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Texas: The Epicenter of a Cheer Evolution

Texas The Epicenter of a Cheer Evolution

By Steve Pawlyk

Published March 26, 2024

Ever since Joe Rogan packed up his stuff in LA and set his sights on Austin, Texas, he kinda started a whole new trend. Now it seems like everyone from every corner of the country is eyeing Texas as their next big move. This Lone Star State migration isn’t about barbecue and cowboy boots (though I’m def on board with both lol). It’s sparking a massive transformation across various industries, including the cheer scene, which, as we all know. has exploded into a billion-dollar behemoth in the last 10 years or so. Texas is 100% leading the charge, turning what used to be sideline spectacle into a competitive, global powerhouse.

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From Sidelines to Center Stage

The narrative of cheerleading’s rise is epitomized by the journey of Bill Seely, a former collegiate athlete who, after a skiing accident, found his calling in cheerleading. His ascent to the presidency of Varsity Spirit symbolizes the sport’s transition from an underestimated activity to a competitive, global enterprise. Varsity Spirit, under Seely’s leadership, epitomizes the industry’s success, generating substantial revenue and influencing cheer culture worldwide.

Dallas-Fort Worth: A Hub of Cheerleading Excellence

Dallas-Fort Worth has played a crucial role in cheerleading’s explosive growth. Hosting over 40 competitions annually, including the prestigious National Cheerleader’s Association’s All-Star National Championship, the region not only showcases athletic prowess but significantly contributes to the local economy. These events, drawing thousands of participants and spectators, underscore the area’s significance in the cheerleading world.

Texas’ Premier Cheer Gyms and Programs

Texas is home to a plethora of esteemed cheer gyms and programs that have consistently pushed the boundaries of the sport. These institutions serve as the backbone of the cheer community, offering training and competitive opportunities for athletes at all levels.

Texas has solidified its position as a hotbed for the competitive cheer industry, a sector that’s increasingly recognized for its athleticism, discipline, and entertainment value. The state’s enthusiasm for cheerleading is reflected in its myriad of gyms and programs that are dedicated to fostering talent from the grassroots level to elite competitive teams. This thriving ecosystem is not just about the athletes but also includes a cadre of experienced coaches and supportive communities that together fuel the cheerleading fervor across the Lone Star State.

One standout gym is Texas Cheer Allstars, celebrated for its commitment to empowering athletes of all skill levels. The gym prides itself on creating a nurturing environment where every athlete feels valued, fostering not just physical skills but also character and self-esteem through the sport. Texas Cheer Allstars has made a significant mark by winning several National Championships, testament to their excellence in training and athlete development.

Another notable mention is Texas AllStar Cheer & Dance, serving the North Austin/Pflugerville/Round Rock/Hutto area as a premier competitive cheer gym. Their mission centers around promoting the sport of cheer and developing athletes to their highest potential within a positive environment that encourages discipline, commitment, and integrity. Offering a variety of competitive cheer teams, tumble classes, as well as preschool and after-school training programs, Texas AllStar Cheer & Dance exemplifies the comprehensive approach to athlete development.

The Cheer Factory in Baytown, Cheer Station in Austin, and Cheer Texas in Amarillo further exemplify the diversity and reach of competitive cheer in Texas. Each gym brings its unique strengths to the table, from Cheer Factory’s emphasis on all levels of cheerleading, to Cheer Texas’s impressive track record of over 60 National Titles and appearances at the Cheerleading Worlds.

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Texas Elite Allstars, located in Converse, aims to offer a team for every skill level, from novices to advanced athletes aiming for level 4 competitions. Their detailed programming ensures athletes are placed on teams that match their abilities, ensuring both personal growth and competitive success.

Express Cheer in Frisco further highlights the cheerleading culture in Texas, with programs that cater to both elite competitors and those new to the sport. Their comprehensive offerings, including the Express All-Stars elite competitive cheer program and various tumbling classes, showcase their dedication to training champions and changing lives.

Full Force Cheer distinguishes itself with all levels of all-star cheerleading, including a Level 6 Worlds Team, showcasing their “large gym” skills despite being a smaller facility. Their focus on competitive cheerleading and dedication to creating the ultimate team sport experience speaks to the depth of talent and commitment within Texas’ cheerleading community.

Cheer’s Economic and Cultural Impact in Texas

Beyond the athletic achievement, cheerleading has become a significant economic force in Texas. The sport’s ability to draw large crowds and fill hotels and restaurants during competitions speaks to its financial impact. Moreover, the presence of cheerleading companies and apparel manufacturers in the state further amplifies its economic contribution.

Looking Ahead

With cheerleading recognized by the International Olympic Committee, the sport is on the brink of even greater global expansion. Texas, with its rich cheerleading culture and infrastructure, is poised to play a central role in this growth. The state’s commitment to nurturing talent and hosting premier events will undoubtedly influence cheerleading’s trajectory on the world stage.

Texas’ role in the evolution of cheerleading is undeniable. From fostering grassroots enthusiasm to hosting world-class competitions, the state has become synonymous with cheerleading excellence. As the sport continues to grow, both in popularity and economic significance, Texas will undoubtedly remain at its epicenter, driving innovation and inspiring future generations of cheerleaders.

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2024 UCA All Star National Championship Recap and Results

2024 UCA Nationals Championships Results Recap cheerleading

By Steve Pawlyk

Published March 12, 2024

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This past weekend, the cheerleading world turned its gaze towards Orlando, Florida, as the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex played host to the highly anticipated 2024 UCA All Star National Championship. A spectacle of athleticism, teamwork, and spirit, this year’s championship was nothing short of extraordinary, showcasing the best of the best in the cheer community.

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A Venue of Victory

At the heart of the excitement was the prestigious ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. Over the course of March 9-10, 2024, teams from across the nation gathered to compete for top honors, with the event offering a total of 4 paid bids and 12 at-large bids to the most elite teams.

Triumphs and Trophies

The competition was fierce, with squads giving their all to impress the judges and captivate the audience. In the end, several teams rose to the occasion, securing their place at the top with performances that will be remembered for years to come.

Paid Bid Winners

At-Large Bid Winners

  • UKNight Training Center – Majesty made a significant impact in the L6 U18 NT division, proving that talent and dedication can indeed make dreams come true.
  • Top Gun All Stars – Lady Eve brought elegance and power to the L7 International Open division, earning their spot with a performance that spoke volumes of their commitment.

Champions Crowned

The final bid order and scores revealed the depth of talent present at this year’s championship. Themeon All-Stars – Senior Black, under the guidance of coaches Kyle, Erica, Joslynne, and Jarrod, showcased a blend of precision and astute athleticism and rocked the room. Their coaching staff’s ability to foster a winning focus and technical excellence was evident as they led their team to a spectacular victory with an impressive score of 98.933 in the L6 Small Senior Coed category, closely followed by Cheer Extreme – Senior Elite and Top Gun All Stars – TGLC.

Divisional Standouts

From the electrifying energy of the L6 Limited XSmall Senior division, where Cheer Express Allstars – Miss Silver emerged victorious, to the intense competition in the L6 Large Senior Coed category, topped by Top Gun All Stars – TGLCthe UCA All Star National Championship proved yet again why it’s a pinnacle of cheer excellence, with teams pushing the boundaries of athleticism and perfection

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This year’s UCA All Star National Championship did not disappoint. As teams return to their home gyms, they bring back trophies, bids, and the satisfaction of executing excellence.

Big shout out to all the athletes, coaches, and fans who came together to make the 2024 UCA All Star National Championship a resounding success. Can’t wait for next year!!

RESULTS

Winners

wdt_ID wdt_created_by wdt_created_at wdt_last_edited_by wdt_last_edited_at Division Winner Score
1 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L6 Limited XSmall Senior Cheer Express Allstars – Miss Silver 96.93
2 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L6 Limited XSmall Senior Coed Extreme All Stars – Lvl X 96.70
3 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L6 Limited Small Senior Coed Florida Top Dog All Stars – Rain 95.30
4 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L6 XSmall Senior Upper Merion All Stars – Royals 95.06
5 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L6 Small Senior Coed Themeon All-Stars – Senior Black 98.93
6 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L6 Medium Senior Top Gun All Stars – Lady Jags 97.83
7 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L6 Large Senior Cheer Extreme – Senior Elite 98.42
8 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L6 Large Senior Coed Top Gun All Stars – TGLC 98.31
9 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L6 International Open Coed Large Top Gun All Stars – Double O 98.21
10 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L6 International Global Coed Top Gun All Stars – GLOC 95.58
11 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L6 International Open NT Cheer Extreme – Lady Lux 97.46
12 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L6 International Open Coed NT Themeon All-Stars – Legacy 97.02
13 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L6 U18 NT FAME All Stars VA Beach – Royals 91.60
14 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L6 U18 Coed NT Cheer Extreme – COEX 96.96
15 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L7 International Open Top Gun All Stars – Lady Eve 90.03
16 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L7 International Open Coed Small Top Gun All Stars – Toxic 97.96
17 tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 12:37 PM L7 International Open Coed Large Top Gun All Stars – Guardians 97.61
Division Winner Score

Bid Information

wdt_ID wdt_created_by wdt_created_at wdt_last_edited_by wdt_last_edited_at Type Team Division
1 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:13 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:13 PM Paid Upper Merion All Stars – Crush L6 Small Senior Coed
2 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:13 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:13 PM Paid Top Gun All Stars – Toxic L7 International Open Coed Small
3 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:13 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:13 PM Paid Top Gun All Stars – Guardians L7 International Open Coed Large
4 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:13 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:13 PM At Large UKNight Training Center – Majesty L6 U18 NT
5 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:13 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:13 PM At Large Top Gun All Stars – Lady Eve L7 International Open
Type Team Division

Final Scores and Bid Order

wdt_ID wdt_created_by wdt_created_at wdt_last_edited_by wdt_last_edited_at # Program/Team Score
1 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 1 Themeon All-Stars – Senior Black 98.93
2 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 2 Cheer Extreme – Senior Elite 98.42
3 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 3 Top Gun All Stars – TGLC 98.31
4 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 4 Top Gun All Stars – Double O 98.21
5 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 5 Top Gun All Stars – Toxic 97.96
6 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 6 Top Gun All Stars – Lady Jags 97.83
7 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 7 Top Gun All Stars – Guardians 97.61
8 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 8 Cheer Extreme – Lady Lux 97.46
9 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 9 ATA – GeneSIX 97.42
10 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 10 ATA – Atomic 97.09
11 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 11 Themeon All-Stars – Legacy 97.02
12 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 12 Cheer Extreme – COEX 96.96
13 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 13 Cheer Express Allstars – Miss Silver 96.93
14 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 14 Extreme All Stars – Lvl X 96.70
15 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 15 ATA – Quantum 96.22
16 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 16 Themeon All-Stars – Smoke 96.10
17 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 17 Cheer Florida All Stars – Sea Warriors 95.80
18 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 18 Upper Merion All Stars – Crush 95.67
19 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 19 Top Gun All Stars – GLOC 95.58
20 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 20 Florida Top Dog All Stars – Rain 95.30
21 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 21 Upper Merion All Stars – Royals 95.06
22 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 22 Infinity Allstars – Royals 95.02
23 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 23 TSC All Stars – Black Diamonds 94.00
24 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 24 Legendary Athletics – Lady Teal 93.82
25 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 25 FAME All Stars VA Beach – Envy 93.44
26 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 26 FAME All Stars VA Beach – Royals 91.60
27 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 27 Top Gun All Stars – Lady Eve 90.03
28 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 28 Showtime Elite Atlanta – Atomic Kitten 88.30
29 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 29 Ohio Cheer Explosion – Fusion 87.30
30 tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM tbitties 03/12/2024 01:15 PM 30 Uknight Training Center – Majesty 87.01
# Program/Team Score

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New USASF Rules and Age Grids for the 2024-2025 Season

New USASF Rules and Age Grids for the 2024 2025 Season

By Steve Pawlyk

Published February 23, 2024

On February 22nd, the United States All Star Federation (USASF) has announced significant changes to the rules and age grids for both Cheer and Dance competitions for the upcoming 2024-2025 season. These adjustments are pivotal for coaches, athletes, and programs as they plan for the next competitive year. In this article, we’ll dive deep into these changes, providing clarity and insights to help you prepare effectively.

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CHEER 2024-2025: A Closer Look at the Changes


Cheer Age Grid Adjustments:

  • Calendar Year Update: The Approximate Ages remain constant, but the Calendar Years will advance by one, moving from 2023 to 2024. This ensures age categories remain aligned with athletes’ birth years.
  • International Division Requirements: A minimum of 16 athletes is now required for all International divisions, emphasizing the importance of team size in competition.
  • Division Removals: The International Global Level 6 and International Global Coed Level 6 divisions are being phased out, reflecting a shift in competitive focus.
  • New Worlds-Eligible Divisions: Introduction of International Open NT Level 7 and International Open Coed NT Level 7 through USASF CHEER, opening new opportunities for elite teams.
  • Exhibition Team Clarifications: Exhibition teams must adhere to the Age Grid and Rules, ensuring consistency across all competition levels.
  • Minimum Athlete Penalties: Teams taking the floor with fewer than the minimum required athletes may face penalties, stressing the importance of full team participation.

Cheer Rules Updates:

The updates primarily consist of adjustments to the Calendar Year and the removal of references to Global divisions, streamlining the rules for clarity and consistency.

DANCE 2024-2025: Unpacking the Updates


Dance Age Grid Enhancements:

  • Calendar Year Adjustment: Similar to cheer, Dance will see an update in the Calendar Years, moving from 2023 to 2024 while keeping Approximate Ages the same.
  • Kick Category Description: An addition to this category offers further detail to guide teams in preparation and choreography.
  • Crossover Rules Addition: Athletes are now restricted from crossing over from one club to another during the same event, aiming to maintain fairness and integrity.

Dance Rules Grid Changes:

  • Rule Relocations and Additions: Adjustments include the relocation of Mini Rule 2.c for accuracy and additions to Youth Rules enhancing the complexity and safety of airborne skills.
  • Prep and Novice Division Separation: A clear distinction between Prep and Novice Rules now exists, along with added progressions across divisions, aiding in developmental clarity.
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Glossary Updates:
The glossary has been updated to include new definitions and additions, such as Hip-Over-Head Rotation and Blind Landing, ensuring a common understanding of key terms.

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The early release of these changes by USASF is designed to aid clubs and teams in their planning for the 2024-2025 season. While some policies are still under review and may see updates in the Final Release, these adjustments signal a significant shift in the competitive landscape for both Cheer and Dance. Coaches, athletes, and program directors are encouraged to review these changes thoroughly to adapt their strategies and routines accordingly. Stay tuned for the full searchable grids to be added below, which will offer an in-depth look at the new age and rule adjustments, ensuring your team is as prepared as possible for the upcoming competitive season.

For further details, teams and coaches are encouraged to visit the official USASF website and reach out to USASF representatives for clarification on any specific concerns. Let’s gear up for another exciting season of Cheer and Dance with positivity and anticipation!

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Fusion Elite All Stars vs Varsity Mix Themes

Varsity vs Fusion Elite Decision

By Steve Pawlyk

Published January 17, 2024

Competitive cheer has been significantly impacted by a major antitrust lawsuit, Fusion Elite All Stars, et.al. v. Varsity Mix Themes LLC, et.al. This case, which has garnered substantial attention within the cheerleading community, involves allegations of monopolistic practices against Varsity Mix Themes, a prominent company in the All Star Cheerleading industry. The lawsuit was brought forth by All Star gyms and All Star event spectators, accusing Varsity Mix Themes of unfair business practices in collaboration with the US All-Star Federation (USASF).

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Background of the Case

Varsity Mix Themes, known for its influence in the cheerleading competition and apparel markets, has been accused of colluding with the USASF to monopolize the All Star Cheer Events market. The plaintiffs in the case alleged that Varsity Mix Themes engaged in systematic acquisitions of rival event companies, imposed exclusionary contracts and loyalty programs on All Star gyms, and used the USASF to control bids to key national championships.

Settlement and Its Terms

In a significant development, Varsity Mix Themes agreed to pay $43.5 million to settle this long-running antitrust class action. As part of the settlement, Varsity and USASF agreed to several conditions to reduce Varsity’s influence over the sport’s governing body. Notable terms include preventing Varsity board members from simultaneously serving on USASF’s board, limiting Varsity’s participation in USASF’s board and sanctioning committee, and restrictions on requiring attendance at All Star events for receiving rebates or discounts.

Implications for Competitive Cheerleading

The implications of the Fusion Elite All Stars v. Varsity Mix Themes case for competitive cheerleading are profound and multifaceted, affecting market dynamics, governance, fairness, and legal precedent. Let’s delve deeper into each of these aspects:

1. Market Dynamics

The settlement in this antitrust lawsuit is expected to significantly alter the competitive landscape of cheerleading events. Prior to this case, Varsity Mix Themes held a dominant position in the market, which may have limited competition and innovation. With the new terms set by the settlement:

  • Increased Competition: There will likely be more opportunities for new and smaller event organizers to enter the market. This could lead to a greater variety of competitions, potentially at different price points and with varied formats, benefiting teams and athletes.
  • Diverse Event Offerings: Teams and athletes might have access to a wider range of events, including those with different judging criteria or focusing on various aspects of cheerleading, such as stunting or choreography.
  • Enhanced Innovation: With increased competition, event organizers might innovate more in terms of event management, athlete experience, and audience engagement.

2. Governance and Fairness

The case underscores the critical need for fair and transparent governance within sports organizations. As a result of the lawsuit:

  • Governance Reforms: The cheerleading industry might see reforms in how governing bodies like USASF operate, with a push for more democratic and transparent decision-making processes.
  • Athlete-Centric Policies: There could be a shift towards more athlete-centric policies, ensuring that the needs and rights of athletes are at the forefront of all decisions.
  • Fair Access and Opportunities: The case may lead to more equitable rules regarding team participation in events, ensuring that all teams have a fair chance to compete and succeed, regardless of their affiliation with specific organizations.

3. Legal Precedent

The settlement sets a significant legal precedent, particularly concerning antitrust issues in amateur and semi-professional sports:

  • Broader Implications for Sports Law: This case may influence future antitrust cases in other sports, serving as a reference point for how monopolistic practices are addressed in the sporting domain.
  • Empowering Smaller Entities: Smaller teams and organizations now have a precedent to reference if they face similar issues, potentially leading to more legal challenges against dominant players in various sports.
  • Awareness and Education: The publicity surrounding this case raises awareness among athletes, coaches, and sports administrators about antitrust laws and their applicability to the sports sector.

The Fusion Elite All Stars v. Varsity Mix Themes case marks a turning point in the cheer industry. Its resolution not only impacts Varsity Mix Themes and the USASF but also sets a framework for how competitive sports organizations should operate in a fair and competitive environment. As the cheerleading community adapts to these changes, it paves the way for a more equitable and dynamic future for the

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The Majors 2024 Results and Recap

The Majors 2024 cheer competition recap results

By Steve Pawlyk

Published January 14, 2024

The Majors 2024, held on January 12 in the bustling Indianapolis, IN, at the Indiana Convention Center, epitomized the zenith of all-star cheerleading. This year’s event marked a unique convergence of athleticism, artistry, and sheer competitive spirit, inviting the best of the best in the Senior Level 6 division to showcase their skills.

The event witnessed participation from 29 top-level teams, each demonstrating remarkable prowess and flair. The competition was fierce, with teams battling it out for the coveted Majors Hall of Fame. Notably, all eight reigning Majors 2023 champions were back to defend their titles, amplifying the excitement and competitive tension.

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Venue and Atmosphere

The Indiana Convention Center, renowned for its excellent facilities, offered a perfect backdrop for this high-energy event. The convenience of the location was unmatched, with over 7,000 hotel rooms in the vicinity, ensuring ease of access for participants and spectators alike. The arena buzzed with anticipation and energy, reflecting the passion and dedication of the cheerleading community.

Notable Performances and Results

The competition was stiff, with each team pushing their limits. Cheer Extreme SSX, celebrated as the 2024 Majors Grand Champions, demonstrated impeccable skill and coordination. Spirit of Texas Royalty, known for their dynamic routines, clinched the title in the Medium Senior Coed division. In the Large All Girl category, Cheer Extreme Senior Elite shone brightly, living up to their reputation with a mesmerizing performance.

 

Team Highlights

XSmall Senior: South Coast Cheer – Fearless took the top spot with a score of 144.20, showcasing their remarkable talent and synchronization.

Small Senior Coed: MACS All Star Cheer – SENIOR STARZ, with their score of 142.20, proved their mettle in a highly competitive division.

Medium All Girl: Spirit of Texas – A-Team led the pack with a score of 133.60, a testament to their hard work and precision.

Large Coed: Cheer Athletics – Cheetahs emerged victoriously, scoring an impressive 134.90.

Innovations and New Challenges

This year’s Majors introduced the USASF Senior Club Score Sheet, aligning more closely with the scoring system of The Cheerleading Worlds. This change offered a broader scoring range and comparative scoring, providing a small preview of what to expect at The Cheerleading Worlds 2024.


The Majors 2024 was more than just a competition; it was a celebration of the spirit of cheer. The event showcased the incredible talent and sportsmanship of the best cheerleaders from around the nation. It was a testament to the hard work, dedication, and passion that defines the sport. As teams head back to their training, they carry with them not only their scores and titles but also the unforgettable memories and experiences of The Majors 2024

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MAJORS 2024 RESULTS

wdt_ID Division Rank Program Name Team Name Score
1 XSmall All Girl 1 South Coast Cheer Fearless 144
2 XSmall All Girl 2 California All Stars Mesa Vixens 131
3 XSmall All Girl 4 Cheer Express Miss Silver 91
4 XSmall Coed 1 Gymtyme Illinois Fever 127
5 XSmall Coed 2 Twist & Shout Diamonds 127
6 XSmall Coed 3 Cheerville Anarchy 122
7 Small All Girl 1 Cheer Extreme Raleigh SSX 147
8 Small All Girl 2 ICE Lady Lightning 131
9 Small All Girl 3 ECE Bombshells 127
10 Small All Girl 4 Woodlands Elite Generals 121
11 Small All Girl 5 Rain Athletics Aqua 118
12 Small Senior Coed 1 MACS All Star Cheer SENIOR STARZ 142
13 Small Senior Coed 2 Themeon All Stars Senior Black 139
14 Small Senior Coed 3 KC Cheer Fierce Five 123
15 Small Senior Coed 4 Woodlands Elite Black Ops 118
16 Small Senior Coed 5 Cheer Athletics Charlotte RoyalCats 103
17 Medium All Girl 1 Spirit of Texas A-Team 133
18 Medium All Girl 2 Stingrays All Stars Peach 125
19 Medium All Girl 3 Top Gun All Stars Lady Jags 113
20 Medium Coed 1 Spirit of Texas Royalty 137
21 Medium Coed 2 Prodigy All Stars Midnight 129
22 Medium Coed 3 Stingrays All Stars Steel 119
23 Medium Coed 4 The California All Stars Livermore Black Ops 114
24 Large All Girl 1 Cheer Extreme Senior Elite 141
25 Large All Girl 2 Cheer Athletics Panthers 138
26 Large All Girl 3 World Cup Shooting Stars 124
27 Large All Girl 4 The Stingray Allstars Orange 120
28 Large Coed 1 Cheer Athletics Cheetahs 134
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The Remarkable Ascendancy of Saucon Valley High School’s Cheer Squad

Saucon Valley High Schools Cheer Squad

By Steve Pawlyk

Published January 11, 2024

The Saucon Valley High School Competition Cheerleading Team‘s journey is a tale of resilience, determination, and team spirit. From a hiatus to making a striking comeback, the team has not only returned to the competitive cheerleading landscape but has also carved a name for itself in prestigious championships.

Saucon Valley High School

Comeback and Recent Achievements

In 2023, the cheerleading team, under the leadership of head coach KristiJoy Lutte, embarked on a remarkable journey that would leave an indelible mark in the world of competitive cheerleading. Their return to the competitive circuit was met with exceptional performances, leading to a series of achievements that drew the attention of the cheerleading community.

UCA Regionals: A Striking Comeback

The team’s resurgence was most evident at the UCA Regionals held in Harrisburg in November 2023. Despite their relatively short time back in the competitive arena, they clinched an impressive third place in their division. This outstanding performance not only showcased their talent but also secured them a coveted spot at the National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida.

National High School Cheerleading Championship: The Ultimate Stage

Competing at the National High School Cheerleading Championship is a dream for many, and this cheerleading team made it a reality. Their journey from a comeback to a national stage was an inspirational tale of dedication and hard work.

District XI Championship: Historic Achievement

As 2024 dawned, the team continued to shine. At the District XI championship in January 2024, they achieved a remarkable second-place finish. This was more than just another medal; it was a historic moment for their school. For the first time in its history, the team earned the opportunity to compete at the PIAA State Championship in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

PIAA State Championship: A Triumph of Determination

The PIAA State Championship is the pinnacle of high school sports in Pennsylvania. For this cheerleading team, it was a testament to their determination and resilience. Competing on this grand stage was a testament to their hard work, dedication, and the unwavering guidance of Coach KristiJoy Lutte.

Team Spirit and Dedication

What sets the Saucon Valley cheerleaders apart is their unyielding spirit and commitment to the sport. Their drive to learn new skills, adapt to changes, and unite as a cohesive unit on the mat underscores their dedication. The coaching team, comprising KristiJoy Lutte, Gianna Corda, and Tara Matus, takes pride in mentoring these young athletes, guiding them towards excellence in cheerleading.

Community and Fundraising Efforts

The team’s journey to championships like the Nationals is self-funded, emphasizing their commitment and the community’s support. They have engaged in various fundraising activities, including organizing events at local eateries and setting up a GoFundMe page to cover competition entry fees and travel expenses.

The Saucon Valley High School Competition Cheerleading Team‘s story is more than just about winning titles; it’s about a group of young athletes who have shown remarkable perseverance and team spirit. Their story serves as an inspiration not just to aspiring cheerleaders but to all young athletes who dare to dream big and work tirelessly towards their goals.

Saucon Valley High School Cheer Team

For those interested in supporting the Saucon Valley High School Cheerleading Team, please visit their GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/saucon-valley-cheerleading-team-nationals-2024 and consider contributing to their journey.

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2024 Spirit Cheer Super Nationals Results (Searchable)

2024 Spirit Cheer Super Nationals

By Steve Pawlyk

Published January 9, 2024

(updated january 31)

 

As the lights dimmed in the Atlantic City Convention Center, the stage set for the Spirit Cheer Super Nationals 2024, an air of anticipation was palpable. The crowd held its breath, ready to be dazzled by the spectacular display of cheerleading prowess. What unfolded was nothing short of a theatrical spectacle – a blend of athleticism, artistry, and sheer determination, as teams from across the nation vied for the top spot. This prestigious competition, streamed live on Varsity TV, was an opportunity for teams to earn points for The League by Varsity All Star and secure bids for various end-of-season championships.

 

Kumamoto University Cheerleading

While dozens of teams showcased their skill and passion, certain performances stood out as the epitome of cheer excellence. These remarkable teams captivated the audience with a blend of flawless execution, innovative choreography, and unwavering team spirit. So today let’s go through some of the highlights of the event, spotlighting these outstanding teams and their performances. Let’s go! 🙌

East Celebrity Elite – Bombshells

The head-turners this year was East Celebrity Elite’s Bombshells in the  Small Senior 6 category. Lead by Coach Steve Belanger, the Bombshells performance was a mesmerizing blend of tight floor work and pinpoint stunts. Executed flawlessly with unique musically timed choreography that gave a sense of perfect symmetry throughout the routine. They captivated the audience and judges alike, earning them a final score of 97.7333 and zero deductions. It was a routine that spoke volumes of the expertise and quality of ECE’s program; only made more evident by ECE’s Bomb Squad’s zero deductions, 96.8292 performance in Small Senior Coed 6.

South Jersey Storm – Celsius

Not to be outdone, South Jersey Storm’s Celsius excelled in the Small Senior Coed category with a final score of 97.2208, hitting zero and earning them a Full Paid Bid. Their high-energy routine, marked by precision tumbling and unique pyramids that seemed to hypnotically weave in and out of each other. They are undeniably a team of exceptional caliber.

World Cup – Omni

Shifting to the International U18 Non-Tumbling Coed 6 division, World Cup Omni emerged as the dominant force. Their routine, marked by its innovative choreography began with a truly remarkable throw, and incorporated several unique pyramid executions, earning them a final score of 94.2334 and zero deductions. It wasn’t just a performance; it was a statement – a testament to their creative prowess and technical mastery.

Port City Athletics – Lux

In the intensely competitive Limited XSmall Senior Coed division, it was Port City Athletics’ Lux that hit zero and claimed victory. Scoring a phenomenal 95.8042, their routine was an exhilarating display of dynamic stunts and complex choreography, showcasing not just their skills but the seamless coordination and unity of the team.

Xtreme Cheer – Inferno

In the International Open Coed Non-Tumbling category, Xtreme Cheer’s team Inferno stole the show. Capturing the top spot with a score of 97.5476, their routine was a captivating fusion of athletic agility and creative choreography, leaving the audience in awe.

All Star Cheer Teams 2024 event scores

AT-LARGE BIDS:

Upper Merion All Stars – Royals

Coached by Kylie Franks, the Upper Merion All Stars’ team Royals showcased a commendable performance at the Spirit Cheer Super Nationals, earning them an “At Large” Bid. Securing 2nd place in the Extra Small 6 division with a score of 91.8125, their routine was a testament to their rigorous training and synchronization. Despite a deduction of 2.25, the team’s great floor work stood out. Their routine was characterized by exceptional synchronization, a factor that resonated strongly with their audience and judges alike. The Royals’ performance was a clear display of their dedication and potential, making them a team to watch in future competitions.

South Jersey Storm – Snow Angels

The South Jersey Storm’s team Snow Angels delivered an impressive performance at the Spirit Cheer Super Nationals, securing an “At Large” Bid. Finishing 2nd in the International U18 Non-Tumbling 6 division with a score of 90.2947 and no deductions, their performance was a display of impeccable timing and innovative choreography. The routine began with a unique sequence that immediately captured the attention of the audience, setting the tone for their high-caliber performance. The team’s ability to “hit zero” – a term used in cheerleading to denote a routine with no deductions or errors – was particularly noteworthy. Their execution and the originality of their choreography made their performance memorable, positioning the Snow Angels as a promising team in the cheerleading landscape.

As the curtains fell on this grand spectacle, the audience was left spellbound, eagerly awaiting the next chapter in this thrilling saga of cheerleading excellence. And below, you’ll find the detailed results (which are searchable), complete with scoring, deductions, and the coveted bids, all testament to the extraordinary talent that graced the stage at the Spirit Cheer Super Nationals 2024.

Spirit Cheer Super Nationals 2024 Results (Final Day)

Results (Day 1)

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The Big Showdown: A Look at The MAJORS 2024’s Top Cheer Teams

The MAJORS 2024 Top Teams

By Steve Pawlyk

Published January 8, 2024

Get ready for The MAJORS 2024, the ultimate cheerleading showdown happening on January 12th in Indianapolis, Indiana. This event is a big deal in the cheer world – it’s where the best of the best come to compete. This year, we’re talking about top teams like GymTyme Illinois Fever, Twist & Shout Diamonds, CheerVille Anarchy, and the California All Stars Vixens. These squads are the cream of the crop, and they’ve worked super hard to get here.

California All Stars Vixens Majors 2024

Who’s Who at The MAJORS

GymTyme Illinois Fever (XSmall Coed 6): These guys are known for bringing it every time. Their routines are tight, full of energy, and they always nail their moves.

Twist & Shout Diamonds (XSmall Coed 6): Talk about wow factor! This team’s performances are all about high-flying stunts and some seriously tough tumbling.

CheerVille Anarchy (XSmall Coed 6): They bring the power and the passion. Watching them perform is like seeing cheerleading at its most intense.

California All Stars Vixens (Extra Small Senior 6): This squad is all about blending skill with style. They make tough routines look graceful and easy.

Themeon All Stars Senior Black (Small Coed 6): This squad is known for their strong team dynamics and exceptional coed stunts. They bring a combination of power and artistry to their routines.

Cheer Extreme SSX (Small Senior 6): A team with a reputation for their precision and creativity, Cheer Extreme SSX is always a crowd-pleaser with their high-energy performances.

Prodigy All Stars Midnight (Medium Coed 6): Prodigy All Stars Midnight stands out with their intricate routines and flawless execution, making them a top contender.

Top Gun Lady Jags (Medium Senior 6): Known for their iconic style and high-flying skills, Top Gun Lady Jags are a powerhouse in the cheerleading community.

Cheer Athletics Panthers (Large Senior 6): This team is celebrated for their athleticism and innovative routines, consistently pushing the limits of the sport.

The Venue and What to Expect

The Indiana Convention Center, set to host The MAJORS 2024, is more than just a venue for a cheerleading competition; it’s a stage for an extraordinary spectacle of skill and spirit. This iconic center, located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, becomes a bustling hub for the best cheerleading teams from around the country.

Imagine walking into a venue pulsating with energy, where the air is electric with anticipation. The stage is set for teams like GymTyme Illinois Fever, Twist & Shout Diamonds, CheerVille Anarchy, and California All Stars Vixens to showcase their impeccable routines. But it’s not just about what happens on the mat. The Indiana Convention Center offers a complete experience, combining the thrill of top-tier cheerleading with the vibrant atmosphere of Indianapolis.

This bustling city, known for its deep sports heritage, offers an array of attractions. From delightful eateries to cultural hotspots, there’s plenty to explore in Indianapolis, making the trip to The MAJORS 2024 about more than just cheerleading. Attendees can enjoy the city’s diverse culinary scene, rich history, and lively downtown area, all while being part of one of the most prestigious events in competitive cheerleading.

All Star Cheerleading MAJORS 2024 Top Teams

The MAJORS 2024 is a celebration of excellence in cheerleading, where teams not only compete for top honors but also display the culmination of their hard work, talent, and dedication. For cheer enthusiasts, this event is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, offering a chance to witness the pinnacle of cheerleading performance in an environment that is as exciting as the competition itself. It’s an event that encapsulates the essence of cheerleading – athleticism, teamwork, and the sheer joy of performance.

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タイトル: 熊本大学の快挙!日本初の世界チアリーディング選手権金メダル

Kumamoto Universitys Remarkable Achievement Japans First World Cheerleading Championship Gold Medal 2024

By Steve Pawlyk

Published January 7, 2024

言語/Language

こんにちは、チアリーディングファンのみなさん!今日は、とってもワクワクするニュースをお届けしますよ。熊本大学が、なんと世界チアリーディング選手権で日本初の金メダルを獲得したんです!これはすごい快挙ですよね。

Japanese Kumamoto University Cheerleading World Championships

もちろんです、こちらがその内容を日常的な日本語での翻訳です。


やあ、みんな!今回は、2023年11月に群馬県の高崎アリーナで開催された第11回世界チアリーディング選手権のすごい話をしよう。この大会、コロナの影響でしばらく開催されなかったんだけど、久しぶりに戻ってきて、18カ国から100以上のチームが集まったんだよ。

そしてね、熊本大学チアリーディングクラブの藤森勇気さんが、混合小グループ部門で金メダルを獲得したんだ。これ、日本人としては初めての快挙なんだよ!コロナのせいで練習もままならない中、彼とチームはあきらめずに頑張って、世界大会で目立つ成績を収めたんだ。

高崎はチアリーディングを熱くサポートする街として知られていて、この大会を3回目の開催。競技はエネルギッシュで、創造性とアスリートの才能が詰まったパフォーマンスで、観客を魅了したんだ。

しかも、この大会は第35回全日本大学選手権と同時に行われて、国際的な選手と国内の選手が同じステージで腕を競い合ったんだよ。そのせいで、もっと多くの人が集まって、さらに盛り上がったんだ。

今年の大会の大成功で、もう次の世界選手権への期待も高まっているよ。これからもチアリーディングの世界は、もっとワクワクする展開が待ってるはずだね!

チームワークは、熊本大学チアリーディングチームが世界選手権で金メダルを獲得する上で重要な要素でした。チームメンバーは高校生から社会人まで幅広く、関東や関西など遠方から集まっていたため、信頼関係の構築と技術の磨き上げが特に重要でした。これは、チアリーディングが個々の技術だけでなく、メンバー全員の協力によって成り立つスポーツであることを示しています。
 
藤森勇気さんは、11回目の世界チアリーディング選手権にて混合小グループ部門で日本代表として参加し、金メダルを獲得しました。彼の成功は、チームメンバー間の強い絆と共同の努力の結果でした。大会中、会場からの「日本!日本!」という声援がチーム全員に力を与え、パフォーマンス終了後の勝利発表時には、チームメンバーとコーチが喜びで抱き合いました。
 
チアリーディングでは、スタントやタンブリングなど、ほとんどの技術が複数人での協力を必要とします。練習や大会でのサポート、意思決定、責任感の共有、指導とフィードバックはチームワークを構築する上で不可欠な要素です。これらの要素は、チームの成功に寄与するだけでなく、個人の成長にも大きく貢献します。日本のチアダンス界では、チームワークが強みとされ、これが国際大会での成功につながっています。
 
Yuki Fujimori Gold Medal

このように、熊本大学チアリーディングチームの成功は、単に技術の高さだけでなく、チームワークという大きな力によってもたらされたものです。彼らの情熱とコミットメントは、学校に誇りをもたらすと同時に、日本のチアリーディング界に新たな光を当てています。

Kumamoto University's Historic Win: Japan's First Gold in World Cheerleading Championships

I’m excited to share the historic achievement of Kumamoto University at the World Cheerleading Championships, where they secured Japan’s first gold medal.

Japanese Kumamoto University Cheerleading World Championships

Event Recap:

The 11th World Cheerleading Championships, held in Takasaki Arena, Japan, in November 2023, was a milestone event. Returning after a COVID-19 hiatus, it drew over 100 teams from 18 countries, showcasing the sport’s global appeal.

Standout performer Yuki Fujimori, from Kumamoto University’s Cheerleading Club, made history in the mixed small group division. Overcoming the pandemic’s challenges, his gold medal win marked a first for Japan in this category and highlighted his resilience and dedication.

This victory was more than just a personal success; it was a significant moment for Japan on the international cheerleading stage. Fujimori’s performance, uplifted by enthusiastic audience support, reflected the sport’s competitive spirit and underscored the importance of teamwork and national pride.

The Championships also coincided with the 35th Japan National College Championships, creating a unique atmosphere that combined national and international talent. This blend of competitions heightened the excitement and attracted a larger audience, emphasizing cheerleading’s growing recognition as a competitive sport.

Takasaki, known for its vibrant cheerleading community, hosted the event for the third time, providing a perfect setting for the high-energy and creative performances that captivated the audience.

With this year’s championship’s success, anticipation for future World Championships is already building, promising even more thrilling developments in cheerleading.

Yuki Fujimori Gold Medal

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Torrey Pines High School Cheer Squad: Triumph at the CIF San Diego Section Championship

torrey pines high school cheer champions san diego

By Steve Pawlyk

Published January 4, 2024

The Torrey Pines High School cheer squad etched their name in history on December 2nd by clinching the prestigious CIF San Diego Section championship. This victory was not just a testament to their athletic prowess but also a culmination of dedication, team spirit, and relentless hard work.

Journey to the Championship

In an astounding display of athleticism and team spirit, the Torrey Pines High School competitive cheer squad clinched the CIF San Diego Section championship in the Small Group Division II. The event, held at Montgomery High School on December 2nd, witnessed the Falcons showcasing a flawless routine that earned them this prestigious title.

Renowned for their impeccable performances, the team’s winning routine was a product of creative collaboration. Choreographed by Anna Haskell, a former NFL cheerleader and collegiate dancer, the music routine resonated with dynamism and energy. Complementing this, the cheer choreography, crafted by Head Coach Olivia Bogert, who also teaches AP literature and creative writing at Torrey Pines, added layers of sophistication and technique to the performance.

The Championship Day

On December 2nd, the Torrey Pines High School competitive cheer squad delivered a breathtaking performance at the CIF San Diego Section championship in Small Group Division II, held at Montgomery High School. Their routine, a blend of stunts, tumbling, jumping, dancing, and chants, was meticulously crafted over months of preparation. The choreography prepared by Anna Haskell and Head Coach Olivia Bogert, highlighted their exceptional skill in execution, technique, and difficulty. This performance not only won them the championship title but also marked their first victory in Traditional Cheer Competition and their first playoff appearance since competitive cheer was recognized as a sport. Their success at this event is a historic milestone for Torrey Pines and sets the stage for their next challenge: the CIF State Championships.

torrey pines high school cheerleading san diego win 2023

The CIF Regional Cheer Championships, a gathering of 56 high school squads from across San Diego, is the arena where these teams vied for the top spot at various levels. Torrey Pines High School, standing out among these contenders, marked a historic moment by winning their first Traditional Cheer Competition championship. This victory was even more significant as it was their first playoff appearance since competitive cheer was acknowledged as a sport by the California Interscholastic Federation.

The rigorous preparation for this championship started in early October, with the team dedicating three to four sessions weekly after school and on weekends. Their two-and-a-half-minute routine, encompassing stunts, tumbling, jumping, dancing, and chants, was evaluated on execution, technique, and the difficulty degree. This dedicated preparation period was instrumental in honing their skills to perfection.

With this remarkable achievement, the Torrey Pines competitive cheer team is now gearing up for the next challenge – the CIF State Championships, scheduled at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California, on January 27th. Here, they will compete against the top high school cheer teams in the state, aiming to add a California championship title to their accolades.

This triumph not only underscores the team’s exceptional talent and hard work but also sets a new standard of excellence for the Torrey Pines High School cheer program. As they prepare for the upcoming state championships, the squad carries with them the momentum of this victory and the support and pride of their school and community.

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Southwest Baptist University Welcomes Cheyanne Matlock as Co-Head Stunt and Cheer Coach

Southwest Baptist University Welcomes Cheyanne Matlock as Co Head Stunt and Cheer Coach

By Steve Pawlyk

Published December 12, 2023

Bolivar, MO – In a significant move for its athletic department, Southwest Baptist University has announced the hiring of Cheyanne Matlock as the Co-Head Stunt and Cheer coach. This decision marks a new chapter for the university’s cheerleading program, signaling a commitment to excellence and innovation in the rapidly evolving world of competitive cheerleading.

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Cheyanne Matlock

A Local Talent with a Rich Cheerleading Background

Born and raised in Bolivar, Cheyanne Matlock is no stranger to the local cheer scene. A graduate of Bolivar High School, Matlock brings over 15 years of cheerleading experience, including impressive stints at Iowa Western Community College and Southwest Baptist. Her local roots and extensive experience in the sport provide her with unique insights into the needs and aspirations of young cheerleaders in the region.

A Vision for the Future

Matlock’s appointment comes at a crucial time for the cheerleading program at Southwest Baptist University. With cheerleading gaining recognition as an NCAA sport, there is a growing need for coaches who can navigate the complexities of this competitive field. Matlock’s role will be pivotal in shaping the future of the university’s stunt and cheer program, especially as the sport continues to evolve at both the national and collegiate levels.

A Dynamic Duo

Matlock, with her extensive background in competitive cheerleading, brings a wealth of knowledge and fresh ideas. Her experiences as a competitor and coach at various levels give her a unique perspective on what it takes to succeed in this demanding sport. This, combined with her local roots and understanding of the community, makes her an invaluable asset to the program.

On the other hand, Mandy Hancock’s existing role and experience with the team provide continuity and stability. Her established rapport with the athletes and understanding of the program’s history and culture are critical for maintaining a positive and productive environment. Hancock’s expertise in coaching and athlete development complements Matlock’s skills, creating a well-rounded leadership team.

Together, Matlock and Hancock are poised to elevate the program to new heights. Their combined strengths promise a holistic approach to coaching, focusing not only on physical training and routines but also on mental toughness, team dynamics, and strategic competitive planning. This partnership is expected to introduce innovative training methods, foster a culture of excellence, and build a program that is not only competitive but also nurturing and inclusive.

Matlock and Hancock’s partnership symbolizes a forward-thinking approach, where adaptability, creativity, and a deep understanding of the sport’s demands are key to success. Their combined experience, passion for the sport, and complementary coaching styles are likely to be a successful combo.

Southwest Baptist University Cheer

The Promise of New Beginnings

With this appointment, Southwest Baptist University reaffirms its commitment to providing its athletes with top-tier coaching and training opportunities. Matlock’s expertise and passion for cheerleading are set to invigorate the program, offering new opportunities for growth and success. As the sport of cheerleading continues to gain prominence and recognition, coaches like Matlock will be at the forefront, shaping the next generation of cheerleading talent.