Best Way to Start Them in Cheer

Susan - posted on 08/09/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi, I'm new to this. I have a question for all of the veteran cheer moms. What types of classes should I put my girls in to prepare them for cheerleading? How do I know if it's a good instructor/class? My girls will be three in November and I want to get them started ASAP.



We're in the OKC metro area.



Thank you!

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Christie - posted on 11/17/2009

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The great thing about stating them at 3 or 4 is it's a fun social thing for them to do. Plus starting that young it's never a push to get a skill. Every year we have several high school girls that come it stressed out only having level one skills (cartwheel/roundoff) needing to learn their back handspring now. Where as my 8 yr old that started cheer around 4 already has her tuck...which is the minium skill preferred for the girls over the youth age group (11 and up). Our gym has a team that's 11 and up that just does back handsprings but the girls work their butts off to try to make it on the higher team. If you just stay pop warner or school cheer then you don't have to worry about starting them that early. A back handspring is enough for those but if you go all star or ever aspire for your child to cheer in college start them young. One of our coaches daughters just tried out for I believe Ohio State and was one of 12 girls accepted out of 2,000 tryouts.

Krissi - posted on 11/16/2009

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Tumbling is a must. I never enrolled my daughter until she showed an interest. She did cheer for an athletic association for 3 years- 4th, 5th and 6th grade. She played volleyball in junior high then showed an interest in tumbling. She is now a high school cheerleader and her tumbling skills are getting better everyday. I never pushed her- this was her own doing. But I would have to say tumbling is a must. Cheerleading class for 3 year olds is a little much for me. It should be something your kids are interested in doing, not you. Good luck!

Krissi
http://www.my3kids1st.com

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Madison - posted on 02/03/2013

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Try not to push your girls into cheer.. I would wait till they ask you if theu can do it, I forced my daughter into cheer whe. She was 2 and she hated it

Madison - posted on 02/03/2013

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Try not to push your girls into cheer.. I would wait till they ask you if theu can do it, I forced my daughter into cheer whe. She was 2 and she hated it

Christie - posted on 09/06/2009

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I started my first 2 in a gymnastic class around 2.5,3 and then to allstar cheerleading at 4. But for my third child lucky the cheerleading gym has a "little Jags" class for 2 to 3 yr olds so it's one stop shopping for me:) If you can't find a gym that has a 3 yr old program then put them in gymnastics until they are old enough for a cheer class. This will help with their coordination and body awareness. As far as finding the perfect gym for your family..I looked up all the allstar gyms in the area then went on their websites and checked their certifications,coaches experience and yr in business. Be aware for the smaller/new gyms just like resume's,sometimes over inflate their experience. From there start with your favorite/most experienced teams and visit during a practice. See how much control they have and how well the gym is set up. Good luck it's a lot of work but once you find the right fit it's wonderful.

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