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Bay Area Cheerleading Tryouts aka Placements Enroll Today

16 Aug


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

Congratulations Carissa!

6 Jun
RAW ALLSTARS - Where Champions are Made

RAW ALLSTARS – Where Champions are Made




Congratulations to one of our newest members for landing her latest skill. Bridge kick over. Only a few weeks and your well on your way!

Dance or Cheerleading Tryouts Approaching? Get FREE training!

18 May

Need help preparing for Dance Tryouts?

Want to know what its like to be a part of a competitive and Nationally/Internationally ranked team?

Want to participate in a co-ed Hip-Hop Team?Just want something to do on Sunday May 20th?

Well, here you go. All athletes (guys and girls) Fremont Bay Area’s only National & International Championship Team for 2012 in Cheer Dance is opening its doors to you! On May 20th we are hosting an open house workshop and those who want to can tryout for our Elite Team during the workshop.

RAW Allstars National Champions
Youth ELITE Team

Parents can stick around and participate in an informative Parent/Member meeting hosted by one of our coaches.

To take part in the FREE hip-hop, cheer stunt and cheer pom workshop you MUST RSVP for FREE by emailing cheer@rawtalents.org. Walk-ins are discouraged as we can not guarantee a space for you, but if you walk in be prepared to wait.

All minors must have a signed Waiver which will be emailed to you upon receipt of your RSVP.

If for some reason you can’t attend but want to be considered for the upcoming season, please email cheer@rawtalents.org and we will let you know about any other upcoming dates!

 For those families that have summer vacation plans, DON’T worry, your member can still join. Find out more at the May 20th workshop!

See everyone Sunday!


21 Apr

Bay Area Allstar Cheer TryoutsGood luck to all RAW Allstar Teams, Solo, Duets and Trio’s competing today! This is your LAST competition of the 2011-2012 season!


Smile big, Big Arms, Pointed Toes and HAVE FUN!

Wanna join in on the fun?

Team placements and tryouts May 20, 2012 RSVP for  free (required, due to limited number of spaces available for tryouts) by emailing cheer@rawtalents.org. Include your name and age.

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Only a select few can be leaders

23 Feb

“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. ”

 Gandhi (1917-1984);

Mediocrity – The New Norm?

22 Feb

At a recent coaches meeting, then again at a college recruiting meeting, the concern of mediocrity becoming ramped amongst today’s youth was a hot topic. In the college recruiting meeting were two athletic recruiters, one academic recruiter and one recruiter whose sole focus was to diversify her school. We were all meeting for different reasons, for myself, I was in the meeting to see how to increase the scholarship chances of our gym’s senior cheerleaders and dancers. The recruiters however were there to speak to us coaches and teachers about their struggle to recruit today’s youth because mediocrity has become the norm.

“Students are making it hard for us to diversify our student base,” said one recruiter. He continued to say “Too many student athletes are not pushing themselves to be the best they can be, they seem content to be just ‘one of the guys (girls’). They just stopped trying to stand out in unique ways”. Truth is as an educator and coach I knew exactly what he was saying, I have seen it over and over again, kids dummying down their abilities so they don’t excel past a friend. But since most of the other coaches in the room seemed to be confused by that statement the recruiter made, I asked for an example. He proceed to tell us about this athlete who had been playing soccer for over 12 years. She carried an average 3.5 GPA, stayed out of trouble and made sure to make nice with teachers and classmates. She even did a few stints of public service to beef of the college resume. So what was his issue with her? Well, the reality was, ANY STUDENT trying to get into college was doing exactly what she was doing – playing a sport, good grades and community advocate. There was nothing that made her special. After 15 applications and 5 recruiters, she ended her school year with NO scholarship, no offer to join a college soccer team (which she said was her life’s goal). Meanwhile, her other teammates were awarded scholarships; grants and walk on spots onto the team.  What did her other teammates have that she didn’t, they all had that something “special”. While student A (the person used in this example) was out doing the basic college stuff, her teammates were out perfecting their specialized soccer tricks like The Roulette, taking extra AP classes to beef up the academics, taking ballet classes to increase flexibility and agility. These other teammates understood that although a 3.0+ GPA may sound good to most people, in the world of academic and sports competition, it’s pretty mediocre. Now, student A did get accepted into a few colleges but none of them offered her a spot on a soccer team and that was her goal.

But how does this apply to Cheerleading or Dance? It’s important for team members and parents alike to understand that being part of a team is so much more than showing up to practice each week. The truth is, anyone can show up to practice and pay a competition or uniform fee, if this is all a person does when on a team – most coaches, team members and colleges consider this “mediocrity”. It’s those who practice when they are not in the gym or on the field. Those who stretch mark and work their routines daily to be the best they can be when with the team.  Team members who come to practice each time fully knowing their routines and showing they are progressing, those are the ones whom have broken the cycle of mediocrity. All the recruiters agreed on one thing at this meeting, “mediocrity has become the norm across the board of today’s youth”. Who is to blame? Some blame the parents, some blame the students, blame the teachers or blame them all.

Truth is, anyone who lets you slide through life without expecting you to grow (mentally or physically) is to blame, and yes that includes you.  Everyone has to make a choice, everyday you chose to be ok or the best you can be (at any given thing). There is no substitution for practice, if you don’t practice for a challenging spelling test you will most likely fail, if you don’t practice a routine you will fail. Students are not sent to school or to the gym to fail, so teachers and coaches must enforce learning, dedication and commitment. Sadly, in most schools, most sporting leagues and many other youth programs, the focus is not advancement of the youth, the focus is money. How many paying kids can they get in their doors or on their fields and its time parents and students alike stop accepting this as a way of life. If you have been in gymnastics for 5 years and you still can’t do a solid backhandspring (and you’re a healthy person with no physical restrictions), you need to find a new gym. If you have been cheering for 3 years and don’t have a solid tumbling pass, heel stretch and amazing showmanship, its time to move on. Been with the same tutor for 2 years and still learning at the same level, MOVE ON! Let these teachers and coaches know that mediocrity is NOT acceptable, that you demand more for yourself as an athlete and as a parent you want to see growth. You want to know you are paying for skill training not “play time”.

In the end, the meeting was very informative.  Some coaches are very “Dance Moms” style and have blow out fights with mom’s, dad’s and kids and are faced with parents who end up hating their schools. But these very coaches/teachers say they wouldn’t have it any other way, they see it as a way to “weed out the weak”.  Other’s seemed grateful the discuss took the turn it did because they are struggling with the same issue of kids coming to their programs ill-prepared and not having done their “homework”. The recruiters wanted to make one message very clear to all of us “if you want your students to come to our colleges, you better teach them that medirocrity is 200% unexceptable and will lady your students with no collegescholarship offers”. These recruiters sent a strong message, its up to today’s parent and educator to teach that “medicroity” should not and should have never been a part of the norm. Encourage yourself, your students, your child to push to be the best they can be, go beyond the call of duty and be fully committed to their school and/or team. These students are certain to excel in school, sport and life!

At the end one of the recruiters handed out this speech written by a high schooler:

By O. Douglas, Salutatorian

Apathy is rampant among many young people today. Students are often not willing to work hard to attain success. Mediocrity has become the norm for many of my generation. Many students feel success is owed to them and that it is society’s role to provide it. This false belief has led to complacency.

This apathy can be addressed by schools. If students are given the opportunity to learn in an environment where they are challenged, they will aim higher. Supportive teachers and dedicated administrators help foster a positive environment . My experience in a small learning community has taught me to overcome mediocrity. I have been challenged and supported academically by my teachers. Providing additional help whenever needed, they make themselves readily available to students so that they can be better prepared for college.

As a child of a single parent, I have my mother as a guide . Her sacrifices and values have served as a positive beacon. While I could have easily become a statistic, her example directed me away from negative influences. Others, who have not had the guidance I have had, may not have felt as compelled to succeed . Some young people feel they can do just enough to get by and still be successful. Many don’t see the importance of education, and thus don’t make it a priority.

These issues are the responsibility of the entire community. Teens are constantly bombarded by images of greed and selfishness. More positive role models are needed . There are many positive leaders in the Atlanta community, but they aren’t as obvious to students as the negative figures.

It is incumbent upon all of us to do our part and change the present to better the future.

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!

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