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TRUST THE PROCESS

Preface:

Allstar Cheerleading teams are comprised of athletes with similar skill sets and relatively similar ages. Many of these skills require years to perfect, and progress is dependent on effort and repetition. As an athlete progresses from level to level, practices and competitive routines become more challenging. Not everyone will make the more advanced teams, as the required skills become increasingly difficult to execute. As an athlete progresses, more and more is expected. Handling pressure and maintaining focus take center stage. 

 

Level One teams are very instructional, with an emphasis on building the proper techniques. Without a proper foundation, the more difficult skills are impossible to perform correctly. 

 

Levels Two and Three continue to build fundamentals, as well as the endurance necessary to properly execute on stage. Many athletes remain at these levels their entire career. 

 

Levels Four and Six are the most challenging. These levels are extremely demanding and require exceptional coordination and athletic abilities. Practices are structured to build endurance and instill confidence through repetitive team success. 

 

Blind Belief:

Trusting the coach's process is about surrendering to a plan crafted by someone with expertise and insight. Just as a traveler trusts a seasoned guide to lead them through unfamiliar terrain, athletes trust their coaches to navigate the complexities of training and competition.

 

The journey might not always be comfortable; there will be moments of doubt, frustration, and fatigue. But it's in these moments that trusting the process becomes most crucial. It's about recognizing that growth often comes from discomfort and challenges.

 

Every drill, every exercise, every strategy has a purpose, even if it's not immediately apparent. It's about embracing each step of the journey, no matter how difficult, knowing that each one is contributing to your development as an athlete and as a person.

 

Trusting the coach's process requires patience, resilience, and a willingness to let go of control and fully commit to the journey. It's about understanding that success is not always linear, but rather a series of ups and downs that ultimately lead to progress. So, embrace the process, embrace the journey, and trust that your coaches are leading you towards your full potential.

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Red Reign is the 2024 L2 Junior - Medium Summit Champion. These girls trusted the process

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Miss SIlver is the 2024 L6 Limited Senior XSmall World Champions. These girls trusted the process

WHAT IS A BID?

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You’ve probably heard the word “bid” thrown around a lot during cheerleading season. Competitions hand them out, teams get excited about receiving one, and everyone talks about them.  But what exactly is a cheerleading bid?

What is a bid?

A bid is like a special invitation for cheerleading teams to participate in prestigious competitions like The Cheerleading Worlds, The Summit, The D2 Summit, and others.  Only teams that have earned a bid during the season get the chance to compete in these events.  Bids are given out at various competitions across the United States and in other countries throughout the season.

Why are bids important?

Bids are crucial for many teams because they open the door to these exclusive competitions.  Without one, they can’t take part in events like Worlds or The Summit. That’s why many teams aim to earn a bid throughout the season.  (It’s also essential to note that even if a team receives a bid, they can choose not to compete.)   Bids can also offer more than just a chance to compete. Some come with additional benefits, like covering competition fees.  The specific benefits vary, depending on the bid type (see below).

Different types of bids

There are various types of bids, and what benefits they come with can vary depending on rules, country, and the event producer.

 

Here are the 4 main bid types:

  • Wild Card (not for The Cheerleading Worlds): With a wild card bid, teams are qualified to compete in the preliminary round (“Prelims”) of the competition, but have to pay all competition fees. Teams who advance from the Prelims typically get to compete in the Finals round of the competition, skipping the Semi-Finals.

  • At-Large: Similar to a Wild Card bid, At-Large bids do not come with any money, but they do allow teams the opportunity to compete. At some competitions, teams with At-Large bids skip Prelims and are directly qualified to compete in the Semi-Finals.

  • Partial Paid: Teams who have earned a Partial Paid bid do not have to pay for all the competition fees, since the bid covers parts of their registration costs. Like with an At-Large bid, a Partial Paid bid allows teams to skip the preliminary round at some competitions.

  • Paid/Full-Paid: Earning a Full-Paid bid is prestigious since it’s the highest type of bid a team can earn. It’s like winning the lottery because it typically covers all the team’s registration fees for the competition. However, teams with Full-Paid bids still need to pay for other expenses associated with the competition. Teams with Full-Paid bids usually also skip the Preliminary round of competition, going straight to the Semi-Finals.

Does the bid type impact chances of winning?

When it comes to cheerleading competitions, you might wonder if the type of bid your team earns affects your chances of taking home the gold medal.

Let’s take a closer look at CheerTheory’s data from The Cheerleading Worlds and The Summit to see if the bid type makes a difference:

The Cheerleading Worlds

Here are what types of bids the World Champion teams at The Cheerleading Worlds 2022 had:

BID TYPE     # OF BIDS          % OF TOTAL 

Full Paid              20                        68.97%

At Large                4                        13.79%

Partial Paid           5                         17.24%

As you can see, nearly 69% of the winning teams had full-paid bids. (Note that this is also partly because full-paid bids are not usually available to international teams).

The Summit

And here are what types of bids the winning teams at The Summit 2022 had:

BID TYPE     # OF BIDS            % OF TOTAL

Full Paid                 24                       57.14%

At Large                 13                       30.95%

Partial Paid              1                          2.38%

Wild Card                 4                          9.52%

A smaller number of teams with full-paid bids won The Summit (57.14%) compared to The Cheerleading Worlds (68.97%), with a larger amount of winners with At-Large bids.

Looking at these statistics, we can see that even though the type of bid matters, it’s not the only thing that decides who wins in cheerleading. Teams with all types of bids can still become champions, so don’t judge a team solely by their bid before the competition!

How to keep track of bids

Keeping track of all these bids can be tricky because there are so many given out each season.  However, it can be fun to see which of your favorite teams have received bids. It can also help you keep an eye on your team’s competition if they’ve earned a bid.  Our website and newsletter will highlight all bids received by Cheer Express teams.

ABOUT ALLSTAR CHEERLEADING

An Overview of Our Sport

Allstar Cheer is a high energy, team-based, performance sport that is athletic, artistic and acrobatic. It involves athletes competing with a 2 and a 1/2 minute routine composed of tumbling, stunting, pyramids, dance and cheer segments.  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.

Allstar Cheer differs from traditional school cheer teams in that its primary purpose is competition, while school cheer involves crowd leading and other school roles, as well as the option for competition. Allstar Cheer teams are most often organized and based out of a club and have teams that are open to all area cheer athletes.

Teams are formed based on tiers for every ability level, from Novice to Elite. Allstar rules are leveled based on progressions of skills commonly performed in cheer and are developmentally appropriate for the age of the competitor. Teams range from Level 1 to Level 7.

Teams:

Allstar Cheerleading is performed by teams ranging in size from small groups of five to large teams of up to 36 members.

Divisions:

There are several divisions in Allstars Cheerleading, including Coed, All-girl, Non-tumbling, International and Open. Each division has its own set of rules and regulations.

Competitions:

Allstar Cheerleading teams compete at local, regional, and national competitions throughout the year. These competitions are judged based on difficulty, execution, creativity, and overall performance.

Training:

Allstar Cheerleading requires a lot of training and practice. Team members must work on their flexibility, strength, and stamina to execute the stunts and choreography required for their routines.

Safety:

Safety is a top priority in Allstar Cheerleading. Coaches and team members must follow strict safety guidelines, training and protocols to prevent injuries.

Benefits:

Allstar Cheerleading can provide many benefits to its participants, including improved fitness, teamwork skills, self-confidence, and opportunities for travel and competition.  Many colleges offer scholarships in Acro & Tumbling, for which allstar cheerleaders are highly sought after athletes.

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