Rising Stars is an introductory cheerleading program. It encompasses the fun and excitement of cheerleading while keeping the cost for both classes and uniform low. Performances are at gyms within driving distance and practices are once per week. There are summer Rising Stars teams and school year teams. No tryouts are needed to join a team.
Our Novice program is the perfect team for athletes who have limited or no cheer experience and are interested in challenging themselves in a more competitive environment. This program is designed to help athletes learn the ropes of competitive cheer with less time, travel, and expense. Novice teams will have a once per week 90-minute practice and will attend 1 day exhibition competitions in Wisconsin or Northern Illinois.
USASF designed all-star prep teams for athletes who have some experience with cheer and are searching for a more competitive way to perform. Prep teams are designed to challenge athletes who have their skills but may need a little assistance with their technique and confidence. However, many athletes choose this option, regardless of their skill level, because it’s less of a financial and time commitment than elite teams. While they typically practice the same number of nights per week, the practices are shorter, and the competitions don’t require too much travel. In order to keep costs affordable, gyms choose mostly in-state competitions for their prep teams.
Prep teams are divided into the following levels:
The first number refers to the level of stunts that can be performed, while the second number refers to the level of tumbling. Prep is a great option for those who do not have quite the same tumbling ability as the elite athletes. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t stunt at a higher level. Tryouts or assessments will be required to ensure placement on a skill appropriate team.
All Star Elite was designed to push athletes to their highest level. Elite teams are built to be highly competitive and compete more frequently than Prep teams. While some skills are individually developed, such as tumbling or dancing, partner stunts, pyramids and tosses require a great deal of teamwork and routines require synchronization and team uniformity, thus placement on skill appropriate teams is important.
Gyms usually put these athletes through a more intense tryout process to ensure high quality, competitive teams and the safety of our athletes.