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Practice Fun! FREE Workshop Coming Up May 20th

11 May
Fremont Bay Area Cheerleading Allstar

Senior L1 Training – Jumps Time

Fremont Bay Area Hip Hop Dance Team

Mini Member training with Hip-Hop Instructor and Conditioning Coach

Fremont Tiny Team Training Dance
Tiny Members working hard with Dance & Flexibility Coach

Fremont Bay Area Cheer Team Wins National Title

26 Mar

Hard Work = Great Rewards!

This March Bay Area, Fremont Cheerleading, RAW Allstars competed and won BIG, bringing home the 2012 National Title for Cheer Pom. This title has been sought after by gyms and dance studio’s across the National and we are proud to say we are the ONLY Fremont Bay Area Team to bring home a National Title in the Cheer Dance Sr. division. This was the Senior Teams first time competiting in this division and they brought home a National Title, earning multiple 9’s and a perfect 10 from judges.
We are proud to return home National Title Winners and headed back to the gym to recruit for Next Season. We have a National Title to defend and we are looking for the best dancers, tumblers and cheerleaders the Bay Area has to offer.
If you are interested in being part of the only NATIONAL TITLE holder gym in Fremont, CA, please visit www.rawtalents.org to enroll now. Our members travel from across the Bay Area to be a part of this award winning facility. Now enrolling L1 teams (no experience required), L2 and up (ELITE Team experience required-tryouts required). Once teams are full enrollment will be closed!LET’S GO RAW!

Glimpse of Judges Comments:
“Superior Use of Squad, Movement and Dance Variety”
“Excellent Smiles, Engergy and Confidence”
“Beautiful, Just Beautiful”
“Love your uniforms”
“Great Music”

I Have 8 Years Experience, What Do You Mean I Am Level 1?

10 Mar

The Myth of Experience

It happens every day, Coaches & Directors are greeted with potential new members who stop by to check out their facility. One of the first statements from the member (or parent) is typically,  “Cary has been cheering/dancing for 3 years,  if she joins should not be placed on the beginner team”.  As a coach, we always have to assess the member by having them demonstrate their “talents” before team placement can occur. Sadly, more often than not, the child is unable to perform Level 2 or higher skills as determined by the cheer & cheer dance rules. Experience is a myth, because performers (and parents) think if they have been going to a place to practice something for years, they think they are gaining experience. Experience is only real if there is progression.

The hard part is telling the parent that their child is truly a level 1 performer and does qualify for L2 or higher. This statement is often meet with great resistance, parents and children typically go through an emotional response before anything else (hey, it’s human nature to get emotional first). But some coaches and directors are perplexed by this reaction, especially those who have many years experience in the competition world, but you also have to understand that no matter how nice you deliver the message; parents are not prepared for what they are hearing from you. Let’s just take a moment to explain why gyms get this reaction from parents:

  1. Imagine if you have spent the last 5 years spending an average of $500-$1000 or more on your child’s cheerleading or dance team. Her teachers tell you how great she is doing and her team even wins a competition or two. Now your finding out that in 5 years your child does not have the solid acro or gymnastics experience needed to be higher than a L1 performer
  2. Parents are realizing that they last 3 years and $4000+ dollars of gymnastics classes have gained a L1 placement on her cheer squad or even worse, she didn’t make the cheer squad because she doesn’t have the skills

Most parents do not understand that cheerleading should encompass everything, from dance; stunt; acro; gymnastics; projection; technique and more. If you don’t understand this, you won’t understand why your child did not make their Jr. High or High School squad after cheering for 5-10 years with youth leagues and other gyms.  This is not a blast on youth leagues, many of them actually follow policies set forth by organizations like ACA or other regulation organizations.  And the reality is, not all kids who join cheer, dance or gymnastics are looking to have a competitive edge or to become technically sound. For those kids, this whole post will not matter to you. But to those parents and children who want to get the most for the money and time, who want to have a competitive edge and excel properly, who want to have the full athletic experience possible, please read on.

Reality check! If you have spent more than 3 FULL season’s with any cheer program and can’t land a solid back handspring, move on and STOP WASTING YOUR MONEY! In a solid program, if you are a fully able bodied person, you will be landing a solid back handspring after just 2 full seasons.  There is just no excuse to spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours driving back and forth to practice/games, etc, if your child is not progressing. A dance program that can’t have your child doing solid double pirouettes after 2 years is not worth your time and money. So many times, teachers will say to parents “It’s not about progression but perfection, once they perfect this single we will move onto doubles”. The question you should ask is “Why is it taking 15 months to teach a child a double turn?”. An experienced coach who understands how to teach a child will be able to answer that question with a detailed and logical explanation, but if you had a coach like that it wouldn’t take 15 months to teach a student such a skill.

Yes, perfection before progression is very important to prevent injury. But parents should never  accept NO progression. It’s your time and your money. Now remember, coaches are not miracle workers, so do not expect to bring your child to a gym this week and having them doing Level 3 stunts in 5 months. It’s probably not going to happen.  Parents should expect, no matter what sport the child is doing, some consistent progression. In cheer,  if you child has perfected thigh-stand stunts, they should move up to halves, fulls then tosses.  But if you a child has been doing cheer for 3 years as a flyer and can’t hit a solid scorpion, IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON!

Someone recently asked “Well, what if my child just doesn’t excel at anything, can I really expect the coach to do something about that?”. The answer is YES, a true coach/teacher is going to be creative with kids who don’t seem to excel. Every child excels at their own pace, but there should be a pace! As a coach, if I am working with a student and he is not moving forward in progress, I get really creative to help find something that clicks to help the child excel.  If after many tries I see no progress, then its time to sit and talk to the parent about what’s happening on the dance floor or mats.  This allows the parent, coach and performer to decide if it’s a good fit for them, if they want to continue to pay for the program and try to fight through what they are “stuck” on (BTW, this conversation would happen within 2-3 weeks of no progression). At our training facility, we WOULD NEVER have a parent or child invests time if they weren’t progressing. Why? Well because we are not here to waste your money, were here to teach your child. So if we become concerned that there is no progression, we are going to speak to you as quickly as possible.  In the last 3 years, our Director has had this conversation with only 3 parents and each time the parents have fully appreciated the honesty.

“Well I don’t know cheer and I don’t know what progression is and what’s not”, a parent recently told us. That is a very valid statement; if you are not from the competitive cheer or dance circuit you may not know what progression or lack thereof. So here are a few things to look out for:

  1. Cheerleading teams that do not tumble. If your just looking for a fun thing to spend your money on and your child does not show desire to work on the technique of cheer, you will be ok. But if your child is looking to eventually join their high school  or college team, then you need to find a team that includes tumbling into their program
  2. Gymnastics schools that have coaches who have not been competitive cheerleaders/dancers.  Gymnastics competition rules and levels are very different from cheer. Judges see it all the time, a cheer/dance team hits the competition stage and they are AMAZING tumblers but lack the cheer technique and dance skills required for a competition. It doesn’t have to be a gymnastics school, a cheer gym is just as good as long as they have coaches with tumbling training abilities.
  3. Dance schools, a solid leap and double turn should be perfect no later than year 2. If not, please move on!
  4. Stunts: after two full seasons a flyer should be able to go to Full Extension, hit a solid scorpion in no less than 2 full seasons. Bases should know how to spot on all sides and be able to put a fulls up from any side. If this is not happening, then find a new program.

As performers and parents it is very important to understand that cheer & dance is progressive learning and good attendance is mandatory. If you miss practices, even just once a month, your progression is going to be very limited. You cannot blame a program for failed progression if your child is not in the training facility at least 90% of their training days and hours. It is important for both, parents and performers, to know what to expect from their programs. Once you know these, you will be proud to know that the next time your performer walks into an audition that they will be at the level that reflects the time and money invested in their trade.

Cheerleader Rocks at the Golden Globes

15 Jan

Not only did this star rock the Cheerleading Stage, hype the sideline during football games and Rocked the House at Pep Rallies, she rocked the house at the 2012 Golden Globes.

The cheerleading world is proud to call one of their own a big winner at the 2012 Golden Globes. Miss Meryl Streep (one of my personal favorite former cheerleaders) took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her role in The Iron Lady.

Nothing like a fierce cheerleader to play the role of A Fierce Leader in Global Government. Congrats to Miss Meryl Streep.

Cheer and Drill Team Tryouts are COMING!

30 Dec

Our Bay Area Cheer and Dance gym will help you prepare for your upcoming Cheer and/or Dance Team Tryouts. If you are trying out for High School, Junior High or College, we can help you get ready.

Check out today’s highlited Class and when you come in to enroll bring CODE:WPRAW with you for a 10% discount when you enroll!

CHEER & POM BOOT CAMP: Tuesday at 6:15pm or Thursday at 5:15pm Try out season is fast approaching and in this competitive world of cheer and dance, you need to be the very best you can be! Coaches at RAW ALLSTARS has 100% success rate! All Boot Camp Students who have trained for 8 weeks or more have made the team of their choice or better!

Get Your Scorpion to BITE HARD!

28 Dec

Irvington High TryoutsIt’s time to get your Scorpion to BITE HARD! Regardless if you are a flyer or a base on a cheer stunt team, having a strong scorpion can make the difference between making the team or getting that big win.

For those who don’t know a scorpion is an extended cheerleading stunt that requires well practiced flexibility (primarly in the back and leg) and ability to remain balanced on one leg.  The stunt can be performed on the ground or in a partner stunt with 1 to 4 bases. A flyer should be able to hold a Scorpion on the ground before trying to perform it in a partner stunt.

SEE ALSO: Flyin’ High, A Toe Touch Guide

Although every gym/coach is a little different, as a coach here is how we have coached members over the years to build a strong scorpion. Please keep in mind, these type of stunts require daily stretching, so you must be fully dedicated before you make the decision to work on your scorpion.

You will need to stretch your back, but since you are probably already into to cheer or getting ready to join a team, we are sure you are already doing some type of back stretch since you need a strong bridge to make most teams). We encourage members in our flexbility class to do traditional yoga poses such as the pigeon and the upward dog.

Next we stretch our legs using a series of band assisted stretches.

After these stretches are complete average (30-40 minutes but if you are limited in time even 10 minutes a day can make a big Best Fremont Flyersdifferance), you can use your band for the scorpion pose stretch. Take your band and secure to your left foot. Sorry guys, if you have been doing this on your right foot, but most coaches are going to want you to base on your right foot and hold your left foot, so start working on basing on your right foot. Truth is, to make yourself a stronger value to your team, practice on both legs to maximize flexibility. Once the band is secure, you can begin pulling your foot into scorpion position. If you need help balancing, find a partner to base you or use a wall to base against until you can balance on your own.

Once you can hold this pose for 10-20 seconds, you are ready to fly doing the scorpion!

Remember cheer tryouts is fast approaching and if you need help preparing we have programs that can help you!


Be a Leader on Your team and in Life!

7 Dec

Here is an amazing article on Leadership. The skills you learn as a leader in cheer will help you be a leader in life, but you must learn the lessons and apply them to your daily life.

How to Be a Leader By: Paige Pauley

Bay Area Cheer

A leader is defined as someone who influences a group of people towards an achievement or a goal.

Pulling the leader out of the equation, well, it only gives us cheer. Leader is the main ingredient of a cheerleader and without it; cheerleaders wouldn’t be who they are today! Cheerleaders are leaders in every way possible! We lead our teams to victory by keeping the crowd excited and enthused while we cheer on the sidelines. We lead spirit weeks, pep rallies and other school activities to keep the school spirit alive within the classroom! Cheerleaders participate in community service and are involved within their community to spread cheer to others. We also lead ourselves and squad to achieve our own team goals in the classroom, on the sideline or during competition season. Here are some great tips for being a great leader:

  • Maintains a positive attitude– By maintaining a positive attitude, others around you will feed off that energy and become just as positive. Goals will be reached and the squad will become more bonded as a team. Positivity is the key to success!
  • Continues to motivate others– Squad members depend on their leader for motivation. Motivation can occur in and out of the practice gym. During competition season, motivation is crucial during those long and tough practices. Leaders can also motivate the squad to be active in their schoolwork. Keeping up your grades is very important for your future! Motivating others to be active in community service shows others how America Needs Cheerleaders!
  • Sets goals for themselves and their squad– When goals are set, there is more drive and determination to reach these goals and be successful. It is a reminder of what the team should be focused on when coming to practice and how they will continue to strive for these goals. Goals can be set throughout the year based on upcoming events or personal achievements.
  • Be a positive role model on and off the mat and/or sideline– Because cheerleaders are leaders in their community, they need to remember they are always being watched. Many younger generations mirror the actions of cheerleaders because they strive to become a cheerleader when they “grow up”! Cheerleaders are representing themselves, their squad and their school as icons to others. Watch what is posted on Facebook and Twitter! Someone is always watching you!
  • Great communication among squad members and coaches– Coaches depend on their leader as the communication line between the squad members and coaches. Communication is essential for a great relationship within the squad. Because coaches are the authority over the squad, by passing ideas or other suggestions to the coach, can build a strong relationship and trust among one another. Coaches also need to know if there are other conflicts or disagreements among squad members so they can regulate problem solving. Communication is VERY important!
  • Gives positive feedback to others- Others build on positive feedback. If someone is doing something right, let them know! It’s a great feeling to know you are helping the squad be successful! With positive feedback, others will continue to work harder and have more determination. Even when critiquing another member, keep it positive. The squad member will feel wanted and important to the squad!

Become part of a winning team visit http://www.rawtalents.org