dynamite allstars

competitive cheer

 

 

44690966_2162128077154342_4914288897044774912_n.jpg

Half-Year Competitive Teams

There are still spots available on our half-year teams! Athletes ages 3 and up, of all levels, are invited to call 301-977-7007 or send an e-mail to hello@dynamite2.com if interested in competing with Dynamite for the 2018-2019 season.

About our Allstar Program

At Dynamite, we believe that true athletes are born of hard work and perseverance. Our highly-trained coaches break down skills, and help our athletes build strength and flexibility for maximum progress and success. In the interest of safety and longevity, we believe in having a strong foundation prior to competition. 

Team Evaluations

We do not have “tryouts.” Instead, athletes who are interested in joining our program must be evaluated either during Half Year or Full Year Team Evaluations, 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.

Following an evaluation, the athlete will be provided with an advancement plan, which outlines placement and goal setting. The athlete may be placed in specific classes (see our Instruction page or our CheerFusion page), on Team Track, or directly on a team; 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. 

additional Team information

Athletes accepted to our Half-Year team for 2018-2019, should expect to compete in 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 May 1, 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 3 hours per day, 2 - 3 days per week depending on level. 

This program is Invitation Only. Please contact hello@dynamite2.com to arrange an evaluation or to learn more.

 

Cheer Instruction at Dynamite2: 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!

We are unique in offering 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 the multi-faceted sport of cheer. Other 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 (or arrange an appointment) 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 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! At this time, the Team Track schedule is Tuesdays and Fridays, with an optional Sunday, from 5:30 - 8:30 pm.

CheerFusion Classes

Starting at age 3, 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.