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SMYO Cheer Elite

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Q:  What are the age ranges for cheerleaders?

A:  SMYO Cheer Elite ranges from 5 to 18-year-old.

Q:  How long is the season? 

A: The season begins in July and last until the end of April.

Q:  Where will practice be held? 

A: In the summer time practice will be held outside at the SMYO field.  Once the weather changes and it gets dark we will move indoors.  

Q:  What is included in the registration fee?  

A:  The fee includes a uniform (that you keep), practice t-shirt and shorts, and three competitions. 

Q:  What is level 1 cheerleading? 

A:  Level 1 cheerleading requires cartwheels, round-offs, forward and backward rolls, front and back walkovers, knee or waist level single leg stunt, prep level stunts, straight cradles, and no basket tosses.

Q:  What is level 2 cheerleading? 

A:  Level 2 cheerleading requires back handspring, front handspring, Level 1 tumbling connected to a handspring, prep level single leg stunts, extended two-footed stunts, half-twisting mounts, barrel rolls, begin basket tosses.

Q:  What is level 3.1 cheerleading?

A:  Level 3.1 cheerleading requires level one tumbling (see above) but level 3 stunting, which is Front Flip Twist, Single Leg Extended Stunts,  Full Twisting transition to Prep Level or Below, Full Twisting transition at Prep Level, ½ Up to Extended 1 leg stunt, Release Move to Prep or below, Level Appropriate Tic Toc style transitions, Inversion to Extended 1 leg stunt,  Downward Inversion below Prep Level, Straight Cradle from Extended 1 leg,  ¼ twisting dismount from Extended 1 leg stunt, Full twisting dismounts from Prep/Extension.  

Q:  What is the requirement to join the team?  

A:  There are no requirements.  Everyone is welcome.  Cheerleading is a learning sport.  Just bring a positive attitude and the coaching staff can teach the rest.

Q:  Are there try-outs?  

A:  Everyone makes a team but we will have placement try-outs.  Placement try-outs allow the cheerleader to be placed in a certain level of a cheer team. 

Q:  What additional attire will I need to purchase?

A:  It is mandatory that you purchase the custom competitions shoes.  Optional attire are cheer warm-ups and cheer jersey.  

Q:  Does my cheerleader need tumbling experience?

A:  No, tumbling skills are not required but highly encouraged.

Practice Questions

Q:  When will practice start? 

A:   Practice begins end of July or first week of August.

Q:  Where will indoor practices be held?  

A:  Indoor practices will be held at locations in La Plata and Waldorf to include schools, libraries, rescue squads.  More to come on exact locations.  

Q: What are the practice days?

A: Practice days are Sunday through Saturday.  Will vary based upon team.

Q:  How long are practices? 

A:  Practices normally last for 2 hours. Practices can last longer closer to competition.  For the younger ages, those times may be adjusted.

Q:  Are practices mostly held in the evening?  

A:  When practices are held Monday- Friday they are usually 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Practices on the weekends are determined based on location. Yes, most practices are held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Q:  Will we practice be held outside?

A:  Yes, summer practices are outside at SMYO. We try our best to get the athletes inside as soon as we can, that is all based on locations.

Q:  Are parents allowed at indoor practices?

A:  Parents can attend indoor practices if approved by Principal at that location. Some locations that we practice in are tight and only have enough room for the athletes.  

Q:  What is the practice attire? 

A:   Cheerleaders can wear loose or spandex shorts, leggings, sweat pants, short sleeve shirts, and tennis shoes with shoelaces, no sleeveless shirts, jewelry, or  fake nails.

Competition Questions

Q:  Where are the competitions located? 

A:  The coaching staff strives to keep locations of competitions as close to home as possible.  Most competitions we will compete at are within 2 hours of Southern Maryland. In the past we have competed in Bel Air, Upper Marlboro, National Harbor.   If teams attend the Finale, the competition is usually somewhere on the east coast but outside of Maryland (i.e. Poconos, PA, Tennessee, etc.).  

Q:  How many competitions will my cheerleader attend? 

A:  Three guaranteed competitions, with a strong possibility of attending more.

Q:  Is out-of-state travel involved?

A:   Yes.  Most competitions are held in Maryland; however, larger competitions may be held out of state (East Coast).  Parents are responsible for all travel expenses to include hotel expenses.