What’s it all about
The sport of All-Star Cheerleading spread to the UK in the mid 90s and has grown immensely since. Now All-Star Cheerleading is a viable sport in itself as athletes recognise All-Star cheerleading provides a way to focus more on teamwork and athleticism and less on pom poms!
Teams in All-Star programmes focus on gymnastics, acrobatics, athletic dance and jumps. Today’s All Star athlete can learn exciting skills in a fun, safe environment.
An All-star routine is performed to music following criteria on the judges score sheets. There is no set order or even any specific “required” elements for a routine. Future cheer, ICC and use a 54’ wide by 42’ sprung floor with clearly marked boundaries which competitors must stay in.
While the scoring process is often similar there is no single standard scoring system. Every event we attend has the option of using a different set of criteria for their scores and rankings. They will also have different sets of deductions and even relative weighting of the various elements. In general, team scores are a combination of several factors. Some are fairly obvious, like tumbling/stunting difficulty, timing on jumps, etc. However, some are much more technical and are NOT obvious to the “untrained” eye.
The “levels” refers to the type and difficulty of stunts, pyramids, tosses, and tumbling that a team is allowed to perform in their competition routine. They are numbered from 1 to 6, in increasing difficulty. To achieve high scores, the vast majority of the athletes on a team must be able to do all the hardest skills allowed at their level with great technique.