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Bay Area Cheerleading Tryouts aka Placements Enroll Today

16 Aug

MOVING ON UP! *CHEER PLACEMENTS HAPPENING NOW*

We are excited when athletes are able to move up through hard work and dedication. Today we move two of our athletes who was determined to make a higher level team. Coming in nearly everyday to train and hit all their skills, you have shown to be a champion at heart.

But moving up a level leaves a space open on our entry level team. SOOOOOO…That means TRYOUTS will open up once again!

2 SPACES have opened up for our NO EXPERIENCE required team. Contact Director Dre at cheer@rawtalents.org or 510-992-6811. Schedule your placement today!

The team is looking for 1 Strong Base and 1 Flyer.

Bay Area Fremont Stars Cheer Raw Allstars

Come see why our dedicated athletes experience rapid growth. See why our Small Division Program has taking titles against large programs and teams twice our size.

We don’t claim to be perfect, we have our high’s and our low’s. But, we have big high’s (like taking 1st place at Nationals hosted by USA Varsity Jamsport and more) when ALL Athletes are focused, dedicated, hardworking, make practices, stretch daily and focus on being the best they can be on the mats. That is the formula for #success

Stop Negative Attitudes with Cheerleading and Dance Programs

1 Sep

Stop Negative Parents and Cheerleaders and Dancers

There are some people you will meet in life who always have something negative to say about you and what you do. These people are 100% unhappy with their own lives. Happy people don’t fill the world with negative words, even when they is a problem. Happy people deal with these matters professionally and with a certain level of maturity. This is true for children and adults. At RAW we teach our athletes if they not happy with something to speak up, to ask questions before making accusations, to have mature conversations rather than sitting in a corner spreading rumors or talking negative about another person. Those who hide behind the whisper mill (even more popular these days – go online and post comments without actually dealing with the person directly) are not displaying the behaviors of a mature athlete. Usually what the athlete is angry about is a result of something very solvable. They learn that by simply speaking directly to the person, not speaking AT the person, they can see why there is an issue and it can always be worked out. They quickly begin to learn that some people just love to be negative and hide behind it by saying “Oh I am just speaking the truth” – but their truth is often skewed by their negative mindset. It’s great to see the athletes who get this and follow the rule of open communication (not posting online or sending emails) but actual face to face communication (and sometimes if they are uncomfortable face to face we set up a phone meeting to resolve the issues) is the best way to resolve any frustrations or concerns. They learn you won’t always agree and that is ok. 

 

It’s great to see the mature change in the athletes as the season progress and with 100% certainty those who can not commit to open and positive communication and dedication to their teammates will 100% drop from the program. But in the end all those who remain see it is better to lose a 10 negative people than to keep 1 negative person around. 

 

And always remember, the most negative person is the room is the one who needs the most kindness. So say something nice, smile and go on living your happy day free of negative vibes.

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RAW Allstars Training has begun Cheer still has a few slots

1 Jun

First day of training. Doing a pretty good job on the stunt pairings. Excited to see how they do when all of summer training is done

Don’t Be Afraid To Fly

13 Jun

Many parents enter the gym and quickly say “I don’t want my child to fly”. We understand, flying can seem scary to many parents and kids, but the truth is, if everyone does their part flying is no more dangerous than basing in a stunt or tumbling.

While many assume the role of flyer is dangerous and a slightly passive role, the truth is flying requires a strong level of athleticism that is just as dangerous as basing or doing gymnastics.

Every person has a very important role in stunting, but for now we are focusing just on the flyer for the purpose of this article. The flyer, those lifted during stunts, must perfect the art of lifting her/himself, perfecting the load in jump, have the most solid ability to balance, extreme flexibility and strong tumbling skills.

By learning proper body position & technique a flyer makes themselves the most valuable player on the team. Here are a few tips to flyers to help them grow and become stronger performers and lessen their chances of injuries.

Keep It Tight

As a flyer you must perfect the act of locking it out and keep it tight. At our Fremont Bay Area Cheerleading gym we have adopted a body plank drill to help flyers be more aware of what it means to be tight. The drill our flyers work on gives them a better ideal of proper body alignment when they are in the air. Our flyers also perfect their skills on the ground first. So often our coaches are hired to come in and help a team that is struggling with stunts and when we get there we find that the flyers can’t hold the stunt on the ground. Many inexperienced coaches think that its ok if you can’t hold the heel extension steady on the ground, but the truth is you MUST be able to hold your stunts on the ground before you can put them in the air. 

LOCK IT OUT

In the above paragraph we talk about locking it out. So, you may not know what that means, well locking out is keep your knees locked straight. Even the slightest bend in your leg can lead to a failed stunt. A flyer who stays locked out is a flyer who will most likely have the most successful stunts. If you lock those legs straight and the bases are off (uneven), they can correct their issues without losing the stunt. But if the flyer bends in anyway, the stunt is almost certainly over. So LOCK IT OUT!

Flexibility

In our program flexibility is important to ALL OUR MEMBERS. Our bases, tumblers and flyers all must work on scales, heel extensions and other traditionally “only flyers” skills. We do this to maximize the use of the whole team. Never under estimate the power of flexibility. You MUST stretch at least 5 days a week. Trust me, your coaches can tell if you are not stretching, it will always show in your weekly practices. By not stretching you are only hurting yourself and letting down your whole team. If you are part of a team, you must stretch. Again flexibility is key to your success as a flyer, base, team member.

In the end, its important not to be afraid to fly. As a base and a gymnast you can be injured just as quickly as a flyer can be injured. I have seen bases loose teeth because they caught a flyer wrong, I have seen bases break legs from not having the proper stance in a competition. In gymnastics, I have seen major back and neck injuries. These injuries can happen in any sport, don’t let fear get between you and flying!

Soar High!

Never Stop

8 Apr

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest person with the smallest mind.
Think big anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack if you help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you might get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway. 


by Dr. Kent M. Keith