PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH SPARTANS
COMPETITION CHEERLEADING FAQ
Answers to some frequently asked questions
What is the Competition Cheer Squad?
We have competition squad opportunities for all cheerleaders. A competition squad competes indoors against other cheer squads in the area by performing a choreographed routine featuring stunts, tumbling, jumps, cheers, and dance. The PW Spartans generally have 2 or 3 different squads, based on numbers, age, and skill levels.
Do the Cheerleaders have to try out?
Yes, only those girls interested in competition cheerleading, over the age of 9, need to try out. Try outs are held in the beginning of September, mostly to determine squad placement. However, it is possible that cuts may have to be made.
How are Squad assignments made?
Squad assignments are made by age, grade and skill level. The competition cheer coaches reserve the right to place girls on the correct squads they belong based on age, grade, skill level, and team needs.
What experience does my child need in order to make one of the Competitions Squads?
No specific experience is necessary, however prior experience with cheerleading, dance, and gymnastics may help at the time of evaluations. Girls will need to learn a dance routine and one or two cheers during practice prior to try outs. The ability and willingness to learn will also help during evaluations.
How does my child sign up for a Competition Squad?
All competition cheerleaders must first sign up prior to the second week in August for Cheerleading. All competition cheerleaders must also be "sideline cheerleaders" for the duration of the football season and attend all practices and games. We will hold a parent meeting sometime in August to discuss Competition Cheer details including try out dates and fees that may apply.
What is the commitment level for Competition Cheer?
Practices will start sometime in early Sept and run for the duration of the competition season. Typically practices are held twice a week plus mandatory tumbling classes which are held at Upper Merion Dance and Gymnastics in King of Prussia. It is mandatory that all girls attend every practice and competition during Competition Season. Missing practices and competitions will effect the entire team since many of the routines involve complex gymnastics and stunts involving multiple girls. If your child misses practice it will only set them behind and in effect hurt the teams goals. Competition Cheer requires a very high level of commitment and is most likely not compatible with other after school or evening activities during the season. If a cheerleader decides to sign up for competition cheer she should do so recognizing that her cheer team should now take priority over other activities she is involved with.
How long is the season?
Competition Cheerleading is a very long season. It begins with sideline practice in August. Then competition practice will start in September and run up until the final competition the girls compete in. Competition squads usually compete in at least 5 competitions with the possibility of competing at the National level at the end of the season. Typically the season starts in August and ends in March.
How much does it cost?
There is no additional registration fee associated with Competition Cheer. However there are some costs involved. Parents are required to pay for uniform costs; sneakers, bloomers, socks, bodysuits, and hair piece. The PW Spartans Youth Football and Cheerleading organization will supply uniforms, music, signs, and registration fees for the girls to compete. The costs for parents can be $100-$200 depending on age and will be communicated to those who are interested prior to making the commitment. Additional costs may apply for travel, meals, hotels, clinics, camps, and registration for an optional National Competition at the end of the year.