Competitive Cheer

What is All Star Cheer?

Tidal Wave AthleticsAll Star 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.

All Star 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. All Star 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. All Star 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.

In the United States most All Star clubs, teams and competitions are under the umbrella of the U.S. All Star Federation.

USASF Categories

Tidal Wave AthleticsAll Star Cheer is divided into categories by age and experience so that an athlete may participate in a way that fits them perfectly. These divisions allow programs to place athletes on teams where they can grow, be inspired and challenged throughout the season ahead! USASF member gyms may offer cheer programs and teams in any or all of the following divisions:

  • FUNdamentals
    Created for individuals who want to discover All Star cheer in a fun, non-competitive, technique-centered atmosphere. FUNdamentals prepares young athletes for more competitive and performance-based teams.
  • Novice
    For individuals who are new to All Star but ready for performance-based teams that are evaluated at events. Novice teams focus on strengthening technique and performance skills that help prepare athletes for competitive All Star teams.
  • Prep
    For individuals with limited tumbling who want to strengthen technique and performance skills in a competitive team atmosphere. Prep teams typically require less time and cost commitments than are required of All Star Elite teams.
  • Elite
    For individuals with strong cheer training and solid technical ability. Elite teams are comprised of athletes who are ready for highly competitive performance levels.
    Empowers Exceptional Athletes with an “I can do” attitude in an All Star environment that is: safe and fun; builds independence and self-confidence; and provides a place for positive social interaction and peer support.

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