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What is Cheerleading?
Cheerleading is a fast paced, dynamic sport that encompasses gymnastics, tumbling, dance and acrobatics into one sport. It is a sport that is suited to all ages and skill levels. Cheerleading improves coordination, strength, flexibility and fitness. It encourages the girls to learn how to work in a team developing co-operation, trust and responsibility while forming new friendships with their team mates. Cheerleading also helps to boost self-esteem and confidence through performance and goal setting.
Cheerleading offers competitive and non-competitive squads for girls aged 4 –18 for beginners to advanced athletes.
Aims and Objectives
The Cheerleading Program aims to develop athletes’ skills in dance, jumps, tumbling and stunting. These skills are incorporated into a 2.5 minute competitive cheerleading routine which are performed at various competitions. The Cheerleading Program aims to develop athletes’ individual and team goals while creating a fun environment for all athletes.
Cheerleading is a team sport and therefore requires commitment from all team members.
All-Star Youth Novice
All-Star Youth Novice is our introductory cheerleading team that trains once a week for an hour.
Depending on the commitment and talent of team members we would like to have them compete in one or two competitions throughout the year. We have made it so that the team is composed of complete beginners as well as those that are more experienced in level 1 cheerleading. We hope this will create a good balance and encourage all athletes to progress at a fast pace with the leadership of some experience already within the team.
Training times: Saturdays, 12 - 1 pm
All-Star Junior Level 1
Our All-Star Junior Level 1 cheerleading team trains twice a week, for a total of three hours. Since the Junior Level 1 division is known to be one of the most competitive at competitions, this team will be put together with athletes that wish to work hard to perfect their beginner cheer skills, hence the increase in training time. There is no minimum requirement to secure a place in this team.
It is expected that athletes that do not yet have a back and front walkover will attend the tumble class on Tuesdays 5-6pm to attain these basic tumble skills at a faster rate.
Training times: Mondays & Tuesdays, 6 - 7.30 pm
All-Star Senior Level 2
Our All-Star Senior Level 2 Team trains twice a week, for a total of three hours. The minimum requirement for this team is a back handspring OR have a very strong stunting ability.
It is expected that athletes that do not yet have a back handspring will attend the tumble class on Wednesdays 6-7pm. However, if athletes are already in two teams, they are not expected to also do a tumble class.
Training times: Mondays & Wednesdays, 7 - 8.30 pm
This is a new program that began during lockdown in 2020, available for MLC students only. It allows for athletes that may already compete at another All-Star Cheerleading Club in Victoria, to also be able to cheer representing their school.
It is a great opportunity for all MLC school students to have fun with their friends whilst being able to compete and work towards becoming the best in Australian School Cheerleading!
This Scholastic program is best suited for athletes and families wanting a lower commitment Cheer team that is also a low-cost option. We also encourage our All-Star athletes to compete in the Scholastic program if they are an MLC student, as this will not only help them to progress due to more time doing cheer, but also help lead those who are less experienced.
Junior School (Prep-Year 6) Scholastic Team training: Monday lunchtimes (from Term 2-4 only) and Saturdays, 10 am - 12 pm
Secondary School (Year 7-12) Scholastic Team training: Wednesday lunchtimes (from Term 2-4 ONLY) and Saturdays, 2 - 4 pm
Private Coaching sessions
Private lessons are widely accepted as a very large part of coaching cheerleading. They assist in the fast-tracking of skill progression for individual athletes, resulting in a higher level of overall team improvement. Due to the fact that team practices often consist of 15-30 athletes, this gives little opportunity for one-on-one attention. Hence, a slower progression in skill achievement per individual athlete.
It is typical for All-Star Cheer athletes to be training 3 hours a week for their team training, 1-2 hours a week in tumble class and a weekly 1 hour private. This is the fastest and most direct way to increase chances of competing at a higher level and achieving a better quality of skill.
Alongside our cheerleading teams, we will also be running tumbling classes every week. The aim of these classes is to allow individual athletes to specifically work on learning and perfecting skills that they have in their routine. As cheerleading is a team sport, regular team practices are used only to work on the skills that require everyone’s participation such as stunting, routine composition/ choreography and tumbling timing.
For the teams to score highly in the tumbling section of their score sheet, cheerleaders must demonstrate above average skill technique as well as the ability to tumble in sync with the whole team. A lot of time is required for this as every athlete tumbles slightly differently, therefore the time for learning and perfecting actual tumble skills during team practices is very minimal.
We have introduced Flight School to our program during lockdown in 2020 and it has been a great success and one of our athletes' favourite classes! This class is open to all athletes wishing to improve their flexibility, however, is targeted at flyers to help them achieve correct body positions that they will eventually do in the air while stunting. It is expected that all flyers across the program attend this class.
Training time: Mondays, 5 - 6pm