The sport of Cheerleading has grown immensely from it's roots over 20 years ago. In the 80's and early 90's, teams were typically formed of athletes who were interested in improving their skills so that they would stand a better chance of making their high school or college cheerleading teams. As the sport developed and grew, more and more athletes and their parents viewed Cheerleading as a viable activity in and of itself. As stronger and stronger athletes began to recognize that All-Star provided them a way to focus more on teamwork and athleticism and less on pom pons and decorating lockers, the sport began to separate itself from the traditional stereotypes. This is no longer your mother’s Cheerleading. Teams and athletes now focus on gymnastic and acrobatic moves. The hybrid sport of today is a combination of gymnastics, acrobatics, athletic dance, and many elements unique.. More extreme athlete than fashion model, today’s athlete can learn exciting skills in a fun, safe environment.
Elite teams are typically comprised of 5-36 athletes with a variety of skills and abilities (much like a football or basketball team.) There can be solid, well-rounded athletes and those who have particularly strong abilities in certain areas (ex. -strong dancers or jumpers). The coaches create a competition routine performed by the group that has elements of tumbling, stunting, jumping, dance, and other skills set to music. The routines are typically 2 1/2 minutes in length. At competitions, the teams are divided by age and ability level. The routines are judged by their level of difficulty, precision, creativity, and entertainment value