Reality Of All-star Cheer

Maisyn Szablewski, Staff Reporter

Most people when they think of All-star cheer, they thing of sideline cheer and think of cheerleaders cheering on football players or basketball players and having pom poms but the reality of All-star cheer is way harder than they can imagine. For example, All-star cheer has seven levels with level six and seven being the hardest. Six and seven do skills most people have to train years to do. They do double twisting tumbling skills and stunts like a double around which means a stunt group consisting of a side base, main base, and back-spot throw a flyer and the flyer twist twice into an extension. People also don’t know how much All-star cheerleaders travel. They can travel a lot in a single year having competitions in places like Georgia for cheer sport, NCA in Dallas, WSF in Kentucky, and Worlds in Orlando. Worlds is the Olympics of cheerleading and if you win worlds that means you’re the best of your division. Cheerleaders can also train a lot. They can have practice 3-5 times a week for several hours and often add practices for upcoming competitions. For example, Rylie Szablewski is on Ice Lady Lighting, a level six team from Ice Naperville and says, “All-star Cheerleaders train a lot and don’t get a lot recognition for what they do. They stunt, jump, tumble, and dance in a 2 min and 30 second routine and have to do it with a lot of difficulty and execution. Cheer has many injuries and hard working athletes and still is seen as not a sport”. In conclusion, All-star cheerleaders are more than sideline cheerleaders and should be given the recognition for it.