RAW Dauntless Takes Home National Championship Title – Beating large co-ed teams

30 Mar

Dauntless has had its struggles this season. They would go from 2nd to 3rd to 5th to first. They were just all over the place with their scores.

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But as time progressed we made a few changes, let a few members go and the results of these changes were amazing!

This 4.2 small gym, small team hit the Nationals stage. They were pitted against teams of 18, 22+ and more. They had to compete against large co-ed teams on the National stage. We knew going in that it would not be easy to take 4th let alone 1st.

What we found was, the changes made our world 150% stronger. We finally had all the right people in all the right places. Despite going against large programs, gyms that have 10,000 sq ft facilities, a couple of tumble traks and countless coaches. RAW Elite Allstars Dauntless team brought home the 1st place win and a National Championship Title.

The feeling was AMAZING! It reminded everyone that it doesn’t matter how big your team is, the size of your training facility is the not determining factor on how great your athletes will be, that its always better to have a small group of hard working athletes than a large group of kids where the weak athletes are pushed to the back and hidden. What matter most is that every athlete wants to be amazing, that everyone wants to shine and perform to their highest level, that everyone who walks in your door wants the same as you – A strong hard working program that is affordable but competitive.

Congratulations to Dauntless. You brought home the jackets. You beat some amazing teams, some amazing athletes and to be a team of 12 with 1 guy to beat out large co-ed teams – WOW. You should be proud.

National Champions!

http://www.rawtalentselite.com

Welcome Half Season Teams

31 Jan

Welcome to all our half-season team members. Remember practice times are Sat. 3-5 at the OC location.

Fury, Rebels, Force, Fierce, Fire – please pick up your practice attire the week of Feb. 5th.

Two competitions and one performance with the Disneyland Production crew in LA!

Your going to have a blast over the next 4 months.

Coach Andi will be at the practice attire pick up for anyone who has questions or needs to turn in BC’s for the age verification.

It’s the number 1 lie

9 Jan

number one lieIf you play any competition sport, we know you have heard this before

 

I didn’t make my cheerleading team – What to do next

24 Apr

How to handle not making the cheer or dance team (How to help your child cope with not making the team)

dontlookback You did all the right things, you took dance and cheer classes. You attend cheer clinics and spent countless hour,

practicing day and night perfecting the moves. Tryouts day hits, you look your best, you have your biggest and brightest smile possible and you shout those cheers out loud enough for the world to hear. Your dance was flawless, your jumps – sky high. You wait anxiously outside the window with everyone else who tried out. Slowly the coach walks down the hall to post the list. The list goes up and everyone rushes toward the window to search for the name, you look and look again only to find YOUR NOT ON THE LIST.

Not making the team can lead to a list of emotions and it’s hard for friends and family to know the best way to help you deal with that lost or sad feeling you may have.  First, if your a parent, you need to understand that no matter how you feel about cheerleading or dance team, this tryout was important to your child so you must respond with caring and positive comments. Let them know, not making it is not a reflection on them, each tryout is different and some factors weigh more than others. Congratulate your child for having the courage it took to even tryout. So many kids want to tryout but are too scared to do it and your child had enough courage to get out there and do his/her best.  Let them know you understand not to get something you really want in life can be hard, but its not the end of the world. Remind them of other plans they had for the school year, encourage them to join a sport they love. Remind them that their school team is not the only cheer or dance team out there. Encourage them to join an Allstars or Recreational dance or cheer program – they will meet kids from other cities, schools and in some cases can be more fun and challenging than school cheer. Don’t tell your child not to cry, encourage them to show their sadness in a healthy way.

rawallstarsIf your the cheerleader or dancer who didn’t make it, then we want to keep a few things in mind. Most tryouts are not just based on your cheering and dancing abilities. Tryouts judges consider a variety of items when judging a competition, some wonder how you would fit in with the returning team members, sometimes your teacher referrals hold a heavier score then your overall performance, in some cases they are thinking about next season’s routine and they are trying to visualize each person doing upcoming routines, and sometimes (and sorry but this is a very sad reality) they just chose teams based on current team members friends/family or kids they just have a preference too (that sucks when it happens, but it does happen).

A couple of things to consider, if you find yourself in this situation. First, if they don’t give you tryout score sheets, ask for some constructive feedback. Usually they will give you tips for the next time you tryout. Second, consider the fact that it may not have been you at all and just something that wasn’t a good fit for them as of right now. If you ever watch the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Show, think about the time the coaches pulled a girl in a room and a performer how much they love the her, how beautiful she is, how amazing she is but they just couldn’t see her on the team. There is nothing you can do about that, if they love you but don’t see you as a great fit, that’s just that. It’s like you meet a really awesome guy but you just can see yourself dating him, no matter how awesome he is the connection just isn’t there. That happens with cheer and dance teams too. Third, remember it is not the end of the world, you can still cheer or dance for a team. Consider joining an Allstar Cheer and Dance program. Our Nor Cali Bay Area Cheerleading loves accepting all members regardless of experience. We have met some amazing cheerleaders and dancers who didn’t make their competitive team, but they join us and they are some of our strongest performers. If you really love cheer and dance, go online and see if you can find a cheer or dance team you can join. It’s a great way to do what you had your heart set on and get the experience you may need in order to tryout for your school next year.

Good luck and always SMILE BIG!

*RAW Allstars is a small gym with big wins. Specializing in small teams, our program holds Natioanl/International) titles for 2011-12 (our first FULL season), 13, 15 from USA Varsity, GSSA, Jamsports, HIT, Xtreme, California State Championships. Centrally located in the bay area, we have youth from San Francisco, San Mateo, Richmond, Fremont, Livermore, Union City, Santa Clara, San Jose, Cupertino, Palo Alto and more. We are just 10-20 minutes away from most Bay Area cities (right off 880/84/237/680)

Bay Area Competitive Cheer Brings Home Another Title

22 Apr

Last week, we were feeling a little down. Even though we had just come off a big win at Nationals after going against some of the West Coast top teams, we were a little down because sometimes it can be hard being a small gym in a world of mega gyms. Then a fellow coach and friend of over 18 years said something to a few of us coaches.

“Being a small gym is tough, you don’t have all the bells and whistles of the mega programs. Sometimes you can’t do certain stunts because you don’t have 20 people on the mats at a time but remember this – What does it take for a gym of 400 kids to put together a couple of amazing teams? Nothing, when you have 400 kids you can move people up, down, put them in the back and even cut them and it doesn’t really affect anyone. But small programs, you have to really train each and every athlete. You have to make every athlete a star and push them to their full potential. There is no hiding someone in the back, there is no room not to train each and every athlete. For a small team to win at any National level is a big deal because you have to be far more creative and hardworking to be up there with the mega programs. The value of a small program is so much bigger, the athletes gain so much in the sport and spirit of the sport. The value small gyms have to offer is priceless” 

This gave us a lift, a lift we needed to gear up for another great competition. Thank you Kris for being a great leader and friend in the world of competitive cheer and dance.

Right after this conversation, we picked up our heads, hit the mats harder than ever and our Sr. 4.2 team brought home OVERALL Grand Champion.

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Tiny Members working hard with Dance & Flexibility Coach

This is a major win since Overall Grand Champion took all the Allstars Programs scores against each other and gave the award to the top placing team. We couldn’t be more proud of our Sr. 4.2, they had their struggles and throughout the season we had adjustments to the team that had to be made for the success of the program. We ended the season with exactly everyone the team needed and with this positive hard working group of athletes – we sealed the season with a OVERALL GRAND CHAMPION WIN!

Bay Area Allstars Cheerleading National Champions

Come be a part of this amazing group of athletes. Team information meeting and placements are April 26 at 3pm in the Mercardo Building 37428 Centralmont Place, off 880 (Cedar and Central). www.rawtalentselite.com

From popular CheerMaD Group

11 Apr

DISCLAIMER: This post isn’t about one person, one group or one gym and certainly isn’t isolated to cheering. But I promised to be authentic and autonomous and sometimes that means pointing out the negatives among all that is positive about being CHEERMaD.

The second trap that CHEERMaDs can fall into, and which Becky insists I avoid at all costs ~right after “Don’t be a crazy cheer mom” is~

“Avoid Cheer Drama.”

That’s cheer-speak for gossip.

No gym is immune to Cheer Drama but most do an excellent job of keeping it away from the cheerleaders (although as I recall, my high school squad could have done a better job at avoiding it).

But for this website’s purposes, it’s the CHEERMaDs who are at risk.

Found in waiting areas, lobbies and parking lots, Cheer Drama usually involves two or more who have nothing better to do than stir up trouble. And they might not even know they are doing it.

According to the psychologist Robin Dunbar: read more here

“Gossip is the human equivalent of ‘social grooming’ among primates, which has been shown to stimulate production of endorphins, relieving stress and boosting the immune system. Two-thirds of all human conversation is gossip, because this ‘vocal grooming’ is essential to our social, psychological and physical well-being.”

RAE FAME Allstars takes 3rd at Nationals

10 Apr

This March, RAE took several teams to Nationals. Fame was one that faced several challenges. Tumbling mental blocks, at least a third of the team was down for nearly a full month with either a bad flu, bronchitis or pneumonia. The team had only 2 full team practices in over 2 months to gear up for competition.

In a situation like this, coaches have to consider pulling the team from competition or letting them hit the stage. The illness was not the kids fault, fever’s were high and they had to miss practices. After sitting with our RAE family we decided to allow Fame to take the competition floor.

We are very proud to say despite all their challenges they still took home 3rd. Now to some of you third may not sound great. But you need to understand these kids had only 2 full team practices and had to change every stunt group due to some members being out on competition day.

With all these challenges they should have scored very low, but they hit the mats with pride and scored just 1 point behind second place and 2 points behind 1st. Imagine if everyone was healthy and able to make all the practices and hit the floor with the original routine. Well, we will hit the floor one more time before the season ends. Congrats to FAME and See you at internationals!

Didn’t make the Cheerleading Team – What to do

10 Apr

How to handle not making the cheer or dance team (How to help your child cope with not making the team)

You did all the right things, you took dance and cheer classes. You attend cheer clinics and spent countless hour,

dontlookbackpracticing day and night perfecting the moves. Tryouts day hits, you look your best, you have your biggest and brightest smile possible and you shout those cheers out loud enough for the world to hear. Your dance was flawless, your jumps – sky high. You wait anxiously outside the window with everyone else who tried out. Slowly the coach walks down the hall to post the list. The list goes up and everyone rushes toward the window to search for the name, you look and look again only to find YOUR NOT ON THE LIST.

Not making the team can lead to a list of emotions and it’s hard for friends and family to know the best way to help you deal with that lost or sad feeling you may have.  First, if your a parent, you need to understand that no matter how you feel about cheerleading or dance team, this tryout was important to your child so you must respond with caring and positive comments. Let them know, not making it is not a reflection on them, each tryout is different and some factors weigh more than others. Congratulate your child for having the courage it took to even tryout. So many kids want to tryout but are too scared to do it and your child had enough courage to get out there and do his/her best.  Let them know you understand not to get something you really want in life can be hard, but its not the end of the world. Remind them of other plans they had for the school year, encourage them to join a sport they love. Remind them that their school team is not the only cheer or dance team out there. Encourage them to join an Allstars or Recreational dance or cheer program – they will meet kids from other cities, schools and in some cases can be more fun and challenging than school cheer. Don’t tell your child not to cry, encourage them to show their sadness in a healthy way.

If your the cheerleader or dancer who didn’t make it, then we want to keep a few things in mind. Most tryouts are not just based on your cheering and dancing abilities. Tryouts judges consider a variety of items when judging a competition, some wonder how you would fit in with the returning team members, sometimes your teacher referrals hold a heavier score then your overall performance, in some cases they are thinking about next season’s routine and they are trying to visualize each person doing upcoming routines, and sometimes (and sorry but this is a very sad reality) they just chose teams based on current team members friends/family or kids they just have a preference too (that sucks when it happens, but it does happen).

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A couple of things to consider, if you find yourself in this situation. First, if they don’t give you tryout score sheets, ask for some constructive feedback. Usually they will give you tips for the next time you tryout. Second, consider the fact that it may not have been you at all and just something that wasn’t a good fit for them as of right now. If you ever watch the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Show, think about the time the coaches pulled a girl in a room and a performer how much they love the her, how beautiful she is, how amazing she is but they just couldn’t see her on the team. There is nothing you can do about that, if they love you but don’t see you as a great fit, that’s just that. It’s like you meet a really awesome guy but you just can see yourself dating him, no matter how awesome he is the connection just isn’t there. That happens with cheer and dance teams too. Third, remember it is not the end of the world, you can still cheer or dance for a team. Consider joining an Allstar Cheer and Dance program. Our Nor Cali Bay Area Cheerleading loves accepting all members regardless of experience. We have met some amazing cheerleaders and dancers who didn’t make their competitive team, but they join us and they are some of our strongest performers. If you really love cheer and dance, go online and see if you can find a cheer or dance team you can join. It’s a great way to do what you had your heart set on and get the experience you may need in order to tryout for your school next year.

Good luck and always SMILE BIG!

*RAW Allstars is a small gym with big wins. Specializing in small teams, our program holds Natioanl/International) titles for 2011-12 (our first FULL season), 13, 15 from USA Varsity, GSSA, Jamsports, HIT, Xtreme, California State Championships. Centrally located in the bay area, we have youth from San Francisco, San Mateo, Richmond, Fremont, Livermore, Union City, Santa Clara, San Jose, Cupertino, Palo Alto and more. We are just 10-20 minutes away from most Bay Area cities (right off 880/84/237/680)

Fremont Bay Area Cheer and Dance Program + network with over 75 million viewers = 1 amazing upcoming season

9 Apr

AwesomenessTV, the youtube network with over 75 million subscribers, has welcomed RAE into their fold.

“This is exciting to be a part of this amazing network” – Coach Bishop

As we gear up to start broadcasting RAW in the next few months, we are still in competition more and recruiting mode.

With just one competition left in the season and team placements on April 26th, we are excited for a successful closing of our season and the beginning of our relationship with the network and kicking off our new season this May.

To join RAW Elite Allstars visit http://www.rawtalentselite.com or email contact@rawtalents.org

This year we will focus on our network relationship and host a limited number of new team members.

We are currently accepting 3 flyers and 4 bases for Sr. 4.2 Dauntless Allstars

2 Flyers and 3 bases for our Fame Allstars

All other spaces will be available for L1 and L2 as well as half season teams

Force – RAW Allstars Hip-Hop Team Brings Home Top Honors

8 Apr

This is what happens when you have the right people in the right positions. Team Force, our Open Hip-Hop Team, rocked the stage at Nationals. Bringing the crowd to its feet while they rocked the stage.

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All the coaches are RAW are beyond proud of Force for not only rocking the stage, but getting props from the other Hip-Hop teams for their choreography and energy.

Congrats to Bay Area’s Hip Hop Dance Competition Team – RAW Force. An Amazing National Title Championship Win that was well deserved.

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