation schedules). Our decades of coaching experience has resulted in our collective belief that building a solid foundation is critical to long-term success in cheer. To that end, throughout the summer, practices will focus on closely supervised segments of stretching, learning proper shapes and technique, building stamina and strength, and conditioning. We will include these segments in our training once competition season starts in September to ensure that our athletes continue to grow and progress.

Our competition schedule averages one competition monthly, starting in November or December. Our lower level teams will compete in local competitions only, usually approximately ninety minutes’ travel time from the gym. Depending on the team, travel may be farther, but no final decisions will be made without consulting with our families.

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It’s Not Too Late to Join!

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Athletes ages 5 and up (younger with permission of a coach), of all levels, are invited to contact us to arrange for an assessment. Please be advised that simply participating in tryouts or an assessment does not automatically guarantee inclusion on a competitive team. Dynamite is committed to a holistic cheer program that ensures a solid foundation in strength, flexibility, correct shapes and proper form. To that end, we may invite some participants to train with us first, before offering a spot on a team. Our training program ensures our teams can compete with confidence, keeps injuries to a minimum, and enables athletes to progress to new and more advanced skills successfully.

Please review our information, above, on the differences between classes, Team Track, and Team.

 
 

Resources for Cheer Parents

Families new to cheer may benefit from reading about the US All-Star Federation (USASF) and reviewing their Parent Guide.

Dynamite has many videos on our YouTube channel (Dynamite Gyms) that demonstrate our coaching techniques and provide good insight into what is expected of athletes at practices and in training.

We also recommend the FaceBook group, Confessions of an Accidental Cheer Mom, where parents can ask questions of other cheer parents in addition to other information about having a child in Allstar Cheer.