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How to Choose the Right Allstar Cheerleading Gym

Updated on June 17, 2012

Don't Waste Your Time at a Gym That Doesn't Value You.

Insane prices, crazy cheer moms and demanding coaches. All Star Cheerleading is a sport that you can’t live with but can’t live without. Those who have clung to the sport know how hard it is to find a decent gym. As a former level 5 cheerleader and current coach I know just how hard it can be to stick it out with the same gym. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly but all in all I am happy where I am at today. That may not be the case for everyone else out there seeking a dependable All Star Cheerleading team. I have a few easy steps that may help those in need.

First things first before weighing out the options; if you are looking for a “Drama Free” team then you are in the wrong sport. Drama is in every gym, ask any owner. When you have twenty to thirty teen girls in the same room several times a week it is impossible to have complete happiness. With that being said, every gym handles problems in different ways, and when handled professionally you have a good gym on your hands.

Finally, here are a few steps when weeding out the bad gyms and sticking with the best. You don’t want to be known as a “Gym Hopper” so look into these details before making your decision.

1. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

What that means is keep in mind that even the best gyms out there, Top Gun, Cheer Athletics, Maryland Twisters... have all started somewhere. Some of these gyms first started out in someone’s basement for crying out loud! If you want to be a part of something great stick it out with the little gyms. How do you think the big gyms got the way they are, by people leaving? No. If you are a committed person then small gyms can work for you.

At the same time, if there are cockroaches and the establishment is filthy then that is a red flag that not only will the gym be a mess but the teams will be as well.

2. If the gym doesn’t have an option for your child’s skill level then reconsider.

It is great to stick it out with the small gyms, but if your child has level 5 skills do not stay at a gym that only offers level 3 teams.

3. Uniforms.. What not to wear.

Many parents ignore this aspect, but if your child’s uniform looks like they just got out of the convent or the color schemes just don’t work then you may have some Cheer Coaches who are definitely not up to date. The poodle skirts are SO 1950’s.

On the other hand, half tops, or crop tops, does not mean low morals. This is the style today so trust your coaches.

4. Prices, Yikes!

Yes, it seems like the best choice to go with the cheapest gym, but parents need to understand that choreography camps, music companies and certain other necessary expenses are vital with any top notch team. If you want to look the best sometimes a little extra money is needed.

5. Coaches, the foundation of any great team.

Check to see what awards or certifications the coaches have. If they ensure years of cheerleading experience, USASF certifications, coaching experience, national titles, etc. then you’ve found the right coaches. If they tell you they are just doing it for fun then you are at the wrong gym! If this was for fun you would be doing Rec Cheer now wouldn’t you? If a coach says they want to WIN! then you’ve got a winner!

6. Awards & Trophies

If you walk into a Cheerleading Gym and see banners and trophies that is always a good sign. Ask about an average placement the teams get and proof of it as well. If a gym is award winning they will have proof to back it up.

7. Location. Location. Location.

You will be sold on a closer location, but sometimes traveling thirty minutes to a better gym then five minutes to a crappy gym makes the difference. You want to get your bang for your buck, so when it comes to location do not let it make your final decision.

8. Lastly, Professionalism!

Remember, All Star Cheerleading has become an industry in itself, so don’t forget that it is a business. Make sure the owners and coaches are professional and love what they do. You don’t want to give your money to people who have the wrong intentions.

All in all, go with your gut and do your research. Check websites and look up videos to make sure the gym is right for you. Picking the best gym may seem difficult, but with these easy steps your child will be a National Champion in no time!

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      Ryan Mankiewicz 5 years ago from illinois

      I was on Allstar Athletics' level 5 team for four years. I tore my ACL the first year they went to Worlds so my cheerleading career came to a halt. However, I now coach and strive to get our teams there one day.

      -Thanks for the question.

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      Jackie 5 years ago

      Which level 5 team were you on? How many times have you participated in Worlds?

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      Daniela 5 years ago

      Awesome info!

      Thank you:)

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      coach bre 5 years ago

      Awesome job Ryan! :)